Other Goodies

Herbal Sleep Pillow – $10

Filled with relaxing herbs to help you fall asleep. Scrunch the pillow to release the scent of calm.Tuck into your pillowcase at night.

Smudge Stick – $5, Abalone Shell – $14

A smudge stick is like incense. Light the tip until it begins to smolder then, holding it over the shell, walk around the room, wafting the aroma. Our mullein smudge sticks are good to help with respiratory issues.

Traditionally, an abalone shell is used to catch the ashes.

Make Your Own Tincture Kit – $25

You supply the solvent. We give you everything else, including the herbs. For future tincturing using your kit, see our web site for available herbs and additional / replacement supplies.

Herb Salts / Seasonings – $6

Herbal blends for cooking.

Culinary Herbs – $3

Grown at Dandelion Forest, bagged whole to retain maximum flavor. Just crumble as you use them.

Medicinal Herb Seeds – $2

Grow your own herbs!

Gift Baskets – $20-$50

An assortment of our products for gift-giving.

Tea in a cup – $15

Our bagged teas (12) in an attic-treasure cup with saucer. Perfect for gift giving.

Health & Beauty

First Aid Kit – $45

Contains the items listed below (except for the aloe plant), which can also be bought individually.

Winter Lips Balm – $3

Good for cold sores and chapped lips.

Up the Anti Ointment – $7.50

Antimicrobial ointment for open wounds.

Skin Heal – $10

Wound and skin spot salve.

Sprain & Strain Salve – $10

For those pulled or torn ligaments/tendons/muscles.

Drawing Salve – $7.50

For drawing out infections, helping to pull blisters to the surface, and acne*.

*Our current inventory is an old-fashioned black drawing salve, containing charcoal. It washes off, but is not recommended for delicate areas you can’t scrub if you mind the black (like facial acne). Future formulas will not contain charcoal this to allow it to be a little more versatile.

Insta-scab – $5

Yarrow powder sprinkled on wounds will help stop bleeding and has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and pain-relieving properties.

Earache Oil – $7.50

Warmed-to-room-temperature oil is placed in the ear and has antimicrobial and pain-relieving properties.

Aloe Plant – $5

A living burn treatment! Just cut off a leaf and apply the gel to your burn.

Our Teas

Our teas are our specialty. Special tea! We make them with herbs that are tonic-type herbs, which means you can drink them every day, generally without adverse effects. However, every body is different and reacts to food and herbs in its own way. So pay attention to how the teas make you feel. Because they are created to have medicinal value, based on the traditional knowledge of the herbs and their uses.

Please note that at this point we are only selling teas locally in Massachusetts, out of our residential kitchen.

DIRECTIONS: for all our teas, add 1 teaspoon per 1 cup of hot water and brew, covered (keeps the medicine in the cup instead of floating away in the steam), for 10-15 minutes, depending on how strong you want your tea.

Loose Tea – $15, Bagged Tea – $7

Loose is approx. 50 cups = 30¢/cup.

Bagged contains 16 bags ≈ 44¢/cup.

Goodnight Tea

Blended with herbs to help you relax.

INGREDIENTS: chamomile, lemon balm, oat straw/tops, spearmint, rose, holy basil

Coffee, Not!

A healthy coffee substitute made with herbs to help with digestion and support your liver.

INGREDIENTS: roasted dandelion root, roasted chicory, roasted burdock root, roasted carob, yellow dock, wild sarsaparilla or sarsaparilla*, reiki mushroom, cinnamon

*depending on availability

NOTE: dandelion can cause reflux in certain individuals, so if you are prone to it, start off slowly, or we can make you up an alternative blend heavier on the chicory and lighter on the dandelion.

Tummy Tamer Tea

A blend of herbs to help with indigestion and/or reflux.

INGREDIENTS: chamomile, calendula, fennel seed, ginger

For Baby & Me

A pregnancy tonic made with herbs full of vitamins. Good for you even if you aren’t with child!

INGREDIENTS: red raspberry leaf, spearmint, lemon grass, nettle, oat straw, strawberry leaf

Cha Cha Chai

A mild chai with added chaga mushroom and  turmeric. Red raspberry leaves are used in place of black tea. Caffeine free, anti-oxidant, immunity-boosting, anti-inflammatory, and full of vitamins.

INGREDIENTS: red raspberry leaves,* cinnamon, cardamom seeds, ginger, fennel, cloves, black pepper, turmeric, nutmeg, dried orange peel, chaga

*in place of black tea to keep it caffeine free

NOTE: adding milk/nut milk will boost the effectiveness of the turmeric. Try coconut milk!

Custom Tea Blends

I can make up a custom supportive blend for you to deal with your specific health issues. This requires a $50 consult, which includes your first bag of tea.

 

 

Fennel

Botanical Name: Foeniculum vulgare | Family: Umbelliferae

Common name(s): Fennel

GROWING

  • Perennial; herbaceous | Zones 6-9 | 4-5 feet tall  | Yellow umbels bloom from July until frost and produce seed after blooming
  • Full sun | Any soils, prefers well-drained

HARVESTING

Harvest the seeds in autumn.

