Seven Juicy Herbs for Summertime Hydration

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I’ve put together a little list of my favorite hydrating summertime plants for you today. All of these plants are calming and cooling for the entire body, taking your hydration to the next level in a way that water alone can’t. Many of them act via mucilage, aka slimy gooey plant-constituents that coat and soothe tissues throughout the body. This nourishing plant goo delivers deep hydration, and is best extracted as a cold infusion, with the plant material steeped in tepid water and left overnight either on your counter or in the fridge, depending on the temperature of your house (we’re not trying to ferment it!).

Linden - A fantastic cooling, calming herb that’s supremely anti-inflammatory. It’s floral taste is amazing on a hot summer day, and it makes a fantastic beverage option for any picnic. Calms the mind and helps with focus.

Hibiscus - Tart and tangy, iced hibiscus tea is a classic summer treat. I like it steeped for hours with ginger and cinnamon for a bit of an herbal sangria. It’s bioflavonoids promote heart health, which is so important as dehydration can tax our ticker.

Marshmallow - The ultimate in plant-based hydration, and cousin of hibiscus, marshmallow is great to have at least once a week. It does have a bit of a strong flavor, so I like to hide mine by adding a cup or so to my fruit smoothie.

Corn silk - Oh my god, this plant is such a summertime treat. Dried corn silk pales in comparison to its fresh counterpart. It tastes a little bit like honeysuckle, but more earthy. All you need to do is take the fresh silk from your cobs, discard any brown, and save them in a jar in the fridge. When the jar is full, cover with filtered water and leave to steep overnight. Strain and enjoy the most delicious, hydrating, kidney-supportive tea I can think of.

Oatstraw - Feeling frazzled? There’s so much to do in the summer, whether that’s kids being home from school or harvesting your garden bounty. Oatstraw makes the most delicious iced infusion, immediately cooling to the head and heart. Grassy and sweet, you can drink it straight up, right out of the fridge.

Peaches - Don’t forget you can eat your water! Summer fruits and vegetables like peaches, watermelon, tomatoes and cucumbers are fantastic ways to get more water into your body without drinking gallons a day. Peaches in particular deliver essential sugars to keep us pepped throughout the hottest of summer hikes… or pool lounges.

Okra - The queen of all slimy plants, okra is fantastic for keeping our insides juicy when the sun is peaking. You can make okra tea and use that on a sunburn, or you can just cook up a mess and add some curry powder for a deeply nourishing meal that fills the inner well.

The Commune Collection: Rose-Colored Glasses


Rose-Colored Glasses will lift your mood, open your heart, and enhance your intuition. Through the sweet support of Rose, the adaptogenic balance of Holy Basil, and the nerve-soothing of Milky Oats, your outlook will be illuminated and your healthy boundaries tenderly reinforced. A few drops of the flower essence of Mimosa in the blend ensures that the positivity radiates throughout both body and soul, and over time can radically expand your ability to see the world with love. Read on to meet these herb friends, and use the tonic daily to let your inner light color your experience of life. Commune with good vibes.

Rose - Rosa spp.

We all know the saying “stop and smell the roses” and doing just that can be an amazing remedy to calm stress and quiet mental chatter.  Rose is a heart healer and opener. This lovely, sacred flower reminds us to stay open and aware of all the love in our lives. With thorns and blossoms, Rose carries lessons of boldness, beauty and boundaries. We can soften into new situations without losing our sense of self. In one way or another we have all known the hurt of heartbreak, the difficulty of reclaiming our wholeness in the aftermath of loss and learning to love again. Rose reinforces self-love and personal empowerment, lifting our spirits so we believe in our worth. Rose is a balancing, cooling herb ideal for treating constitutionally hot conditions or individuals that have a tendency to be hard on themselves. Rose is a nudge toward self-forgiveness as we move through our emotions, especially more difficult feelings like anger, bitterness and grief which we’re often taught are unacceptable to experience or express and therefore become repressed or stuck within us.

Tulsi aka holy basil - Ocimum sanctum

Holy Basil is a revered plant in India and has been used in the Ayurveda healing tradition for thousands of years.  A fragrant member of the mint family and a close relative to the culinary basil (Ocimum basilicum) we are familiar to in the west, Holy Basil strengthens vitality and increases our adaptability to long term and everyday stressors. Believed to be the earthly incarnation of the divine, Holy Basil is a transformative herb helping us shift how we relate to life’s ups and downs on a foundational level, strengthening our resilience and increasing joy.

If you are going through a time of uncertainty due to life transition - a move, change of career, a break up, seasonal transition, personal or collective loss, etc - and you wish you could just hit pause on life’s demands and take care of yourself, work with Holy Basil to support you in tending to all matters big and small.  Holy Basil is an excellent ally when we’re going through a rough patch and still need to show up to our responsibilities. Tulsi will clear the cobwebs from your mind, promoting mental clarity and resolve.

