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Arts Alive! Party
Here is a little more about our artist and his work:
Join us from 6 to 9pm for our first Arts Alive of 2017, featuring
the beautiful Congolese Mikwe
paintings by Pierre Sandor Diabankouezi.
We'll also have live music performed by local talent Blue Lotus Jazz
plus a festive herbal Champagne Cocktail, fresh organic apples, assorted chocolates, and herb cheese spread with our delicious organic Smoked Paprika.
Pierre Sandor Diabankouezi, who began painting at the age of 5, learned Mikwe from his father, a well-known Mikwe artist in Congo's capital city, Brazzaville. Mikwe is a traditional painting style from the Republic of Congo. Originally applied as decorative art directly on home walls, Mikwe painting captures important aspects of daily village life through depictions including dancing, drumming, hunting, fishing, and harvesting. Pierre, who has dedicated his life to the presentation and preservation of Congolese art forms, is also a dancer, choreographer and musician.
Saturday & Sunday, January 7th-8th
~Bell Pine Art Farm
Save 10% this weekend on our array of unique award winning clay sculptures hand made in Oregon.
Bell Pine Art Farm sculptures are designed as reminders that symbolize and instill healing and balance.
Choose one of these special creations for a loved one or treat yourself!
Monday, January 16th-23rd
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ave 10% this week on all of our culinary herbs and spices! Dazzle up your recipes with our specialty organic house-made blends like our Seven Seas Curry or check out our delectable selection of gourmet culinary salts in bulk. Be sure not to miss our assorted Truffle Salts from Hepp's Salt Barrel, as well as our one and only house-made Redwood Fleur de sel.
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January Classes at Humboldt Herbals
Enjoy fun, interactive learning opportunities at Humboldt Herbals. Seating is limited and pre-registration is recommended. Please pre-register by calling us at 442-3541.
"A Free Introduction to Tarot as an Evolutionary Path"
Wednesday, January 4th,
6:30 - 8:00 pm (FREE!)
In the Humboldt Herbals Community Classroom at 219 D Street in Old Town Eureka (next door to Humboldt Herbals)
Now, more than ever, we must learn to listen more carefully, more compassionately to our inner voice so we might hear the voice of our neighbor. The Tarot is a true and tested path for tuning into the higher consciousness needed to create what we want globally within our own families and most important within ourselves.
Come and journey with the Tarot and discover the infinite possibilities.
Please bring a tarot deck if you have one, she has plenty, a journal and writing utensils. Carolyn will answer questions about the tarot, introduce her many classes and you will be able to experience several readings.
To reserve your place and for additional information, please call Carolyn at (707) 442-4240, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Life coach, reader of the space between the words and images, channel of your higher guidance: are all terms used to describe what Carolyn Ayres does with the Tarot. Carolyn teaches "Tarot As An Evolutionary Path," a nine month gestation for the emergence of spirit, in Arcata and Eureka. She also teaches the Esoteric Tarot on the Tree of Life and welcomes private students.
You may have also seen her column Tarot Wise in the Isis Scrolls where she takes you on Tarot journeys. Currently she is introducing readers to the esoteric Tarot on the Tree of Life.
Certified as an Inner Harmony practitioner, Carolyn also works on a private basis with your egoic structure for a therapeutic integration of the psyche. This is a process similar to Voice Dialogue which teaches individuals how to work with and integrate their personality parts.
"Food Heals" with Marcia Stroud, M.A., Biochemist, Herbalist & Nutritionist
Wednesday, January 11th from 6:30 to 8:00pm
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 the 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 the external body and skin health and their relationship to overall well being.
Winter Resilience with Hawthorn & Rosehips
By Candice Brunlinger, Herbalist
As we get ready for the winter months and
holidays we embrace the colors of red and green. This has been a common tradition among
many cultures throughout
the world as evergreens and red berries are more resilient to the colder w
eather, frost and even snow.
ir colors are a vibrant contrast to the white and tend to capture us as we admire our surroundings and nature around us.
This winter season I would like to highlight 2 of my favorite red herb
al berries for you, Hawthorn and Rosehips. As you enjoy the benefits of these herbs this season or throughout the year, remember how they can provide resilience to you as well.
Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata, Crataegus spp.)
The red hawthorn berries come from a hardy tree or shrub which ranges in various shapes and sizes and can live to be hundreds of years old. This tree goes by many names including May Bush, May Tree, Tree of Chastity, White Thorn and Queen of May, just to name a few. Most of the Hawthorn tree
s known to us in the United States are from the European species and were brought to us by the settlers. Hawthorn is used all over the world including in Arabic, Chinese, European and in modern Western medicine. In spring and summer they are abundant in beautiful white flowers which attract many pollinators. The leaves and flowers have wonderful medicine especially for calming and nourishing the nervous system. In fall, the tree is covered in clusters of vibrant red berries which not only provide medicine for us but are a great food source for many species of birds.
These berries are rich in anti-oxidants, flavonoids, vitamin C and vitamin B which are very beneficial for the immune system, nerve health and for nourishing and improving the functions of the heart. Many studies are showing how Hawthorn has many ways of supporting heart health including decongesting and strengthening the integrity and structure of the veins and arteries while also dilating them, all of which improve circulation. The nutrients help rebuild and tone heart tissue while strengthening and nourishing the heart muscle to improve its overall functions and normalize blood pressure. Hawthorn berries help maintain and prevent plaque build-up and maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Since Hawthorn supports both the heart and nervous system it is one of my favorite herbs to help protect the heart and nerves against the damage stress can have especially for those prone to prolonged stress overtime. The cooling actions of hawthorn further aid with irritability, restlessness, anxiety and nervousness.
Hawthorn is praised for preventing and aiding with any heart condition including heart failure, heart disease, high cholesterol, high or low blood pressure, edema, angina and heart arrhythmia.
Another great and less reputable benefit of these red berries is on our connective tissues body wide. It helps with repairing damage, healing and strengthening our tendons, ligaments, muscles, digestive organs, liver, kidneys and our skin's collagen. As mentioned before it strengthens our vascular system which can be very beneficial for those who bruise easily, have leaky capillaries, varicose veins, spider veins and those with slow or weak circulation. In order to receive all these wonderful benefits, it is best to use the berry consistently and regularly as it does not accumulate or store in the body.
These delicious berries are mildly sour, sweet and astringent. They are great to use fresh or dried and can be made into almost any internal herbal preparation including tea, tinctures, glycerites, acetum/vinegar extracts, syrups, jams, jellies, pie, etc. You can even use the powder in your smoothies or for making herbal nut butter balls/bars.
The spirit medicine of hawthorn helps with releasing energetic blockages affecting the heart especially when there is a pattern of giving so much you neglect to nourish yourself. It helps provide a protective energy around the heart to aid with healing and to reduce vulnerability. Its protective nature is reflected in its doctrine of signature of having thorns on its branches.
Hawthorn has a long history in folklore medicine being known for its association with the fairies. There are many myths and stories about people being taken by the fairies into a hawthorn tree to the fairy realms where time passes differently and returning back to our realm years later. It is believed that you should never cut down a hawthorn tree otherwise you will have very bad luck and feel the wrath of the fairies. In pagan and wiccan traditions, witches have been known and are still known to dance under hawthorn trees.
Since the flowers bloom in May it is commonly referred to as May Bush, May Tree or Queen of May and has traditional uses in May Day celebrations and rituals. Hawthorn is believed to help enhance life and fertility but on the other hand it has also been associated with death most likely because the smell of the flowers is commonly compared to the smell of dead or decaying flesh.
"The fair maid who, the first of May goes to the fields at break of day,
And washes in dew from the hawthorn tree, will ever after handsome be."
Rosehips (Rosa spp.)
The rose plant has been praised for hundreds of years throughout the world for their beauty, aroma and numerous healing benefits. Many folks, especially gardeners, are familiar with and have a love for the rose flowers and petals; however, the nourishing benefits of rosehip fruits are often underrated or even unknown.
