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Wellness, in its modern context, is exhausting. There is no end to what you can spend on a calmer, thinner, more efficient, better version of yourself. This act of navel-gazing, once rooted in the radical feminist idea that making space for the female body mattered, has morphed into a $4.5 billion industry. It has become a holy-grail-like quest that is never finished, which is what makes it so addictive for those who, quite literally, buy into it. The industry includes such disparate (and sometimes dubious) therapies as crystals, energy healing, juice cleansing and yoni eggs. A pack of Ayurvedic-based vitamins called “Why Am I So Effing Tired?” from Goop costs $90/month. I think I’ll take the burnout.

Part of Herbalista’s clinic work is teaching underserved communities with little or no access to conventional medicine how to use food and herbs as remedies. Cramer explained that while products labelled as supplements can’t be bought on EBT, or food stamps, medicinal plants labelled with nutrition facts can.

Instead, I supplement. I exercise a few times a week, I make my own flexitarian meals, I use a CBD and arnica cream for my chronic shoulder tension and, every now and then, I add a dropperful of a tincture blend called “Immunity Now” to a glass of water. I flirted with essential oils for a year, but my skin is too sensitive for most fragrances. I have a jar of activated charcoal at the back of my spice cabinet to help with hangovers. That might be the closest I’ve come to participating in a major wellness trend.

The clinics are about more than access to medicine. Van Asten said a large part of their work is “taking the time to sit with [clients] and connect with them and seeing them as human beings.” They focus on building relationships with communities that are often shunned and ignored.

Herbalist and medicine maker Lorna Mauney-Brodek wants to bring back the accessibility of community healthcare. She founded Herbalista in response to how elite and privileged much of the industry had become.

Marigold, comfrey, chamomile, arnica and Sea buckthorn are important curative herbs used in the traditional folk medicine for centuries. The marigold blossom (Calendula officinalis) is used for the preparation of potions, infusions and extracts. As for comfrey (Symphytum officinale) it is its root that is mainly utilized, but also its leaves can be picked and used. One of the effective elements of comfrey is allantoin that is used in curative and cosmetic preparations. As for chamomile (Chamomila recutita) it is its dried floral garb without any addition of stems and leaves that is utilized. As for arnica (Arnica montana) it is its blossom essential oils that are mainly used. As for Sea buckthorn seed (Hippophea rhamnoides) it is its cold-press seed oil that is utilized. As for plantain (Plantago lanceolata) it is leaf that utilized mainly for its beneficial effects.

Traditional product contains standardized oil and spirituous extracts of marigold blossom (Calendula offi cinalis) produced by a careful method which guarantees a high content of active agents. Owing to this the ointment contains a complete spectrum of agents of marigold, which guarantees its high and comprehensive efficiency.
Marigold ointment Dr. Müller Pharma is convenient for massage, care for the skin infl uenced negatively by the environment (sun, wind, frost), or for dry skin of legs, hands and lips.

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