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"Welcome to the April Moonrise Herbs E-Newsletter!  In our bi-monthly issues, we bring you all the news of our upcoming sales, latest products, classes and events, as well as interesting and informative articles and a myriad of herbal recipes!  The rest of this month's newsletter will give you a little peek into who we are, what we do and the latest events and classes we have to offer. Lastly, all of us here at Moonrise Herbs want to introduce ourselves! We feel like our dedicated and knowledgeable staff are our family, and we want you too as well.
Thank you to our beautiful community for all your love and support these past 3 decades.....we couldn't do it without you! Enjoy!"

Bright and Abundant Blessings from all of us at Moonrise Herbs!

Enhancing Lives Since 1985


Nourishing Notes 

Our bodies are simply incredible! Day after day, they process a million different things: emotions, foods, stress, environmental toxins,'s quite miraculous really. And while your body does a superior job of filtering out the good from the bad, sometimes it's nice to give our bodies a little bit of help and the beginning of Spring is the perfect energetic time to do that with a detox. Occasional cleanses are considered vital in many healing modalities as they slow the input that our bodies deal with and give our systems a chance to rest, repair and recuperate. While it is completely up to you how and how long you wish to do your cleanse, we would like to offer some herbal allies and helpful recipes to aid you in self-healing.  

Herb Spotlight:

Blood Purifier

Burdock (Arctium spp.) root is a cooling liver tonic. It is useful to treat moist skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. These conditions often manifest when the liver is overloaded from a diet high in fat and protein. Burdock aids the liver in metabolizing these nutrients and encourages the removal of waste products. This is in part why it is considered a “blood tonic”.

Burdock also aids in the removal of uric acid waste products, which makes it useful for those who suffer from joint conditions such as gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and bursitis. Such conditions often result from an access of acidic waste products.

Both burdock root and seed can act as a diuretic, making it useful for people who experience swelling in the hands and feet. Burdock root is safe during pregnancy for this purpose, but the seed should be avoided during pregnancy.

-From our Herb Blurbs, by Christa Sinadinos

Herbal Formulations with Burdock Root


Radiant Skin Tea: Our own herbal tea blend

A combination of herbs formulated to cleanse, soothe and tonify the liver to aid the body's metabolic processes and the elimination of waste.
It contains: Organically grown herbs: Burdock, Dandelion root, Licorice, Sarsaparilla, Calendula, Chickweed, Rosehips, Cinnamon, & Orange peel

Detoxification Formula: An Eclectic Institute blend

This Naturopathic Physician formulated blend of effective herbs to support detoxification and digestion.
Ingredients: Organic fresh Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) blossom, organic fresh Burdock (Arctium lappa) root, wildcrafted fresh Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium) root, wildcrafted fresh Queen's Root (Stillingia sylvatica) root, shade-dried Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) root, wildcrafted shade-dried Cascara Sagrada (Frangula purshiana) aged bark, wildcrafted shade-dried Alder Buckthorn (Frangula alnus) bark, wildcrafted shade-dried Prickly Ash (Zanthoxylum clava-herculis) bark, potassium iodide, bitter orange essential oil, organic alcohol

Iron Nourishing Syrup: An Herbal Infusions Blend

Locally-made with love and skill by herbalist Candice Brunlinger, this delicious and deeply nourishing blend supports the immune, liver and digestive systems and, of course, aids in iron absorption.
Ingredients: Yellow Dock root, Dandelion root, Burdock root, Red Raspberry leaf, Nettle leaf, Alfalfa leaf, Milk Thistle seed, Mulberry, Rosehips, Orange peel, Elderberry & Lycii berry with water, Molasses, Honey and Alcohol spirits (up to 12% to preserve). *All ingredients are organic, GMO-free, or cultivated without chemicals

 Delicious Recipes with Burdock Root 

Burdock or Gobo root, as it is also known, makes a scrumptiously nutritious addition to your diet.  If you are unfamiliar with cooking with Burdock, that's okay! You can prepare it much as you would any root vegetable, but here are a few ideas to get you started!

Nourishing Burdock Stew
*from The Tender Foodie
Nourishing Broth
6 quarts water
2 Cups Total Dry Herbs:
Red clover, Nettle, Oatstraw Astragalus (2 sticks) -- approx. 2 cups dry herb total. In case of Gluten Intolerance, remove Oatstraw*, then increase Nettle and Red Clover.
1 Cup Total Dry Mushrooms of Choice:
Chaga, Reishi, Maitake or 1 Tbsp. powdered mushroom 
*Simmer herbal mixture and mushrooms SLOWLY in 6 qts of water for 20 minutes. Again, simmer, do not boil. Let sit overnight. Long cooking/extraction time is needed to extract minerals. Let the broth come to room temperature, then strain & store in Mason Jars or other glass containers and refrigerate if you aren't making soup immediately. Freezes well. Can also be sipped at room temperature as a nourishing infusion.
Making the Stew: 
Nourishing Broth as prepared above
1 cup brown rice -- cooked, optional
1 cup adzuki bean -- cooked, optional
1 onion (chopped)
6 cloves garlic (minced)
3 reg sized Burdock root (sliced or diced)
3 carrots (chopped)
Salt, pepper to taste, or even minced Parsley, Thyme, Sage or Rosemary.

