Following is a reference list of the herbal potions I make in my apothecary. Included is all the good stuff I can’t fit on the label for your reference if you are wondering what is in a remedy or how to use it.
I make herbs in small batches and seasonally. So not everything in this catalog is available all the time. Let me know if there is something you’d like me to make and ask about what is available now. Also, you can visit me at the Farmer's Market on Saturdays, 9:00-1:00, 4th and Guadelupe, Austin TX. Each week I bring seasonal tinctures, bitters, heart elixirs, infused vinegars, aromatherapy mists, and teas.
Please note that I am not a licensed medical practitioner and do not diagnose or cure disease. Check with your health practitioner about adding herbs to treat any medical conditions. Use caution and your own intuition when using herbs during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and with children.
Agarita (Mahonia trifoliata): Local wild harvested Agarita leaves, stems, and sometimes root in vodka. This is a strong, beautiful, yellow earthy medicine. In the family of Oregon Grape Root and high in Berberine. Helps stimulate the liver to synthesize and process proteins. This liver activity shows up in gut and skin. So if you’re feeling nauseous, sluggish, or your skin is breaking out from allergy or stress, Agarita root may be helpful. Take 10-20 drops in water as needed. Do not take during pregnancy. Consult medical practitioner before using if you have chronic liver or gall bladder condition.
Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha root in vodka. Uses: Adaptogenic, helps body and spirit deal with physical, emotional, and environmental stress. Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, immune balancer. Soothes and nourishes nervous system, balances hormones. Brings strong, stable energy while calming. Good for normal cortisol levels and sleep. Dosage: 20-30 drops or 1 dropperful, 2-3 times daily. Best results if used regularly. Note: Ashwagandha is in the nightshade family so use caution if you have allergies or intolerance to nightshades.
Bald Cypress: Spring Bald Cypress leaves wild harvested along the Pedernales River, extracted with Tito’s vodka. This medicine is like taking a step into the magical redwood forest. It gives that feeling of grounding and being able to take a deep breath. Free and present and comforted. Use for grounding and uplifting the spirit, as well as to open and clear lungs. 10-20 drops as desired either directly on tongue or in a small amount of water.
Belly Soothe: Chamomile, Licorice root, Ginger root, Marshmallow root, Cardamom in vodka. For healthy digestion. Soothes and strengthens the stomach lining, helpful for acid re-flux, heart burn, ulcers. Anti-inflammatory. Take 20-30 drops as needed, up to 3x daily. *Note: Do not take during pregnancy or with High Blood Pressure. Only take for 6 weeks, and then take a break for 2-3 weeks.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis): Fresh lemon balm in vodka or brandy. Lemon balm harvested from my garden. Uses: Nervine herb that brings calm to the nervous system and uplifts the spirits. Take for mild anxiety and depression. Brings some joy and sunshine to the spirit. Good for digestion, colds and respiratory symptoms, has anti-viral properties. Safe for children, and in fact is a wonderful ally for children. Playful and magical. Dosage: for adults, 20-30 drops or 1 dropperful directly on tongue or in small glass of water or tea. For kids, 5-10 drops in small amount of warm water or tea.
Chill Pill Blend: Skullcap, passionflower, rose, lemon balm and lemon verbena in vodka. Uses: this is a great blend of nervine herbs that will help nourish and soothe nervous system, calm the mind and body, and help deal with stress response in a soft, compassionate way. Safe for kids and could be helpful with stress, hyperactivity, or fears with sleeping/dreaming. Dosage: for kids over 2 years of age, give 10-20 drops as needed in a little water or tea. For adults, use a dropperful as needed. This is a great companion to the Ashwagandha, Rose, Lavender Heart Elixir to use for help with stress and anxiety (for adults).
Marshmallow Root (Althaea officinalis): Helps the integrity of the mucous membranes. Good for digestive problems such as acid re-flux, heartburn, leaky gut, colitis. Also useful of for respiratory issues such as cough or bronchitis and sore throat. Anti-inflammatory. Take 20-30 drops in small amount of water up to 3 times daily when needed for symptoms.
Papaya Leaf Tincture: Made with fresh papaya leaves from local B5 Farm extracted in vodka. Uses: High in many enzymes including papain which helps with breaking down proteins. Papaya leaf helps with digestion, heart burn, acid reflux, nausea and stomach pain. It also supports energy and has anti-cancer properties. Take a dropperful as desired either before or after eating. Repeat as needed.
Passion flower (Passiflora incarnata): Fresh passion flowers, leaves, and vine in alcohol (vodka or brandy). Wildcrafted in Austin from my backyard garden. Uses: A calming, sedative herb for the nervous system. Helps calm anxiety, panic attacks, helps bring peace and sleep. Anti-spasmodic and helpful with cough. Also helpful to ease nerve pain of shingles. Dosage: for adults, take 20-30 drops or 1 dropperful as needed to bring calm. For children, give 5-10 drops in small amount of water or tea as needed to calm cough, hyperactivity, panic, or to help settle down for sleep.
