Spring Has Sprung, and with it so have Seasonal Allergies

Urtica dioica, often called common nettle or stinging nettle (although not all plants of this species sting), is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant, native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and North America, and is the best-known member of the nettle genus Urtica. The species is divided into six subspecies, five of which have many hollow stinging hairs called trichomes on the leaves and stems, which act like hypodermic needles, injecting histamine and other chemicals that produce a stinging sensation when contacted by humans and other animals.The plant has a long history of use as a medicine, as a food source and as a source of fiber.

Urtica dioica, often called common nettle or stinging nettle (although not all plants of this species sting), is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant, native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and North America, and is the best-known member of the nettle genus Urtica. The species is divided into six subspecies, five of which have many hollow stinging hairs called trichomes on the leaves and stems, which act like hypodermic needles, injecting histamine and other chemicals that produce a stinging sensation when contacted by humans and other animals.The plant has a long history of use as a medicine, as a food source and as a source of fiber.

 

What’s in a Name?

Have you ever wonder why we chose the name “Organic GoodNight Balm“ instead of Organic Sleep Balm?

Organic GoodNight Balm is made with infusions of Organic Herbs and Essential Oils. The ingredients we choose are carefully selected for their individual qualities and health & healing properties.  For example, Lemon Balm (dedicated by the Greeks to their goddess Diana) is used to relieve high blood pressure, nervous disorders, to reduce stress, anxiety & insomnia, and with nightmares and night terrors.  Valerian has a calming effect without being too sedating and studies have shown that it can significantly reduce the time taken to fall asleep without changing the normal stages of sleep. Passionflower is used for anxiety, restlessness, insomnia and hyperactivity.  These are just a few of the herbs that contribute to our unique formula we created and call “Organic GoodNight Balm”.

Organic GoodNight Balm made by A Place of Healing LLc. is formulated for a good night. Helping you not only to sleep, but to enjoy a sense of relaxation, and peace. Handcrafted with herbs to relieve anxiety, stress, insomnia, and even helping with nightmares and night terrors.

Try our Organic GoodNight Balm to promote a sense of calm, and a good night’s rest.

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The Herbs and The Bees

 

Amiee giving The Herbs and The Bees Lecture at Crystal Fantasy in Palm Springs, California

Amiee giving The Herbs and The Bees Lecture at Crystal Fantasy in Palm Springs, California

Herbs and Bees, let’s talk a little bit about two of our favorite beings.

We probably all have certain thoughts, ideas and/or memories we recall when we think of these creatures.  There certainly is a lot of information about each of them.  Today we would like to share some information that we hope you will find both interesting and educational.

Growing up in Southern California, we both had a lot of time to play outside.  Amiee’s grandparents grew up on a farm, and lived in Banning, California in a rural area in the hills.  As a child, she would pick wildflowers and recalls vividly cursing those darn Stinging Nettles stinging her legs while walking through the area, or her hands when reaching down for a flower.  ”I would curse them then, and never forget them.”  Today, we know Stinging Nettles to be a strong and powerful ally against allergies.

What do you think of when you hear the word “Herb”?  What is an “Herb”?  There are different definitions, depending on who you ask.  We invite you to become more familiar with herbs and plant life and decide for yourself.  We include barks and berries too.

Herbs have been used and respected by humans as food and medicine for hundreds of thousands of years.  Their “properties” and what some might call “personalities” vary as much as people do.  While Lavender has antibacterial properties, it also helps to relax and subdue.  Studies have shown an increase in office work productivity by up to 20% when used as aromatherapy.  Ginger on the other hand, is more on the “spicy” side of life and will invigorate & energize, and is considered a “longevity herb”.

Herbs can stand alone or be blended with others to create a desired affect.  Some herbs act as a catalyst to other herbs and can help enhance their effectiveness.  That being said, herbs are powerful beings and should be treated and respected as such.

There are many uses for herbs including but not limited to food, flavoring, fragrance, spiritual connection & rituals and medicine.  Herbs have long been used for medicinal purposes, and many of our allopathic/western medicines come from herbs and their constituents.  In fact, almost one fourth (1/4) of pharmaceutical drugs are derived from botanicals.  The World Health Organization reports that approximately eighty percent (80%) of the worlds population still rely on herbs as their primary means of healthcare.  No wonder the bees love herbs.

Which brings us to the bees.  Personally, we love and respect Bees (Amiee could talk with and watch them for hours).  There are approximately 20,000 different species of bees worldwide; with about 44 subspecies being the HoneyBee.

Today we will focus on the HoneyBee.  Honeybee’s are not aggressive by nature, only stinging when there is actual or perceived danger to the hive.  Some can sting only once, some multiple times, and still others have no stingers at all.

Honeybees are highly organized, amazing architects/engineers and are highly communicative.  They use dancing as a way to give directions to each other to the flowers (outside), and to the honey inside the hive.  There is one queen bee per hive; the others are worker bees ; and it is their job to protect the queen and their hive (home).