Saute onion and garlic, sweat the Burdock & Carrots until the carrots are soft enough to pierce with a fork, then stir in cooked rice & beans (optional).

Cover with prepared herbal broth.  Simmer again for 20 minutes to meld flavors.

Eat and savor this nourishing, nutrient dense soup.


Burdock Kinpira
Kinpira is a simple Japanese side dish of sautéed and braised vegetables
burdock root (gobo)
*Any other root style vegetables you like
1 tsp vegetable oil
dried red chilli, sliced
½ tsp sesame oil
1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
Kinpira braising stock
60 ml (¼ cup) water
2 tbsp sake
1 tbsp mirin
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sugar (or about 1/2 tbsp honey if preferred)

To prepare the burdock root, rinse under running water to remove any dirt. With the back of a knife, scrape the skin of the burdock to remove some of the tough outer layers. Do not completely peel the burdock, as the skin contains a lot of its nutrients and flavor. Make one or two cuts lengthwise into the thick end of the burdock root and, over a large bowl of acidulated water (water with a splash of lemon juice or vinegar added), shave the burdock into small strips. The action is like whittling, or sharpening a pencil. Allow the burdock to stand in the acidulated water for about 10 minutes or until the water turns golden brown. Strain the burdock well.

Heat the vegetable oil in a wide saucepan or frying pan. Cook the burdock for 2-3 minutes.

Combine the kinpira braising stock ingredients and add to the burdock. Add the chilli. Bring to a simmer, and simmer for 10 minutes or until the liquid is completely evaporated. Transfer to a plate or bowl and allow to cool to room temperature. To serve, drizzle over a little sesame oil and scatter with sesame seeds.

Spring Detox
with Sarah Ann Howe
Welcome beautiful spring! I am so excited that she is finally here and now a new beginning has begun. I don’t know about you but I am feeling a slight hop to my step now that she is here and now it feels so right to be reorganizing, cleaning, and letting go of all things which don’t serve me. Not just materialistic items but thoughts, behaviors, people, and places which no longer serve my higher good and spiritual evolution.
It is a wonderful time to bring in all the new and begin planting those seeds physically, emotionally and spiritually. I personally have never tried a detox for a specific organ in accordance to the season, so I’m excited to share this experience with you!
“If you desire greater spiritual fulfillment you might ask yourself, ‘am I taking good care of myself in everyday life?’ balance begins to be restored when we stop taping into others for our energetic charge, and look inside ourselves for our connection to spirit.”
-James Redfield
According to Chinese and Native American healing systems, the liver and the gallbladder are the two organs which get stimulated and should be cleansed in the Spring time. These organs perform essential body functions, particularly processing many substances and keeping our blood clean.
–The Seasonal Detox Diet
For those of you who are trying a cleanse for the first time let’s stick to something simple until you become more familiarized with how your body will react to a cleanse. I will reference this recipe from ‘The Seasonal Detox Diet’
The Lemonade Diet
INGREDIENTS                                                           AMOUNTS
pure water (warm or cool)                                            1 c.
fresh lemon or lime juice                                                2 Tbs.
cayenne pepper                                                            to taste
maple syrup                                                                  1-2 Tbs.

Lemon and lime are high in Vitamin C, potassium and are astringent. They help to tighten tissues while doing a deep cleanse to eliminate toxins deep in the tissues. The cayenne pepper also helps eliminate toxins and mucus while keeping the body warm. And the maple syrup helps to give the body energy.
The purpose of this cleanse will help to rid any congestion in the body and will help to build a healthy blood stream.
Here is another recipe from ‘Seasonal Detox Diet’ for those of you who have done a detox before.
Seed Tea
INGREDIENTS                                                           AMOUNTS
Fennel, anise, fenugreek                                                2 tsp.
Pure water                                                                    2 c.

Simmer all ingredients for 15 minutes in a covered stainless steel or glass pot. Let sit for an additional 15 minutes. Strain and enjoy!
This formula helps to flush the liver and acts as a relaxant and carminative for the digestive system.
Enjoy these formulas and follow your intuition. Listen to your body and follow your dreams. It is a time of cleansing, and putting actions to our dreams.
Happy Spring!



News to Nourish you!

