Medicinals

Salves

First Aid Salve

Use First Aid Salve as you would a conventional antibiotic ointment. It is handcrafted with powerful healing herbs to boost the immune system and provide antibiotic, antiviral, antiseptic action to help prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes, boils, and insect bites.

Plantain is a powerful first aid herb that soothes irritation, reduces inflammation, helps tissues recover more quickly, and treats infection in wounds. It is also astringent, which helps to stop bleeding and can aid in drawing out dirt or debris that may not have been removed during cleaning.

Yarrow is another wonderful herb for first aid. It is a strong antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It helps to stop bleeding, prevent infection, and reduces inflammation in cuts and scrapes.

Tea tree is antiseptic, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory. It is helpful for preventing infection and treating fungal infections or rashes.

Usnea is anti-bacterial and helps to improve the body’s ability to fight off infections and heal itself. It is particularly helpful in the treatment of infected wounds.

Our salves are handcrafted to be purely medicinal. They are handmade in small batches with quality, organic ingredients and no added fragrances or colorings.

Ingredients: sunflower oil, usnea (Usnea barbata),* tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia),* plantain (Plantago major),* yarrow (Achillea millefolium),* beeswax, and cacao butter

Soothing Skin Salve

This salve soothes rashes, insect bites, and eczema. Itsa bit on the softer side for easy application and utilizes the healing properties of gentle herbs that help to relieve itchy, irritated skin.

Strawberry leaf is for skin conditions and is especially indicated for eczema. Nettle is an anti-inflammatory that calms itchy skin and insect bites. Plantain is a soothing, cooling, and healing herb. Mint helps ease skin sensitivity and is helpful for itchy skin problems, including eczema.

Sunflower oil also soothes skin by rehydrating dry skin and helping to prevent future moisture loss. Beeswax and cacao butter also promote skin hydration and healing.

Ingredients: sunflower oil, cacao butter, beeswax, nettle (Urtica dioica),* mint (Mentha spp.),* plantain (Plantago major),* strawberry leaf (Fragaria spp.), & peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita)

Tinctures

Digestive Bitters Tincture

This tincture is an invaluable remedy to have on hand for a wide variety of stomach issues. Digestive bitters tincture aids digestion, relieves gas & bloating, and can be helpful for nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Bitter foods and herbs play a very important role in digestion and the health of the organs that facilitate it. Bitters stimulate the production of digestive fluids that help to break down food to ensure that the body can absorb the nutrients from it. They also help to tone and heal the digestive tissues.

When you first taste bitter foods, bitter taste receptors on the tongue trigger reactions throughout the digestive tract. In the mouth, bitters promote salivation, which breaks down starches and begins to digest fats.

In the stomach, bitters promote the production of gastrin, a hormone that regulates how much gastric acid is produced. This is especially important because an adequate amount of stomach acid is necessary for the body to be able to uptake minerals from food.

Bitters also aid in the production of pepsin, an enzyme that helps break down proteins and is key to the proper absorption of vitamin B12.

In the pancreas, liver, and gall bladder, bitters promote the production and flow of pancreatic enzymes and bile, which help to break down fats & oils, lubricate the intestines so digested food can pass through, and rid the liver of waste products.

This blend utilizes the bitter properties of chamomile and yellow dock to help promote a healthy digestive tract and process. Because bitter herbs are cooling in nature, it helps to combine them with a warming herb to help balance this action, thus the addition of ginger to this formula.

Additionally, the aromatic properties of the orange peel and chamomile in this recipe are helpful for relieving gas and bloating. Orange peel has been used in traditional Chinese herbal medicine for thousands of years to aid digestion, promote liver function, and relieve gas & bloating. It can be helpful for abdominal distention, loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Dosing: 15-30 drops as needed for relief of acute indigestion. To promote healthy digestion and help prevent gas, bloating, & stomach pain, take a few drops in water before meals.

Ingredients: medicinal grade alcohol, yellow dock (Rumex crispus),* chamomile (Matricaria recutita),* orange peel (Citrus sinensis), and ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Nettle Leaf Tincture

This tincture is made with organic, fresh nettle leaves from our mountainside gardens. Nettle is a general tonic that strengthens and revitalizes the whole body.

It can also be used in case of more specific health problems. Nettle promotes kidney & urinary tract health. It helps to stop hemorrhaging & internal bleeding. This herb relieves skin inflammation & rashes and can be used to treat allergies & hay fever. It also reduces diarrhea & excessive menstrual flow.

Ingredients: fresh nettle leaf (Urtica dioica),* medicinal grade alcohol

Valerian Tincture

This lovely herb is sedative, pain relieving, and soothing to the nervous system. It’s a valuable sleep aid, helps relieve muscle spasms, calms overexcitement, and is good for general pain relief.

