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These are true biodegradable cellophane bags made from plant cellulose. What we
use to package most of our herbs. Current research continues to reveal the
toxicity of all plastics, which contain substances such as PCBs and
pthalates, linked with cancer and a host of other maladies and environmental
problems. This suggests the daunting task of removing plastic from our lives.
Switching to these highly versatile extra thick cellophane bags is a start.
Small cellophane bags,
5.75" X 7.75"; $5 for 25 (4 oz) or $16 for 100 (1 lb)
Medium cellophane bags, 6.75" X 9"; $6 for 25 (4 oz) or $20 for 100 (1
Large cellophane bags, 11.75" X 15"; $11 for 25 (12 oz) or $38 for 100
Use these natural charcoal disks
for burning resins, essences, or other incense. Simply place a disk on a censer
or heatproof dish. Light the edge with a match. The disk will spark across its
surface and will then be ready for the resins/incense. One disk usually burns
for 20-30 minutes.
Package of 10 charcoal disks
$3.50 (2.5 oz)
A specially designed ceramic
jar/double boiler unit. By far the best way to prepare herbal decoctions, especially
of roots and barks. It has 2 lids, a flat and a domed one that keep
the liquid and valuable volatiles in the herbs from evaporating during cooking. The Cooker is placed in a pot
with boiling water and simmered for a time. This keeps the liquid and herbs inside the Cooker just
below boiling, preserving essential components in the herbs that are
normally destroyed during decocting. Produces an exceptional tea. Highly recommended. Crafted in China. Comes with
Small Ginseng Cooker $15 (2 lbs)
Large Ginseng Cooker $20 (3 lbs)
HALF GALLON HERB JAR
Square half gallon clear jar with a tight fitting lid, ideal for storing your herbs in. Holds 1 pound of most
cut and sifted herbs or 2 pounds of powdered herbs.
1/2 gallon jar & lid $6.50 (2 lbs)
Case of 6 jars with lids $32 (12 lbs)
MUSLIN TEA BAGS
Reusable unbleached cotton tea bags with a draw string top. Perfect for steeping
or decocting whole, cut and sifted or powdered herbs.
3 muslin tea bags $3.50 (1 oz)
Reusable, environmentally friendly unbleached OKO-TEX certified cotton tea filter ideal for infusing herbs in a teapot.
Crafted in the highland town of Bryrup, Denmark. Can hold over 1 cup of herbs.
A really great invention, we use ours everyday.
1 tea filter sock $3.50 (1 oz)
These capsules are any easy way to ingest powdered herbs. Made from vegetable cellulose. The
healthy and easily digestible alternative to gelatin capsules which are made from animal bone and gristle.
'0' size 500 count $14 (4 oz.), 1000 count $24 (8 oz.)
'00' (larger) size 500 count $16 (4 oz.), 1000 count $28 (8 oz.)
GOURD & BOMBILLA
Yerba Maté is traditionally prepared in a ritualized ceremony using a special
gourd cup and ingenious perforated filter straw, the Bombilla—which allows the
tea to be filtered as it’s sipped. A
large spoonful of crushed, dried leaves is placed in the gourd. With a flourish,
one hand covers the top and the herb is shaken once. The dust which adheres to
one's hand is discarded and the Bombilla is loosely set in to the tea. Hot
water is added to fill the gourd, and the tea is sipped. The gourd can be
refilled several times with more hot water, as it is customary to gradually sip
several gourdsful at a time. It's a good idea to cure your gourd before its
first use: fill with a tablespoon of Yerba Maté
(or your favorite tea) and add hot water. Let sit for a day or two so the gourd absorbs the soaking
with tea. Rinse well, scrape the soft inner lining of the gourd with a spoon and
dry for one more day. It's ready! Make sure the gourd dries completely between
uses to avoid mold.
This unique paraphernalia can also be used for drinking any kind of tea.
For Yerba Maté see our Exotic
Carved gourd $14 (8 oz),
Gourd with hammered silver rim $20 (8 oz)
Bamboo Bombilla $8 (1 oz), Stainless steel Bombilla $16 (4 oz)
Grimalda Quispe Vara is one of the master weavers of the Andes. A Quechua native
to the village of Chinceros (about 12,000 feet elevation), located several
kilometers outside of city of Cusco, Peru, Grimalda and her entire family have
been involved in the business of weaving for countless generations. They make
their own color-fast dyes from vegetal and insect substances, dipping the raw
wool in concoctions heated on a simple ceramic stove in handmade ceramic pots
and fired with dried llama dung. The smaller weavings, such as traditional
Andean belts and bags for coca leaf (Chuspas), are made on backstrap looms, as
they have been done for thousands of years. Quechua weavings contain a mythical
encoding, a nonverbal visual expression of information through the use of an
elaborate lexicon of symbols. While there are different styles of belts, most of
Grimalda’s communicate the life story of people she has known in her village.
The symbols may have different meanings depending on their positioning. The left
side of the belt tells the events in the life of a woman, the right side that of
a man. Each belt is like a non-fiction novella. One belt can take up to 3 months
to complete. Through these traditional weavings the meaningful relationships and
worldview of Andean culture have been maintained from generation to generation.
Purchase of Grimalda’s weavings helps
to directly support her family and aids the revitalization of Andean textile
traditions that date back millennia.
See the book
Woven Stories: Andean Textiles & Rituals. All
of the weavings are currently out of stock. Inquiry for special order.
"Belts" approximately 4.5" x 54" $33 each (6 oz)
Out of Stock
Chuspas (Coca Bag) with
shoulder strap Small: approximately 6-7" x 6-7" $24 (2.5 oz)
Out of Stock
Large: approximately 8-10" x 8-10" $30 (4 oz) Out
Bracelets psychedelic patterns & colors $2.50 or 3 for $6 (free
Out of Stock
Woven by 16 year old Milagros of Chincheros. Made with synthetic & natural
BPC does not supply
alcohol, check out Alchemical Solutions: a
certified organic micro-distillery that makes "pharmaceutical grade"
alcohol from organically grown corn and grapes. This alcohol is ideal for those
looking to make their own herbal tinctures and extracts. www.alcsol.com