Soothing Herbals LLC

Our New Look! June 22 2011, 0 Comments

Welcome to the new and improved redesign of Soothing Herbals! We've created a new logo, website layout, navigation and blog. After 11 years, we've grown, expanded our product line and services, and wanted to reflect these new changes online. We are still in the process of transitioning our product packaging and web photos, so please check back periodically for updates. We'll continue to refine, de-bug and improve the site as we go, so if you see any glitches or have any problems, please contact us at info@soothingherbals.com. We thank you for your patience.

Chickens! May 04 2011, 0 Comments

Last week we got 6 chickens. My husband built a deluxe hen-house for them, putting the finishing touches on it on our son's birthday. We brought them home in the evening, showed them their new digs, and the very next day they each laid an egg! We were so excited. We have 3 Aruca Ameracauna hens and 3 Cuckoo Marans. The Arucas lay blue eggs, which were perfect for Easter, and the Marans lay big brown eggs. It is satisfying knowing that we will not have to go to town to buy eggs anymore. The kids are thrilled and our dog, Kenai is even more excited and curious than ever.


2011 Farmer's Market Schedule March 22 2011, 0 Comments

Mark your calendars! Find our Soothing Herbals booth on Wednesdays and Saturdays, once a month at the following: Lexington Farmers Market- Wednesdays, 8am-noon, April-November Jefferson Street Parking Lot, Lexington, VA 24450 April 20 May 18- CSA pick up day June 8 July 20 August 24- CSA pick up day September 28 October 19 November23- CSA pick up day Staunton-Augusta Farmers Market- Saturdays, 7am-noon, April- November Wharf Parking Lot, Staunton, VA 24401 April 16 May 7- CSA pick up day June 4 July 16 August 13- CSA pick up day September 17 October 8 November 5- CSA pick up day I am very busy this year finishing my Clinical Herbalist program so this year I will be attending the markets less frequently than last year, which is one of the reasons I developed the Herbal CSA, to make life more efficient for you and me.  This way you can still have access to our products, get them in regular intervals and save money in the long run. Pre-order your CSA share now and pick it up at the market, get it in the mail or make arrangements with me to have it delivered to you.

Our Newest Product… Sweet Orange Blossom Special Crème March 21 2011, 0 Comments

Inspired by the floral hydrosol and essential oils of Neroli, the orange blossom, Petitgrain, the orange leaf, and Sweet Orange, the fruit, we’ve created this special creme for the face, hands and body that has amazing properties to soothe aging skin and smells incredibly sweet. Ingredients: Apricot kernel oil, Neroli hydrosol, distilled water, local beeswax, mango, shea & cocoa butters, vitamin e, grapefruit seed extract, essential oils of Sweet Orange, Petitgrain & Neroli. To learn more or buy online, click here: http://www.soothingherbals.com/handcrafted-organic-herbal-skincare-shop/sweet-orange-blossom-special-creme

New Medicinal & Culinary Herbs, Veggies coming soon March 20 2011, 0 Comments

For the Spring Equinox we’ve planted the following seeds: Medicinals: Astragalus, Ashwaganda, Licorice, Chamomile, Hyssop, Lobelia, Tulsi, St John's wort, Echinacea Culinaries: Genovese, Thai & Purple Basils, Fennels, Dill, Cilantro, Parsleys, Lemongrass, Thyme, Oregano Veggies: Heirloom Brandywine, Ilini Star & Cherokee Purple Tomatoes, Tomatillos, Habaneros, Jalapenos Sweet Peppers We will be selling these as seedlings in early spring for you to plant in your gardens, or as fresh cut herbs and produce throughout the season at both Farmers Markets.

Happy Spring!! March 20 2011, 0 Comments

What an auspicious full moon we got for this year’s Spring Equinox. It was the brightest and biggest full moon ever, or so I heard, since it was the closest the Earth has been to the moon in 18 years. An incredible event to mark New beginnings and the cycle of Life. We planted our seeds and look forward to all the new life that has yet to take form this year. We have a lot of news to share with you this month. New Products, Our Herbal CSA, 2011 Farmer’s Market Schedule and more. Stay tuned.

