Dec 3, 2013

Winter Half Share Give Away!


I love giving gifts, and I have to say that I'm really excited about giving away a half share here on this blog. We just recently started offering half shares with the intention of distilling our shares down to bare essentials for promoting seasonal health. The Winter Half Share includes the following: 

+Herbal Chai with Astragalus, Burdock & Roasted Dandelion. A traditional Chai with additional herbs to boost your immune system and help your liver process some of those extra indulgences. Caffeine free.

+Sore Throat Spray. Relief from one of winter's common ailments with Redroot & Licorice leading the way. Potent anti-viral Echinacea is added to support the immune system.
+Winter Solstice Mister for Bringing in the Light. Citrus inspired aromatics to help stave off the grey winter days and lift your spirit.
+Herbal Gomasio. Black Sesame Seeds nourish the Kidneys and were our inspiration for this nutritive condiment. We added Milk Thistle seeds to help your liver process all the rich foods of winter. A great salt alternative, this Gomasio also has Nettles and Nori to provide mineral rich properties to each meal.
Each half share will come with our Winter Notes which include sound advice for how to best transition with the seasons, including the physical, emotional and spiritual realms. We will also include more lengthy notes on each remedy and their indications of use.
To enter the give away please leave a comment below letting us know one of your favorite herbs that you use often. You can enter twice by going to our shop and also letting us know below in the comments which remedy of ours you like the best or are most interested in. We'll close entries in about a week or so and let the winner know! Restricted to US Residents only (sorry!). Please let us know how to contact you by either linking to your own blog or website or by leaving your email address in your reply!
*********Congratulations Sharon Shaw!!!!!******************
Thanks everybody for your thoughtful comments, we loved reading them all! And thanks for your support.



88 comments:

  1. I'd have to say mint. All my favourite herbal teas have mint as a key ingredient. It's refreshing and soothing.

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  2. I think there are herbs I use more often, but there's something about sage that I just love- the smell makes me feel so grounded and calm. I also love anything lemon- like lemon balm. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! laurelai23@yahoo.com

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  3. Oh, and as for what remedy I am most interested, I couldn't decide between your hawthorne berry elixir and the desert soap. All your products are so lovely, thank you!

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  4. My favorite herbs are calendula and chamomile which I grow throughout my garden. I love that they are excellent companion plants, attract beneficial insects and are wonderful ingredients to add to my salves and lip balms.

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  5. I forgot to add my email address:
    aekoutnik@yahoo.com

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  6. The herb I use most often is Red Raspberry Leaf which is the main component of an herbal tea I blend and drink nightly. The remedy from your shop that I'm most interested in would be the Cardamom + Fennel digestive bitters because I sometimes have digestive issues. And I've never used bitters before so I am intrigued. I love your shop!

    Tina
    underaurorablog.blogspot.com
    tinadebroux@gmail.com

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  7. Love reading all of your favorite herbs! Thanks for commenting!

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  8. How exciting! My favorite/most used herb right now is lavender - I've been using it as a nervine & bitter & making aromatherapy candles, too :)

    It's hard to choose a favorite from your shop! But the hawthorne berry elixir & the elecampane honey both sound amazing.

    kaitlyn
    http://nettlesandchickweed.tumblr.com/

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  10. I have a few herbs that I use almost on the daily! I love to cook with rosemary and basil, but I LOVE echinacea and kava-kava for my teas.

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  11. My daily herb during winter is chamomile, reminding me that during this frenzied season, that I'm meant to have calm moments.

    I'm most interested in the Relieve Liniment, because as a daily cyclist both for commuting and for sport, I need all the help I can get to relax and restore those muscles.

    e-mail: so.contrived@gmail.com

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  12. I love spilanthes and use it daily in a mouth rinse. Your herbal chai sounds delightful. I'd love to try it.
    marthasnail (at) gmail (dot) com

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  13. Nettles, tulsi & milky oats are my everyday... Everything else, and there are many others, come in and out depending on the day. I am interested in your restore liniment as I am always looking for ways to keep my garden girl paws & joints feeling happy in this colder season. And I suppose I must mention Peach - as her leaves have kept me happy & remembering to breath as of late.
    erin erineofthesea@gmail.com

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  14. I love sage and parsley! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  15. Also my favorite remedy has to be the fire cider. Absolutely essential for the winter months in Mn! Thanks again.

