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.
When our kids return to school after a long Summer break, they are soon hit with days that get shorter and colder and before we know it, Winter is here. It is always a challenge to keep our kids healthy during this time of year, but there are immune boosting herbs that can help.
Chai tea originally hails from India and is now a popular beverage all over the world. A blend of black tea and spices, chai is warming and contains herbs that support digestion. Making your own unique blend is easy, and can be packaged up to make a homemade Christmas present.
Here is a recipe for homemade ginger liqueur, this makes a fabulous Christmas gift. The fresh ginger taste of this liqueur shines through and can be drunk straight up, on the rocks or with a spritz of sparkling water.