Tell us more about Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is most often the result of a tick bite or a co-infection that the tick itself is carrying (sort of like honeybees can themselves get mites)… so unless you find the tick (and some are tiny), a person might not know they’ve been infected and go undetected, or even if they do know they’ve be bitten it may have been 20 years ago and the symptoms are now catching up, and who would remember? Lyme disease is caused from specialized bacteria called spirochetes. Imagine if you will a bacterium wearing a suit of armor. Only the armor is also an invisibility cloak. That morphs. And hides in places such as your joints and neural tissue. Some people have horrible symptoms. Some days are better than others.
The herbs for “Lyme disease protocol” are based on the recommendations of herbalist Stephen H. Buhner, renowned for his books HERBAL ANTIBIOTICS and HERBAL ANTIVIRALS. In this case, he has written about Lyme disease in HEALING LYME and HEALING LYME DISEASE COINFECTIONS. He offers page upon page of information and research from around the world on the specific herbs in the protocol, plus his own observation, intuition, and experience. Some of these herbs include Japanese knotweed (Polygonum), Eleuthero (Siberian ginseng), Cat’s Claw, and Astragalus (although this is contra-indicated for chronic Lyme). These herbs are for symptoms such as chronic fatigue, arthritis pain, “brain fog”, nerve pain and more. Supporting the immune system, collagen support and symptom control are the first goals in “healing Lyme”, and then, when the body is stronger, chasing after the spirochetes.
How do we make our liquid herbal extracts (tinctures)?
Our liquid herbal extracts are made from wild-crafted, organic or sustainably grown fresh or dried botanicals, organic alcohol, and water. Each herb is macerated (steeped) or percolated (think drip coffee-maker, sort of) in a specific ratio of botanical:liquid (called “menstruum”). The menstruum is also a ratio of alcohol:water. For instance, an herbal extract of dried burdock root is made in a 1:5 – 50% formula, meaning there is 1 part dried root by weight to 5 parts menstruum by volume, which itself is fifty-percent each alcohol and water. Sometimes our extracts will be made with fresh botanicals, sometimes with dried because that is the only form available. Both are made according to generally accepted ratios and we follow Buhner’s protocol for Lyme disease and liver support when suggesting how to use these products.
Where do you source our herbs?
We source our herbs for our extracts from a number of well-established companies, and these herbs come from all around the world. All of the companies are either involved with fair-trade herb farming, organic farming, and/or sustainably wild-crafted products. All of the herbs we use are either organic or wild-crafted except for those noted in the descriptions, and even those are rigorously tested to be free from pesticide residue. Most of the herbs we use in our salves and balms are collected by ourselves or grown in our garden. We will only sell what we would use ourselves. We promise.
Where do you source our alcohol?
We purchase organic cane alcohol from Alchemical Solutions.
What about your water?
Our water is from our own well, and we have had it analyzed for nitrates and biologicals, as well as heavy metals. We live rurally in the mountains of northern Idaho, we cannot see our neighbors, and there is no industry of any kind upstream from us on Lightning Creek.
Sources consulted for herbal descriptions
Stephen H. Buhner
- Healing Lyme
- Healing Lyme Disease Coinfections
- Herbal Antibiotics
- Herbal Antivirals
Sharol Tilgner, N.D.
- Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Earth
Donald R. Yance
- Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism
Wolf D. Storl
- Healing Lyme Disease Naturally
- Therapeutic Herb Manual
- Medical Herbalism