While many people find valerian to be relaxing, a small percentage of people actually experience a stimulating effect from this herb. If you haven’t taken valerian before, try a small dose to see how it will affect you.

To use: Take 10 drops to 1 tsp in a cup of water or tea for insomnia, stress, pain, menstrual cramps, aching muscles.

Ingredients: medicinal grade alcohol, valerian root (Valeriana officinalis)

Usnea Tincture

This is a great tincture to have in your first aid kit, as it is helpful for preventing and treating infections. Usnea is an excellent antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory. It also has immune boosting properties.

Herbalist, Kiva Rose, states that usnea is “broadly indicated for any infection (especially those of the mucus membranes) with symptoms of heat, or heat with moisture. It seems to have the strongest, quickest effect on the lungs and bladder and is often used for infections associated with those organs.

Even very serious infections such as pneumonia can respond very well to a strong usnea tincture.” She also states that usnea can be used to treat staph, cellulitis, and infected wounds.

Ingredients: usnea (Usnea barbata), medical grade alcohol

Post-Partum Tincture Blend

When taken post-partum, this tincture blend:
helps the uterus to clamp down
promotes the release of oxytocin
prevents shock
stops excessive bleeding
helps blood clots to form
relieves pain
calms and aids in the processing of emotions

Shepherd’s purse is a blood coagulant and vasoconstrictor that is particularly indicated for treating post-partum hemorrhage. Taking this herb can help prevent excessive bleeding and help to form blood clots after birth.

Motherwort helps to prevent hemorrhage & shock, soothes & calms, and tones the uterus. It can also be helpful in easing after birth pains and for helping the mother adjust emotionally, helping to relieve tension and confusion of overwhelming emotions post-partum.

Blue cohosh promotes the release of oxytocin and helps the uterus to contract, close rapidly, and quickly regain its pre-pregnancy shape post-partum, which helps to decrease after birth pains. Black cohosh works synergistically with blue cohosh to help the uterus contract and close.

When used post-partum, it promotes uterine contractions, helps the uterus clamp down, and stops bleeding quickly.

Dose: take 1 dropperful under the tongue. Repeat in 1 minute, as needed.

Ingredients: medicinal grade alcohol, shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris), motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)*, blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroidesis), & black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)

Aji Tincture

This extract is made with organic aji peppers from our mountainside gardens. It has a wide array of uses, making it a great addition to your first aid kit.

Aji tincture helps to improve circulation and to stop hemorrhaging and internal bleeding. It is a digestive aid that relieves cramping and gas. It also helps to eliminate excess mucus.

Ingredients: aji peppers (Capsicum annuum)*, medicinal grade alcohol

Other Preparations

Breathe Easy Herbal Bath Blend

Breathe Easy Herbal Beth Blend is a blend of healing, aromatic herbs grown in our gardens that can be used in an herbal bath or as a herbal steam to relieve sinus headaches & congestion and to help promote recovery from colds, coughs, & respiratory infections.

To use: Herbal Bath- Fill a bathtub with very hot water. Add herbs and 1/4 cup of epsom salt, if desired.

Herbal Steam- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add herbs to water. Cover your head and the pot with a large towel. Breathe deeply.

Ingredients: cypress leaf (Cupressus sempervirens), eucalyptus leaf (Eucalyptus globulus), & tea tree leaf (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Fuego Tonic

This spicy drink is our version of a well loved folk preparation called fire cider. Fire ciders are used to boost digestion, aid healthy body processes, warm you up on cold days, and help to ward off illness.

Traditionally, fire ciders are vinegar based and include lots of spicy and/or health boosting herbs. Our Fuego Tonic is no exception. We start with a homemade fruit vinegar (exactly what type of fruit vinegar varies by availability of quality fruits) and infuse it with aji peppers and other lovely herbs, many of which are grown on our farm.

We like to enjoy a shot of our Fuego Tonic diluted in a bit of hot water on cold nights. It’s also a delicious, healthy addition to soups, stir fries, and salad dressings. It can also be taken straight if you don’t mind some spice! We like taking bigger, more frequent doses to boost immunity if it seems like illness is threatening to come on.

Ingredients: Wild Blossom fruit vinegar,* onion (Allium cepa), garlic (Allium sativum), stinging nettle (Urtica dioica),* turmeric (Curcuma longa), ginger (Zingiber officinale), lemon (Citrus limon),* aji peppers (Capsicum annuum),* thyme (Thymus vulgaris),* oregano (Origanum vulgare),* mountain spring water, and panela

All of our products are handcrafted in small batches with quality ingredients. Many of the herbs and other produce we use in our products are grown on site in our organic, mountainside gardens. Starred (*) ingredients are ones that we grow or produce ourselves here at Wild Blossoms Farm.