(Litchfield, ME, Maine)
Chaga "It's a way of life."
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Interactions ,Reactions and Allergies. December 19, 2013 at 4:01am Please always do your own investigation of any herbs you chose to use. Chaga, Herbs, Kombucha ETC. Please Check with your Health Care provider before using any new product containing herbs or Chaga for any side effects and allergic reactions. Some people are allergic or sensitive to Mushrooms, Chaga doesnt look like a mushroom but ,Inonotus obliquus, is commonly known as Chaga mushroom. If you are allergic to mushrooms, Chaga would not be a product for you.
Anti-allergic activities are not fully understood
Yarrow Yarrow may interact with the following medications: Blood-thinning medications -- High doses of yarrow may slow down blood clotting. If taken with medications that thin the blood, such as aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), and warfarin (Coumadin), it may raise the risk of bleeding. Lithium -- Yarrow may increase the amount of lithium in the body, leading to dangerous levels. Medications to reduce stomach acid -- Because yarrow may increase the production of stomach acid, it can interfere with both over-the-counter and prescription drugs, including: Source: Yarrow | University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/yarrow
Herpes Infection Numerous test tube studies have found that extracts of lemon balm possess antiviral properties.1-3 We don't really know how it works, but the predominant theory is that the herb blocks viruses from attaching to cells.
If you are taking sedative medications, use of oral lemon balm might amplify the effect, potentially leading to excessive sedation.
Please always do your own investigation of any herbs you chose to use. Read your labels. Be aware of what you put into your mouth and onto your skin. Follow that also with your pets. Chaga, is in every product we offer unless you have requested something without it. We provide you with this information to aide you on your own path of discovery, and on "that" path your best judgment is always the best choice.
Posted by Robin
@ 04:53 AM EST
Poison Ivy Less Lotion, Monday Morning Soap, Nettle Drying...so many things so little time!!
The Urban Garden Center in http://www.urbangardencenter.net/ is now offering our products, be sure to stop in. Tell them we sent you. The Iris sale is up and running and in full swing . Come wander through before they are gone. Here is the Photo catalog https://www.facebook.com/beardedIris
Posted by Robin
@ 12:49 PM EDT
Chaga mushroom, is found on Birch and other trees in cold climates, it has been used in folk medicine in Russia and other European countries for generations.
Chaga draws nutrients from the tree it grows on and extracts the medicinals from the inner layers of the bark. The active constituents are thought to be a combination of things but most importantly, betulinic acid.
Chaga starts it’s growth in the heart of the birch and slowly grows outward, over time Chaga resembles a charred knuckle protruding from the tree.
Trees are the most powerful living beings in the world, some living over 10,000 years, and chaga draws it’s nutrients directly from this life force.
Chaga has been said to:
calm the nervous system
have a positive effect against cancerous tumors
positively affect various stomach diseases and ulcers
stimulate the immune system
enhance liver health
be particularly high in copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc, and iron.
In Russia,Chaga was approved for public use against cancer by the Medical Academy of Science in Moscow in 1955.
In addition to these many benefits chaga is also a great source of antioxidants, which are said to have anti-aging properties, fight free radical and oxidative stress.
Chaga, " It's a Way of Life."
By the cup.
Hot or cold
In your soap or lotion.
Posted by Robin
@ 10:09 AM EDT
The vanila is ready!! Labels are done ...sealing the jars. We can't grow vanilla in Maine, but we can make vanilla extract!! Made with Certified Organic Vanilla Beans, direct from their native lands. We inspect and prepare for the extraction process. Then we wait. The waiting is over the Vanilla is the best ( yes we are partial to our own everything) but it is the truth. This is good.!!Vanilla beans and Vodka.
No additives. Clean, Vanilla and Vodka. Come see the variety of beans we use and get a recipe.
Posted by Robin
@ 06:57 AM EDT
We are so excited to be accepted as a part of our local Farmers Market. Please come by and visit us and all of our neighboring craftspeople, farmers, bakers and artists, the list goes on!! The hours are 8:30a - 12:30p every Saturday! You can find the market and the map here at this link! http://goo.gl/maps/Jm6kx
Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bowdoinham-Farmers-Market/100378033339903
Our goal here at Carob's Farm is to provide information, resources and products that encourage a healthier, more sustainable way of life. We strive to contribute positively to the community through organic living and a commitment to bettering our environment.Our products and our handmade/handcrafted artisan soaps are carefully created to deliver the very best in skin care, using only safe and natural ingredients. We never use synthetic chemicals or preservatives. All of our soaps are made in small batches to closely monitor the quality of each batch. We hand stir, hand cut and hand wrap every bar. Each bar is given a long cure period so that when it reaches you it is mild and ready to use. We hand-make and hand design several different varieties of soap and lotions. We scent or fragrance soaps and lotions with only the fresh clean scents of nature. The color of each batch may vary a bit as they are made in small batches with fresh natural ingredients. It’s important to us to state that our palm oil derives from a "plantation" and is sustainable. We follow our own "No Compromise Standards" and use fresh, sustainable, and responsibly harvest all natural products and scents only.
Heres the map again!! See you there!!
Posted by Robin
@ 03:02 PM EDT
Extracts and Edibles
Let the Good News continue!!
Yesterday, May Day was a great day.There wasn't a May Flower to be found, but I did find a small stand of coltsfoot!!