If you leave the flowers on the rose bush and wait until they die back, you will start to see hip berries forming which turn from green to yellow to orange in the fall months and then becomes a bright red color once the weather starts to cool into the transition of winter. After the first frost they are considered to be fully ripe and ready to harvest. Cut them in half and scoop out the irritating hairs and seeds from inside. It can be easier and less messy to freeze the hips after cutting them in half and then scoop out the hair/seeds. You can use the hips fresh or dry them to use throughout the year. If you do use rosehips which are cultivated, make sure they are organically grown as roses tend to be heavily sprayed with harmful chemicals.
Rosehips are most known for their very high vitamin C content, their benefits for the immune system and to treat respiratory ailments, sore throats, colds and flu. They have a mild laxative effect especially with larger doses. It is believed that a cup of rosehip tea contains as much vitamin C as up to 6 oranges. Studies show that when compared to oranges, rosehips contain up to 25 percent more iron, 20 times more Vitamin C, 25 times the Vitamin A, and 28 percent more calcium. In addition, rosehips are a rich source of bioflavanoids, pectin, Vitamin E and K, selenium, manganese, the B-complex vitamins and contain many trace minerals.
The high quantities of vitamin A and C are very nourishing to the skin when consumed regularly. Those nourishing benefits in addition to the immune stimulating properties help aid with skin infections and various skin conditions such as rosacea and eczema. The cold pressed rosehip seed oil is prized and commonly used in facial and eye creams and general bath and body products.
Rosehips have a sour and astringent flavor to them and are often associated as having a tart flavor similar to cranberries but are milder. They are usually
combined with sweet tasting herbs or fruits to synergize and mellow out their sour nature. They are great in tea infusions, especially as a cold infusion or sun tea. The tea makes a great remedy for sore throats especially when mixed with a little honey. Rosehips are frequently used in European and Scandinavian cuisine to make syrups, jams, jelly, candies, wines, soup, fruit drinks and fruit based baking. My personal favorite way to use rosehips is as a syrup along with elderberry and chai-like spices and as a jam (see recipes below).
Native Americans have been using rosehips as tea for thousands of years, and when the tea is finished, the hips were added to stews or soups. There was just too much nutrition in a rosehip to let it go to waste. Native Americans also believed rosehips brought good luck, and called in good spirits.
The magical and folklore uses of rosehips vary including being used to attract love, romance, peace, healing, abundance, wealth and protection. "The belly-shaped fruit, packed with seeds, is a symbol of prosperity and fertility. The fruits placed beneath the pillow protect the sleeper against nightmares and nasty spirits that seek to disturb the nightly peace." In order to receive these benefits, you can drink or eat them, carry them in a sachet bag or my favorite is to wear the hips strung on a necklace or bracelet.
"Nature is a good teacher; he who can read the nature well, he can learn sagacious things belong to life from it. Once you stepped in the nature, your philosophical education starts. A black vulture teaches you many things; a bear teaches you many things; a bird making its nest and a rosehip which resists being frozen, they teach you many things!"
~ Mehmet Murat Ildan
Stay well and healthy through the winter months and remember to nourish your body and heart, stay grounded and support yourself by taking time out for you, eating good food and using your healing and nourishing herbs.
Recipes using Hawthorn & Rosehips
If you are lucky enough to have access to fresh hawthorn and/or rosehips, try adding them into your food as you would any other berry. Add the fresh berries to smoothies and juice blends. Add them to homemade syrups and add to ice cream, desserts and pancakes/waffles. I have seen recipes for hawthorn ketchup and jam and one of my most favorite and widely used jam is made from rosehips (recipe below). I even love to add a small part of either berry to my homemade cranberry sauce around the holidays. If you do not have access to the fresh berries, or they are not in season, use the dried berries instead.
Hawthorn Berry Tea
Using higher temperature water will yield a stronger tart and more bitter flavor while the colder steeping methods yield a milder tasting and sweeter infusion. The longer the tea steeps, the more "soapy" the infusion as the berries contain saponins.
My favorite way to make hawthorn berry tea is a moon or sun infusion. I use about 2-3 tsp of the berries per 8 ounces of water and allow them to infuse in cold or luke warm water for up to 8 hours under the moon or sun light. This yields a mild and delicious tea with tart and sweet undertones.
Standard Steep: If you like to use a standard steep method, use 2-3 tsp of berries per 8 ounces of water. Bring the water to a boil, remove from heat and pour it over the herbs. Cover and allow the berries to steep for 15-30 minutes. Strain and enjoy!
