Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary and Supply

April 2012 Newsletter

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Trees are budding, flowers are poking their heads out of the ground, and the sun is shining. We hope you are enjoying the longer and unseasonably warm days as much as we are here in Boulder.

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Our new lovely salve is made from organic infused oils of local Arnica, St. Johnswort, beeswax and a touch of German Chamomile. This powerful combination is specifically healing for bruising and inflammation, especially in the initial stages of an injury. A must have for any first aid kit!

Terra Cotta Aromatherapy Pots
These aromatherapy pots are a simple way to use your essential oils, allowing them to slowly diffuse out through the porous clay, gently scenting your home or car.

Horizon Seeds
It's about that time to start planting your herbs, and we have a beautiful array of organic seeds that have been ordered and are on their way.

10% off our Herb of the Month, kelp! See below for more information about this amazing seaweed.

Staff Picks
Tzuria's Pick
Hair Oil
Our Healthy Hair oil will not only make your hair shine, it is also nourishing and strengthening! For curly hair apply it to your ends after bathing or anytime you need some extra moisture. For straight hair try using it as a hot oil treatment. I have been so pleased using this product as part of my regular hair care. The oil feels deeply nourishing and leaves my hair feeling healthy and fabulous.

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. Pre-registration is required.

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
Instructor: 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.

Luxurious Lotion
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!

Tuesday, May 8th, 6:30-8:30 pm
Instructors: Liz Holtman, Certified Clinical Herbalist & Nutritionist and Corrie Snyder, Certified Clinical Herbalist and Nutritionist
Cost: $35.00, Checks payable to Liz Holtman
Celebrate the sweetness of spring with chocolate! Be prepared to get creative in the kitchen and make some of your very own chocolate to take home.

Thursday, May 10th, 6:30-8 pm
Instructor: Katie Browning, Certified Herbalist
Cost: $35.00, Checks payable to Katie Browning
Come learn how the healing power of water can be used in synergy with the plants through the external applications of baths, sitz baths and steams.

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 6:30-8:00 pm
Instructor: Karena Harmon, Certified Herbalist, Certified Reiki Practitioner and Nutritionist
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.

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 10:00am-12:00pm
Instructors: Katie Browning, Certified Herbalist and Ashlee Bodo, Certified Clinical Herbalist Location: Mt. Sanitas Trailhead
Cost: $30.00, Checks payable to Katie Browning
Join us for an easy hike to learn about the amazing medicinal and native plants that surround us.

Each month one of our staff members pick 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 — April
by Lelia Lyon, Certified Herbalist

Kelp, Bullwhip Kelp, Nereocystis leukeana

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Medicinal Properties
Reaching up to absorb the sun's energy, kelp is bathed in the mineral rich ocean, providing a super food that is prized for its medicinal and nutritional gifts. In land-locked Colorado, consuming a vegetable from the sea provides us with vitamins and minerals we might not normally get in our diet. Kelp is rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, iodine, and vitamins A, the B's, D and K. Most minerals, vitamins and trace minerals are present in kelp, making it a nutrient powerhouse that can fill in the blanks caused by nutrient depleted soil. It's important to note that in Colorado (and other land-locked states) our soil is iodine poor, making kelp an ideal food.

Medicinally speaking kelp is protective, nutritive, and supportive to the nervous system. As a protective food, it can block the absorbency of radioactive isotopes and help the body detoxify and excrete them. As a nutrient rich food, it is perfect for individuals who feel depleted and tired. By having such an array of nutrients, particularly magnesium, the nervous system is able to function optimally. All these amazing therapeutic properties make kelp a great daily tonic helping to optimize health.

Preparations & Applications
Dried kelp is delicious consumed straight and can be consumed as a nutrient rich alternative to salt. Tasting distinctly salty, it starts out crisp like a potato chip and then becomes smooth and silky in your mouth. Crumble liberally over salads and soups, use as a seasoning for rice dishes, and sprinkle on popcorn for a yummy treat.

Recipe Herbal Gomasio
Gomasio is a delicious condiment to leave on your table and use like salt. Rich and flavorful, it is high in vitamins and minerals and is a perfect compliment to vegetable dishes, salads, rice and meat dishes.
1/4 cup white or brown sesame seeds
1 tbls. kelp pieces
1 tsp. nettle flakes
Toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet, stirring often until they release their aroma and darken, add the kelp pieces and toast just for another minute. Take off the heat and let cool. Add the nettles and grind the combination just until the seeds are broken and the herbs are in smaller pieces. Store the mixture on your table so you use it often!

Healing Wise by Susan Weed (an amazing resource for scientific literature on the benefits and uses of seaweeds)


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