Goldroot Botanical Medicine - Nootropics: The new adaptogens. “Technologies are morally neutral until we apply them.” – William Gibson A significant portion of my 2014 was spent developing a nootropic product.
As a mushroom supplement company, we were looking to break out of the immune section, as medicinal mushrooms can do so much more than support immunity. Cognition-enhancing mushrooms and botanicals had long fascinated me, so this project was a dream come true. The concept was solid: combine Lion’s Mane and Reishi with organic herbs to support brain health and cognition. We used Ginkgo, Gotu kola, and Bacopa–all have great-quality research support. I have since been enveloped by a kaleidoscope of ponderings and philosophical considerations about our product. Anything that offers enhanced performance is seductive to the Western imagination. Here to fill this niche are the nootropics, or substances that increase cognitive function. Are plants intelligent? New book says yes.
Plants are intelligent.
Plants deserve rights. Plants are like the Internet – or more accurately the Internet is like plants. To most of us these statements may sound, at best, insupportable or, at worst, crazy. But a new book, Brilliant Green: the Surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence, by plant neurobiologist (yes, plant neurobiologist), Stefano Mancuso and journalist, Alessandra Viola, makes a compelling and fascinating case not only for plant sentience and smarts, but also plant rights. For centuries Western philosophy and science largely viewed animals as unthinking automatons, simple slaves to instinct. “Today’s view of intelligence - as the product of brain in the same way that urine is of the kidneys - is a huge oversimplification. As radical as Mancuso’s ideas may seem, he’s actually in good company. Plant problem solvers Plants face many of the same problems as animals, though they differ significantly in their approach.
Herbal Honey: Ancient, Magical & Medicinal. Yarrow & lavender herbal honey Herbalists talk a lot about their favourite medicines, menstrua and methods, but it is my unsolicited opinion that herbal honey doesn’t get near the attention it deserves.
I have recently been turned on to the joy of medicine-making with unpasteurized honey through my herbalism apprenticeship with Jessy Delleman of Fireweed Farm. She’s a(n) herbal honey master. She makes medicine go down a whole lot easier, teaspoon of sugar be damned! Seriously. Over the last couple of months I’ve made medicinal herbal honeys with red elderflower, grand fir tips, nettles, wild rose, linden, lavender & yarrow, grindelia and pineapple weed. Dandelion Lotion Bars. I originally made these lotion bars for my husband.
His primary job is as a rock mason and the mortar and rough stone often leaves his hands dry, cracked, and bleeding. At night, I put salve on them, and while that helped a lot, it just wasn’t enough. Lotion bars have a long history of helping the toughest cases of cracked, dry skin while dandelion oil is particularly useful for alleviating the chapped skin and soreness that comes along with manual labor. This combination has been excellent for his skin. He rubs the bar over his hands several time while watching TV each evening. Master Tonic 101. Also check out Whole Food Probiotics 101!
LOVE the "Master Tonic" recipe? Pin it on Pinterest! Master Tonic looks like it cures everything and is easy to make and have on hand. [I did not peel my garlic this time --- MUCH EASIER!!] (photo credit: Simi Amiet) 4 DIY Adaptogenic Herbal Tea Blends. FTC Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links which means if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may earn a small commission on your sale which allows me to cover a portion of the cost of running the Delicious Obsessions site and free content we provide every week.
This has no effect on your price and is simply a cost of doing business from the company you purchase from. I only recommend products or services that I have personally tried and love. You can view it like leaving a tip. Thank you for your support! Over the last year, I have been doing a lot of experimenting and research on herbs. If you’re new to adaptogens and want to learn more, check out my posts on the subject. Tea recipes are super flexible, and nothing is set in stone. Rosehips: I add these to everything! Basic Herbal Preparations If you’re new to herbs and are feeling confused about all the different preparations for them, don’t be!
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I’m a firm believer that a clean diet, a little stress management, and some common sense (wash your hands!!) Can go a long way towards avoiding those bugs. But, sometimes even those steps are not enough to keep one from catching a cold. That’s when a little extra help can come in handy. I love turning to natural alternatives to not only boost my immune system, but to help me recover if I do fall ill. Some of our favorite treats are homemade gummy snacks. Speaking of upset stomachs – ginger is my go-to for nausea. Turmeric is a relatively new love of mine. Turmeric contains curcumin, which gives turmeric it’s beautiful golden yellow color.
Elderberries are also pretty new to my kitchen.