Some people like to gently simmer the berries but I recommend keeping a close eye on it to make sure you do not actually boil or overcook the berries, damaging many of their benefits. Use 1 tsp per 8 ounces of water and gently simmer, covered, for up to 20 minutes. Allow it to cool to room temperature, strain and enjoy.
If using fresh berries, shake them to remove any insects or other debris. Discard any moldy or bruised berries. Rinse and spread out to air dry or gently pat dry. If you do not have access to fresh Hawthorn berries, use dried instead. Fill a glass mason jar 2/3 or a little more full of your hawthorn berries. Pour your alcohol of choice into the jar, making sure that all the plant material is completely covered. A vodka and brandy blend is my favorite but gin, rum, everclear and other varieties can also be used. If you prefer to not use alcohol, try apple cider vinegar instead to make an acetum extract.
Stir your berries until all air bubbles are released and make sure there is enough alcohol/vinegar covering them so the berries are moving freely with an inch or so of extra liquid saturating them. Cover using a piece of unbleached parchment paper to protect the lining of the lid from leaching into your extract. Store the jar in a cool and dark place, shaking it every 1-3 days for anywhere between 2-6 weeks, depending on your preference. Strain using cheese or muslin cloth, squeezing out the liquid. Compost the remaining herbs. If you want a sweeter extract you can add a little honey to taste and mix well. Pour the tincture into a bottle, label and date. Store your hawthorn extract away from heat, light and moisture and away from children.
Adults can take 1/2-1 tsp. for a strong medicinal dose, or up to 6 times daily for acute conditions. Or take up to 5 drops as needed for spirit doses and energetic healing. Children and pets can receive spirit doses as needed or up 3 times daily as a tonic.
"Soothing Heart" or Hawthorn Rose Elixir
Following the directions above for making a Hawthorn Extract, you can also make a delicious Hawthorn Rose Elixir. I like to use a little less than 1½ cups hawthorn berries, 1 cup rose petals, ½ cup calendula flowers and 2 tbsp freshly grated ginger root. Add herbs into a quart size mason jar with ½-1 cup of honey. Pour in your alcohol of choice until all herbs are covered and free flowing like mentioned above. Strain after 2-6 weeks. Add more honey to taste if you desire a sweeter elixir. I also like to add a splash or so of food grade rose hydrosol and a few drops of hawthorn flower essence. Also, try adding either a splash of vanilla extract or fresh squeezed lime juice to taste for subtle flavor varieties. Take your elixir by the spoonful or dilute 1 tbsp or so in sparkling water, juice and/or tea to make a delicious and healing beverage or cocktail.
Using higher temperature water will yield a stronger and more tart flavor while the colder steeping methods yield a milder tasting and slightly sweeter infusion. The longer the rosehips steep, the more mucilaginous the infusion, creating a thick tea which coats and protects the lining of the tissues throughout the body.
My favorite way to make rosehip tea is a moon or sun infusion. I use about 1-2 tsp of the berries per 8 ounces of water and allow them to infuse in cold or luke warm water for up to 8 hours under the moon or sun light. This yields a mild and delicious tea with tart and slightly sweet undertones.
Standard Steep: If you like to use a standard steep method, use 1-2 tsp of berries per 8 ounces of water. Bring the water to a boil, remove from heat and pour it over the herbs. Cover and allow the berries to steep for 15-30 minutes or take it up to 8 hours for a stronger infusion. Strain, re-heat if desired and enjoy!
Decoction/Simmer: Some people like to gently simmer the hips but I recommend keeping a close eye on it to make sure you do not actually boil or overcook them, damaging many of their benefits. I personally avoid this method to preserve the heat sensitive vitamin C and flavonoids but I know some who like it. Use 1 tsp per 8 ounces of water and gently simmer, covered, for up to 20 minutes. Allow it to cool to room temperature, strain and enjoy.
