Product Life Cycle Analysis: The Anti-Inflammatory Salve

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When researching various products on the market, it's easy to see that there is a significant amount of greenwashing going on!  I'm always looking to better understand the story behind a company's product, why they created it, where they made it, where the ingredients are sourced from, and the tonality or "soul" behind it all.

Finding clarity in an otherwise opaque market and my love & passion for herbalism and community access to health care and preventative medicine practices have inspired me to create a video series. The series will explore the behind the scenes of the creation process for the herbal remedies of Sacred Circle Herbal Apothecary.  I am so excited to start this series, and to show you the back story on the creation of each product, why it was made, and how resources are gathered and incorporated into the various herbal remedies!

My intention for these videos and blog posts are to highlight the community that is required to produce such remedies, how seasonality determines the type of remedy and facilitates the production process, farming and restorative agricultural practices to cultivate the herbs, and the interconnectedness and intimate relationship between humans and the surrounding environment.  This will be a multi-media series, accompanied with videos, pictures, and little tid bits about the entirety of the cradle - cradle perspective for each remedy.

Today, I am excited to share the journey of the Anti-Inflammatory Salve with you all!
Check out the video below to get an idea of the growing practices necessary to make the salve!

The Anti-Inflammatory Salve was originally birthed from observing the inflammatory patterns that would arise in my body, and in those around me.  At the time, I was engaging in a lot of physical work relating to farming, gardening, and urban farming for the College and decided to create a remedy that served as a tool to ease and relieve those inflammatory patterns. 

Product Sourcing List:

  1.  Compost // Soil : home cultivated!  
    1. Fish emulsion (Neptunes Harvest) 
    2. worm castings (home set up!)
    3. manure (local carriage company in town, chicken manure, mushroom compost)
       
  2. Chamomile: 
    a.  Seeds: Bountiful Gardens Seed Company
    b.  Starts: Sea Island Savory Nursery, Johns Island, SC
     
  3. Beeswax: Camp Hill Biodynamic Farm, Kimberton, PA http://www.camphillkimberton.org/
     
  4. Turmeric: Finca Bona Fide (Friends permaculture farm on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua) http://projectbonafide.com/
     
  5. Essential Oils -- Rose, Orange, Lavender: Aura Cacia https://www.auracacia.com/