I’m paying homage to my first herb teacher, Jane Bothwell, with my recipe post today.
This was probably one of the first herbal blends I ever made, and definitely the first I drank that wasn’t Celestial Seasonings Chamomile, Peppermint, or Sleepy Time.
I remember Jane speaking of each plant with love and reverence. Although I hadn’t really been exposed to herbalism, everything she said made sense. The way she spoke about herbs resonated deep within me and I knew at that very first class that herbalism would be a part of my life.
Thank you Jane for sparking my passion for herbal medicine!
Simple & Nourishing Herbal Tisane
1 handful of Nettles
1 handful of Milky Oats or Oatstraw
1 handful of Spearmint
1 handful of Red Raspberry leaves
If you have access to these herbs fresh- perfect! If not, dried is wonderful too!
Steep herbs in 1 quart of boiled water and steep for 15-20 minutes (or sit for a couple of hours in the sun)
Strain herbs (or not- herbalists like to strain through their teeth, lol!)
There’s a lot of energy in the air with many people feeling overwhelmed, sad, or angry at what is happening in our country. Monday’s solar eclipse also has some people excited and energized, hoping that this event will shift our paradigm and perspective. Maybe it will, but I think it’s going to take more than an eclipse to change the politics and beliefs of our citizens. It is going to take standing up for our beliefs and giving to organizations that are working towards ending oppression.
This week I know I need something to nourish and relax my nervous system, while giving me the energy to stay active to create the changes I want to see in the world. This essential oil blend has been helping me tremendously. I hope it helps you too.
3 drops Lavender- to reduce anxiety and fear
3 drops Frankincense- to ease heartache and grief
3 drops Clary Sage- to bring clarity to thoughts and actions
Add essential oils to 10 ml of carrier oil (I love olive or apricot kernel)
Put essential oil blend in a 10 ml glass roll-on bottle. Apply to heart chakra, third eye, or anywhere else you desire. Don’t wait until you are already overwhelmed or emotional. Use preventatively to help you stay calm, clear, and collected.
In preparation for my class at this year’s Red Earth Herbal Gathering (August 19-20 in Longmont, Colorado- tickets still available!) I want to share this nourishing and delicious sun tea to support women’s health and wellbeing. This is one of my go-to teas when I feel fatigued, overwhelmed, or out of balance. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Strong Woman Tea
2 tbsp Red Raspberry leaf
1 tbsp Milky Oat tops
1 tbsp Marshmallow root
1 tsp Vitex seeds
1 tsp Nettle leaf
Place all herbs into a glass quart jar and cover with filtered tap water or spring water. Set in the sun for 4 hours or so. Strain out herbs and drink the tea over the next couple of days. You will feel great!
This is one of the most delicious sun teas I have ever made. It doesn’t take anything more than a few fresh, organic herbs that you can likely find in most natural food stores:
a handful roses (make sure they are not sprayed)
a handful of holy basil leaves
a handful of peppermint leaves
one lavender stalk (no more or will be too strong for my taste)
Place all herbs in a glass, quart jar. You can make this tea with 4 cups of cool, filtered water or you can boil 1 cup of water and add 3 cups of cool, filtered water for a stronger brew. Sit out in the sun while you are at work. Come home, strain off the herbs and enjoy a nice relaxing cup of tea (or two or three).
I rarely get sick, but I think the crazy weather has finally gotten me. I’m over the fever and fatigue, but I still feel congested and heavy. My sinuses are full of mucus and I am not happy about it! This is my favorite recipe for relief from sinus pressure and pain.
Sinus Relief Steam
3 drops Eucalyptus radiata
3 drops Monarda
3 drops Himalayan Mint
2 drops Thyme (any thyme works)
Fill a large bowl with hot water and add essential oils. Cover your head with a towel and lean over bowl. Inhale deeply. Your sinuses will open and you may drip some into the bowl. Let it flow!
