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Winter reflections from Pure Joy

Johanna

The darker days of December bring with them a time of reflection.  Our gardens are finished producing and are enjoying a time of rest. Our thoughts turn to gratitude…for the miracle of growth and the gifts that each plant brings.  It was a good year. 

This year’s Pure Joy gift pack features the herbs that were the most prolific in our 2018 garden.

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St. John’s Wort

Soothing & healing

St. John’s Wort is like discovering a ray of earth-bound sunshine. Many herbalists turn to St John’s wort to soothe and ease pain.  Studies indicate it is specifically indicated for trauma and damage to the nervous system whether through injury or viral infection, neuralgia, sciatica, Bell’s palsy, head and spine trauma, pinched nerves, after surgical and dental work, as well as injuries to any area that is rich in nerve endings.

Michael Moore explains that St. John’s wort benefits the skin in wound repair“as it stimulates granulation and capillary regeneration, as well as having substantial antibacterial effects” (Moore, 1993). The fresh oil is used by herbalists as a vulnerary and anti-inflammatory that helps to hasten healing and soothe the pain of burns, cuts, wounds, insect bites, and even varicosities such as hemorrhoids and varicose veins as well as bruises, strains, and muscle pain (McIntyre, 1996; Winston, 2007).

Our St. John’s Wort patch was so healthy this year, we decided to include St. John’s Wort salve in our Pure Joy holiday gift pack for the first time. These little yellow flowers produce a ruby-red oil, which makes a beautiful scarlet coloured salve.

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Sea Buckthorn

Clarifying & rejuvenating

Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil is rich in Vitamins A, C and E and Omega 7, as well as carotenoids, all of which are vital in the defense against free radical damage. This is because they stimulate and encourage collagen cell production, these cells form the very building blocks of our skin and are essential in protecting it from damaging free radicals which can weaken collagen, causing premature ageing and loss of firmness.

Sea buckthorn’s anti-oxidant properties also lend themselves to clarifying the complexion, as they not only protect the skin from free radical damage but strengthen it from within, helping to prevent the development of fine, lines, wrinkles and age spots.  Speaking of age spots…many of our customers have given us amazing testimonials about our cream and oil reducing and eliminating brown spots, keratosis, moles, and even basal skin cancer.  

Our annual Sea Buckthorn festival attracted many pickers and samplers.  We enjoyed trying Sea buckthorn berries, jam, juice, tea and, of course, our international award winning cream. This cream, scented with rose geranium, can be found in our Pure Joy gift pack this year.

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Calendula

Calming & moisturizing

Calendula, or English Marigold, is our signature flower at Pure Joy. The flower is used to promote new tissue growth in wounds, and is effective in healing cracked lips, dry skin, and diaper rash. Our 2018 gift pack contains our three signature calendula products: a moisturizing calendula face cream, a healing calendula salve, and our perennially popular calendula peppermint lipbalm.

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Pure Joy’s 2018 Holiday Gift Pack

Limited quantity available. Email us to reserve yours- or visit our online shop.

The coming spring will bring some changes as we move herbs from Joy’s herb garden into our main gardens.  Henry has plans to reconstruct the barn that he dismantled in Belleville in 2017.  It will encroach on the herb garden.  Moving it around will also provide an opportunity for us to sort out and control some of the invasive species.  The most exciting change the spring will bring is the birth of a tiny herbalist who, no doubt in time, will become very familiar with and knowledgeable about the herbs and plants at Fifth Wind. In the meantime, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season.

Springing into 2018 at Pure Joy

Holly Barclay

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Spring 

What will this season bring you?

This recent (unseasonably) warm weather has us thinking about Spring at Pure Joy. It’s the time of year when seed catalogues arrive in the mail, Seedy Saturdays pop up in our communities, and we begin to dream about what we will grow this year. We look forward to early herb visitors to our Fifth Wind gardens, like chickweed and stinging nettles. The early mild weather also has us paying attention to the slow stir of our bees as they begin to venture outside and forage. This year we will feed our hives to get them through these last few weeks before the dandelions and coltsfoot begin to bloom.

Spring is also the time when we begin to plan workshops and events for the 2018 season at Pure Joy. Here are some of the workshops and Pure Joy has planned at Fifth Wind Farm in 2018:

  • Nettle Night: Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 7pm-8:30pm
    Short herb walk and sampling of food made with nutrient rich nettles.
  • DIY Herbal Tea Workshop: Sunday, June 24, 2018, 2pm-4pm
    Herb walk and guidance on various herbs to grow for nourishing teas.  And sampling, of course!
  • ifth Wind’s Annual Seabuckthorn Festival: Sunday, August 5, 2018, 1pm-4pm
    Sampling various sea buckthorn products and time to pick your own. Guest exhibitors and live music.
  • Herbal Salve Making Workshop: Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 7-8:30pm
    Create a calendula salve to take home! We will also go on a short herb walk.

Do you have workshop suggestions for us? What would you like to learn from Pure Joy?

Come say hello at our first market event of the season:
The Crafters Market at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Cobourg
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10am-3pm

Two weeks later you’ll find us the Cobourg Farmer’s Market on Saturday May 12, 2018.

Check our events page for more events you will find us at this summer, including Art Salad and the Heartwood Gathering.

Wishing all of you happy garden planning, dreaming, designing and growing this season!

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Want to learn from Pure Joy?

Let us know what workshops we should run in the future

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.