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Our Newsletter is a monthly endeavor to keep our customers abreast of the changes we are making in our store, and to educate you on the different herbs available, how to use them, and what they are for.  Each month we put a new newsletter out, offering information that not only informs you but also alerts you to the new items we have in the store and sales that are being offered each month. 

Sometimes we offer new information about what is happening in our Universe, and why you maybe feeling the way you do, other times we offer information about what is going on in the community. 

Please check back often to keep abreast of these changes, activities and information.  Thank you, The Editor

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We are now into the last three months of this year.  The trees are putting on their fall dress, and bringing about breath taking views for us to enjoy.

Leaves are beginning to fall and for some of us we are enjoying more crisp morning, and cooler afternoons.

We here at Caer and Dee's place are beginning to decide how to decorate the store for the holidays, and thinking about what we can bring in for you to enjoy buying for your gifts for Christmas.

Along with all the crsip mornings some of you are experiencing sore throats and colds.  We have the natural remedies for those. 
Please check out our cold season solutions.

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Have a Blessed Month

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Also known as- Hydrastis Canadensis, orange root, yellow root, Yellow Puccoon. Ground Raspberry. Wild Curcuma. Turmeric Root. Indian Dye. Eye Root. Eye Balm. Indian Paint. Jaundice Root, and Warnera.

Introduction: Goldenseal is a woody herb native to northeastern North America, though it has been on the endangered plants list since 1991. The plant has a long history of medicinal use among the Native Americans of that region as an antibiotic and treatment for colds and stomach complaints. More recently, it has gained a reputation as an immune system enhancer, though more research is needed to confirm those claims. The active constituents in goldenseal include berberine, which has proven to be an effective broad spectrum antibiotic when extracted from the roots and leaves of the goldenseal plant.

Constituents: hydrastine, berberine, berberastine, canadine, candaline, and hydrastinine, fatty acids, resin, polyphenolic acids, meconin, chlorogenic acid, phytosterins and a small amount of volatile oil
Parts Used: Leaves and Root

Typical Preparations: Tea infusion, tincture and sometimes found encapsulated.

Summary: Goldenseal leaves can be made into a tea which has a tonic effect on the internal organ and may reduce inflammation in upper respiratory and digestive infections and conditions. A decoction of goldenseal leaf is sometimes used as a douche to treat trichomonas and yeast infections, and is also effective to treat thrush and other gum infections.

Precautions: Because goldenseal contains berberine which stimulates contractions, it should not be used during pregnancy. It may also raise blood pressure and should not be used by those with hypertension.

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Goldenseal is a perennial herb in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, and is one of the most popular herbs sold on the American market and has recently gained a reputation as a herbal antibiotic and immune system enhancer.
American Indians used goldenseal as a medication for inflammatory internal conditions such as respiratory, digestive and genito-urinary tract inflammation induced by allergy or infection. The Cherokee used the roots as a wash for local inflammations, a decoction for general debility, dyspepsia, and to improve appetite. The Iroquois used a decoction of the root for whooping cough, diarrhea, liver disease, fever, sour stomach, flatulence, pneumonia, and with whiskey for heart trouble. They also prepared a compound infusion with other roots for use as drops in the treatment of earache and as a wash for sore eyes.

It was not until 1798 that its medicinal virtues began to attract attention. From then on its reputation as a powerful healing herb spread, both in England and America, and by about 1850 it had became an important article of commerce. It was popularly used as a bitter stomach digestive (to help stimulate digestion and improve appetite), to treat skin inflammations, and those of the eyes such as conjunctivitis. It was also used for inflammation of the mucous membranes of the throat and digestive system. It?s traditional uses also include the treatment of peptic ulcers, gastritis, dyspepsia and colitis. It is said to stimulate appetite and generally have a toning effect on the whole body has also been used for anorexia nervosa. It is also said to be effective for treatment of catarrhal conditions of the upper respiratory tract and inflammations of the urinary tract.

Goldenseal has numerous uses that are attributed to its antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. It soothes irritated mucus membranes aiding the eyes, ears, nose and throat. Taken at the first signs of respiratory problems, colds or flu, Goldenseal helps can help to prevent further symptoms from developing. It has also been used to help reduce fevers, and relieve congestion and excess mucous

Goldenseal cleanses and promotes healthy glandular functions by increasing bile flow and digestive enzymes, therefore regulating healthy liver and spleen functions. It can relieve constipation and may also be used to treat infections of the bladder and intestines as well.

Goldenseal contains calcium, iron, manganese, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, B-complex, and other nutrients and minerals. The roots and rhizomes of goldenseal contain many isoquinoline alkaloids, including hydrastine, berberine, canadine, canadaline, and l-hydrastine as well as traces of essential oil, fatty oil and resin. It is believed that the high content of these alkaloids gives its antibiotic, anti-infective and immune stimulating qualities..

