Aphrodisiacs have always intrigued us here at Breeze Botanicals. From their potent, lust giving abilities, to the tasty flavors and aromas of the variety of edible aphrodisiacs out there- I just want to try them all, and I am sure you share the same urges. Before I decided to indulge in my favorite lovely treats this month, I decided to do a little research first. What is an aphrodisiac anyway, and where did they come from? Here’s a quick glimpse into that fantastic tale, and some herbal accompaniments that may just enhance your love life in all the right ways.
A very brief re-telling of the story of the Greek Goddess, Aphrodite, sheds some light on the progression of the history and integration of these powerful herbal elixirs and allies that blurred the line between medicine and magic. Aphrodite, of which aphrodisiac was later named, was famed for her delectable treats known to increase sex drive and performance. The only catch: in exchange for these much desired traits was the consumption of a few succulent and fresh...dove brains!
But do not fret, there are a few tastier options available to us that have those same spicy effects! There are a variety of aphrodisiacs that are steeped in both science and lore, but one of my favorites is definitely chocolate! Sun God Medicinals, Ra Cannabis Chocolate Squares, available in both peppermint and orange flavors, are blended with a silky cocoa that is sure to tickle the senses. Chocolate, and more properly cacao, has been used by the Mayans for centuries for both ritual and daily consumption. It is considered an aphrodisiac because of how it can spike the dopamine of the pleasure center of the brain, resulting in “all the feels”.
At Breeze Botanical stores, we carry Sun god Medicinals compounded blends of potent aphrodisiacs and other supportive herbs, formulated to help you achieve your most pleasurable experiences yet! From single herbal tincture of Rose and Damiana to Lemon Balm and Motherwort, to herbal tea blends such as the Heka Happy Tea and Hercules Muscle Ease Tea, all make easy additions to any daily routine, that can add that little bit of enjoyment to your day that you surely deserve. Stop by Breeze Botanical stores to check out these products, and many more of our lovely herbal options!
We are always so delighted to hear questions from our LOVELY customers, and especially feedback on any of our products. So please leave us a review, bring a friend to our stores, and begin to spread the knowledge and the access to sustainable, bioregional medicinal herbs and Cannabis. And as always, Happy Healing!!
Sometimes ingesting or inhaling herbs isn't an option. It's still possible to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of herbs, including cannabis, without putting it in your body. We call this transdermal application topicals. Topicals can include herb-infused lotions, salves, massage oils, etc., that are applied to the skin, usually directly to the area of discomfort. Cannabis topicals are minimally invasive and most of the time non-psychoactive. The cannabinoids, such as THC, CBD, or CBN, are absorbed into the skin, but usually don't have a cerebral effect, making it a great option for those who can't or don't want to feel any psychoactivity.
Topicals allow for quicker and more focused relief. They may be effective for localized nerve pain, tension, muscle ache, inflammation, and even some skin conditions. When absorbed through the skin, cannabinoids bind to the abundant CB2 receptors near the skin's surface. This may help explain the non-psychoactive nature of topicals, since a high occurs when THC binds to CB1 receptors. The cannabinoids are also not typically crossing into the bloodstream unless applied directly to a vienous region or in people with very thin skin, like seniors. It is advised, that seniors or people with thinner skin start with caution to evaluate psychoactivity. Begin with a small test area of skin to evaluate the cerebral effects from any THC-rich topical.
The effects of localized relief in topicals may be felt rather quickly. Continued reapplication may be necessary, but topicals are a convenient and covert way to use medicinal herbs whenever necessary. Topicals may not be the best standalone method for someone experiencing deep tissue, widespread, or chronic pain because the product may not reach that deeply or address the root cause of the pain or spasms. A better approach may be pairing a topical with an internal method, like a tincture. However, heat is a useful tool for increasing the effectiveness of topicals. A good time to apply your lotion or salve is after a hot shower when your pores are open. Try pressing a heating pad to the area after applying the topical to help ease muscles or inflammation.
