A Sustainable Setting
Situated under the majestic Sopris Mountain on 244-acres once known as the historic Thompson Creek Ranch. Sustainable Settings is a working ranch and Whole Systems Learning Center.
Their daily and long-term committed effort is to provide the arena and programming where human beings might find a harmonious regenerative intersection with Nature.
With true passion, they continually strive for direct and locally applicable solutions to climate change, food and energy security, and the regeneration of healthy topsoil, and health in all systems.
These are things that are paramount if we are to survive.
All effort is intended to move the culture into greater awareness of human beings’ responsible participation as humble stewards and reverent members within Nature’s economy.
Biodynamic Botanicals found its home here in 2016 and currently has 4 acres under cultivation.
Comfrey, Leaf (Calendula officinalis) Overview
No single pharmaceutical can quell severe fever, alleviate scarring, promote bone fusion, and work as an anesthetic.
Luckily, Nature created an herb with the potential to do all of it, and in a farmer who can grow that herb to its highest.
History records the use of Comfrey stretching back thousands of years.
Western doctors openly recognize its qualities and potency.
Comfrey is, perhaps, Nature’s most complete healer.
Marjory believes this small harvest from Stephanie Syson represents the purest, highest quality Comfrey available.
Botanical Name: Symphytum Officinale
Other Common Names: Comfrey, Knitbone, Boneset, Bruisewort
Product Contents: Leaves
Actions: Demulcent, mildly astringent, expectorant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory
Energetics: Cool, moist
Taste: Mucilaginous, nutritious tasting, bland
Plant Uses: Burns, bruises, skin irritations, minor fractures, topical pain relief (especially with pain caused by bone fractures and bruises), inflammation reduction, eye trauma, and other superficial wounds.
Preparations: Compresses, poultices, liniments, salves, and infused oils.
Toxicities/Warnings: Avoid taking during pregnancy or nursing. This herb contains small quantities of a toxic alkaloid, which over time can have detrimental effects on the liver. This alkaloid is more concentrated in the herbs’ roots but also found in the leaves and flowers. Typically, multiple large doses would need to be consumed to cause damage to a healthy liver. However, because those with a compromised system are much more susceptible, and to err on the side of caution, it is recommended to avoid using this herb internally or on open wounds. Consult your health practitioner before use if you have any existing medical concerns.
Why Is The Demeter Biodynamic
The US is one of the largest consumers of medicinal herbs. And our demand is increasing quickly.
While there has been an ever-growing push for production within our borders, as much as 80% of bulk herbs available now – even from the most well-respected suppliers - are shipped in from international farms to meet demand.
Not only does this increase our reliance on inefficient, earth-destroying supply chains…
It also means that much of the beneficial properties these herbs contained were destroyed as they are subjected to mandatory irradiation at ports of entry…
Even when the herbs have been grown organically on US soil, well, we all know that Organic label doesn’t mean a whole lot when coming from massive farms in our chemical-saturated world…
And perhaps, like me, you’d prefer your wellness-supporting herbs don’t come with a dose of radiation, possible contamination, or unknown growing practices.
But, what can you do?
How can you ensure the herbs you use and recommend are truly pure and potent?
Where can you find herbs truly worthy of being used medicinally, especially if you can’t grow them yourself?
These questions drove my tireless search for the absolute purest, most potent, and locally sourced herbs. And I was extremely lucky!
Right down the road from me, in the high-altitude and organic heartland of Colorado, I found radiant herbs that are grown with a method that far exceeds my expectations. A Demeter Biodynamic Certified, herb-focused farm. Idyllically placed among the rolling highlands and pure glacier streams of the western Rockies.
After spending some time visiting this farm, I can honestly say - Biodynamic is way beyond a fancy label!
It’s a method of growing that demands a deeply holistic, completely chemical-free farm.
A farm that relates the entire ecology of the earth to the larger cosmos. One that treats the soil, animals, and plants grown on this land as one whole and living organism.
On this only Demeter Biodynamic Certified herb farm in Colorado, at the top of a pristine watershed, each plant is mindfully grown. Planted among companion species, cared for according to natural cycles, and nurtured by deep, living soil - just as Mother Nature does it herself. Then each herb hand-harvested at its individual peak.
This careful and thoughtful work results in the most potent of medicinal herbs.
Powerful plants that provide vitality in you and help regenerate the earth in significant ways, too.
With these herbs you can have the same confidence that I do, knowing that you’re working with extremely potent herbs, and making the most effective medicines the earth can provide.