Holy Basil protects the heart, promotes healthy blood pressure and maintains blood sugar. It can be used internally and externally as an antimicrobial, supporting wound healing when used topically or in the care of herpes and shingles when taken internally. It reduces excessive immune response for those with chronic allergies and asthma, especially when asthma is triggered by stress. In general, Tulsi has a balancing affect on the immune system as a whole. As with most mint family plants, Holy Basil improves digestion and is an ideal medicine for the winter blues, when low spirits, poor immunity and sluggish digestion due to holiday indulgences and overeating can leave us listless.

Hawthorn - Crataegus spp.

On a emotional level, hawthorn supports the heart during times of despair from depression and great loss. It is a wonderful tonic that can be taken for as long as needed to navigate the peaks and valleys of the emotional heart. Like rose, hawthorn teaches of boundaries and the balance between blossom & thorn. When the emotional heart is not centered we can experience physical symptoms that manifest as insomnia, anxiety and agitation. Hawthorn not only supports the physical and emotional heart, but the nervous system as well; calming and centering in times of stress and depression.

In Celtic wheel of the year, hawthorn is embodied as fertility, beltane, but also as death, samhain. It is said to be a gateway into the underworld, most accessible at the times of year when the veil at its thinnest. In the exploration of the underworld we turn to hawthorn to learn of the thorns, flowers and fruits of life. Supporting the heart, both physically and emotionally gives us courage and strength to build healthy and ever changing boundaries.

Oats - Avena sativa

Oat is among the best nutrient rich tonic herbs for the nervous system. By providing our body with needed vitamins and minerals, Oat promotes energy by increasing our overall health and vitality. An essential herb if you have frayed nerves and exhaustion due to a lifestyle of overwork. It can be especially helpful if you are prone to irritability, tension headaches, or find that when you have the most on your plate your attention span and ability to focus goes out the window. Avena “feeds” the nervous system especially when under stress. Oat is an excellent source of magnesium which relaxes tight muscles and cramping.

These are just some of the multitudes of magic that this herbal formula will bring. Commune with good vibes here.

The Commune Collection: Mushroom Magic


Mushroom Magic taps into the mycelial network to bring connected balance to your daily life. Six medicinal mushrooms are swirled with vanilla and cinnamon to create a sweet-tasting triple extract you’ll be delighted to commune with. Mushrooms are renowned for their amazing ability to normalize and optimize body system functionality in a subtle, natural way. These fungal friends are tinctured for a full moon cycle and then simmered down to extract every bit of shroomy goodness. Read our blog post for more on each of these mushrooms, or just take the the leap into the mycelial world wide web and consume daily for maximal wellness. Commune with the mycelial cosmos.

There’s a lot to love about our fungi friends, let’s talk about some of our favorite medicinal mushrooms, what makes them a powerful herbal allies.

Reishi, Ganoderma spp.

Most commonly commercially available is Ganoderma lucidum, although here on the East Coast of North America we can find Ganoderma tsugae growing on Eastern Hemlocks. Reishi is a polypore mushroom, distinguishable by its shiny red to light yellow ombré appearance, sometimes called varnish shelf (Lucidum in latin translates to shiny & clear). In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Reishi is known as Ling Zhi and was believed to be the mushroom of spiritual immortality that calmed the shen (spirit). In Western Herbalism we use Reishi for its immune modulating properties (enter polysaccharides). Helpful in autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and for those with deficient immunity conditions as well. It’s an excellent allergy remedy, best taken a few months before allergy season hits to allow for the immune system to balance its production of histamine via basophil and mast cells. Like many mushrooms it has adaptogenic qualities which help the body regulate its stress response. Reishi is calming to the spirit and also cools and protects the liver which can be agitated in autoimmune conditions, but also in times of stress.

Lion’s Mane, Hericium spp. americanum, erinaceus

Have you ever seen Lion’s Mane in real life? What a fascinating and foreshadowing design! Many types of Hericiums are found throughout North America, the most common and widely used being H. americanum and H. erinaceus. Lion’s Mane can be found growing in late fall on hardwoods like maple, beech, oak and birch. It is also widely cultivated for culinary and medicinal use. A delicious mushroom when pan fried with butter and garlic, some say it has a delicate seafood flavor, but that could be interpreted in many ways. Medicinally Lion’s Mane is anti inflammatory, immune modulating, as well as supportive in cancer. Most notably though is its ability to improve brain health. It is referred to as  “Nature’s Nutrient for the Neurons” (it looks like stringy nerve endings!) because of its ability to stimulate the production of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF). NGF is produced in the hippocampus of our limbic system (the Brain!) which is associated with emotion, memory, learning and the autonomic nervous system. Reduction of NGF production has been linked to memory loss, decreased neuroplasticity and more drastic degenerative brain diseases like alzheimer’s and dementia. After traumatic brain injury, NGF is rapidly generated in response to cytokine production and Lion’s Mane role in recovering from a brain injury is being well studied. Lion’s mane is generally a great tonic for brain health, improving cognitive performance along with supporting your mood, win win!

