Wellness care for minor first aid and everyday issues, including tinctures, elixirs and balms. Living in the bio-region of Blue Ridge Virginia is an herbalist’s inspiration: such an amazing variety of essential medicinal flora abounds in the mountains, woods and fields. All are easily cultivatable in the garden or home woodland, but I was surprised to find many of them growing or appearing within a short time after buying this bit of land that is my home. I waited and worked long years until the land itself became medicine, to begin offering herbal remedies born from its soil.
Most of the herbs and flowers used in Tender Flower products are picked from our own vibrant, biodynamically cultivated gardens, or “wild -foraged “ directly from my land, during their peak time. This window for each plant is usually only a few weeks in the entire year. The plants are then dried or preserved in special, aqueous tinctures, distilled into hydrosols, or infused in organic oils. Most oils are infused in the cool, dark apothecary shelves or, slowly infused over wood heat . Sometimes resinous plant infusions are set in the sun for a short while, then continue in the apothecary shelves.
We are delighted to source most of our calendula from local flower farmer, https://www.freshcutflowersbymelanie.com
Melanie grows beautiful, resin- laden calendula on her no -chemical farm,. I harvest it and return to process the flowers. In the autumn, the seed is collected for the following year’s sowing.
These painstaking methods provide plant medicines of the highest potency and quality, and naturally, set limits on production. This is the good/bad of artisanal potion making!
A few herbs not possible to grow in this climate are purveyed from certified organic sources on the West Coast.
*Disclaimer: Please exercise self- responsibility in using our products, and always consult a physician or trained naturopath or herbalist if at all in doubt. Tender flower is not responsible for misuse of its products.