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  16. I love blue vervain. Before I even knew what it was traditionally used for, I felt it calling from my medicine pouch when I had a headache and tight neck. It instantly made me feel better and more grounded. It was only later that I learned of its digestive and adaptonogenic actions. I just love blue vervain!
    Elizabeth
    Elizabeetree@gmail.com

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  17. My most used herb and loved herb would be Astagalus! It sure help keep the sicknesses away in the cold winter months.
    absolute_ash@mac.com

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  18. I'd love to try out the Rose Petal + Lavender Facial Toner. It sounds marvelous.
    absolute_ash@mac.com

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  19. Burdock! It really helps keep my skin clear!

    cgillis@tulane.edu

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  20. I would also love to try the fir tips sea salt

    cgillis@tulane.edu

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  21. Thankful for the opportunity to enter your giveaway! So many herbs... Loving the Oregon Grape, gets me through so many seasons but especially this one with the cruds that keep coming at us!

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    1. email address is lacepillowcase@hotmail.com. Thanks!

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  22. For another entry: the Ocotillo and Rose Quartz essence is super dreamy. It recently helped me through a really emotionally hard time where setting boundaries was necessary. Thanks for all your lovely products! My bar of forest soap is almost gone and I am savoring it, hoping it will last forever!

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  23. With a new baby, my current go-to is calendula.

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  24. I'd love to try the Desert Mineral salt, anything lavender is my jam!

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  25. I think the herb I used most is licorice. Delicious and so good for the winter!

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  26. Hawthorne. To keep my big heart open and healthy.

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  27. Probably calendula as of late, my easily irritable skin loves it. misssphinx@hotmail.com

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  28. Elderberry! Nothing gets me through the winter season healthier.

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  29. Ummm... I want every single beautiful, thoughtfully crafted thing in your shop! (:

    It is so very difficult to pick my favorite herbal ally... I love them all!! dandelion and burdock root are offering continual support in my life right now in keeping psoriasis at bay. Just made Oatstraw infusion for nervous system support, and mineral goodness.

    mint, lemon balm, sage and thyme are dear friends.

    thank you ladies for all that you do. It is inspiring.

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  30. yuuummmmm...damiana rose elixir, cardamom fennel bitters and winter forest salt soak. straight magic.

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  31. Lavender is my favorite. :) I've been wanting to try your products for so long!

    Patty Tang tangpat3@gmail.com

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  32. lavender! a tried and true....i'm loving a lavender body oil right now for relaxation.

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  33. I discovered my favorite herbal remedy when I ordered my first CSH share from your company: I love the fire cider. The flavor and versatility is of the cider is awesome. I sip it from the bottle, use it in dressing, or flavor dishes with it. A close second is astragalus root. I love putting it in broths, soups and stews. It adds a little something extra special to the meal with its health benefits, but doesn't interrupt the flavor of the dish.

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  34. one of my favorite herbs is rosemary. i put in in everything from my bath, to the water i drink with slices of lemon, to the bread i bake. i even wore some in my wedding crown (along with lots of yarrow, another fave)!

    rebecca.artemisa@gmail.com

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  35. It's all about Basil & Rosemary lately! xoxoxo

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  36. There is a lot that I want to try from your site. Fire Cider, the salt, the chai, the yarrow tea, the soaps… Glad I found you! I will be a regular.

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  37. Stinging nettles are in constant use in our house. We drink infusions of it, we rinse our hair with the infusions, we put pinches in our dogs raw food bowl, in the spring we forage it fresh and make soup for weeks. As for your remedy.....I adore the chest rub and use it each night as a "fairy kiss" on the children before bed. I'm sure it makes for the sweetest dreams. julie at machen dot net

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  38. I love Portland Apothecary! I am particularly drawn to the essential oils in the seasonal mister.

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  39. Lavender has always been a favorite. That smell! I enjoyed/am enjoying all of my last share. Dreaming of the cardamom fennel bitters!!!

