• More than just a great Soap – it’s a way of life

    eMeadows soap is for consumers that value handcrafted soap made with the highest quality fair trade, organic and wild harvested ingredients.   A lot of research and thought has gone into choosing who to purchase these ingredients from.  We purchase from companies that are dedicated to providing sustainable livelihoods for their workers as well as producing their products practicing environmentally sustainable and natural methods past down through generations.

    Two of the main ingredients of eMeadows soaps are Shea butter and Coconut oil.  The Shea butter comes from Ghana, Africa and produced by women who work to support themselves and their families.  The company is called Global Mamas.   Fair Trade practices ensure that every Global Mama is paid a steady, living wage.  Please click on the link to see how these women make the Shea butter used in our soap.

    We also use the highest quality Coconut oil from Tropical Traditions.  We opt to buy the Gold Label virgin coconut oil because it is handcrafted by family producers in the Philippines using traditional methods passed down from previous generations.  Recent studies show that traditionally made coconut oils have the highest amounts of antioxidants.  This coconut oil is made by hand, not machines.  Please click the link to see how the Gold label Coconut oil is made.

    Not only is it important to use a soap that is healthy for your skin, but one that does not pollute our environment with harmful chemicals when it goes down drain.  You can be assured that eMeadows soap is made from the highest quality ingredients with no harmful chemicals and was purchased from companies that promote fairness to workers using sustainable environmental practices.  It’s all connected…how we use our monetary resources, the human spirit, the environment and what we put on our skin.

     

     

     

     

  • Nourishing Stinging Nettle

    Urtica dioica, often called common nettle, stinging nettle or nettle leaf is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant of the Urticaceae family. It is native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa and western North America.  This herb is well worth the risk of “stinging” as it is very nourishing.  After the nettle is cooked, dried or allowed to remain untouched for several hours after picking, there is no longer any sting to the nettle leaves.

    Susun Weed, one of the most knowledgeable herbalists and teachers of our time says that stinging nettles nourish and support the entire body, particularly the endocrine (adrenals), immune, urinary, respiratory, and circulatory systems.  She provides the following nutrition information.

    *Nettle Nutrition

    protein (10 percent by weight)
    calcium (1000 mg per quart of infusion)
    magnesium (300 mg per quart of infusion)
    potassium (600 mg per quart of infusion)
    zinc (1.5 mg per quart of infusion)
    selenium (.7 mg per quart of infusion)
    iron (15 mg per quart of infusion)
    manganese (2.6 mg per quart of infusion)
    plus chromium, cobalt, phosphorus, copper, sulphur, silicon, and tin.
    Vitamin A (5000 IU per quart of infusion)
    Vitamin B especially thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate
    Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Vitamin K

    To obtain the above amounts put one ounce by weight of dried nettle herb in a quart jar.  Fill the jar to the top with boiling water and cover tightly.  Let this steep for four hours or overnight.  Strain the herb and drink the remaining liquid.  This is better seasoned with salt rather than sugar or honey.  Refrigerate the nettle infusion and drink promptly as it will ferment if kept more than two days.

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  • Springtime Herbs

    Self Heal herb

    It’s May in Michigan and Self heal, (Prunella vulgaris) is everywhere!  It is easily recognized by an almost cylindrical purple flower head at the top.  The stem is square and has paired sets of leaves growing up it.  eMeadows has the dried Self heal herb for sale now!

    Self heal is also known as All heal, Heart of the Earth, Sicklewort, Heal All, Hook Heal, and Carpenter’s Herb.  It is a scentless perennial herb of the mint family.  Self heal herb is one of the great unsung healers of the world, according to renown herbalist, Susun Weed.  She says the leaves and flowers contain more antioxidants than any other plant tested.   She recommends self heal leaves in salads in the spring and fall and medicinal vinegars with the flowers or cook the flowering tops (fresh or dried) in soups.  Dried self heal can be used to make infusions, teas, or tinctures.  The plant contains vitamins A, C, B-1, K, Niacin as well as flavonoids and rutin.

    This medicinal plant has been known as far back as 206-220 BC during the Chinese Qin-Han dynasty.  It was also identified by Pedanius Dioscorides, 70 AD, a Greek physician, pharmacologist, botanist, and author of De Materia Medica  – a 5-volume Greek encyclopedia about herbal medicine and related medicinal substances, that was widely read for more than 1,500 years.

    Self heal, Prunella vulgaris seems to be getting serious attention for its effectiveness against HIV viruses and as a possible treatment for certain cancers.  If you are interested in this herb, I have provided additional information and references for you to explore. Continue Reading