The energy of the plant kingdom has traveled down to the roots. We’ve just passed through the most potent time to collect roots for plant medicine. Of course, Mandi and I have been actively digging and chopping away to provide you root medicine bounty for the Winter season.
Pictured above is the vibrant, golden-orange root of turmeric. I had just harvested it from my garden and chopped it up before I put the rest of the plants and roots up in the greenhouse for the Winter. We’ve added this lovely herbal ally to our joint care formula.
Even though we *told* ourselves that we would take a break from production this Winter to focus on logistics, it was hard to resist all the root bounty! So, below are our current new offerings.
With that said, we’ve found a lovely accountant angel to help us navigate number-land. We’ve got a lovely apprentice on-board helping us out. We’ve got a graphic artist/artist working on labels and design-work for us. And, we’ve got YOU ~ supporting us and loving what we do!
We are also preparing for the launch of our monthly, herbal CSA (community supported agriculture) bundle. Basically, you would pay in bulk for 3, 6, 9, or 12 months. We would send you herbal preparations appropriate for that time of year. We are still working on price ranges and such and will post info soon!
Here’s what we’ll have available December 21st (actually all of these items are already ready, we just wanted the date to fall on the Winter Solstice!) ~
Nourished Joints Tincture (1 oz, 2 oz) for $12, $20 ~ The herbs in this formula were selected for their ability to nourish cartilage, tendons, and ligaments of the joints. Some of them are well-known anti-inflammatories while others are lesser known and yet just as effective. Certain herbs are known for their positive affect on arthritic conditions of the joints. Lubricate and soothe those hard-working joints with this formula: turmeric, bear grass (yucca), true solomon’s seal, ginger, magnolia, organic sugar cane alcohol.
Triple Mushroom Elixir (2 oz, 4 oz) for $20, $32 ~ Most medicinal mushrooms are polypores containing medicinally potent polysaccharides. These potent herbal allies are some of the safest medicine on the planet and are great for building the innate immune system, protecting cell integrity, balancing blood sugar, calming inflammation, and fighting pathogens. Considering the role of mushrooms in our forests, we consider mushrooms to be particularly useful for helping the body remove waste from the system and increase the ability for the body to function well. One of the mushrooms in this formula, reishi, is also an adaptogen, helping one buffer the body from the impact of stress. Medicinal mushrooms are a great adjunct therapy for those with struggling immune systems: those with auto-immune disorders, diabetics, and cancer patients. This formula was prepared with the double extraction method: reishi, turkey tail, maitake, organic sugar cane alcohol, local spring water, and glycerine.
Lower UTI Formula (1 oz) for $12 ~ This formula can be used by men or women for *lower* urinary tract infections. If you catch your UTI early with onset of symptoms like a burning sensation while urinating, this formula can help alleviate the pathogen while supporting your urinary tract holistically. The herbs in this formula are strong anti-microbials with an affinity for the urinary tract. Other herbs soothe the urinary tract and calm inflammation. We advise using this formula while also drinking unsweetened, cranberry juice from concentrate. If your infection has already traveled up to the kidneys and you feel sharp pain, PLEASE seek medical attention: usnea, spilanthes, propolis, goldenrod, cornsilk, organic sugar cane alcohol.
Wound Warrior Salve (1.7 oz, 4 oz) for $14, $22 ~ Similar to the actions of our popular salve, the Balm, this salve is great for burns, cuts, shallow wounds, and general skin irritation. We’ve blended infused oils of African marigolds, comfrey root and leaf, goldenrod and calendula to provide you anti-microbial properties as well as skin nourishing properties. The salve’s base is organic EV olive oil and local beeswax.
Endocrine Tonic Tincture (1 oz, 2 oz, 4 oz) for $12, $20, and $32 ~ Let the plant kingdom help you rebalance your endocrine system. This formula is good for either progesterone or estrogen dominance due to the herbs working on the pituitary and hypothalamus for hormonal balance. We’ve also included herbs to gently work on liver health and function. This formula should not be used by pregnant or breast-feeding mothers: angelica, chaste tree, hawthorn glycerine, vervain, agrimony, licorice root, ashwagandha, dong quai, and organic sugar cane alcohol.
Heart’s Ease Tincture (1 oz, 2 oz, 4 oz) for $12, $20, and $32 ~ While picking the hawthorn berries for this tincture in the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains, Mandi and I began conspiring a heart tonic for those dealing with heart ailments both emotional, energetic and physiological. We blended those lovely hawthorn berries with some of our favorite heart health herbal allies, blended in some nervines, and rounded the formula out with herbs and ground and root: hawthorn, black cohosh, motherwort, wood betony (stachys off), bugleweed, evening primrose, and organic sugar cane alcohol.
Prostate Health Tincture (1 oz, 2 oz) for $12, $20 ~ Indeed, we’ve got a formula especially for men! This herbal blend helps sooth any urinary discomfort while toning swollen prostate glands. These herbal allies are all indicated for prostate health and will encourage proper function and ease inflammation and swelling: saw palmetto, nettle root, corn silk, eleuthero, and organic sugar cane alcohol.
Poke Root Salve (4 oz) for $22 ~ This salve is absolutely wonderful for swollen lymph nodes or hardened lymph nodes. Poke is known to move the lymph system, encouraging draining and waste removal. Simply rub topically on the swollen area and apply 1-3 times a day until swelling has subsided. Also great for swollen glands around the thyroid: poke root, organic EV olive oil.
BLISS tincture (2 oz, 4 oz) for $20, $32 ~ We formulated this herbal blend for “the times.” We at Sweet Gum Springs Apothecary definitely know that the American nerves are frazzled. Stress is abundant these days and the pace at which we live our lives has only increased. We have combines herbs that are nutritive to the nerves, calming to the nerves, and herbs that are tonic to the adrenals to help you navigate “the times:” motherwort, passionflower, nettles, lemon balm, holy basil, borage flower essence, and organic sugar cane alcohol.