JOIN THE HUMBOLDT HERBALS HERBALISTAS!
We're looking for a new
Community Herbalist to help out on weekends!
We'd love to talk to you if you're a knowledgeable herbalist with a happy, self-motivated professional disposition who enjoys a sometimes very busy pace. You need to have excellent customer service skills, and retail experience is a definite plus. Good computer skills are also a plus.
As a Community Herbalist, your primary job will be to guide our customers through our selection of herbs and herbal products ~ we take great pride in providing outstanding customer service. You'll keep shelves stocked, keep the store clean and tidy, fill internet and phone orders, and have a great time!
Your schedule will be Saturdays and Sundays, plus filling in as needed.
Interested? Please email, snail mail or drop off your resume, references, and a letter explaining your interest in the position. Please include details about your weekly availability. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org and our address is 300 2nd Street, Eureka, CA, 95501. Phone is 707/442-3541.
Humboldt Herbals is a primary health care resource for many members of our community, and you'll be joining a great team of herbalists who do what they love and love what they do. We look forward to hearing from you!
August Special Sales Days
Seniors save 10% every Tuesday ~ Receive a five cent credit for each bottle, jar or bag that you bring in to reuse ~ Join our Bulk Herb Club and save 10% on all bulk purchases, all the time!
AUGUST ARTS ALIVE PARTY - You're Invited!!
JOIN US SATURDAY AUGUST 6th FROM 6 TO 9 FOR ART, JAZZ AND DELICIOUS TREATS!
We're hosting vibrant oils and acrylics by
, with the old acoustic jazz swing of Canary & The Vamp - "music so old it's new again!" We'll be serving a chilled Lavender Lemonade Champagne Cocktail, organic fruit and a cheese spread made with the smoky sweet heat of our
organic chipotle powder
, plus refreshing herbal tea.
Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it ~
August 15th is Julia Child's birthday! Julia's profound and far-reaching influence on American cookery earned her the title of "Mother of the American Food Renaissance," while her sparkling joie de vivre turned cooking into an exciting adventure focused on the pleasures of the table. To celebrate St. Julia, Our Lady of the Ladle, we're offering
20% off all our artisan culinary salts for the ENTIRE MONTH OF AUGUST in both our brick-n-mortar and online shop!
, Red Alaea, Black Lava, Sel Gris, Fleur de Sel, Smoked Alder, White Truffle & Black Truffle
our Redwood Fleur de Sel
, or try them all! Delicious!
August Learning Opportunities
Drop us a note if there's a particular subject you'd like to see, or if you'd like to teach a class at Humboldt Herbals. Please pre-register for classes by calling us at 442-3541.
Food Heals with Marcia Stroud, MA, Biochemist, Herbalist & Nutritionist
Wednesday, August 10th from 6:30 - 8:00pm ($25)
Thinking about changing the way you eat?
Good health depends on good nutrition - learn how you can eat your way to better health!
In this class, we'll discuss five key principles of healthy nutrition.
* How to determine your nutritional type
* Which saturated fats are healthy
* How the glycemic index relates to overall well-being
* How enzymes, pH, and raw foods relate to overall health
* When raw veggies may not be the best choice and which organic foods are not the healthiest
And, because what you don't put into your system is just as important as what you do, we'll examine ways to reduce your intake of toxins. This course also includes a look at some natural allies to support specific areas such as energy and sleep. And, finally, we'll discuss external body and skin health and their relationship to overall well-being.
FREE Psychic Readings in the Humboldt Herbals Community Classroom!
Coming in September!!
Learn About Herbal Medicine with the Humboldt Herbals Community Herbalists!
Humboldt Herbals Herbalista Fall Class Series
Saturdays from 10 - 12:30pm, beginning September 10th
219 D Street in Old Town Eureka
(next door to Humboldt Herbals)
$395 for the entire series
, including 10 classes, 2 herb walks, detailed handouts for each class, and products that you'll make in class to take home with you
(a $95 savings! - must be paid in full by August 27th)
$45 for each individual class and $20 for individual herb walks (preregistration at least 48 hours before individual classes is required ~ drop in's are welcome for herb walks)
Sept. 10th: Beginning With Herbs with Candice Brunlinger (10am to 12:30pm)
Intrigued by the mysteries of herbal medicine but not sure quite how to pull away the veil? Start here, and join Candice in opening our series as we learn how to bring herbs into our lives. We'll learn the basics about diverse forms of herbal medicines and will introduce various schools of thought in the herbal tradition.
