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Chakra Dance

Chakra Dance with Julie Homans. Move over Zumba there’s a NEW Chakra Dance in town! A unique take on dance using Instrumental Modern Pop Music combined very tastefully with a mix of Ballet, Jazz, Modern Dance addressing specific Isolations & Breath focused into the Chakras. No experience necessary!

Chakra Dance your way back to your authentic Self with Julie and friends! Julie Anne Homans has 30 years Plus Dance Teaching experience and has been a Reiki Practitioner and Massage Therapist for 15 years as well.  So many of us live our lives in our heads. Charaka Dance allows us a chance to bring our attention back to our bodies by helping us reconnect our Body/ Mind connection. During Charaka Dance we will also release blockages in our Seven Major Charka Systems by grounding, centering, focusing on Breath, movement and bringing POSITIVE ENERGY back to our bodies so we can more easily promote self love, and healing. Julie has designed this program being mindful of the Beginner as well as one with no dance experience. This class will eventually lead into an Intermediate class and onto the advanced level of Chakra Dance.

Chakra Dance Summer Special* ~ Sundays from 10-11 AM ~ *4-week Class Series for $30 or $10 Drop-in if available ~ Limited Space – Registration Recommended!

The Power of Ritual

Upcoming Classes with Brenda Edwards from Quantum Life Management Center.

The Power Of Ritual ~ Saturday, May 27th from 1-3 PM ~ Cost $50. Must Register!
Ritual is a way of bringing the sacred into the mundane. Learn the importance of doing daily practices using body, mind and voice to cultivate a better relationship with the Divine Feminine.
You will learn:
The importance of ritual.
The Act of simple rituals.
The power of invocation.
How to awaken the energies.
The magic of holding space.
How to perform a love ritual. ( whether you want to enhance love, or find it. )
Each participant should bring a sacred item representing love and a notebook and pen.
Each person will receive a handout with a few simple rituals.

Shifting Into The 5th Dimension & Beyond ~ June 10th from 5-7 PM~ Cost $50 Must Register!
As Mother Earth has made her transition into the 5th Dimension, we to have to make the shift. Many are finding it challenging in different ways, experiencing a wide-range of things happening inside their bodies on all levels. Learn what is happening and what we can do to navigate through these waters of density in an easier way. Class includes learning a quantum vortex meditation to assist us.

An Introduction To The Human Design System & How It Can Benefit You ~ Saturday, July 15th from 1-3 PM ~ This class is FREE however Pre-Registration is Required!
Human Design is like a genetic matrix based on several ancient systems; astrology, the I Ching, chakras, and the Kabbalah. It shows us that we all have a unique design and a specific purpose to fulfill. It represents a map of human consciousness. A chart is drawn up from your birth data and gives us a genetic map, a blueprint for your life journey. Learn how you can get a chart done and what it will reveal.


Wisdom of Astrology

with Deborah Chase.

Find out how the Astrology Chart which is often referred to as the blue print of ones life has been used with accuracy for thousands of years. It is truly a unique tool to predict an individual’s present & future.  Astrology charts by appt. only.  Cost $133/ hr.

by appointment!

Deborah Chase has been an astrologer for the past 38 years. She has studied with the late Lon Ritchie of New York, World renowned Alan Oken author of Soul Centered Astrology and Rulers of the Horoscope, Albert Clayton Gaulden, Founder and Director of The Sedona Intensive and just recently has studied with Celebrity Astrologer David Palmer “The Leo King”.  She has worked with several medium/psychics such as Cheri Mancuso of California and Jessica Costello of Massachusetts. Currently she resides in Springfield, MA, has two wonderful children and a beautiful granddaughter “Finley Adele”.   She is lover of animals and music.

When she was young she spent several weeks in the hospital with pneumonia, pleurisy and tuberculosis. After that time of isolation she instinctively knew that the answers she was looking for lied in the unseen rather than the seen. With that she set out on a journey to investigate the Science of Astrology and fell in love with the freedom it gave her.  Ms. Chase continues to investigate the signs and wonders of Astrology and its profound symbolism.  Hoping to shed light to those who seek an understanding of one’s soul.

Using Feng Shui for Finding Balance and Power in Difficult Times

with Feng Shui expert Susan Laforte.

Saturday, May 13th from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. Cost $35.

The timeless practice of Feng Shui offers nourishing and practical strategies for regaining footing in these times of uncertainty.  Your own home can become not only a welcoming retreat — but also a balancing force in a world calling out for harmony and clarity.  In this very accessible workshop, you will learn:

*9 strategies for coping with stress – when all the news seems bad!

*The “chi” test for letting go of stuff that drains your energy…

*The key to finding your most “Commanding Position”…

*The informative “Bagua” map – a fascinating key to understanding and working with your space…

The instructor, Susan LaForte is the owner of Feng Shui for Home & Business, serving Western Massachusetts and surrounding areas since 2003.