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  40. I love anything warming: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg...but my herbal ally is hypericum perforatum (st johns wort). It is scrappy, pops up wherever it feels like it, brings sunshine and deep healing to my nerves and soul, bleeds red when you bruise it, and has little windows to let the light shine through. I always stumble upon it whenever I am where I should be. It lets me know I am headed in the right direction. (pretty.little.hen@gmail.com)

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  41. And oh the elecampane honey sounds so great. I just re-learned that elecampane is so good for me, and never thought of putting it in honey! (pretty.little.hen@gmail.com)

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  44. As a budding herbalist (in training), I'm learning and loving new herbs every week. My current favorite is the super antimicrobial Thyme. I use it in a cleaning solution, in tea w/ginger, lemon and honey, in an herbal vinegar on salads etc. etc....
    jocogood@aol.com

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  45. I am really interested in trying your sore throat spray. Whenever I get sick it always starts with a sore throat. If I could nip that in the bud, the cold season might be nothing to worry about!
    jocogood@aol.com

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  46. Warm love! my goodnight kiss is always a few drops of Catnip and Raw Honey tinctured in brandy. Mmm and your shop looks so lovely, I am interested in the bitters and the elecampane honey sounds amazing.
    Thank you for sharing!
    GypsyCisterns@gmail.com

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  47. Lavender, mint, tea tree, and eucalyptus are probably my favorites. At least right now! (leisaf@gmail.com)

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  48. Rosemary, so I can remember the other herbs!! xo Sharon
    sharcolt@gmail.com

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  49. I love to use nettle in tea and rose in tea and in desserts. Would be delighted to win this share!

    noladoll13@Yahoo.com

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  50. hi! as I promised, I'm here.

    one of my favorite herbs is chamomile, it's a very popular one, but it certainly do their work. for me is magic in order to help soothe my stomach nerves.

    as I recently found you, I haven't been able to try your products, but it was like love at first sight, so I'm definitely going to try the sea ritual mister, the ocotillo + rose quartz essence, and the cardamon + fennel digestive bitters, so I can give a rest to chamomile. :)

    greetings from venezuela, and thanks for the opportunity to give away your giveaway. I'm pretty sure she will love it!

    alnilam sulbaran.
    alnilamsulbaran@gmail.com

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  51. hello dears! my favorite herb of late is mullein. will be brewing some of it this weekend to make a respiratory tonic for coughs. thank you for your generosity in giving away a half-share!

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  52. My favorite herb right now is Rhodiola. It is such a great adaptogen, it helps my energy, mood, and stamina. I'm loving it right now!

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  53. My favorite Winter herbs are Elder berries & Astragalus. My son and I love Elder berry syrup and Astragalus is so tasty and nourishing.

    As an aside I absolutely love your company. So innovative! Thank you! I look forward to your posted pictures and details about your products!

    moonwise369@gmail.com

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  54. Hello Portland Apothecary!
    I am a newbie to the herbal life. I was first inspired by Jess (the kitchen witch) to brew things under the moon. She also lead me to you guys! I love following your Instagram for daily inspiration and little reminders to keep on this rooted path.
    I know it's kind of quotidian, but chamomile is highest on my list of herbs. I drink it nightly, and the balance between the comfort of this routine and the comfort of these little buds allows me to feel at home wherever I am. (I'm a flight attendant, so this could be anywhere, all the time!)
    Thank you for hosting this give away, and merry Christmas to you! <3
    XO,
    Chloe
    chloe.a.kiser@gmail.com

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  55. One of my favorite things in the shop is the Ocotillo and Rose Quartz Essence. I've been working on standing up for myself lately. I tend to get walked all over at work, especially during the holidays. This would be the perfect compliment to my efforts :)
    Thank you guys!
    xo, Chloe

    chloe.a.kiser@gmail.com

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  56. Cardamom makes my mouth water during the Fall and Winter seasons! Chinese Five Spice would not be the same without it... I am putting it in just about everything!

    Krissy Lindquist www.achievemassage.com krissylindquist1@gmail.com

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  57. I love the yarrow and hyssop tea. Every time that I feel that I might be getting a little sniffle or some congestion, I sip on a couple couple cups of it and I feel right as rain. Not to mention that it tastes amazing.