While the queen bee can live for several years, the worker bees live for an average of only 6 weeks.  Worker bees learn and have different jobs in their brief life, being nurses, guards, and even undertakers.  Honeybees are not born knowing how to make honey, they are taught by their elders.

Agriculture depends heavily on bees, accounting for 80% of all insect pollination.  Pollinating over $20 Billion worth of crops in the United States each year.  Bees collect 66 pounds of pollen each year per hive.  Pollen is one of the richest and purest natural foods; high in protein and vitamins.

Bees are the only insect that produces food eaten by humans.  In fact, Americans consume an average of 285 Million pounds of honey each year.  That is 1.3 pounds of honey per person per year.  Honey never spoils, and is the only food that contains all substances needed to sustain life…including water.  It takes approximately 2.6 Million flowers to produce one pound of honey, about 55 Thousand miles of bee travel.  The average hive makes 60-100 pounds of honey per year.  Our ancestors believed the production of honey to be a magical process of alchemy known only to the bees, and considered both bees and honey to be gifts from the Heavens.

In many parts of the ancient world, honey was an important offering to the gods.  Today, many cultures such as the Mayans still practice yearly rituals and devotions to the HoneyBee.  Bees have long been seen as wisdom keepers who teach humanity  about the essential virtues of harmony, cooperation, thrift, selflessness, productivity and work ethic.  Long representing qualities like fertility, bravery, strength and innate wisdom, the HoneyBee is a “Power Animal”.

Rudolph Steiner, founder of Anthroposophy believed that HoneyBees are part of a group soul that stands behind and guides their evolution; and by virtue of the bees’ connection with flowers and sky, he believed they serve as an important link between humanity and heavenly realms.     We have to agree with him.

A Place of Healing Organic Balms are “in the bag” at Clinton Foundation Health Matters Conference 2014

Earlier this month, A Place of Healing LLc. had the honor of donating 550 “Purse-onal”/Pocket Size Organic Balms (Unstuff, Muscle and GoodNight) to the Clinton Foundation Health Matters Conference held in La Quinta, CA January 13th-15th.

The conference is an annual event that showcases what leaders from across sectors – business, technology, sports and philanthropy – are doing to contribute to the health and wellness of people throughout the United States.   The Clinton Health Matters Initiative works to improve the health and well-being of people across the United States by activating individuals, communities, and organizations to make meaningful contributions to the health of others. – See more at: http://www.clintonfoundation.org/get-involved/take-action/attend-an-event/2014-health-matters-conference#sthash.rPfG7gXB.dpuf

We sincerely hope that the Clinton Health Matters participants that received their goody bags enjoyed our Handcrafted Organic Balms, as much as we enjoyed making them.

Healthy Planet Healthy You Mayor’s Race and Wellness Festival Palm Springs

062 1238 1199On Saturday January 11, 2014 we participated in the 3rd Annual “Healthy Planet Healthy You” Mayor’s Race and Wellness Festival 5K, 10 Mile and Swim event.

We proudly participated in the event with both Amiee and Dr. Solomon walking the 5K race representing both A Place of Healing LLc. and the Desert Health Care Foundation.  A Place of Healing LLc donated 600 “Purse-onal”/Pocket Size Organic Balms (Unstuff, GoodNight and Muscle) to the race for the Participant goody bags.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous and a good time was had by all that attended (that we saw anyway).  The event was well organized and had something for everyone; even those not in the race.  Vendors could be visited and some handed out free samples.

Kids had a great time climbing the Rock Walls and playing in the Water Balls.This year, the Mayor’s Race partnered with The Clinton Foundation for the 1K children’s race to raise money to fight childhood obesity.  There were a lot of kids in the race and boy were they enthusiastic.  It was so much fun to see their faces as they ran by and crossed the finish line with a great sense of accomplishment.

We will look forward to next year’s race

Kids playing in "Water Balls" at Mayor's Race Palm Springs 2014

Kids playing in “Water Balls” at Mayor’s Race Palm Springs 2014

 

 

 

Help to beat Allergy Season in the Desert

Well, it’s that time of year again, the leaves are changing, the evenings are beginning to cool, the breezes are blowing, and lawn scalping has begun.  During the ritual scalping and re-seeding of the grass here in our local desert, allergy issues abound.  Even people who have never suffered allergies before develop allergic reactions after moving to the desert, sometimes even a year or two after they arrive.  The special blend of pollens here and the practice of scalping the grass releases terrific amounts of allergens onto the desert breeze and the rapid cooling of the desert night air compounds respiratory problems.

