6th and last basket of Winter Series is out…

Community Supported Herbalism

Monthly Basket Program. Feb/March 2017

Prepared by Amber Friedman


It’s time to enjoy sweet, cleansing, nourishing, detoxing, repairing + restoring herbs. This was a fun basket to make and maybe one of the sweetest ones yet (chai honey).  I want to thank you for being part of this program and I look forward to supporting you in your path to wellness in the future.

Last month you received a Facial Elixir and this month we’re going to follow it up with a Rose Face Mask.  Green French Clay is an excellent detoxifying clay whose benefits come from it’s unique mineral composition.  It includes dolomite, manganese, silica, copper, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc and calcium.  The green color comes from the clay’s iron oxide and decomposed plant matter content. Apply this face mask to your skin and once it is almost fully dry, wash it off with a warm face cloth. Then moisturize your face with the Facial Elixir, or your preferred face moisturizer.  Store in the fridge for future use, and use within a few months.

Chai Infused Honey is one of the most delicious infused honey’s I’ve ever made!  It is a combination of star anise, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, ginger, cloves and turmeric.  I wanted to make an anti-inflammatory honey that tasted amazing.  Try taking this honey everyday by dipping your finger in, or putting it in your tea.  It’s also a great digestive aid, try taking it before or after meals to prevent bloating and upset stomach.

How could I create a smudge stick in a bottle? Hum. I thought about it a lot, did some research and came up with this powerful cleanser that smells heavenly.  Sacred Scent Room Spray is a combination of myrrh tincture, palo santo + cocoa essential oils in distilled water.  Palo Santo is traditionally used as a dried piece of tree bark from Peru (and other hot places) that you burns and cleanse yourself with it’s smoke. Here it is in a bottle mixed with sweet cocoa.  Use it to relieve stress, chronic pain, discomfort from colds and flus.

Repair Tea is a blend of many different herbs that help the body to heal, repair and restore itself. This is a tonic, a supportive tea to drink at anytime.  It will help you to be stronger, healthier, bring balance to all your systems. It is gentle, yet effective.  Packed full with vitamins and minerals, enjoy this tea at anytime. Rosehips, Horsetail, Raspberry, Alfalfa, Lemon Balm, Joji Berry, elderberry, Chamomile and Roses a blend to balance and restore, every part of your body, mind and soul.

The soap of the month is an australian pink clay mixed in with coconut oil, olive oil, mango butter and shae butter to nourish and moisturize dry winter skin.  The australian pink clay helps to balance skin while providing added hydration. This soap bar is scented with and uplifting blend of Ylang Ylang, Blood Orange and Patchouli essential oils.


February baskets are unleashed…

Monthly baskets prepared by Amber Friedman
February 2016

The 6th basket is here!
Welcome to the month that beholds Valentines Day! A day to remember to love, check what shape a heart is and think a little bit.  Winter is almost over and it can be easy to get into the winter funk right now.  Here are some herbs to help get you into a new space.
Lip Gloss This was a requested basket ingredient and I am happy for lip gloss lovers to have some amazing natural lip gloss to use on their lips.  There was a time in my life when I spent all my money on lip gloss! It was fun for me to make some myself.  I picked this ant-viral honey & mint combo to help your lips glisten, perfect for the middle of winter.
Smudge Spray  this is a body spray that I was inspired to make from a product I saw online.  I think the combo smells divine! Who would have thought to put oregon grape root with palo santo + cocoa… it’s a smudge tray in a jar. Once you use up this entire spray fill up the bottle with more water and it will keep smelling for a while thanks to the thick COCOA essential oil.
Turkish ROSE Face Mask mmmm. Time to get out those toxins! A blend of rose essential oil with jojoba oil, french clay + rosewater.  Fully activated mask ready for your face…use this mask up sooner than later. Store it in the fridge between uses. I would suggest using this mask every week or so. To apply mask use your fingers and rub it all over your face, leave it on till it is about all dry 10-15 minutes and then wash off with a warm cloth and use your face oil from last month to finish off your experience.
Damiana Love Liquor  a sweet blend of damiana, rosewater, honey, brandy & vanilla. Sip it and share it with a friend.  This also tastes great if you mix it with chocolate syrup.  Damiana is known as an aphrodisiac because of its relaxing properties. Great for people who are stressed out from too much work. Try it in the evening to help you unwind.
Minty Rose Tea  is the featured tea of the month. I was going for a heart opening and chest healing tea. I blended up some roses with peppermint, dandelion, coltsfoot, cocoa, honeybush. I love all these teas but a special shout out to honeybush for being super high in zinc! I would try this tea a few different methods. If you do the classic pour over infusion that would be delicious. The honeybush and cocoa will really gain strength in this mix if you heat this tea up in the pot and let it simmer for a few minutes.
Soap of the month is a lovely blend of relaxing essential oils, lavender, geranium & tangerine.
Dream Chakra Tea  sample from Urban Earth Teas by Mara Jones.  This is from the set of Chakra Teas that Mara created.  She is a DR. of Natural Medicine, and can be located at 4660 Marine Ave, Powell River BC.