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Herbal Information Sheet: Eleuthero

February 26, 2018

ELEUTHERO (Eleutherococcus senticosus)                                                                                           2/6/18 Excerpted from: Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism By Donald R. Yance   “Eleuthero is the most well-known, well-researched, and well-suited adaptogen in the world. Often referred to as the ‘king’ adaptogen, there are more published scientific studies on Eleuthero than on any other herb. It blends well with other herbs, […]

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Herbal Information Sheet: Bacopa

February 22, 2018

BACOPA (Bacopa monnieri)                                                                                                             Excerpted from: The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs By Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa and Michael Tierra   “In India, Gotu Kola is often used interchangeably with another similar herb, Bacopa.  Both are called Brahmi.  These two plants are not very well distinguished in the […]

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How To: Drying Homegrown Herbs

September 28, 2016

While we don't sell fresh herbs, many customers will come in with questions about processing their own herbs that they grew in their garden. Some of the reasons to dry your fresh herbs are: Increased longevity of the herb, protection from mold/yeast, and the satisfaction of knowing where it came from.

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Fall Favorites and Must Haves!

September 22, 2016

The leaves are changing and it's getting a tad bit chillier! Fall is here! Keep your nose clear, your allergies at bay, and warm tea in your cup! We've crafted a list of some must have herbs and products for this Fall season! 

 

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Essential Oil Profile: Cinnamon (Bark)

July 09, 2016

by Amelia E. Hoard, RN Common Name: Cinnamon (Bark) Synonyms: Cinnamomum verum J. Presl. Latin Binomial: Cinnamomum zeylanicum Blume Family: Lauracea Production Method: steam or water distillation with cohabitation Countries of Origin: Native to Sri Lanka, India, and Southeast Asia Typical Constituents: [E]-Cinnmaldehyde (63.1-75.7%), Eugenol (2.0-13.3%), [E]-Cinnamyl acetate (0.3-10.6%), Linalool (0.2-7.0%), b-Caryophyllene (1.3-5.8%), r-Cymene (1.7-2.5%), […]

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Essential Oil Profile: Chamomile (Roman)

July 09, 2016

by Amelia E. Hoard, RN   Common Name: Chamomile (Roman) Synonyms: Chamamelum nobile,Garden chamomile Latin Binomial: Anthemis nobili Family: Compositae or Asteraceae Production Method: Steam distilled from the flowering tops. Countries of Origin: Native to western Europe, now cultivated in England, Belgium, France and Hungary. Typical Constituents: Isobutyl angelate (0-37.4%), Butyl angelate (0-34.9%), 3-Methylpentyl angelate […]

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Essential Oil Profile: Chamomile (German)

July 09, 2016

by Amelia E. Hoard, RN   Common Name: Chamomile (German) Synonyms: Blue chamomile, Hungarian chamomile Latin Binomial: Matricaria chamomilla Family: Asteraceae (Compositae) Production Method: steam distilled from flowers Countries of Origin: Native to central and northern Europe; cultivated in Hungary, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Russia, Germany, Belgium and Spain. Typical Constituents: Farmesene/chamazulene CT (Bulgarian) Farnesene (27.7%), Chamazulene […]

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Essential Oil Profile: Catnip

June 28, 2016

by Amelia E. Hoard, RN   Common Name: Catnip Synonyms: catmint Latin Binomial: Nepeta cataria L. Family: Lamiaceae Production Method: steam distilled Countries of Origin: Europe, USA Typical Constituents: Nepetalactone isomers (12.7-84%), Nepetalic acid (1.2-43%), Dihydronepetalactone (0-25.0%), b-Caryophyllene (6.2-24.6%), Caryophyllene oxide (14.3-19.4%), [E]-b-Farnesene (0-2.1%), Humulene oxide (1.0-1.6%), Piperitone (0-1.5%), a-Caryophyllene (0-1.3%), b-Elemene (0-1.2%), 3-Hexenyl ester […]

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Essential Oil Profile: Cardamon

June 28, 2016

by Amelia E. Hoard, RN   Common Name: Cardamon Synonyms: cardamom, cardomon Latin Binomial: Elettaria cardamomum Family: Zingiberaceae Production Method: steam distilled from ripe dried, crushed seed Countries of Origin: A native of tropical Asia, now cultivated in Sri Lanka, India, Guatemala and El Salvador. Typical Constituents: 1,8-Cineole (26.5-44.6%), a-Terpinyl acetate (29.2-39.7%), Linalyl acetate (0.7-7.7%), […]

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Essential Oil Profile: Cassia

June 28, 2016

by Amelia E. Hoard, RN   Common Name: Cassia Synonyms: Chinese cinnamon, false cinnamon, cassia cinnamon, cassia lignea, C. aromaticum, Laurus cassia Latin Binomial: Cinnamomum cassia Family: Lauraceae Production Method: steam distilled leaves and twigs Countries of Origin: Native to southeastern China Typical Constituents: [E]-Cinnamaldehyde (73.2-89.4%), [Z]-Cinnamaldehyde (0.8%-12.3%), [E]-Cinnamyl acetate, Benzaldehyde (0.4-2.3%),  2-Phenylethyl acetate (0.4-2.3%), a-Terpineol […]

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Essential Oil Profile: Caraway

June 28, 2016

by Amelia E. Hoard, RN   Common Name: Caraway Synonyms: Apium carvi, carum Latin Binomial: Carum carvi Family: Apiaceae Production Method: steam distilled from ripe dried, crushed seed Countries of Origin: Native to Europe and Western Asia, now widely cultivated. Typical Constituents: [+]-Carvone (47.3-59.5%), [+]-Limonene (36.9-48.8%),  b-Myrcene (0.2-1.0%) Description of Oil: pale yellow to brownish […]

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Essential Oil Profile: Calamus

June 14, 2016

by Amelia E. Hoard, RN   Common Name: Calamus Synonyms: East Asian Calamus, Jammu calamus, sweet flag, Calamus aromaticus, sweet root, sweet rush, sweet myrtle, myrtle grass, myrtle sedge, cinnamon sedge Latin Binomial: Acorus calamus var. angustatus Family: Araceae Production Method: steam distilled roots Countries of Origin: India, Russia, Nepal, China some varities are found […]

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