To help relieve allergy symptoms, we recommend you try our AllergyEase Tea.  Herbs can be powerful allies in keeping us healthy and happy and have been used for centuries in traditional folk medicine.  We have created AllergyEase to provide natural relief for allergic symptoms.  The tea combines herbs to combat and help build your immunity to allergies.  Let’s look at the amazing properties of just a few of the herbs featured in our allergy blend:

Nettles, yes nettles can be good!  Nettle is a good anti-allergy herb as it is a natural anti-histamine: it reduces the ability of the body to produce histamine.  Histamine is a chemical produced by the antibodies in the body to fight against the allergens.  Stinging nettle fights against allergy symptoms like cough, watery eyes, sneezing and runny nose.

Eyebright has anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, and Eyebright helps with sinusitis and nasal irritation;

Calendula is anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, soothing for the mucus membrane linings of the throat and mouth;

Red Clover is loved by Bees, and makes amazing honey.  Red Clover also promotes circulation as it is a blood cleanser and mover.

The ingredients are 100% organic to ensure the most potent active properties of the herbs.  So, for seasonal allergies, give our AllergyEase Tea a try, you should drink 2-3 cups a day while symptoms are present for relief.  We sure hope it helps you, because that’s what we made it for :)

As with everything we make, we would love to hear your feedback, comments and suggestions.  Be sure to visit our facebook page

Meet us at Big Bear Oktoberfest, last chance this weekend!

Big Bear Oktoberfest 2012
Our first weekend at Oktoberfest was great, thanks to all who visited!
This coming weekend is our final showing at Big Bear Oktoberfest:  this Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st.  Come and meet us and check out our organic herbal products.  Our full range of natural healing products will be available, you can sample and sniff the balms, sprays and shower scrubs, ask us all about how to make herbal teas and pick up some tea making equipment from us too.  We do have the tea making equipment available now in our online storenow.Last chance to see us at this event!
You can pre-purchase tickets to Big Bear Oktoberfest through their website, or buy on the day.  Hope to see you there!
~ Amiee

Location: 42900 Big Bear Boulevard Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Information: (909) 585-3000
http://bigbearevents.com/oktoberfest

Visit Us at Big Bear Oktoberfest 2012!

Big Bear Oktoberfest 2012
For our first time, we will be selling at the 41st annual Big Bear Oktoberfest.
We will be at the event during two weekends in October:  Friday 5th – Sunday 7th & Saturday 20th – Sunday 21st.
All our organic herbal teas and therapeutic treatments will be available and you’ll be able to meet and talk to me, their creator about your needs, ask questions or share stories.
You can pre-purchase tickets to Big Bear Oktoberfest through their website, or buy on the day.
I understand that this is Southern California’s largest, and most authentic Oktoberfest…it should prove to be a wonderful event, so if you find yourself up the mountain and enjoy beer and a fun time, come join us at Oktoberfest in Big Bear!
~ Amiee

Location:  42900 Big Bear Boulevard Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Information:  (909) 585-3000
http://bigbearevents.com/oktoberfest

Why Organic?

We do our best to obtain organic ingredients for our products.  Organic growing methods produce strong, healthy plants which contain maximum levels of their natural therapeutic agents.  This results in the greatest possible benefit to the user – you!  :-)

How To Brew Herbal Tea

Note: These Instructions are for Herbal Teas only, however you may follow them for Black Tea or Green Tea so long as you cut the brewing time to about 3 minutes or less (according to taste) otherwise your brew will be too bitter and strong.



Equipment:
A kettle or clean pan, a cup you can cover tightly, a teaspoon, a tea ball infuser, a tea cosy (optional)

Method for one cup of tea:

  1. Pour 2 cups of fresh cold water into your kettle or pan, put it on to heat.  
  2. Just before the water boils, pour a generous dash of the hot water into your cup, swish it around to heat the cup and pour it out.  This important step ensures the heat stays in your brewing water as long as possible.
  3. Take your tea ball and spoon one teaspoon of tea into it, close and place into the cup. 
  4. When your water has reached a rolling boil, carefully pour it into the cup.
  5. Cover the cup tightly to ensure the beneficial oils do not escape in the steam while your tea is brewing, then cover with a tea cosy if you are using one.
  6. Wait at least 10 minutes for the herbs to steep, 15-20 minutes is optimal.  This is to ensure full extraction of the beneficial agents.  Enjoy!

This method makes one cup of tea, if you prefer more you can use a teapot and increase the amounts of tea and water.  You may add sugar or honey to taste, but milk is not advised for herbal teas.  Here is another simple method you may prefer-

Alternative pan and strainer method:

Equipment:
clean pan with lid, strainer, cup, teaspoon

Method for one cup of tea:

  1. Pour 2 cups of fresh cold water into your pan and place it on the heat
  2. As soon as it boils, remove from the heat and spoon into it one teaspoon of tea
  3. Cover the pan with the lid, do not put it back on the heat (this will burn the tea)
  4. Leave it 10-15 minutes to steep and extract the goodness from the herbs
  5. Place your strainer over the cup and strain the contents of the pan into the cup being very careful not to overfill it.  Enjoy!
Note:  used tea leaves can be composted and old, cold tea can be used as a tonic for growing plants, isn’t nature marvelous!
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