Tag Archives: Herbal remedies

Elizabeth and her little helpers in the kitchen

Meet Elizabeth Bretko of Uber Herbal

Elizabeth and her little helpers in the Uber Herbal kitchenAccording to Merriam-Webster, “Uber” is a German word that means “to an extreme or excessive degree” (that’s right, it doesn’t mean a car service worth $70 billion), and the word “herbal” refers to “a book about plants especially with reference to their medicinal properties.” As Elizabeth Bretko, the owner of Uber Herbal in Grants Pass, Oregon, explains, “Herbal refers to something that really tells the story of the plant. It’s like the collected folklore.”

Elizabeth opened Uber Herbal in 2012, selling her herbal concoctions at the local farmers market. Then, in April 2015, she opened a tea shop, tea bar, and production kitchen in downtown Grants Pass after a successful Kickstarter campaign. At Uber Herbal, a small, but growing operation, Elizabeth wears every hat. Continue reading Meet Elizabeth Bretko of Uber Herbal

Nick - Strongwater Bitters and Shrubs

Strongwater: Crafting Organic Bitters and Shrubs in Denver, Colorado

Nick - Strongwater Bitters and ShrubsStrongwater Spirits & Botanicals, founded in 2015 in Denver, Colorado, crafts and sells organic bitters and shrubs. Bitters are created by soaking barks, berries, roots, and flowers in alcohol. Add the resulting liquid to vodka, gin, whiskey, or other spirits to create tasty cocktails; or to sparkling water to flavor lunchtime refreshment; or take it straight up to aide with digestion. Shrubs date back to colonial times and are made with fruit-infused vinegar and a sweetener—most often sugar, but Strongwater uses raw Colorado honey and organic apple cider vinegar—and were traditionally a way to preserve the fruits of summer.

Strongwater offers Turmeric, Chocolate Vanilla, Spicy Lemon Ginger, Wildflower, and Orange Licorice bitters, while their shrub flavors include: Blueberry & Mint, Cherry & Thyme, Ginger & Pear, Peach & Rose, and Persimmon & Lavender. Yum! Continue reading Strongwater: Crafting Organic Bitters and Shrubs in Denver, Colorado

Faith Rodgers

Meet Faith Rodgers: Herbalist, Entrepreneur, and Creator of Beautiful Bath and Body-Care Products

Faith Rodgers - the Little Herbal ApothecaryIf 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. Continue reading Meet Faith Rodgers: Herbalist, Entrepreneur, and Creator of Beautiful Bath and Body-Care Products

Choosing Safe and Healthy Skincare Products and Making Them at Home: Helpful Tips and Herbal Allies {homemade baby wipe instructions}

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Founder & CEO, Hatch LabHomemade skincare products

Skin, our largest organ, does so much to protect what lies beneath it, but it’s not impermeable. Indeed, many of the products we put on it are designed not to be absorbed, but some ingredients manage to navigate through all three regions of the dermis, and into the bloodstream. Can you imagine slathering heavily perfumed lotion inside your body? How about using chemically laden baby wipes to clean up a few internal organs? No way! Why risk it?

Even as more people are waking up to the importance of what they put into their bodies, they don’t always think carefully about what goes onto their bodies. What can we do to stay informed about the ingredients in skincare products and make careful choices about what we rub, spray, and wipe on our bodies? How about taking it one step further and making some of the products at home?

We recently spoke with our friend and herbalist extraordinaire Faith Rodgers to gather guidance so we can each chart the path that’s right for us and our families. Continue reading Choosing Safe and Healthy Skincare Products and Making Them at Home: Helpful Tips and Herbal Allies {homemade baby wipe instructions}

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Hatcher in Your Life

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

We’ve found six gifts that we think are perfect for makers and the makers they love. The gifts are fun and they’re from companies with integrity, all independently owned and working for the health of humans and the planet. Why not vote with your dollars while voting with your heart? Here is our list of six salubrious gifts—which one would your valentine adore?
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Simmering Broth

Medicinal Bone Broth: Herbs, Fungi, and Sea Vegetables, Oh My {bone broth recipe}

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Founder & CEO, Hatch Lab

 

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Bone broth is nothing new. In fact, it is so far from new that it was part of our hunter-gatherer ancestors’ regular menu. Though it’s been around for a very long time, with its fairly recent surge of popularity (dare I say trendiness) and the claimed (and often disputed) health benefits, it’s hard to resist experimenting with the stuff. What we want to know is, how can we step up our bone broth game?

