First DETOX Basket is going out tomorrow…

Community Supported Herbalism

DETOX Spring Basket Program

Prepared by Amber Friedman


DETOX time. Springtime is known in the herbal kingdom as the time to DETOX.  If you listen to the plants, they are all inviting you in to eat bitter roots, strengthen up with nettles, cleanse for the new season. Every item in this month’s basket was created to support you in your cleaning up process. Detoxing can sometimes make you feel a little off, because the toxins are all pouring out of your body. Be gentle with yourself as you begin your DETOX journey.

Dead Sea Salt Soak is a filled with natural healing elements.  Dead Sea Salt contains 21 minerals including magnesium, calcium, sulfur, bromide, iodine, sodium, zinc, potassium. Magnesium is important for both combating stress and fluid retention, slowing skin aging, and calming the nervous system. Calcium is effective at preventing water retention, increasing circulation, and strengthening bones and nails. Potassium energizes the body, helps to balance skin moisture, and is a crucial mineral to replenish following intense exercise. Bromides act to ease muscle stiffness and relax muscles. In this DETOX bath salt soak there is the cleansing energy from powdered Douglas Fir Needles and Cypress essential oil.

DETOX Tea is a combination of Yellow Dock, Wild Yam, Vitex Berries, Sassafras, Dandelion Root + Leaf, Alfalfa Leaf and Lemon Balm.  This is a liver based formula to flush out toxins, it also has some great bitter properties and hormone balancing support. This tea is made up from a lot of roots, when you are making tea from roots it is best to place 1 tbsp herbs to 1 cup water bring it to a boil and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes.  I like to make it in big batches and keep some in the fridge to drink as iced tea.

Using Activated Charcoal in soap has a lot of amazing skin benefits.  Charcoal soap has the ability to control facial oil and draw away the impurities that build up in the pores while removing dead cells.  This is a great soap to help fights odours, soften and condition your skin, reduce pigmentation and draw out dirt and oil.  Give this bar of DETOX soap a try on your face and the rest of your body.  It has a bit of Tea Tree essential oil for added benefits.

Burdock + Dandelion Bitters was inspired by an orange bitters that I made last Spring. I made it with coconut sugar because that’s all I had in the house and the warm spicy sweet taste of the coconut sugar was just delicious.  This year I mixed tinctures of Yellow Dock, Burdock Root and Dandelion Root together with a simple syrup made from coconut sugar and molasses.  I wanted to use molasses because it aids the benefits of Yellow Dock.  Yellow dock is an abundant weed and possibly one of the best herbs for the digestive system and liver.  It contains biochelated iron which is readily absorbed thus making it a top notch herb for anemia and fatigue.  This tincture is best taken before meals or in cocktails to help support the liver.  You can take a dropperful a couple times a day, everyday, until it is gone.



Biggest batch of IRON SYRUP!!

Alright super exciting! BIGGEST batch of iron syrup that I have ever EVER made in my whole life! It was really fun to make and I pulled a classic Amber with not having enough of two ingredients and phoning up a friend at 9pm asking for Blackstrap Molasses and then bombing to town to buy 50$ jug of Brandy. Not that 50$ worth of brandy went into this batch, about 1 1/4 cup brandy went into this batch.  The total size of the batch was 3250ml!

I decided to exercise my photography skills while I made this massive batch of Iron Syrup and here it is.

You can find the recipe on my blog in a different post, send a message if you can’t.

Prepare for your monthly herbs…


Monthly baskets prepared by Amber Friedman

May 2016


Basket time is here again!

Welcome to the middle of spring basket.

Here you will find some products I made with local herbs I wild crafted.

Nettle Leaf Hair Rinse is a mixture of Apple Cider Vinager infused with Stinging Nettles from this year on Texada, BC. Use it in the shower to bring more life to your hair. Do not use it on children and when you pour it on your hair, try to keep it out of your eyes. Notice your hair jump back to life.

Spring is about Life Force and this month we also have a Bitters that I made with dandelion leaves, cacao beans + yellow dock. Enjoy this by itself before or after meals to aid with digestion, or try some in a with fizzy liquids. I would store this in the fridge and use within 6 months.

Thyme + Ginger is a warming pain reliever that I made with solar infused olive oil and fresh thyme + ginger root.  Ginger is an anti-inflammatory herb and thyme can help things move by warming them up. Try this salve on your over worked muscles or before you take a bath.

Energizing Spring Tonic Tea is a blend of herbs that grow in our region and have lots of benefits to our system. It is cleansing while restoring those burned out parts of your body.

Last but not least one of my favorite soaps! This Anti-Fungal Tree Soap is a combination of Canadian extracted essential oils from black spruce + balsam fir.  It is toped with douglas fir needles. This would be a great soap to use on your feet to help your feet prepare for the summer season.

Hope you enjoy! Next month will be the last basket of the season.  Featuring ROSES! Wonderful local medicine. IF you are interested in registering for the Fall Community supported Herbalism Basket Program please get in touch with me to hold your spot!






Amber Friedman

Herbal iRon Syrup recipe…

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I went over to Texada Island to pick some nettles last week with my kids and some friends.  we found lots of new nettles and some tall nettle regrown from last year.

I love nettles and i love going to pick nettles. i always get a stung a bit somewhere on my hand or arm, and i also always get stung some time when i take a squat pee in the bush, usually on my leg or butt.

Nettle tea is tasty and full of nutrients, i also love nettles cooked in lasagna or spanikopita.  for years i have made a nettle unfused apple cider vinager that i use in salad dressing or other recipes that call for vinegar.  this is my first year in a while that i have made a bunch of nettle tincture and i decided to do this because nettle keeps coming up in recipes for allergies and hemorrhoids…and i see a lot of pregnant women who need some hemorrhoid help and lots of allergic bee people out there in the summer time.


i wanted to share my recipe for a HERBAL IRON SYRUP!!

i use fresh nettles in this recipe and that is a great flavor compared to when i make it the rest of the year with dried nettles.  when i use fresh nettles i double or triple the amount in this recipe. the amount in this recipe is for dried nettles.

Herbal Iron Syrup adapted from Rosemary Gladstar

15g horsetail

15g danelion leaf

15g dandelion root

15g stinging nettle

10g alfalfa leaf

10g yellow dock

5g hawthorn berry

add 7 cups of water to this amount of herbs and bring to a boil in a pot then let simmer for 45 minutes or so. you know you are ready for the next step when you have about half the amount of liquid left.  when you have about 3.5 cups of strong tea you want to strain out the herbs really well and add at least 3/4cup honey.

then add  the following ingredients to your liquid.

1/2 cup brandy

1/2 cup cherry fruit concentrate

4 tbsp blackstrap molasses

4tsp nutritional yeast

4tsp spirulina powder

store in the fridge for several months. shake well before you take it. take 4-6 tbsp daily.

this is really really yummy. this is a big batch and you might want to try making half a batch your first time to make sure you really like it.