If there is harmony in the home,

There will be order in the nation.

If there is order in the nation,

There will be peace in the world.

― Confucius

Spring is Time for Detoxing

Yes, the springtime is a wonderful time to start the detox ball rolling if you are not on a regular detox routine already.

What is detoxing?  

Simply put; “to abstain from or rid the body of toxic or unhealthy substances”.  Detox is a process in which a person makes lifestyle changes to clear their body of toxins. Toxins are any substance that can be poisonous or cause negative health effects. “Toxin” refers to all the metals, artificial food ingredients, chemicals, chlorine, pharmaceuticals, pollutants, phthalates, benzines, fire retardants, pesticides, and poisons that cause the body harm.  Detoxifying the body has been a familiar modality to all ancient healing traditions, including Ayurvedic, Egyptian, Chinese and Native American for thousands of years.

Why should one detox? 

We are in constant contact daily with harmful organisms and pollutants. They’re in our water, in our food, and in the air we breathe; it’s very difficult to get away from them. Everyday we are exposed to about 50,000 chemicals from the environment, water, and food we eat thus resulting in hazardous heavy metals that get stored in our body. When toxins are present in the body, blood circulation is blocked and cellular energy is impaired, which inhibits the body’s immune system, making it difficult for the body to fight disease. In order to maintain a productive life, detoxification is a necessity. The source of many health issues is the toxins that have built up in our bodies over the years. And there is no practical way to protect yourself from all the toxins in the environment. Fortunately, there are ways to counteract some toxins and pollutants. Your body’s natural detoxification processes exist to deal with the ones we can’t avoid. You can help your body perform these processes with the help of regular cleansing.  A few of the benefits of detoxifying your system are to release toxins & heavy metals, enhance your immune system and lose weight. Detoxification is about resting, cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health.

How will I feel after a detox cleanse?

One can experience a headache, feeling tired or achy like you’re getting over the flu a day or two after a detox cleanse. This is TEMPORARY!  It takes a lot of work for the body to purge toxins – killing off germs and the bad guys is a tough job! Do NOT try to do a heavy detox all at once unless your under a doctors care.  AND always drink extra water (recommended daily water intake is 8 glasses of purified water).  Extra water is important in the detoxification process as you want to flush the crap out of your systems!  Note: Do NOT use fluoridated water ever!

How can one detox on a regular basis?

A simple way to detox is by drinking lots of purified or filtered water with lemon or cucumber in it – 8 glasses daily is recommended.

Detoxifying your body is not only about what you avoid, but also about what you consume. Following a healthy diet can go a long way.  There are also many foods that aid detoxification — garlic, lemon, ginger, broccoli sprouts, mung beans, parsley, cilantro, and raw vegetables. Many diets promote cleansing and detoxification like a strict raw, organic, vegan diet, but there are other options if this isn’t for you. You could also try a raw alkaline diet. It’s a temporary cleanse consisting of uncooked fruits and vegetables and raw nuts, seeds, and sprouts. It’s a great strategy for detoxing the colon and liver. A juice diet is also helpful and is centered around consuming freshly-made fruit and vegetable juice—preferably organic.  Say ‘no’ to GMO, sugar and processed foods!

Herbal supplements can be helpful however it’s best to work with a practitioner who’s trained in herbalism or TCM.

Use an air purifier or salt lamp to help with the air quality.

What kind of treatments are helpful with the detoxing process?

The Far Infrared Sauna and Ionic Footbath are two simple, painless, comfortable, soothing methods that can aid in the detoxification process. The ionic detox and cleanse foot bath uses energized water to help your body detox and feel rejuvenated. Through water ionization, your body will be stimulated to expel and remove any excess toxins in the body. The Far Infrared Sauna is designed to detoxify heavy metals including mercury, lead, cadmium and aluminum, as well as aid in the elimination of arsenic, formaldehyde and industrial chemicals that have been stored throughout the body.

Then there’s Ear Coning or Candling, a gentle noninvasive modality used to clear physical, emotional and energetic debris and blockages that impair our ability to hear and take in information on many levels. A very effective technique for those with ear blockages, hearing loss, sensitivity, upper respiratory issues, allergies, candida, tinnitus… This session begins with a mild lymph massage of the neck and head which helps to open up the body for drainage followed by the ear coning.

Lymphatic massage uses light, rhythmic touch to improve lymph circulation. This gentle technique can prevent or reduce fluid retention, enhance the removal of toxins from body tissues, and support the immune system. This treatment is NOT recommended on anyone with an active skin infection, thrombosis, an open wound or a fever. Anyone who has heart or kidney disease, or is seeing a doctor for any other reason, should inform the practitioner in advance of your appointment.