Candice has studied herbal healing for over a decade, has a small clinical practice and an herbal product line, Herbal Infusions. She enjoys teaching workshops and classes, including the Beginning with Herbs series at Humboldt State University. She has a passion for herbal healing, making herbal medicine, cooking and gardening.
September 17th: Staying Healthy With the Seasons with Lauren Ballard (10am to 12:30pm)
In this class we will be looking at the qualities of the 4 seasons in our environment, as well as their reflection and manifestations in our own bodies. We will be diving deeper into the essence of each season, learning to flow with the changes so we can maintain physical balance, prevent and cure dis-ease, and find peace in our hearts. This class will focus on nourishing herbal tonics, healing foods, preparing seasonal medicine, common seasonal ailments, and lovely herbal recipes for you and your family.
Lauren has served the community for over 12 years as an herbalist at Humboldt Herbals. She graduated from the Northwest School for Botanical Studies in 2003 and worked for Alpine Meadows, a local tincture business. For over 10 years along with her husband, she has grown I & I Farm in Dow's Prairie to a 14 acre sustainable farm, where veggies, herbs and children all grow together!
Saturday September 24th: Herbal First Aid with Jasmine Zenderland (10am to 12:30pm)
What's in your first aid kit? Come learn how we can prepare for the unexpected by calling on our herbal allies. In this class we will discuss treating wounds, bug bites, and other ailments with herbs, addressing common afflictions while traveling, and putting together an herbal first aid kit. Learn how tinctures, liniments, and essential oils can remedy complaints from motion sickness to sprains. We will also learn to identify common plants that can be used for healing, and we will be making an all purpose salve to take home for your very own first aid kit!
Jasmine studied with the East West School of Planetary Herbology, and has a particular interested for Eastern herbal energetics as applied to local, Western herbs. She's worked at herb shops from Florida to California, cultivating her knowledge of plant medicine and working in service to the community. She's currently studying Botany at Humboldt State University, expanding her knowledge of plants and holistic healthcare.
Sunday Sept. 25th: Plant Walk at the Azalea Reserve with Candice Brunlinger (1:30 to 3:30pm)
Join Candice for a stroll through the Azalea Reserve in Mckinleyville. We'll learn to identify a number of native medicinal and edible herbs and will explore some of their uses. The class will also discuss the concepts of ethical wildcrafting and resources for plant identification.
October 1st: Vata, Pitta, Kapha: An Ayurvedic Journey with Marea Zendran (10am to 12:30pm)
The term Ayurveda comes from the roots Ayus, which translates as life, and Veda which translates as knowledge. Ayurveda is the knowledge of life. Join Marea for a lively and engaging class where each student will learn their own unique constitution, the inherent, ideal balance of all three doshas, and what this means in relation to health and ideal state of well-being. You will explore dosha specific food plans and daily practices that will create balance and nourish your whole being. With Marea's guidance, you will also develop your own constitution specific herbal formulas and learn specific herbs to use to nourish the different tissues of the body, called dhatus. You will leave her class with a whole new perspective on the beauty within.
Marea is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, a graduate of the California College of Ayurvedic Medicine. She has been a lifelong student and teacher of herbal medicine and nutrition. She offers private consultations upon request.
October 8th: Fun With Ferments with Amanda Moore (10am to 12:30pm)
Could sour kraut be the answer?! Come and join us as we discuss digestive health and how it affects not only our physical body, but our emotional body as well. We will ask the big questions ~ How do we nourish ourselves? and even more importantly, How do we digest our life experiences? Together we will make our own customized krauts using a variety of local, seasonal vegetables and herbs! This is a low tech class, so bring a sharp knife, a cutting board and lots of muscle! Different examples of lacto fermented foods will be available to nibble on during class.