Herbalist and author Briana Wiles says one way to get more out of your liquid gold is to toss in medicinal herbs, mushrooms, and sea vegetables that add calcium, vitamins, and minerals to the mix. We enlisted her to share some tips about which herbs to use and how to integrate them into bone broth. Continue reading Medicinal Bone Broth: Herbs, Fungi, and Sea Vegetables, Oh My {bone broth recipe}

Hatching for the Holidays Guide

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Founder & CEO, Hatch Lab

 

In case you’re looking for a bit of inspiration for gifts and entertaining this holiday season, check out our Hatching for the Holidays Guide below. It’s full of fun ways to make more and buy less.

Gifts to Make

4 easy things to make and share.

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Abuzz About Bees: Sourcing Honey, Bonding with Bees, and Caring for the Planet

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.

Meet the Beekeeper
A beekeeper since he was a child, Tim explains, “I was one of those kids whose greatest joy was to be outdoors. I grew up with a love of people and a love of animals and a love of the interactions between them. I loved looking at systems.” He grew up in the 1960s in semirural Connecticut, and it was his grandfather’s brother, Crozier, who first connected him with the industrious buzzer. Back then, learning to be a beekeeper was easy, according to Tim. “Until 20 years ago, you really didn’t have to do much for bees. The world was a lot different then. Strategies that worked for millions of years haven’t for the past 15.” Continue reading Abuzz About Bees: Sourcing Honey, Bonding with Bees, and Caring for the Planet

Get the Rub on Animal Fat–Based Deodorant from ie&Y {simple lip salve recipe included}

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Founder & CEO, Hatch Lab

 

How does the idea of rubbing beef tallow onto your armpits every morning sound? Unappealing? Maybe confusing? Perhaps intriguing? Read on…

First, a bit of history. The use of animal fats in candles, soaps, salves, ointments, and cooking goes way back, but not without controversy. We’re talking ancient Egypt and ancient Greece, as well as first-century Celts, who used it for soap and candles. And chances are your IMG_7951grandparents and great-grandparents cooked with and made some of their everyday hygiene products out of animal fat too. The label on a tin of McQueen’s Pure Mutton Tallow, manufactured in Tennessee in 1895, says, “Valuable as a family remedy for chapped and rough skin caused by exposure to inclement weather. Excellent as a skin cleanser and also used as a foundation for various medical ointments.”

Beginning in the early 1900s, however, lard and tallow began to lose their sheen. Americans learned to steer clear of animal fats, due in large part to the advent of hydrogenated oils, clever advertising, and media attention around the indecent treatment of animals. Continue reading Get the Rub on Animal Fat–Based Deodorant from ie&Y {simple lip salve recipe included}

What’s Up with Elderberry Syrup?

“Some people call me Elder Tree Mother, and some call me the Dryad, but my real name is Memory. It is I who sit up in the tree that grows on and on, and I can remember and I can tell stories.” —Hans Christian Andersen

T hat’s an excerpt from the Hans Christian Andersen story The Elder-Tree Mother. The folklore and myth around the elder tree are rich, diverse, and worth exploring, as are the potential health benefits. We invite you to understand more about the tree and its berries, and then learn to make your own elderberry syrup by taking the Hatch Lab class, Concoct Elderberry Syrup. Elderberry syrup was one of my first medicine-making endeavors, and I’m confident you’ll enjoy creating, sharing, and using it in it as much as I do.

ckHatchLab_Elderberry-177webThis class is special to me for a couple of reasons. First, I love Rebecca’s Apothecary, a beautiful Boulder, Colorado, herb shop. For several years, my office was directly above it and I visited often – to buy gifts, to solve my family’s mysterious ailments, and to learn from the knowledgeable and friendly herbalists on staff. Rebecca and her team inspired me and planted many of the seeds that eventually grew into Hatch Lab. Visiting the store ignited a passion in me and a deep desire to study and use plants for healing. When it came time to launch Hatch Lab, I knew I wanted Rebecca to be involved. Continue reading What’s Up with Elderberry Syrup?