The Flu? March 06 2011, 0 Comments

I’ve just recovered from a violent illness. It felt like the flu, but I’m not sure what it was. It first hit my son with a fever that lasted 5 days then gave him a nasty cough, and when it hit me, I got a headache, fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, and could not get out of bed. The Dr. says it couldn’t be the flu because it only lasted 2- 3 days, but if it was, I have the herbs to thank for shortening the duration. We took Elder berry and flower 3x a day, drank Tulsi, Lemongrass and Fennel tea constantly, and slept for 3 days. We also used essential oils for my son’s fever- a foot bath of roman chamomile, lavender, lemon and eucalyptus, a steam with eucalyptus and rosemary, and a warm compress of roman chamomile and lavender on his forehead. The scary part was when the fever got up to 105.9 and then lasted forever. Thankfully it broke and it is all behind us now. Having herbs on hand really helped, but in hindsight I think I will stock up on Boneset for next time. Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) is a great herb for intermittent fever/chills and muscle aches, and though I made it thru without it this time around, I plan to have it on hand if there’s a next time. In general, it is always a good idea to have herbs on hand for unexpected illnesses like this.

From Jeanne Rose Aromatherapy March 01 2011, 0 Comments

From Jeanne Rose Aromatherapy Studies Course “It is very difficult to describe an essential oil because they are not visible when in the plant. Essential oils are only visible as a liquid when they are released by some means such as distillation, CO2 extraction, or mechanical or a physical process. They are located in the plant, in glandular hairs or cells or scales; oil cells and resin cells; oil or resin canals; and oil reservoirs. They can be defined “as the scent of the plant in its liquid or vapor form.”…Jeanne Rose 1990

An Herbal CSA January 29 2011, 0 Comments

Beginning this year Soothing Herbals is offering the opportunity for you to join a community- supported, locally grown healthcare movement with our first Medicinal Herbal CSA. The Medicinal Herbal CSA is designed to support general health, prevent illness and cope with minor issues such as colds, flus, burns and minor wounds. Shares will contain various herbal tinctures, tea blends, syrups, elixirs, salves, infused oils, essential oils, crèmes and culinary herbs. Products are made from both locally grown organic herbs and herbs sourced from quality herbal suppliers. One, two or three pick-ups are available during the growing season. Sign up deadline is April 10, 2011. More info is available at this link: Medicinal Herbal CSA We will keep our subscribers informed to any change that may occur. We are excited about this program and thank you for your support, because you are the reason why we do it. The Herbal CSA is also available to non-locals; so don’t let distance keep you from joining. We will be adding more info soon so please check back.

First Blog Post January 23 2011, 0 Comments

Welcome to my new blog. I decided to start one this year because a lot of people have been asking me if I blog, and until now the answer was, no. I just couldn’t find the time, between planting seeds, watering, transplanting, watering more, weeding, harvesting, making products, writing newsletters, going to Farmer’s market, going to class, making dinner for my husband and kids, cleaning house, etc., etc.—-you get the picture. It just was not going to happen. But now, it is the middle of winter. It is cold and frozen outside. I finally have some time to sit and think. Hear myself breathe. Take a walk. This is why I love the winter, for the down time it gives me. It’s like a breath of fresh air. Some people hate the cold, the snow, and the darkness. Not me. Although winter is not my favorite season (autumn is), I still love it for the beauty it brings with snow, solitude and peace, for the quietness it brings—how it allows me to go inward and connect to myself, to rest, relax and rejuvenate for what lies ahead in the spring. So there it is, my first official blog post. I intend to use this space as an addition to my newsletter, by updating it with new products, features, classes and anything related to herbs, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, gardening, farming and living in the country. Feel free to comment and give me your feedback. Thanks and blessings.