I’m not going to lie—I smoked pot (marijuana) from high school through the late 70’s. I wouldn’t call myself a pothead, but I certainly enjoyed a toke or two with friends at parties when I wanted to chill. What does my recreational pot use have to do with Goldenseal and our company today?
Well, back then, drug testing wasn't as advanced as it is now. Not many companies had the capability to test who was smoking and who wasn't—however, it was still prohibited, and companies would "threaten" their employees to keep them in line. No one was too worried.
Pictured: People not being too worried
One of my first jobs was working at one of the most popular radio stations in San Diego and let me tell ya—you could walk into the DJ's booth during an interview with Rod Stewart, Billy Idol or Ted Nugent and a cloud of smoke would billow out into the rest of the offices. It was like a smoke bomb had gone off in a very small room.
One day, I asked the music director: "What’s going to happen if they really do start drug testing?" He gave me one simple word: "Goldenseal."
Goldenseal? All I could picture in my mind was a big ocean seal dressed up in gold; sorta like that image of Ceelo Green at the Grammy’s. (In fact, every time I see Ceelo now, all I can think of is, "Goldenseal!"). My boss explained: "Goldenseal is an herb that can clean out your liver and urinary tract to remove the traces of pot in your system."
Pictured: Goldenseal in all its cleansing glory
Yup, Goldenseal has been used for centuries as a natural treatment to detox the body, clear acne, relieve cold and flu symptoms, soothe urinary tract infections, help digestive issues, and a whole lot more. Research is underway on how it can be used to treat cancer, too*.
Goldenseal contains alkaloids that produce a powerful astringent effect on mucous membranes, reduces disease-causing inflammation, and contains antiseptic effects. You can take Goldenseal orally as a tea, which is bitter, or as a liquid or capsule supplement.
Pictured: This could be you drinking Goldenseal tea
Once I dove into the properties of Goldenseal, I knew it was an ingredient I had to incorporate into our skincare due to its incredible antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory qualities.
I start the process by steeping the Goldenseal herb (root, stems, and leaves) in olive oil, which results in a deep, rich green colored oil that is full of natural healing benefits, moisturizing squalene, and antioxidants. Just thinking about these two ingredients together makes me swoon!
The combination is amazing at soothing dry, red itchy skin and relieving inflammation caused by acne, eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. That's why we have so many fans raving about our products; those reviews mean the world to me! I invite you to post your own review on the products *you* love on our website.
I love this herb so much that I try to incorporate it into just about every product we manufacture; you’ll find it in the Healing Honey Stick, Body Oil, Ache & Pain Relief Stick, Lip Goos, Sugar Scrubs and in the CBD & Honey Collection, too.
Thanks for reading, thanks for everything!
Pictured: Martha today, still in touch with her wild 70's side
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