St Johns wort Hypericum perforatum. The flowers are rich with hypericin, a deep red terpine. The flower is most rich in this terpene during the warm summer months. The plant grows wild all over the nation. You see it along the roadsides. We infuse the buds of the flower in grapeseed oil to create a soothing body oil. We use is all over all the time. This infusion is nourishment for the skin. I was taught it is specific for burns, any inflammation, irritation or disgruntled skin cells. National Insitute of Health states “The terpene’s Hypericin and Hyperforin have interesting pharmacological profiles, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and antimicrobial activities. In addition, hyperforin stimulates growth and differentiation of keratinocytes, and hypericin is a photosensitizer which can be used for selective treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancer.”1
We know our oils are rich in these terpenes because of the deep red color.
As we wrap up 2018 I'm ruminating on how I can be my best self. How can I better serve you? How can I better serve ME?! I'm committed to my annual resolutions to eat better and exercise more. As I get older I actually mean that and it'll feel good to put away the sugar! But what other little thing could I do for myself to remind myself how good I really am and how abundant this life is. Of course the healing power of the plants comes right to mind and though I drink tea on the regular I'm going to have a daily cup of tea. A cup of tea to create the space to simply sit and be grateful for life. I urge you to join me.
I am really looking forward to celebrating the Solstice this year. We are fortunate enough to get a live Christmas tree. It feels like I'm connecting with time. The old traditions of my ancestors come right into my living room. I'm so grateful for the plants and how they influence my life. I'm grateful we have access to safe good quality Cannabis and the wholistic medicine she provides. We are blessed to be living here on this little piece of the planet and honored to spend a few days celebrating the magic. We will honor the light but also acknowledge the darkness. We have all parts. We are light and we are dark.
I think so! Through my consultation work I've seen many people ween off of opiates using Cannabis medicine. There is no protocol. It depends on so many things! Schedule your consultation today for help navigating the fields of Cannabis. A fun read to get you thinking! https://my420tours.com/is-cannabis-an-opioid-exit-drug
We are thrilled to be offering this course again! We enriched it a bit and added a few more sessions. Space is limited so sign up now. We really had a blast this summer! More to explore :) October 13,20,27 November 10,17,24 $800.00 Northeast Portland
Rebecca’s study of botanical medicine germinated in the fields of Central Vermont. She lived and worked at Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center and studied under the world-renowned Rosemary Gladstar. Her passion and work allowed her to immerse herself in the application of botanical medicine with natural health leaders and herbalists from all over the world. She holds a Baccalaureate in Nursing from Southern Utah University and has a rich history in the nursing field – including acute care, long-term care, preventative care, and support systems for marginalized adults.
We will meet Friday August 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 10 am until 2pm.
Plant identification Garden walk
Materia Medica (Plant Properties)
Home Medicine Making
Human Physiology and Plant Influence
We will start opening circle at 10 o'clock. Please be here a tad early to settle in. We meet at my home in Northeast Portland.
The cost of the series is $400 or $125 each class. So...
Calendula infuses us with warm summer love. She is active on the solar plexus, circulatory and lymphatic system. Calendula is vital for the skin. Calendula self seeds year round here in Portland. The flowers picked at full bloom are dried and then infused in tea, oil, or tincture.
Reading up on gut biome’s and wanted to share the latest research is showing what we know. You are what you eat. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4367209/
Much of the chemical make up in our brain is built in the gut. By nourishing our gastrointestinal systems with probiotic and fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sour trout we maintain good positive bacterias that will help our cells produce healthy brain cells. One study showed that bacteria in the gut can produce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Eat well my friends!
In this time of transition. A time where the news is shocking, where people are acting like idiots. How do we maintain the sense of grace? We turn inward to ourselves as who we are and to the earth. My little piece of heaven on earth, my gardens are abundant with tonic herbs to heal and nourish our nervous system.
The Lemon balm is particularly abundant. Lemon balm or Melissa Officinalis makes a lovely fresh herb tea. It’s particularly refreshing in the late afternoon on a hot day with ice. Lemon balm coats and nourishes our nervous system so we are able to adapt and handle the strain and stresses of life more gracefully.