We recently met with a small essential oil company that is working with farmers and oil producers all over the world. We are able to bring to Meadowsweet some really wonderful oils that are brand new to us, and have some amazing healing properties. Having met and toured their facility we are excited to carry their oils. These are small batch and organically grown or wild crafted , tested for impurities and authenticity. We will have small samples of the oil available to try while supplies last. As always there will be in-store testers so you know what you are getting.  Unlike the big essential oil companies that harvest many gallons of a certain oil and capture the market in one area, these oils are small batch local farmers who have never used pesticides or GMOs. Their oils are tested to make sure they are pure and untreated.  The big companies will never carry some of these because the just could not find enough to satisfy their large markets. So we are lucky enough here at Meadowsweet Herbs in Missoula MT to be able to bring their healing properties to you!

Our Newest Essential Oils :

Bergamont Mint – This is a calming member of the mint family used for nausea, anxiety, and stress. A spicy and minty scent.

Blue Cypress: This incredible oil has many uses in wound healing, and as a strong anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. It is analgesic and has been used effectively with burns. There have been several cases of relief from the intense itching of hives & allergic reactions when applied to each hive and affected area.

Davana essential oil is rare and unique, a beautiful golden orange color with a fruity, slightly woody aroma. Clinics in India have used this oil successfully for ovarian and uterine cysts as a compress and a douche, also for menopausal women, and it is useful in regulating and balancing menstruation.  Emotionally balancing and calming, and useful as an antispasmodic. Add to blends for increased focus and inner peace. Aids in wound healing.

Ho Wood – This is a variety of cinnamon that is known for its healing properties, including antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity.

Larch Tamarack: Larch provides a nice antispasmodic effect, allowing tightness to release and supporting an opening in the lungs along with providing a powerful anti-inflammatory action. Great respiratory oil for colds, flu and allergies. Sweet and piney.

Tulsi (Holy Basil) – This ayurvedic adaptogen is stimulating or sedating based upon the body’s needs. In addition, it possesses anti-inflammatory and analgesic activities. Great for building and protecting our immune system.

Manuka: From the East Cape of New Zealand is a phenomenal antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory. The indigenous people of New Zealand for generations have used this oil for colds and flu, sore muscles and joints, for a wide range of hot, inflamed skin issues, and to promote calmness and sleep.

Palo Santo (Holy Wood) – This oil is useful for anxiety and panic attacks but also to soothe skin eruptions and respiratory distress including asthma, coughs, and colds. Combined with with frankincense, it is used as a remedy for migraines. It is used traditionally to support mediation and deep concentration.

Our new Exotic Essential Oils are all 10% off for the month of February!


Spring is a time for Planting and Healing

Spring is back. The snow is melting. The garden is planned. Now we just need to plant the seeds. What is it going to be this year the usual peas and carrots, strawberries, onions, or are we going to branch out a bit and explore the beautiful world of herbs and flowers. What is it that intrigues you? Have you always wanted to grow roses, a planter garden on your deck, or are you going for something a little more exotic. Our Montana growing season can often be a challange, so often we pass up those more interesting exotics. What is your most outrageous garden fantasy?

Last year my fantasy was a Lavender Labyrinth. I actually started working on it the fall of 2012. I began to lay the black plastic to kill the weeds and pasture grass. I have been growing lavender on our small farm for the past 5 years but it was often difficult and time consuming. Our area often gets late spring, sometime summer, and early fall frosts. The lavender has been both challenging and rewarding. So to put so much time and effort into something that may not last more than one season was  tough, but I could not stop thinking about the possibility of the energy and beauty it would bring to our property and the whole area.  I made a plan with the help of my friend Susan Harrington at Lavender Hill Labyrinth, and I was excited to get started.

On the first day of Spring 2013 I chanted and meditated as I do most mornings. Then I put on my boots and headed out to where I wanted to set up the labyrinth. It is one of the few spots that is somewhat level on our property. I wanted to see where the sun would hit on the first day of Spring and mark the spot to begin the layout of the circle. The entrance would be in the East and then as you walked it the center would be in to the North, a bench in the center to sit and meditate, facing a statue of Quan Yin in the center facing North.  I had seen this many times in my dreams and meditation time. I like to follow my instincts and listen to my heart when I plan a new project. So after I figured out the logistics I planted a bend in the middle so I could sit and meditate there and listen to the land and what it had to tell me. I called in the Spirit of the plants and asked for their help in planning and planting this new garden area. Then all I had to do was wait for Spring.