PREPARATION / DOSAGE

Infusion: Pour 1 cup of water over 1 – 2 tsp seeds and let infuse for 10 minutes. Drink 3x/day.

Tincture: 2-4 ml at 3x/day.

MEDICAL

Constituents: Essential oil including fenchone and anethole, fatty oil

Actions: Antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, galactogogue, expectorant, rubefacient, stimulant

Uses:  colic, flatulence, digestive stimulant, appetite stimulant, stomach pain, bloating

Cautions: do not exceed recommended dose, Limit use if pregnant, do not use for children or if breast feeding, do not ingest essential oil.

SOURCES 


I have fennel in my garden. It doesn’t produce big bulbs, for whatever reason, but it gives me seeds, which I use for my Tummy Tamer tea. Even though I’m in zone 5, plants have come back the next year, and some come up from seeds that fall to the ground.

Cascara sagrada

Botanical Name: Rhamnus purshiana | Family: Rhamnaceae

Common name(s): Cascara Sagrada, Sacred Bark, California Buckthorn

GROWING

  • Evergreen Tree | Zones 4a-9b | 32 feet tall  | Flowers May – June, black fruit in October, 3-lobed seeds. Young bark is purple brown changing to brown with age.
  • Sun to semi-shade (woodlands) | All types of soil, likes it moist

HARVESTING

Harvest bark in the springtime from the branches and trunk of at least a one year old, but still young, tree. Leave it to age for a few years before using.

PREPARATION / DOSAGE

Decoction: Put 1 – 2 tsp dried bark in 1 cup of water. Bring to boil and let infuse for 10 minutes. Drink at bedtime.

Tincture: 1-2 ml at bedtime.

MEDICAL

Constituents: Anthroquinone glycosides, bitter principle, essential oil, resin, tannins

Actions: Bitter tonic, laxative

Uses: chronic constipation, dyspepsia, indigestion, hemorrhoids, liver congestion

CHARACTERISTICS

  • Cold, bitter

SOURCES 


I have never even heard of this tree. Don’t know if there are any growing around us, but it does grow in our zone 5!

Gentian

Botanical Name: Gentiana lutea | Family: Gentianaceae

Common name(s): Gentian, Yellow Gentian

GROWING

  • Perennial | Zones 3-9 | 3-4+ feet tall  | Yellow flowers grow in whorls in the uppermost leaves, bloom in summer/autumn.
  • Full sun/partial shade, protected from wind | Loamy, moist soil

HARVESTING

Harvest root in the fall and dry. The best roots for medicine are the years before the plant produces flowers, which can take up to 3 years.

PREPARATION / DOSAGE

Decoction: Put 1/2 – 1 tsp shredded root in 1 cup of water. Bring to boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Drink, warm, 15-30 minutes before meals or when experiencing stomach pains from overeating.

Tincture: 1-4 ml 3x/day (as for decoction), or take as drops to stave off cravings for sweets

MEDICAL

Constituents: Bitter principles, mucilage, pectin, sugar, tannin

Actions: Anti-inflammatory, bitter, cholagogue, gastric stimulant, sialogogue

Uses: appetite/digestive stimulant, dyspepsia, flatulence, jaundice

CHARACTERISTICS

  • Very bitter, cold, astringent, drying

SOURCES 


It appears Gentian is not all that easy to grow. Given that I am all about wild gardening – I plant ’em, then they are on their own – I don’t think I’ll be growing this plant anytime soon. Also, this plant has been over-harvested in the wild so I will be sure to only buy root from cultivated plants, should I want to add it to my herbal closet.

Turkey Rhubarb

Botanical Name: Rheum palmatum | Family: Polygonaceae

Common name(s): Turkey Rhubarb, Chinese Rhubarb

GROWING

  • Perennial | Zones 6-9 | 9 feet tall  | Palmate, roughish leaves. Greenish-white flowers in June/July. Larger than garden rhubarb.
  • Full sun to partial shade | Prefers well-drained, moist soil but will grow in clay soils

HARVESTING

Parts used: Root (for medicine), stems for food, leaves are poisonous

Harvest at least 6-year old roots in the fall.

PREPARATION / DOSAGE

Decoction: Put 1/2 – 1 tsp root in 1 cup of water. Bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes. 2x/day

Tincture: 1-2 ml 3x/day

MEDICAL

Constituents: Anthraquinones, calcium oxalate, essential oils, fatty acids, minerals, resins, tannins

Actions: Astringent, bitter], laxative

Uses: at normal doses it treats constipation. At low doses tbe astringent action treats diarrhea.

Cautions: DO NOT EAT THE LEAVES! They are toxic. Avoid during pregnancy. Oxalates can aggravate arthritis and gout. Enhances loss of potassium, which can interfere with certain cardiac drugs.

CHINESE MEDICINE

  • Bitter, cold, dry

SOURCES 


I do not have access to turkey rhubarb, but when we were splitting up a 15-yr old garden rhubarb, I dried some of the root. According to A Modern Herbal, it is similar in action to Turkey Rhubarb, only milder. I haven’t used it yet, it sits in my pantry.