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  58. I love using nettle! It helps boost my energy levels and fight off anemia. Thank you for offering this giveaway. - jesiandjesse @ live (dot) com

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  59. The lavender and rose facial toner on your store website looks very nice! I don't use anything on my face aside from honey, lemon juice mixed with water and sweet almond oil, but I like to pamper myself every once in a while! - jesiandjesse @ live (dot) com

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  60. this time of year elderberries & st johns wort are a big part of my herbal rituals.
    stingingnettles12 [at ]gmail [dot] com

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  61. super interested in your restore liniment (among many other things) as a service worker with many aches & pains that have developed in association to that.

    stingingnettles12 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  62. Chives (and catnip, which I grow for the fur babies)!

    stigmatalite@yahoo.com

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  63. lavender! for relaxation & tea cookies :)

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  64. love the Relieve Liniment - works & smells amazing

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  65. I love marshmallow. From tea to washing my hair! I love you guys! Courtney_java@hotmail.com

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  66. Vetiver! Can't get enough. eloffland@gmail.com

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  67. Lately I've been loving the sorrel pesto I made this summer and froze. It's like a dose of bright green summer. I'm really interested in your fire cider, but all the products look amazing.

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  69. Ginger sends a hot shot out to my frozen extremities in chilly weather, and is my go to for nausea - a chronic condition for me. I take whole bites of raw ginger root for quick relief, or chop it up and add to hot cocoa - so yum!

    laureng9977@gmail.com

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  70. Oh your Cardamon and Fennel Digestive Bitters extract sounds yummy and just the thing for holiday food overindulgence, or even chronic indigestion...I looove bitters!

    laureng9977@gmail.com

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  71. I love using nettle leaf daily!

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  72. I'd love to try your fire cider!

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  73. Favorite herbs right now would have to be my adaptogen blend with passion flower, skullcap, lemon verbena. Also loving my grounding tea with milky oats, peppermint and raspberry leaf. Happy holidays!
    cheddaczedda@gmail.com

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  74. Lavender! It's a major stress relief, whether it be used in my soap or chapstick.

    Thanks for the opportunity
    eromero1474@yahoo.com

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  75. My favorite herbs now are meadowsweet, valerian, and elderberry. Nurse.McBride@gmail.com

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  76. Love your elderberry syrup....best I have ever had!

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  77. Cinnamon is my favorite. It can be used in sweet and savory dishes, warms me in winter, and it regulates blood sugar. So far I love your elderberry syrup, it's delicious. It's a perfect remedy to support the immune system during these colder months, and especially convenient for a sleepy nursing Mom. It's totally helping me from getting sick. I'm so curious about your chai. thank you for creating such beautiful products aq.kawanami@gmail.com

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  78. Nettle is one of my all time favorite herbs! I use it almost daily and it has never failed to deliver what my body is needing. I love everything about each and every one of your products!! Am especially interested in the hawthorne elixir.
    esther.aust@gmail.com

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  79. I've just started using dandelion root on recommendation from a dear friend. I love that it's giving my body a cleansing boost in this season of heavy eating! I'm very curious about your Chai--I drink tons of chai in the cold season, and would love to add a powerhouse herbal blend to my rotation. Happy holidays to you and thank you for your beautiful work! beth.satt@gmail.com

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  80. One of my favorite herbs to use is Dang Gui, or radix angelica sinensis. It is a great herb for building and moving blood. It's especially great for women with difficult menstrual cycles. I like to use it with astragulus, goji berries, and jujubes (black dates) in State of Return Chicken Soup from the cookbook Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen.

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  81. I've been drinking nettle tea like crazy since it went down to 23 degrees here in Missouri! I've also been using saw palmetto for hormone balancing and the self-heal Bach Remedy.

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  82. Definitely Tulsi or Yerba Santa. Love the sacredness of these herbs <3 Namaste' <3
    ~Deborah Neff
    www.ExpandYourLight.com

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  83. Nettles are a new favorite herb of mine-- they bring goodness to everything!
    Rebohlin @ hotmail.com

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