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.
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) Overview
Properly nurtured and given all she needs to thrive, Red Clover is a force of nature…like all women.
Which is exactly why Marjory was so excited to hear that Stephanie Syson was growing it on her Demeter biodynamic farm high in the Rockies.
Red Clover grown there, she knew, in the unspoiled air and soil, amid companion plants, would teem with phytoestrogens similar to the very estrogens we produce.
This small batch of potent, biodynamic red clover not only works to soothe inflammation and mitigate pain in the short term like more commonly farmed variants, but promotes more profound, long-term internal benefits to cell metabolism and blood balance often affected by menopause.
The use of Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) as an herbal remedy goes back centuries, and this herb boasts of useful topical and internal applications.
Originating from Europe, northern Asia, and Africa, it is a veritable pharmacy!
As a topical aid, it’s a common ingredient in liniments, salves, and balms. Great for relieving the pain of eczema, psoriasis, sores, burns, and is even supportive against skin cancer.
The pain-relieving properties of red clover are likely due to the presence of the anti-inflammatory compounds eugenol, myricetin, and salicylic acid found in the flowers.
Long used as a “blood purifier”, it contains additional active chemicals thought to encourage internal health – flavonoids and other compounds are known as phenolics – all of which act as antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory properties, and mild estrogen-like activity.
As an alterative herb, it works to help the body eliminate metabolic wastes, slowly altering the function of cells and tissues to help bring them back to normal, healthy function.
These actions help to create internal body health and balance that goes on to affect the wellness of your skin, your body’s largest organ.
Botanical Name: Trifolium pratense
Other Common Names: Clover, Cow Clover, Purple Clover, Meadow Clover
Product Contents: Leafy tops and flowers
Actions: Alterative, antispasmodic, nutritive, lymphatic
Taste: Sweet, Salty
Plant Uses: Skin health, chronic and acute inflammation, women’s health, and post-menopausal supportive, lymphatic congestion, mildly sedative.
Preparations: Tinctures, bath, poultice, eyewash, salves and ointments, external wash, infusions, syrups.
Toxicities/Warnings: Avoid taking during pregnancy because of its estrogenic effect. May strengthen the effects of anticoagulant drugs. 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.