Summer Remedy Guide

Wild Rose Cooling Tonic:

Wild rose petals and buds were carefully gathered in Olalla Canyon and infused in organic raw apple cider vinegar, with an extra rosy boost from organic dried rose petals.  Rose is a cooling, emotionally uplifting, nervine suitable for the whole family. Rose may be helpful in alleviating exhaustion, insomnia, and irritability. 

How to use Cooling Rose Tonic:

1.       Make a refreshing beverage – add a splash to sparking water and sweeten as desired with stevia or maple syrup (optional muddle with fresh mint or lemon balm)

2.       Rehydrate on a hot day with a pitcher of rose-ginger switchel (see recipe below)

3.       Use the cooling power of rose on inflamed bug bites or itchy spots

4.       Dilute with water and store in a spray bottle to help relieve sunburn


Rose-Ginger Switchel

4 teaspoons Wild Rose Cooling Tonic

4 Tablespoons pure maple syrup (adjust to taste)

Fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced (as much as you want)

4 cups water

Combine all the ingredients into a large jar, shake to combine and refrigerate overnight or for at least 12 hours (24 is even better). To serve, strain into glasses filled with ice

Peach Leaf Elixir:

I don't think I could survive summer with out it!

Peach is gentle, aromatic, cooling and calming.  Peach leaf elixir is wonderful on the long hot days of summer, soothing the irritability that can accompany extended periods of heat.  Peach leaf works beautify for stress and anxiety and is a wonderful remedy for nausea especial from sun exposure and being over heated. It is also great as a digestive aid, stimulating appetite and helping bring the body back into balance. 

The Peach Leaf elixir in your share was made with the peach leaves and twigs grown in the apothecary garden blended with leaves from the tree of a friend.  Both trees were grown organically with love. Take ¼ - ½ tsp as needed (1-2 dropper-full).  


Shirlee's Summer Cooler

An herbal tisane blended to be cooling, calming, and refreshing.  Shirlee’s Summer Cooler is best served iced.  Hibiscus leaves are tart, delicious, high in vitamin C, and antioxidants.  Hibiscus helps maintain a normal body temperature and encourage fluid balance. Spearmint is cooling and can help alleviate nausea and aid digestion. Lemongrass is a gentle tonic for the nerves and nervous system.  Both lemongrass and elderflower are diaphoretic and help cool you by encouraging perspiration. 

This is a delightful tisane to drink when you are feeling dehydrated, over-heated, or feverish.  I like to make this tisane in large batches, keep in the fridge, and fill my water bottle daily.     

Steep 1 Tablespoon per 16 oz water for 10-15 minutes, sweeten if desired. Cool in the refrigerator and serve over ice.   

My grandmother, Shirlee, was very sensitive to heat; Summer was always a difficult.  I named this tisane after her. I like to think it would have brought her relief and enjoyment.

2.9 oz net weight

Ingredients:  Organic hibiscus petals, organic elderflower,  organic spearmint, organic lemon peel, organic lemongrass

Elderflower Beehive

Organic elderflowers infused in raw Skagit Valley raspberry blossom honey. The aromatic elderflower is a cooling diaphoretic.  The beautiful little blossoms are superb for cooling a fever or when you just need to open your pores, cool down and sweat out whatever ails you.  Elderflowers have an anti-inflammatory effect on the upper respiratory system and can help in cases of colds, and sinus allergies.  Delicious right off the spoon, or add to tea.  

Yarrow Infused Bug-Be-Gone

Yarrow is one my favorite wildflowers growing throughout the Wenatchee Valley.  Yarrow is a great remedy for colds and flu but is probably best known for its wound healing properties. Yarrow reduces blood flow, swelling and pain, perfect to reduce the swelling and itchiness of bug bites and stings.  In addition to soothing mosquito bites Yarrow also works to repel insects and prevent mosquito bites before they happen. 

Yarrow is an excellent insect repellent.  In Alaska, friends will tell you to lay down in a patch or wild yarrow to keep away the mosquito (or rub yarrow on your skin and clothing).  Native People in the Pacific Northwest traditionally hung yarrow in longhouses to repel insects and the tea was sprayed around salmon during processing to repel flies.

Wild harvested yarrow blossoms and leaves were infused in apricot kernel oil. Apricot kernel oil is easily absorbed by the skin without leaving a greasy or oily feeling.  Insect repelling essential oils of Catnip, Lemon Eucalyptus, Geranium, and Peppermint were added to the infused oil for additional insect repelling power.  As an oil based insect repellent, Yarrow Infused Bug-Be-Gone should be applied directly to your skin (do not apply to clothing or it may leave oil stains).  Like many products containing essential oils, Yarrow Infused Bug-Be-Gone is not recommend for use on children younger than 3 years old.  Always test a small amount on skin for sensitivity prior to use.   

2.7 fl. oz. spray bottle

Yarrow infused bug-be-gone sprays in a stream (rather than diffuse spray) and should be rubbed in the skin)


St. John's Wort Oil

Solar infused St. John’s Wort oil is handcrafted from locally gathered hypericum blossoms.  St. John’s Wort is an effective topical remedy to soothe sunburn, burns, bruises, wounds and other nerve pain.  The herbal first aid kit is not complete without St. John’s Wort oil.  Apply topically as needed. 

Calamine Herbal Soap Bar

The Calamine Soap Bar is made with skin nourishing calendula infused olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, non-gmo expeller pressed sunflower oil and castor oil.  This bar has extra butters and oils added to ensure that it is not drying and contributing to itchy summer skin. Calamine powder (zinc oxide and iron oxide) is a soothing anti-itching agent. Calamine is also used as a mild anti-septic to prevent infections that can be caused by scratching the affected area. Use Calamine soap to gently wash sunburnt skin, bug bites, and itchy skin caused by heat and sweat.  Scented with soothing lavender and cooling peppermint essential oils. 

Keely M.