The Herb Shoppe and Wellness Care
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Medicine for the People
free lectures, Classes, Naturopathic Medicine, acupuncture, massage, reiki
Well - we’re heading to the east side - the East coast that is! After a lot of work, and much more to come I’ve decided to expand my business!
Brooklyn - Here we come!
Why Brooklyn you ask?
After spending a fair amount of time in the area - the reason became very clear - because they need it! Here in Portland we have so much to be thankful for - including the amazing traditional medicine resources. While NY is ahead of the times in fashion and music, their lack of alternative health care options leaves their community dependent on allopathic ways of treating disharmony in the body.
As we all know, if you take time to nourish and care for yourself, you create a healthier community as a whole. It is this philosophy that I wish to contribute to NY. I see it as taking a bit of Portland and dropping it in the middle of Brooklyn.
So - opening date is September 17th and we will be having a big ol'party. Start spreading the word and if you know of anyone in the Brooklyn area that would like an invitation to the private opening - please send me their email.
Summer Class Schedule
-Join us for a 2 hour foundation course
on how to make botanical tinctures
using the percolation method.
Friday July 22nd
7 - 9pm
$25 or work trade
Call 503-234-7801 to register
Herbal Certification Course
with Dr. JJ
Next Class - September 2011
Classes meet the first Tuesday of each month : 7-9 pm
First Class meets Tuesday September 6th.
See The Herb Shoppe website for more information.
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From now until July, anyone who “Likes” The Herb Shoppe page on Facebook is entered into the drawing to win a FREE “Docs in a Box” First Aid Kit! Winners announced via Facebook.
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10% off all Medicinal Tea blends - great for iced tea!
New Patient visit with Dr. JJ - $99 (vs. $150)
St. John’s Wort
In the fifth century B.C.E., the Greek physician Hippocrates was one of the first to document therapeutic uses of St. John’s wort (SJW). It rose from virtual obscurity in the U.S. to become the fifth best-selling dietary supplement in mainstream retail stores in the U.S. after major media coverage of clinical research docu- menting its relative safety and efficacy for treating mild to mod- erate depression. The National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine recently funded a three-year, multi-center trial comparing the effects of a standardized extract of SJW and the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), sertraline (Zoloft®). Since 1979, there have been more than 35 controlled clinical studies of SJW extracts for the treatment of mild to moderate depression. Several meta-analyses have documented the relative safety and probable efficacy of this phytomedicine. SJW is prescribed frequently by healthcare providers in Germany, where approximately 130 million prepara- tions containing SJW were prescribed in 1999.
• Depression, mild to moderate
• Healing wounds (acute and contused injuries)
• First-degree burns
• Myalgia (muscle pain)
OTHER POTENTIAL USES
• Seasonal Affective Disorder • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder • Menopause • Fatigue • Pediatric nocturnal incontinence • PMS
To make St. John’s Wort oil you need to collect the flowers as they are opening. No stems just the flowers alone. It is recommended but not essential to allow flowers to air dry for a few hours in a shady area, to allow moisture to evaporate and unwanted creatures a chance to find a new home.
Now you will need a wide mouth jar with a lid. Place freshly harvested St. John’s Wort in jar and pour olive oil 2-3 inches above the herb. Cover the jar with cheese cloth and close tightly. Place in a warm sunny location for 4 to 6 weeks. I use my a window that receives southern exposure, and have to monitor the jars occasionally to make sure it’s not too hot where condensation can develop in the jars. It can be helpful to take off the lid, but leave on the cheesecloth every couple of days to allow excess moisture to evaporate.
After 4 to 6 weeks it is time to strain your oil through a fine meshed strainer and re-bottle. The oil should be a dark red color, the redder the better.
This wonderful red oil has been used historically to soothe sunburn and relieve nerve pain relating to repetitive motion injuries, strains and shingles.