Rosehip Jam (Using Dried Hips - Not Preserved):
Take a small ½ pint sized mason jar and fill it half full of dried rosehips. Add 1 tbsp of vanilla extract, 1-2 tsp lemon juice, ¼ tsp of cinnamon, pinch of ginger and a small amount of freshly grated nutmeg (all optional for added flavor). Fill the jar to the rim with apple juice, leaving room for the hips to expand. Stir, cover and let it sit in the fridge for 6-8 hours. Stir again and you have some very easily made and delicious rosehip jam. You can leave it chunky or blend the mixture for a more pureed and smooth consistency. The natural pectin from the apple juice and the rosehips will provide a natural shelf life in the fridge for about 3 weeks. Use the jam as a spread on toast, crackers, pancakes and waffles. I also like to pour some over goat or cream cheese and use it as a dip with crackers or add a spoonful to plain kefir or yogurt to naturally sweeten it. This jam also makes a healthy addition to thumbprint cookies or DIY newton bars.
About the Author:
Candice Brunlinger has been studying and practicing herbal healing since 2004. Her interests include incorporating plant medicine as a way of living, making herbal remedies, cooking, growing herbs, gardening, teaching, writing and being a mom. She teaches for the Northwest School of Botanical Studies & Humboldt Herbals, Volunteers as a farm Herbalist, has a small clinical practice and an herbal product line, Herbal Infusions. You can visit her Nourishing Herbs blog or become a member of her facebook group Herbal Living.
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10 Tips for Staying
Healthy & Happy in 2017
Each new year is a beginning ~ an unwritten book.
We hope you laugh and love deeply in the New Year ahead, and that you fill your pages with kindness and compassion.
Every January we reprint this little list of 10 Tips as a reminder of easy ways to help you stay healthy in mind, body and spirit.
1. Smile every day and make a special effort to see and notice the beauty in the world around you.
2. Seek out things that make you laugh, and limit the things that don't.
3. Gaze into your own eyes in the mirror everyday and say, "(your name), I love you." Set your intentions to see your own divine essence reflected back to you.
4. Our bodies are mostly water contained by the thinnest of tissues and membranes. Imagine that all the waters and cells of your body are radiating love, peace, health and happiness. Do this every day.
5. Eat consciously. Really taste your food and appreciate all the forces of nature that worked together to bring this food to your plate.
6. Move your body some every day. Take a walk. Dance to a favorite song. Stretch and bend.
7. Take 2 to 5 minutes each day to breathe deeply and sit still, focusing only on your breath moving in and out of your body, delivering oxygen and energy.
8. Work with herbal tonics, aromatherapy and flower essences to help you increase your experience of a healthy, happy vibrant you. Plants offer many gifts that keep you aligned with your natural vitality.
9. Emphasize and focus on the positive aspects of your life, and express gratitude for your abundant gifts. An interesting exercise is to make a list of your "health symptoms" - what are things that exist in your life that are symptoms of being healthy? Can you swallow food? Breathe air? Give water to a flower? Love other people?
10. Give a little gift to someone every day. It needn't cost money - it can be a smile, advice, a special prayer or a kind deed. The more you give, the more you will receive in all areas of your life!
Happy New Year!
and one more thought regarding New Year resolutions. . .
We have this interesting experience in our lifetime of sharing so many of our traits with other humans, and also of being uniquely, distinctly, an individual unlike any who has gone before or will come after. Sharing who you are, perceived faults and all, enriches the life experience for everyone. You are a gift in this world ~ beautiful and perfect like a wildflower in a meadow. For this New Year, don't try to change you.
In this New Year, celebrate you!
Celebrate who you are.
Celebrate your story.
Honor what you like and dislike.
Honor your body, and how it looks and feels right this very moment. Honor what your body does for you. Honor the experiences you've shared with your body.
Remember, your mind will always believe what you tell it.
Celebrate the sensory pleasures of life.
Honor each breath you receive from the plants, and each breath you offer back in return.
Honor the gift of your smile and your laughter.
Honor the gift of your sorrow and your tears.
Honor your friends, and your family.
Honor the people you don't like, and know that you have more in common than not. They are your teachers.
Celebrate the people you don't know.
Definitely Celebrate the impulse to sing, dance a jig, draw a doodle or kiss a tree.
Honor your cycles and rhythms.
And maybe most of all, celebrate that part of you that is still wild!
And with that, we wish you much happiness for 2017, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support of
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