Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary and Supply

March 2012 Newsletter
 
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We are so excited to see the budding Tulips, Crocuses and of course the lovely Violet, all of which should start popping up this month. Be sure to check out our new Breast Oil, in honor of the Violet and Breast health. Yay Spring!

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Breast Oil
This beautiful, soft and delightfully scented oil was formulated to encourage self breast examination. The vibrant green color comes from fresh, local violet leaves infused in an organic olive oil. Violet has a particular affinity for the breasts, and this oil was blended to not only be a joy to use, but also to keep your breast tissue soft, supple and loved.

Henna Applicators
These soft bottles come with three different tips that can be changed at any time to alter the thickness of your designs. Easy to use and reusable, they are the perfect match for our incredible body art henna.

Staff Picks
Faith's Pick
Unscented Lip Soother
Unscented Lip Soother
I don't know about you guys, but this is the time of year my lips can become extremely chapped! The dry, Colorado winters can be so intense, especially for those who enjoy spending time outdoors. The Lip Soother is an amazing ally for the winter. Soothing lanolin, castor oil and beeswax help to heal chapped lips and create a barrier against the harsh weather conditions. If you like a little scent, the Spearmint-Lavender Lanolin Lip Balm and the Cinnamon Orange Lanolin Lip Balm have the same soothing base with light pleasant scents added.


Below is our Class Schedule, for full class descriptions please check our website. Your space in the class is reserved once payment is received. Payment for classes is made by cash or check payable to the instructor. Please be aware that classes fill up quickly, so sign up early

Thursday, March 1st, 2012 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor: Corrie Snyder, Certified Clinical Herbalist
Cost $35.00, Checks payable to Corrie Snyder
It is empowering as a parent to have herbal allies that can soothe and treat your child's ailments.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 6:30-8:00pm
Cost $35.00, Checks payable to Liz Holtman
Tinctures demystified! Tinctures are a wonderful and convenient way of taking herbal medicines.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 6:30-8:00pm
Cost $35.00, Checks payable to Karena Harmon.
Learn for yourself how to stain you and your friends' skin in intricate designs for celebration, ceremony or fun.

Thursday, March 22, 2012 6:30-9:00pm
Cost $45.00, Checks payable to Lelia Lyon
This class will cover the basics of cold process soap, using skin loving ingredients and natural oils.

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 6:30-8:00pm
Cost $35.00, Checks payable to Liz Holtman
Herbal teas are a wonderful and tasty way to use herbs medicinally or for pure enjoyment!

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2012 6:30-8:00 pm
Instructors: Faith Goguen Rodgers, Certified Clinical Herbalist and Whitney Johnson, Certified Clinical Herbalist and Clinical Nutritionist
Cost: $35.00, Checks payable to Faith Rodgers
Join us for an informative evening about do it yourself cleaning products.

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 6:30-8:00 pm
Instuctor: Katie Browning, Certified Herbalist
Cost: $35, Checks payable to Katie Browning
Join Katie in this fun class and learn the best remedies to add to an herbal first aid kit.

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 6:30-8:00 pm
Instructor: Karena Harmon, Certified Herbalist, Certified Reiki Practitioner and Nutritionist
Cost $35.00, Checks payable to Karena Harmon
This class will go over the properties of some beneficial tonic herbs and you will learn how to make yummy therapeutic herbal treats.

Thursday, April 26th, 2012 6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Lelia Lyon, Certified Herbalist
Cost: $35.00, Checks payable to Lelia Lyon
With the right tools and skills, anyone can make their own rich, luxurious lotions and silky skin creams!


Skullcap
Each month one of our staff members picks an herb that they are drawn to, and shares some experiences, thoughts, medicinal uses and a bit of traditional lore about their selected plant. As each plant is unique, each Herbalist and point of view is unique. We hope you enjoy this tradition.

