Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary and Supply

June 2010 Newsletter

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Welcome Summer!
We embrace the opportunity to take hikes among the plants, see our gardens grow, and enjoy the sunshine. We are also happy to welcome our newest Herbalist to the shop, Corrie Snyder!

June is also the month where we celebrate Father's Day. Check out our unique offering of men's products at the shop, and see below for some of our favorite Father's Day gift ideas.

Body Art Quality Henna
This unique new henna is lab verified free of pesticides, has been tested for dye content, and is finely milled specifically for body art.

Yarrow Hydrosol
A hydrosol is an incredible medicine which is literally the water from within a plant. We now happily announce our newest addition, Yarrow, which has been distilled from wildcrafted Yarrow blossoms in Utah.
soothing burn spray
It has a powerful herbaceous, desert green odor that would make a great aftershave and toner. This hydrosol can used externally for inflammation, healing scarred skin, as well as for cuts and scrapes. Internally it can be a wonderful remedy for healing lesions and inflamed mucous membranes. Energetically it is a deep healer, useful in times of trauma.

Seasonal Products
  • We are bringing back our Bug Oil and Bug Spray for the summer. These all natural bug repellents will keep you critter-free without any synthetic chemicals.
  • We have also whipped up a fresh batch of our Soothing Burn Spray, great for healing over sun kissed skin.
  • If you haven't tried our new Body Butter, it would make a great after-sun moisturizer.
  • Check out our table of Local Plant Identification and Botany books for your summer herb adventures.

  • Staff Picks

    rainbow scrub
    Alyson's Pick
    Yin Time Tea
    This tea is great to drink at the end of a long day. Help Dad unwind in the most delicious way!

    Elizabeth's Pick
    Rainbow Scrub
    ...or create your own salt scrub to keep by the sink for Dad. Great to scrub off dirt and grease, exfoliate the hands, and will leave the skin soothed.

    Lelia's Pick
    foot scrub
    Soothing Skin Salve
    Fantastic for hardworking hands, this salve is chock full of healing herbs.

    Liz's Pick
    Fabulous Foot Scrub
    Treat Dad to this great foot scrub for tired feet!

    Katie's Pick
    Sore Muscle Oil
    male herbal
    A great rub for the hardworking dad!

    Rebecca's Pick
    French Grey and Himalayan Culinary Salts
    A jarred assortment of these divine salts is great for any dad who loves to cook.

    Taz's Pick
    The Male Herbal: A Definitive Health Care Book for Men & Boys by James Green
    Help Dad take his health into his own hands.

    Below is our June and July Class Schedule. Look for more seasonal classes to come. For full class descriptions and an archive of past classes please check our website at:

    2nd Sunday of each month, June-September 2010, 10:00-11:00am
    Instructor: Katie Browning, Certified Herbalist
    Cost: $20 (All materials included), checks payable to Katie Browning

    Wednesday, June 9th, 6:30-8:00pm
    Instructor, Faith Goguen, Certified Clinical Herbalist
    Cost: $25, checks payable to Faith Goguen

    Tuesday, June 15th, 6:30-8:00pm
    Instructor: Lelia Lyon, Certified Herbalist
    Cost: $35, checks payable to Lelia Lyon

    Tuesday, July 13th 2010, 6:30-8:00pm
    Instructor: Lelia Lyon, Certified Herbalist
    Cost: $35, checks payable to Lelia Lyon

    Each month one of our staff members picks an herb that she/he is 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 — June
    By Elizabeth Willis

    Common Name

    Latin Name
    Tilia Europea

    Malvaceae family

    The medical tradition of using Linden comes from its many uses in old domestic European medicine. This beautiful tree will be blooming all over Boulder in mid June, and offers its medicine from its blossoms, bracts and leaves. It is a gentle sedative, antispasmodic and is a particularly calming plant. Because of its relaxing nature it is helpful for times of duress, anxiety and nervousness, but can also be a soothing addition to a cold and flu tea to relax the body or an irritated cough. Linden is slightly moist, is effective for dispersing excess heat, and can also be used to break a fever. It is also helpful for reducing the irritation of viral breakouts.

    Linden's affinity for the respiratory tract makes it an effective remedy for flu, fever, colds, coughs, excess or stuck mucus, along with supporting sleep! Last but not least Linden is also a healing topical remedy, for sunburn, boils or irritated inflamed tissues.

    Linden can be used as a tea, tincture, poultice, wash, or used fresh.

    Active Constituents
    Vitamin-C, Iodine, Manganese, Flavonoids, Mucilage, Tannins, Volatile oils, Quercetin glycosides and Sterols (to name a few!)


    Summer's Eve Tea
    1 part Spearmint
    1 part Lemon balm
    1/2 part Linden

    Steep 15-45 minutes, strain & enjoy. Drink as a warm brew before bed or chill over night for a delicious iced tea for your next busy day.

    Peaceful Moments Herbal Bath
    1 large handful dried (or fresh) Linden
    1 handful lavender blossoms
    1/2 handful rose
    1/2 handful chamomile

    *Put all your loose herbs into a 1 qrt. canning jar, pour boiling water over, cover!! Steep 15-30min, run your bath. Strain into bath, or leave the flowers in if you like. Light candles & relax!


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