New Soap! Charcoal & Tea Tree Detoxifying

Made with activated charcoal powder, this soap is intended to deep-clean and detoxify your skin. Gentle enough for all skin types to use as a facial soap or an all over body bar. The tea tree and lavender, along with tamanu & neem oils help clear skin, making this an excellent soap for those with troubled or acne-prone skin.

Contains calendula-infused extra-virgin olive oil, water, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, lye, cocoa butter, castor oil, tamanu oil, neem oil, activated charcoal powder, tea tree & lavender essential oils

$6.00 / bar

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New Product – Vanilla Extract!

Pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract, made right here, with Grade A or Grade B vanilla beans. No added ingredients or sugars.

This may actually get me to bake something. Or maybe it’s time to make some homemade vanilla ice cream….. Mmmmm!!!

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Shop CLOSED Friday, June 26th!

I will be attending a graduation party out of state this Friday and will have to be closed for the day. If there’s something you need and had planned to stop, let me know, and I’ll have it ready for you to pick up on the porch. I apologize for any inconvenience!

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Re-opening for Regular Business Hours

I will be re-opening the shop for regular business hours beginning Wednesday, June 10th at noon.

Weds: 12-6

Thurs & Fri: 10-4

Sat: 9-2

Please note that I will NOT be requiring my customers to wear a face mask. If you are uncomfortable with this, I will continue to offer self-serve pick-up on the shop porch. Simply contact me via phone, website or FB (Post or Messenger) to order.

I look forward to seeing you all again, and hope you will continue to shop local to help our community get back on it’s feet again! See you soon!

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New Product! Subtle Rose Face Cream

Oh my goodness, I am so happy with this new cream! I created this for those (ahem – me) people who have dry, aging and/or sensitive skin. I’ve been toying with recipes for a while, and had some good results, but this cream is DIVINE and smells heavenly! Absorbs quickly but is emollient and leaves a protective barrier to the skin. I just love it! It is coconut free so those who are sensitive to coconut oil will be able to use it.

Loaded with luxurious oils! Apricot Kernel & Grapeseed oils solar-infused with rose petals, Shea Butter, Kukui Oil, Baobab Oil, Rosehip Oil, Rose Absolute, Helichysum & Carrot Seed. Also contains Aloe Vera Gel, Rose Hydrosol, Beeswax, Lanolin, Vitamin E.

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Last Call for Elderberry Syrup (New Batch!), but…

I have many other products to help see you through these trying times! Handcrafted soaps, Waterless Hand Cleanser (91% isopropyl alcohol), bulk herbs, salts, clays & powders, essential oils, tinctures, Himalayan salt lamps, diffusers, tea… Lots of natural health alternatives that you can find right here while shopping local! If your hands are getting dry and chapped from all the washing, be sure and try my grapefruit salt scrub! The scent is extremely uplifting as well!

Speaking of local, this batch of elderberry syrup is made exclusively with raw, local honey from Moose Mountain Farm. Normally I do a mix of raw and Grade A to keep costs down, so this batch is special and the health benefits even higher than usual. This is causing an increase of 50 cents per ounce, but I hope you’ll agree that the extra cost is well worth it. I am proud to support our local farms and businesses, and appreciate those who support me as well. This will be the final batch of elderberry syrup for now, as I have used up my elderberries and trusted suppliers are out of stock. I will have no more Fire Cider until the fall, as that is when I harvest the roots for that glorious vitamin & mineral-laden infusion!

I am hoping to open the shop up sometime in May. We’ll see what the days ahead bring us! For now, I’ll continue by appointment and accepting orders online or by phone. Orders can be picked up on the shop porch. For those high-risk folks that are in the area, I’d be happy to provide delivery. Products are also available at Treasure Trove on Meadow Street for curbside pick-up as well. (603-273-1309)

Wishing you all safe and healthy days ahead!

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Herbal Tinctures and Extracts

Understandably, I have seen an uptick in people interested in natural health lately. Adversity often brings us positive side effects! I am finding, however, when I suggest a tincture to someone, they often don’t know what they are. Many confuse tinctures with essential oils, which are two very different things. Tinctures are an alcohol extract of a plant. You can use vinegar, water or oils to extract properties from plants, but we tend to refer to those as “extracts”. Alcohol is most often the best menstruum (solvent) for extracting the constituents of a plant. The alcohol also acts as a preservative, giving tinctures a shelf life of many years. They are also an easy and convenient way to take dietary supplements, or to have on hand in case of illness. I keep a skullcap tincture on my night stand for those nights I feel restless and can’t sleep. Skullcap is great for quieting the mind, so it’s particular useful these days!

If you’d like to learn more about tinctures, check out this article to get you started. It’s part of an enjoyable series on incorporating herbs into your daily life. I hope it will spark your interest in adding tinctures, as well as other herbal products, to your health regime and medicine cabinet.

Here is a list of tinctures I currently have on hand. I intend to be adding more, so let me know if you don’t see one that you’d like to try. Or pick up the herbs and make your own! (I’ll be adding an updated list of the bulk herbs and products I carry soon.)

Ashwagandha$12.00
Burdock Root$10.00
Calendula$12.00
Chaga$12.00
Cleavers$10.00
Echinacea Purpurea$11.00
Elecampane$11.00
Goldenseal$14.00
Hawthorn Berry$10.00
Myrrh$10.00
Rosemary$10.00
St. John’s Wort$10.00
Self Heal/Heal All$10.00
Sheep Sorrel (Whole Plant)$10.00
Skullcap$10.00
Teasel Root$12.00
Yarrow$9.50

If you have any questions, or would like more information, don’t hesitate to contact me. Wishing you all good health and peace.

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Per Request…. Waterless Hand Cleanser

Washing your hands with soap is best – and I have plenty of that too! – but when you can’t, having a bottle of waterless cleanser is the way to go. Made with 91% Isopropyl Alcohol, Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera Gel & Vitamin E. Added essential oils chosen specifically for their history of fighting bacteria and viral contamination: Lemon, (Spike) Lavender, Ravensara, Manuka & Tea Tree

$10.00 for a 2 oz. Glass Amber Bottle with Pump

Returning customers, bring back your bottle when you need a refill and receive a 10% discount.

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New Product: Ashwagandha Tincture/Extract

Are you familiar with Ashwagandha? It is a wonderful adaptogenic herb that may help to reduce stress, blood sugar and inflammation, boost the immune system, help adrenal fatigue, relieve depression, increase energy levels, improve concentration, and more!

Tinctures, or alcohol extracts, are a highly condensed way to take herbal supplements. A few drops under your tongue, two or three times a day, is all you need. Or if you prefer, you can put the drops in a beverage or food.

Learn more about the benefits of ashwagandha here. I also have the dried root (organic) available if simply having a cup of tea is your preference.

This is a “double marc” tincture, which means it was infused for several weeks with plant material, then strained and new plant material added to infuse for several more weeks. In other words, it is double infused & double strength.

Handcrafted (here at Cottonboro Farm) Tinctures available:

Ashwagandha$12.00
Burdock Root$10.00
Calendula$12.00
Chaga$12.00
Cleavers$10.00
Echinacea Purpurea$11.00
Elecampane$11.00
Goldenseal$14.00
Hawthorn Berry$10.00
Myrrh$10.00
Rosemary$10.00
St. John’s Wort$10.00
Self Heal/Heal All$10.00
Sheep Sorrel (Whole Plant)$10.00
Skullcap$10.00
Teasel Root$12.00
Yarrow$9.50
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DIY Disinfectant for Your Home

While supplies to disinfect your home run low, here is a natural DIY disinfectant you can use on home surfaces, with products you may already have or actually be able to find.

Take TWO spray bottles
In one add undiluted white vinegar
In the other add 3% hydrogen peroxide
(DO NOT combine the two ingredients.)
Mist surfaces with the vinegar first
Immediately spray same area with the peroxide
Wipe clean

I’ve been using this for several years now.

Also, remember that 70%+ rubbing alcohol you probably have. Use it cautiously so as not to damage skin or materials, but 70% or higher alcohol is said to deactivate viruses.

For helpful ideas on keeping yourself happy and healthy during this crisis, read this message from Rosemary Gladstar.

Try to appreciate and enjoy this time with your loved ones.
Stay safe and God bless.

Hat tip: Little House in the Suburbs (Caswell/Siskin)

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