It's almost time for our second annual Herb Camp for kids. We are so happy to welcome children to our farm and let them have fun picking flowers and making potions. Through sharing our love of plants, we hope to start children on a journey of appreciation and wonder of the natural world.
Turmeric has been used for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. We've put together a few of our favorite recipes that include this versatile ingredient. Like any herb, the fresher, the better. These recipes integrate our Fresh Freeze-Dried Turmeric Powder. Our turmeric is grown on an organic farm Hawaii and is fresh freeze-dried, it tastes superior to air-dried varieties and has a beautiful fresh aroma.
With a mission to help busy parents wanting a convenient way to get more raw vegetables and fruits into their kids’ diet, Eclectic Institute has created a great tasting kid's freeze-dried whole food powder. This delicious tasting, nutrient-dense product can simply be added to water or seamlessly blended into foods such as applesauce, juice or smoothies.
In 2012, a group of students from the National University of Natural Medicine wanted to explore modalities and approaches from traditional Nature Cure. Nature cure was a movement from 19th century Europe that included hydrotherapy, dietary changes, and herbal medicine to restore the healing processes of the body. Nature cure was brought to America and eventually was refined and transformed into the basis for naturopathic medicine.
In the latest edition of Growing Oregon, naturopathic and dietary supplements get a closer look and why Oregon companies are leading the way to supply demand. At Eclectic Institute we pride ourselves on pioneering the use of freeze-dried herbs in herbal supplements. We wanted to provide the most natural products possible; by freeze-drying we are preserving all the nutrients and benefits of a fresh ingredient.
There are a number of things you can make with freshly picked St. John's Wort, our whole family gets involved with harvesting and making things with this herb. The flowers are the perfect size for small hands to pick, and watching oils and tinctures turn red is fascinating for children.
Freeze-drying can preserve the product for up to 25 years, remaining fresh as the day it was dried . Along with the preservation time, it also retains the nutritional value, flavor and texture . In many cases, the simple addition of water will transform the freeze-dried product back to its original, fresh form.
Freeze-drying is by far the best way to dry and preserve, essentially remaining fresh and natural, the same as it was before drying. What distinguishes freeze-drying from traditional drying is the quality, benefits and properties displayed by the finished product, obtainable only through freeze-drying.
Growing up on a herb farm to naturopathic parents with a family supplement business is a unique childhood experience. The entire family spends the seasons exploring the ever changing natural environment and using plants to make remedies. Herbs are an integral part of our everyday lives, and we grow, wildcraft, harvest and create herbal products every single day. We sleep in tipis among the herb fields, we daydream between rows of echinacea, and enjoy the fragrance of fresh blooming holy basil. This year for the first time, we have chosen to share aspects of our life by hosting a herb camp for kids on our property.
At Eclectic Institute, stinging nettle is one of our favorite plants, and at our location in the wilds of the pacific northwest it can be found growing in wild abundance during springtime. Nettles has special historical significance for Eclectic, as our founder was responsible for discovering one of fresh nettles' previously unknown health benefits.