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1. You have 3 different Arnica products, how do I choose between them?
All of the Arnica products are wonderful and it is difficult to choose. Each of the products, the liniment, the oil and the salve all offer full strength, potent extracts of Arnica, but each have their own unique actions. The liniment, being an alcohol extract may be the strongest of the three. It is nice to use the liniment for; severe pain, serious bruises, shin splints, ski boot pain and post surgery. Also, if you are in a hurry, it is quick and not messy to apply. A couple pumps of the atomizer administers the liniment on the injured or sore area. The alcohol is penetrating and brings the medicine internally quiet fast and there is no risk of getting nice clothes oily. The oil is wonderful for massage and for use over larger areas such as the entire back or the entire legs. It is ideal after a strenuous workout when you presume you will be sore the next day. Apply it over the overworked area as soon as possible; it will work wonders to prevent soreness. The oil is the only one of the three that you can choose what essential oil blend it comes with if you prefer a certain smell over another. Further, the oil is the least expensive of the three. The salve is popular because of its creamy smooth consistency. It works very well for massage over large areas and is thick enough it can be applied over small injuries like bruises or joints a little bit easier than the oil.
• Liniment: absorbs quickly, won’t get clothes oily, may be the strongest.
• Oil: excellent for massage, least expensive, 3 choices of aroma.
• Salve: texture/consistency very smooth, excellent for massage.

2. What is Shea butter? Where does it come from?
Shea butter is a creamy white butter or fat that comes from the nut of the Karite tree, which grows in a wide variety of places in Africa. Shea butter is semi-solid at room temperature and melts quickly at body temperature. It absorbs rapidly into the skin and has amazing humectant or moisturizing properties that last very long due to its thick nature. Because it comes from Africa it is important to look for shea that is Fair Trade Certified. All the shea butter we use for our products is Fair Trade Certified and it usually comes from a small village in Senegal where there is a cooperative of mainly women who produce it. This brings desperately needed income in an area where there is little work available for these women.


3. Why is [insert any product name] unavailable?
Because our products are all made by hand, in small batches and because they contain herbs that only grow during the summer months or are gathered from the wild, in a short window when they are at their medicinal peak, we occasionally run out. The areas we gather from can only handle so much gathering and we won’t take more than that. Such is the nature of these types of products. Instead of being disappointed, please feel good about the fact we do not have a ‘provide at all costs’ ethic. Rather, we care deeply about the plants that give us their parts or their lives for medicine and we respect their livelihood. Enjoy the uniqueness of what is offered; artisan quality, seasonal, wild and sustainable. If there’s something you really like and we’re out, please contact us and we’ll put you at the top of the list to be notified when its back, and be sure to stock up while we have it.
4. How long will my salve/ tea/ tincture last?
There is information on the shelf life of our products under each category. For example, if you go to the products tab, you will find the various categories listed in the navigation bar and in the middle of the page. Simply click on any one of them, like Tinctures. At the head of that page, the Tinctures page, there will be information to let you know the ideal life span for each product type. All Singing Springs Botanical products are made without the use of any chemical preservatives and in general should be used within one year. Some things will not “go bad” per se but as time goes by the potency of the remedy diminishes. This is one reason we make everything in small batches, so we do not have to use preservatives. Please see the categories for specifics.


5. What is herbal medicine?
Herbal medicine is a gentle and effective form of medicine involving plant-based preparations. Examples of such preparations can be found by visiting the products page. The offerings there that constitute the Singing Springs line represent things that many people have the need to remedy or use for general care. There are however infinite possibilities for what can be created and many people do well to have remedies made specifically for their individual needs. This is often where an herbal consultation can come in handy. An herbalist can make the best assessment of your unique needs with the clear information obtained in the consultation. Herbalists are not however doctors and do not treat or cure diseases, rather, we give you practical tools to bring the body back into balance. We educate, nourish, and assist clients with information, care-full recommendations and support. (See the consultations page for more information on this).


6 . What if I have a problem that you don’t have a formula for?
If you don’t see a remedy in our products line that fits what you need, feel free to contact us for a custom formulation. As mentioned above a personal consultation is recommended so the remedy will be perfectly suited for you, though it is not absolutely necessary. Contact us and we’ll tell you if your request is something we are willing or able to work with, and we can go from there. If we can’t help, we can most likely refer you to someone who can.


7. Are there classes about herbal healing, or herbal medicine?
Yes, there are, at times, organized classes. These are taught by Julie Peterson and are on a wide variety of herbal, Ayurvedic and health related topics. They sometimes take place at the local library, in one of the meeting rooms, other-times they are offered through the Ah Haa School in Telluride or through the Telluride Yoga Center. Private classes are also available upon request. For more information on this topic please contact us.