If you’re familiar with my work as an herbalist, you’ll know that I love to create ‘grab & go’ tincture formulas. At our apothecary, Grateful Desert, we have a wide range of them to address a litany of ailments and imbalances. People seem to love them, including my family! They’re convenient tools to have on hand. For instance, Sleep Deep contains a variety of sedative and anti-anxiety herbs, approaching insomnia from many angles, and so addressing a wide scope of sleep issues.
I also believe in the power of creating customized formulas for folks going through specific issues. I usually do this after an in-depth private consultation with a client or customer. This in-depth investigation is especially effective if one is experiencing chronic health problems, coming off pharmaceuticals, or has chosen a holistic route to address serious illness.
In addition, I also deeply believe in empowering people to forge relationships with individual herbs. This can be done by gradually building up a home apothecary with single herbs to work with, exploring how each herb interacts with your own unique physical and energetic constitution. In time, you’ll know which herb to grab off the shelf to address the day’s therapeutic needs. You can get to know your own systems and plant allies intimately, creating an empowering and collaborative relationship with these herbal teachers.
At Grateful Desert, we also have a large selection of single herb tinctures. I encourage and seek to empower our customers to start their own home apothecaries by getting to know single herbs. To facilitate, we are publishing an ‘Herb of the Week’ letter to whet your appetite for our wonderful family of single herb tinctures. They are by no means complete herbal monographs, so if any of these pique your curiosity, please explore further and do your research, particularly if you have any health conditions, are on any pharmaceuticals, or are pregnant, nursing or trying to conceive. And of course, we are always here to use as a resource if you have any questions, so please feel free to reach out. ALFALFA
A popular and ubiquitous medicinal herb in the 1960s, Alfalfa has become rather underrated and ‘unfashionable’ with modern herbalists over the last several decades. I’m not sure why, because this plant, also consumed whole as food, is a nutritional, mineral-rich powerhouse. Our Alfalfa tincture has a high water to alcohol ratio, to make sure to retain the herb’s high mineral content.
Alfalfa is extremely chlorophyll rich, containing a whole host of vitamins, including C, E K, and the B vitamins, and essential minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium. It’s a wonderful as a general tonic blood cleanser (diuretic). Combined with Red Clover and Nettles, it makes a delicious, cleansing mineral rich tea, helping to relieve seasonal allergies.
Also beneficial for healthy blood clotting, Alfalfa is a nutritious galactagogue - that is, it increases milk supply, which is great news for new mamas. In fact, it’s wonderful and safe to take during pregnancy and after, even helping with morning sickness. It also offers a good, clean, caffeine-free energy boost!
Although Alfalfa is safe to use in whole food and tincture form if you’re pregnant, its seeds are contraindicated, as they promote menstruation which could lead to a potential miscarriage.
This potent plant has anti-inflammatory properties, and also been known to bring relief to arthritis pain, heart-related issues, balance blood sugar, reduce cholesterol as well as the accumulation of plaque in the artery walls. As a food, it’s commonly consumed in sprout form.
Our Alfalfa tincture is a great way to start working with this herb. All of our tinctures are small-batch, made with organic, gluten-free, cane-distilled alcohol. Our Alfalfa tincture contains 32% alcohol.
For those of you interested in exploring the folk history, and energetic, astrological properties of Alfalfa, the name actually comes from the Arabic al-fac-facah, meaning the ‘Father of all foods,’ appropriate given all its manifold benefits, and that it was one of the earliest cultivated edible plants.
Despite it being dubbed the ‘Father of all foods’, Alfalfa is traditionally associated with the planet Venus (the goddess Aphrodite) and from an alchemical perspective, with the element of earth. As such, it is seen as a feminine herb. We think that this makes Alfalfa extra magically efficacious, as they carry the charge of both polarities so potently!
It is said that adding Alfalfa intentionally to food helps to keep disease at bay, attract wealth into the household, and keeps one’s energy grounded and stable.
If Alfalfa is calling to you, please do dive into more research on this incredible food-medicine. And if you’re interested in starting your home apothecary with Alfalfa, we’re offering 10% off our Alfalfa tincture for the next month, until June 6. This applies to both in-store and online purchases. To receive the offer for online orders, please use the discount code: HerbOfTheWeekAlfalfa
As ever, if you have any questions, please reach out to me or my Grateful Desert tribe.
In health and empowerment,
Jenny Q & the Grateful Desert tribe.