New Calendar for Markets and Events

Hi Everyone!

I’ve created a new calendar for markets and events.  As I add to this calendar, they will show up automatically in the right hand margin of this website.

Here is the link for you to access the calendar.  I can add event and market information on the go – sometimes, I am so busy I forget to post about the markets or events we will be at.  It is my hope that this will be a good replacement for those posts that aren’t getting done regularly.

New! 

What’s the difference between Cold/Hot-Process Soap and Glycerin soap?There are two answers. Technically, all true soap (as defined by the FDA) is glycerin soap, since glycerin is a natural by-product of saponification.

What most people know as glycerin soap – transparent or opaque bars, often with cute things floating in them – is different. That glycerin soap usually takes saponification a couple of steps further. A sugar/ alcohol solution is added to the saponified mixture along with extra glycerin. The alcohol /sugar solution helps maintain transparency, and the extra glycerin supposedly balances the drying nature of the alcohol. Here on the desert, glycerin is one of the WORST things you can use on your skin!

Melt-and-pour soap is made from a pre-made base usually sold in blocks. It is melted down, colors and scents added, then molded. Melt and pour often has SLS, chemical hardeners, conditioner, etc.

Most true soap doesn’t melt down well, and as a result doesn’t work well as a good melt-and-pour base.
While not officially soapmaking, melt-and-pour is a great way to be creative and to do it safely enough that it’s fine for use in crafts with children. An easy way to recognize Melt and pour is bars that are in cute shapes – real soap gets hot and would melt molds like that. No melt & pour here. Ever.

The soap pictured is Sandalwood Patchouli all-veg soap. It’s a limited edition, so get it while you can. #AncestralHerbals #vegan #herbalism

New online shop!

Hi everyone! My apologies for not posting sooner – working 7 days a week is taking a toll. I’m still kicking LOL 

There’s a new online shop here. Just click ‘shop’ above.  At the new shop, there is the opportunity to sign up for the newsletter – consider signing up for that.  Also, the loyalty rewards program – earn points for purchases and reviews. 

Have a great day!! 

Upcoming markets & holidays. 

Hi! 
Just a quick note to let you know what is going on at Ancestral Herbals this week! I’ve worked 7 days a week for over 15 months and need a little break. I will be out of town for a few days. My kids, Kate and Will, are going to cover my markets for me. Friday, April 14, they will be at Rincon Market, 6th St & Tucson Blvd., from 11-2 and Saturday, April 15 they will be at Rincon Valley Farmer’s market, 12500 E. Old Spanish Trail from 9-1. Sunday, April 16, I will be at St. Philips Plaza Farmers Market at the SE corner of River & Campbell Avenue. Hours are 9-1. Remember, if you’re wanting something that is often sold out by the time you get to the market, you’re welcome to shop online, use the code LOCAL so you’re not charged shipping, then your order is bagged for you and waiting when you get to the market! 

For those of you who cannot come to the Tucson Area, I’ve got a code for you. Enter Easter17 during checkout for a discount! This discount expires 4/16/17. All online orders that require shipping will be filled beginning Monday, April 17, 2017. 

Latest News

Hi everyone!  Hope this finds you happy and healthy!

Our dog had to be put down.  She was diagnosed with bone cancer a month ago.  The vet said she’d break the leg with the tumor eventually.  Well, Saturday morning (2/11), she got so excited to see my cousin, she jumped up and down and she did break that leg.  We had to say good bye to our dear Sadie.  😦  I give a super shout out to Ina Road Animal Hospital – they were caring and kind and so, so good to us. I cry every day right now because I miss her.  Some mornings I think I hear her scratch the door to come in the house.  She was such a good puppy.  I love you Sadie.

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I’ve been working really hard to get the new online store completed.  There are just a couple of products that need photos uploaded /info completed.  Otherwise, it’s pretty much done!  You can click on “shop” above or click on this link.

 

All the COOL new stuff!

Ok, there’s a few new things here at Ancestral Herbals.  I had a blast of creativity run through me and made these, then tested them myself and on my family because there simply wasn’t time to put out a call for testers before the 4th Avenue Street Fair here in Tucson.  So these all made their debut at the Street Fair.  We all had a pretty good time at the fair.  img_1352

First up is the Really Gorgeous Face Cream.  It’s a non-oily finishing, nutrient dense cream that should be suitable for use under makeup even.  The Fair was 3 days long.  A customer bought this on Friday, then came back on Saturday to tell me how much she loved it and then came back on Sunday with a friend and got more!  It’s got Ylang Ylang and Rosewood Essential Oils.  2.5 oz tub for $20.00   Get yours here

img_1374Next up is In All Your Glory Face Oil.  Made with Tamanu oil as a base, this is no sloucher when it comes to treating your skin right!  It’s also got Olive Squalane and vitamin-rich pumpkin seed and avocado oils.  The essential oil blend is complex, yet it is also a treatment in itself – Helichrysum, Ylang Ylang, Gardenia, Geranium, Sandalwood, Rose, etc.  Delectable.

