Herbs For Fire Season

 Pearly everlasting - a perennial in the sunflower family

Pearly everlasting - a perennial in the sunflower family

It has been an intense fire season so far in the Northwest. Towns that rarely see smoke have been inundated. We wanted to share an herbal tea we have found helpful to manage cough, sore throat, and mild chest tightness!

 

Mullein

Mullein has a long history of helping with upper respiratory issues. It can help asthma by soothing effect the bronchioles. It soothes the respiratory tract and reduces mucus. Great for a scratchy throat from the smoke!

 

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Mint

Some members of the mint family, including peppermint and spearmint, naturally contain menthol, which is the main soothing ingredient in cough drops. It clears breathing passages, and soothes inflammation. Members of the mint family are given away by their square stems.

 

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Pearly Everlasting

An edible plant in the Asteracae (sunflower) family, pearly everlasting is a beautiful plant with a delicate scent. Often found in rocky, dry soil, it tolerates hard freezes. It is helpful for the lungs in similar ways to mullein.



Mint & Mullein Tea

1 tbsp dried mullein
1 tbsp mint (peppermint or spearmint)
4 cups water

Place above ingredients in a pot or teapot. Cover, and bring to a gentle boil. Immediately remove from heat and let steep, covered, for fifteen minutes (or overnight for maximum effect). Pour through a sieve, and enjoy three times a day.


Tisane vs Decoction

The correct term for the above preparation is an herbal tisane. What we call tea comes exclusively from the Camellia sinensis plant, whereas herbal "tea" can come from many plants. However, it's easier to say tea, so that's what it gets called!

A decoction on the other hand is a tisane left to sit overnight. These have twice to three times the power of an herbal tisane due to the infusion time. If you want to make your Mullein & Mint Tea extra effective, try making a decoction by following the above instructions, then letting it sit overnight.

 

 

Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This post is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you are experiencing persistent symptoms it's best to see a qualified medical professional.

Looking Back At 2016

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A YEAR TO REMEMBER

2016 was a dynamic year! We connected with hundreds of people online and in person. We helped many people solve problems such as eczema, acne, dry, cracked skin, and sun damage with our healing salves and lotions. And with our new Muscle & Joint Salve we are helping hundreds who suffer from arthritis and other forms of chronic or injury based pain.  Some report having reduced the amount of Ibuprofen and other medications they use. We launched another new product, our Organic Hydrosol & Toner from Lavender Hill Farm, on Vashon Island. 

This year reminded us why we make our products. We are even more inspired to create good in the world and to promote healing!

 

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Muscle & Joint Salve
 

Our muscle and joint salve is formulated to soothe pain, provide long lasting deep relief in muscles and joints. We use CBD, lavender, peppermint, and rosemary oils for their pain reducing properties. We blend these with organic cocoa butter, olive, and almond oils for buttery smooth blend. 

Botanical Face Cream - Night


Try this intensive, rehydrating formula for nighttime care. Vitamins A, C & E plus hyaluronic acid, help repair, restore & regenerate your skin while you rest. Pair with our Botanical Eye Cream and Facial Oil.

 

 

Thank you so much for supporting us. We know 2017 is going to be great!

 

How To: Rosemary Hair Rinse


Rosemary is a great healer. Like lavender, it reduces inflammation, and improves circulation. It has great benefits for hair and scalp. When we feel any itchiness or dryness, we like to make a batch of rosemary hair rinse with fresh-clipped rosemary from our garden. It brings immediate relief, and makes the house smell amazing.
 

 
 

ROSEMARY HAIR RINSE


T I M E
30 minutes OR overnight
 

I N G R E D I E N T S

Several sprigs fresh-cut rosemary
2 - 3 cups water
 

M E T H O D

Add water and rosemary to pot with lid. Cover, and bring to low simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes, covered. Let sit 15 minutes, and it's ready for use.

Note: If you have the time let it sit overnight, and the water will change to the beautiful deep red color seen in the photos. Either way, it should be effective.

Learn More — Bug Protection for Summer

It's summer now, and many people have already headed outdoors. We love to hike and camp too, and have already spent days and nights under the sun and stars. 

When warmer weather comes, whether you are working outside, having a picnic, or hiking on a trail, bugs can be an issue. Everyone knows the green spray that contains chemicals bad for our skin and environment. But at Suzi's, we have formulated a few products that keep the bugs away and heal bites, without DEET and other chemicals.

Bug Off Spray & Stick

Our Bug Off Spray is DEET Free & effective, so that you  can enjoy gardening, hiking, and being outside. Naturally repels mosquitoes, flies, ticks & gnats. 

Our Bug Off Stick is also DEET free, but lasts longer and is easier to apply more thoroughly. 

Note: Because of the nature of essential oils, best results come from reapplying often, so carry some with you.

Lavender Essential Oil

If you get a bite, rub some pure Lavender Essential Oil on it. We recommended carrying our .5oz size in purse or pocket. It stops itching immediately and it doesn't come back! Amazing!

 

 
 

A Story

 Photo by Hudson Gardner

Photo by Hudson Gardner

When I am demoing in stores, I see many people's hands. You might be surprised at how hard people work, or how troubled their skin is. Many times people's hands are in need of help. Some have come to me with cracked and bleeding fingers, others with dry, irritated skin. I want to tell a story today of a person who came to me with fingers that were white from Raynaud's Syndrome.

Raynaud's is a syndrome wherein extremities turn white for hours at a time. This is thought to be due to tiny blood vessels spasming when skin contacts cold air. However, it doesn't have to be very cold to trigger it in many. Because of this, it's a painful and difficult syndrome to manage.

One day I was demoing in the Midwest and a woman came in with hands that were pure white. She told me about how painful it was, and how it happened often. I had seen this condition before and actually suffer from it myself and so I suggested she put try our Hand & Foot Therapy Lotion. As we talked, she gently massaged it into both hands. We were both amazed—her hands were slowly turning rosy pink. The circulation was returning! She was excited and surprised.

I knew our Hand & Foot Therapy Lotion could help with circulation, but not to such a degree. Lavender is known to have circulation improving properties, which is part of the reason we use it in all our products. Good circulation keeps tissues rich with oxygen, which I love to call, the great healer.

I was so encouraged that I could help this woman with a condition she has suffered from all of her life. Do you have a skin condition you are struggling to solve?