Pumpkin

Botanical Name: Curcurbit pepo | Family: Cucurbitaceae

Common name(s): Pumpkin

GROWING

  • Annual vegetable | Zones 3-9 |  | Sprawling vines, orange fruit
  • Full sun | Very rich, nutrient soil

HARVESTING

Parts used: Seeds and pulp

Harvest in autumn, when the pumpkin is ripe (turns orange). Use fresh seeds (discard after 30 days).

PREPARATION / DOSAGE

Infusion: Pour 1 pint of boiling water over 1 ounce of seeds. (Used for urinary complaints.)

Mash: Beat 2 ounces of seeds with sugar/honey and enough water or milk to make a pint. Drink in 3 doses, every two hours, while fasting. Follow a couple of hours later with a dose of castor oil. (Used for internal parasites.)

MEDICAL

Constituents: fixed oil, protein, sterols, cucurbitin, vitamin E, beta-carotene, minerals (iron, zinc, selenium).

Actions: Anti-inflammatory, anthelmintic

Uses: internal parasites, enlargement of the prostate gland

SOURCES 


Here’s an interesting tidbit. I brought some pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds), which I had spiced up, to my daughter’s house. My son-in-law ate a lot and told me the next day he had the weirdest dreams he’d ever had and asked “what was in those pumpkin seeds?” Come to find out, via google, they can induce vivid dreaming.

Saw Palmetto

SŠgepalmen-FrŸchte.; Saw palmetto fruits.

Botanical Name: Serenoa repens (syn. Seronoa serrulata) Family: Palmaceae

Common name(s): Saw Palmetto, Sabal, Seronoa

GROWING

  • Palm tree/bush | Zones 8-11 | 7 feet tall/wide | Stems grow along the ground and upright. Green (and sometimes blue) leaves are the shape of a fan blade with sharp, saw-like edges. Fragrant white flowers in the spring followed by dark purple to black berries resembling grapes.
  • Sun/shade to full shade | Most soils | Tolerates draught and salt | Grows year round

HARVESTING

The berries are harvested in Autumn, when ripe. They are dried, often with the seeds removed. Be careful when harvesting, the leaf edges can cut skin or fabric!

PREPARATION / DOSAGE

Decoction: Bring 1/2-1 teaspoon of the berries to a boil in 1 cup water and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Drink 3x/day.

Tincture: 1-2ml 3x/day

MEDICAL

Constituents: Essential oil, dextrose, flavonoids, lipids, polysaccharides, resin, steroids

Actions: Antiandrogenic, Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, diuretic, endocrine agent, urinary antiseptic

Uses: Enlarged prostate, male tonic (tones and strengthens the male reproductive system), gastro-urinary tract infections

Combinations: Horsetail and hydrangea for treating enlarged prostate glands

CHINESE MEDICINE

Pungent, sweet, warm

SOURCES 


I just happen to be heading down to South Carolina this year around the time they say the Saw Palmetto berries are ripe. My parents used to live on Fripp Island in the Saw Palmetto neighborhood. It’s been fun learning about this plant because of that. And I hope to gather some berries while I’m down there!

Sarsaparilla

I am not posting a photo of this plant because I can’t find one for officinalis and there are tons of Sarsaparilla varieties. Please see my notes at the bottom of this post for a picture of wild sarsaparilla, which is a different botanical plant (but used medicinally, as well).

Botanical Name: S. officinalis and varieties. S. ornata (Jamaica), considered to be the most medicinal Family: Liliaceae

Common name(s): Sarsaparilla, Greenbrier, Catbrier, Bullbrier, Tramps Trouble

GROWING

  • Perennial woody climber | Zones 6-9 | 15 feet tall | Broad, ovate leaves, tendrils, , thorny branches, small green and flowers, black-ish berries
  • Grows in forests

HARVESTING

The root is harvested throughout the growing season

PREPARATION / DOSAGE

Decoction: Bring 1-2 teaspoon of the root to a boil in 1 cup water and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Drink 3x/day.

Tincture: 1-2ml 3x/day

MEDICAL

Constituents: Essential oil, glycoside, phytosterols, sapogenins, resin, starch, sugar, fat, minerals

Actions: Alterative, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antipruretic, aphrodisiac, diaphoretic,diuretic, estrogenic, tonic

Uses: Inflammatory conditions (including rheumatism), liver disorders, menstrual issues, skin issues, venereal disease, virility

Combinations: Burdock, yellow dock, and cleavers for psoriasis

CHINESE MEDICINE

Sweet, mild, spicy neutral to cool

SOURCES 

  • The Way of Herbs, Michael Tierra
  • Holistic Herbal, David Hoffmann
  • Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, Andrew Chevallier
  • SFGate

Aralia nudicaulis is a plant in northeastern forests that goes by the same name – called Wild Sarsaparilla. I learned that it is often used as a substitute in herbalism for Smilax. And I was actually surprised to learn this because I was taught by a local herbalist that this northern plant was Sarsaparilla and didn’t know that it wasn’t the official variety. Also, there are about 300-350 varieties of Smilax (a.k.a. Sarsaparilla). Confusing, to say the least!

This is a picture of the wild version, from my yard’s forest area: