Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Haydens Viburnum Compound

Dr Hayden's Viburnum compound. 1866 which Michael Moore touted as the "Queen of Cramp Recipes" 
or more officially for the "symptomatic treatment of dysmenorrhea"

Hayden's Viburnum Compound:
Black Haw (Viburnum prunifolium) 6 parts
Cramp Bark (Viburnum opulus) 4 parts
Beth root (Trillium erectum) 4 parts
Clove (Eugenia caryophyllus) 4 parts
Cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum cassia) 3 parts
Orange peel (Citrus reticulata) 2 parts
Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa) 2 parts
Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) 1 parts

Coarsely grind herbs together, moisten with alcohol and let sit overnight. Add enough alcohol to make a 1:4 tincture, macerating for 2 weeks, or by making a percolation. Add 1 part simple syrup to the strained tincture to bring the strength to 1:5. Dosage is 5 ­ 15 mL, taken 3 ­ 4 times daily for severe cramping.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

An Open Letter to Fire Cider Freedom Fighters

In Jan of 2014, I posted an open heartfelt letter to Amy and Dana Huebner of Shire City Herbals, which you can read here.

This letter is not for them.  This is an open letter is a letter of love, support and admiration for everyone that has been fighting the good fight to protect our herbal traditions and folk remedies.

Dear Fire Cider Freedom Fighters:

I am up late finally reviewing fire cider emails and messages.  I am like many of you out there, working long hours as an independent herbalist and small business.  I began organizing with 1000s of others last year against the trademarking of one of our beloved folk remedies developed by a beloved herbalist, Rosemary Gladstar.
I, like many or you,  have been making Fire Cider and selling it for many years longer than any trademark.  Last year I wrote a letter about how much it pained me to have to approach what I thought may have been a well intentioned company, Shire City, about this issue.  My Fire Cider Page was taken down due to copyright? or something? infringment, I was told my Fire Cider on Etsy had to come down within 24 hours, and even an event World Fire Cider Making Day was taken down on facebook, after the owners of Shire City reported all of this.   Since then I have watched the individuals that own this company and how they have responded to the herbal community. I have watched and found out what trolling means, and how Amy Huebner has gone from website to website and facebook page to facebook page trying to discredit the movement against their poor choice of names to trademark. I have seen letter after letter from Brian Huebner about trademark violations and how whomever needed to take down their product and rename it.  I am not interested in arguing about any of their issues with them.  I have seen enough of the arguments and accusations and its disappointing and sad.  It is amazing that Amy has put so much time and effort into so many responses.  I have read thru many correspondences that were sent to our email.
 There has been a lot of what I would personally term "doublespeak" or cooptive terminology and arguments from  Amy Huebner against "tradition not trademark".  She has downplayed the movement many times and referred to it as if it is led and made up of the few herbalists on the site.  I am one of the herbalists listed on the site.  Though we do not list everyone's name, I am only one of thousands and I want to get that straight.
We, as a strong, united, movement of folk herbalists, have come together to support each other and try to figure out what the heck a trademark even means and how to take a stand against it effectively.  We have unfortunately ended up in the legal system because it seems that is our only choice left for protecting our traditions. I, out of service to my community, worked to help create a hub for people to connect and organize.   Right now, I check the fire cider email and see many messages and emails from small business after small business, herbalist after herbalist, who has been told they must honor a trademark and take their fire cider off the shelves.  It is greatly disturbing and I want everyone affected to know how much I care and want you to be supported.  A lot of the questions that come in, we are not always sure how to answer but we try to get back to everyone.
I feel like I have had enough correspondence with others to say that many of us are united and stand together under the Traditions not Trademark and Traditional Healing Alliance unifying statements.  I am so greatly sorry that people have had their wonderful wares and livelihoods threatened.  I am however so incredibly impressed and in love with how many people make Fire Cider and sell it and how brave so many people are being.  I am so excited about the future of our herbal traditions.  I am so honored to work with all of you and meet you, even just virtually.  I have gotten to find out about a Radical Health Radio Show in New York, and connected with so many amazing people I never would have had this not happened.  Herbalists are used to adapting, and this situation has made us stronger.  The support has been overwhelmingly positive and thank you so much for staying in the fight...Its going to be a long one and I cant think of a community of people I would rather be in it with.

with admiration and herbal love from the darkest firey depths of of my spicey chili pepper heart
Nicole Telkes, Practicing Herbalist
Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Neutralizing Cordial

Neutralizing Cordial is a traditional remedy in North America used for all sorts of digestive upsets from gas to diarrhea.
 It is another truly traditional remedy, in that, as I do research, I find references to the remedy as early as 1833, but am still working on verifying and confirming the origins of this remedy.  As the Director of the Wildflower School, I have made it a focus of our community program to begin to include classes on traditional remedies and not only learn their uses, but their history in an attempt to celebrate and protect our herbal heritage.  I hope you enjoy some of the research I have done for a class we are doing making the remedy.
HerbalEd has a brief description of the remedy here
 http://www.herbaled.org/THM/Compounds/neutral.html and cites that it was developed in the mid 1850s, though I have found reference to it as early as 1830

 Ellingwood's Therapeutists from 1917 on page 439 Credits the concoction to Edward Beach, though I am still researching as to whether he created the formula...Here is text from the book
The compound syrup of rhubarb and potassium is one of the most effective weapons in the armamentarium of the eclectic physician in aiding Nature in the readjustment of perverted functions, and in the re-establishment of the metabolic processes upon which health depends. In neutralizing cordial is to be found the sightly appearance, and agreeable odor, the pleasant taste, and above all, the very satisfactory effect of its administra tion. This mixture is of eclectic origin and is yet chiefly used by our own school.

