Every seasonal CSH Share we make comes with a booklet describing the health concerns of the season and a detailed description of each remedy included. We've decided to post those booklets here from now on, both as a reference and for hopefully others to enjoy!
Hawthorne Berry Elixir: This elixir tastes so good it’s hard to believe that it’s medicinal! You can either take it straight by the spoonful or mix it into some tonic water for a refreshing summer drink. As mentioned earlier, the Fire Element of Summer is associated with the health of the Heart. Traditionally Hawthorne has been revered for its capacity to strengthen and fortify the heart and the circulatory system of our bodies. It’s a tonic herb that is especially useful if there is a history of high blood pressure, heart disease or sluggish circulation that runs in your family. We are introducing it to you here, but it can be a real benefit if taken consistently throughout the seasons. Schizandra berry is an adaptogenic herb that is well suited as a companion herb to Hawthorne. Adaptogenic herbs can also be taken for lengths of time to fortify your health and in essence work toward reversing any pathological state your body might be in regardless of the direction. For example, it can bring about heightened mental clarity and energy if you are fatigued, but it can also calm down your nervous system if you are suffering from anxiety. In Traditional Chinese Medicine this berry represents the five flavors: sour, bitter, sweet, acrid & salty. We’ve also added a small amount of Motherwort extract to this mix. Motherwort is sometimes referred to as ‘Lion Hearted’ and addresses both physical and emotional issues of the heart. We made the Borage Flower Essence in this elixir on a sunny day and the bees were busily tending it, but let us make off with a handful of flowers to make some medicine. Borage will bring you courage to allow your soul to be buoyant, and will work to help you improve your outlook on your life. That pure blue color of the petals is transcendent! We also included Bleeding Heart flower essence to help you invite love into your heart, fully and without the inhibitions perhaps caused by previous experiences. This elixir addresses the heart on a physical, spiritual and emotional plane. Enjoy.
Summer Calm Extract: Our motivation for this Extract includes those perfect still moments of summer. Right now as I’m writing this I’m picturing waking up early while on a camping trip and walking down to the lake. The water is still, the birds are already busy and a few fish are jumping. The air smells sweet and cool and there is a feeling of all the potential the day has. This is what this extract can bring you – calmness of the spirit, insight into the potential of your experiences and a sense of the natural pace of life. Pedicularis is a beautiful native plant that is a skeletal muscle relaxant taken in larger direct doses. We are blending it into this extract to serve as an aid in releasing muscle tension in your body that has been built up by stress. Let Pedicularis help move those shoulders down a few inches! CA Poppy in all of its cheery bright orange is a powerful nervine and is amazing at calming any anxiety you may be having. Elie harvested these Oat Tops while on a beautiful farm in Northern California while they were in their milky stage, meaning that when the tops are pressed together a milk like substance can be seen. When tinctured fresh in this stage it is powerful medicine for adrenal and nervous system exhaustion. This medicine is food for your nervous system. And lastly we added Apple Blossom Flower Essence carrying over a little Spring medicine into the Summer Share. Simply standing under an apple tree in bloom can lift your heart, and we are using this essence with the intention of aiding you in welcoming new dreams and aspirations into your life. Summer is about pure potential and this essence will help you clarify where your adventures might lead you.
Douglas Fir Tip Infused Sea Salt: If you walk through the forests here in late Spring the Firs are adorned with bright green new growth at their tips. The color and patterns are stunning and you can’t help but spend some time with the trees admiring them, and if you’re an herbalist, nibbling on the tips. The tips taste all at once like the deep forest and surprisingly like citrus, with a bright clean note. They’re high in Vitamin C and Vitamin A and make a really pleasant tea or infused olive oil. We decided to infuse some Pacific Sea Salt with the tips and blend in some organic Meyer Lemon Peel to really bring out the citrus flavor in this blend. Now, we’re just waiting for our tomatoes to fruit to put this salt to work! Great used as a finishing salt for all manner of dishes.
Blossom Tea: Summer brings forth an explosion of blossoms, and we decided to put some of our favorites into a tea blend. Linden trees with their beautiful flowers and heart shaped leaves are the perfect base for this tea. Sipping on Linden tea has a long standing tradition to bring about a sense of ease and calm. Combined with lemon balm leaves it will put you into a relaxed state quickly! We added Mint, Hibiscus, Helichrysum, Chamomile and Rose Petals into this great tasting blend. The Hibiscus gives it a hint of a blush color once brewed. This tea is great as an infusion, but we also like it as a sun tea or an iced tea.
All Purpose Salve: Whether it’s from gardening, camping or getting ensnared by blackberry tendrils it’s easy to wind up with some scratches, irritated skin, scrapes and bug bites over the summer. While it’s totally worth it, there’s no reason you can’t have a little relief. This salve is in an easy to carry tin that’s perfect to bring along with you on your summer adventures. Calendula petals and Comfrey leaves have a long standing tradition of bringing relief and speedy healing to the skin. We added a little Oregon Grape Root for anti-bacterial purposes and some Lavender Essential Oil for it’s anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. The Olive Oil base will soothe weathered skin. This salve will melt if exposed to high temperatures so it’s best not to leave it in a hot vehicle or in bright sun or you’ll have a potential mess on your hands!
Facial Toner: Inspired by Queen of Hungary Water we created a garden variety Facial Toner to help soothe your skin and refresh you after a long hot day of activities. We steeped lavender, calendula, comfrey, rose petals and huckleberry leaves in Witch Hazel to draw out the healing properties of all of these wonderful plants and added a little Lavender Hydrosol. This toner is light and simple and carries just a light scent of roses and lavender. We’ve taken to storing it in the refrigerator so it’s extra refreshing and cooling on hot days. And while we do intend it as a facial toner it also feels great on sunburns and heat rashes.
Lemongrass Sugar Scrub: Keep your skin looking and feeling great with this rejuvenating blend. Promoting circulation is an important part of skin care, and by massaging this scrub into your skin in a circular motion towards the heart it helps not only with your circulation, but also with lymphatic flow. Your morning shower will be infused with the refreshing and energizing scents of citrus and basil, ensuring a good start to your day. In addition to the exfoliating properties of this blend we’ve included shea butter, almond oil and avocado oil to moisturize your skin to encourage that healthy & radiant summer glow. Powdered green tea powder will help protect your skin against sun damage and is anti-inflammatory in nature. As you can probably tell, we’re in love with this blend!
Desert Soap: Ylang Ylang + Desert Sage. A sensual blend of essential oils, blue cornmeal, & red clay leaves the skin soft and your mind relaxed. All of our soaps are made in the traditional cold process method using high quality oils as their base. Pure essential oils are added to provide aromatherapeutic properties to each blend. Wildcrafted and organic botanicals, along with herbal infused oils, are used to create healing and nourishing qualities to our soap, making it rich in lather and mild for sensitive skin. The soap is hand cut and air cured for at least 4 weeks. Keep soap dry between each use to help it last as long as possible.