Galvanic treatment has been in spas and salons for more than 50 years as customized treatments to refresh and energize the skin.  These treatments, through a gentle massaging action, help focus cellular energy and enhance circulation. During pre-treatment cycle, the Galvanic instrument and the pre-treat gel are negatively charged. These negative charges repel each other, driving the pre-treat gel into the skin and the gel binds to impurities in the skin. During the treatment cycle, the Galvanic instrument and the gel are positively charged. These positive charges repel each other helping to deliver the beneficial ingredients to the skin. The positive charged instrument attracts the remaining negatively charged impurities from the pre-treat cycle, drawing them out of the skin. This treatment can be used on the scalp for thinning hair, the face for acne, age spots, fine lines & wrinkles, stretch marks, scar tissue and age spots, as well as but not limited to the abdomen, arms and/or thighs for wrinkles, stretch marks, scar tissue and cellulite.

The AWC offers several of these treatments to help with your Detox needs!  check it out @ Abundant Wellness

Start the Detoxification process with:  (Note: Herbal extracts are the most potent and quickest way to get the job done! AND it is recommended to consult your healthcare practitioner before starting any new life changing diet or detox program – remember you ARE in charge of your body so take care of it.)  

  1. the colon – coffee ememas, herbal supplements like psyllium, cascara sagrada, bentonite, slippery elm bark, buck thorn, humic acid, drink lots of water
  2. the kidneys & bladder – parsley, asparagus, marshmallow root, drink lots of water
  3. the liver – coffee enemas, turmeric, milk thistle, root vegetables like beets, ginger, burdock, drink lots of water or using this protocol:     Oils are another way to Detox the liver using borututu bark, chanca piedra for 4 days followed by olive oil and epsom salts on the 5th day. Another very gentle Liver & Gallbladder cleanse: Veggie only week! make a shake using 1 lemon, 1 lime, ice, piece of ginger, garlic and 1 tablespoon of olive oil and each day for 5 days increase the garlic and olive oil by one. Use parsley if needed!  Eat carrot and beet salads, green juice drink, potassium broth soup* *1 gallon filtered water plus 4 lbs chopped/grated veggies of any types or quantities, such as: thick potato skins, yam or sweet potato skins, carrots, rutabagas, turnips, celery, zucchini, green beans, summer squash, onion, parsley and cilantro, greens of all types
  4. the Lymph nodes – Cat’s Claw, Pau D’Arco, Burdock Root, Essiac Tea, Daily Rebounding exercise
  5. Parasite Cleanse (6 weeks) – Black Walnut Green Hull, American Wormseed, Epazote, Wormwood, Clove, Kamala, Bromeline, Diatomaceous Earth

The Seven Step Essential Program for Prevention:

  1. Let Food be Your Medicine*
  2. Detox (daily gentle detox)
  3. Balance Energy (Reiki, Acupuncture, Massage, Chiropractic, Exercise, etc)
  4. Heal Emotional Wounds (Manage Stress, Love & Forgiveness)
  5. Biological Dentistry
  6. Specific Herbs, Supplements & Vitamins*
  7. True Prevention (Thermography, Blood tests for cancer profile – HCG hormones, PHI, TK1 enzyme, ANCA blood test)                               *Apigenin (celery), Curcumin (Turmeric) with Black Pepper and olive oil , Resveratrol (grapes & blueberries), Berberine, Quercetin, Garlic, N-acetycystein & Lipoic Acid, Sulforaphane  (Cruciferous Veggies like broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts), Sprouts, Seafood, Sauerkraut and fermented veggies, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Seeds (B-6), Rosemary,Wheat Grass, Kitecions, Chocolate, Green Tea, Essiac Tea, Cannabinoids (Hemp), Probiotics, Huang Qi (Astragalus which can be taken for a long time),  Nan Sha Shen (American silvertop root), Gan cao (licorice root), Poria (medicinal mushroom), Reishi (Beta-glucans), Cordyceps, Fu ling, Oldenlandia diffusa (Snake-needle grass), Asparagus root, Huang qin (scientific name Scutellaria baicalensis) a.k.a. Baikal skullcap or Chinese skullcap, Sea Cucumber, Collagen, Flavonoids, Folic Acid, Vitamin B including B-17 & B-53, Vitamin C, Vitamin D & K2, Omega 3, Magnesium, Chromium, Silica, Selenium, Zinc, also Salvestrols belong to the phytoalexins and have a cancer-inhibiting effect in humans. They cause tumour cells to die but leave healthy cells unharmed.

