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November 04, 2019

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2019: A Year Full Of Changes

I know I don’t need to tell you all how fast time flies by. 2019 has been a big year of change for EAA, and I want to fill all of you in on the details.

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 It has been a lifelong dream of mine to have property on which I could feed myself and my family, and also harvest wild plant medicines, and grow organic botanicals.  After exhausted searches for affordable property around the PNW turned up nothing, we found land in north Idaho, that was remote, and wildly beautiful. We have good growing conditions here, with warm temps in early spring, reaching the high 90’s by July. The soil is rich, but it’s clay conditions will need to be amended with compost and chipped bark.

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We have been working on refurbishing an existing greenhouse structure, and fencing (deer proofing) a large area where we will install raised beds. This past May, I was able to plant many of the botanicals we use in our products. This summer I harvested chamomile, calendula, and rose. Next year we will add comfrey, lavender, and rose geranium.

calendula flower

We have plans for building a small shed that will serve as a distillation room where we will manufacture our rose geranium and lavender hydrosols.

These beautiful, gentle, subtle plant waters are at the heart of our formulations. We have gone to great expense to use these plant waters instead of filtered or tap water. Water in ALL products adds nothing medicinally speaking and must be buffered with anti-bacterial agents. Hydrosols treat skin with the most gentle of influences, and because they are water, they are powerful mood shifters as well.

Production of Essential Apothecary Alchemist is still based in Seattle. Fate blessed me with meeting the lovely Kim Smith. She worked with me for almost a year learning all of my formulations and procedures. We became partners in May of 2019. Kim brings a sweet and thoughtful energy to her work, and I am grateful for all of her contributions.

As we move into the closing of 2019 we would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you for your continued love and loyalty. For the month of November, we are offering a 20% discount on all orders. Use the discount code GRATITUDE19. Thank you for following our story on Instagram, and you can also keep up with the changes at the farm in Idaho at: @huntermoonhomestead.

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We hope you all have a purposeful and restful winter season. Many blessings to all of you. 

Essential Apothecary Alchemist is now available on Etsy as EApothecary.

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June 19, 2019

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Featured Artist: Etta Lilienthal

Join us in our Studio Workshop for Ballard Art Walk this month on July 13th from 5 to 7pm, for an opening reception featuring the water colors of Etta Lilienthal. 

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The Dangers of Rancid Oil In Your Beauty Products

Too Many Products Contain Rancid Oils...

As a maker, I am always curious about other brands' ingredients, their processes and packaging. I love to see, touch, and smell what other people are doing. I know it looks glamourous from the outside, but making products that you can be proud of, on the inside, is a lot of crucial decision making, hard work, and expense. Good skin care products will contain a fair amount of oil in them. Oils are usually about half of the ingredients for face creams and body lotions, while a good serum is almost all, if not all, oil. So, with such a concentrated amount of one ingredient in a product, it is important that you as a consumer be educated about the importance of the quality of that ingredient. 

Not All Oils Are Created Equal

Refined oils are extracted using high heat and chemicals as solvents. This method of extraction greatly affects the nutritional content of the oil. However, highly refined oils are less expensive to produce than the organic, and cold pressed versions. All oils are subject to rancidity and oxidation with sunlight and heat.
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Cold pressed oils retain their nutrient value, including their innate oxidative protective... vitamin E! Vitamin E is a fat soluble nutrient that has antioxidant properties, which protect cells from the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are toxic byproducts of oxygen metabolism that can cause damage to living cells and tissue in our body. It is the nutrients in our foods that protect our cells from the damage of free radicals. Studies have also shown that Vitamin E taken internally and applied topically are effective in protecting the skin against the early damage introduced by ultraviolet radiation.

If the oil ingredients in the products you are using are not natural, cold pressed oils, the vitamin E content will be too low to protect the product from easily becoming rancid. Add to this, products that are put in clear glass containers, or plastic, are even more at risk. Heat and sunlight are a big factor in oxidizing oil ingredients.  

Rancid oils pose a big health risk and should be considered toxic. When rancid oils are eaten or applied to the skin, free radical damage to the cells is increased. It is well known in natural medical circles, that rancid oils are considered carcinogenic, pro-inflammatory and very toxic.

