About Moondrop Herbals Cottage of Natural Elements
Welcome to Moondrop Herbals Cottage of Natural Elements – a botanical marketplace that will awaken the senses and introduce you to a world of healing botanicals. The ‘Cottage’ fosters an environment where you can cultivate your own relationship with the natural elements. This can help guide you on a path to a healthy and joyful connection of body, mind, spirit, and planet. You will find a cozy cottage filled with dried herbs & spices, organic tea, essential oils and natural skin care products made in-house with simple, earth friendly ingredients. Also available are the raw materials to make your own healthy culinary, medicinal, body care, and aromatic preparations.
Who We Serve
Today, The Cottage stocks botanical and natural materials and prepared products for customers with a varied passion for natural and aromatic plant based ingredients. From kitchen table herbalists to professional practitioners in the healing arts, from professional and amateur cooks and grill masters to home and commercial brewers of craft beer, sodas, and flavoring bitters, from local soap and skin care artisans to the ‘stumble upon’ shopper who might be looking for that unique gift for themselves or someone special.
Moondrop Herbals is passionate about preparing quality herbal and essential oil products made with nature’s gifts that help to provide a holistic, natural, and soothing experience to enhance one’s journey to a healthy physical, emotional, and spiritual self.
We work with suppliers who honor the earth and the plants, as well as the human spirit, resulting in the use of raw materials which are ethically and responsibly harvested, processed, and handled.
Our preparations are made without the use of synthetic fragrances or coloring, include many organically grown ingredients, and, with the exception of our hand & body lotion base, contain no synthetic preservatives. Our carrier oils are cold or expeller pressed, minimally refined, never solvent-extracted, and many are organic.
My journey into the world of heavenly aromatic oils and earthly herbal allies began during a transformative period in my life – giving up a nasty nicotine habit that had ruled my world for nearly 25 years. At the time, I had finally found the right reasons within myself to quit, had the support of family and friends who encouraged and endured, a prescription for nicotine patches and a gorgeous spring season to begin a fitness routine of walking. All of these things were fundamental to my success – but – none of these things helped with the anxiety and URGE to light up. My doctor prescribed anti-anxiety medication that made me feel absolutely horrible. I gave those up almost immediately and was lucky to have a friend in the herbal world who had me try St. John’s wort to help with the anxiety, Valerian root for sleeping, Spirulina to help healing begin at a cellular level, and peppermint tea for energy and a constantly upset digestive system. And Then. . . . . AND THEN. I stumbled upon a little brown glass jar filled with salts and a most magical aromatic blend of essential oils just for smelling that immediately calmed my nerves, and satisfied my craving for the familiar cooling menthol sensation in my lungs without the smoke and poison, and, it instantly picked up my spirit. I carried this little bottle everywhere. Whenever I felt anxious for that mentholated nicotine shot of poison, I opened my little bottle and breathed. It instantly took care of my need to inhale toxic smoke, helped keep my appetite under control, and soothed my anxiousness. There was, however, one very unexpected side-effect of inhaling the volatile essential oils of peppermint, rosemary, nutmeg, and lavender – my hacking, phlegm-filled smoker’s cough was gone within 2 weeks. Gone. GONE!!!!!
Needless to say, I was enthralled, becoming a sponge and diving into every herbal and essential oil book I could get my hands on. I learned the basics of anatomy, took local and online herbal and aromatherapy classes, went to seminars and workshops online and across the country, bought herbs and oils and played with recipe upon recipe. My first real product for sale was a trio of smelling salts and the second was an herbal tea blend – all of which are still made and sold in-house at Moondrop Herbals Cottage of Natural Elements.
My initial plan was to go back to school and become certified as a naturopathic health practitioner and aromatherapist. I loved learning how plants, foods, aromatics, and other environmental factors interacted with the human body to either aid or hinder health. I came to understand the meaning of disease (dis – ease) and the real concept of the mind-body-spirit-universe connection above and beyond the trivialized popularity and marketing power of the phrase itself.
At some point, the further I delved into my studies, the further away I felt from the wonderment of ‘stumbling upon’ an herb or essential oil that sent me to the moon with its flavor, scent, or action on some part of me. I came to realize the true power of the natural world is the personal relationship we form with our botanical inhabitants, and that maybe, my role was meant to offer a gateway, or a ‘stumble upon’ corner for customers to become enthralled and hunger for the knowledge to help themselves, just the way I did over twenty years ago . . . .
A Little Bit of Herbal History
Since ancient times, people have relied on plants and herbs for nourishment, healing, cleansing, enjoyment, and spiritual or religious ritual. Indigenous people from all lands chose which plant to use for a purpose by honoring the spirit of the plant itself to guide its usage. Today, most cultures still use many traditional herbal preparations in the same way as their ancestors. Modern analysis of chemical compositions now document and support many of these historical uses as being effective in helping to maintain a healthy life balance.
Herbal preparations include the use of fresh and dried herbs for teas, tinctures and extracts, steam inhalations, salves, and perhaps best of all, are used in cooking to provide additional nourishment while adding infinite flavors to delight the palate.
About Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is defined as the use of true essential oils by topical application or inhalation for therapeutic and/or aesthetic results. A pure essential oil is obtained by extracting a plant’s volatile oil from the flower, leaf, fruit, bark, root, or resin through the process of steam distillation, or the cold-pressing of citrus oils such as orange, lemon, and grapefruit.
Essential oils contain natural chemicals which have antibacterial and antiviral qualities among other healing and soothing properties, and are believed to contain many (not all) of the active constituents in the herb plants themselves.
Many of these chemicals have been isolated and synthetically reproduced to become modern medicines. Due to their synthetic nature and lack of synergistic chemicals originally found within the plants, they can cause side effects, and, over time, become ineffective treatments as have many of the antibiotics in use today.
The products and information contained on this site are not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose disease or ailments, nor are they intended to prescribe treatment in any way. Use caution and common sense when using essential oils and herbal preparations. Always consult a knowledgeable reference source for special precautions and accurate usage before using plant based products. Essential oils should not be taken internally or used undiluted on the skin.
Moondrop Herbals, LLC
351 Cummings, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49534
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