Amanda has studied herbal medicine for 17 years, and is continually humbled by plants. As a bodyworker specializing in Maya Abdominal Therapy, it makes sense that she's developed and expanded her love and expertise with lacto-fermented foods. Amanda is passionate about healing the whole body through a variety of methods, and has received training in an array of healing modalities.
October 15th: Plant Medicine Making ~ Internal Preparations with Alyssa Boyd (10am to 12:30pm)
Harness and implement the bounty of the plant world around you when you learn to craft your own herbal medicine. From teas to tinctures to vinegars, honeys to syrups, oxymels to electuaries, you will learn which approach best suits different needs. We will utilize locally grown plants to explore the most effective and superior ways of creating plant medicine as we forage a path in understanding how to determine which plants pair best with various medicine making techniques. We'll also discuss how to determine dosage and appropriate use. Come join in blending the scientific constituents with that of whole plant spirit to craft your own unique medicine for health and harmony.
Alyssa is a Pacific Northwest native with a lifelong love for the region's marvelous plant life. As a graduate of Dandelion Herbal Center and a student of local botany, she enjoys crafting healing formulas with both the native flora and cultivated medicinals. Her free time is spent continuing her herbal education from her favorite teacher--- Nature.
October 22nd: Plant Medicine Making ~ External Preparations with Jessica Shepherd (10am to 12:30pm)
Learn how to make your own infused herbal oils, salve and lip balm! You'll also learn how to make luscious lotions, crèmes and body balms. We'll discuss how to use herbs to make fomentations and poultices, and explore the healing power of an herbal bath. Properties of carrier oils and the best herbs to use topically along with their specific actions will be covered. You'll get to sample all these preparations and make your own products in class! Lots of great recipe ideas will be included in your handout - just in time for the gifting season.
Oct. 29th: Sensory Plant Communication with Julie Caldwell (10am to 12:30pm)
Learn how to expand your sensory awareness so you can "hear" what the plants have to say! We'll explore a variety of techniques that will help enhance your experiences with the natural world, hone your innate intuitive skills and assist you in deeply connecting with the life forces that surround you.
Julie is the proprietress of Humboldt Herbals, a business she has happily cultivated for over 18 years. She loves to teach about the beautiful and elegant relationship between People and Plants.
Sunday October 30th: Plant Walk at Elk Head Trail in Trinidad with Julie Caldwell
(1:30 to 3:30pm, rain or shine)
Join Julie for a casual stroll along Elk Head Trail to meet the vast array of medicinal plants that grow along this gorgeous path. We'll discuss their medicinal properties and explore how each plant contributes to the entire trail eco-system.
November 5th: Finding Balance: Herbal Allies for Stress and Mental Wellbeing with Kate Maxey (10am to 12:30pm)
In today's world of go-go-go and chronic stressors we all need a little support to maintain a sense of calm. In this class we will discuss the plants that help us to relax the nervous system and tonify the stress response as well as lifestyle changes that support a more balanced way of being. We will also talk about ways in which stress affects not only our mental health but our physical health as well, with special emphasis on the immune system and endocrine system.
Kate has been studying and utilizing herbal medicine for 15 years. She studied with the Northwest School of Botanical Studies and has worked at Humboldt Herbals for nearly a decade. She has recently graduated from Humboldt State University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and sees the importance of bridging the fields of Herbal Medicine and Mental Health together.
November 12th: Aromatherapy: The Essentials with Jessica Shepherd (10am to 12:30pm)
Enhance your health with aromatherapy and revive your soul with scent! In this class we will discuss brief history, distillation methods, proper dilution & safety guidelines, blending techniques, and some of the various ways essential oils can be utilized to support mind/body health. We'll also discuss the healing properties of select essential oils, and you'll create your very own custom aroma blend in class to take home!
Jessica has been studying the healing arts and working with plant medicine since 1999. A graduate of Dandelion Herbal Center and an Aromatherapist internationally certified through the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy, Jessica is a passionate Botanical Perfumer and artisan crafter of herbal products for body and soul.
November 19th: Cooking with Medicinal Herbs with Candice Brunlinger (10am to 12:30pm)
This class will be all about eating your herbs. We will discuss various ways of incorporating herbs into your cooking and the therapeutic uses of common spices.
