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Herbal medicinal & beverage teas & tinctures. Skin care & topicals. Culinary herbal & spice blends, mulling mixes, fruit butters, jams.|
Hillside Herbals is located in Jefferson, Ma on 5 south-facing hillside acres of mixed woods and field. I have been here about 10 years and started building the family vegetable garden using organic methods. Old apple trees were here before we were and we have been working on healing and caring for them since my arrival, also, using organic methods.
I would have to say that getting started in an herbal business was not my first pursuit, yet all of my childhood was spent exploring the nearby forests and fields in upstate New York and spending multiple hours outdoors as a young adult. Getting to know the plants has been a life-time pursuit for me. I believe understanding and appreciating herbal medicine begins with "knowing" the plants. I think that is what was happening way back then. Perhaps, this is how I got started.
Hillside Herbals is an integration of my academic pursuits of Botany, Herbalism, Midwifery and Breastfeeding Medicine (which I hold a Masters in both Botany and Nursing), with my intuitive knowledge and my affirmation that what is already here for us is meant to heal and nourish us.
This herbal "business" is my way to, at last, pass on my love, reverence and awe of the plant world in which we live. Plants are powerful and we can all benefit from integrating them into our diets and lifestyles.
Hillside Herbals offers healing alternative and complimentary herbs to support whole body health and well-being. There are many healing properties that are well known that can be found in the leaves, flowers, fruit, bark and roots of plants.
Every ingredient in our teas and tinctures has been mindfully selected. As a healthcare practitioner, as well as clinical herbalist, I value the evidence that can be associated with the herbs that we believe are effective. Over recent history, Herbalism has become a beautiful blend of ancient wisdom and evidence-based research. "Plants are powerful"!
I will gladly discuss the intent of our ingredients that I have selected of any of our products with you.
Besides the products that are offered, I offer workshops, weed walks, and talks through out the year at the farm and elsewhere. I do offer one-to-one herbal consultations.
Hillside Herbals Facebook and email lists are my current venues for updating news on workshops, walks, etc.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
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Practices (our standards for raising or making our products)
We believe, as stewards of the earth, it is our responsibility to sustain our cultivated lands by utilizing organic methods and practices as best as we can. We use locally made composts (our own), manures (right now, it's aged Alpaca from Princeton) and use organically processed soil amendments (from FEDCO, Maine) when needed. We terrace our garden on our hillside to minimize soil erosion.
Herbs that must be purchased are from regionally local sources first, then, as I spiral out from this region, I purchase herbs from outside of Massachusetts, i.e.New England, and then, finally, US. I only purchase herbs that are "Certified Organic". Also, I use herbs, flowers, fruits, roots, and barks that have been wild-harvested locally from our farm or surroundings. Wild-crafting methods are done mindfully by acknowledging the United Plant Saver's list of rare and endangered plants. I do not harvest these species e.g. Lady Slipper, Trillium, etc. My general practice is to only harvest an herb if there at least 10 in one area.
Many teas will have a percent given of their local herb content. Peppermint, right now, is 100% local. Many of the teas fall in the 5-25% range. There will also be many where I have blended the tea using all certified organic plant sources outside of our region, entirely.
My kitchen is a certified residential kitchen through the town of Holden, so I may process my teas, tinctures, skin care and kitchen products here.
Highlights this Month
Fall is the time for mulled apple cider and autumn-spiced teas. Please consider any one of my fall tea blends such as Red Rooibos autumn spice. Included, is a mulling spice mix bag that you can simply put into your pot of cider and simmer. Directions are included.
Local Herbs Tea is a local harvest blend of peppermint, lemon balm, borage and red clover. Herbally nutritious and refreshing if chilled.
Pickling spices; cinnamon, bay leaves, locally grown chili peppers, yellow mustard seeds, dill seed, black peppercorns, locally grown coriander seed, allspice, fennel seed, whole cloves, grated nutmeg and fenugreek seed.
Italian bread dipping blend of herbs; crushed red pepper, black pepper, locally grown oregano, locally grown rosemary, basil, parsley, garlic powder, and salt. Simply add olive oil to 1 tablespoon of mix.
Local lemon is a new tea with all the flavor of lemon without the lemons! It contains lemon balm, lemon verbena and lemon grass. It is quite refreshing and delicious when sweetened with honey.
Notorious Nettle tea is locally grown and harvested this year. It is rich in vitamins and minerals. Brew it like any other tea.
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