Topicals are a friendly and effective way to use medicinal herbs, including cannabis therapeutically. It provides an opportunity for new or wary users to see for themselves how medicinal cannabis can be effective.
Mmmm love is in the air… the sweet smell of roses and the decadent taste of chocolate are beginning to creep into our minds. That’s right, Valentine’s day is soon upon us and it has us at Breeze Botanicals thinking about our heart health on many levels. This season is sure to bring a mix of emotions from passion to disappointment, and unfortunately we all have experienced this wide spectrum, but did you know that there may be a few herbal allies that may just become your favorite shoulder to cry on and new best friend during those hard times. Supportive herbs such as Damiana and St. John’s Wort has become popular thymoleptic herbs, or contain mood-enhancing abilities, that offer both a sweet fragrance and taste that are almost as comforting as a warm embrace. Luckily, we carry these herbs, as well as other heart-opening and protective herbs such as Rose and Hawthorn, in our apothecary as loose herbs, as well as in Hemp and Cannabis products compounded by Sun God Medicinals.
The Heka Happy Tea Blend and the Eir Menopause Hemp Tincture both contain a variety of cardioprotective herbs that may support both physical and emotional well-being. We also offer a safe space to discuss your health and wellness plans with our clinical herbalist and well trained staff of professionals. If you are interested in booking an Herbal Consultation, please read more about the services offered here. Remember do not forget to love yourself, because at the end of the day, we all deserve a little bit of pleasure! Happy season of LOVE!
When we think of detoxing the body, we usually associate the liver, kidneys, and maybe the simple act of drinking water with this process, but did you know there is an even more robust system you can nourish that may just be the nudge you need to achieve your detoxification goals? I’m talking about the circulatory system!
Our blood makes up about 7% of our total body weight and can pump at a rate of five to six quarts per minute, and that's about two-thousand gallons per day! Think of blood as a giant public cleaning service, making stops and checking in on the organs, giving them what they need, and most importantly, taking away what they do not. Our blood is not only a massive amount of liquid flowing between the cells of every organ in the body, it is also a complex formulation of hormones, electrolytes, nutrients, gasses, red and white blood cells, and of course, water. Without each of these vital components our blood would not be able to attract impurities and carry the toxins to their appropriate elimination routes.
We often hear the saying, “build your blood”, but what does that mean? According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, when we have depleted blood or nutrient deficient blood, then that may be reflected in symptoms not only associated with poor heart health, but also mental disease in the forms of anxiety and depressed states. Some traditional diets suggest supporting the blood through regular consumption of seaweed, black soy, organ meats like liver, red meat, eggs, and specific herbs. Herbs such as Licorice, Astragalus, and Reishi are a few that have been traditionally significant, and modern science has backed as well.
I know what you're thinking- You had no idea our blood was this important huh? Well, do not fret! It is never too late to build your blood, restore the proper balance of nutrients, and maintain a healthy and vivacious life. At Breeze Botanicals stores we carry various Sun God Medicinal products, compounded with both Cannabis, Hemp, and Herbals, that include blood building and circulatory herbs, that may support you in realizing your detoxification desires and beyond. Also, please keep in mind we do have a Clinical Herbalist, as well as highly trained professionals on staff, ready to answer any questions you may have in either stores or over the phone. Happy Healing!
3….2.. wait not yet- we still have a few days before the New Year’s celebrations begin, but did you make your resolution yet? It is that looming question on everybody's mind, but where do you start to even divulge the list of changes you hope to enact in the year to come. Take a deep breath and try not to panic, and let’s see if my short guide to resolution setting can ease you through this stressful time of year.
My first piece of advice in differentiating between my needs from my wants for the upcoming year is with a good, old fashioned list. Never underestimate the value of physically writing something down, putting it in an intuitive order from most to least supportive as they come to you naturally, and allow yourself to step back and observe all of the notions you just put on the table. Although it might not feel like it yet, you actually have already taken the first step toward what I consider a mindful transition to achieve our New Year's resolutions. I sometimes like to take it one step further by after completing my list to my best ability (and you are always welcome to add and delete- there are no real rules here), I start to go, one-by-one, through the items and visualize their success. I’m sure you have heard it before, something along the lines of: you must see it to believe it, and it’s many other variations- but it works! I implore you to try this practice while beginning to set your New Year’s resolutions.