Natural Treatments for Skin Carcinomas:

Curaderm BEC5 cream for Basal Cell Carcinoma

Solar keratoses or sunspots are a possible predictor of skin cancer. These red patches caused by sun exposure are made of abnormal cells that can mutate into malignant cells in the basal, or lower layers of the skin. Newtons salve for solar keratoses contains extracts of Blood root and Devil’s apple with Hemp Oil in a beeswax and lanolin ointment base. It will assist in the treatment of solar keratoses (sunspots) and related lesions. Similar to Curaderm and Cansema, but without any erosive chemicals and harmful effects. Blood root was used by Harry Hoxsey in his topical skin cancer solutions that demonstrated efficacy for melanoma. Devil’s Apple (Solanum linnaeanum) is a poisonous nightshade species native to South Africa and is considered an invasive weed in Australia and New Zealand. The applications of devil’s apple in combating cancer was tested and patented in the early 1980s by Bill Cham, who was then a medical researcher at the University of Queensland. Cham, who developed a cream made from the devil’s apple flower, followed up anecdotal evidence from livestock owners that the growth of skin cancers and lesions had slowed down or cleared up in horses and cattle that ate the weed. Farmers were also known to rub the sap of the fruit to repair sunspots.

It is now known and proven by clinical trials that the selective anti-tumor effects of Devil’s apple are due to Solasodine rhamnosyl glycosides compounds, also found in eggplants. Solasodine rhamnosyl glycosides (SRGs) induce apoptosis in a wide variety of cancer cells and are more effective than many well-established anticancer agents.

Rigvir (Riga Virus) successfully treats melanoma in Riga, Latvia by Dr. Kaspars Losans, M.D. Oncologist and Director of International Virotherapy Centre.

The Medical Center in Cologne, Germany with Dr. Robert Groter, M.D., Ph.D.

Other Natural Therapies for Cancer:

  1. Sonar Therapy with Sensitizer (chlorophyll)
  2. Photo Dynamic Therapy
  3. Pulsating Electromagnetic Therapy
  4. Hyperbolic Oxygen Chamber
  5. Local Direct Hyperthermia
  6. Far & Near Infrared Sauna
  7. Antineoplastons (a group of naturally-occurring peptides and amino acid derivatives which control tumor growth, and have been proven in clinical studies on a number of advanced cancer cases to be highly effective and non-toxic, relative to chemotherapy.)
  8. Change the epigenetic code through diet
  9. Ketogenic Diet (avocados, olives, coconuts, grass fed raw butter, nuts like pecans & macadamia, flax & chia seeds)
  10. Fasting
  11. Hypothermia

Micro-nutrients to prevent cancer growth: (Synergy Program from Dr. Rath Research Institute – offers a free book “Victory Over Cancer”)

  • Vitamin C
  • Lysine – Amino Acid
  • N-A-C
  • Trace Elements including Copper & Selenium
  • Green Tea ECGC
  • Quercetin

“All disease begins in the gut.” ~ Hippocrates

What’s leaky gut or intestinal permeability?

Leaky gut occurs when the small intestines gets damaged and small particles start leaking into the bloodstream. It’s progression often leads to increased stress, toxins, particles, drugs, pathogens, organ malfunction and leading to GI inflammation, food intolerance, malabsorption, immune system issues and then an autoimmunity (Hashimotos, IBS, Celiac Disease, MS, ADHD, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, Renal or Adrenal Failure, etc.).

5 Steps to Healing Leaky Gut:

  1. Know your gut type (Candida Gut, Gastric Gut, Stressed Gut, Immune Gut or Toxic Gut)
  2. Remove inflammatory food triggers
  3. Nourish gut lining with key nutrients
  4. Treat specific organs with supplements
  5. Rebalance microbium (microbes and probiotics)

Leaky Gut Trigger Foods:

  1. GMO
  2. Antibiotics
  3. Gluten
  4. Processed Sugar as well as Aspartame, Sucralose, Splenda
  5. Dairy (not including goats milk kefir)
  6. Food Allergens (different for everyone – soy, corn, nuts, shellfish, eggs, etc.)

Healing Foods for Leaky Gut:

  • Bone Broth (collagen* & proline)
  • Coconut & Coconut oil
  • Fermented veggies
  • Goat’s Milk Kefir
  • Blueberries, Orange & Yellow Squashes

Recommended Supplements for Leaky Gut:

  1. Probiotics
  2. Digestive Enzymes (2 caps with meat & starches)
  3. Adaptogenic Herbs – Ginseng (spleen & digestion), Ashwagandha (adrenals & thyroid) & Licorice Root (stomach)
  4. L-glutamine –  (repairs & heals small intestine) recommended use on a short term basis

        Budwig Diet:  (must MIX cottage cheese and flax seed oil well)

  1. Cottage Cheese
  2. 2 Tbs Flax seed oil
  3. Add fruit or greens or nuts, etc.

        Gerson Therapy:

  • Juicing
  • Coffee Enema (lightly roasted organic coffee bean) cleanses liver uses palmitic acid to create Glutathione S-transferases (GSTs)

*Collagen Types 1 & 3 for Hair, Skin, Nails, and Bones (Suggested use to take with juice or Vitamin C supplement in the morning. Take separately from Type 2 Collagen.)

