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Are We Certified Organic?

We are proudly non-certified organic. We do not agree with the backward practice that farmers and growers should jump through hoops to prove they are not using harmful chemicals in their products. On the contrary, we fully believe that the ones to do the proving of safety are those who do use them. Additionally, it is clear to us that the certified organic label has become essentially meaningless over the years, as the guidelines still allow for organic brands to use pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. That is not good enough for us, or for our customers. We are truly organic.

Our gardens are weeded by hand and pests are picked off one by one by hand, by hose, or even with pruners if they’re big enough (hornworms, anyone?) We employ companion planting to help deter unwanted pests, depending on the situation we sometimes use our own homemade liquid mixture of hot peppers, cinnamon, and other such ingredients from our own gardens. Organic neem oil is also used on a regular basis. The soil we use in our pots and gardens is built from our own compost in which only organic material is used, a reliable organic source of horse manure builds our gardens, as well.

Thank you for your support of our small family business, friends!

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Introducing RAVEN SKIN CARE by Herbedicinals

I’m excited to reveal an offshoot of our Herbedicinals brand – it will specialize in premium quality body care products. The Herbedicinals brand is strictly based on our own herbs, while Raven Skin Care will be focused on organic and natural sera such as facial oils, hyaluronic acid, vitamin c, and eye gels, creams, lotions, and more.

The premier Raven Skin Care product is an anti-aging facial serum with formulations geared toward people with normal, dry, combination, or oily/acne-prone skin types. I chose several different types of organic, nourishing and medicinal oils to blend together and carefully selected organic (of course) essential oils from Plant Therapy.

  • Apricot kernel oil is a favorite oil among those with combination to dry skin types. It absorbs into the skin well, is anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-oxidant, and anti-bacterial which makes it a valuable ally against acne causing bacteria.
  • Argan oil has skin reparation benefits along with the very low chance of clogging pores. Another reason to reach for this oil is for its ability to treat acne and acne scars.
  • Castor oil has strong detox and purging properties. It also increases cell turnover which is why it is used as an acne treatment. Due to its ricinoleic acid content, castor oil is a very drying oil and must be diluted before using it on the skin. It is suitable for oily skin types but may cause purging and detox of the skin.
  • Cranberry seed oil is highly emollient, and is known for its skin moisturizing properties. It absorbs well and holds in moisture which helps protect the skin’s structure and texture. It works especially well for those with dry scaly skin. This oil may break you out if you have very oily skin and will work better for those with drier acne prone skin.
  • Emu oil is very similar to our skin’s essential fatty acid ratios making it the most transdermal oil known. It absorbs very well into the skin carrying anything you add to it into the dermal layer as well. This is what makes emu oil such a sought after oil in skincare. Applying it to the skin reduces inflammation, pain, and redness. This oil is well tolerated by most skin types and is used primarily as a vehicle for other potent skincare ingredients like essential oils. Suitable for drier skin types.
  • Grape seed oil is well-suited for most skin types and has a low chance of clogging pores. Grape seed oil is rich in Vitamin E which helps tighten and moisturize the skin. It reduces inflammation, redness, and accelerates the healing of acne. This is a very light oil that absorbs easily without a greasy residue.
  • Hemp seed oil for its skin softening and moisturizing properties. It also reduces redness and inflammation associated with acne breakouts and is a great treatment for eczema, psoriasis, and dry, itchy skin.

The essential oils I selected are very simple.

  • Egyptian Geranium is a marvelous skin-balancing oil and can help improve the overall skin complexion. It is gently harmonizing, uplifting, and gentle.
  • Lavender can help reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles and help soothe alterations in skin integrity, such as during sun exposure.
  • Lemongrass has antiseptic and astringent properties perfect for getting even and glowing skin.
  • Sweet Orange is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory which makes it an ideal ingredient in your skin and hair routine. This oil isn’t just for acne-prone skin though: It’s been shown to increase the ability to absorb vitamin C, collagen production, and blood flow – all of which are essential for anti-aging.

I will update here with a link when I have the listing completed.

Credit to Holistic Health Herbalist for her outrageously thorough chart on nourishing oils and their comedogenicity, and Plant Therapy for their amazing essential oils.

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Magnesium Oil Spray

Magnesium is a most important elemental portion of our bodies’ physiological, holistic processes. Meaning that basically every function our bodies have, it is there making sure everything is running smoothly. In general, the more *consistent* magnesium we have available, the better, because we use it very quickly and in many different ways.

There are several different forms of magnesium, and each of them has their own job to do. The one we use extensively here at the Freeman household is magnesium chloride. I have personally used it for a wide variety of issues, including muscle soreness, a gouty toe, arthritic thumb, menstrual cramps, restless leg syndrome with pregnancies, nighttime leg cramps, and headaches.

I highly recommend a visit to www.gotmag.org where you are able to read Dr. Morley’s in-depth research that is spreading like wildfire and unifying both the allopathic world and naturopathic world – at least on this subject. He offers ways for you to request your own laboratory testing, in which you can send to Dr. Morley himself for details on what you need to fix your body. He explains in great detail how vitamins, minerals, and hormones all work together and how one chronic imbalance can set off a tragic chain of events toward diseases. Again, I urge you to take the time.

How to use our magnesium oil spray:

Simply spray on any area of the body that is needing attention (save the eyes…don’t do that) and rub it in. Expect there to be a tickling, crawling, or even burning sensation for about 20 minutes. After that time, you may rinse it off. Additionally, you may not feel anything at all. If the sensations are too much, you may dilute the spray in a cupped palm with a bit of water and spread onto the skin that way.

Several times per year, we create a roll-on with aloe that is much gentler than the spray and they sell out very quickly. If you’d like to try and catch them, you may bookmark the page here. I do announce their availability on our Facebook page and the blog here on our site.