1 ounce pump $25; 1/2 ounce dropper $15  Get yours here

 

Aglow is a fine hand-made cream soap (soap made with two kinds of lye, super fatted and super creamed!) with microdermabrasion crystals.  Don’t over do this one – once a week should be good for anyone.   $13  Get yours here

 

Last, but far from least is the beautiful Frankincense and Myrrh soap being offered this year.  A True Castile base (olive oil only) with Frankincense resin and essential oil, Myrrh resin and essential oil along with a good helping of sandalwood essential oil to round out the beautiful scent.  There is a limited number of these bars available and once they’re gone, the only way to get them is to wait til next Christmas or special order a 5lb batch.  $8  Get yours here

 

Skin Toner for Breakouts

My testers on this varied greatly in age and the purpose for which they were using.   Everyone had a similar response: this works! 

This extract is infused with Witch Hazel leaf and a little bark, Neem leaf, St. Johns wort, wintergreen leaf, Calendula, Willow Bark or Birch Bark, Lavender, Rose, Rosemary, Dandelion flower, Red Clover, White tea leaf, elder flower, colloidal silver and Dead Sea salt.

It will be listed in the store soon, but today, you can get yours at the farmers market on the  UofA mall from 10-2. 🙂

Love and Acceptance

img_1112Lately, love & acceptance seems to be a recurring theme for me.  I accept and respect different people and their ways as they come – everyone has their ways.  And I do so right up to a point.  No, it’s not a judgment point for me.  It is the point at which someone and their ways become destructive in my household or too negative to take in large doses.

  • Those people who, while professing to be loving and caring, drive a knife between your ribs – ‘I love you to your face, but when your back is turned, I’m talking long shit about you and doing things to sabotage you.’
  • Those people who, while professing to be loving and caring, only have calumnious criticisms for you or your loved ones. ‘ I love you and think the world of you, but you can’t do a fucking thing ‘right, i.e., my way’.’
  • Those people who, while professing to love you, only strive to control you, take from you or think they can get away with something.

There are many more toxic examples; the above are just ones I’ve encountered lately.  While most of these, especially the liars and two-facers, are annoying, manipulation and control are hot buttons for me.

Now, this is not without exception – some creature in true, dire need, for instance.  They don’t realize how transparent they are and really, is a few dollars here and there a huge hit on me?  No – addiction is a sad state wherein manipulation is a coping mechanism and those people aren’t really included in this missive.

Apparently, because I am the type of person who accepts and respects enough to let people be themselves without criticism, without judgment, without trying to change them, etc., some people interpret this as stupidity.  Seriously.  And some people, when they believe they’re smarter than their ‘target’, actually announce themselves and show their objective (to change, control, take or steal from, have a daily reason to complain, criticize, judge, etc).  My response, to be honest, is incredulity.

I have a hard time believing people actually are so disrespectful of MY ways that they’d try to impose their ways upon me or my family.  But they really do this.  And there, my friends, is the line.  Because I am accepting of others’ ways, I fully EXPECT them to be accepting and respectful as well.  When they aren’t, especially while they are professing their great love for me, I am SO very disappointed.

This is where I stop.  No anger, no criticism, no judgment, and no discussion – seriously, it’s not my job or desire to CHANGE you.  If you haven’t even tried to learn enough to be on a level where every word coming out of your mouth is not an abuse, criticism, complaint or lament, I hope and pray that you’re able someday to see this clearly – it’s toxic for you and for everyone you inflict yourself upon around you.  Not just emotionally toxic, but physically taxing as well (yes, I respond physically to negativity).

Yes. You have your ways, and I truly do respect you and accept that you have your ways.  But I don’t have to live with them being imposed on me or my family as part of my daily life.  This is me, saying ‘No, Thank you’ to the negativity, control, manipulation and to the darkness that comes with them.


 

Remineralizing Tooth Powders

I’ve been making tooth powders and tooth pastes for a few years now – for myself and my family.
A customer came to my table at an event and asked me about tooth powders. He had been paying the insane price being charged by another company (seriously, when you charge PER UNIT what it would cost that person to buy stuff and make their own entire BATCH, I call that gouging!) and was interested in buying LOCAL.

