Coffee Kitchen Soap

Now available!  Helps to remove odors, like garlic and onion, from your hands/skin.

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“Elder-Cherry” Syrup

Nice fresh batch of “Elder-Cherry” (Elderberry & Wild Cherry) Syrup, while it lasts.  Also contains fresh ginger, cloves, cinnamon and local raw honey.  Yummy way to kick that cold or flu – or prevent it!

$18 for a 10 oz. swing-top bottle.

     

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Lavender Oatmeal Soap

Back in stock!

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“Elder-Cherry” Syrup

Working on my combo Elderberry/Wild Cherry Syrup today.  It also contains ginger root, cinnamon and cloves.  Sure wish I could upload the aroma.  It smells wonderful in here!

         

I’ll let it simmer until it’s reduced by half, then mix with raw honey and a little brandy.   Yummiest medicine you can find!  The leftover cherries are “getting happy”….

They skipped the other steps and went right into the brandy to infuse for a while.  The holidays will be here before we know it after all!

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Harvesting Wild Cherries

Well, it’s time to gear up for that cough that seems to go with cooler weather and the need to start heating the home.  The Wild Cherry trees are full of fruit this year, which excited me, as there were absolutely NONE to be had last year at all!  While the bark contains the medicinal properties, the berries taste great, so I love to use them in my syrup.  Thinking I may try an elderberry/wild cherry combo this year…..

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Infused Waters

Believe it or not, it’s still summer here in New England!   Fall was trying to make an entrance, and there’s some color in the trees, but the days have been HOT and we are still swimming!  I spend a lot of time devoted to herbal teas, but have failed to mention how refreshing and healthy infused waters can be.  Today, I am enjoying some nice cool water infused with lemon and lime.  Delicious!

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Herbal Spotlight: Teasel Root

Have you heard of Teasel Root (Dipsacus sylvestris)?  If you’ve been diagnosed with Lyme Disease, you probably have.  Teasel Root is said to be a powerful herb against Lyme.  Teasel was used in the “old days” to card or “tease” wool fiber.  Note the tall, impressive thistle head.

But it is the root of this plant that holds the most medicinal value.  According to herbalist Matthew Wood, Teasel Root “promotes the circulation of the blood and removes pain and stiffness in areas that have been bruised.”  It is said to be excellent for chronic inflammation and is also used for trauma and inflammation of the joints and muscles.  Its current, most notable, use is as a remedy for Lyme Disease.  There are many testimonies by people who swear by this herb against Lyme.  Teasel Root is also noted in helping osteoporosis (a good herb for the bones) and reducing Candida (fungus) overgrowth.

In my opinion, Teasel Root is a pretty bad tasting tea.  That may be why, most often, it is taken in tincture form, at a very minimal dosage.  (3 drops, 3x per day)  Even that small amount can cause enough bacterial die-off to create what is known as the Herxheimer Reaction, a (usually) short-term increase in discomfort related to the detoxification your body is experiencing.  It’s important to understand this reaction and deal with it accordingly by reducing the amount of the tincture and drinking more water.  Detoxifying is not something to take lightly!

Read more about the benefits of Teasel Root here and a testimony (with helpful links) on Teasel and Lyme disease here.

I carry both Teasel Root (wildharvested in the U.S.A.) and Teasel Tincture (made here at Cottonboro Farm) in the shop.

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