The Herb Cottage

The Herb Cottage


Town Hall is now preparing Welcome Kits for new families that are moving into our community.

Our Welcome Kits feature and direct these new families to a small number of local businesses for the goods, services & professionals that they need to find.

Since our Welcome Kits are exclusive, and we can only accommodate one local Pharmacy, I would ask you to kindly let me know if you are interested in being featured in our local Welcome Kits.

It is worthy to note that, according to Dr. Cathy Goodwin in her book “Making the Big Move”, 69% of new residents and families seek out a new Pharmacy within 6 months of their relocation. As such, nearly 7 out of 10 recipients of our Welcome Kits are actively seeking a new local Pharmacy.

I would like to schedule a time when you are expecting me so that I may drop off a sample of our "Welcome Kit" and explain the program in greater detail.

Please reply to this email with your availability or call me at your earliest convenience.

For a faster response, or if you prefer, feel free to text me on my cell which is listed in my signature.

Craig Johnson
(858) 997-4565
[email protected]
I think you will love this delicious, refreshing, immune boosting juice.

A Better Perspective On Healing Providing a better perspective on healing for over 18 years. You will love the welcoming feeling and the personal service you get at The Herb Cottage.

By using only quality products and our expertise you can depend on us to help you get what you really want from nutritional supplements - results!

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The perfect time of year for a gentle detox!

Oh Fall - what an amazing time of year. 🍁🍂🎃 So much activity and excitement as the seasons change. Back to school which brings lots of activity and looking forward to the holidays which brings lots of activities. 🏃‍♀️⛹️‍♂️📚

Are you ready to perform at your highest potential during this season that can bring so many exciting things and even a few new stresses into our lives? A few simple adjustments to our normal routine can make all the difference! 🥥🥦🍓🥑🥛🌿

I am excited to be participating in and offering the opportunity to join a Fall Mind-Body Detox. What better way to boost your mood, gently detox your body, increase immunity, and over all just feel your best! And how better to accomplish your goal than to do it with a supportive community of holistically-minded, amazing ladies!

Did you know that 80% of your immune system is in your guts and you make more neurotransmitters in your guts than you do your brain? What an amazing body we have! Join me in doing something really nice for ourselves!

Some possible benefits from this gentle detox:
🌿 Weight Loss
🌿 More Energy
🌿 Clearer, Glowing Skin
🌿 Better Mood
🌿 More Flexibility and Less Pain

This is the "short list" of possible benefits. Who knows what your body is able to do if it is given concentrated nutrition and a gentle nudge to cleanse out the toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis!

Interested? Want more information? Comment below and I will get you the details. Join our wonderful, supportive community and let the cleansing begin! 👏🎆🎉 We will definitely be celebrating the journey and supporting one another along the way. 😀😍


The Resourceful Redhead

This second day of 2018 marks a huge turning point in my life. 2017 was an incredible year full of learning, laughter, fun, love, lots of travel and, of course, challenges and growth! I wouldn't have it any other way. Thanks to all of you who have been part of my life. I am blessed beyond compare to be surrounded by such amazing people!!!

So what does this day represent? - the actualization of a vision that has been growing for about the last 4 years. As many of you know I have a passion for empowering those who are looking for answers to health issues, to find them and implement them, so they can live the life they were meant to live.

Since 1998 I have lived that passion by owning a retail store, The Herb Cottage. I have held private health consultations in my offices which were inside the store. For the last 20 years it has been an honor to watch the unfolding of 1000's of lives. It gives my heart joy when I see my clients and customers be able to pursue their dreams and desires because they have their health. Who would have thought that a little retail shop in Lake Elsinore, California could have such an impact?

Today - marks the day that The Herb Cottage officially transforms from a retail shop where I held consultations to something that will touch even more lives. The same location will now be home to The Resourceful Redhead and will no longer be a retail store open to the public. From all the years of study and experience working with people I feel that I need to share the resources I have and be a resource in a different way. This business transformation really is a reflection of the transformation that has occurred in my personal life. As you can see this page was established 3 years ago. This is not a new thought for me but my life had to unfold before everything was ready.

Living a healthy fulfilled life is so multi-faceted and fascinating! I look forward to the new enhanced journey of learning and growing together and being able to be a resource for so many more in the future. A resource you can share freely with your family and friends. This evolution in my life and my business is not a closing or diminishing but an expansion and fulfillment of a vision for adding value to many. I am excited about what 2018 and beyond will hold!!!

