Rebecca's Herbal Apothecary and Supply

December 2009 Newsletter


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Welcome Summer!
This year we have decided to do something new, each of our staff members have picked their favorite holiday gifts from Rebecca's. We hope you enjoy our version of an herbal holiday gift guide. But more than that, we wish for you a happy, healthy holiday season. Please know that we are so thankful for the incredible, supportive community that walks through our doors each day. You have made this a wonderful year!

Rebecca's holiday hours:
December 24: we will be closing at 4pm
December 25 - January 1: we will be closed

Welcome Summer!
Alyson's Picks:
  • Rebecca's Coconut Rose Oil: This coconut oil infused with organic rose petals makes your whole body feel (and smell) amazing!
  • Rebecca's Sweet Mint Tea: A surprisingly sweet, uniquely delicious tea.
Ashlee's Picks:
  • Bluecorn Naturals Beeswax Candles: I love these Colorado-made, 100% beeswax candles, especially the ones scented with pure essential oils!
  • Florihana Nebulizing Aromatherapy Diffuser: Quite simply the best nebulizer we've ever used! A wonderful gift for the aromatherapy-lover in your life!
Elizabeth's Picks:
  • Rebecca's Rainbow Salt Scrub: This scrub is a decadent bath or shower experience. It is like having a full spa treatment, in one easy step at home!
  • Holiday Chocolates: Local, Chocolove holiday bars make any gift sweeter and are great for stuffing stockings too!
Faith's Picks:
  • Rebecca's Sweet Honey Scrub: This is definitely my all-time favorite Rebecca's product! A wonderful daily scrub for the face made from food like oats, flax seeds and honey.
  • Alaskan Essences Combination Formula Kit: This would make a stellar gift to anyone who loves flower essences. It includes 12 amazing formulas like "Calling All Angels", Soul Support" and "Go-Create".
Katie's Picks:
  • Stonecraft Art Statuaries: Beautiful, local handcrafted sculptures for your home or garden. A truly unique gift!
  • Rebecca's Sandalwood Rose Perfume Oil: My absolute favorite combo of our perfume oils. Floral yet grounded, it is sensual and warm. A great blend for your loved one this winter.
Leila's Picks:
  • Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health by Rosemary Gladstar: A great primer book for anyone interested in herbalism and medicine making!
  • Dead Sea Mud: For anyone who needs a bit of pampering, slather yourself from top to bottom!
Rebecca's Picks:
  • Rebecca's Sore Muscle Oil: Simply fabulous, it WORKS and smells so good, I use it almost every night
  • Rebecca's Decadent Rose Salt Scrub: You just can't get much better than this scrub with its beautiful blend of Organic Rose and Frankincense essential oils.
Tzuria's Picks:
  • Rebecca's Bath Salt Blends: Reviving, relaxing and smells wonderful.
  • The Henna Body Art Kit: Fun, natural body art with all the supplies you need included. It's awesome!

New Products in time for the Holidays!
  • Florihana Aromatherapy Nebulizing Diffuser - Its cold air nebulizing action makes a fine mist of your essential oils, the most effective way of diffusing for therapeutic properties. This new nebulizer has no plastic parts, made of beautiful wood and glass only.
  • Exciting new Gift Baskets, including Tea Lovers, Family Basket, and our Lavender and Rose Baskets.
  • Mulling Spices - Enjoy this rich blend of roots and spices in your cider or wine, or as a potpourri.
  • Local Lavender Bundles.
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  • New Seasonal Ancestral Airs Tree Cards, beautifully handmade and a perfect accompaniment for any gift.
  • Yummy New Chocolove Holiday Bar, Peppermint Dark Chocolate Bar, and an assortment of Mini Bars.
  • The 2010 We'moon Calendars are back!
  • Also check out our amazing new selection of Children's Books, Seasonal Books, and Oracle Decks!

Wildcraft!: An Herbal Adventure Game
Review By Faith Goguen

We are all so excited to have this fun new game at the shop! It is a cooperative board game that introduces kids to the amazing world of healing plants. The object of the game is to gather some of Grandma's favorite medicinal plants as well as buckets of huckleberries for her yummy pie and make it back before nightfall. As you travel through the "friendly forest" and the "sunny meadow" you will encounter several obstacles like bee stings, tummy aches, and sunburns providing an opportunity to learn about using medicinal plants for common ailments. For ages 4 and up, and we think you can never be too old to enjoy a good board game!