I powdered organic peppermint leaves and used peppermint essential oil. As time marches on, there may be other flavors such as cinnamon, but for now, peppermint is the flavor.
There is a little xylitol in this – it has been shown to be good for the teeth when used in a brushing preparation.
Calcium Bentonite Clay as well as a full complement of minerals may help with remineralizing the teeth. Please remember, consumption of high amounts of sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup, causes the body to spend minerals to process and THAT is how sugars affect tooth decay. Once the excessive consumption of sugars has created a mineral deficiency, the body starts raiding minerals from what it considers an ‘expendable’ source – the teeth. 
In order for the body to absorb and utilize calcium, there must be magnesium and phosphorus present. The minerals hold each other in ratio in the body, so a deficiency in magnesium will encourage deficiencies in the other major minerals. This is why I’ve gone to the trouble of adding ALL the major minerals (Calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus) to this preparation in the hopes that it will truly help.

The whitening formula has food grade activated charcoal from a hard wood source and both contain Myrrh powder for it’s antibacterial properties.

Each jar comes with a scoop to apply the powder to your moistened tooth brush.  1oz – get yours here.

 

Wine Soap

What?  Wine? In soap?

YES!  And you’ll never believe how NICE it is.  You’ll notice that there are two different colors – that’s because there are two different soaps here.  The lighter soap is made with Merlot and can be used as a solid shampoo. The darker soap is Cabernet and has a lot of clay in it – it can be used for shaving!

The intoxicating scents are from essential oil/phthalate-free, paraben-free fragrance oil blends.

So there you have it, a complete set of CLEAN.  🙂

 

Lavender Bud & Creosote

These beautiful, all-veg soaps are favorites!  They came about because I have many clients who are img_1175ALLERGIC to a couple of the oils traditionally used in all-veg soap making.  My clients requested these soaps made free of the oils that make them itch and I obliged.  These two quickly became favorites!

The lavender buds in this soap are from Red Rock Lavender right here in Arizona and the creosote is wildcrafted right here in Tucson – very often from the bushes in my yard.

This is one of the rare instances when I use the same recipe for more than one soap.  These really are a delight to use – they cleanse without drying.  Get yours here.  Enjoy.

All Veg Options

Hi everyone!

There’s some new items here at Ancestral Herbals.  Vegan-friendly stuff. 🙂 

Vegan Dandelion Salve – Organic Olive oil double infused with Dandelion flowers, then made into a salve with Candelilla wax and ginger essential oil.

Healing Salve – All Veg – Organic Olive oil infused with St. Johns Wort, Comfrey, Arnica, etc., and made into a salve with Candelilla and a little lavender essential oil.

Vegan Lotion Bar – Smells like chocolate!

Deodorant – vegan friendly.  Currently scented with Organic Lemongrass essential oil, but I’m thinking an unscented version may be in order. 🙂  get it here

The new Healing Aloe Cream is also All-veg/Vegan Friendly as it is made with an olive-based emulsifier that is Eco Cert approved for use in Organic Food products. 🙂

Check these out on the new Vegan Product page here

As far as soaps go, there are a few all-veg choices available.  They’ll always say “all veg” somewhere in the title or description.  I’m sure you’ll find that the all-veg options are superior! 🙂

Eye Cream

This eye cream is based on one from a very popular natural company that has been discontinued. img_0803-1
Enriched with Royal Jelly, olive squalane (your skin absorbs this right away), cholesterol esters and lanosterol esters (your skin absorbs these right away too), frankincense essential oil, collagen peptides, a little aloe vera, vitamin E, and apricot oil.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!  🙂  Get yours here.

Gift Cards

You may have realized that we’ve had Gift Certificates available online for sometime.  Well, we now have Gift Cards, too.img_0762

What is the difference?

Gift Certificates are purchased online and either delivered via email for you to send to your recipient OR we can print the certificate up, send it to your recipient for you.  The Gift Certificates are redeemable only ONLINE.

Gift Cards may be purchased in person at any of the markets.  To avoid confusion, they aren’t available for purchase online right now.  Gift Cards can only be redeemed IN PERSON.

 

The Markets this week. 

Come see us Saturday at the Tucson Organic Gardeners Fair 10-2, St Philips Plaza @ Campbell & River 8-12; and Sunday at St Philips Plaza (Campbell & River) 8-12.  🙂 img_0584

Aloe and Hemp Cream

The other day, I was explaining the ingredients in this cream to a customer. img_0641

How do you remember all the stuff you’ve put in this?

I made it!

