The idea for the Friendly Flower was started when I moved from downtown Bozeman to the Cottonwood / Juniper country of Manhattan Montana in 2006.
I became interested in plants and their healing powers after attending classes taught by local herbalists. I became more interested as I read about the native plants growing nearby. It is amazing how many plants have something to offer.
Salves and teas have been used medicinally for thousands of years.
I started making salves from plants that were locally accessible or grown in my garden.
I collect native yarrow, bed straw, juniper, and arnica. I also use calendula, echinacea and thyme from my own garden.
I like the idea that these are natural healing aids. I know where every ingredient comes from. The plants are not enhanced, cooked, or concentrated. They are gently infused in olive oil which is then made into the salve. I add vitamin E, bees wax, and a small amount of selected essential oils that also have healing properties.
Please remember that arnica salve is not to be applied on open wounds or taken orally.
The lip balms are made with infused olive oil as well as coconut oil and essential oils for flavor. I have nine different flavor combinations.
As my garden expanded I discovered that the herbs I grew also had medicinal healing qualities. I am a firm believer that everyone can take a few minutes every once in a while to:
I grow three different kinds of mint, as well as sage, lemon balm, chamomile, lemon thyme, parsley, lemongrass and stevia.
I have developed twenty one different teas. Some are stand alone herbal and others have added spices, as well as green or black tea,
You can add honey if you want. Some already have stevia as a sweetener.
I cut and dry the plants, strip them from the stems, bag them into tea bags, and package them by packs of 20 tea bags.
The teas may help clear your mind, provide gastrointestinal relief, improve your mood, and soothe sore throats. They also may assist with cold and flu chest congestion, internal calm, improve circulation, renew strength and recuperation.
The items I offer are not processed in a commercial, inspected, kitchen. They are processed in my home.
My herbs are all conscientiously grown with: sunshine, water, dirt, wind, rain, hail, bees, birds, and butterflies to nurture them.
There are no added chemicals.
The information contained on this website is not intended as medical advice nor intended to replace the relationship with a qualified healthcare professional. I encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your own research and with a qualified healthcare professional.
If you have a reaction, please discontinue use immediately.
I have fun creating these products. My goal is to bring these helpful plants into contact with people who may benefit from them.
I welcome feedback, comments and stories. Please contact Chris at https://thefriendlyflower.org/contact/ or via email FriendlyFlower8@gmail.com