In particular it is the alkaloid berberine that is most likely responsible for Goldenseal's effectiveness against bacteria, protozoa, fungi, Streptococci and it also promotes easier removal of the bacteria by inhibiting their ability to adhere to tissue surfaces. Berberine is also anti-fungal and strongly anti-diarrheal. It aids against the infection of mucous membranes such as the lining of the oral cavity, throat, sinus, bronchial, genito-urinary tract and gastrointestinal tract. Clinical studies have shown it is effective in the treatment of diarrhea caused by E. coli (traveller's diarrhea), Shigella dysenteriae (shigellosis), salmonella paratyphi (food poisoning), giardia lamblia (giardiasis), and vibrio cholerae (cholera).

Goldenseal may also help with allergic rhinitis, hay fever, laryngitis, hepatitis, cystitis, and alcoholic liver disease.

It has proven its value in cases of diarrhea and hemorrhoids. Its astringent properties have also been employed in cases of excessive menstruation and internal bleeding. Externally, a wash can be prepared to treat skin conditions such as eczema and ringworm, as well as wounds and badly healing sores, or used as drops in cases of earache and conjunctivitis. The decoction is also said to be effective as a douche to treat trichomonas and thrush. As a gargle it can be employed in cases of gum infections and sore throats. The application of a paste or poultice containing goldenseal root is sometimes recommended for boils, abscesses and carbuncles on the grounds that Goldenseal helps to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation.

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Medicinal herbs can be tinctured alone -- a whole-plant echinacea tincture will serve you well -- or with other compatible herbs. The herb combinations here are among my most trusted, time-tested remedies. Echinacea, goldenseal, and turmeric make up Super Immune Support, my standby for fending off infections. Cold and Fever Fighter contains elder, yarrow, and peppermint to help ease colds and fevers. Cough and Sore Throat Soother features soothing, lung-supportive mullein, licorice, and wild cherry bark, plus ginger for a little zest. Garlic, onion, ginger, cayenne, and horseradish give Fire Cider its warming, infection fighting kick. And Mood Booster, for easing seasonal depression, includes hawthorn, oat tops, lemon balm, and St. John's wort

Simple Tincture Making

   1. Gather the materials
When people first start making tinctures, they often go overboard and make gallons. But tinctures are highly concentrated and taken in very small doses -- a little goes a long way. To make about a pint of tincture, you'll need a clean, dry, quart-sized jar with a tight-fitting lid, enough herbs to fill the jar halfway, and roughly a pint and a half of solvent (the herbs will soak up some solvent). Most of my formulas call for 100-proof brandy or vodka, both excellent solvents. If you prefer not to use alcohol, you can substitute vinegar.

  2. Prepare the herbs.

If you have any fresh herbs, use them. High-quality dried herbs, however, are just as potent, and available year-round. If you are using fresh herbs, rinse them with water to remove any dirt, then chop them finely. (Dried herbs are usually finely chopped when you purchase them.) Fill your jar halfway with herbs. For a strong, effective tincture, be sure the jar is densely filled.

  3. Add the solvent.

Pour the solvent over the herbs until they're completely covered, then add an additional 2 to 3 inches of solvent. The herbs must be completely submersed to prevent bacteria from growing. Cover the jar with a tightly fitting lid. Herbs often swell as they soak up the solvent; if they start to "emerge" above the liquid, add more solvent. Note: If using vinegar, as in Fire Cider, warm it on a stove top before pouring it over the herbs; this helps facilitate the release of medicinal constituents

  4. Let the tincture sit for 4 weeks.

During the process of soaking the herbs in the solvent, the plants soften and break down (a process known as maceration), releasing their medicine. Most Western herbalists recommend letting tinctures macerate for 4-6 weeks. In Chinese medicine and several indigenous traditions, however, herbs are left to soak for months, even years. I have found that the longer tinctures macerate, the more effective they are, so consider a month your minimum. When starting the maceration process, label and date your jars so that you remember when you started.

  5. Shake daily, with intention.

Shaking the tinctures while they're soaking facilitates the breakdown of medicinal constituents and prevents the herbs from packing down at the bottom of the jar. It's also an invitation to add some of the old magic to the science of herbal medicine. When you shake your tinctures, do so with your best healing intention. You can sing to your tincture jars, stir them in the moonlight or the sunlight, wave feathers over them -- whatever you feel moved to do. Your remedies will be the better for it.

   6. Strain the herbs.

After at least 4 weeks, your tincture will be ready for use. Line a stainless-steel strainer with cheesecloth or muslin, and place over a large glass jar or measuring cup. Pour the liquid slowly through the strainer. When finished straining, squeeze the herb-filled cheesecloth or muslin to wring out every drop. Reserve the liquid -- this is your medicine -- and discard or compost the herbs. Pour the finished tincture into a clean, dry glass jar with a tightly fitting lid; Mason jars work well, as do amber-colored glass jars (available at herb stores or online). Label your tincture with the contents and date.