 It was originally prepared by Dr. Wooster Beach in this manner: Pulverized rhubarb. Pulv. salaratus. Pulv. peppermint plant; equal parts. To a large teaspoonful of this mixture add one-half pint boiling water; when cool, strain, sweeten with loaf sugar and add a teaspoonful of brandy. Dose. — One to two tablespoonfuls every one-fourth to two hours, according to indications.

Some fun examples of the formula in use
Recipe that was written out by a pharmacy in 1907
This is a great resource of a handwritten book from 1846 http://www.rae.org/hale/halebook3.html
There is an article on the exploration of the remedy being amended to be sugarless

Journal of Therapeutics and Dietetics, Volume 2

 edited by Pitts Edwin Howes page 


Eclectic Medical Journal, Volume 66 

— ECLECTIC MATERIA MEDICA AND THERAPEUTICS. BY HARVEY WICKES FELTER, M. D. NEUTRALIZING CORDIAL. — " See that your patients have a bottle of neutralizing cordial to take to the country with them." — Eclectic Med. Review, July, 1906). Brief and to the point, the foregoing suggestion is pregnant with foresight, and will save many a life and add to the pre- scriber's reputation. We have many times declared that if we could have but one medicine for the stomach and bowel complaints of the summer season, it would be the neutralizing cordial, or compound syrup of rhubarb and potash. We have never gone on a trip to parts any distance from home, or attended a doctors' convention, with its banquet of luxuries and a change of water, without taking with us a liberal quantity of the cordial. The bottle is generally emptied by those who have failed, like the foolish virgins, to go prepared for the very emer gencies for which neutralizing cordial is the very best corrective yet devised — disorders of stomach and bowels, caused by overfeeding or change of water. In general, neutralizing cordial is so well known that but mere reference to its properties are necessary. It has three especial qualities that we must note. Rhubarb, through its specific adaptability to irritation of mucous surface, makes
the cordial the ideal gastric sedative, for in such cases there is marked irritation, as shown by the red dened and pointed tongue. With most of these cases there is a fermentative state, with sourish and burning eructations, and often the bowel discharges contain sour and fermented material. For this condition there is no more pleasing antacid and corrective than potassium bicar bonate, though should the tongue show more pallor than redness, sodium bicarbonate may answer a better purpose. The aromatic qualities of the cordial derived from the peppermint oil and herb make it grateful as a carminative, and render it especially pleasant for children. Now, the cordial to which I have been referring is that devised by Prof. Frederick J. Locke, of the Eclectic Medical Institute, and based on the original prepared by Dr. Wooster Beach. We often hear Eclectic phy sicians speak freely of neutralizing cordial, and we sometimes wonder whether they are aware of various preparations that have passed, and still pass, under that name.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Yes, Facebook took our "Pages" Down

Free Fire Cider and Fire Cider Pages and even our "World Fire Cider Making Day Event" have been taken down by Facebook.  Facebook has cited that an Amy Huebner (who just happens to own Shire City Herbals)said that these pages violated their intellectual property and was an infringement.  I have been warned that if I start another page I may be blocked from using facebook entirely.  That doesnt stop anyone else from starting "pages" and citing the "Fire Cider" page as an infringement on our intellectual property.
Do what thou wilt and we will continue to boycott, we don't need facebook to do it!
What facebook said Letter regarding removal of Free Fire Cider Page.

We’ve removed or disabled access to the following content that you posted on Facebook because a third party reported that the content infringes or otherwise violates their rights:

Page: Fire Cider

Facebook is not in a position to adjudicate disputes between third parties. If you believe that this content should not have been removed from Facebook, you can contact the complaining party directly to resolve your issue:

Notice #: 263156903851500

Contact Information
Name: Amy Huebner
Email: amyhuebner@gmail.com

If an agreement is reached to restore the reported content, please have the complaining party email us with their consent and include the original reference number. We will not be able to restore this content to Facebook unless we receive explicit notice of consent from the complaining party. Please note that the complaining party is not required to respond to your request.

We strongly encourage you to review the content you have posted to Facebook to make sure that you have not posted any other infringing content, as it is our policy to terminate the accounts of repeat infringers when appropriate.

For more information about intellectual property, please visit our Help Center at https://www.facebook.com/help/370657876338359/.

The Facebook Team

Monday, February 17, 2014

Letter From Rosemary Gladstar Feb 14, 2014

Dear Friends, 

The saga of Fire Cider continues…. 

