A Family Tradition Of Healing
In spring and summer my family would walk in the fields and on the mountains of Eastern Oregon, foraging for elderberry stems. At home we boiled them to release the sap. Then we took the sap and combined it with other ingredients to make salve. I grew up with little white tins labeled “Price’s Salve” that we used on everything: cuts, wounds, burns, and infections.
Later, when I was living in the the dry, cold climate of Nebraska, my hands began to crack and bleed. One day I called home, and my mother reminded me of the family salve. That night I made a batch. When I used it the next day, I was amazed to find it more effective and healing than anything I had used. Within a few days, my hands were back to normal. We create our products with this effectiveness in mind, and the intention of helping others.
Suzi planting lavender at Lavender Hill Farm on Vashon Island
We maintain parts of the original salve recipe even today. We now use lavender oil in our formulas for its antimicrobial and healing properties. The use of lavender and other botanical oils have become a standard practice in all Suzi’s products. With our products, we continue the family tradition of healing.