A brief note on extraction: There are many ways to get the medicine from mushrooms, but it is crucial that the process - whether making a tincture, powder or consuming them in food - includes an extended time of cooking down with water to extract the polysaccharides. This is considered as the water phase. Tinctures that are made with mushrooms are broken down into two phases - water and alcohol - to extract different constituents, as mentioned above in the science of mushrooms medicine. All of the mushrooms we use are extracted via a long decoction before being combined into the formula, and this improves bioavailability and makes a much stronger medicine.

Commune with the mycelial cosmos here.

Mushrooms have a lot to offer and this information is just a glimpse at some of their amazing benefits! These mushrooms and more can be found in our ___. What are some of your favorite mushrooms and ways to consume them?

The Commune Collection: Solar-Power Energy


Solar-Power Energy harnesses the sun’s healing rays to build up your natural energy reserves through nourishment. This is not a quick fix that will lead to a crash, but rather a gently supportive, mineral-rich remedy that boosts energy by giving your body what it needs to thrive. Abundant, nutritive herbs such as Nettle and Red Raspberry Leaf work together with the flower essence of American Ginseng to bring your physical and etheric bodies into sustainable power. Read our blog post to learn more about these plant allies, and take your solar-powered minerals daily to boost your wellbeing. Commune with renewable energy.

Solar Power Energy was destined to be. So many of our customers and clients struggle with lagging energy, chronic fatigue, and general exhaustion. Their solution? More coffee. Our solution? More minerals!

Solar Power Energy combines four of our favorite energy rich plant allies and American ginseng energetic essence for a powerful, yet gentle, nourishing energy boost. This isn’t your usual caffeine rocket to the stars, this is a slow, gradual build over time, a deep drink of water for your nervous system and adrenals.

Read on for more on the plants of Solar Power Energy…

Nettles - Urtica dioica

Stinging nettle is native to many parts of the world and subspecies of nettle can be found naturalized on almost every continent. Nettle is traditionally used as medicine, food and fiber. From spring stews to medicine to cordage, nettles may well be near the top of every herbalists most used and most adored plants list.

Historically, nettles has been used for everything under the sun. It is a renowned nourishing plant, rich in minerals, vitamins & protein. A prized spring green, one of the first to emerge and continues to be edible through early summer. Energetically it is considered gently warming and it is drying - just think of a sunny spring day after rain. It’s flavor is mineral-y and salty, evident in its medicine. In herbalism it is used to support the elimination pathways, remove excess fluids, provide nutrients to support the building of blood, and promote anti-inflammatory & antihistamine actions in the body. The sting of a nettle hair contains formic acid which stimulates an immune response, bringing blood and anti inflammatory compounds to the affected area, helpful in cold arthritic conditions and injury. It’s beneficial drank through pregnancy to relieve water retention through its diuretic action and help provide nourishment, including much needed iron. It can be used as a tonic to down-regulate allergic reactions and should be taken a month or two before known allergens are on the loose, pine pollen anyone? Alongside other spring herbs it provides foundational nutrients that aid the healthy growth of skin, hair & nails. It is a general tonic that is gentle and nourishing for all types of conditions. Many herbalists consider it not only a valuable medicine, but a daily staple in supporting the body.

Burdock - Articum lappa

Burdock has been used traditionally in western herbalism “to purify the blood,” or what we now call an herbal alterative. Burdock supports all of the elimination organs, with an affinity for the liver as well as the lymph. Burdock is cooling and moistening, good for hot and dry conditions that manifest as inflammation. Often theses are conditions that show on the skin such as acne, eczema/psoriasis, rashes and boils. It is also helpful when the lymph is experiencing congestion that results in hard, swollen and painful nodes which is also common with the conditions listed above and in cases of infection. It pairs well with other lymph clearing spring herbs like violet and cleavers. Burdock can eaten as a young root and is known as gobo in japanese, often prepared in long cooked soups and stews. It is rich in the prebiotic starch inulin which feeds the good bacteria - probiotic - of our gut. In supporting a healthy gut to cleansing the blood, burdock’s medicine reaches far and wide in our bodies and is a valuable and safe medicine to use daily.  

Red Raspberry Leaf - Rubus idaeus

Raspberry leaf contains a variety of vitamins and minerals and is commonly taken as a daily tonic in various preparations to support of a wide range of conditions. It is considered cooling and drying which gives it an astringent quality that supports the tissues of the body, known in herbal medicine as a tissue tonic. Raspberry leaf is a traditional tonic for the generative organs. It is well known for its use in pregnancy and for its affinity to the uterus, toning the tissue and providing important nutrients including iron. Helpful where there is excessive bleeding or fluids, pain from cramping and prolapse of not only the uterus, but other pelvic areas as well. These astringent benefits can be applied to different systems of the body. Useful in conditions like leaky gut, loose stools, bleeding gums, ulcers and any other situation that involved laxity of the tissues. The leaf along with the berries, is rich in antioxidants providing anti inflammatory support for the tissues as well, a true tissue tonic!

In addition to all of these amazing benefits and properties, all of the plants in Solar Power are incredibly rich with minerals, which builds our nutrition and reserves, supplying us with a deep well of energy when used over time. Commune with renewable energy here.