2016 Autumn & Holiday Remedy Guide

Autumn Wellness Share

Autumn is a time of change and often feels bittersweet.  We are blessed with the harvest of fresh fruits, root crops and storage vegetables, but the days have grown short and dark. We journey inward, into ourselves and into our homes.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) autumn is the time of year when the yang energy and warm of the sun wanes and the yin energy becomes prominent;  Autumn is time to slow down, prepare for winter, strengthening our immune, digestive and respiratory systems.

Wear a scarf.  Fall is a season associated with the wind.  A simple thing like wearing a scarf can ward off cold which (in TCM) is said to enter most easily at the back of the neck.

Strengthen the lungs by breathing deeply.  When we breathe deeply with intention we flood our cells with oxygen and can positively affect our energy level, immune system, and memory. 

Nourish the body and support the immune system by warming up your food.  Ease up on cooling meals (salads and raw veggies) and transition to roasted seasonal vegetables, soups and stews.

As nature slows down preparing to rest, it is good for us to do the same.  Sleep a little longer and give yourself some extra attention and self love.

The items below are included in the 2016 Autumn Wellness Share:

Blue Elderberry Elixir:

A combination of locally gathered blue elderberries, rose hips, organic cinnamon, organic ginger, organic cloves, organic cardamom, organic black elderberries, local raw honey and brandy.  Elderberry is an exceptional ally for fighting colds, flu, and respiratory infection.  Rose hips provide a boost of vitamin C.  Cardamom helps clear congestion while calming your nerves.  Cinnamon, ginger, and clove are warming helping to circulate the goodness throughout your body.  Local raw honey infused with organic dried elderberries is added to soothe any cough.  Take 2-3 teaspoons as needed to avoid catching a cold or flu.  At the first sign of illness take frequently throughout the day. This elixir can be consumed directly off the spoon or is wonderful added to a cup of tea or hot toddy.  For an extra immune boost, combine with Echinacea Simple.  Shake well and refrigerate after opening to better preserve.

Note:  Throughout history, elderberry has been revered as a magical and sacred plant.  Elder has been used to ward off evil influences, carried for good luck and to protect the home.  Ancient legends say a wise woman lives in the elder tree to watch over and offer healing.

El Diablo:

Based on a traditional folk remedy, El Diablo offers immune and circulatory support through a combination of raw organic apple cider vinegar, onions, horseradish, organic ginger, garlic, organic turmeric and organic cayenne.  The onions, garlic and horseradish were grown in the apothecary garden using organic methods.  I like to start my day with a spoonful.  Take 2-3 teaspoons straight or dilute with honey.  El Diablo is delicious drizzled on salad.

Note: Renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar originally coined the term 'Fire Cider'. She has freely shared the term and recipe since the 1970's and has published and copyrighted books using the term 'Fire Cider'.  Sadly, a recent company has now trademarked 'Fire Cider' and the name can no longer be used by the herbal community.  #freefirecider #traditionNOTtrademark

Salt Creek Elderberry Tisane: 

Tisanes (herbal teas) are one of the simplest ways to add herbs to your daily routine. Brewing and sipping tea can be an opportunity to pause and care for yourself.  The Salt Creek Elderberry Tisane provides an opportunity to slow down and unwind with a blend of immune boosting and adaptogenic berries herbs and roots.  Elderberries and rose hips, a traditional cold fighting pair are blended with organic astragalus, organic eleuthero, organic holy basil, organic ginger, organic cinnamon, organic clove, organic orange peel, and hand-cut vanilla bean.  Astragalus is known for its ability to strengthen the immune system and energize the body. Astragalus works best if consumed regularly.  Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) and holy basil (tulsi tea) help the body respond to stress, reducing the negative effects on physical and emotional health.   Holy basil also has a long history of use for respiratory ailments due to anti-viral, antibacterial, decongesting and diaphoretic actions.  Cinnamon, ginger, and clove are warming, perfect when the weather turns cold.   Orange peel and vanilla round out the flavor.  Steep times for tisanes can vary; Steep for 10-15 minutes for a delicious cup of tea, however if you require more medicinal strength, let the tea steep for up to two hours.  Add honey to taste. 

Elecampane Beehive:

Elecampane Beehive is a unique and wonderful herbal infused honey.  Elecampane has a deep earthy, almost bitter taste which blends well with local raw Wenatchee Valley honey.  Elecampane is traditionally used for the respiratory system. Elecampane is effective at helping to clear up congestion and bronchial ailments, particularly those that are productive.  Elecampne honey is a great remedy for sore throats and congested coughs.  You can eat the honey straight from spoon, mix in herbal tea, or with water. 

Note: Elecampane was considered sacred to the ancient Celts associating it with elfin spirits who were said to seek shelter under Elecampane's large leaves.   Elecampane is sometimes called 'elf wort' or 'elf dock'.

Oregon Grape Digestive Bitters:

In Ayurveda, digestion is the number one key to health; The body's metabolic functions are directly related to the health of all organs and tissues in the body.  Bitter herbs play an important role in healthy digestion by stimulating digestive secretions, improving appetite, alleviating gas, bloating and indigestion.  Bitters not only increase the digestibility of foods but can calm the nervous system so that you are emotionally prepared to eat.  Most of us have a dramatic lack of bitterness in our daily diets.  Oregon Grape Digestive Bitters are a delicious and complex blend of bitter and flavorful herbs all known for their stimulating and nourishing effect on digestion.   The Oregon Grape root used in this remedy was gently harvested from a large patch near Peshastin Creek.  Oregon Grape root is intensely bitter and helps maintain healthy liver function and bile production.   Fennel, cardamom, ginger, and dandelion root are added to create a well rounded bitter.   Take 10-30 drops directly on the tongue or in a small amount of water (make sure you can still taste the bitter flavor) 10-15 minutes prior to eating.  Bitters may also be taken after a meal. 

Echinacea Simple:

A basic herbal extract made by infusing the roots and herb of Echinacea angustifolia in organic non-gmo cane alcohol.  Echinacea is a staple herb for cold and flu season.  Echinacea works as an immune stimulant and modulator.  Echinacea is most effective if taken at the very first onset of cold symptoms

Red Earth Bar

The Red Earth Bar is a moisturizing soap made with calendula infused olive oil and red clay blended with lavender, cypress, and clary sage essential oils.  The Red Earth Bar creates a bubbly lather and will last a long time if kept dry.   All soap made by Celia's Salt Creek Apothecary is palm oil free and handcrafted in the cold-process tradition.  Each bar is allowed to cure for a minimum of four weeks.

St. Johns Wort & Helichrysum Lip Butter

Lip butter made from St. John's Wort gathered along the Wenatchee River and infused in almond oil is moisturizing and healing to dry chapped lips. St. John's Wort soothes sore chapped lips while helichrysum essential oil (also known as immortelle) is renowned for restorative properties, providing excellent support to the skin when the weather turns cold and windy.  Available in unscented and cooling peppermint.  

The remedies listed here complete the Fall Wellness Share.  Continue to follow this Journal for new additions and updates.