Summer time at Vervain - it's good for what ails ya!
It's finally Summer and it's HOT, HOT, HOT! Come on in to out of the heat, enjoy a cold botanical soda or kombucha, and let us help you gather supplies for healthy outdoor activities.
Herb of the Month - Meet Yarrow!
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium Asteraceae) is one of our oldest herbs. Named after the ancient Greek hero, Achilles, it was used to staunch the flow of blood from his troops' wounds in the Trojan War. Yarrow has been used on many battlefields, thus why its common names are allheal and bloodwort. In need of a first aid herb? Turn to yarrow. It's used for a wide variety of acute conditions, including the common cold, flu, fevers, hypertension, painful menstruation, bleeding, and pain. Having blood-regulating properties, yarrow is commonly used to treat menstrual issues, such as heavy and painful bleeding, typically caused by poor pelvic circulation and weakness. It's also a great digestive remedy, helping alleviate colic and indigestion, improve appetite, and stimulate bile flow and liver function. Yarrow is commonly found in bitter blends for consumption prior to eating. Luckily, yarrow grows abundantly along roadsides, in fields and hills, canyon grounds, waste areas, and even some lawns. If you're out on a hike and get stung by a bee or get a cut, just pick some nearby yarrow (as long as it hasn't been sprayed with poisons!), chew it up, and place it on the wounded area for a quick pain relief and to stop bleeding. To find yarrow out in the wild, look for flower heads that are arranged in tight, flat clusters at the top of the green fern-like foliage. Each cluster has one or more flower heads consisting of 20-25 flowers. There will most likely be bees enjoying their aroma.
Ready for more Yarrow?
Vervain carries Yarrow in bulk herb & tincture among other wonderful blends.
Immune Support Tincture Yarrow Salve Yarrow + Plantain Clay Mask Radiant Face Masque - Sensitive Skin Radiant Skin Tonique Immune Support Tea If you'd like to learn more about summertime foraging, check out these great resources: Books you can find in the Book Nook at The Vervain Collective:
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Join Us for Class!
Fermentation with Yum Nutrition, Saturday August 6 at 3:00pm- 4:00pm
"To ferment your own food is to lodge an eloquent protest (...) against the homogenization of flavors and food experiences now rolling like a great, undifferential lawn across the globe. It's also a declaration of independence from an economy that would much prefer we were all passive consumers of its commodities, rather than creators of unique products expressive of ourselves and the places where we live" M. Pollan
Aug 25, 5:15 PM – 6:45 PM
Learn how to create a beautiful herbal pollinator garden! You can enjoy the benefits of growing your own teas and natural medicine and provide beneficial spaces for local bees.
This class will teach you about using medicinal herbs to create pollinator habitat, and how to harvest those plants for your own use. Learn harvest and drying techniques for your herbs, and create your own tea blend to take home.
Teachers: Jessica Harrold from the Ada Soil & Water Conservation District and Kelsey Jae from Vervain
We are constantly adding more amazing classes, teachers, and events to our calendar! Click here to view the calendar and to register online. If you're interested in leading a conversation or teaching a class, you can find our application form on the same page! Due to popular interest in our Rosemary Gladstar Science & Art of Herbalism Course, we are opening up a second session! If you are interested in being added to a waitlist, please reply with your name and email!
Fun happenings in Garden City!!
There's a new 3-day music festival coming from creators of Boise’s Treefort! You all know we are HUGE fans of Treefort! SO we are just as excited about this new event coming to Garden City in September! To read all about it, head to the link here
Please note our hours! The Vervain Collective is open Tues-Sat 11-7 and Sun 11-5. Our online store is open 24/7 for shipping and pickup.
We can't wait to see you!