Collagen Types 1 & 3 may:

  • minimize fine lines and wrinkles
  • improve elasticity*
  • support the bone matrix (36% of bone is made up of collagen Type 1 and 3)
  • correct weak or damaged nail beds
  • thicken fine hair, slows hair loss
  • improve circulation
  • promote glycine production which builds leans muscle and helps burn fat during sleep
  • Supplementing with collagen may also, “increase skin hydration by 28%, decrease micro-furrows by 26%, and increase skin suppleness by 19%”

*Collagen Type 2 for Joint and Cartilage Support (Suggested use to take at bedtime on an empty stomach. To improve effectiveness, do not take in conjunction with Type 1 & 3.)

Collagen Type 2: (makes up 50-60% of protein in cartilage & makes up 85-90% of collagen in articular cartilage)

  • may reduce popping knees
  • may support back, jaw, and joints
  • includes glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid

Get sunshine for natural Vitamin D – epigenetic influencers optimizes 10% of our genes. Sun mixes with the cholesterol of the skin to form Vitamin D.  Sunshine can filter out the good UVB rays that help produce Vitamin D and allow the harmful UVA rays to penetrate our bodies.

Aquaporons – allowing the cell’s function to be increased by super hydration – viruses can not function in a hydrated cell. Molecular Resonance Effect Technology (MRET water)

  • Molecular Resonance Effect Technology Water Activator
  • Creates a subtle, low-frequency electromagnetic field which is imprinted into the water
  • Prevents cellular dehydration and slows down the aging process closely related to the dehydration of cells
  • Supports immune function
  • Normalizes the pH of the body

Molecular Hydrogen Water – Echo Water

PEMF (low frequency)

MRET device for cell phones

Feed our System with Emotional Well-being

1 minute of anger = 6 hours of depression

1 minute of laughter = boost immune system for 24 hours

Music changes the way the brain works (relaxing music is therapeutic)

Support your body:

  • Don’t eat for 3 hours before bed
  • Sleep for 8 hours


Winter Wellness Expo 2017

Visit us at the WINTER  WELLNESS  Expo* 2017

Come and explore health, wealth and happiness for your home, office, environment, mind, body and soul with lots of great vendors, exhibits, workshops and talks!

Sat., 2/18 & Sun., 2/19 @ 10am-5pm.

*Location: Sheraton Springfield Monarch Hotel.  See us for a FREE pass!

Healing With Herbal Supplements


Herb Pharm Herbal Supplements:

Note: Although most herbal remedies need to be extracted using an alcohol base, their are some herbs that can be ‘alcohol-free’ and are usually extracted using a glycerite base.  So if you are sensitive to alcohol please make note of this.  AND as with ALL herbal supplements discontinue if experiencing any rash or adverse reaction.   Caution when pregnant as several herbs can be contra-indicated during pregnancy or lactation.  

A Healthy Farm Yields Healthy Herbs
At Herb Pharm they grow most of their herbs on the “Pharm Farm” – their certified organic farm located in a rural valley of the Siskiyou Mountains in southern Oregon. As organic farmers, we never use synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, nor do they use genetically modified seeds. Instead, they employ fundamental, time-honored sustainable agriculture techniques including crop rotation, cover cropping, natural weed control such as hand weeding and flame weeding, and composting to condition our soil.

Each year, their  farm is inspected and certified as organic by Oregon Tilth. Oregon Tilth is a nonprofit organization supporting and promoting biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture through education, research, advocacy, and certification.

Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO) is an internationally recognized symbol of organic integrity. The purpose of organic certification is to ensure that the agreed upon conventions of organic agricultural systems are being practiced not only by growers, but also by all the people who handle and process organic food, feed and fiber on its journey to the consumer. In order to accomplish this, OTCO provides a system that combines strict production standards, on-site inspections, and legally binding contracts to protect the producers and buyers of organic products.

Custom Wildcrafted Herbs
Herb Pharm  environmental commitments also include harvesting wild herbs in a responsible and sustainable manner – what we’ve termed “Custom Wildcrafted”. Herb Pharm’s  strict protocols assure proper identification of plant species and optimal time of harvest, and insure conservative harvest yields and habitat protection in order to facilitate conservation of these valuable plants for future generations.

Why “Liquid” Extracts?