Moonrise Herbs Spring Sale!
Friday, May 12th - Sunday, May 14th, 2016

The wheel of the year turns yet again and brings us the green spirit of Spring! Come celebrate the season with storewide and online savings of 25% off all Bulk Herbs & Teas and 10% off everything else including books! There will also be fantastic savings of up to 75% off on our Extra-Super Sale table!

On The Plaza, 826 G Street in Arcata. 
Store Hours: Mon-Sat 10am - 6pm, Sun 12 - 5

Medicinal Cannabis Conference


April 29th & 30th

Arcata Community Center

Cost: $350.00

Coming Soon! You don't want to miss this empowering and pivotal conference! We are so excited and proud to partially sponsor this event which will present growing details, clinical pearls and the current research on Cannabis. Presenters are international, national and local experts that will utilize substantiated research and experience to advance your knowledge base on Cannabis to the next level. It is important that consumers, growers, and our medical providers can make more educated and effective decisions concerning the medicinal applications of cannabis.

2017 Presenters  include:
Ethan Russo, MD; Jeff Raber, PhD;  Christian Le, MD; Kevin Spelman, Ph.D.,Tammi Sweet, Dustin Sulak, DO;  Mindy Bumgarner, M.S;   Tara Bluecloud, Herbalist, Brie Malarkey, Herbalist/Entrepreneur

2016 Topics include:

 ” Developing a Treatment Plan”,     “Cannabis for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention”,    “Cannabis: A Solution to the Opioid Epidemic?, “Regulatory Compliance and Analytical Testing”,        “Cannabinoid Therapies: Case Studies”,    “Health Optimization Through Cannabinoids”, “Cannabis Roots, a Neglected Herbal Resource”,      “Herbal & Nutritional Approaches toward Optimized Endocannabinoid Tone”,   “Product Diversity in the Medical Cannabis Arena,” “Whats New in CBD” , “A Business Like No Other: Lessons from an Oregon Cannabis Entrepreneur”, “Beyond Cannabis: Medicinal Plants that Activate the ECS”, “Medical Marijuana 2017- In the Medicine Cabinet “, “Herbal Allies”, “Herbal Kitchen”  AND MORE! 


Upcoming Classes at Moonrise Herbs

Layers of the Aura with Carole Wolfe

April 19, 2017

6:30 - 8:30pm

Through a combination of discussion, hands-on activities and guided visualization, we will experience how light energy can heal.

Carole has developed her strong natural intuitive abilities by working with many talented teachers including Melanie Tolley, Betty St. Lawrence, Linda Wahlund, Teresa Von Braun, and Alijandra.  She graduated from the Center for Body Harmonics in Santa Clara and the University of Metaphysical Sciences.  Carole is a Clairvoyant Medium, Reiki Master and Healing Arts Practitioner who incorporates etheric color therapy and clairvoyance in her sessions.

Cost: $30 per person. You can register by calling 707.822.5296 or dropping by Moonrise Herbs.

3rd Annual Medicinal Cannabis Conference

April 29 & 30, 2017

Empower yourself by learning about the many medicinal healing effects of the Cannabis plant.  See more conference details above!

Cost: $350 per person. Visit the event page at the event facebook page at to register or learn more!

Beginning with Herbs with Jane Bothwell

September 13 - November 1, 2017


An excellent introduction to the world of healing plants for the beginner as well as those with more experience. Includes field identification, herbal first-aid, demonstration and use of medicinal preparations (salves, tinctures, syrups, pills, etc.), formula making and more, with lots of “hands-on” activities including 2 herb walks. $385 includes samples of products made.  This class is a prerequisite of the 10-month Herbal Studies Program at the Dandelion Herbal Center.

Cost: $385 for the full 8 week session, plus 2 weekend plant walks. For more information or to register, go to or call (707) 422-8157.


Meet the Moonrise Crew!


Irene Lewis, Herbalist & Proprietor
Irene was sparked into herbalism when she was taking classes on natural resources at Columbia J.R. College, located in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains in 1987. When her teacher would casually mention some of the uses of plants by the local Native Americans while the class was out in the field studying, Irene was intrigued.

She began reading books, and taking classes on herbalism and aromatherapy. Irene has become a sponge that is never fully saturated. She has spent more than 20 years soaking up all the information she can about wild weeds, natural healing and aromatherapy.

In 1990 she founded a business known as Irene’s Dream Simply Herbal. She created herbal soaps, lotions, salves and creams under her own label and also as private labels, for other companies. Her products have sold nationwide. They have also traveled the globe, and Irene has vicariously traveled along with them.

Moonrise Herbs was one of the first stores to carry Irene’s products. In 1997 Irene became a staff herbalist at Moonrise and worked two days a week sharing her knowledge and teaching classes on a variety of subjects.

In 2004 Irene became the proprietor of Moonrise Herbs. She still teaches classes and is available for private consultations. Irene also still finds the time to create and sell her well-loved comfrey balm.

