Why you won’t find wildcrafted White Sage at Meadowsweet anymore…

Needles Overlook

What is White Sage you say? White sage is one of the most popular smudging plants used today. White sage is passed down to us from Native American traditions, although each tribe has their own sacred plants. There are many opinions on whether using White Sage is cultural appropriation or not. We have always carried and sold several smudging options including cedar, sages, and incense. In keeping with our policies on the ethical harvesting of plants, we also want to respect the cultures that all of our herbal traditions have come from.

In our efforts to respect these traditions, and to also respect the taboos against selling some of these items, we have decided to not “profit” from the sale of these items any longer. All profits will be donated to the Missoula Urban Indian Health Center, or other non-profit community building services as an effort to “Pay it Forward”, and to also allow folks who wish to purify their spaces to be able to get the tools they need to do this.

That being said, we are concerned, as many herbalists are, about the sustainable harvest of plants not only for their continued availability but also for the habitat and wild populations of these plants. Two smudging items that are of concern at this time are Palo Santo and White Sage. Other incense plants such as Sweetgrass, Myrrh and Frankincense are also under heavy harvesting pressure.

There are many different elements that shape the habitat for these plants. Environmental destruction, climate change and over-harvesting can all push a plant to potential extinction. Our policy will be to only purchase commercially and organically grown incense and smudging products. We can no longer support “wild crafted” items of At-Risk plants with a good conscience. We hope you support us in being respectful. There are many levels to ethical and conscious medicinal plant consumption, and we truly believe we all will be a better herbal community for the effort.

Kelly Needs, New Owner at Meadowsweet Herbs

December was a big month for Meadowsweet, Kelly Needs became the new owner. Kelly is a dedicated professional herbalist and was a manager at Meadowsweet for 3 years. Kelly most recently saw clients in her private herbal practice at Good Medicine for the past 2 years. She is very excited to get to know all of our customers and help them with all their herbal needs. Please stop by and meet her. She will keep the same wonderful staff you have come to know and appreciate, and will continue the same high quality products and services. You will be very pleasantly surprise at the change in ownership! I will miss you all but know that you are in good hands! I hope to see you all at next year’s lavender festival! Have a healthy and joyous New Year.

This Week Only Dr Hauschka Sale May 7 to 12

All week long we offer Dr Hauschka on Sale! Pick up your pre-sale goodie bags this week and enjoy tea and goodies along with it! Once a year we offer a special sale brought to you by Dr Hauschka. It is a great time to sign up for a Meadowsweet Membership and receive an additional 10% off everything in the store. We will also have a representative from Dr Hauschka, Friday, May 11, for a special facial night from 7 to 9 PM, and Saturday, noon to 4 PM, get a free mini facial consult to determine which products will give you vibrant youthful skin! We will also be featuring our Wild Carrot bath and body care products on sale all of May at 10% off and all things Rose (ie tea, rose oil, rosehip seed oil etc) any products with rose in them get 10% off. This is a great week to celebrate Mom’s check out our tea selection and teaware for a special Mother’s Day gift!

Spring is on its way! Watch out for that Sunshine!

Are you looking forward to some sunny spring days or heading to sunny weather? Get into Meadowsweet and check out our natural sun screen from Wild Carrot. This amazing lotion uses organic oils that help protect and heal the skin to decrease your chance of sunburn. We would always recommended that you wear a hat and protective clothing, of course, when in the sun for long periods of time. Using the Wild Carrot on a regular basis helps rebuild sun damaged skin. You will love their products made on the Eastern Oregon Prairie from organic and non-gmo plants and oils.

Join Us For Shop Small Business

November 24, 25, & 26th Meadowsweet will be open and ready to help you find locally made gifts or make your own. Check out our recipe box or create a signature product yourself. All Montana and locally made products will be 10% off (20% for members). This is a great time to show appreciation for our local businesses. The Hip Strip will be busy with all kinds of great deals and fun gift ideas! We look forward to seeing you then!

Baby Carrot by Wild Carrot is Here Now!

We want to introduce you to our newest arrival, Baby Carrot from Wild Carrot. Extra ordinary bath and body care for Mom and Baby. They are organic and nature made using bio-dynamic principles. Wild Carrot is regionally located in Enterprise, Oregon just a short hop and a jump from us! Jody the owner of Wild Carrot stopped by with some samples and we absolutely fell in love with her products and her company. We will be bringing in a full line of products over the next month, hope you will come in and try them out with an October discount of 20% off all month, you will want to try them all. Put fresh and organic products on your baby’s skin, and look forward to the products that will be slowly rolling in over the next month, for adults and babies.