Herb Pharm Liquid Herbal Extracts – Your most effective herbal solution!!
After 30-plus years of manufacturing quality herbal medicines, Herb Pharm continues to produce primarily liquid herbal extracts. While we do manufacture a number of topical products, along with our Super Echinacea capsules and Pharma Kava capsules (both of which are made from the dried liquid extract), Herb Pharm remains the leading manufacturer of liquid herbal extracts in the United States. Tens of thousands of educated herb consumers around the country recognize the advantages of taking their medicines as liquids. Medical professionals trained in the use of herbal medicines also prescribe their medicines primarily as liquid extracts. Why?  To help you appreciate the merits of why this simple yet sophisticated method of taking herbal medicines is far superior to taking most capsules and tablets, the following discussion is offered:

  • Your Body Absorbs Liquids Better
    One of the primary benefits of using liquid herbal extracts is that they do not require digestion. You don’t need to extract what is medicinal from the plant cellulose before it can be absorbed – this has already been done for you. As you would expect, liquid herbal extracts are of particular benefit to those individuals who possess impaired digestive function. In many situations where digestion is not optimally functioning, it simply makes little sense to give a medicine in any form, other than liquid.
  • Tasting the Herb Can Aid Effectiveness
    There are five primary tastes in our universe – sweet, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. Unfortunately, western medical science has mainly researched sweet, salty, and bitter. In each instance, however, science has shown that when a taste is perceived by a taste receptor on the tongue, neurotransmitters are released into nervous tissue fibers that result in signaling the medulla of the brain. In the case of the ‘bitter experience’, once this initial signal from the tongue reaches the medulla, a nerve impulse is then initiated which results in an increase in gastric, pancreatic, gallbladder, and liver secretion. Simply by tasting something bitter you’re able to fortify a myriad of digestive functions.
  • Fresh from the Field Extraction
    Some plants must be extracted in their fresh state, while others must be extracted dried to produce a medicine of any worth. By producing liquid extracts Herb Pharm is able to extract the herb fresh or dried, selecting whichever produces the best medicine. Of course, this is impossible to achieve with crude, dried herb capsules and tablets.
  • Liquid Extracts Last Longer
    Most liquid herbal extracts have an excellent shelf life. This is an important consideration for any individual who stores extracts for personal use, sale, or prescription. As a general rule, liquid extracts containing alcohol have an expected shelf life of 5 years, while those containing no alcohol (glycerites) are best used within 3 years. While the shelf life of many extracts will certainly surpass these estimates, for the safe and effective use of liquid herbal extracts these approximations are best adhered to. In contrast to the excellent shelf-life of liquid herbal extracts, studies indicate that crude, dried Echinacea capsules lose approximately 90% of their activity in a little more than a year from their manufacture date.
  • Dosing with Drops is Simple & Flexible
    The sophistication of liquid extract delivery is no more apparent than when it comes to dosage flexibility. For example, when using liquid herbal extracts a pediatrician is able to give a small child a fraction of a single drop simply by placing one drop of the extract in one ounce of water or juice and administering the appropriate fraction of the solution. You simply cannot do this with any other delivery system.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a liquid herbal extract?
A liquid herbal extract is a concentrated solution made by extracting (pulling or “washing”) the herb’s chemical constituents out of the inert herb fiber (cellulose) with a solution of alcohol and water or glycerine and water. A good liquid herbal extract should optimally preserve the aroma, taste and biological activity of the herb from which it is made. Vanilla extract is a commonly known liquid herbal extract.

Are extracts made from fresh herbs better than ones made from dry herbs?
Many people assume that a fresh herb extract is superior to a dry herb extract, but this is not necessarily true; it really depends upon the unique biochemical, biophysical and energetic properties of the specific herb being extracted. While some herbs do indeed make a superior extract when extracted while still fresh and succulent (e.g., Shepherd’s Purse, Corn Silk), there are also many herbs which make a superior extract when extracted after the herb is dried (e.g., Hops, Grindelia). Also, some herbs are best extracted when semi-dried (e.g., Saw Palmetto), or fermented (e.g., Wild Cherry, Sweet Clover). Some are overly active when fresh and must be dried and aged one year before use (e.g., Buckthorn, Cascara Sagrada).  For thousands of years people have been using thousands of different herbs. While some of these herbs are used fresh, the vast majority is used in their dry form. Remember that each herb has its own unique properties and therefore must be treated accordingly. There are no universals when it comes to herbal handling and extraction.

What is the purpose of alcohol in liquid herbal extracts?
Grain alcohol is the best food-grade solvent for extracting and preserving many of the naturally occurring herb constituents that are poorly soluble in water.  The food-grade grain alcohol used to prepare liquid extracts serves three specific functions. First, alcohol is the only edible solvent that will extract and preserve many of the naturally occurring herb constituents that are poorly soluble in water, such as essential oils, resins, balsams and many alkaloids. Second, alcohol is an excellent natural preservative, which maximizes the shelf life of the extracts. Third, alcohol is a great carrying agent, which facilitates the absorption of the herb’s constituents into the bloodstream.