Another practice I find supportive when beginning to contemplate the goals for the year to come is through meditation and mindfulness practices. These can manifest in so many ways from yoga or workout classes, to healing self-care routines such as abayanga, Ayurvedic oil massage, or a simple date with nature. I find my most clear-minded states when grounded in the forest, surrounded by the scent of pines, cedars, and junipers, in a space where I feel I am able to connect to my intentions most acutely. It is important to find a practice that fits well with yourlifestyle, that feels safe, and that allows you the space to explore even the silliest of notions. Our goals and intentions for the New Year may not be as clear-cut as we may have hoped, so by tapping into a more mindful sate, I find that the clutter begins to clear and the truly supportive ideas shine.
Lastly, herbal allies have always been there for me in times of confusion or intense desire, when all I want is to make that thing happen and I become fixated on whether I fail or succeed. This year, instead of letting these feelings of doubt and control come over you, befriend and herb that allows you to escape these negative feelings of self. Thymoleptic herbs, or mood enhancing botanicals, work to both nourish and uplift the nervous system, helping us to shake the rollercoaster of emotions. When I am in a pinch, and need to escape overwhelming feelings, I lean on my tincture preparations of herbals and when I have a longer moment to unwind, I like to indulge in a variety of herbal teas, such as Chamomile, Lavender, and Skullcap- to name a few favorites.
Here at Breeze Botanicals we are fortunate to carry Sun God Medicinals compounded formulation of herbal tinctures, teas, and topicals that are formulated for the intentions of supporting the nervous system and to nourish tissues throughout the body; this enables us to feel more-centered and ready to tackle any New Year’s resolution we have decided to set. Products such as the Heka and Hercules lines of teas, tinctures, and topicals, provide a variety of nervous tension relief and may help support a clearer mind, helping you to be more precise when setting those personal goals for the upcoming year. Also, for a more in-depth consultation, we have a clinical herbalist on staff who is ready to support you as we move into the New Year- reserve an appointment today and start your year with positive change!
Are you ready for that holiday feast? Those decadent foods, rowdy conversations, and luxurious desserts- it all sounds great in theory, but what about that mid-meal heartburn or grumbles that have you running for the bathroom? We have all been there before, that uncomfortable urgency, when our digestion is just out of whack. This very normal occurrence can be attributed to so many things from the physical food we are consuming, to the emotions we are experiencing as we eat our meal. Each of these details plays a key role in our body's overall ability to metabolize nutrients and utilize them for our general well-being.
Myself, I live with chronic digestive ailments, so this blog post is near to my heart. A practice that has resonated with me personally is before I begin eating, I take a solid, one-minute moment to close my eyes and be grateful- it can be for the food on my plate, my health, my loved ones, and so on. I find that this practice not only allows me to tap into a more uplifted emotional state, but also provides me with a moment to check in with entire body on an anatomic level- how hungry am I, what will support me most on my plate, what am I craving? All of these observations provide keen insight into how we are each uniquely wired, how we require completely different approaches to our diets and cultural practices around food.
There is another, very researched reasoning behind my mealtime ritual, and that is the basis of the gut-brain connection. The intimate relationship between the gastrointestinal tract and the nervous system is providing much insight and explanation into the occurrence of digestive upsets while eating when stressed or depressed, or the more long term effects of recurrent negative eating experiences. The research provided by Harvard Medical School delves deeper into this fascinating connection, and possible ways to identify stress before it affects your overall health.