Kathy Francis, Operations/Store Manager

Kat joined the Moonrise Family back in the fall of 1999. With over 10 years experience in supplements and holistic health, she knew that working at Moonrise Herbs would be an opportunity of a life-time.

Since that time she has held many positions such as Merchandise Buyer, Display Coordinator, Sales Associate and Team-leader. During a time of Transition in 2009 many of you may have seen her in the Wellness Dept. at the Arcata Co-op. But in May of 2016, when Irene offered her the Operations/Store Manager position, she knew it was time to come back home.

Kat has been blessed, over the years, to work with many herbalists from our community and to gain inspiration from so many others who have been part of the “Moonrise Family”. It is this inspiration, from her co-workers, the community and the herbal healing of plants that give her such joy to be part of Moonrise Herbs.

SlySylvester "Sly" Holladay, Staff Herbalist
Sly has been interested in plants for the last 30 years. While weeding gardens, he discovered that the lamb's quarters and pigweed that he was uprooting were in many cases more nutritious than the garden plants he was laboring to grow. Thus Sly was inspired to learn more about his plant neighbors.
This interest in identifying pants and studying their nutritional and medicinal properties has continued across several states and has now taken root in the lush environs of Humboldt County.

Sly studied herbs for a full summer at the California School of Herbal Studies with Rosemary Gladstar, David Hoffman, Christopher Hobbs and Jane Bothwell, which allowed him to both consolidate and add to his knowledge of herbs. He also received a bachelor's degree in biology from Humboldt State University and has taught biology at College of the Redwoods.
In addition to western herbs Sly has studied Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs and incorporates this combined knowledge in assessing which herbs would be beneficial for a given individual in a given situation.

RaquelRaquel Nelson, Web Operations Manager/Customer Service Specialist/Assistant Bookkeeper
Raquel began her herbal journey relatively late in life. She has had a lifelong interest in the natural modalities of healing but it in 2008, she had the marvelous good fortune to attain the assistant bookkeeper position here at Moonrise Herbs and there began her herbal education in earnest.

Formally, she has taken Jane Bothwell’s Beginning with Herbs and graduated from Jane’s 10-Month Herbal Intensive in 2010 and has been blessed, as well, to be able to work with Jane at Dandelion Herbal Center since 2009. Since her initial herbal courses, she has been blessed to take classes and workshops with a myriad of noted herbalists, including Rosemary Gladstar, Mindy Green, Pam Montgomery, Karen Uphoff and Kevin Spelman....just to name a few!

Informally, she views every single day as an opportunity to learn more and more about herbs, formulations, nutrition and energetic healing…just to name a few. She is so thankful for every Moonrise customer for asking all those wonderful and, occasionally challenging questions that continue to further this great journey of knowledge!

Raquel has lived in Humboldt County almost her whole life and couldn’t ask for a better place to call home! She spends her tiny slice of free time with her partner, Mike, playing with her cat, Chai, and reading as much as she can.  Bellydance is her other passion and she can be found teaching and performing with her troupe the Ya Habibi Dance Company.
DanielleDanielle Hewitt, Sales Floor Manager/Customer Service Specialist
Danielle was born and raised here in Arcata, and studied herbalism with Christa Sinadinos at the Northwest School for Botanical Studies.  Naturally intuitive, Danielle is a whiz at creating healing formulas tailored to specific needs.  Also an avid gardener, Danielle grows many of her own herbs and veggies, and is the proud tender of plants such as valerian, yarrow, lemon balm, white sage, lavender, catnip, helichrysum, goldenrod, and so on!  As she puts it, gardening is her "jam!"
In the store, Danielle creates eye-catching displays and helps rotate our lovely window displays throughout the year.  Customers appreciate her immediate willingness to help, and love her acerbic wit when explaining herbal remedies and preparations.

Malia Anspach - Herbalist/Customer Service

This is Malia's second time around with us and we are so thrilled she has returned!  Formally educated in herbalism by Christa Sinadinos at the Northwest School of Botanical Studies, Malia brings caring energy, great intuition and a lot of herbal knowledge to the store.


IleaIlea Woods, Bookkeeper
Ilea came to Moonrise Herbs not only with a B.S. in Business Accounting with an Art History minor, but also as a life-long student of the arts, and with a wealth of knowledge of alternative healing.  She loves stones and crystals, reiki, sound healing, and more!  An ardent photographer, Ilea is rarely seen without her camera. 
Though not seen often on the sales floor, she is a central figure to the Moonrise Herbs family, and has the uncanny ability to stay calm in almost any situation; considering the frustrations most people have balancing their checkbooks, we here at Moonrise admire her ability to wade through all that never-ending paperwork and still stay sane!  Truth be told, we're not sure she's not a patient deity sent down to teach us by example.  ;-)
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