Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are Oxymels & why do you use Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and Organic Local Honey as your tincture base?
Oxymel is derived from the Latin word oxymelli meaning "acid and honey," it is a popular age old tradition.
Most of the medicinal tinctures on the market are alcohol based. Personally, when I was looking for tinctures I was not inspired or inclined to buy any of the ones readily available. The only option that was alcohol free had a glycerine base, and I just couldn't get behind that. Apple Cider Vinegar is something that I feel very good about ingesting daily. It has numerous and well touted health benefits, as well as a flavor that, when paired with honey, is quite lovely. My tinctures are intended to be an addition to your everyday self care program, and making sure it is a pleasant and rewarding practice is vital.
Some benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar:
Aids overall gut health and issues with gas of any kind (bloating, burping, etc.)
Regulates blood sugar
Balances your pH
Relieves symptoms of a cold
Aids in detoxification
Some benefits of Local Honey:
It is pure magic...seriously.
Counteracts pollen allergies
Natural coat for a sore throat
Helps you sleep deeply
2. How do you take your tinctures?
I drink a lot of water throughout the day, so to add flavor and magic to my drink I choose a potion that best suits how I am feeling in the moment. Two to three droppers into a glass of water and you're set! Making elixirs for yourself, or with friends, can provide a really fun and exciting ritual experience. Most of the tinctures I sell, are intended to be a preventative, ongoing practice, and not a reactive, quick fix; the more you use them, the more they can infuse into your life. The tinctures can also be added to homemade smoothies, chocolates, kombucha, etc. Use your intuition. Most of the time, because they taste so good, I just take the droppers straight into my mouth.
3. What is a Hydrosol?
Hydro, meaning water. Sol, meaning solution.
In the most basic sense a hydrosol is a distilled plant or flower water. I use my copper still to create steam that flows upwards through whichever plant I am distilling. The water vapors rise and spiral back down through the condenser to cool and form back into liquid. The steam naturally extracts water-soluble components, essential oil molecules and the magic of the fresh plant. In each bottle, you may see little dots of oils, those are the essential oils.
4. How do you use a Hydrosol?
In short, all the ways! The list is quite endless. My favorite way is as a face toner and hydrator. They are wonderful in foot baths, compresses, clay masks, cream/lotion making, eye pads, drinking water, etc. They can be used for depression, anxiety, burns, scrapes, headaches, sinus congestion, eczema, acne, sensitive skin, etc.
5. Are the body oils just carrier oil with added essential oils?
No, I am a firm believer in whole plant infusions. This means that I collect the plant at peak potency, finely chop the material, and infuse it into the carrier oil for 2-4 months (time dependent on plant). Because the entire plant is infused into the oil, the components are able to truly awaken and seep into the carrier oil. No part is missing or being stripped out; it is a slow method that creates a high quality product that is essentially better for the environment. Essential oils, use a LOT of plant material to create each little bottle. For example, it takes roughly 63 lbs of lemon balm to make 15 mL of Essential Oils.
6. Why do you infuse the plant material into organic sunflower oil?
I choose to infuse the plant material into organic sunflower oil because while it is a nice and light oil, it is deeply nourishing and warming so that any type of skin is able to soak it in. Also, It carries more Vitamin E than any other vegetable oil. Lastly, growing oil sunflowers has the lowest environmental impact of large scale vegetable oils because the flowers depend of the least amount of water, have the lowest carbon footprint, can be planted in poor soil, and are GMO free.
7. What part of your body do you use the body oils on?
All parts! These oils are safe for massages from your self, or loved ones. If I am in a pinch for time, ideally after a shower when the pores are open, I will apply to my neck, hands, and arms for a sense of relaxation and rejuvenation. The other way I love to use these oils is before bedtime, by rubbing them (especially the "sweet dreams" blend) on my feet, putting on socks, and going to sleep.
8. Where can I purchase your products if I live in Humboldt County, CA?
Shops that carry some of my products are:
Seapod Studio + Boutique in the Creamery District
824 L Street #12 Arcata, CA 95521
Winter Hours Tuesday-Friday 12-5pm
1091 H St Arcata, CA 95521
Open Everyday 10am-6pm
The Bodega : 426 3rd Street Old Town Eureka, CA 95501 https://www.instagram.com/thebodegahumboldt/
Faces of the Moon : 621 3rd Street Old Town Eureka, CA 95501
9. How quickly will my order be shipped?
I live in a very rural area, that being said if you place your order before 9am it most likely will ship the same day, Monday-Friday. Our mail leaves every weekday around noon!
10. Do you sell "bulk" tinctures? I am going through this 1 oz bottle quickly.
Yes! I have 4 oz bottles available at your request, just go to the "contact" page and let me know which one you would like in bulk. The price for 4 ounces is $50. (a $10 discount!)
11. One of your products is sold out, when will you re-stock?
My products ebb and flow with the seasons. When my garden is alive and booming I am constantly harvesting and making product, but once my garden dies back for the Winter I do not have access to fresh plant material! So, be patient and send a message about which products you are most looking forward to in the Summer of 2019! Thanks for understanding that the magic lies in my practice and dedication to seasonality.