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Magic touch with homegrown remedies at Upper Granville farm

By Heather Killen

The Spectator

hkillen@annapolisspectator.ca

 

Kitchen wisdom and a little touch of Reiki are infused in Pumpkin Moon’s soaps, salves, teas and tinctures.

Last year Dean and Cindy Shipp purchased the 20-year-old business and relocated it to their farm in Upper Granville. They produce kitchen and body care products for people and pets; as well as a selection of heirloom garden seeds.

Pumpkin Moon Farm relies on tried and true recipes made onsite using mostly homegrown ingredients, creating a line of organic herbal products that aim to celebrate wellbeing, says Cindy Shipp.

“We start with fresh, hand-harvested herbs grown in our own organic gardens,” she says. “We create savoury teas and kitchen herbs, natural skin-care products, as well as salves and tinctures.”

Pumpkin Moon also carries a line of gourmet jellies, unique fairy lights, pet products, and even natural insecticides.

 

Alternative Therapies

Most of the herbs are grown on their property, although they do bring in some of the essential oils, ginseng and other ingredients that are also needed in their products.

Shipp says that she grew up on a small farm and learned the value of living off what the land provides. Several years ago, when she wasn’t able to find relief for her own health problems she began exploring alternative therapies.

Last year she learned that Michelle Summer Fike, the founder of Pumpkin Moon, was interested in selling the business. The Shipps decided to purchase the business and bring it to their farm.

She added that while she is a great believer in folk remedies, she is not an herbalist and won’t offer any medical advice. People are always encouraged to talk to doctors, or health care providers before using herbal remedies.

Most of their products start with fresh herbs and flowers like chamomile, echinacea, bergamot, and lungwort that are picked at the right time, and then either air-dried, or infused in a tincture.

 

Made On Site

Most of the tinctures used in Pumpkin Moon’s are made on site. The fresh ingredients are slowly infused in oil, or alcohol for about two weeks. Shipp says this process requires almost the same loving attention, as a mother would give to a baby.

These tinctures are later combined as remedies, or added to the body products. The homemade soaps combine herbal oils, fresh organic essential oils, and other natural ingredients such as alcohol to cleanse and refresh all skin types.

They offer lively scents ranging from lime and aloe vera, to citrus and lemon blends, rosemary, lavender, and patchouli blends; vanilla, rosewater, and ginger.

Pumpkin Moon also creates soothing balms for sore muscles and joints, chapped lips, boo-boos, and sore bums. They blend beeswax and organic plant extracts with a bit of Reiki, to create a comforting rub with a comforting and pleasant smell.

The loose herbal teas are also made from fresh plants and herbs that are grown in the nearby fields. These teas are high in anti-oxidants, naturally caffeine-free, and brimming with vitamins and minerals.

Pumpkin Moon also carries a line of organic wild rice mixes that are brought in from Manitoba. These products meet the standards to ensure the wild rice is grown in soil/water that is free of common pesticides, insecticides, and other contaminants.

 

Details

Pumpkin Moon Farm products are available at the Rising Sun in Berwick, the Annapolis Farmers Market, Firefly Makery in Bridgetown and online. For more information visit http://pumpkinmoonherbals.com or call (902) 665-2877.

Geographic location: Upper Granville, Manitoba, Rising Sun Berwick Annapolis Bridgetown

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