I wish to thank you all for your ongoing support. It’s been amazing to see how many people have mobilized over this issue and who are willing to support free ownership of Fire Cider. To me this issue is larger than just fire cider. However, in this moment it is most important that the name and product “Fire Cider” be returned to its rightful owners, the herbal community, many who have been making, using, and selling Fire Cider longer than Shire City Herbals has been in existence. When I first made Fire Cider, named it such, and taught hundreds of other people how to make it through my books, videos, classes, and conferences, I never imagined for a moment that anyone would think they could claim it as their own, or worse, deny others the right to sell it.

I believe in trademark laws, and I believe in supporting the success of small and large ~ yes, large ~ businesses as well but only if they demonstrate the ethics and integrity that have been part of the herbal community and movement since it was seeded in the early 1970’s. But, this is clearly a case where a company claimed ownership of something it neither created nor named. In fact, we have written documentation, including copyrights that Fire Cider was in existence in the 1980’s.

I read Shire City Herbals' recent response to why they feel they have the right to keep the name they trademarked. Though I thought their letter was well written and very tactful, I also found it very interesting how they have rewritten the story in their best interest. In ‘their story’ they become the victims and the herbal community becomes the bullies who are trying to destroy ‘the small business that puts food on their table’. Though, yes, sadly there have been accusations and less than positive messages hurled from both sides, Shire City Herbals fails to mention the thousands of thoughtful well written emails/letters supporting their business but requesting they drop the trademark and suggesting viable win/win solutions.

They have also failed to mention that when they sent out the cease and desist letters, that it meant that other small companies who counted on the sales of Fire Cider to put ‘food on their tables’ no longer could do so. And further, they failed to mention that there are companies who have been selling Fire Cider at farmers markets, local food stores, online, and through their catalogues far longer than Shire City Herbals has been in business. What happens to these companies when they get their cease and desist orders?

It was interesting to read in an earlier email from the Shire folks that Dana had learned to make Fire Cider from his grandmother, who he claims fed it to him as a small child. He asserts that he had no other knowledge of fire cider outside of this experience within his family. However, there are many different versions circulating online of how Dana learned to make Fire Cider, including the possibility that he learned about it during his time at the Southwest Institute for Healing Arts. If he did learn about it in his studies than they knowingly trademarked something that wasn’t truly their own.

Finally, in ‘their story’ they claim they are the protectors of the name Fire Cider and trademarked it so that other larger companies wouldn’t grab it. This seems to be one of their main arguments for holding onto the name. I appreciate that Shire City Herbals feels protective of ‘their’ name and wants to protect big companies from grabbing the trademark but we propose that there is a wiser, fairer and better option, one that benefits everyone, not just their company. From their lenses, they become the crusaders for herbal medicine bringing the knowledge of fire cider and its benefits to the masses, ignoring the hundreds of people that have been doing this quite successfully before them. No one denies their success, but they are following in the footsteps of a huge movement started long before they sent out the first announcement of their company or trademarked their first product.

Perhaps this whole discussion is tied into the intellectual property rights of the herbal community, much like the property rights of indigenous people? Who has a right to ‘own’ these formulas and claim title to names that have been used by thousands of people? What’s the future of popular products/names like Zoom Balls, Kava Chai, Healing Salve, Kloss’s Liniment, or even Elderberry Syrup? Will they too get claimed and tied up in private ownership? It’s an interesting and challenging process. Let’s do what we can to get Fire Cider back so that other companies can sell it in their local farmers markets, local stores, online and in catalogues. Shire City Herbal folks can of course continue as well, but should do so under a trademark of their own unique name like Shire Fire Cider or whatever they choose.

In addition to addressing the issues with Fire Cider, let’s do something bigger. Let’s do what we can to create a legal safe haven, or an ‘Herbally Owned’ trademark (thanks to Sara Katz for this one), where we can safeguard Fire Cider and other popular ‘public’ formulas so this doesn’t occur again. All of this time and energy is well spent, I feel, if we can intentionally create a way to ensure that all herbalists will have equal access to our herbal traditions now and in the generations to come.

This is a great wake up call! I have appointed a core team that I entrust to lead us through this, we continue to need your support however you are able to give it. Let's go for it, together!

With you in herbal ways,
Rosemary Gladstar

> Contact your local stores to inform them of your thoughts on this issue. We are asking people to continue to communicate their concerns in a direct and respectful manner.
> Submit any information you might have through the centralized submission form http://bit.ly/1dHUjtO
> Continue to share the petition http://chn.ge/1nKmS2o
> Volunteer your time and expertise http://bit.ly/1fxN5eF
> Watch this page for the most up to date official information

> Public information available regarding any new developments in legal action.
> Information on details regarding a potential fundraising campaign.
> Printable materials to provide to your local stores, including recipe cards, fliers and takeaways.

Monday, February 10, 2014

How to Help Out and Keep Fire Cider Free from Trademark Restriction

> Sign the Petition: http://chn.ge/1nKmS2o
> Volunteer Your Time: http://bit.ly/1fxN5eF
> Read the Blog: http://bit.ly/1gPpVWt

Recent News Article on Fire Cider

Hu Everyone!
Please make sure to add comments to the end of this article showing how you feels about their coverage