Farm to Pharmacy
After a busy harvest at Pippettes Farm, we are now focused on how we can use our knowledge and produce products to support your body and mind this Autumn and throughout the forthcoming Winter season.
The cold and damp weather outside can make your joints and muscles ache and the drying effects of central heating inside can quickly dry out your skin. To counteract these we have developed two supporting balms using our organic Calendula, Rosemary, Marjoram and Mint from our farm.
Containing Coconut and Calendula, Pippettes 24 Seven Balm is a multi-tasking skin saviour that moisturises, soothes inflammation and promotes healing. Keep one to hand at all times and gift to all your favourite people.
"I have suffered with atopic eczema since I was 5. I have been using this with the healing gel for 3 weeks and my skin is no longer inflamed and broken, it is completely healed. I can not recommend this product enough."
This organic warming and stimulating balm contains Juniper, Marjoram, Ginger, Rosemary, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus to assist recovery from aches and pains, strains and sprains, and to boost circulation.
"What I love about Pippettes Dispensary is that all their products are full of amazing essential oils wonderfully blended together. The 6 Spice Balm has just this, and has worked really well help ease my painful muscles and decongest my chest as a rub."
Herb of the Month: Rosemary
As the days shorten and the leaves start falling, this small, bushy evergreen shrub comes into its own. With its intense, aromatic fragrance and year round availability, it has made a name for itself as a culinary and medicinal herb.
At Pippettes Farm, we grow the vigorous and intensely aromatic strain Rosmarinus officinalis following biodynamic and organic principles. We use Rosemary in our aromatic waters, infused oils, bath oils, salt scrubs, bath foams, solid shampoos and balms.
When dried, we use our Rosemary in our smudge sticks, as a wonderful facial steam (that also decongests sinuses), and a herbal tea.
Not much compares to the woody, citrus and intensely aromatic fragrance of the essential oil and we utilise this in our organic Rosemary Study Candles and use in our Rosemary and Mint Refreshing Incense Cones.
At the clinic we prescribe Rosemary in a tincture, a tea and a balm for conditions such as poor circulation, fatigue, poor memory, as a cognitive study stimulant, an anti-inflammatory, a pain reliever, a digestive tonic and as an antimicrobial.
Rosemary is a generous and genius herb that just keep giving all year round.
Read more about Rosemary in this wonderful article from herbalist, Rosalee de la Forêt: Rosemary Health Benefits
Recipe of the Month: Fire Cider
Fire Cider is not actually cider, it's a spicy, warming vinegar that is great fun to make and a winter essential to ward off those colds and chills.
Essentially it's a mixture of spices and warming vegetables that are soaked in apple cider vinegar to extract their healing extracts and at the same time make a lively tonic that blows your socks off!
Using a clean one litre jar, add some or all of the following:
- Ginger (sliced)
- Horseradish (sliced)
- Onion (roughly chopped)
- Garlic (roughly chopped)
- Chilli peppers (cut in two down the middle)
- Lemon zest and juice
- Rosemary (dried or fresh)
- Thyme (dried or fresh)
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder (or to taste!)
Put the ingredients that you're using for flavouring in your jar. Pour over Pippettes Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar With The Mother until all the ingredients are fully covered and the vinegar reaches the top of the jar. Leave to infuse for about two weeks and then strain. You can always add the ingredients back in again if its not strong enough but avoid leaving it to infuse for too long as they will go mushy. You can also add honey now or later.
Drink a shot as a warming, decongesting, antiviral, antibacterial and digestive tonic or topped up with a little hot water and some extra lemon, ginger and cinnamon to make a hot toddy.
There are countless variations and the nice thing is that it never tastes the same twice. Just use up what you have and experiment!
We like this trusted recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs: Craft Your Own Fire Cider
Short on time and want to try Fire Cider which is already infused and ready to drink? You can buy Harleston Cider Co. Fire Cider from the Pippettes online shop.
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