How much alcohol is in liquid herbal extracts and how much alcohol am I really consuming?
The amount of alcohol in individual liquid extracts can vary from 20% to 90% depending on the herb being extracted and its content of alcohol and water-soluble constituents. For example, to fully extract Cayenne’s pungent resins and orange-red pigments require at least 80% alcohol is required. A Cayenne extract made with a lower amount of alcohol will contain smaller amounts of Cayenne’s resins and pigments, and therefore will be of lower quality than the higher alcohol extract.  The amount of alcohol you consume in a dose of liquid extract is actually very small. For example, taking 30 drops of Echinacea liquid extract (alcohol content of 45% to 50%) amounts to consuming 1/65th of a can of beer or 1/85th of an 8-ounce glass of wine. Also, if you mix those 30 drops of Echinacea liquid extract into 2 ounces of water, that mixture would contain only 0.59% alcohol.

Can I evaporate away the alcohol in liquid herbal extracts by mixing the extract drops into hot water?
A small amount of the alcohol can be removed this way but most of it will stay intimately mixed with the hot water and will remain so even if the water is boiled. That’s because alcohol and water are extremely difficult to separate once they have been mixed. While adding extracts to hot water will not eliminate their alcohol, it can, in some cases, actually damage the extract. Many extracts are heat stable (e.g., Goldenseal) and adding them to hot water does no harm. However, other extracts are damaged by heat (e.g., Valerian) and can be weakened by adding them to hot water. Also, essential oils found in certain extracts (e.g., Lemon Balm, Chamomile) will be at least partially vaporized by hot water. Here you are left with a compromised extract, but the alcohol remains. If an extract is directed to be taken hot to increase its diaphoretic (sweat-inducing) action, it should be added to hot water that is not too hot to drink.

What is the best way to take liquid herbal extracts?
You should always put liquid extracts into water or juice for consumption. Taking them straight from the dropper may cause a burning sensation in the mouth and is discouraged. Mix the prescribed number of extract drops into 1 to 2 ounces of water unless the label directs otherwise. You can also add the drops to warm tea (not piping hot) or juice. Certain herbs, because of their stronger action, require more water. For optimal results, sip the mixed drops so you can savor the extract’s flavor and aroma. Although you may not always like the taste, it contributes part of the therapeutic effect of the herb. Always follow label instructions. Some products require more water or have other special instructions for use such as the throat spray or eye drops.

What is the proper dosage of liquid herbal extracts for children?
Unless otherwise noted, all doses are for adults, but Clark’s Rule can be used to convert the adult dose to a child’s dose. Some extracts are not suitable for children. Consult your doctor for advice.

Clark’s Rule
Divide the child’s weight (in pounds) by 150 to get the fraction of the adult dose to give to the child.  Example: For a 50 pound child give 50/150 (or 1/3) of the adult dose. Therefore, if the adult dose is 30 drops taken 3 times per day, the child’s dose will be 10 drops taken 3 times per day (not 30 drops taken 1 time per day). Some extracts are not suitable for children. Consult your doctor for advice.

How many drops are in a one-ounce bottle of liquid herbal extract?
The number of drops in a bottle of liquid extract will vary depending on the viscosity (thickness) of the extract. For example, one ounce of Herb Pharm’s Goldenseal liquid extract contains 1,243 drops, Echinacea liquid extract contains 1,184 drops, and Marshmallow liquid extract, which is very viscous, contains only 1,000 drops. In general, most extracts fall within the range of 1,000 to 1,300 drops per ounce. This is equivalent to 25-32 individual doses per bottle.

How can I compare the dosage of herb capsules or tablets to the dosage of liquid herbal extracts?
Liquid herbal extracts are much easier to absorb and assimilate into the body than herb capsules and tablets. Herb capsules and tablets made from crude herb have to be digested (i.e., extracted) by your body before the herb’s chemical constituents can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Since many herbs are very woody, digesting and absorbing them can be very difficult, especially for people with digestive problems. Therefore, much of the capsule or tablet remains undigested and never gets absorbed. However, the chemical constituents in a liquid herbal extract have already been “digested” and can therefore be readily absorbed into the bloodstream. Because of these differences, liquid herbal extracts are a much more efficient means of getting the chemical constituents out of the crude herb and into the bloodstream.

Because of the widely varying amount of hard-to-digest woody fiber in various herbs and the efficiency of absorbing and assimilating liquid extracts, it is impossible to directly compare liquid extracts with powders. Powders have the additional disadvantage of quickly losing their potency through oxidation, so more is needed to achieve the same effect. Fresh plant extracts are even more difficult to equate to powders because the fresh, un-dried plant has very different characteristics than the dried plant. We make extracts from fresh herbs for those plants that typically do not dry well either because they degrade or because some constituents volatilize upon drying. Drying and powdering these herbs places them at a still greater disadvantage.  Always follow the label’s recommendation for dosage.

