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  There are plenty of books, websites and courses that tell of all the benefits of plants. The difficulty is separating folklore from fact. There are places that both science and folklore overlap and agree on the benefits of a plant. These are the botanicals that we target to include in our products.  
  We use several methods to include the plant’s beneficial qualities in our products; infusing them in oils, essential oils and hydrosols of the botanicals. Whenever possible, we grow the plants ourselves to give us greater confidence of the quality and to assure that no chemicals were used on the plant.
Plants are an integral part of our lives. They feed us, provide fuel, are used for construction and they can heal us. When taking an aspirin or antibiotic pill, it’s easy to forget their biological beginnings. For generations, people used plants for medicinal purposes and still do. Many of these plants have been tested and proven to have medicinal benefits. Some are familiar names such as aloe, ginko, and poppy. Others, like calendula, plantain, and echinacea, have also been tested and proven, but haven’t risen to the Hollywood level of recognition. At Thistle Creek Honey Company we’re constantly researching various plants for different benefits they can offer and including the ones that we feel have the most benefit in our products.

The Importance of Maintaining a Diverse Environment

  Not only is it desirable to keep both a pharmacologically and botanically diverse medicine cabinet, it’s important to maintain a diverse outdoor environment. There are countless examples of the problems of monocultures. Consider if you had a huge area of corn and there was a worm that was eating the corn. Some birds may eat the worm, but the birds also require other seeds and insects to survive on. So, without a diverse culture of plants, the birds won’t be living or feeding on the worms in your area and you lose your corn. Even if your space is as small as a backyard in the city, it’s best to try and create as much botanical diversity as you can by allowing as much variety of plant life your space allows (trees, grass, weeds, herbs, berries…). This allows both beneficial and harmful ecology to coexist and helps keep the harmful elements in check by supporting elements that can defend against the harmful ones. Here is a link to one of our flyers on backyard plants.
Botanical flyer



The Garden

  Calendula – A type of marigold from the daisy family. One of the best skin care botanicals you can use. Reference 1 Reference 2 Reference 3
Comfrey – A well know plant for various medical uses. It’s best used for external skin ailments as internal consumption is not recommended. Reference 1 Reference 2
Aloe – the skin healing benefits of Aloe as well known these days.
Plantain – A plant many of us find in our own yards has some healing properties. Reference 1
Rosemary – References Coming soon
Oatmeal – References Coming soon
Lavender – References Coming soon
Red Clover – References Coming soon
Borage – References Coming soon
Echinacea – References Coming soon
Mint – References Coming soon
Yarrow – References Coming soon
Cleavers – References Coming soon
Motherwort – References Coming soon
St. John’s Wort – References Coming soon