But that explanation really isn’t deep enough. When I get an idea – whether it’s a ‘simple’ soap or a complex cream, it’s always exciting for me. Maybe I should add this, maybe that ingredient.  The intention of the persons who will be using the item is usually behind these ideas. For instance, I have quite a number of customers who are allergic to a very commonly used oil.  I make items just for them.  These products become like people to me.

So, my target with this Aloe cream was to make a cream that nourishes, encourages healing and finishes smooth without an oily feel.  It’s vegan friendly and SO nice.   The Organic Olive oil used in this one is infused with St. John’s Wort, Comfrey root & leaf, arnica, calendula, and echinacea.  Before this cream is made, another infusion is created with the aloe juice – rose buds, lavender buds, calendula, chamomile, rose hips, Willow bark, witch hazel leaf, and green tea.   All the oils are Organic – Hemp, Jojoba, pumpkin seed, flax seed and Olive oil.  This cream is truly a delight to use!

Get yours here 

Therapeutic Lip Balm

Hi everyone!  I have to admit, my motivation for making this lip balm was a little selfish.  Working outside during the summer, I got a little dehydrated a couple of times and my lips got chapped.  Well, I grabbed my favorite lip balm (it starts with a C and ends with an x) – especially at night.  One night my left leg was just screaming in pain and I couldn’t get comfortable.  Used the lip balm and took a look at the ingredients.  Dang.  Seriously.  You put that on your lips and basically eat it – even if you don’t think you eat it, your body absorbs it.  Where do you think it goes?

The thing about people who are chemists and such – they really believe the chemicals they use are the only way to achieve a certain result.  Well, I don’t believe so.  With each product I create to eliminate chemicals from our lives, I am affirmed that my belief about being able to have quality, natural personal care products without toxins IS possible – REALLY – my ingredient lists are pronounce-able and understandable!

At any rate, much like with the original lip balm, this balm has menthol and camphor to stimulate blood flow – this increases healing, but it also gives the lips a nice, natural blush.  This one also has my “healing oil” which is olive oil infused with herbs.  Here’s my ingredient list.

Hand Crafted with Organic Cocoa  Butter, Organic Olive oil meticulously infused with Calendula, Comfrey root, Comfrey leaf, St. Johns Wort, Arnica, and Echinacea,  Beeswax, Lanolin, Organic Hemp Oil, Shea Butter, Camphor, Menthol, Organic Peppermint Essential Oil, Vitamin E, Rosemary Extract

Get yours here

Prickly Pears are in season….. :)

Prickly Pear FruitAnyone who’s been up around 4 in the morning looking for something on TV has seen the ad for the super juice made from the fruit of the nopal cactus.  Well, that’s prickly pear.  They grow in my yard.

We pick the fruit with tongs, then burn the spines (spikes! LOL) off with a torch.  Then we put them in a bucket.  Once we’ve got as much as we want or need (depends on what we’re doing), we take the bucket inside.  I don my kevlar gloves – even though we’ve burned the ouchiest parts off them, there can still be little tiny spines that will burrow into the skin – and peel the fruits.   Each one has many tiny black seeds inside.  Those seeds are hard as rocks!   Once the fruits are peeled and seeded, they’re edible.  To me, they taste a little like melon.   I think they make pretty good syrup for our gluten free/grain free pancakes and waffles.  They also seem to make pretty nifty soap!

img_0431Enriched with prickly pear fruit, goat milk, aloe vera, beer, jojoba oil and avocado oil, with a super fat of 7%, this is a super bar of soap.  It also has meadowfoam seed oil and can be used as a solid shampoo.

The fragrance is a blend of phthalate free fragrance and essential oils.  It’s quite a sweet floral, but to us it isn’t cloying.    This is now a zero coconut formula, meaning it will cleanse, but not be too drying.

As always, the colors are obtained with herbs and natural minerals.

  Click here to purchase

This Week’s Markets

Hi Everyone!  This week, Ancestral Herbals is very busy!Bacon Soap

Saturday, we are at Arizona Hops & Vines participating in Bad Decisions 2016 Campout, at Rincon Valley Farmers Market til 1pm, and at St Philips Plaza Farmers Market until noon.

Sunday, we are at St Philips Plaza Farmers Market from 8 am until noon.

See you soon!

 

Soothing Herbal Oil

If you’ve ever tried the healing salve, you know how wonderful it is for rashes, burns, etc.


Well, this is the oil that goes into making that salve – it’s more potent.

Olive oil infused with St. John’s Wort, Comfrey, Calendula and others, this is a best seller at the markets.!

.5 oz bottle with reducer – $9.00

2 oz dropper bottle  – $30.00

Get yours here

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