Monday, June 2, 2014

June CSA Share

  • June is here! June is the final month in our 6 month subscription, so if you'd like to get another 6 month CSA share, make sure you sign up for the next round! We've got a delightful bag of goodies for you for June- here's what's in it:

    May Flowers Herbal Tea Blend- red raspberry leaf, motherwort, wild roses, goldenrod, violet flowers, chocolate mint
This is a mellow, tasty tea blend that can be enjoyed hot or cold, with honey or without. It's very floral and slightly sweet and is relaxing to the mind and body. Drink with intent to flower to your full potential.*Caution- not for use during early stages of pregnancy. 

  • Sweet Relief Bug Spray- vanilla, olive oil, catnip oil, witch hazel, citronella essential oil, lemon eucalyptus essential oil, rosemary essential oil It's gnat season here in Iowa. Clouds and clouds of gnats, along with lots of mosquitoes, and a fair amount of ticks if your in tall grass or wooded areas. This spray helps repel all those little buggers! It does need reapplied after a few hours, so stick it in your go bag if you'll be out all day. *Shake before you spray.

    Wild Rose Honey Syrup- wild rose tincture, honey, organic grain alcohol, vegetable glycerineWild Rose is an excellent remedy to have in the home medicine cabinet, as well as in a first aid bag for when you're on the go. Internally, it's a relaxing nervine that can be used in place of rescue remedy. It's also cooling, which can make it a nice addition to ice tea or your water bottle in the summer. Externally, wild rose is cooling and soothing, and also increases circulation. It works wonders on burns, and even relieves the hot itchy feeling of bug bites. The honey can make it a little sticky, but this actually helps to hold the tincture in place on the skin. Energetically, wild rose is restores emotional balance and allows the heart to open while maintaining a strong sense of self.

    PreMoon Tincture
    licorice root, pau’d Arco, vitex, wild yam, yellow dock (40%alc)
    It is generally understood that PMS is caused by hormonal imbalance in the body and this tincture will make sure the liver is in top shape to process the spike in the hormone process thus Take ½-1 dropper full 3x a day for 10 days prior to menstruation. Additional actions to help the hormonal break down process you can do include cutting out alcohol, tobacco, bleached carbs and refined sugar.

    Red Moon Syrup-
    motherwort, skullcap, crampbark, red clover, raspberry leaf, maca powder, blue vervain, blackstrap
    molasses, honey, cocoa powder, cocoa syrup (40% alc)
    Take as needed during menstruation, ½-1 dropper dosages 3x a day or up to every 30min for relief from cramps, mood swings, lower back pain, mood swings, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, stomach upset, tenderness and irritability. Contains iron and other vitamins and minerals your body needs during this time.

    Pine & Citrus Kyphii Incense- scotch pine, cedar, clementines, sage, lavender, honey, pine resin, juniper berriesIt's hard to describe the sacredness of this incense in words.  Everything besides the clementines was wildcrafted or homegrown by us here in Iowa. It's been stirred and melding for months on an altar, with ingredients added bit by bit. To use, you can light the corner of a block until it's lit, blow out, and set in a fire proof area to burn. To burn more than just a smidge, use an incense coal or take a coal out of your bonfire or grill and crumble a bit of the kyphii on top of the lit coal. 

    Kombucha- black tea, yerba mate, organic sugar, kombucha culture, water

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Salves! Usage and Which Salve When Guide

We get a lot of questions about what salve to use when. We make quite a variety of salves and ointments, for a wide variety of uses, though many of those uses overlap! Here's a compilation of [most] of our salves to date with various ways they can be used, and at the bottom there is a list of ailments we have tried our salves on, with notable success! ~Remember, everyone reacts differently, and sometimes one thing will work better for one person than another.~

Nerve and Muscle Repair Salve (external use only)
arnica, st. john's wort, cottonwood, pine resin, olive oil, beeswax
This salve is best for bruises and sore muscles. It's a bit pain relieving and reduces inflammation. I also really like this one for aching bones.

Deep Forest Salve
Pine resin, Self Heal, Elder Leaf, Olive Oil, Local Beeswax
A wonderful removal/moving salve. Great for splinters, slivers, bug bites, spider bites and any deep old wounds that are taking to long to heal.Pine is great for moving blood thus it works wonders on old yellow or green bruises, and wonderful for sore muscles and topical pain related to bruising or sore muscles. This salve is harder then our typical salves due to the resin +, scrape out some with the flat of your nail and warm between fingers for easier application

Heal All Salve
calendula, comfrey, plantain, yarrow, olive oil, beeswax
A supreme combination of anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, restorative herbs that encourage body to repair itself where damaged. Good for bumps, scratches, abrasions, rashes, bites, boils, bruises, and burns that are already on the mend. Do not rub salve directly into an open wound; rather apply it around/near the site. External use only. **As with all salves, please be mindful that you clean the wound first so as to not seal in any infection or debris.  For burns, wait "until the fire is out" (cold water, lavender essential oil, or rose vinegar spritz can help with initial cooling) to apply the salve.

