Thursday, January 23, 2020

What can we help you with?

     I have had several people call lately with the same problem, needing a large amount of a single herb extract, but feeling it was too expensive to buy so many bottles of 4 oz. extract.

Western Botanicals Garlic Extract     The first customer needed a large amount of Western Botanicals Garlic extract. I always suggest making it yourself when you need that much. She bought two 4 ounce bottles to get her through until her batch would be ready. I told her I would use fresh garlic with 100 proof Vodka. She called a few weeks later to say that she was not able to make it due to health reasons, and asked how can she get half a gallon from us for a reasonable price. She was hoping for two 32 ounce bottles, and I had to explain that they are too heavy for shipping.  I was able to get very good pricing for her on 16 oz. bottles and she was thrilled!

     The second customer needed a large amount of a single extract as well. When I asked if he was interested in making it himself, he asked how. I emailed him the instructions and he emailed back saying, “I wish someone had told me this ten years ago!” I’m happy to help people save money when I can. I know how hard it is when you need to get the money to stretch!

     I suggest for people to make their own extract when they are going through a lot of it. Most often they don’t want to, which works too, because we need the orders! We are here for you if you have a special need, just let us know and we’ll try to help you with it!

photo of Elderberry extract ingredients     This week I am making a batch of Elderberry extract. Elderberry extract is very popular this time of year. In a google search it states: “Elderberry extract binds to the tiny spikes on a virus protein that are used to pierce and invade healthy cells and destroys them so that the virus is ineffective.” That’s what we have going on right now, lots of virus’ making people sick. This simple single herb extract is one I have been taking daily and so far I have avoided getting what has been going around.

Dr. Christopher's Elderberry Extract     The best price we have is for Dr. Christopher’s Elderberry Extract, 2 oz. bottle for $14.44. The directions are to take 3 droppersful three times a day or as directed by your health care professional. Because I’m not sick I’m just taking a dropperful once a day. If I had been exposed to sick people or could feel something coming on I would up it to the recommended dosage listed on the bottle. Happily so far so good, I'm staying healthy!

Elderberry Exract in the making     Pictured above right is 16 oz. Western Botanicals bulk Elderberry and a bottle of Vodka, I use 80 proof for dried herbs and the 100 proof if the herbs are fresh. I poured the dried  Elderberries and the bottle of vodka into the one gallon jar, added the rest of a bottle of Vodka that I had bringing it up to about 64 oz of Vodka. The liquid immediately turned purple. I’m shaking it up about three times a day and it will be ready in about two weeks. Extracts last many years when stored in a cool dark place, so we’ll have this to use for quite a few years! Below are the complete instructions for making an extract.

    How to make an Alcohol Extract
    Herbal Preparations and Natural Therapies, Debra Nuzzi St. Claire recommends using 100 proof vodka, which is readily available and is equal to the required solution of 50 percent alcohol and 50 percent water. Use four ounces of herb to one pint of alcohol. The herb should be finely cut or powdered, placed in a clean glass jar. 

    After pouring the alcohol over the herb, the jar is tightly covered. Shake the jar for a minute or two each day. At the end of two weeks, strain the tincture through cheesecloth, a jelly bag, or a coffee filter. If you happen to have a wine press, you could use that. "It is best to put up one's tincture on the new moon and strain it off on the full moon so that the drawing power of the waxing moon will help extract the herbal properties". Store herbal tinctures in dark glass bottles away from heat and light.

     We sell these and other great healing herbal formulas and essential oils at Herbs First. Free shipping in the United States on your $75.00 order! Order online or phone in your order at 801-228-1901. Email me and I can send you links to help you learn more about what you need to know!

Wishing you the best as you strive to care of your family!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Thank you for your orders!

     As we start the new year we just want to say thank you. Our customers are the reason why Herbs First is here! Last year was a bit rough and to tell you the truth we seriously considered closing down.  I’ve spent more than 22 years dedicated to helping our customers. Many of you have been with us for much of that time! A smile always comes to my face when I see an order from a long-time customer! Thank you so much!

Kathryn & Don Mechling    I love talking to customers. I love sending you links that help you with your health issues. I love talking to you on the phone and helping you with your needs. I have been able to help many people figure out the best way to get the products that will help them. I love walking you through making Anti Plague, extracts and ointments, which is pretty scary for a first timer! A great day for me is when I’m talking to customers and taking orders. I feel needed and fulfilled and that makes me happy!

     We now have free shipping on orders over $75.00, something I thought we would never be able to do! Its working, thank you so much for your orders!

Hollie Gomez     We have the best support team ever. Hollie  has been with us for 16 years, works from home to process the orders and sends them over to the warehouse. She emails the tracking and attends to order issues which seldom ever happens! She is a single mom of two special needs children. Ben is 17, has Asperger’s Syndrome and is a junior at Spectrum Academy High School, which is a school for children with autism. Hollie’s daughter Elaina just turned 12 years old, and was born with a congenital heart defect and a chromosomal deletion (22q11.2 - DiGeorge Syndrome) that has required multiple surgeries and procedures. Elaina spends a lot of time in the hospital due to her weak immune system and multiple surgeries. Working for Herbs First from home has allowed Hollie to continue to support her family without worrying about missing work.

Jeff Thompson     Jeff is our one and only warehouse guy that keeps the warehouse running. He packs and ships your orders to the greatest of perfection! We have had many people email us saying how wonderfully packed their orders are! He rarely makes a mistake and we hardly ever have any breakage, all due to his skills! We appreciate Jeff so much and he has been our “guy” for 19 years! His wife Jamie struggles with health issues and he often will get the orders out early and head for home to be with her. We appreciate all he does for us and our customers!

     My husband Don sends out the newsletters as well as helping me with technical issues on the web-site. He has been a great support for me running this business for over 22 years! Did you know that Herbs First was the first website to offer the Dr. Christopher products on the internet? It’s true, we were here even before Dr. Christopher’s were! It all started because I was using their products and noticed how amazing they are and wanted to be able to help people with them! It has been a great business for us and we hope that you will continue to keep us here! We need you and we hope that you need us! Please share our website with others and help us stay here for you, and for the people that work for us!

Thank you so much!
Kathryn and Don, Hollie, Jeff and Jamie               

    Free shipping in the United States on your $75.00 order! Order online or phone in your order at 801-228-1901. Email me and I can send you links to help you learn more about what you need to know!

Wishing you the best as you strive to care of your family!