The holidays are quickly approaching and it’s time to prepare not just a delicious feast for friends and family, but also it’s time to prep our digestive tracts for the enormous amount of festive treats coming our way. One simple way to strengthen our digestive fire, or Agni as it is known in Ayurveda, is to prepare our stomachs before a meal for the food to come. This can look like incorporating bitter foods such as dandelion greens, radishes, or cranberries about 15 minutes before eating any of your meals, or by making an Ayurvedic inspired digestive appetizer by sprinkling grated ginger and salt on a small slice of lime- click here for the recipe. The bitter taste of these foods help to stimulate bile production and to strengthen and tonify the digestive system. Breeze Botanical stores carry various products formulated to support digestion and to mitigate those unwanted stomach pains after a larger meal. We carry Sun God Medicinals tinctures, elixirs, and tea blends of these supporting herbs formulated to support a variety of digestive ailments, and as always, our trained staff is always here to help guide you on your healing journey. We also offer private one-on-one consultations with our clinical herbalist for more in depth inquires- click here to learn more! Happy Holidays from the Breeze team!
Today we are exploring the immunomodulatory effects of herbs for children and their ability to support them through a variety of ailments, and also their capacity to protect them from the seasonal illnesses that may surface. While most herbal remedies are considered gentle enough for children’s use, there are some precautions to consider before utilizing just any herb out there- here is what you should know. Things to think about may include whether the herb could cause allergic reactions, or if they contain constituents that may interact with other medications. Always keep in mind that our little one’s bodies are much more sensitive than those that are fully grown, and may react differently when given the same herbs at the same serving size. There are certainly many approachable herbal remedies that have both traditional and modern context, adding to the empowerment of our health choices and the health of our families.
Amongst the plethora of therapeutic botanicals at our disposal, choosing a reputable source for you and your families therapies is of the utmost importance, and luckily at Breeze Botanicals we feature products from quality distributors that we trust. Sun God Medicinals focuses on the abundance of bioregional offerings in the Southern Oregon area and compounds formulations targeted to specific health conditions. They have products tailored directly for your young ones use, such as Heka Child’s Tea, incorporating gentle vulanaries and soothing botanicals. Please stop by either of our Breeze Botanical locations to check out these offerings and more. Our staff is well educated and ready to walk with you on your path of healing! If you are looking for more in depth inquires, please book time with our clinical herbalist.
The transition to the colder, dryer months of winter have us craving warmth and nourishment. Many herbs and small dietary changes are able to provide that bit of support we are all looking for as we crawl into our cozy spaces, and begin to embrace the season to come. Just as the seasons are cyclical, our diets should be as well. By putting emphasis on the seasonal offerings at the grocery store, we are not supporting our health, but also the health of the land. Incorporating root vegetables and winter squashes promotes both a balanced digestive and immune system, by providing a plethora of nutrients and a healthy dose of fiber. Herbs such as Licorice and Milk Oats may be indicated to support circulation and provide nourishment to many different body systems such as the brain and heart. Luckily, Breeze Botanicals carries products that are specifically formulated to support many body systems and ailments, and most importantly keep us healthy during these cooler temperatures and seasonal shifts.
Sun God Medicinals utilizes bioregional herbs, and locally grown, Living soil, regenerative farmed Cannabis, to craft both herbal topicals, capsules, and tinctures to nourish the body in as many ways as possible. Products such as the Aja Hemp and Herbal Massage Oil, which is compounded to support discomfort and aid in circulation, and the Heka Mental Ease tincture, which is formulated to nourish the brain tissues and combat fatigue, would make an easy and beneficial addition to your daily routine. Tinctures are effortlessly added to juice, tea, or coffee to mitigate any unwanted flavors, and topical therapies are best applied after a warm bath or shower to improve absorption. Please visit our stores and ask our trained associates any questions you may have about supporting your body as we move into the cooler months of winter. Also, if you are looking for a more in-depth consultation, please book time with our clinical herbalist through our website at: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=12621529
Last week I spoke about supporting our immune systems internally by focusing on integrating colorful fruit and vegetables into our diets, as well as introducing supporting herbs such as Reishi and Echinacea root that have been shown to be nourishing to the body. This week, I would like to focus on external therapies to support your immune system that may prevent seasonal illnesses and regulate a balanced immune function. Using our other senses, such as olfactory or sense of smell, we can reduce stress and support healthy body functions such as sleep, digestion, and inflammation. Research has shown that the volatile oils in aromatic herbs, such as Lavender and Rosemary, may help lower stress levels and may support a healthy functioning immune system. Another way to support our immune systems is through self message, or lymphatic massage, which helps physically to move lymph fluid out of bodily tissues, dispelling toxins and impurities from the body. This practice is easily implemented after a warm shower or while in bed by gently rubbing the soft tissue around the body in a circular motion for a few minutes daily.
There are many ways to stay proactive and healthy this flu season, and there are a variety of herbs and practices to help us do so. Please reach out with any specific herbal questions or for more information about any products carried at Breeze Botanicals stores. We also offer one-on-one, private consultations with our clinical herbalist for more in depth inquires.
Continuing with our theme of immune defense, we are discussing the importance of sleep as it pertains to immune support. Research has shown that without achieving the optimal hours of sleep each night, we are unable to perform routine body processes such as the synthesis of proteins and protective cytokines, both of which contribute to the health of our adaptive and innate immune systems. Luckily, there are herbs such as Cannabis, Chamomile, Valerian, and California Poppy that grow locally and can support us in realizing our ideal nights rest. We also carry products from the bioregional, local company Sun God Medicinals, who have formulated an entire line of tinctures and teas, appropriately named Hypnos after the Greek god of sleep, indicated to support healthy sleep patterns. Other ways to promote restful slumber is to try your hardest to refrain from using any screened technology close to bedtime, creating a nightly routine to get you into bed faster, and writing down your lingering thoughts on a list to be addressed the next day. Sleep is an integral piece to the ideal picture of health as a whole, so if you have any questions about ways to support your sleep, please reach out to any of our trained associates or book an appointment with our clinical herbalist.
Hey there Southern Oregon community! I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge who I am and the offerings I am able to bring to Breeze Botanicals stores, both Ashland and Gold Hill locations. I am an east coast native who fell in love with the Applegate Valley, which is where I began my herbal studies two years ago, and continued on for my clinical certification in Ashland this past year. I am so grateful to have had such inspirational teachers, mentors, and friends within the community and beyond that have paved the way and encouraged me to embrace the roll as a healer for the people. So, very long story short, world travels, and countless exchanges of invaluable knowledge later, I am hear to offer a safe space for you to be heard, held, and guided toward a path of healing and fulfillment. Let’s walk together, demystify herbal medicine, and find the right herbal allies and lifestyle choices that will support you most.
Click here to learn more about our consultation program and our Clinical Herbalist, Taylor Appel. You can book an hour, one-on-one appointment with her from the booking button on our website.
Thank you for your consideration as a conscious consumer, and we hope to see you in stores soon for your Herbal Health and Wellness Consultation.
Your Local Herbalist,
P.S. Flu season is upon us, so a little extra help from our Panacea Immune Line is very much indicated. Let’s all stay warm, happy, and healthy this winter season!
*We are proud to offer our Herbal Wellness and Cannabis Education program in conjunction with our supporting company, Lucky Gap Staffing Inc.
The Herbalist Team at Breeze Botanical's uses our collective educational experiences and on-going thirst for knowledge to normalize the conversation around herbs and to demystify the world of herbal medicine. Join us on this journey and embrace the plants around you.