Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary and Supply

July 2011 Newsletter
 


arnica
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Happy April
We're loving the Linden's bloom and the fresh Arnica harvests, what a great time of year! Hope you are enjoying the summer as much as we are!

Enjoy! And, don't forget to "Like" us on Facebook for updates throughout the month and pictures.


Local Herbs
Local Herbs are here!
Local, organic growers have been arriving laden with baskets full of freshly dried nettles and raspberry leaf, mints and more. For us, this represents so much of what we love about this community and the summer time. Local, freshly dried herbs come in limited supply, so we encourage you to visit us soon to stock up on the summer's bounty. We'll keep you updated on our facebook page as the new batches arrive.

Summer Cooler Tea is back!
This scrumptious blend of sweet and tangy hibiscus, lemongrass and ginger will cool you off and perk you up. Colorful and yummy, Summer Cooler is wonderful hot or iced.

Herb Pharm Milk Thistle Capsules
These capsules are a wonderful alternative for those wanting to take milk thistle daily, but not wanting the taste or alcohol content found in traditional tinctures. Herb Pharm extracts pesticide-free seeds and then encapsulates the resulting product, ensuring a potent and easy to take medicine.

Party in my Pants
Washable menstrual Cloths: We've got in a new variety of these eco-chic washable menstrual pads, as well as a new liner. Disposable menstrual products can cost a woman $3,000 dollars over her menstruating years. By switching to reusable cloth pads, you'll spend about a third of that amount. What's more, over 12 billion disposable menstrual products are thrown away in the U.S. alone. These washable pads, with their fun colors and patterns make it easy to forget trashy disposables and embrace the comfortable cloth.

Staff Picks
belly butter
Corrie's Pick
Rebecca's Belly Butter
For the past thirty-four weeks as my belly has been blossoming I have slathered and lathered myself with our Belly Butter. I am thrilled to report that as of now my skin is smooth and stretch mark free. This wonderful product made of whipped Shea butter, cocoa butter and infused oils supports your skin to stretch and grow while encouraging it to retain elasticity. Rebecca's belly butter was wonderfully formulated with not just the baby on the inside in mind; it also makes a wonderful moisturizer for baby on the outside as well. It's highly effective against eczema and diaper rash and is gentle enough to use on newborns.

belly butter
Zoie's Pick
The Complete Herbal Tutor — Anne McIntyre
This book is definitely one of the most beautifully illustrated and organized herbal reference I have ever read. Starting from the introduction outlining her own background through the section of Global Herbal history I was pulled into this comprehensive informative book from the get go. Additionally the Chemistry and Preparation, Materia Medica and Common Ailments (which is broken down into body systems) sections are easy to follow and visually stimulating. Closing with growing and harvesting, this is a must have in any herbal library.


Below is our Summer Class Schedule. Look for more seasonal classes to come. For full class descriptions and an archive of past classes please check our website at:http://www.rebeccasherbs.com/classes.html.

Wednesday, July 13th, 6:30-8:00pm
Instructors, Corrie Snyder and Liz Holtman, Certified Clinical Herbalists
Cost: $35.00

Wednesday July 20th, 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor: Lelia Lyon, Certified Herbalist
Cost: $35.00

Tuesday, August 9th, 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor: Faith Goguen, Certified Clinical Herbalist
Cost: $25.00

Wednesday, August 17th, 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor: Lelia Lyon, Certified Herbalist
Cost: $35.00
Come learn how to be prepared to treat illnesses and discomfort with herbal remedies.

Tuesday, August 30th, 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor: Faith Goguen, Certified Clinical Herbalist
Cost: $35.00
Please join us to learn how to make therapeutic herbal infused oils and salves.


Nettle Leaf
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 — July
By Karena Harmon, Herbalist

Common Name
Nettle Leaf, also known as Stinging Nettle

Latin Name
Urtica Dioica or Urtica urens

Family
Urticaceae

Parts Used
Root, leaf and seed

Energetics
Warming and drying

Medicinal Properties
Nettle grows all over the world and has an affinity for waste places and near water. Characteristically Nettle encourages vitality, strength, conviction and is an overall chi strengthener. Nettle also promotes awareness by showing you her presence through her sting coming from the tiny hairs on the stalk and the bottom of the leaf that contain formic acid(they fall off shortly after picking). Generally a nettle sting only lasts a few hours and was utilized in olden times through a process known as urtication for arthritis and joint pains. This nourishing mineral rich herb is very high in Chlorophyll and packs in 2,900 mg of Calcium, 860 mg Magnesium, and 41 mg of Iron among numerous other vitamins and minerals per 100 grams. The young fresh greens are traditionally cooked and eaten in the spring and early summer for a nutritious treat.

Traditionally, Nettle has been known as a wonderful herbal panacea, helpful with numerous ailments such as adrenal deficiency, allergies, gout, burns, depleted kidneys and lungs, tonifying the digestive organs the intestinal tract and reproductive system and also as a blood purifier. Nettle is a wonderful friend to new mothers by promoting milk flow and building blood. Regular use of Urtica has also been used to improve skin and hair. Preparations: Can be taken as a tincture, hot or cold infusion, used topically and the young tops can be eaten as a food.

Recipes

Super mineral rich tea
Fill about 1/3 of a quart jar with a blend of Nettle leaf, Raspberry leaf and Milky oat tops then fill with cold water and let it infuse overnight then strain the next morning and enjoy!

Nettle hair Lotion
1 oz dried nettle leaf and root
4 cups water
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 drops of rosemary and lavender essential oil
Prepare an infusion with the nettle then strain and add oil and vinegar.
Massage about a handful of lotion on wet hair after washing and don't rinse for best results.
Refrigerate between uses.
Nettle Leaf


Nettle Pesto
2 cups of fresh nettle leaf
1 cup of fresh basil leaf
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp Olive oil
2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
Small handful of pine nuts, walnuts or sunflower seeds
Salt and pepper to taste
Throw it all into a food processor or blender and voila!

Resources
Healing Wise by Susun Weed
The book of Herbal Wisdom by Matthew Wood
300 Herbs by Matthew Alps

 



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