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What's New at Pure Joy

Holly Barclay

Pure Joy welcomes Holly to the team

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From my first visit to Fifth Wind Farm, I was drawn to the garden with its circular rows and stone pathways. It was autumn and the garden overflowed with squash, kale, and fiery calendula flowers. I would come to know the garden well, coordinating the C.S.A. during the 2013 growing season, and the following year, growing flowers and vegetables for my wedding to Joanna’s son, Daniel.

When Joanna asked me to take over from Joy, another opportunity to work with the Fifth Wind land presented itself. Librarian, gardener, archivist, beekeeper... I am excited to add herbal business owner to the list of roles that animate my life.


Introducing our newest product

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Petal Silk Salve

Inspired by a customer who uses Pure Joy's Little Chickie Diaper Salve as a massage salve for her baby, we decided to offer an alternative containing rose and other skin softening herbs. Several customers happily tested the new product and, through collective input, the name became Petal Silk. That says it all. Not only is it a perfect massage salve, it is a timely remedy as we enter the season of dry, rough skin.  

Ingredients:
Rose, Calendula, Violet and Rose Geranium infused in organic olive oil, organic beeswax and a few drops of Rose Geranium essential oil

Rose Oil
Rose oil has long been used for its cosmetic benefit; its effect on the skin helps to soothe and calm, reducing redness and irritation and is used to treat blemishes while nourishing the skin.

Calendula Oil
Aside from stimulating healing, calendula oil can significantly boost the appearance of your skin. It can affect blood flow to the skin cells, provide antioxidant protection that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and age spots, and even the visibility of scars.

Violet Oil
Both the leaf and flower are used in dry skin conditions, to curb growths, and as a wound healer. Its moist nature is suited for eczema and for healing dry and raw skin. It is also known as an anti-inflammatory.

Rose Geranium
As a constituent in a blended cream or lotion, rose geranium oil is good for clearing sluggish and oily skin, as well as wound, burn and ulcer healing. It also has value to treat eczema, acne, dermatitis and fungal infections.

Losing Joy

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Pure Joy Herbal Creations is losing Joy.  After a thoughtful process, Joy has decided to answer the call to return to BC.  I admire her bravery in taking this leap of faith but I am also sad in losing a very dear friend and a fabulous business partner.  From the moment Joy arrived on our farm she has been an inspiration.  I have always had an interest in herbs and looked to nature for the gifts she offers but Joy brought this interest to a new level.  Even though Pure Joy Herbal Creations was not named after her, a little of the Joy will be missing and Pure Joy will be a new creation. 

I know that Joy has touched more lives than just mine so please join us at Fifth Wind for a goodbye garden party, featuring Joy's favourite herb...Stinging Nettle...on Saturday October 7th 2pm till 4 pm.  Take home some herbs and dried teas as a goodbye gift.

Announcing our 2016 Herb Awards...

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Looking back over the past year:

The herb with amazing resurrection powers.....Arnica
 We were quite worried that our few arnica plants were completely destroyed by the winter cold.  To our utter joy and amazement they multiplied like the loaves and fishes to the extent that we became quite lackadaisical about picking our precious flowers.

The most popular “pick your own” goes to the Sea Buckthorn berry. 

  Many people came with empty buckets and left with our gorgeous orange berries and dreams of delicious smoothies and jellies dancing in their heads.
 

The longest producing plant….   St John’s Wort
 It bloomed a few days before St John’s Day on June 24th and continued opening up bud after bud until November.  It may have been competing with the abundant Arnica and certainly won out in longevity. 
 

The herb that struggled with failure to thrive…Plantain.  

We kept waiting for plantain to grow but the drought may have been too much for it.  Since it is an important ingredient in several of our salves we hunted intensely to find a few spare leaves.  Fortunately there was a good stand growing in the pathway of a hiking trail in Algonquin Park.
 

 The newest herb to be used in our products….Lemon Balm.  

After attending an herb conference where a well renowned herbalist recommended lemon balm as a strong anti viral we started making lemon balm lip balm.  So far the reports have been positive in its ability to minimize cold sores.
 

The newest fragrance…Rose geranium.  
 Our award winning Sea buckthorn cream is available in two fragrances…sweet orange and now, rose geranium.  The camps seem to be clearly divided with strong opinion in each.  Both have the same skin healing properties.  Our newest testimonial came from a happy customer who said that her basal skin cancer had healed without any intervention except the cream and oil.

The herb that taught us the most….Calendula.

  Calendula is our first love and, as is sometimes the case, it is easy to take first loves for granted.  By August we realized that we had become too distracted by other herbs and had failed to harvest enough flowers.  We promptly planted our precious seeds, struggled to keep them alive in the drought and rejoiced as each beautiful flower opened up.  May we be more mindful of calendula next year!