There are many other ways to support the digestive system, and of course a favorite of ours is with the power of herbs. There are so many bioregional offerings that can support both our digestion and our stress response, supporting a healthy digestive process. Botanicals such as Dandelion leaves and root and Burdock root are both nourishing and stimulating to the digestive system, providing both intestinal and liver support. Saint John's Wort and Lemon Balm both provide thymoleptic and adaptogenic effects, meaning they help to increase the mood and decrease feelings of nervous tension, and also help us to adjust to changing situations by stabilizing nervous system. Here at Breeze Botanicals we carry products compounded with these, and other supportive herbs, that are specifically formulated to help you break stressful eating patterns, cultivate a more peaceful space during mealtimes, and overall nourish our systems to allow them to work at their full potential. Please stop by either store location to speak with one of our trained staff members, or for more complex inquiries, we provide one-on-one consultations with our clinical herbalist- reserve your appointment today!
What a joyful time of the year! The holidays are an important time to express gratitude for our family and friends and to take the time to relax and recharge our bodies. We also recognize that the holidays can be a major source of stress and anxiety for so many individuals.
Unfortunately, stress can play a major role in the overall health of our bodies- higher states of stress have been shown to cause increased chances for general illness, fatigue, distorted appetite, and disrupted sleep patterns. There are many ways to mitigate the nervous tension and overload during this holiday season by including practices into your daily routine leading up to these gatherings or events such as meditation and yoga, herbal teas and aromatherapy, taking a steam or sauna, self-message, journaling, finding your creative outlet, and most importantly- setting boundaries before guests arrive or before heading to an event. Setting boundaries is an easy way to protect your sanity while participating in the comradery that accompanies these seasonal gatherings. This could look like setting start and end times for your party if your hosting, or by letting family know topics you wish not to discuss before you arrive. These simple expressions may help relieve unwanted pressure and allow you to focus on what is most important to you this holiday season.
At Breeze Botanicals stores we carry products handcrafted by Sun God Medicinals that are specifically formulated to support the nervous system, and more precisely those feelings of worry, fear, and nervous tension. By using neuroprotective herbs such as Milky Oat Tops and Skullcap, and relaxing thymoleptic herbs such as Lemon Balm and Passionflower, these pre-compounded tinctures provide a variety of adrenal system support and promote a general sense of peace. These and other supportive herbs, such as Cannabis, can be found compounded into the Heka line of tinctures, elixirs, and teas- which are specifically formulated to support the nervous system and to nourish the brain tissue.
We also have a trained staff of professionals available at both Breeze Botanical store locations for any further questions about any specific herbs or products that we may carry. We also offer one-on-one herbal consultations with our clinical Herbalist on staff as both Breeze Botanical locations. Click here to learn more and book your appointment today.
The winter weather has begun to set in- the bone-chilling winds accompanied by the frosty blanket of frozen dew each morning are a harsh reminder of the extra self-care needed to ensure we can tolerate these seasonal extremes. It is important to focus on nourishing and strengthening our skin, as to protect us from the cold and to help insulate us during these intense temperature shifts. One way to increase elasticity and integrity of the skin is by integrated collagen rich foods into your diet, such as bone broth- which is high in protein and healthy fats, berries and citrus- which are packed with Vitamin C which is absolutely needed in the conversion of collagen in the body, and eggs- which carry the essential amino acids needed to synthesize collagen.
Besides dietary additions, another great way to support healthy skin is through the topical application of nutrient-dense fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, and jojoba oil. Research has shown that these fats may increase the general health of the skin and decrease darker blemishes and irritations. Breeze Botanicals also carries topical lotions and salves from Sun God Medicinals that are formulated with Cannabis and other supporting herbs that may not only decrease the symptoms suffered from unwanted ailments such as muscle tension, but also support the microbial balance and natural glow of healthy skin. Hercules Muscle Ease Hemp Salve and Aja All-Purpose Salve are both formulated to not only support their intended ailments, but are also made with organic, nutrient-rich oils our skin craves, especially in these dry, winter months.
Feel free to chat further and learn more with any of our trained associates at the Breeze Botanical stores. We also offer one-on-one herbal consultations with our clinical Herbalist on staff as both Breeze Botanical locations. Click here to learn more and book your appointment today.
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 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.