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Milky Oat Tops
(Avena sativa)

These are herbs Marjory Wildcraft gathered. Nurtured and let to grow as if wild in rich, mature, biodynamic environments, they grow potent and pure, much as they did when we first encountered them.

If it's your intention to extract and focus the medicines found in these herbs - via tincture, salve, tea, or other preparation, you'll find no better source on earth than the ones gathered by Marjory and made available to you here.

Each is an exceedingly rare, profound medicine. And as they're wildcrafted with care, they're good for the earth.

As long as you are, too,
Marjory just might let you have some...

The Biodynamic Farmer, Stephanie
And What Makes Her Herbs Extraordinary

"Biodynamic Botanicals is devoted to the research, education, and production of high-quality Demeter Certified Biodynamic herbs in order to yield highly potent, vibrant, healing herbs for people, pollinators, and our planet."
-Stephanie Syson

Stephanie Syson has spent the past decade with her hands and heart in the dirt.

Growing and using the powerful herbs that create vitality and wellness.

She has 10+ years of experience in the herbal product industry as well as over 13 years researching and practicing various forms of sustainable farming across the United States and Latin America.

As a Certified Permaculture Designer, an educator in the fields of Greenhouse Management, Seed Saving, and Herbalism, she lectures across the United States on topics such as Public Food Forests, Seed Saving Libraries, and Culinary and Medicinal Herb Growing.

Stephanie grew one acre of Biodynamic medicinal herbs at Sustainable Settings in 2016 and was overwhelmed at the quality, potency, and vibrancy of the botanicals.

Her passion turned into a full-time partnership with Brook and Sustainable Settings to expand the quantity and variety of healing herbs that will be offered in the seasons to come.

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.

Milky Oat Tops (Avena Sativa) Overview

Appearance: Like perfect timing. Lend oat straw just the right amount of time to grow, then harvest it before it matures into the firmer, familiar oat, and you’ll have one of natures miracles: husky little florets that emit a milky, white substance that give Milky Oat Tops their name.

When commonly farmed: Oats are a flowering plant no like other. 

While maturing, they’re a sponge, soaking up magnesium, niacin, chromium, selenium, calcium, silica, riboflavin and a shelf half the alphabet's vitamins.  

When harvested while flowering in the milky oat stage, they’re able to share nutrient mother-lode like no other herb. 

Of course when commonly farmed, this nature’s sponge pulls out anything else that’s in the soil, then passes that along, often in concentrated tinctures.

When wildcrafted: All oats benefit from growing in real and natural ecosystem teeming with a variety of flora and fauna. And when wildcrafted in deep, living soil devoid of chemicals and impurities, they’re best able to fulfill their purpose and pass along all that goodness.

This is especially true of the tips of this nutrient spear – the fleeting miracle that are Milky Oat Tops.

Why these Milky Oat Tops are so damn potent, powerful, and sexy:  All Marjory Wildcraft Milky Oats are nurtured high in the central Rockies, at Colorado’s only Demeter Biodymamic Farm, by the sublime hand of the world’s most enchanting farmer- Stephanie Syson.  

There, at her miracle farm perched at the tippy-top of an unmolested alpine watershed, these oats were planted and let to grow wild, in deep rhythm with the land and air and animals about.


Herbal Profile

Botanical Name: Avena sativa

Family: Poaceae

Other Common Names: Oat, common oat, cat grass, pet grass, oatgrass

Product Contents: Straw

Actions: Anti-depressant, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, nervine (relaxing), nutritive, tonic

Energetics: Moist/Cool

Taste: Salty

Plant Uses: Nervous system exhaustion, strengthen sexual potency/desire, restorative and strengthening to the whole body, mood lifter, clearer cognition, stress reducer.

Preparations: Nourishing herbal infusion, bath, poultice, sitz bath, foot soak, wash, hair rinse, vinegar infusion.

Toxicities/Warnings: Possible gluten cross-contamination; potential danger for those with Celiac disease.

"If you still imagine that our stumbling science creates better medicine than the very herbs we evolved to use as medicine, keep in mind:  plants formulated and perfected the science necessary to have successful reproductive sex with themselves, soo…”

Marjory

Why Is The Demeter Biodynamic
Certification Important?

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.