Tips will be shared on how to conveniently use herbal broths, syrups, vinegar, oil and honey infusions in everyday cooking and ideas on healthy h
erbal snacks such as gummies, crackers and nut butter balls. You will get the chance to try samples in class and go home with handouts and many recipes to inspire you herbally in the kitchen.
Humboldt Herbals is proud once again to sponsor the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference in Cloudcroft, New Mexico! Registration is open - come join us!!
Embark on a magical quest through enchanted lands - to a life-changing experience like none other... Join with the diverse, empowered Plant Healer tribe for 4 days of deep learning and wild celebration!
Featuring some of the most atypical, visionary & cutting-edge of herbal instructors - Including:
Paul Bergner - Guido Masé - Kiva Rose - Jim McDonald - Sean Donahue - Larken Bunce - Sarah Lawless - Thomas Easley - Shana Lipner Grover - Dara Saville - Asia Suler - Jesse Wolf Hardin - Jen Stovall - Janet Kent - 7Song - Dave Meesters - Alanna Whitney - Ramona Rubin - Katherine Mackinnon - Rebecca Altman - Betsy Costilo - Julie Caldwell - Maria Nöel Groves - Julie James - Emily Han - Stephany Hoffelt - Jade Shutes - Kirstin Hale . . . .and more!
As an herb, lavender (Lavandula angustifolia, or Lavandula officinalis) has been in documented use for over 2,500 years. In ancient times lavender was used for mummification and perfume by the Egyptians, Phoenicians, and peoples of Arabia.
By Roman times, lavender had already become a prized commodity. Lavender flowers were sold to ancient Romans for 100 denarii per pound -- equivalent to a full month's wage for a farm laborer -- and were used to scent the water in Roman baths. Romans used lavender oils for bathing, cooking, and scenting the air, and they most likely gave it the Latin root from which we derive the modern name (either lavare--to wash, or livendula--livid or bluish). The flower's soothing "tonic" qualities, the insect-repellent effects of the strong scent, and the use of the dried plant in smoking mixtures also added to the value of the herb in ancient times.
Perhaps first domesticated by the Arabians, lavender spread across Europe from Greece. Around 600 BC, lavender may have come from the Greek Hyeres Islands into France and is now common in France, Spain, Italy and England. The 'English' lavender varieties were not locally developed in England but rather introduced in the 1600s, right around the time the first lavender plants were making their way to the Americas. In Medieval and Renaissance Europe, the washing women were known as "lavenders" and they used lavender to scent drawers and dried the laundry on lavender bushes. Also during this time, lavender was grown in so-called "infirmarian's gardens" in monasteries, along with many other medicinal herbs. According to the German nun Hildegard of Bingen, who lived from 1098-1179, lavender "water,"--a decoction of vodka, gin, or brandy mixed with lavender--is great for migraine headaches.
Its holy reputation may have increased during the Great Plague in London in the 17th century, when it was suggested that a bunch of lavender fastened to each wrist would protect the wearer against the deadly disease. Furthermore, grave-robbers were known to wash in Four Thieves Vinegar, which contained lavender, after doing their dirty work; they rarely contracted the disease. In 16th-century France, lavender was also used to resist infection. For example, glove-makers, who were licensed to perfume their wares with lavender, escaped cholera at that time.
European royal history is also filled with stories of lavender use. Charles VI of France demanded lavender-filled pillows wherever he went. Queen Elizabeth I of England required lavender conserve at the royal table. She also wanted fresh lavender flowers available every day of the year, a daunting task for a gardener if you consider the climate of England. Louis XIV also loved lavender and bathed in water scented with it. Queen Victoria used a lavender deodorant, and both Elizabeth I and II used products from the famous lavender company, Yardley and Co. of London.
Lavender is a unique fragrance produced by the combination of 180 different constituents and is widely used in the perfume industry to add a top or middle note to commercial products. In the world of professional sniffers, it has a green, hay-like sweetness and gives "fruity aspects" to perfumes and other scented products. Lavender is widely grown in England for commercial use, and the Provence region of France is renowned as a world leader in growing and producing lavender.
