A few months ago, we published an article detailing our mission, where we discuss our views about the natural world and our place in it, as well as how we are aiming to give back. You can find our mission statement below. The short and sweet is that we plant a local Ohio tree for every item sold, and as of the publishing of this article, we’ve succeeded in funding well over 600 trees!
Who’s ready to win some herbal awesomeness? We’re officially announcing our first giveaway!
(Article by Jenni Parsons)
My name is Jenni Parsons and I would like to introduce you to my mama and Leah’s nana, Barbara Keith. She is the matriarch of our herbal family. She has been passionately using and growing herbs since the age of 14. While she makes and uses herbal medicines, her talents shine in the kitchen using culinary herbs. In the interest of introduction and encouraging others to play with herbs, she kindly agreed to an interview with me.
(Article written by Brandon Scott)
For decades, anything to do with cannabis, or hemp, had been outlawed, looked down on, and thought to be criminal by many. Even the very mention of the plant was shunned. Thankfully, since the advent of the internet, saner heads have prevailed, clearing up truth and laying waste to propaganda and smear campaigns that have misinformed millions across the globe. And perhaps no country has been affected more so than the minds of the USA. Where it was once thought that cannabis was a harmful drug, reported to cause brain damage, bad decisions and other obscure defects, it’s now becoming common knowledge that the plant is indeed useful for a myriad of medicinal applications.*
(Article & Photo by Brandon Scott)
The winter chill has descended upon us in Ohio, and with it the snow has been falling in pearlescent sheets of white crystal, and so it’s beginning to feel a lot like the holidays. But the holiday season has turned into a nightmare. Did that last sentence catch you off guard?
Well, it’s true.
When many families must save all year to afford a gift giving extravaganza or choose going in debt for much of the new year to be able to pull off their family’s Christmas, then the holiday is becoming more stressful than it should and the gift giving is being done for the wrong reasons entirely. The holidays are not about shopping, nor are they about sitting through some service. But do beware, because big business and marketing companies will have you believing it’s all about the gifts you buy, and will have a heyday making you feel like you should buy more, and more, and…
(Article by Brandon Scott)
“Meanwhile, spring came, and with it the outpourings of Nature. The hills were soon splashed with wild flowers; the grass became an altogether new and richer shade of green; and the air became scented with fresh and surprising smells -- of jasmine, honeysuckle, and lavender.”
– Dalai Lama XIV, Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama
A staple of the herbal cabinet is lavender, for it is a powerful plant that offers a myriad of medicinal effects, from soothing to sedating to purifying, to only name a few. Among the world’s most intoxicating scents, ranging from sweet to floral with a hint of herbaceous intensity, lavender is a memorable and unique aroma that can soothe with the briefest inhalation. While it’s unfortunate that it’s not springtime as the Dalai Lama described above, and only the start to winter among us Ohioans, stores of dried lavender and the essential oil can come in handy all year long.
(Article & Photos by Brandon Scott/© Woodland Herbal Apothecary)
William Osler, who was one of the founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital, once said, “The person who takes medicine must recover twice, once from the disease and once from the medicine.”
Herbal medicine has been around since the dawn of time, for it is the plants that have healed us and assisted in our evolution. Modern medicine is known for its quick acting effects, but equally as positive as some of the effects may be, it is the dark side that scares us, for it is the side effects that can sometimes be worse than the original ailment. We at Woodland Herbal focus on herbal medicine because it is gentler and kinder, yet it can be very effective without many side effects, if any at all. And, it was the original medicine, and to us, it still is.
(Article & Photo by Brandon Scott)
We have been hard at work like the busy bee, creating care packages that marry our products together into a three-headed approach to assist in a variety of ailments. We’ve discovered that some of our products may be more effective when combined with other approaches, like for tension, headaches and migraines, so we brought together a medicinal salve, aromatherapy candle and a tea, because more often than not, a more complete method is stronger than a singular one. Throughout the winter, we will be working on several other care packages and kits, like that for Anxiety, Focus, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Addiction Recovery.
Woodland Herbal Apothecary products are not reviewed by the FDA. We do not make any claims, promises, or about the health benefits of any products. All statements are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent disease. We only offer our opinions and resources based on research, product testing, and customer reviews. These products are intended to support well-being and overall awesomeness. All sales are final. Use at your own risk. We are not responsible for accidents, misuse, or adverse reactions. For more information on our Disclaimer, click here.