I sent this email out this morning. Since then there has been a "safer at home" declared on my state of TN. I will continually update the email list and this page. Please sign up for email on the website or follow here. I have spoken with other Herbalists and for the time being we are all in agreement to continue phone consults and mailing herbs. Hello everyone,
I think I am the last business on the planet not issue an official statement of operation during the Covid 19 pandemic. Well, wait no longer. As you should know, I was planning on being off for Spring break last week with the kids but that changed and I came back to work part time, mainly to brew and ship out herbs for immunity and post a few things. It was not a normal week. I don’t think normal is really a state of being right now and that’s ok.
My plans for the upcoming weeks are to work from The Apothecary moving all consults over to the phone for the conceivable future. I see several immune compromised of all ages and I feel this is the best way to practice safety. During Spring Break, I was mailing almost everyday but I will resume mailing orders on Mondays and Fridays unless we as a state go on quarantine. All orders need to go through the website theempiricalherbalist.com including the payment for both check in and acute consultations. I will not be taking on any new clients who are not already on the books at this time but am open for check in consults for any current or past clients. You just need to order from the website and I will contact you shortly to schedule the check in. There are no pick up options on orders as I’d like everyone to stay put practicing spatial distancing. I plan to stick with regular business hours of 9-4:00 answering emails and brewing if I can in order to make sure that I don’t bury myself in work. It’s a welcome distraction from reality but I feel that part of this process is about connection. I am trying to stay grounded and practice the best self care during this time and not overextending myself. I’d advise everyone to continue to practice grace with yourselves. Wishing everyone to stay safe and healthy. Praying we all get through this with lots or love and learning.
I've been thinking of ways to get help to people and one of the easiest and definitely most accessible way in my mind is to teach you some herbs you can make use of everyday. The other day I sent you an email about Yard Tea and today I'd like to focus on an herb you probably have in your spice rack and if not it's readily available at most grocery stores.
Thyme is one little leaf but it packs a whallop for your health. It’s anti viral, anti bacterial, anti-fungal and Anti- aging. It works to help with Alcohol abuse, blood clots, bronchitis, colds, coughs, cold sores, bruises, Flu, cancer, heart attack, stroke, tooth decay and ulcers caused by bacteria.
With one of the highest antioxidant concentrations in any herb, thyme has been praised for thousands of years as an overall health booster. The phenolic antioxidants found in thyme, including lutein, zeaxanthin, and thymonin contribute to neutralizing and eliminating free radicals throughout the body. Free radicals are the dangerous by-products of cellular metabolism that can do major damage to your healthy cells by causing apoptosis or spontaneous mutation. These antioxidants help prevent oxidative stress present in your organs, as well as your neural pathways, heart, eyes, and skin.
Thyme acts as an expectorant and an anti-inflammatory substance. It eliminates phlegm and mucus from the respiratory tracts, eases inflammation to help breathe, and prevents microbial development that can lead to illness
One of the vitamins in thyme (B6) has a powerful effect on certain neurotransmitters in the brain that are directly linked to stress hormones. When we are ill, the last thing we need is to add more stress to the situation since stress hormone imbalance is linked to longer and tougher illnesses to fight.
It’s a great source to cure MRSA and even herpes 1.
DO not let this herb in your spice rack go to waste!!
Thyme is great as a tea, as a spice and as a tincture. I use it in several formulas and tea blends.
As a tea, it blends well with black tea, green tea, peppermint, spearmint, orange, cinnamon, cardamom, Rosemary, ginger. Mix any of these together or drink thyme straight. I like 1/2 tbsp to 8 oz of boiling water. Steep for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten or not.
In cooking it blends with just about anything, from sweet to savory. When in doubt add a little thyme. No seriously it goes with chocolate, meat, tofu, potatoes sweet or white, I really like it with fruit like apples or berries. Play with it. We put it in rice, soups, eggs, the sky is the limit and it blends really well with almost any other cooking herb. Seriously thyme plays well with others so you can start with adding just a little to everyday dishes to give you a boost in flavor and healing mojo.
Just a quick reminder that I am off and offline for Spring Break. I’m not sure how much of off I will be but I’m hopeful for some rest at least and not being online will help with my mental health for sure.
Both kids have had their plans cancelled and The Crystalline Expo which I was setting up at on the 21st has been rescheduled to May. I’ll send more info later. Since the expo was rescheduled I’ll be sharing some of my debut items online the week of the 23rd. I have so many interesting products to help us all be healthy.
I’m hoping that all of you get a little down time and stay well. This is definitely unlike any time in our lives and it’s overwhelming to all of us. Be kind to your selves and others.