While oral health starts with diet and hygiene, the type of products we use can make a huge difference in the health of our teeth and gums!
Herbalists, as with any other profession, need to make a living from their craft. What factors contribute to the price of a good or service? Why should one have comparable pricing with others in the field? How do we make goods affordable to those who need them, while simultaneously supporting ourselves?
Herbalism is both an art and a science. If I just handed out a recipe to someone, they aren’t making art, they aren’t using their own creativity and knowledge, but are merely replicating what’s been handed to them, and aren’t putting their own love and labor into it. And if they use that recipe and begin to sell to their friends and greater public, they aren’t selling their original product, but capitalizing on the work of someone else.
Goldenrod (Solidago spp.) is in full bloom here. It certainly brightens up the landscape! This is a plant I tincture, dry for tea, and infuse in body oil. Goldenrod is astringent, diaphoretic, vulnerary, and antimicrobial, and can be ingested or applied for a variety of ailments. There are many species, all are medicinal, though each species will have a slightly different scent, taste, and potency.
I joined the Church of my own volition, as an adult. I did not join the Church to witness the weakness and errors of man, but the strength, Love, and mercy of Christ. Have we forgotten about the numerous faithful priests and bishops who had no part in this evil? You will never find a perfect institution, free from corruption and sin, because man is not free from sin and corruption.
When we lose connection to nature, we fail to respect and appreciate the limited gifts of the earth. We commodify that which is trending, and the land suffers for it - we all suffer for it. This season, and every season, pause and reflect on your needs before consuming. Consider how you can foster a connection to the earth and be an active participator in your food and medicine supply.
Elderberry is an immunomodulator, and helps reduce the length and severity of cold and flu symptoms. It’s a staple in my Apothecary and I take near daily doses of the tincture or syrup in the thick of winter, when people around me are sick. It has a pleasant, fruity taste, and combines well with cinnamon, ginger, and honey.
Truly, half the medicine is in spending time with plants. When I drink a strengthening nettle infusion, massage a violet oil into my skin, or taste elder tincture, I remember the moments spent with those plants. When I preserve plants for later use, I store with them these memories, to be relived again and again