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 — December
Cinnamon, Cinnamomum spp.

Parts Used: Inner bark, either rolled into sticks, crumbled into chips or ground into a powder.

Medicinal Properties
Cinnamon has enjoyed a lengthy history, where wars were fought and silver traded over this rich herb. Used frequently in culinary applications, cinnamon gives warmth, depth and even contrast in both sweet and savory recipes. Those same qualities are what make cinnamon such a great herb for chilly winter days. Cinnamon is rich in volatile oils, tannins, and coumarins. These compounds attribute to cinnamon's action as an antimicrobial herb, used in times past as a preservative. It is considered astringent, making it useful to arrest bleeding, especially in the case of heavy menstrual flow which causes weakness. A warming herb, cinnamon is great for digestive complaints, including nausea and gas. Cinnamon also plays well with other herbs, warming and directing them. Recently there has been much research on cinnamon's potential as an antioxidant, a mild anti-inflammatory and as a blood sugar regulator. Cinnamon bark or chips can be used to flavor herbal preparations that otherwise might not be as tasty. Of course, the powder is wonderful in all sorts of recipes. Parts Used: Inner bark, either rolled into sticks, crumbled into chips or ground into a powder.

Preparations & Applications

Warming Winter Tea
1 Tablespoon cinnamon chips
1 Tablespoon astraglus root
1/2 Tablespoon orange peel
1/2 Tablespoon ginger
Simmer herbs gently in 3 cups of water for 15 minutes. Drink throughout the day to keep warm, support your immune system and balance your blood sugar while enjoying holiday treats! Parts Used: Inner bark, either rolled into sticks, crumbled into chips or ground into a powder.

Cinnamon Ornaments
(non-edible, great to make on a snowy day with friends or children)
1 cup ground cinnamon
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup white craft glue
In a medium bowl, mix the cinnamon and applesauce together, then add the craft glue. Mix until the dough is smooth, let stand for 1 hour. Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thick, using ground cinnamon to keep it from sticking. If the dough starts to crack, spritz with water. Use cookie cutters to cut fun shapes out of the dough and use a straw to make a hole to string them up when they are dry. Dry the ornaments on a baking sheet in an oven temperature of 200 degrees for two hours, flipping the ornaments after an hour so they dry evenly. Decorate as you see fit! Parts Used: Inner bark, either rolled into sticks, crumbled into chips or ground into a powder.

We are offering 10% off of bulk Cinnamon Chips, Sticks, and Powder during the month of December!

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

Herbal Holiday Giftmaking
Wednesday, December 2nd, 6:30-8:00pm
Wednesday, December 16th, 6:30-8:00pm
* Same class offered twice. Choose best date for you.
Instructors: Ashlee Bodo, Certified Clinical Herbalist & Katie Browning, Certified Herbalist
Cost: $35.00
Celebrate the season! Come learn to create your own handmade herbal gifts for friends and loved ones...more

Making Body Butters
Tuesday, December 8th, 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor, Faith Goguen, Certified Clinical Herbalist
Cost: $35.00
Give the gift of homemade body butters this holiday season! Learn about different natural butters including shea, cocoa, and mango butter....more

Herbs & Astrology with Brigitte Mars
Thursday, December 10th, 6:30-8:00pm
Instructor, Brigitte Mars, AHG
Cost: $25.00
Throughout history plants, animals, humans and even gemstones have been associated with the heavens. Come explore this ancient art, The Doctrine of Signatures and how we are all connected...more

Fertility Awareness Method Workshop
Introduction: Thursday, January 21st, 6:30-8:30pm
Advanced: Thursday, January 28th, 6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Faith Goguen, Certified Clinical Herbalist
Cost: $30.00/ class or $50.00 for both classes with advance sign up
Learn about the Fertility Awareness Method, a method of observing and charting fertility signs to avoid pregnancy, achieve pregnancy, or to monitor gynecological health...more

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