Yep, it’s that time of year again! This holiday season, why not share a box of wellness with those you love? This carefully curated gift set includes herb-infused honey, herbal tea, and the book Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health, a collection of easy-to-follow recipes by Rosemary Gladstar, one of the grandmothers of modern Western herbalism.
Highland Honey is produced from apiaries in Boulder County, Colorado. To create its health-supporting herbal honey blends, Highland Honey employs an ancient tradition of mixing wildflower honey with powdered herbs, roots, fruits, and flowers. Highland Honey is raw and unheated – meaning it’s never heated above the maximum natural temperature found in hives – and the honey is creamed to ensure it will not further crystallize. Eat straight from the spoon or drop a dollop in warm water or tea.
Ingredients: Osha root, juniper berries, and rose hips. Also contains pollen, wax, and bee particles.
Under the Weather Tea Blend Little Herbal Apothecary (Lafayette, Colorado)
This tea blend is formulated to boost the immune system, fight infection, and ease cold and flu symptoms. Mixed with herbs that are antiviral, antibacterial, high in vitamin C, and soothing for coughs and other respiratory conditions, this tea blend supports good health and even tastes good! To brew, use 1 tablespoon of tea blend per cup of water. Steep 10 to 30 minutes. Strain and enjoy! Comes in a reusable 16-ounce glass jar.
Ingredients: Organic elder berries, organic lemon balm, organic licorice root, organic rosehips, organic chaga mushroom, organic spearmint, organic cinnamon, organic thyme.
Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family Rosemary Gladstar (East Barre, Vermont)
Promote vibrant health and radiant beauty, soothe everyday ailments, and ease persistent stress with these simple, natural remedies for everything from dry skin and infant colic to cold symptoms and insomnia. Renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar provides 175 therapies and herbal remedies that are easy to prepare and safe enough for children. Offering a potent and effective alternative to commercial pharmaceuticals, Gladstar will inspire you to nurture yourself and those you love with nature’s healing herbs.
Photo credit: Kirsten Boyer
Tim Brod, Highland Honey
Probably anyone who’s been to Boulder, Colorado’s farmers market knows Tim Brod, owner of Highland Honey Bees. He lends his larger-than-life personality to the cause of the bee and doles out sweet dollops of honey and wisdom to the passersby. He’s a lover of bees, with a lifetime of experience, and very clear ideas about how to properly care for buzzing beauties and their honey. I caught up with Tim over herbal tea (with lots of honey) and a shot of moonshine at his honey-processing headquarters in Longmont, Colorado. I asked about his passion and tried to gain some wisdom about how to buy great honey and what we can all do to protect and nurture the essential honeybee. Continue reading –>
Faith Rodgers, Little Herbal Apothecary
If Faith Rodgers were a medicinal herb, she says she’d be chamomile because it’s balancing, calming, and grounding—qualities she works hard to maintain while running her business and taking care of her three children. Rodgers, a certified herbalist with a deep passion for making medicine and skincare, opened The Little Herbal Apothecary in Lafayette, Colorado, in 2015. It began as a blog where Faith shared recipes and do-it-yourself tips with her sisters and mom, and it’s grown into a locally popular herbal-products destination. Faith’s mission is to provide resources, information, classes, and clean, organic products to people who are looking for healthy options.
In hear early 20s, after exploring the possibility of becoming a nurse, Faith stumbled upon an herb school in Boulder, Colorado, and decided to enroll. That decision changed her life dramatically. There was so much about herb school that inspired Faith, not the least of which was a newfound understanding of how Americans have become disconnected from the plant world. Historically, knowledge about edible and medicinal plants was inherited, but that’s not the case anymore. The magical world of plants opened up for Faith and she dove right in. Continue reading –>
Rosemary Gladstar, Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health
Rosemary Gladstar draws on her 40-plus years studying and teaching about the healing properties of herbs, as well as her work as a world-renowned educator, activist, and entrepreneur. Gladstar served as director of Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, the International Herb Symposium, and the Women’s Herbal Conference. She is also the founding president of United Plant Savers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of native American herbs; the original formulator for Traditional Medicinal herbal teas; and a leader of herbal educational adventures around the world.