What is the meaning of “pyrrolizidine alkoloids removed” on your Comfrey liquid extract?
About 3% of flowering plants contain a group of highly variable chemical compounds called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs); Comfrey is in this group of plants. PAs can have a toxic effect on the liver when taken orally in large amounts or for extended periods of time. The amount and type of PAs in plants can vary greatly depending upon the botanical species and variety, growing conditions, plant part, and time of harvest. Occasional, small amounts of PAs are harmless to the body, but they can be cumulative. Children, the elderly and those with liver disease are more easily harmed by PAs and fetuses are particularly vulnerable.

The United States Food and Drug Administration has banned all sales of Comfrey for internal use, but it can still be sold for external use. Herb Pharm’s Comfrey extract is now sold for external use only. Because of safety concerns, Canada, Australia, England and several European countries have banned the sale of PA-containing herbs, although Germany and Switzerland do allow the sale of PA-free (‹1 ppm) herbal products. The PAs can be removed by a chemical-free process (ion exchange), which removes nothing from the extract but the PAs and 2 to 3% of its minerals. This process does not compromise the quality of these PA-free extracts and they can be used without concerns about PA toxicity. To assure safety, Herb Pharm’s Comfrey contains less than 1 ppm of PAs.

Are your products gluten-free and does grain alcohol contain gluten?
Yes, all of our products are gluten-free. Our grain alcohol is made from corn, which does not contain gluten.

About Herb Pharm

The First Years
On March 8, 1979, Herb Pharm was officially established as a bona fide business in Williams, Oregon. Back in those days, Herb Pharm’s “lab” was the kitchen of Ed Smith and Sara Katz, the company’s founders and owners. Bottles were filled one-by-one with a beaker, and labels were typed with a typewriter on Avery blanks. Accompanied by a handful of apprentices who lived in Ed and Sara’s house, days and nights were spent planting, harvesting and grinding the roots, leaves, flowers and seeds that grew in our garden and the surrounding mountains to make their liquid herbal extracts.

Serving a Need
In those days, Herb Pharm’s little company was the alternative to the rather poor quality and limited array of medicinal herb products available in the 70’s. Back then, they spoke constantly and loudly of the importance of using organic, high-quality herbs as opposed to the overdried plant fiber that the few existing companies were using in their products.

Focus on Quality
Herb Pharm  focused on collecting the best quality herbs we could, hand-picking the most medicine laden plant parts while paying close attention to the plants themselves, their peak of readiness and the best time of day for harvest. We even drove 100 miles round trip to fill their jugs with solar distilled water for their extracts!

Herb Pharm Traditional Roots
Before starting Herb Pharm, Ed lived five winters in the South American jungle learning about plants from the native healers. He practiced herbal medicine at a missionary clinic in Guatemala, and studied every herb book he could get his hands on. Early on, we used formulas from traditional American herbals, the writings of the Eclectic Physicians, and the U.S.Pharmacopoeia’s.

Ed Smith began formulating proprietary compounds, using knowledge from his studies and extensive travels. Always paying close attention to worldwide medicinal herb research, Herb Pharm introduced to the American herb market valuable medicinal herb products such as Ginkgo and Vitex.

Today at Herb Pharm
Ed and Sara still own Herb Pharm as a family business, and are involved in the daily operations of the company. They now have an 85-acre certified organic herb farm (called the “Pharm Farm”), employ 75 people, and sell products to health food stores, Herbalists, Naturopathic Physicians, and Medical Doctors worldwide.

Attention to Detail
Herb Pharm is as picky as ever about the plants they use and their meticulous extraction. They extract each herb according to its own unique physical and biochemical characteristics at a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Williams. As years go by, we constantly look for ways to improve the quality of their herbal medicines.

Committed to Principles of Traditional Herbal Medicines
There is an ever-increasing trend towards refining herbs and isolation of herbal constituents. Their broad-spectrum extracts provide an alternative to this trend. Herb Pharm are still committed to herbal extracts that represent the whole plant, and the basic principles of traditional herbal medicines. They are sincerely grateful and thank all of our customers who have used our products through these years. As they continue to sink our herbal roots deeper and deeper, Herb Pharm will constantly strive to bring their customers the finest herbal extracts available anywhere.

Suggested Use

Shake Well Before Using. Two to five times per day take 30 to 40 drops in a little water. (1 dropper full)

More About Herb Pharm

There was a time not that long ago when the society focused squarely on fighting nature in the interest of progress. The land suffered and so did we. Herb Pharm started with a few scrappy idealists who believed they could cultivate health from the land without robbing it, and future generations along with it. They looked to ancient healing traditions and then sought to improve upon them.

By using technology and proven clinical practices in tandem with nature, and not in domination of it, our founders challenged themselves to find a better path to health. What they started with was a holistic mandate, not a commercial one. We’re still small enough that we make each batch by hand, but large enough to have the latest in manufacturing and testing technology, which suits us fine. Healthy people and planet has always been our focus, passion and mission and that along with our commitment to our founding principles will never change.