Humans constantly adapt to their environment but our bodies ultimately reflect allergic symptoms as our adaptation reaches its limit. The eyes become itchy as the pollen levels rise and a runny nose continually works to move invading allergens from the nasal cavities. Chest congestion and a dry cough also indicate that the body has reached its limit in adapting to the current environment.
The mix of five different wild-harvested flowers of different sizes and therefore five different pollens are processed into a tincture. The wild-harvested and tinctured pollens act as an antigen to help the body adapt to the rise of pollens in the environment.
In addition to the Allergy Tincture, a tea produced by a fellow herbalist, Charlotte Walters, can be used hot or cold to deliver a solution during allergy season. The tea includes olive leaf, a strong antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal that strengthens the immune system and improves circulation and blood pressure. Nettle is also an adaptogen and anti-allergy wild-harvested plant. It is high in calcium and iron, lowers blood sugar, and builds energy. Mullein in the Allergy Tea helps with congestion, reduces formation of mucus, and is high in vitamins B2, B5, B12, and D. A detoxifying plant, the dandelion, is also included and encourages a steady elimination of toxins. The alder cone, another anti-allergy gem, is included in the tea, as is holy basil, another adaptogen that is useful in treating respiratory infections and improving vitality. Like all products mentioned, the tea is available from the shelf at Fiona’s Forest in Paradise or on the website.
Luanne Parks is an excellent athlete and yet was forced to adapt her training and competitions around severe allergy health challenges. Here’s a short testimonial to her use of the Allergy Tincture.
At 56 years old, I have been a lifelong athlete. I grew up in Chico, California, playing outside as my main entertainment. Riding horses, climbing trees, biking, and swimming, to name a few ways I would while away my days. The outdoors was my playground. Once I got into middle school and high school, I focused on running track and cross-country and I played soccer and basketball. From Chico High I spent two years at our local community college, Butte, where I ran track, cross-country, and played basketball. After Butte, I received a scholarship to run for Oregon State University. Once released from my duties as a scholarship athlete, I truly found my love, long-distance running. It started with my first marathon when I was 23 (2:58), and I continued improving to qualify for two Olympic Marathon Trials. Never to stick with one thing for long, I was introduced to triathlons and worked my way up the ranks from short distance to participating in seven Ironman World Championships, placing eighth professional two times. Triathlons faded away, being replaced by the sport I have been in love with for more than 20 years, ultra-running. Ultra-running usually takes place on trails and is considered an “ultra” if it is longer than a marathon. To this date I have run more than 120 ultra-races, from 30 miles to 100 miles.
I have never, ever lived somewhere that my allergies didn’t affect me. As I was growing up in Chico amid the almond and walnut orchards, my hay fever got its start. At Oregon State in Corvallis, the beautiful blooming trees were my downfall. Even when I moved out to Boulder, Colorado, I had to go to the emergency room because I woke up one morning with my eyes completely swollen shut. On top of the allergies I found out that I also have exercise-induced asthma. Breathing has been a trial. Feeling healthy year-round has always been a trial. Spring and fall I developed either laryngitis or bronchitis because of the drainage from my sinuses. It’s been tough to be an athlete.
For years I had the allergy shots and got some relief but still they never entirely went away.
I saw Jules’s booth at the Chico Farmers Market. I can’t remember why I first started talking to her, but it wasn’t long before my entire medicine cabinet had only her products. I began using tinctures for my allergies and asthma and any cold symptoms. I also use her lotions, eyedrops, and deodorant. This has been my second year of taking the Allergy Tincture and I can safely say that my allergies have been nonexistent. I take only tinctures now—no more expensive vitamins.
Besides feeling great all of the time, I am a walking advertisement for anyone who complains of allergies or feeling sick. I’ve lent out my own tinctures to friends so they can sample the amazing benefits. Truly, Jules is the best!! If I’m ever in doubt of what I might need, a quick call, consultation, and she ships me out products within a day.
The Vitamin and Mineral Supplement
The Vitamin and Mineral Supplement with horsetail, watercress, stinging nettle, and purslane is a perfect combination of wild-harvested components to meet the needs of the human body. Constant farming has depleted the nutrients formerly offered naturally by our soils. Even the uses of fertilizers fail to promote a required level of vitamins C, A, and K or the level of calcium in foods produced by farming.
Horsetail is an essential addition to the mineral combination. It builds bones from the inside by providing calcium for hardness and increasing collagen, thus improving bone density. In addition, horsetail builds strong teeth, fingernails, and hair.
Watercress is a superfood. It is bursting with vitamins A, C, and K, and it contains more calcium than milk and more iron than spinach. The benefit of using watercress tincture as opposed to taking vitamin and mineral supplements is that natural herbs contain the right amount of trace minerals such as magnesium and potassium that aid your body in absorbing the nutrient.
Stinging nettle is a high source of digestible iron. Along with the iron, stinging nettle is high in vitamins C and K and is a high source of magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus. It works with the horsetail to improve overall health. Stinging nettle also strengthens the hair shaft and stimulates hair growth.
Purslane has just been categorized as a superfood for its high content of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and other trace minerals.
All of the plants in the Vitamin and Mineral Supplement are wild harvested at their pinnacle of growth and when their medicinal constituents are at their highest level. They are then tinctured to preserve the healthy components for use throughout the year.
All-Natural Lotions and Sunscreens
All-natural lotions and sunscreens are also produced at the shop in Paradise. These products never include chemical preservatives and offer a moisturizer for the dry skin of summer. Wild-harvested ingredients include Usnea infused with coconut oil and yarrow hydrosol. The antimicrobial and antifungal properties of Usnea protect and heal the skin from exposure to bad bacteria without blocking or affecting the good bacteria needed to keep skin healthy.
The second component, the wild-harvested yarrow, is processed into a hydrosol that rebuilds the capillaries that feed your skin, thus promoting skin-cell growth. Yarrow is also an anti-inflammatory for your capillaries.
In addition to the herbal components, the lotions include a sunscreen using a non-nano zinc oxide. The non-nano zinc oxide particles are large enough not to be absorbed by your skin so they are not harmful. Lotions offer a 20 to 30 level of SPF and the sunscreen offers a 50 SPF level. Essential oils are used to offer a variety of scents including lavender, lemongrass-orange, rosemary-lemon-verbena, and rose.
Visit Fiona’s Forest at 5390 Skyway, Paradise, CA, or www.fionasforest.com.