We were licensed by the Maine Department of Agriculture, the division of Quality Assurance the only Lab in the Northeast with the standards that they carry.Heidi was quick to give credit where it was due. I hear we in Maine have some great people in the Main Lab. Heidi, was the inspector that arrived at the door. Let me tell you it is intimidating to have someone on the way deciding the fate of something you have put your heart, soul and every extra waking minute you have into. Will it pass , will they hate the cats, will it matter that the shoe tray sits inside the front door leading to the place of question? Approval this morning from the liquor enforcement officer!! Let the extracts begin!! We have some great extracts and tinctures ready to go!! To name a few we have Almond, Meyer Lemon and Vanilla Extract. and all of it made in Maine of course!! I have a list of tinctures grown and brewed here, soon to come, Chaga Extract , Burdock root tincture, Agrimony tincture!! More added to the list everyday.
Building, building and more building of links and products and social media arenas. How do we decide which ones. There is pinterest of course then we have Linkedin, Etsy and we certainly can not forget the leader of the pack, Facebook, Which ones do you subscribe to? It seems I have almost as many social networks working as I have herbs growing!!
Stop in again leave a note and let me know you were here. I love a good conversation.
Chaga, "It's a way of life."
Enjoy your day, Robin
Posted by Robin
@ 11:19 AM EDT
Chaga (Inonotus Obliquus)
Chaga is a wild mushroom found on Birch
trees in North America, Siberia, Asia and Europe. The Chaga mushroom resembles
charcoal in appearance on the tree and a golden amber nugget at its core.
Unlike other mushrooms Chaga is hard like the beautiful Birch Trees it grows
Chaga's contains things like betulin
and betilnic acid, the come only from a limited number of sources here it
gathers it via the Birch tree. I am repeating myself here this morning I
realize. Conversations about Chaga recently led me to
re- tell my story of Chaga.
Chaga has been used for hundreds of years in
tonics, teas, lotions and extracts, helping to "balance" our bodies
Some of the earliest evidence of human use
was found in 1991 with the discovery of the" Ice Man" carrying the
Chaga tied to the wrist of this 5300 year old mummy.
In Siberia "Chaga" is known as the
"Gift from God" in Japan as the "Diamond" in the forest.
Chaga is a golden, amber nugget of beauty, offering all that nature, and the
universe has to offer us.
Chaga , is said to be", immune
boosting, blood cleansing, high super oxide dismatuse (found naturally in our
bodies) which is responsible for slowing the aging process and rebuilding
skin cells, along with vitamin B,C, and D "according to the Alaska
Dept of resources" we will offer many links for your own investigation.
Also found are high contents of Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc and Potassium".
These and many more re-searchable studies can be found throughout the internet
and libraries around the world published in layman and scientific sources,
magazines and articles.
Slowing the aging process and rebuilding
skin cells, is that what that article said? Will it help my achy joints
someone asked me recently? I cant promise anything, I am not a Dr. What I can
tell you, is this, I drink mine everyday !! I also say research, research
and research some more!! Find a reason not to drink it. If you do
, please let me know. I am off ,to have my cupachaga!! Enjoy
your day everyone.
Disclaimer: None of the opinions or claims
on Carob’s Farm, Chaga Chasers or That Other Stuff are to be taken as medical
truths nor are they meant to diagnose or treat any disease. Instead, we provide
you with this information to aide you on your own path of discovery, and on
“that” path your best judgment is always the best choice. Our very best to
Please, Harvest Responsibly.
Posted by Robin
@ 04:16 AM EDT
a way of life!!
Melissa; she is so
versatile and peeking through last years Oak leaves that covered the ground
before the snow!! Melissa Officinalis that is otherwise lovingly know as Lemon
Balm. The promises Melissa makes are many. Melissa Officinalis has been written
about for centuries and has not lost any of her charm as she is still written
about and used around the world. Whether medically or culinary, Lemon balm can
be used, fresh, dried, tinctured, in teas and in cosmetics. It is even said it
keep the bugs away!! So versatile and freshly scented, Melissa is certainly one
of my top five favorites. I use it often, maybe even daily. As an herbal tea
Melissa can be used hot or cold. It is often used with Lavender is in sugary
treats and is an excellent addition to fish and famous for pesto. It mixes well
with other herbs such as Lavender and Spearmint. Melissa is of the mint family.
Medicinally Melissa throughout the centuries is claimed to have antibacterial
and antiviral properties, I add it to lip balms to relieve not only chapped
lips but also cold sores. The Essential oils in Melissa are known to be
soothing and calming as an aromatherapy or medicinal tea. Melissa grows at my
door to keep away any negative energy passing through with the wind and helps
to keep the Maine Monster Mosquitoes away. The possibilities are endless no
matter what you call her, Melissa will respond with a quick and pleasant
response every time. Please Note: None of the opinions or claims on Carob's
Farm, Chaga Chasers or That Other Stuff are to be taken as medical truths nor
are they meant to diagnose or treat any disease. Instead, we provide you with
this information to aid you on your own path of discovery, and on
"that" path your best judgment is always the best choice.
Posted by Robin
@ 05:04 AM EDT
Chickweed (Stellaria media) is used as a cooling demulcent and expectorant to relieve coughs, bronchitis, and hoarseness. It is considered a nourishing tonic for improving overall energy levels, helps speed fat metabolism and can be a tool for weight loss programs.Externally Chickweed as an emollient, has a
cooling and drying effect on wounds and skin problems. Minor burns respond
nicely to chickweed. The medicinal properties of this common " weed's " nutritional properties make it a popular in salves
We can customize a lotion of chickweed with different oils, other herbs and even some of our own garden scents or organic essential oils. Here at Carob's Farm we find, companioned with our own local Chaga. It borders next to perfect any way we use it.
Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are for educational purposes only and are not intended to diagnose or treat any condition. Please consult your health care professional with any health-related concerns, and for diagnosis and treatment.
Posted by Robin
@ 05:46 AM EDT
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