  7. Store the tincture properly.

When stored properly, tinctures last for years. Both light and heat can break down the medicinal components, so keep your jars of tinctures in a cool, dark place. It's a good idea to keep a small supply of the tincture ready for use in a 1- or 2-ounce amber-colored bottle with a dropper top (available at herb stores or online).

Dosage and Use

Tincture dosage varies depending on the individual and the herbs being used. For chronic problems and for remedies you're using as a tonic, such as Mood Booster, the general adult dosage is 1/2 to 1 teaspoon three times daily. For acute ailments, such as colds and flus, small, frequent doses are much more effective: for adults, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon every hour. Tinctures should be diluted in a small amount of warm water; they're very strong tasting, so most people prefer to take them "down the hatch" rather than sipping them.

The solvent is the liquid used to extract the herbs' medicine. There are two solvents used in these recipes, each with different benefits.


A potent, effective solvent, alcohol extracts most plant constituents, including fats, resins, waxes, and most alkaloids (some of the strongest plant compounds). The body rapidly assimilates alcohol tinctures, and their effects are quickly felt. Furthermore, alcohol makes an excellent preservative, maintaining the integrity of the tincture for many years. Brandy and vodka are perfect for the traditional method of tincture making; both can be purchased at 100 proof, which provides an ideal alcohol-to-water ratio. (Water extracts many important constituents, like vitamins and volatile oils.) For preservative properties and extraction purposes, you must use at least 50-proof alcohol.


As a food, vinegar is completely nontoxic, and well tolerated by almost everyone. While it is not as strong or effective a solvent as alcohol (it does not break down as many plant components), it's a good alternative for alcohol-sensitive people and for children. You can integrate vinegar tinctures into your daily diet, using them as a salad dressing (use organic apple-cider vinegar if possible). Most literature reports that vinegar tinctures have a short shelf life. My experience, however, has been that when stored in a cool, dark place, they will last for several years.
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Note: If you have a serious condition, are pregnant, or take medication, consult your health-care provider before using these or any herbal remedies.

Super Immune Support

Take 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. per hour at symptom onset.
Solvent: 100-proof vodka/brandy
  • 2 parts echinacea root, flower, and leaf
  • 1 part turmeric
  • 1 part cultivated goldenseal root (Use cultivated goldenseal; this herb has been over-harvested.)

Cold and Fever Fighter
Take 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. per hour at the onset of symptoms.
Solvent: 100-proof vodka/brandy
  • 1 part elder flower and elder berry
  • 1 part peppermint leaf
  • 1 part yarrow flower and leaf

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Take 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. per hour at the onset of symptoms.
Solvent: 100-proof vodka/brandy
  • 2 parts mullein leaf
  • 1 part licorice root
  • 1 part wild cherry bark
  • 1/2 part ginger root

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Take 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. per hour at the onset of a cold, or as a daily warming tonic. Makes a great salad dressing.
Solvent: apple-cider vinegar
  • 1 part garlic
  • 1 part onion
  • 1/2-1 part freshly grated horseradish
  • 1/2 part ginger small pinch cayenne
  • honey to taste (add to finished product)

Mood Booster

To prevent or ease the winter blues, take 1/2 to 1 tsp. three times daily.
Solvent: 100-proof vodka/brandy
  • 2 parts hawthorn berry, plus flower and leaf if available
  • 2 parts lemon balm
  • 1 part St. John's wort
  • 1 part milky green oat tops
Think of this as an herbal alternative to something like your typical store-bought, chemical-laden antibiotic cream, without any of the nasty side effects that those can sometimes cause.
It takes a bit of pre-planning to make since you*ll need to infuse some oil with herbs first. You can do this one of two ways: the slow way (which I prefer), or the fast way.
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This is my family*s go-to healing salve recipe for soothing pretty much any scratch, cut, scrape, bug bite, dry skin patch, bee sting, hives and so forth.
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To infuse oil the slow way, place dried herbs into the bottom of a mason jar until it*s 1/4 to 1/2 full. Pour olive (or sweet almond or sunflower) oil over the herbs until the jar is almost full, cap, shake and let sit in a cool, dark place for 4 to 6 weeks before straining and using. These will keep about a year if stored carefully.
To infuse oil the fast way, fill one-third to one-half of a mason jar with dried herbs then carefully cover with oil until the jar is almost full. Don*t cap the jar, but if you*re worried about flies or other insects, you can put a thin layer of cheesecloth over the rim and secure with a rubber band. Set this down into a saucepan filled with a few inches of water. Gently heat on low for 2 to 3 hours. Don*t let the oil get too hot; if it starts to smell like deep fried herbs, toss it and try again!
You can also buy pre-infused calendula oil  and use it to replace the goldenseal and plantain oils as well. (i.e. use 3  1/2 ounces calendula oil, 1 tablespoon tamanu oil, 1/2 ounce beeswax and so forth.)

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  •     15 drops of tea tree oil
  •     20 drops of lavender essential oil
  •     1/8 teaspoon of Rosemary Antioxidents- optional, to lengthen shelf life

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