We are excited that we can offer an exclusive on the Wild Carrot products and feel good about them coming in from a regional producer who has spent years researching and producing the best products  for baby and we. The next installment of Bulk Lotions and Body Butters have also arrived. These are luscious nourishing and moisturizing lotions & body butters made with love!

Six Mile Lavender is in Bloom!

It is time again as the blush of Lavender is lighting up the Six Mile Lavender & Herb Farm. Our 500+ Lavender plants are putting out a lovely scent. We are amazed at the beauty and depth of color. Planning a wedding or special event order your lavender now so it will be ready for your special occasion. New products are available from our lavender esssential oil: Soaps, Candles, Essential Oils, Hydrosols, The Lavender will be in bloom now through approximately August 30th. Let us know how many bundles you need and your special date.

The Six Mile Lavender Festival is scheduled for August 6th but we will have events all month long. Check our Schedule of events to see what all is happening. Stop by Meadowsweet for a Lavender Ticket only 40 will be sold for our all day lavender festivities. Reserve your ticket early so you don’t miss out! We will be distilling Lavender and Cedar oils/hydrosol; Herb Walk with herbalist Justene Sweet; Lavender, herb & floral creations with Melissa Lafontain. Walk the Lavender Labyrinth, enjoy the magic!

Special May SALES & Info

May is our annual Dr Hauschka sale! This year we are able to offer a 20% discount on all Dr. Hauschka Products (30% for members!) so stock up while you can. We will be placing a few orders, so if we don’t have what you need on the shelf, we can place a special order for you.
We will also offer the class, An Evening with Dr.Hauschka with our sales representative on May 12th. Check the events page for these and other events this month.
Also this month if you buy MOM a Holy Fire Reiki session gift certificate, you get one FREE for yourself. There is never a bad time to treat yourself to Reiki, so take advantage of this offering, especially if you’ve never tried it!
Meadowsweet will close early on Saturday, May 13th due to a memorial service of a dear friend. Thank you for understanding.


Mushrooms for Your HEALTH

Ever wonder about the nutritional value of a mushroom? As it turns out, this fabulous forgotten food has more medicinal qualities than just about anything you can eat. Mushrooms have been used in folk medicine and traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. But they are also widely adopted in modern, Western medicine. Many of the world’s leading pharmaceuticals are derived from mushrooms. Most of the antibiotics we use today, including streptomycin and tetracycline, come from fungal extracts. PSK, a well-known cancer treatment, comes from turkey tail mushrooms. Cyclosporine, the immuno-suppressant drug that made organ transplants possible, is derived from mushrooms. And Lovastatin, the most widely prescribed drug for high cholesterol, originally came from oyster mushrooms.

Eric Cerecedes, botanist and founder of MycoFormulas, said the medicinal value of mushrooms stems from their unique place in the natural world. They are neither plants nor animals. “Mushrooms are more closely related to humans than they are to plants,” he said. “They breathe in oxygen, and they breathe out carbon dioxide just like humans. Fungi are affected by the same pathogens as humans, so mushrooms produce high concentrations of antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal compounds. You can’t get the same from plants or from plant-based supplements.

” At MycoFormulas, they grow organic medicinal mushrooms in a controlled environment and make mushroom-based supplements that are third-party tested and accurately measured for potency. “We have the technology now to actually measure the concentration of targeted active compounds,” Eric said. “So we can substantiate the potency and consistency of our products that you can’t get with many supplements, or with mushrooms straight from the woods because potency can vary from batch to batch.” What you get with MycoFormulas is a concentrated source of bio-active compounds, from more than 200 naturally occurring mushroom molecules. None of the MycoFormulas contain any fillers or artificial ingredients. In fact, the ingredients list is simple: just organic mushroom powder. MycoFormulas Immune Support uses 10 of the most potent medicinal mushrooms in the world to optimize overall immune system performance. MycoFormulas Endurance combines three potent medicinal mushrooms that enhance intracellular energy exchange, increase oxygenation and naturally sustain endurance. MycoFormulas Memory features the Lion’s Mane mushroom that supports healthy brain function and day-to-day mental clarity.

“There are over 2,000 varieties of mushrooms that are medicinal and edible, but we only eat two or three,” Eric said. “And even those are rarely a part of the everyday diet. It’s too bad because you can’t get these compounds anywhere else in nature. With mushrooms, what they’re doing, in a more sophisticated way, is immune modulation to help protect the body. It’s a natural boost for the immune system that’s been excluded from the modern diet for 100 years.”

Learn more about mushrooms on Wednesday, April 12th, 6 to 7:30 PM, at Meadowsweet Herbs, 180 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT. Call to let us know you can make it, (406) 728-0543.