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Unless otherwise indicated ratios are 1:2 herb/plant in our own organic solvent. Some tinctures are alchemized the ancient alchemical way (spaygrics) and will be listed as such in the description.
All herbal tinctures are created from the plants of our own gardens or locally (responsibly) harvested.
We also make our own solvent which is minimum 50%. Special orders can be made with organic Apple Cider Vinegar with 2 week notice.
Compounding Herbs is possible. Please contact us with your special request to make special blends.
These herbs are often also aromatic and help expel gas from the digestive system. This action can help ease bloating and gas related cramping. They help the body absorb nutrition (often sweet and warming).
Nervines are herbs that specifically support the nervous system, so not all calming herbs are nervines. It does not refer to herbs that are sedative, but rather herbs that relax contracted tissues, such as antispasmodics.
Calming herbs have a range of actions including tonic nervines to mildly or strongly calming effects. They are used to relieve muscle tension and spasms, some kinds of pain, circular thoughts, sleeplessness, and the occasional worry we all experience from time to time.
Herbs that are mucilaginous and produce a slime that coats, soothes, and protects mucus membranes, as well as eases dry conditions.
It protects. This slime action triggers a reflex that helps promote natural moistening secretions within the body systems. Helpful for supporting normal respiratory health and coating otherwise dry internal conditions.
Herbs that help you urinate. They help promote the elimination of fluid by increasing the amount of urine expelled by the kidneys. This can be helpful for water retention and urinary tract flushing. Depuratives herbs help cleanse waste products and toxins from our body. Depurative herbs work by supporting the natural cleansing functions of the kidneys and liver; and also increase tissue blood flow and lymph drainage.
This is an action that produces or promotes sweating. This has the value of helping to skin eliminate waste from the body. The skin is one of the major ways in which the body ensures a clean and harmonious inner environment. With diaphoretics we can help this vital function. Some of these remedies produce an actual and observable sweat, while others just aid the sub-sensible sweating that goes on all the time. Traditionally they have been used in increase sweating during fevers in the belief that this will help the body throw off the problem.
Many of these remedies will cause the dilation of surface capillaries, thus helping poor circulation. It is thought that the stimulation of sweat glands occurs because the vessels in the area are dilated. This cannot explain all that is seen to occur but goes part of the way. The deeper value of these remedies comes from the way they can support the work of the kidney by increasing cleansing through the skin. Thus they have a role in holistic treatment of kidney problems but also any broadly based approach to health.
These herbs help raise your body temperature to make you sweat and stimulate circulation. This action can also cool the body through increased perspiration. Using diaphoretics may be helpful for breaking dry fevers, erupting skin infections, promoting blood flow to cold extremities, and detoxification. These herbs are useful in fevers, colds, and detoxification formulations
Within the kapha dosha there is a predominance of the water and earth elements. Like these elements, kapha tends to be cool, moist, stable and heavy. In the body these qualities manifest as dense, heavy bones, lustrous, supple skin, low metabolism, and large, stocky frames. In addition, those with a kapha nature tend to feel cool. When out of balance, kapha individuals are prone to gaining weight and tend to have weaknesses in their lungs and sinuses where there is an accumulation of mucous. Those of kapha nature are also most prone to non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus.
The elements of water and earth also reflect in the personality. The heavy, stable nature of kapha reflects in a stable personality which is not prone to quick fluctuations. Those with a kapha nature handle stress very well, often not even noticing that it exists. They don’t like change, are generally conservative, and would prefer to keep things just the way they are. Those with a kapha nature are also comfort seekers. This relates to the soft, watery nature of kapha. Too much comfort, however, can lead to a lack of motivation and feeling of becoming stuck. When kapha is out of balance, the heavy emotions of depression and lethargy result.
In order to bring balance to a kapha nature the opposing qualities of lightness, dryness and warmth are recommended. These qualities are integrated in dietary and herbal programs as well as aroma and color therapies, detoxification, yoga and meditation. Grains such as quinoa and amaranth are recommended as well as hot spices like cayenne pepper. Lots of vegetables and very little nuts or dairy are prescribed. Cleansing herbs like guggul and pungent ones like clove bring balance to kapha.
Qualities of kapha are: solid, slow, heavy, stable, unctuous (oily), soft, predictable, dense, sweet, liquid, cloudy, sticky, cool, lubricating, protective, and loving.
In the body, kapha regulates: processes related to structure, shape, cohesion, stability, growth, lubrication (including the lubrication in the joints, in the digestive system, in the lungs and the skin), tears, fat, taste, strength, and love.
When balanced, kapha is able to love unconditionally, has a healthy balance of muscle, fat, bone and other tissue, resplendent with stamina, sleeps well, demonstrates good memory and focus, protective, has appropriate attachment.
When out of balance, kapha is: sluggish, heavy, puts on excess weight, dull, sleeps too much, hard to arouse, jealous, clingy, congested, full of mucous, dense, difficult to change.
Things that throw kapha out of balance: are excessive amounts of sweet, predominance of cold foods, heavy foods, sleeping during the day or sleeping excessively, old, fried or tamasic foods, wet, cold damp climates, cloudy days, rainfall, the middle of the winter.
Things that bring kapha back into balance: are bitter, astringent and sour foods, dry heat (sauna or desert), physical exercise and activity, pleasant smells, stimulating and invigorating herbs and spices such as rosemary, mints, ginger, wind, dry brushing, and hot drinks.