In the United States and Canada, the Shakers were the first to grow lavender commercially. A strict sect of English Quakers who most likely had little use for lavender's amorous qualities (they were celibate), they developed herb farms upon their arrival from England. They produced their own herbs and medicines and sold them to the "outside world." Later a New York advertising firm picked them up and sold the simple products worldwide.
As an herbal medicine, lavender is widely utilized. For soothing, relaxing qualities few
herbs can be claimed as effective. Constituents of the oils found in lavender can treat hyperactiviety; insomnia; flatulence; bacteria, fungus, and microbial activity on gums, airborne molds, and (in mixture with pine, thyme, mint, rosemary, clove, and cinnamon oils) Staphyloccus bacteria. Lavender may even be useful against impotence. In a study of men, the scent of pumpkin and lavender rated as the scent found most arousing.
Herbal remedies made with lavender are effective in the treatment of prolonged
, chronic and persistent nervousness, as well as in alleviating the physical symptoms induced by excessive
and sleep disorders like
. Lavender brings the emotions into balance to elevate flagging spirits, help relieve
and help to overcome inner disharmony and mental problems. It also has a tonic effect on the nervous system, helping to restore vitality to individuals affected by long term nervous exhaustion and mental trauma.
Lavender is also very effective as an external disinfectant in the treatment of all kinds of
, burns and bites, making it an excellent first aid remedy. The tissue repair and restoration process in the body is stimulated by lavender, which results in the minimization of scar formation from bites, stings, and especially burns. It provides almost instant relief for pain and inflammation caused by insect stings. Chronic headaches can be eased by massaging or rubbing the forehead and temples with a few drops of the essential oil. Muscle tension can be relived by adding five drops to a
or footbath at night ~ this also tones the nervous system, and helps you get a good night's sleep.
INFUSION - The herbal infusion (or tea) of lavender is a good remedy for treating problems such as chronic nervous exhaustion, it can help relieve tension headaches and is very relaxing during labor. The remedy is also useful as a remedy for treating colic and indigestion related issues. Babies and infants can be given diluted infusions, about 25% of normal strength, to treat colic, nervous irritability, and excitement.
TINCTURE - Chronic headaches and prolonged depression can be treated by taking doses of up to 1 teaspoon, two times every day.
MOUTHWASH - The floral infusion is also useful for treating
halitosis and as a general mouthwash.
CREAM - The
essential oil can be added to various topical creams, a few drops in
chamomile and/or calendula cream is good for treating eczema and other
LOTION - Dilute a few drops of oil in a little water and use the solution to treat scalds, burns and
sunburn on the skin.
CHEST RUB - The essential oil of lavender can also be used as a rubbing or
massage oil: mix 15 drops of lavender essential oil and five drops of chamomile oil in 2 ounces of carrier oil. This can be rubbed on the chest to alleviate asthmatic and bronchitic spasms and related problems.
MASSAGE OIL - 10 drops of lavender oil can be mixed in one ounce of carrier oil, and used to massage sore and
painful muscles in the body. The temples and the nape of the neck can also be massaged to relieve tension headaches, or at the first sign of a
migraine for immediate relief.
OIL - The undiluted lavender oil is an excellent topical remedy for insect bites and stings on the skin. Ten drops of the oil can be mixed with an ounce of carrier oil (like olive oil, or, even better, an infused St. John's Wort oil) as a treatment for sunburn on the skin.
Lavender is also used in cuisines. Dried leaves and flowers are used as a seasoning for many kinds of meat and vegetable dishes in Europe. The freshly chopped leaves and the diced flowering tips can be added to dressings, vegetable salads, to wines, to honey, and to vinegars of all kinds.
Deserts including puddings, ice cream, jellies and fruit, and especially berries can be flavored with the blossoms of the lavender. It is best to use the seasoning sparingly as the sweet lemon floral flavor of lavender can be rather potent.
is made from a mixture of lavender blossoms and other common fragrant European culinary herbs, and is one of our all-time favorite seasoning blends.
for delicious recipes using lavender ~ Bon Apetit!
(sources: Lavender by Elen Spector Platt and Lavender: Practical Inspirations by Tess Evelegh)