What is herbal care?
Like a doctor has prescriptions the natural world has herbal allies. Unfortunately in our common day of age we are much more likely to be familiar with Zoloft or Ibuprofen than Skullcap or Solomon's Seal.
At one time we were like the animals grazing in a pasture or your beloved pet when they eat grass. The reconnecting with that internal knowledge of what one's body needs. Trusting ourselves and all we need is here, plentiful and amazingly often times in our own backyard.
Herbal care is a holistic way of nourishing your mind, body and spirit. Whether it's adding an medicinal herb to your daily routine to squelch anxiety or sitting in nature for 5 minutes a day without any dings, pings or electronic chirps.
At Urban Nettle, I Katharine, will provide you with whole-hearted compassionate and supportive herbal care. Whether it's pain, a tough life-transition or navigating the world after birthing a baby together we will reconnect you with what you need. All the while listening to the wild weeds for guidance.
Why medicinal herbs?
Generally people are familiar with the culinary herbs...parsley, sage, rosemary. Although these herbs have medicinal properties we often categorize them as culinary herbs for their ability to impart flavor to food and aid in digestion.
Medicinal herbs are often categorized by different flavors like bitter, sour, sweet and salty. Both in Traditional Western Herbalism and Traditional Southern Folk medicine these flavor profiles often relate to what action a specific herb will have on the body. For instance bitter and acrid herbs often are helpful and reducing tension while sour herbs are used for cooling.
There are a whole host of other properties that herbs can have that describe what action they have on the body. Things like carmininatives--that aid in digestion; diaphoretics--herbs that help induce sweating and lymphatics--herbs that promote increase function fo the lymph system. All these components weave themselves together toward crafting your specific herbal formula.*
What the heck is a tincture?
Alright, now you've got the idea of what herbs are but how will I be administering these herbs into my body? If you decide to work with me I generally will use medicinal herbs in the form of teas and tinctures. Teas are pretty familiar for folks but a tincture?
Basically a tincture is an herb macerated in alcohol or glycerin with plant material strained off after six weeks. What's left are the medicinal properties of the herb suspended in the alcohol or glycerin. This liquid is then administered from an amber glass bottle that contain a pipet with drop doses placed underneath the tongue.
NOTE: All my tinctures and teas are either wild foraged or organically grown by myself or those persons or companies I trust.
I also craft custom salves. These items are made with a base of organic sunflower seed oil from Wisconsin and local Minnesota beeswax. Salves are often applied topically to help with skin issues. Think a natural lotion minus all the chemical sounding ingredients.
How much do your products cost?
Below is my general pricing. Need larger quantities shoot me an ask.
- Herbal tinctures generally cost between $6 for 1 dram to $11 for 1/2oz.
- Herbal teas cost $6 for 1.5oz.
- Herbal salves cost $10 for 1oz to $14.50 for 2oz.
*DISCLAIMER: The statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The statements and products are not meant diagnose, prescribe for, treat or claim to prevent, mitigate, or cure any human disease. They are intended for nutritional support only. Always consult with a qualified health care provider before deciding on any course of treatment, especially for serious or life threatening illness. No persons associated with Urban Nettle will be held liable for any form of use or misuse of an herb, herbal preparations or so called herbal remedy whether the information was gathered from the Urban Nettle's website or not.