Nov 17 , 2014
Our national heritage includes our native plant species. Only a few hundred years ago our land was teeming with handsome plants which supported vast varieties of native insects, birds and other animals. People from all over the world have come to live in this land now, bringing with them plants from their home countries. Botanists refer to these plants as alien species, many of which have now aggressively choked out the original natives.
Cheryl’s Herbs' Native Collection specifically features herbs native to our home state of Missouri. They are the true locals of our area and have adapted over the years to Missouri’s ever changing, irregular winter, spring and hot summer. These hardy herbs actually prefer some of our bad soil and wouldn’t choose to live just anywhere!
You may recognize that the individual healing herbs of this collection natively grow in other select states in America as well but these particular herbs were in fact part of the original Missouri landscape. Cheryl’s Herbs is proud to be doing our part to preserve our natural heritage.
Most of the herbs for this collection have been grown from seed collected in native stands within about 100 miles from St. Louis. They have the best opportunity to do well because they are already adapted to our exact local climate. Our precious stands are helping to preserve these local strains. New developments have already caused the disappearance of some of the original colonies.
OUR MISSOURI NATIVES
The following herbs make up the ingredients to a small, yet multi-purposed native product line. This diverse collection has a great variety of uses designed to naturally enhance many parts of your daily life. Look for new native herbs to be added as ingredients to these products as they become ready for harvest and production: Echinacea Root, Leaf, Flower & Seed Echinacea purpurea, nat.farm/org. Historically used internally and externally for infections, snake & insect bites including brown recluse spider, cancers, toothaches, burns, hard-to-heal sores & wounds, flu and colds. Modern scientific study has encouraged its use as supportive therapy for colds and chronic infections of the respiratory tract and lower urinary tract and externally for poorly healing wounds and chronic ulcerations. Much research has focused on its immunostimulant activities; Golden Glow Flower Rudbeckia lacinata, nat.farm (No safety information available). Historically used for burns, scrapes and other outer lesions; Greenbrier Leaf Smilax rotundifolia, wild (No safety information available). Historically used for pain, boils and rattlesnake bites; Jewelweed Herb Impatiens capensis, nat.farm (No safety information available). Historically used for poison ivy rash, bruises, burns, cuts, eczema, insect bites, sores, sprains, warts and ringworm. Folk medicine includes both the internal and external use of Jewelweed for poison ivy with some people swearing by the leaf tea as a preventative. In 1958 a clinical study reported 108 out of 115 poison ivy patients responded "most dramatically … and were entirely relieved of their symptoms within 2 or 3 days" from the topical application of Jewelweed. It concluded Jewelweed is an excellent substitute for ACTH and the corticosteroids in the treatment of poison ivy dermatitis.
Cheryl’s Herbs Native Collection
Echinacea purpurea Organic / Natural Farmed USA 26% Alcohol. Some authorities suggest it should not be used in autoimmune diseases and also recommend a maximum duration of eight weeks for the internal and external use of "fresh juice and galenic preparations thereof" of the above-ground parts of this species.
Chamomile (Roman), Lavender in Aloe Gel & Jewelweed Herb Extract. Jewelweed historically has been used for Poison Ivy exposure and skin conditions. (* in spray bottle)
With Jewelweed Herb and the essential oils of Palmarosa, Tangerine & Lavender.
Contains the essential oils of Fir (Silver), Cajeput, Frankincense, Nutmeg, Peppermint, Cedarwood (Atlas), Lavender, wild in a base of Echinacea Purpurea Leaf & Flower and Rattlesnake Master Root infused into Sunflower & Vitamin E Oils and unbleached Missouri Beeswax.
FOR FACE & BODY Sandalwood, Palmarosa, Lavender in Aloe Gel & Native Infused Oil: Echinacea Purpurea Leaf & Flower, Golden Glow Flower*, Jewelweed Herb, Greenbrier Leaf infused into Sunflower & Vitamin E Oils.