Most oils should have very little odor. The nut oils should have a sweet nutty smell. The best description of the smell of rancid oil is to think about the smell of a melting crayon. Rancid oils have a sharp, unpleasant, metallic, or bitter smell. Even when a product has fragrance or essential oils, you can perceive the smell of rancidity in the oils contained in a product. 

At Essential Apothecary Alchemist we use organic, cold pressed, virgin oils in our products. To this we add an extra dose of non GMO mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) - pure form and food grade. We bottle our products in light protecting brown glass to protect our products from harmful and destructive UV light. We recommend storing your EAA products at room temperature and avoid direct exposure to sunlight and excessive heat. 

 

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Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1775384

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/5582569_Chemical_Properties_and_Cytotoxicity_of_Thermally_Oxidized_Oil

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2040110/

November 02, 2018

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Seattle Apothecaries

We're thrilled to be included in these lists by Seattle Met for the best Apothecaries in our city. Come by and let us cure you!

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September 20, 2018

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PLANT INFUSED WATERS: HYDROSOLS

The only thing that water in your product will do is grow bacteria, and this must be addressed with anti-bacterial preservatives. Most skin care manufacturers would not go to the trouble to source living, clean, spring water for their products. Not only do I do this, I go a step further and I distill fresh spring water with living plants, to make hydrosols. 

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WHY IS WATER ALMOST ALWAYS THE FIRST INGREDIENT?

Have you ever wondered why water is usually the first ingredient in your skin care, or body care, product. If water is not the first ingredient, it is almost always in the top 3. When most skin care lines have their products manufactured for them, these products are made in huge batches. When these big batch products are made, they are typically made with inexpensive man made ingredients. To these base creams, companies add lovely things like plant infusions, nutrients, and essential oils, but this doesn’t change the core of the product. To make a cream, you need 3 main parts. The first part is water, the second part is oil, and the third part is wax. The water, the wax, and the oils are heated separately and then blended together. Wax is used as an emulsifier - without it, the water and oil will separate. Most often the oils and waxes that are used are man made petroleum products. These man made chemicals are known endorcrine disrupters, and they tend to build up in our body tissues.

Everything leaves a trace of its existence, and the traces of all beings, all objects, all life, are recorded in the water.

As we discussed in the previous blog, water has a crystalline structure that can hold memory. When water comes from clean sources, when it runs clean and is living, its crystalline structure is beautiful and healthy.  Michael Standther speaks eloquently regarding the power of water, “because water has such great powers of absorption, it is a treasure trove of innumerable secrets. The whole of the history of mankind is recorded in the lakes, rivers, and oceans of the world. Everything leaves a trace of its existence, and the traces of all beings, all objects, all life, are recorded in the water. It is a supremely magical medium, which permeates and impregnates the universe. If you listen to a drop of water it will speak to you.” And the Kogi tribes say that water is a living, thinking being. They see streams as a baby, rivers as adults, and the ocean as the great all powerful One.

If you wonder why water is the most abundant ingredient in your product, the simple answer is, its cheap!

I feel it is safe to say that the water used in most products in not clean, living water. I would bet that most of the water used is from the tap, or distilled tap water. If you wonder why water is the most abundant ingredient in your product, the simple answer is, its cheap! Not many companies would take the time and effort to source spring waters, which are the most pure water sources available to us. This is what sets EAA apart from almost every other skin care brand available.

 

We use hydrosols distilled from fresh spring water in all of our products.

I look forward to sharing more detailed information about the healing powers of hydrosols in my next blog post, so keep reading, and please share my blog post, and Essential Apothecary Alchemist products, with those you love.

You Are A Container Of The Most Abundant Elemental On Our Beautiful Blue Planet: WATER

Nutrition experts tell us that we should be consuming ½ of our body weight in ounces every day. To do that takes a lot of commitment, but if you do, your body processes work a lot better. Staying hydrated will help to lubricate your joints, cushion your brain, help to detox your body, improve your digestion and the processing of nutrients, increase elasticity in the skin, and delay signs of aging. Water is an essential nutrient!

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