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Cobourg, ON, K9A 4J9
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Happy Spring, the season of promise, birth and beginnings.

Holly Barclay

Beneath the snow the ground is stirring.  It’s a marvel how the plants know that it’s time to move from being dormant into growth.  We look forward to the gifts the ground will bring us this year.

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Poplar Buds

Our often overlooked ingredient…

One of the earliest gifts is our often overlooked ingredient: Poplar Bud Oil

Poplar bud oil is found in most of our products.  After our ice storm a few days ago I harvested some of the buds that had fallen to the ground.  The trees on our farm are quite tall and out of reach, making ice storms very helpful. We infuse the buds in organic olive oil and then use them in our products as a natural preservative.

Poplar bud oil extracts are usually very rich in anti-oxidants. These extracts tend to not go rancid, often for a decade or more. Historically and probably prehistorically, indigenous peoples in the Mexican northwest and the American Southwest, used whole cottonwood poplar buds directly in oils, and animal fats and greases to prevent rancidity. Poplar bud oil is antiseptic, a natural antibiotic, speeds healing and lessons scarring. Even bees harvest the resins to make propolis, as it is very important to hive health.

Because of these properties we concluded that polar bud oil would be a healthy choice as a preservative.

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Catch up with Pure Joy at these events this Spring & Summer:

  • Nettle Night   Wednesday, May 29, 2019 7 pm till 8:30  Fifth Wind Farm
    Our popular event is happening again! Join us at Fifth Wind Farm for feasting on food made with nutrient rich nettles. Learn how to harvest and cook this delicious food. Return home with some nettles and a sample.  Contact us at purejoyherbs@gmail.com to register.  Cost is $30.

  • Sea Buckthorn Festival    Sunday, August 11, 2019 1:00 PM 4:00 PM Fifth Wind Farm
    Join us for our annual Sea Buckthorn Festival! Sample Sea Buckthorn leaf tea, Sea Buckthorn juice, jelly, and chocolate! On hand will be our international prize winning Sea Buckthorn cream. Explore our Sea Buckthorn orchard and harvest your own nutrient rich Sea Buckthorn berries.

  • Cobourg Farmers Market 
    We will be there the 4th Saturday of the month, June through September 2019

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