If you have read this far I want to give you a special "thank you". It is quite possible that our store and services have touched your life in some way. If you would like to share a memory about how our relationship has impacted you I would be grateful so I can acknowledge you and that it has not been a one way street. You have helped make me who I am today. You are part of this evolutionary process. For that I have a grateful heart.



This looks to be a great resource for information on Adaptogens - those mood balancing, anti-aging, energizing herbs that have had such an impact on my life personally! Enjoy!!

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Studies have shown that our ability to sit down on the floor and then get back up again may be connected to how long we are going to live.

In this article Erwan Le Corre shows you a challenging variation of a squat get up. Work toward mastering this movement and you could potentially be adding years back to your life!


[12/05/15]   Love what this product has done for me and my clients!!!

The Maral of the Story…

At Solle Naturals, we pride ourselves on being innovative. Our formulas are inventive and they always include at least one unique ingredient. Solle also has sparked the recent interest in and use of adaptogens in nutritional supplements, One of these unique ingredients is an adaptogens found in Solle ReNue called Rhaponticum or Maral Root. Just look at what a leading herbal researcher has to say about maral root.

""Adaptogen" is a term coined by Russian professor of medicine and physiological medicine Dr. Israel I. Brekhman and colleagues to describe herbs that have the potential to increase the body’s ability to withstand stress. In this sense, stress refers primarily to physiological stress from athletic performance, work and trauma, as well emotional stress causing anxiety and insomnia. Brekhman and company were looking for herbs occurring naturally in Russia that have properties similar to well-known Chinese tonics, especially Panax ginseng. They were sponsored by the Russian government for the purpose of discovering a financially valuable indigenous plant resource.

A trio of Russian adaptogens
The first and still the most popular of the first Russian adaptogens is Eleutherococcus senticosus. (Found in Solle Vital, AdaptAble and SolleComplete) Like all adaptogens, eleuthero has the ability to increase endurance and stamina. Studies have corroborated its benefit for athletes, people who work long hours, or exhibit symptoms of immune weakness.

The second Russian adaptogen is Rhodiola rosea. (Also found in Solle Vital, AdaptAble and SolleComplete) In addition to its endurance-enhancing properties, rhodiola has some other distinctive properties, especially on the nervous system, being beneficial for people with depression.

The third and lesser-known Russian adaptogen is Rhaponticum carthamoides, also known as maral root or leuzea. Like eleuthero and rhodiola, maral root naturally occurs in alpine and subalpine fields including the mountains of Siberia.

To call these "tonics" in the Chinese sense would have meant that these herbs would have to be classified and used in a way similar to how tonics are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, which classifies tonics into five distinct categories based on usage: Qi, Blood, Yin, Yang and Jing. Apart from there being no long-standing record of use of these herbs in these ways, they are best categorized generally as adaptogens based on their broad actions.

Maral root
Maral root has distinguished itself among Russian military and eastern European athletes and a large number of body-building aficionados as specific along with Chinese ginseng for building muscle mass. It has a wide following that would attest to its libido-enhancing properties as well.

One of the characteristics of all three Russian adaptogens is that they strive under stressful climatic and growing conditions. According to herbalist David Winston in his book Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina and Stress Relief (Healing Arts Press, 2007), maral root is a long-living perennial that lives anywhere from 75 to 150 years and has a long history of use in Mongolian, Siberian and possibly Chinese medicine. In Siberia, where it grows, it is used as a folk medicine "to enhance physical and sexual energy, improve mood and concentration, and help people survive the cold and challenging climate of Siberia" (Winston, 2007). It is named after the maral deer who eat its roots especially during the mating season to maintain their strength. Maral root has a wide range of adaptogenic benefits serving as a cardiac tonic, antioxidant, immune stimulant and nervine with antitumor and hepatoprotective properties.

Among its many uses include:

Replenishes strength and energy reserves
Restores sexual potency in men
Increases mental awareness
Increases lean muscle mass
Helps decrease fatty tissue
Adaptogens have a wider range of effect than do the traditional Chinese tonics. One would hardly consider any of the Chinese tonics as a treatment for inflammatory conditions such as fevers and sore throat. However, in Mongolian medicine, "(maral) roots are used to treat people with respiratory, liver and kidney diseases as well as fevers and severe sore throats" (Winston, 2007).

The biochemical constituents in dried Rhaponticum root are tannins, phytoecdysones, flavonoids, glycosides, lignins, alkaloids, vitamins and an organic acid which helps people to maintain mental focus and alertness, especially under stressful conditions.

