Community Supported Herbalism
Monthly Basket Program. December 2016
Prepared by Amber Friedman
Your fourth basket is out and ready just in time for the New Year, and cold + flu season. Hopefully you are all healthy people, however, even healthy people need to boost their immune systems to fight off viruses. This month my focus was on herbs to help strengthen your immune system. The basket might seem a little smaller this month because I wanted to make large sized Elderberry Syrups for you all!! They are so tasty and you’ll really benefit from a large dose, because everyone in your family will want some!
Elderberry Syrup is a sweet and delicious way to get your vitamins and nutrients. Elderberry syrup is great for soothing a cough, fighting a flu, cold or upper respiratory infections. The syrup also helps to reduce fevers. Safe for use with kids or adults. I would recommend a tbsp a few times a day for adults and a tsp for kids. Elderberry trees do grow here in British Columbia, although the ones with the medicine grow wild outside of Powell River, you can buy the tree and grow it here! We’re getting one next year, exciting.
Immune Boosting Tincture is a blend of echinacea root, pau d’arco, licorice root, siberian ginseng, astragulus root + bupleurum root. A couple herbs that might be new to you are pau d’arco, which kills bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. You will often see this herb in Candida formulas or Anti-Fungal treatments. Pau D’arco also has anti-inflammatory properties which is helpful in treating many diseases. You may be familiar with siberian ginseng, a superior adaptogen herb, this herb is known as one of the best herbs for increasing endurance, stamina and for building + enhancing our resistance to stress factors. I think this blend tastes amazing! It is super powerful as a tonic in tincture form. Tonic is something that helps to tone and strengthen so this blend of immune boosting herbs with adaptogens is bound to give you energy and keep those pesky bugs away.
I believe that a key factor to being healthy is getting enough sleep! I thought it would be appropriate to serve up a Sleeping Tea Blend as part of the immune basket. The key purpose of this tea is to help make you sleepy and sleep the night away. With that said, please drink this tea at night before bed. I wouldn’t suggest drinking it in the morning on your way to work. It is a super relaxing tea blend that tastes floral and slightly lavendery. You don’t need to steep it very long, but you can…and if you do, you will probably taste some of the bitterness from the HOPS. The tea is a blend of Hops, Lavender, Roses, Chamomile + St. John’s wort flowers.
The soap of the month is a very uplifting blend made with coconut oil, olive oil + shae butter. A great conditioning bar of soap for dry winter skin. I scented it with Tangerine and Bergamot. It has some beautiful roses and oats sprinkled on top for added beauty.