Kava: an up-close look at the source of this beloved plant

Kava: an up-close look at the source of this beloved plant

We have some good news for you kava lovers out there: for a limited time only, we’re offering 50% off on all our kava capsules!

Kava imports have been in very short supply in recent years due to a massive category 5 cyclone by the name of Pam that ripped through the Pacific Islands in March of 2015, devastating Vanuatu and taking out nearly a third of its kava crops (1). According to World Bank, Pam was the largest cyclone in recorded history to ever make landfall in the Pacific (2). Entire villages were swept away, infrastructure destroyed, and the economy left in shambles.

Eclectic's New Internship Program: What it is and why it matters

Eclectic's New Internship Program: What it is and why it matters

With summer just around the corner, Eclectic is busy preparing to launch its first-ever internship program! It will be a unique program that combines hands-on experience on the medicinal herb farm with classroom learning on a wide range of topics. With it, we hope to provide a strong platform for beginning herbalists to dive into the world of holistic health.

The Bitter Truth

The Bitter Truth

Let’s do an exercise. Imagine a salad full of bitter greens: radicchio, endive, dandelion greens, arugula. There’s no dressing on this salad. Now imagine taking a big bite of that salad and beginning to chew. Pay close attention to your tongue. As you chew on those bitter greens, is there a particular part of your tongue that feels more active than others? If you were to actually chew on one of these bitter greens, it might become more obvious that our bitter taste receptors reside on the back of the tongue. And when those become activated, a cascade of physiological responses takes place.

Ayurvedic Golden Milk

Ayurvedic Golden Milk

Golden Milk or "Haldi Ka Doodh" is a nourishing and delicious brew with ancient origins that is currently having a renaissance in cafes across the globe. Before documented time, the traditional medicine people of India joined the life-giving properties of turmeric, black pepper, ginger, and cardamom to create a balancing herbal blend that benefits nearly all physical constitutions, or "doshas"

Kid's Herb Camp

Kid's Herb Camp

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.

Revitalization Retreat

Revitalization Retreat

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.

Freeze-drying 101

Freeze-drying 101

Freeze-drying can preserve the product for up to 25 years, remaining fresh as the day it was dried [1]. Along with the preservation time, it also retains the nutritional value, flavor and texture [2]. 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. 

Kid's Herb camp

Kid's Herb camp

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.