All tinctures are made with medical-grade grain alcohol, fresh herbal medicines, good
intentions, and love.
Ingredients: Wild Squamish Devil’s Club (Oplopanax horridus), Organic Kootenay grown
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea), Wild Island Usnea (Usnea longissima) dual extracted in
Alcohol & Water.
Traditionally used in dispelling cold and dampness from the lungs, loosening stuck mucous in the healing of respiratory infections, such as cold and flu, as well as urinary and reproductive tract bacterial, fungal, and/or viral infections. This remedy will also assist in improving energy levels from fatigue and exhaustion from infection, alleviating stress, nourishing the adrenals, and relaxing the nervous system for deep restoration and regeneration. Shake well, and store in a cool and dark place.
Dose: 20-40 drops three times daily with water
Plant Medicine Details:
Spicy and pungent Devil’s Club root or stem bark dispels cold and dampness from the lungs, loosens stuck mucous, and speeds the healing of respiratory infections. The medicine helps moderate blood sugar levels, along with changes in diet and lifestyle, to reverse the effects of Type II diabetes. Bitter, sweet, and saponaceous, the adaptogenic properties also support the adrenals by moderating the body’s reaction to stress. Devil’s Club is well known as a spiritually protective plant and aids those with adrenal burnout who have suffered major traumas in their lives. Those who have been sexually, verbally, or physically abused often live in a state of constant vigilance and being on guard all of the time is draining. The medicine will nourish the adrenals and relax the hyper-vigilant nervous system. Devil’s Club teaches us to trust our ability to perceive when a response to true danger is necessary, helps us see that our greatest gifts come from the places of our deepest wounding, and provides a protected healing sanctuary for those new sprouts to emerge (Kloos, 2017).
Echinacea is native to open areas and prairies in the eastern and central parts of North America. The western species is an important plant of the Indigenous peoples of the Great Plains and is held in esteem and used by them today. Echinacea angustifolia is at-risk of becoming endangered from over-harvest in the wild due to a natural medicine fad that lead to unethical wild harvesting practices (United Plant Savers, 2022). Therefore, the cultivated species of purpurea is used in this remedy, organically grown at Earth Temple Gardens on Ktunaxa (Kootenay) territory. Echinacea is one of nature’s incredible antibiotics, activating leukocytes (white blood cell infection fighters) and T-cell formation, which assist the healing process, raise the body’s immune level, and encourage wounds to heal. It is one of the most powerful and effective remedies against acute bacterial infection and inflammation. Echinacea is a blood cleanser, effective for blood poisoning and toxicity, cancer, and other poisonous conditions. It further decongests the lymph, treating swollen glands and offensive discharges, alleviates the negative effects of vaccinations, lowers fevers, and prevents and treats a cold, flu, and sore throat (Tierra, 2003).
The Usnea in this remedy was harvested on the ancestral and unceded traditional territory of the Hul’qumi’num and SENĆOŦEN speaking peoples of Salt Spring Island from fallen beaches while hiking. This is the only wild plant that I’ve harvested thus far on the island, along with fallen Cedar branches, as I continue to build a relationship with the lands and people as a newcomer here. When medicine presents itself to me, I stop and listen, and proceed to work with it if that’s what it is asking of me, or offering me. Usnea is a cooling and drying medicine that speeds the healing of respiratory, urinary, and reproductive tract infections. Though it has an affinity for Gram-positive bacteria such as staph and strep, it is also helpful for resolving some Gram-negative bacterial infections. The tincture can help to resolve cases of pneumonia or strep throat as well as viral conditions such as herpes and Epstein-Barr (Kloos, 2017). When working with this remedy it is important to examine how the infection and imbalance came to be. Was there stress and exhaustion from overwork and a lack of self-care? Are you exposed to toxicity in your environment through chemical-based body products, cleaning products, or household products? Have you been supporting your body with a balanced diet of healthy foods? Are you getting enough relaxation and rest? Perhaps you’ve been giving so much of your time and energy to others or commitments in your external environment and have forgotten to replenish your reserves. Our bodies are always for us, never against us, and there are deeper messages and meanings to illness that we can attune to if we slow down, become quiet, and listen.
Caution: Do not use long-term, if conditions persist seek further care with your Herbalist. Do not use during pregnancy.
Best Before: 20/01/2027
Weight & Dimensions: 194g – 13.5cm x 5.5cm x 5cm
Number of Items in Stock: 8
Kloos, S. (2017). Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants. Timber Press.
Tierra, L. (2003). Healing with the Herbs of Life. Crossing Press.
Species At-Risk List. United Plant Savers. (2018).