The Jagged Path
The Jagged Path Community Herbalism
For so long, I have held such deep respect for the Herbal Activism Community. The individuals and entities that offer their herbal medicines for free to those that are most in need. Since beginning The Jagged Path, I have had a goal of joining this branch of Herbalism. That starts today. It is a small start, but I hope to be able to grow my part in this community.
I believe in what I do and the medicines I make. I want to help protect the herbal industry and advance the objective of natural alternatives. I am of the belief that natural alternative medicines and supplements should be available for those most in need.
As a Queer woman owned and operated business, The Jagged Path recognizes the plight of minorities of all races, creeds, genders, and beliefs, although I understand that I cannot ever truly understand what it is like to live in another’s shoes and live their trials and tribulations. However, I do recognize that we need to support each other, especially those of us in marginalized communities. I would like to see this movement continue to grow, to witness more people creating ways to help and hold one another.
In addition to activists, protestors, BIPOC, LGBTQ, houseless people, and other minorities, I recognize the fact that there are many people who simply need some help with basic health care and support in today’s world. These are oppressive and frightening times, y’all. I believe we need to support each other from a place of love and compassion. We must stand together in community resilience. We must dig deeper.
All that being said, I am going to start off slowly and with the item I make that I feel is most beneficial to everyone, no matter the circumstances. Elderberry Syrup.
Elderberry Syrup is effective in fighting colds and the seasonal flu, thanks to its antioxidant and antiviral effects. Full of flavonoids, elderberries have anti-inflammatory properties which help protect from acne and other skin problems, while also reducing wrinkles.
A cup of elderberries contains 870 mg of vitamin A, 406 mg of potassium, 52.2 mg of vitamin C, 9 mg of folate, 55 mg of calcium, and 2.32 mg of iron. Elderberries are also an excellent source of fiber, containing 10.2 g of dietary fiber per cup. Meeting daily fiber recommendations can have the following health benefits: prevent constipation, improve bowel function, protect against colorectal cancer, reduce blood pressure, protect against cardiovascular disease, and lower blood cholesterol.
Elderberries promote immunity, reduce cancer risk, and protect the heart. They are also good for skin and hair. My elderberry syrup helps to boost immunity, improve digestive health, can help prevent cancer, enhance heart health, can help treat diabetes, strengthens bones, can aid weight loss, improves skin and hair health, can boost vision health, help treat urinary tract infections, fights inflammation, & improves brain health.
I would like to offer a bottle of my handmade elderberry syrup, free of charge, to anyone truly in need and unable to pay. During this time, I will be limiting this offer to one complimentary bottle per household. Only the first request from each address will be honored. Any subsequent order requests will be automatically cancelled.
As mentioned above, I hope to expand this part of my practice, and would love to see others jump on board. If you're able and interested in donating towards the expenses of this mission, please look up “donation for community herbalism” on my website and donate whatever amount you’re able to. All donations will be greatly appreciated. If you would like to donate supplies or herbs for this item or for future offers, please send me an email with “community herbalism” in the subject line.