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Value Added Products

This video series provides insights into various ways that non-timber forest products can be used to bring further value to the forest farmer. Forest botanical production can be taken a step further by processing different plant parts into medicines, creams, essential oils, salves, teas, and other value-added products.

Value Added Products                Essential Oils              Producers

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Value Added Products

Join us as we go behind the scenes to show a glimpse of where these herbal concoctions can be made, how different products are created, and what the business model is for each company we interviewed. Our hope is to provide a broad view behind the herbal products industry, from growing medicinal herbs in the forest as seen in our forest farming videos, to drying and post harvest handling, to finished products that incorporate these forest botanicals.

Goldenseal Salve with Paul Strauss


Paul Strauss, owner and herbalist at Equinox Botanicals, demonstrates the creation of a salve using goldenseal and other forest botanicals along with beeswax and propolis.




Tincture Preparation at Maryland University of Integrative Health


Tinctures extract chemical components of a plant by using a solvent which is typically alcohol but can also be glycerin. We explore the process of tincture-making at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. A tincture extracts desirable compounds of a plant through a solvent which can be either alcohol or glycerin. In this video, we make a tincture with ashwagandha root. Our video on tincture making was filmed at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Click the link below to read more about their herbal dispensary. MUIH Herbal Dispensary




Elderflower Hydrosol


Donna La Pre, natural perfumer and herbal products creator, harvests elderflowers and creates an elderflower hydrosol in this value-added product demonstration.




Elderberry Syrup


Susan Leopold and Teresa Boardwine make elderberry syrup at the Indian Pipe Botanical Sanctuary. Elderberry syrup is considered an immune booster and is easy to make.





 
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Essential Oils

Essential Oil Distillation Process


Essential Oils EOs are derived from plant matter including berries, bark, leaves, and flowers. Steam distillation draws out the oils from the plant material along with hydrosol, a by product. ​​ We filmed essential oil distillation at Blue Ridge Aromatics, where Ian Montgomery made essential oil from a white pine that had fallen in the forest. Essential oil is produced when steam rises through plant material and is then cooled back into liquid. A glass essencier collects the distillate and separates the oil from the hydrosol. This video features Blue Ridge Aromatics and its founder, Ian Montgomery. Ian walks us through the process of distillation, points out the various components of the still, and finishes by bottling the essential oil. Please be sure to watch the companion video, Blue Ridge Aromatics Q&A for an important discussion on safety and sustainability of essential oil production. BLUE RIDGE AROMATICS




Blue Ridge Aromatics Q&A


In this video, we speak with Ian Montgomery, owner of Blue Ridge Aromatics. Ian explains how he sustainably sources material to distill and answers several other questions about the distillation process.





 

Producers of Value Added Products

Goldenseal Salve with Paul Strauss


Paul Strauss, owner and herbalist at Equinox Botanicals, demonstrates the creation of a salve using goldenseal and other forest botanicals along with beeswax and propolis.




Tincture Preparation at Maryland University of Integrative Health


Tinctures extract chemical components of a plant by using a solvent which is typically alcohol but can also be glycerin. We explore the process of tincture-making at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. A tincture extracts desirable compounds of a plant through a solvent which can be either alcohol or glycerin. In this video, we make a tincture with ashwagandha root. Our video on tincture making was filmed at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Click the link below to read more about their herbal dispensary. MUIH Herbal Dispensary




Elderflower Hydrosol


Donna La Pre, natural perfumer and herbal products creator, harvests elderflowers and creates an elderflower hydrosol in this value-added product demonstration.




Elderberry Syrup


Susan Leopold and Teresa Boardwine make elderberry syrup at the Indian Pipe Botanical Sanctuary. Elderberry syrup is considered an immune booster and is easy to make.