Herbal Extracts - "Simplers"
Herbal Extracts - "Simplers"
Herbal Extracts - "Simplers"

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Herbal Extracts - "Simplers"

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Single herb preparations - also called simpler(s) - are a great way to get to know a plant. For this reason I recommend that you start taking it slowly ~ once a day, a couple drops only. Dosage is important, and a small one reflects the gentle approach we should always have and nurture in regards to plant medicine.

Yarrow, Achillea millefolium - one of the most important herbal medicines around. Surrounded by myth and healing, ritual and history ... Incredibly diverse geographically and medicinally. One unique quality is that is incredibly bitter AND aromatic. Yarrow acts as an astringent (helping tonify tissues), as a hemostatic (stopping bleeding externally and internally), and as an inflammatory modulating herb just to name a few… It is also known as an antifungal and antimicrobial ally. The tincture acts as a bitter tonic, stimulating digestion, tonifying tissues that are relaxed, and stopping internal bleeding.

Damiana, Turnera diffusa - a traditional Mayan medicine valued world widely as an aphrodisiac and general heart tonic. An aromatic nervine that helps restore the nervous system, stimulates action on the body and mind perhaps allowing us to connect with others, to become more receptive. Often given for painful, delayed periods + headaches connected to menstruation. Being a diuretic and urinary antiseptic, Damiana is useful in the treatment of UTIs such as cystitis and urethritis. The tincture is a nerve tonic and antidepressant. For mild depression, take a dropperful 3x a day. For UTIs an infusion of the leaves is recommended. Drink up to 1 cup daily.

Feverfew, Tanacetum parthenium - originally from southeastern Europe, Feverfew is a close relative of Tansy, and the Chrysanthemum and Chamomile species. Its main traditional use was as a woman’s herb. Nicholas Culpeper in The English Physician (1653!) sang its praises as “a general strengthener of the womb...it cleanseth the womb”. Current uses include: lower temperature and cool the body, induce menstruation, migraine and headaches. The tincture can be taken for long term prevention of migraine. 5 drops with water up to 3x a day. Another example of a very bitter and aromatic herb, for this reason I prefer to take in the form of tincture.

Motherwort, Leonurus cardiaca -  as the name ‘cardiaca’ indicates, Motherwort has long been considered a heart remedy. Native to Central Asia is now naturalized in much Europe and North America. A remedy for the heart and nerves often prescribed for palpitations, strengthens heart function, specially in conditions where the heart is weak. A gentle sedative and antispasmodic, it promotes relaxation rather than drowsiness. It is also used to stimulate the muscles of the uterus, and is specially suitable for delayed menstruation, menstrual pain, premenstrual tension. Caution: do not take during pregnancy. Avoid if there is heavy menstrual bleeding. Bitter, aromatic and slightly sweet. The oil makes a great topical remedy for the uterus while the tincture can be used to treat internal conditions mentioned above. 

Lemon balm, Melissa officinalis - a beloved herb associated with gladness and calm. Its botanical name comes from the Greek for bee and refers to the great attraction the plant holds for bees. Its ability to calm the central nervous system comes from the volatile oils present in the plant, also responsible for its antispasmodic action. One of my favorite relaxing tonics, Lemon  balm is also useful to treat colds in children, and mild digestive issues. Its Polyphenols combat the herpes simplex virus, which produces cold sores. It can also be used as part of shingles protocol topically (oil massage in the affected area) and internally (tea + tincture). For cold sores make an infusion and apply regularly. To treat cuts and scrapes apply the juice of the leaves. For anxiety and mild depression take a dropperful of tincture up tp 3x a day.

Yerba Santa, Eriodictyon californicum - native to California and Oregon, the leaves have been traditionally used by the Native Americans to treat coughs, colds, sore throats, mucus and asthma. The infusion of leaves was commonly used as a wash to ease fever, and the mashed leaves were applied as a poultice to treat sores. This sticky, aromatic herb with a pleasant taste is a valuable expectorant, supporting a healthy respiratory tract. This herb promotes healthy elimination of phlegm and excess fluids, and may also support gastrointestinal health.

Take time to go outside, allowing yourself to experience your surroundings, getting to know the plants that bring healing, that make your home. 


Other ingredients: 100 proof vodka. Not diluted.

.5 fl oz /  14 ml

Handcrafted in Santa Cruz, CA

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