Herb of the Month — March
by Lauren Stauber, Certified Clinical Herbalist and Nutritionist

Herb
Skullcap

Latin Name
Scutellaria lateriflora

Common Names
Skullcap, Blue Skullcap and American Skullcap

Family
Mint (Lamiaceae)

Parts used
Leaf and flower are most common, root is used in some traditions.

One of about 300 Skullcaps worldwide, Scutellaria lateriflora is the species most commonly used and written about in Western Herbalism. You'll find this blue-flowered, North American native growing happily in damp, shady places.

Medicinal Properties
A widely valued restorative tonic for the nervous system, Scutellaria lateriflora is an ally for stress affecting the body and mind. This slightly bitter, not very aromatic mint has cell-protecting, anti-inflammatory, muscle-relaxing, and gently sedative properties, as well as many nourishing minerals. It is specific for anxiety and "raw nerves" rooted in exhaustion, with symptoms like muscle spasms, tremors, tension headaches, or sensations of heat. I find Skullcap has a special way of smoothing out the rough edges and grounding me back into my breath and body, so I can focus, and ultimately rest. This could be a great long-term tonic for the high-strung college student burning the candle at both ends, or the under-slept, over-worried new parent. A strong infusion is wonderful when I need help shutting off my mind at the end of the day. In small doses it is not heavily sedating like Hops or Valerian, making it appropriate for daytime use. I find it invites a calm, relaxed attention, great for meditation or study.

While not the strongest pain herb, Skullcap is quite useful for chronic and acute pains of many kinds, (more as tincture than as tea), and is especially applicable when an emotional charge is attached to pain. Its bitter and antispasmodic properties make it a nice addition to blends for indigestion and intestinal gripping. It is specific for acute drug and alcohol withdrawal, and fortifies long-term recovery by deeply nourishing the nervous system while quieting obsessive thought patterns. While Skullcap is ideal for people with warmer constitutions, it can be balanced in a formula to suit almost anyone. It is fine for children and the elderly in appropriate doses. This herb has much to offer as a tonic for body and mind, and it is increasingly one of my favorite herbs to work with!

Contraindications and cautions
Some find it more sedative than others, so start with smaller doses to find your own balance. Avoid during pregnancy, unless instructed by a qualified practitioner. Skullcap supplements are often adulterated with Germander, a hepatotoxic herb. Make sure you are getting your skullcap from a reputable source (like Rebecca's!) and that it is true Scutellaria spp.

Preparations
Tea infusion (boiling can render the medicine inert), tincture, powder.

A Simple Nervine Tonic
1 part Skullcap
1 part Oatstraw (or 1/2 Oatstraw, 1/2 Oat Tops)
1 part Spearmint or Lemonbalm
To spice up the formula, add 1/4 - 1/2 part Ginger and/or Cinnamon
To moisten, add 1/2 part Marshmallow or 1/4 part Licorice
To add some zing and enhance nutrient value, add 1 part Rosehips.
To enhance restorative properties, add 30 drops Tincture of Milky Oats per cup.
Other herbs can be added to fine tune and personalize this formula.

Pour 1 cup almost boiling water over 1 rounded Tbsp. of tea.
Cover and steep 15 - 30 minutes, strain and enjoy.

Skullcap
You might try pairing Skullcap with
  • Catnip and/or Chamomile for indigestion-induced insomnia
  • Passionflower for mental restlessness and anxiety
  • Lemonbalm for sadness
  • Rosemary and/or Tulsi Basil to focus the mind or meditate
  • Wood Betony, Lavender and/or Blue Vervain for headache
  • Cramp Bark and/or Wild Yam for menstrual cramps
  • Ashwaghanda and/or Oats for recovery from long-term stress

Resources
The Earthwise Herbal (New World Plants) by Matthew Wood
Planetary Herbology by Michael Tierra
A Treasury of American Indian Herbs by Virginia Scully
The Physiomedical Dispensatory (1869) by William Cook, M. D.
King's American Dispensatory (1898) by Felter and Lloyd
Writings of 7Song, Kiva Rose, and Paul Bergner
Lecture by Corey Pine Shane
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed

 



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