Breathe Deep Chest Rub
 menthol, mullein, olive oil, thyme, eucalyptus, beeswax
It's like Vick's Vapo-Rub, only way better, and all natural! Rub on the chest and upper back to help clear congestion. This ointment can also be helpful for asthma. **Avoid use on the face, and know that a little of this ointment goes a long way!

Turmeric Salve
turmeric, olive oil, beeswax 
Turmeric helps to counter inflammation, and brings circulation to the area applied. This salve can be helpful for stiff and sore joints/muscles, arthritis, and other conditions involving inflammation, pain, and/or swelling. 

Skin Restoration Salve
chickweed, plantain, cleavers, cottonwood bud resin, olive oil, beeswax
Soothes the often painful itching, irritation, and inflammation associated with severely dry skin conditions, eczema, and dermatitis. This salve contains herbs which move lymph and can help with bursitis and sub-dermal cysts. We wild-crafted the herbs in this salve this Spring, so that we could keep using them through the harsh, drying winter months!

chest congestion, mucous: breathe deep or deep woods salve
general bumps/bruises, scrapes, superficial cuts, skin irritation: heal-all salve
eczema: skin restoration or heal-all salve
tattoo healing: heal-all salve
deep bruises, long time to heal: turmeric or deep woods
fresh bruises: nerve and muscle repair salve, deep woods
sore muscles: nerve and muscle repair salve
first aid kit: heal-all salve, deep woods salve
diaper rash, skin rashes (if it's due to skin irritation, or a mild rash, some rashes can be made worse by using an oil-based product. If it's persistent or serious something like activated charcoal may be a better option.): skin restoration salve or heal-all salve
arthritis, joint pain/achy bones: warming/pain relief salve, or turmeric salve

Any questions or ailments you'd like to use a salve for? Let us know, we might be able to help!

~The information provided is for education only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any medical condition.~

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Greens: Garlic Mustard!

I love spring time and all of the medicinal, nutritious and liver cleansing greens that start popping up in my yard. Pictured here is a pile of Garlic Mustard, Alliaria petiolata, that I picked from my yard a few days ago. It is considered invasive, producing up to 800 seeds per plant and most of my neighbors want it out of their yard as soon as possible. If collected before it flowers it will curb this powerful friend from taking over and I'll have a nice stock of garlic mustard pesto in my freezer. As I learned from Susan Weed the roots make a delicious edible as well as the seeds make a spicy condiment. Here is a link to one of my favorite foraging websites article on Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard Pesto
  • 3 c garlic mustard greens, chopped and packed. (Pick greens from an unsprayed area and thoroughly wash and dry them)
  • 1.5 c walnuts
  • 1 tsp- 1tbsp garlic mustard root, sliced
  • 1 c fresh basil, chopped and packed
  • 6 tbsp virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated
  • extra garlic to taste (I'm a garlic fanatic so I often add a few more cloves to the mix)
Process ingredients in food processor, take liberties to adjust ingredients to taste and explore flavoring with other medicinal and culinary herbs

Serve over favorite pasta such as:
  • 8 cups cooked penne pasta

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hello Folks! Our next class is Sunday April 27th down in Riverside, IA We will be teaching about Spring herbs, dandelion, cleavers, plantain, chickweed, yarrow and nettle. We will also be lecturing on important of spring cleansing: lymphatic and kidney care and hormone balance. Cost of class is $25 with a $5 materials fee. If you are interested email for more details

April CSA Share

April showers bring May flowers and we couldn't be happier for it!

Spring Cleanse Elixir
Comfrey, Plantain, Evening Primrose, Violet Leaf, Flowering Skullcap, Lavender, Rosemary, Honey, Blackberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Honey, Agave, Organic Sugar, ALC 40%
Jump into spring with our delicious berry elixir! It's intended to awaken all parts of the body and act as a tonic to our sleepy winter systems. Nutritive and tasty, add to tea, water, juice, or take a spoonful on it's own, 1-3x daily

Deep Forest Salve
Pine resin, Self Heal, Elder Leaf, Olive Oil, Local Beeswax
A wonderful removal/moving salve. Great for splinters, slivers, bug bites, spider bites and any deep old wounds that are taking to long to heal.Pine is great for moving blood thus it works wonders on old yellow or green bruises, and wonderful for sore muscles and topical pain related to bruising or sore muscles. This salve is harder then our typical salves due to the resin +, scrape out some with the flat of your nail and warm between fingers for easier application

Spring Renewal Tea/Tisane
Nettles, Red Clover, Alfalfa, Linden Flower, Hawthorn Berries, Blueberry Leaf, Licorice
This falls into the category of what I call a "green tisane" (A tisane is any tea that does not contain the tea plant. Most of our herbal teas are actually tisanes.) A Green Tisane, is a tisane that is nourishing and full of lots of vitamins and minerals that come from green foods. Nettle, red clover, and alfalfa based teas fall into this category. Nettles are high in iron, calcium and magnesium. Red clover is particularly high in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and vitamin C. Alfalfa is rich in calcium, vitamins A, K, C, and D. Linden flowers have been used in folk medicine to relieve anxiety and insomnia. This tisane is pairs quite nicely with a splash of our Spring Cleanse Elixir!