Perilla: Fresh Perilla (commonly known as Shiso) from Tecolote Farm extracted in Tito's vodka. Perilla frutescens is in the mint family and is wonderful for digestion, has high anti-oxidants, is helpful in lowering cholesterol, and helps asthma and cough symptoms. It’s rich in Vitamin C, iron, and calcium. Perilla, or red shiso, is used in pickled ginger to give it that beautiful pink color. Take a dropperful daily or as desired. It is wonderful to add to tea or sparkling water.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Tincture: Tones and calms digestion. Good for nervous system. Lifts the spirits, good for mild depression. Reduces tension and helps with stress headaches. A circulatory and nervine stimulant. Helps open lungs for clear breathing. Rosemary grows abundantly here, and it has been used for centuries in many different ceremonies. She is known as an herb of remembrance–if you place a sprig under your pillow, you may remember your dreams. Rosemary helps us remember and send love to those who have passed. But a little known aspect of remembrance that rosemary offers, is helping us remember ourselves—your true self that goes so deep and far back, that you may not remember. Take 10-20 drops as desired either in water or directly, to lift spirits and bring you closer to yourself.
Schisandra Tincture: Made with schisandra berries extracted in vodka or brandy. Schisandra is an adaptogen herb that has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), in Japan, and Korea. The Chinese name for Schisandra is we wei zi, which means “five flavors fruit”. It has numerous benefits and uses. It is supportive of the nervous, immune, and endocrine systems. It’s helpful for kidneys, liver, and lungs. High in antioxidants. It has anti-inflammatory and antiasthmatic effects so is useful for people who have asthma with wheezing. It calms the shen and is effective for people with stress-induced palpitations, insomnia, anxiety, and bad dreams (Winston and Maimes, Adaptogens 2007). It also helps with menopausal sweating. It has a dual action of stimulating the nervous system to enhance reflexes and mental activity, and at the same time, it is calming and helps relieve anxiety and stress. Helps prevent immune system depletion caused by stress. Has a normalizing effect on blood pressure. Helps improve eyesight and decrease eye fatigue from extended time on the computer. Adults take a dropperful 1-3 times daily, as desired.
Shatavari Root: Adaptogen. Wild Asparagus root. Translated as, “She who has hundreds of husbands”. Gives good strong energy. Helps balance hormones and ease irritability. Grounding. Good for reproductive system. Good for men and women. Anti-inflammatory, aphrodisiac, antibacterial, antispasmodic, immune tonic, lung tonic, good for digestion. Take 1 dropperful, 2x daily, as you would a supplement. Works best when taken regularly; will help your system balance. Great to take together with Ashwagandha–they make good friends.
Spring Forest Tonic: Fresh plantain leaf and cleavers wildcrafted in Austin. Uses: Nourishing, energizing, high in minerals, cleansing, helps move lymph, helps eczema and skin issues, good for cough and bronchitis, good for the heart, and anti-cancer. Nourishes connection with wildness and the earth. Dosage: Take 20-30 drops or 1 dropperful daily for energy and vitality or to assist with any of the conditions listed above. Also use to bring magic and wonder into your day.
Ashwagandha Rose Lavender: In brandy and honey. Uses: Supports dealing with stress, anxiety and depression. Brings beauty and softness to the spiritual heart. Brings calm strength. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen herb that helps normalize cortisol levels, balance hormones, help irritability, supports adrenals, and helps with good sleep. Dosage: take 1 dropperful, 1-3x daily.
Fiery Love: Damiana, Muira Puama, Shatavari, warming spices (ginger, cloves, cinnamon, anise, cardamom, cacao), brandy and honey. Uses: to bring fire, passion, and desire to the heart and body. Aphrodesiac. Very stimulating. Great to take with partner to show interest and fuel desire. Acts on urinary-genito tract. Also good for digestion. This elixir can be felt in the spiritual heart as well as physical body. Dosage: take 1-2 dropperfuls, wait 10 minutes, and then bring your attention to your heart and body. Only take as desired, not as a daily supplement. Also, Damiana is helpful with urinary tract health.
Peach Heart Elixir: Fresh organic peaches, peach leaves, cardamom, brandy, and honey. Calming and sunny. Peach leaves are an old Appalachian remedy for stress and anxiety. Peach is soothing for the nervous system and nurturing for the spiritual heart. It is helpful for grief, fear, sadness, and old broken heart issues that are stuck. This elixir is a beautiful heart opener and a way to give yourself compassion and calm. It’s also cooling and moisturizing, making it a great summer remedy and helpful during menopause. Take 10-20 drops as desired.
Pear Lemon Balm Cordial: Pear fruit, fresh lemon balm leaves, rose petals, cardamom, brandy and honey. Soft, beautiful and abundant with spirit. Brings love, calm, and knowing with your heart. Nurturing and soothing to heart, spirit and nervous system. Embraces the feminine spirit. Enjoy a dropperful directly on tongue as desired.
Drinking Vinegars: Made in small, seasonal batches, the flavors change each week. Always made with organic raw apple cider vinegar, fresh fruit and herbs. Choice of sweetened with a small amount of organic sugar/local honey, or without any sweetener. These vinegars have probiotic effects for digestion and make delicious, refreshing drinks called Shrubs. Also great for drizzling on a fresh green salad with a bit of olive oil.
To make a shrub: in a 12-16 oz jar, add ice, 1 oz drinking vinegar, 1.5 oz vodka or gin, fill with sparkling water. For refreshing non-alcoholic shrub, omit the alcohol. Drink to your health and wild flare!
Elderberry Syrup: Elderberries, lemon balm, and local honey. Uses: immune tonic. Take daily to strengthen immune system. Helpful to shorten duration and severity of viruses such as colds and flu. Sooths cough. Dosage: for kids ages 2 and above, 1 teaspoon daily as immune tonic or 3x daily for sickness. Great to give kids when they wake up coughing. For adults, take 1 tablespoon daily; 3x when sick