The pitta dosha is said to be made up of the fire and water elements. Fire is more predominant, and those people with a predominant pitta nature have many of the qualities of fire within them. Pitta tends to hot, sharp, and penetrating. It is also somewhat volatile and oily. The oily nature of Pitta is related to the secondary component of water. People with a Pitta nature reflect these qualities. They tend to feel warm and have somewhat oily skin, penetrating eyes, and sharp features. They tend to have moderate weights and good musculature. When out of balance they tend toward diarrhea, infections, skin rashes and weakness in the liver, spleen, and blood.
These qualities also reflect in their personalities. Pitta people tend to be highly focused, competitive, capable, courageous, energetic and clear communicators who get right to the point. They like to solve problems and when under stress they dig in their heels. They can however also become overly intense and speak with a sharp tongue. They make great friends but feared enemies. Emotionally they are challenged by the heated emotions of anger, resentment and jealousy.
In order to bring balance to pitta, programs are designed to emphasize the opposing qualities of coolness, heaviness (nourishing) and dryness. Cool spices like fennel are recommended in the diet along with foods such as raw vegetables, cooked rice, and wheat, as well as most beans. Sweet herbs like shatavari are used to nourish the body while bitters like dandelion root temper the fire. A Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist puts together programs that not only include foods and herbs but also aromas, colors, massage, detoxification, yoga, and meditation.
The qualities of pitta are: hot, pungent, oily, sharp, liquid, spreading, sour, red or yellow in color, intense, and fiery.
In the body, pitta regulates: processes related to: transformation, digestion, enzymatic changes, discernment and judgment, body temperature, visual acuity, sweat, thirst, condition of the skin, and hormonal balance.
When balanced, pitta is: passionate, focused, discerning, productive, truth-seeking, energetic, patient, driven, able to stay on task, and thrives in competition.
When out of balance, pitta is: like a forest fire burning everything in its path, inflammatory, red and irritated, angry, loud, judgmental or overly critical.
Things that throw pitta out of balance are: too much heat, excessive stimulants, direct sunlight—particularly in the eyes, overly pungent foods, alcohol, too much sour, criticism.
Bring pitta back into balance with: sweet tastes (healthy sweets), sweet scents, cool colors in the environment, water (drinking water, showering or bathing and especially swimming), early morning light, moonlight, darkness, bitter leafy greens, bitter and astringent aloe vera, astringent beans, antiinflammatory spices like turmeric, and cool peppermint.
The pitta dosha governs the eyes and eyesight, so pitta is related to sight. Wearing sunglasses on sunny days, decorating space with soothing colors and wearing cool hues can help balance fiery pitta through sight.
The word vata means to blow or move like the wind. The vata dosha is said to be made up of the air and ether elements. This means that it has qualities which are similar to these elements. Vata is very much like the wind–it is light, cool, dry and mobile. In the body, those people with a vata nature experience more of these qualities. Their bodies tend to be light, their bones thin, and their skin and hair dry. They often move and speak quickly. When out of balance, they may lose weight, become constipated and have weakness in their immune and nervous systems
These qualities also reflect in their personality. Those with a vata nature tend to be talkative, enthusiastic, creative, flexible, and energetic. Yet, when out of balance they may also become easily confused and overwhelmed, have difficulty focusing and making decisions and have trouble sleeping. This becomes more apparent when they are under stress. Emotionally they are challenged by cool emotions like worry, fear, and anxiety.
In order to bring balance to vata, programs are designed which emphasize the opposing qualities of warmth, heaviness (nourishment), moistness, and stability. In the diet, this is reflected in the consumption of cooked grains such as rice and cooked vegetables, as well as the intake of warm milk with spices. Pungent herbs like ginger which increase internal heat and nourishing herbs like ashwagandha bring balance to Vata. Ayurvedic programs include not only herbs and diet but also color and aroma therapies, detoxification, yoga, and meditation.
The qualities of vata are: dry, cold, light in weight, dark in color, rough in texture, clear, dry, astringent, subtle, moveable, changeable, expansive, irregular, and dynamic.
In the body, vata governs: physiological processes related to movement (including movement of the body, movement of the digestive system), creativity, grace and balance, movement of thoughts and electrical impulses, the spark of excitement that drives us, the generative force for all action.
When balanced, vata is: graceful, smooth, light, mobile, intuitive, creative, lyrical, dry.
When out of balance, vata is: spacey, forgetful, overly dry or dried out (includes creak joints, skin, digestive system, hair, nails), hypersensitive, sensitive to stimulation, dry cough, hiccups, difficulty staying asleep, difficulty with memory.
Things that throw vata out of balance are: excess stimulation, overly dry foods, a preponderance of raw foods, an excess of bitter and astringent tastes, not enough sleep, stimulants such as caffeine, the windy and dry fall season, travel, airplane flights, lots of talking, overwork, unreasonable expectations.
Bring vata back into balance with: warmth, oiliness, regularity (including at regular times each day), rest, quiet, soothing music, soft touch/massage, soupy liquid foods, the sweet taste (healthy sweets), salty and sour foods. Vata is related to the senses of sound (the air element, since sound waves move via air movements) and touch (since the ether element, the space around all things allows us to feel touch).