Osha Tincture
Osha, Honey, ALC 40%
Osha is an intoxicating plant that hails from the high altitudes of the Rocky Mountains. Warming and diffusing, this root has a specific affiliation with the lungs. Works wonders against respiratory infections, and achy sore throats. It's an expectorants to it will draw out congestion in the lungs as well. Take 1/2 dropper to full dropper full 3x day for 5 days, resting for 2 and repeat.

Berry & Green Tea Kombucha
Green Tea, Hibiscus, Raspberry, Blackberry, Chicory, Rose Hips, Orange Peel, Blackberry Leaves, Red Raspberry leaf
Tasty and full of probiotics for healthier gut flora and an important dose of antioxidants for fighting free radicals

Organic Coffee, Organic Sugar, Vanilla Bean, Cocao Nibs, Rum,
This kahlua is a tasty treat! You can use it in your coffee, to make white russians, or as an ingredient in baking.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

March Box

It's almost Springtime, hang in there every body! We've got a delightful kit of herbals for you for March.
Here it is:

Sunny Time Tea
tulsi, st. john's wort, calendula, oatstraw, violet leaf, lavender, lemon balm, dried mango 
This is a nice relaxing and stress relieving tea blend. The calendula and lavender flowers give it a nice floral taste and reminds me of summer. Tulsi, also known as holy basil, is an adaptogenic herb that has many healing properties. It's good for coughs, colds, relieving stress, strengthening the heart and kidneys, respiratory disorders, and more. It also has a delightfully sweet flavor that reminds me of bubble gum. St. John's wort gives a nice lift to the spirits and calms the nervous system. Caution: St. John's wort may interfere with some prescription medications including antidepressants and hormonal birth control. Please consult your healthcare provider before using if you take these kinds of medications.

Warming Pain Relief Salve
cayenne, cottonwood bud resin, cayenne, olive oil, beeswax
This combination of herbs reduces inflammation while increasing circulation to an affected area. Great for arthritis, sore muscles, and pain/swelling in the joints. Caution: Cayenne burns when it comes in contact with mucous membranes, so take care and wash hands after using this product! For external use. 

Herbal Soup Supplement
shiitake mushroom, nameko mushroom, nettle, thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary, dulse, dandelion, burdock
Shiitake mushrooms are one of the most medicinal mushrooms! They are anti-cancer, stress relieving, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and are also a great source of vitamin D. Dulse is a kind of seaweed that is full of trace minerals. Nettles are rich in iron and nourishing to the kidneys. Dandelion and burdock roots are both also rich in iron and cleanse the liver. Suggested use: Add 1-2 teaspoons into a soup broth (like miso) or into rice or quinoa while it cooks.

Clementine Conifer Elixir
Eastern red cedar, Douglas fir, white pine, clementine & mandarin oranges, lemon balm, 50% alc, honey
A most exciting and delicious elixir that can be enjoyed sipped on it's own as an alcoholic beverage, or used as daily supplement by adding 1tsp-1tbsp daily to water, juice, kombucha etc. Conifers are Winter's vitamin, high in Vit C and minerals and are a wonderful expectorant to relieve stagnant lung congestion and good for sore throats. Conifers can also be warming, anti-bacterial, and aid circulation t0 assist the body's natural detoxification that happens during spring.  Lemon balm and oranges help to boost the immune system in a variety of ways, making sure you get off to spring with a good start!

Yarrow Antibacterial Spray
yarrow flower, witch hazel
A powerful healing agent to be used on fresh cuts, scrapes, rashes, red irritated skin, fevered skin, cat scratches. Yarrow is a strong antibacterial plant, used as an anti-infective topically, and to stop bleeding. Witch hazel is a soothing astringent for skin, cooling red inflammation and relieving pain. Suggested use: 2-5 sprays on fresh wound, and follow up with as many sprays as needed for the next few days, depending on severity and size of wound.

jasmine-green tea, yerba mate, nettle, sugar, SCOBY, apple juice 
Bright and sparkly, with many bubbles!

Disclaimer:  All information here within is for education purposes and is not intended for the diagnosis, treatment, or cure of any disease.  Consult your healthcare provider before self-treating.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

2014 Herbal Classes

Herbal Classes
Wild Rose Apothecary

Monthly herbal classes held the last Sunday of each month. We'll focus on seasonal herbs and how to identify, harvest, and make various herbal medicines to keep you healthy throughout the year. 

Classes will run March- November.

$25/per class, discounts available for our CSA members and folks who sign up for the whole series!

To Sign Up, please email us at wildroseapothecary(at)gmail(dot)com

Classes will cover:
Plant identification
Ethical wildcrafting
Growing your own herbs
Herbal vinegars
Herbal syrups
Elixir making
Tea blending
Oil infusions
Salve making
DIY Kombucha

Come learn with us!