Chances are by now you've heard someone sing to you the praises of Hemp Oil, or CBD. As one of Salt Lake City's founding suppliers of high-quality Hemp Oil, we'd like to give you three things to consider before you buy your first bottle or restock on your current fave.
1. Brand Matters
Like most herbal products, not all are created equal.
Packaging can be incredibly hazy and sometimes downright misleading when it comes to CBD. Manufacturers are not necessarily required to state things in a way that makes sense to most of us, so it can be easy to buy into a product that is far from superior. Here in the shop, when people talk about having poor experiences with CBD, we can almost always trace it back to the maker they used. We give them something better and they finally get the results they were looking for.
As we looked at picking up CBD, we tested over 25 brands from across the USA and Canada. 4 made the cut. These brands are exemplary at sourcing ethically grown hemp plants, extracting them into oil, and packaging them in user-friendly ways.
2. The Plants Matter
Did you know that many of the fibers we rely on come from the hemp plant? Industrial hemp is the course of many low-impact fiber goods from clothing to paper- but it's not what we want to work with when making CBD. Many of the 'smoke shop' brands of CBD are made by extracting the poor quality CBD isolates from industrial hemp. We only work with makers who use therapeutic-grade varieties of hemp that have a whole array of beneficial constituents.
3. The Seller Matters
While it's easy to pop into a smoke shop or grocery store to pick up CBD, the amount of information, personal connection to the product, and tailored information for your use simple won't be there. It makes sense to work with clinical herbalists to explore CBD since it's a plant we've worked with for ages. If you need more in-depth information or are looking for the right CBD product for who you are as an individual, stop in and we'll be happy to help!
On August 1 we celebrate the peak of the Fire element season as we walk the wheel of the year. This season has some pretty important influences on our health and wellness as well as on our personal growth and development. As part of our Spiritual Herbalism School we recently spent a session exploring the power of the Fire element as it relates to constitution, health, imbalances, and different Fire-ruled herbs. Here are a few of our favorite points from that session we think you'll enjoy.
The Fire Person
Those who are ruled by the element of Fire tend to have the following personality, energy, and body traits. We use this type of constitutional profiling in Spiritual Herbalism to help best define which types of herbs and energies will best work with an individual person.
Fire Energy Season
During Fire energy season which initiates at the Summer Solstice (June 21st), peaks on August 1st, and transitions into Water energy season on September 21st, we experience the light and heat of the Sun at its greatest. The Sun is the cosmic pivot of the Fire element and we often consider our experiences of Fire to be directly related to that of the Sun.
During Fire season we should be in a state of manifestation. The natural world around us is showing signs of fruition- the trees and garden plants are all putting their energies into making beautiful fruits and veggies. If we planned and aligned energies appropriately in the Winter and Spring, the Summer should bear the fruits of our own actions. During Summer Fire months we are active, making things happen, taking advantage of longer days, and soaking up the primal force of the Sun to really get things done.
Fire season is also very much about purification. The antiseptic action of the sun and of cleansing fire can be brought into our own lives through meditating on the light and warmth of the sun, kindling sacred fires, and working with Fiery herbs of detoxification and purification. We sweat more in the Summer which is another signal that purification is happening. We often celebrate the initiation of Fire season in June with a tossing of toxic patterns and unwanted things into the fire so that they don't follow us as dead weight into the manifestation time of Summer.
For those who are ruled by Fire, Summer can be a time when we learn how to balance our internal power with that in the world around us. Very fiery people can become excessively fiery at this time of year and often need to work with Earth and sometimes even Water herbs to help soothe and control the burn. Those who tend to be deficient in Fire energy can work with this season to create harmony, balance, and power in themselves to carry them through the darker, colder seasons ahead.
When the Fire element becomes excessive in someone, we often see issues such as:
Herbs of Fire
Some of our favorite fiery herbs include:
Herbal Smoking Workshop + Ceremony / Saturday October 19 @ 5PM
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Join Herbalist Josh Williams for an exploration of one of the most ancient forms of working with plant medicine + magic; smoking.
In this workshop we'll explore many herbs and blends that can be smoked for respiratory support, mental/emotional wellness, spiritual and ceremonial empowerment, and more. We'll cover over a dozen herbs and taste several via smoke and tea all through the lens of herbal magic and ceremony.
>>> Attendees will get to create their own herbal smoking blend to take home and enjoy along with complimentary botanical rolling papers. Workshop will end with a guided smoking ceremony for personal wellness.
>>> Please note OPTIONAL RAW rolling kit (super cool - see image) at checkout. If you want this, you must purchase with your ticket and before 10/14. Kit includes pre-rolled cones, funnel, and loader- these are by far our favorite way to work with herbal smoking blends.
>>>Please be advised that this workshop is open to adults only and takes place indoors- it will be smokey although we will have fans and ventilation on.
Saturday October 19 @ 5PM
Elderberry Syrup Workshop / Saturday November 2 @ 5PM
Join herbalist Josh Williams for a seasonally-perfect exploration of our fave cold and flu preventative- Elderberry Syrup!
In this demo workshop Josh will share his sugar-free recipe for syrup and show you step-by-step how to craft your own at home. You'll get hints about fun herbal additions you can make as well as practical tips on how to work with Elder for best success... plus tastings and a 2oz. bottle of syrup to take home from the demo!
>>> PLEASE NOTE optional Elderberry Syrup Kit option at checkout which gives you crucial ingredients to go home and get started on your own batch! Kit contains: Amber Apothecary Bottle, Label, Natural Cheesecloth, Local Wildflower Honey, Elderberries, Ginger Root, Cinnamon, Rosehips, and DetailedRecipe.
Saturday November 2 @ 5PM
Cold + Flu Workshop / Wednesday October 23 @ 7PM
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Join herbalist Josh Williams for an exploration of the herbs and hacks that can help you suck under what goes around and make your time feeling under the weather much more bearable! We'll cover herbs, recipes, adjunct therapies, and more to get you prepped for sickies season.
We'll sample several herbs and formulas and attendees will get to take some special remedies home with them.
Wednesday October 23 @ 7pm
Mushrooms with Gina Rivers Contla / Wed. November 6 @ 7pm
Join very special guestHostDefense National Science Educator Gina Rivers Contla for an exploration of the endless benefits medicinal mushrooms bring to our immune systems. This is a fantastic class for cold and flu season and is sure to answer your questions about mushrooms and immune wellness!
Seating is limited and we know spots will go quickly. All HostDefense products will be discounted the night of this event so you can stock up on your new mushroom allies!