Morning Cup of Tea

It hardly seems like winter this week in Northern California. Instead of our steady fog and rain, we have had sunshine and temperatures in the mid 60’s. No complaints here as I soak up as much sun as I can!

It is getting brighter in the mornings and the days are gradually increasing, making the warmer days of spring more of a reality. I am still taking my daily tonics as people are still getting sick around me and I do my best to avoid going down like that. Especially since I leave for a yoga retreat in Tulum in 10 days!

I have been loving the Tulsi Rose tea from Humboldt Herbals. I worked at Humboldt Herbals many moons ago when they first opened in Old Town Eureka 20 years ago! Time flies, and us with it! Check out all the herbs, teas, essential oils, skin care, and other goodies they have to offer. You can also hear my interview with the proprietress of Humboldt Herbals, Julie Caldwell.

The combination of Rose Petals, Tulsi Bail, Red Raspberry leaf, and Green Cardamom is mildly spicy and so delicious. Sometimes I add a pinch of  Elderberry and Star Anise to keep my immune system even stronger. Either with little honey or unsweetened, this blend keeps me healthy and happy.

May you also enjoy a nourishing cup of herbal tea today!

For the love of plants,

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Jessica

when energy flows, wellness grows

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Infused Oil for Irritated Skin

As the leaves begin to fall and the energy of the plants go from making seeds to concentrating in the roots I think about some of the herbs that are harvested this time of year. When you harvest the roots, the plants aren’t able to grow back the following year so it is important to use other parts of the plant if possible. If the plant takes years to flower or grow, don’t take the roots at all if there is another plant you can use instead. If you can, get your root medicine from organic farmers instead of from wild crafted sources. It is up to us to ensure enough medicinal plants for future generations.

Some plants, like burdock and dandelion, grow easily and abundantly and are highly medicinal so they are a great choice if you want to make root medicine. Burdock and dandelion roots are great in a decoction (simmer roots in water for 15-20 minutes), but I also like to infuse them in olive oil to soothe red irritated skin. External use of herbs can be just as important as internal use, remember your skin is your largest organ!

Soothe Skin Oil

Herbs for oil: dandelion and burdock roots, add comfrey root and leaves, calendula flowers, rose buds, plantain leaves, nettles, lemon balm, and/or myrrh gum 

Use dried or wilted leaves, flowers, and roots to avoid the oil from molding.

Fill a clean dry jar 3/4 full of plant material and cover completely with olive, avocado or apricot kernel oil. Make sure the oil is at least 1″ higher than the plant material. Stir mixture and tightly close the lid on the jar.

Place jar in a sunny, warm windowsill and shake at least once a day.

After 2-3 weeks strain the herbs from the oil using a cheesecloth or thin muslin. Squeeze way more than you think you should. You’ll be surprised at how much oil is left in the plants once you start straining.

Pour oil into clean, dry bottles and store in a cool dark place. The oil should last a year. Add Vitamin E to prolong the shelf life of the oil. 

Use infused oil on red, irritated skin or add to bath water for a relaxing soothing bath.

For the love of plants,

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Jessica

when energy flows, wellness grows 

Take Time Out For Beauty

Growing up in the south, I am used to hot summer days. What is new to me is the dryness that accompanies the heat in Colorado. In some ways it makes the heat more bearable and you sweat less, but it is not the appropriate climate for my constitution. Since I have moved to Colorado my skin is dry and reactive in a way I have never experienced. Splotchy red in some places, pimples in another, and underlying it all, the feeling that no matter how much serum or moisturizer I apply my skin doesn’t look or feel hydrated.

Thankfully one of my besties Diane Avitable, has created a botanical Restore & Repair Processed with VSCO with f2 presetFacial Oil through her company, Take Time Out for Beauty. Not only does it smell delicious, with her combination of jasmine and rose, but also for the first time in a year, I wake up with my skin hydrated and glowing! I love it!

I know her facia oil works so well because Diane makes a rich base of botanical oils, the only way your skin can be truly nourished and healed. Restore & Repair is lightweight, bio available, and easily absorbed by the skin. Her facial oil is designed to repair the protective barrier layer of the skin. It calms and soothes irritation, balances natural oil production, nourishes and restores from the inside out! To make it even more amazing, Repair & Restore fights free radical damage, countering the signs of aging, illuminating and enhancing your skins natural glow.

Check out Take Time Out for Beauty and all Diane has to offer! I personally love her Instagram account, follow her today!

With love,

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Jessica

when energy flows, wellness grows