Ecdysterone plays a special role in regulating protein synthesis and thus increasing muscle mass in a similar way as steroids but without their harmful effects. Ecdysterone also helps enzymes including glutamate decarboxylase and acetylcholine esterase to synthesize in the brain and in the cells to assist in the production of energy. Finally it helps to protect liver cells from oxidation and DNA and cellular membranes from hydrogen peroxide.

Scientists believe that ecdysterone mimics natural steroid hormones in the human body and will increase them if they are insufficient. These steroid hormones are comparable to Kidney Yin and are depleted when the body or mind is subject to physical or mental stress."

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The ignored system of our body that is SOO important!

The Lymphatic System - The Sanitation Engineer of All Body Fluids, Glands, Organs and Tissues

The lymphatic system is not well known or even understood, but a very important part of the body — you have three times as much lymph fluid as blood plasma! It is a network of tissues and organs that rid the body of metabolic and dietary waste, and other unwanted cellular materials; it is part of your natural sewage treatment system.

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It is easy to access the health of your lymphatic system through a 3-D Full-Body Bio-Electro Scan that evaluates the healthy or unhealthy function of the lymphatic vessels and lymph nodes. There is no other way of accurately evaluating the health of this very important body system that helps to maintain the alkaline design of the body through the removal of metabolic and dietary waste.

If the lymphatic system is congested or sluggish, it can cause many health issues due to backed up acidic metabolic or dietary waste. Basically, this means that the body’s method of removing harmful acidic chemicals and toxins is not working efficiently and the body is building-up toxic waste.

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[05/09/15]   Greetings friends!

For those of you that know me on a personal level you know that I am a pretty private person. Well, what has been happening in my life in the last 6 months has been life transforming and it is time to share it!

I have been blessed to help many people regain and maintain their health over the 20 years I have been a Natural Health Professional. Over that period of time I have used only top quality products (they are tested to make sure they are actually what the label says and are pure) and have seen many wonderful things happen and lives change for the better. My practice has been built on referral only (no advertising) because the products and methods I have employed work.

I originally started helping people when I overcame the fatigue, pain and depression of Fibromyalgia using quality natural products. People were curious to know what I had done to improve my health so much. That is when I started sharing herbs with my friends. At that time, I did not own the Herb Cottage, and I was really dead broke—not even having a car that ran. But the herbs had helped me so much I couldn’t keep it a secret! As I helped my friends, they would refer others and my passion grew. As I helped people, I was growing a business that has blessed my life in numerous ways. I have made so many friends that I would have never known and have experienced the joy and satisfactions of being an instrument of transformation in the lives of others.

Since the Fibromyalgia left me 20 years ago, I have enjoyed really good health and for the most part had very few health issues. So while I am always staying abreast of the most current information and products to help my clients and my own family, I really have never expected to experience any huge transformational things in my own life. Boy was I wrong!

About 6 months ago I became aware of a line of products that are formulated to balance both body and mind simultaneously. I began using them personally and then with my clients. In that short time the results have been more than I could have imagined for both my clients and myself. I have seen everything from skin issues to depression and anxiety fade away and become non-issues in my clients. For myself, the ADHD that I have endured for my entire life is GONE! I always knew my brain was different but I really didn’t know how different it was until it started functioning in a more normal way. It took 60 years and my finding Solle products to finally have PEACE in my brain. That is right, the WAR IS GONE! I am very grateful that my brain is at peace, but you know what is even better? My 3 year old granddaughter, who was born with the same kind of brain, has also felt the transformation. What a blessing it is to know she won’t have to live all those years feeling like I did!!

I really didn't think I would see a difference from taking these products because I live a pretty clean life and really didn't have a lot of health issues. They have definitely taken my health and my business to a whole new level. I am so GRATEFUL!!!
My future is clearer to me than at any other time in my life. The joy and happiness I feel is amazing. I love helping others feel that too. Truly since I have been using these products it seems the road blocks that existed in my life that were keeping me from my goals are gone. Balancing my brain has changed my life in a big way!!!! I want to share this information with the world!!

One step in that direction is sharing it with my immediate area here in this valley. To that end I have invited the President and CEO of Solle Naturals to Lake Elsinore and he has accepted the invitation!! What an opportunity to learn from the source. We have several classes planned over the weekend of May 14,15 and 16. If you know someone who could benefit from the information and would like to get the times, dates and places to meet Greg and listen to his wisdom, let me know and I will tag you in the events.
As always, I wish you the best in life, including great health!!!




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