I woke up this morning to sleet and snow in Denver. It is inevitable that there will be at least one more snow storm before June, but it still shocks me. I was just in summer clothes, sitting on a roof top deck with a margarita.
Today I’ll be bundled up and sipping hot tea all day. (Who am I kidding- I drink hot tea on the beach in Mexico!) Since I need to stay balanced with these extreme weather patterns, today’s tea will be one that nourishes yin and blood, yet invigorates and strengthens qi and blood.
I like to eye-ball my ingredients for this one, depending on if I want to solely taste the Dang Gui Pian (Angelica sinensis). If you are blood deficient, add more Dang Gui Pian.
Roots & Flower Spring Tonic
4 tablespoons Marshmallow root & flower
3″ slice of Reishi mushroom (buy thinly sliced- it’s too hard to cut yourself)
2-4″ slice of Dang Gui Pian
Decoct all ingredients for 20 minutes- 2 hours. Simmer on low if you cook over 20 minutes. Strain out herbs and drink throughout the day. You will feel nurtured, held and supported!
With all the edibles on the market made from butane extracted oils I’ve decided to put out one of my favorite old school ganja chocolate recipes. This one is guaranteed to work those cannabinoid receptors and includes lavender flowers, which are loaded with linolool. Plant synergy is in full effect here! A word to the wise- this isn’t dosed out in 5-10 milligrams like the legal products on the market. Eat one, wait at least 30 minutes and see how you feel before indulging in more!
Lavender & Ganja Chocolate Truffles
3 grams of kief (kief is preferred because it distributes so well into the butter)
1/3 cup organic heavy cream
6 tbsp organic unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 3/4 cups organic bittersweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup organic unsweetened cocoa
2-4 dried powdered organic lavender heads (lavender can taste soapy to some people, so start with a small amount)
In a small saucepan, bring the heavy cream to a low simmer (or put in top of a double boiler to avoid overheating). Add the butter and stir until melted. Once butter is melted add the kief and half the powdered lavender and stir into mixture for 4 minutes and 20 seconds. Make sure mixture is on very low if not using a double burner. Add the chocolate chips and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and pour into a shallow bowl.
Cool, cover, and refrigerate the mixture until firm, at least 2 hours.
Smoke a joint and walk in nature while waiting for truffles to harden.
Use a melon baller or small spoon and roll the mixture into 1-inch balls. You should get around 30 truffles. Roll each ball into the other half of the powdered lavender and the unsweetened cocoa. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Always keep these treats out of the reach of children or pets.
Could you believe that it’s already July 1st? I have been riding a wave for weeks now and with the Full Moon in Capricorn, I feel the intensity of energy even more. Today is a great day to start manifesting your dreams into reality. Yes, the universe is working on your behalf, but your part in manifestation is working toward making dreams into reachable goals.
Start a 21-day mantra or exercise that will bring your vision into form. What I mean by this is if you want to change the reality of your weight then for 21 days have a light workout for 30 minutes every day and follow that workout with rewards of healthy snacks.
Look at yourself in the mirror every day and say, “With hard work and perseverance I will reach my target weight.” Once the 21 days are up it will be easier to stay in the habit of exercising.
Say it, believe it and work hard to make it happen. This can be applied to anything you want to manifest in life.
Here are some tips to help reach your goals:
Get your friends involved. If you want to lose weight, get your friends together for workouts & walks, have potlucks where you all bring healthy food.
Tell people what you are doing. Sometimes it helps if others keep you accountable. This is not to create judgement from others, but encouragement by those that want to see you succeed.
Ask for help. You may need a professional to help you reach your goals, be it a nutritionist acupuncturist or life coach. Asking for help does not make you weak, rather having a team of support only makes you stronger.
May the Full Moon bring you abundance and motivation to achieve your highest potential!
I’ll leave you with a smoothie recipe that is inspired by my southern roots and is sure to keep you cool and hydrated on a hot summer’s day.
Recipe: Summer Smoothie
Ingredients: 1 banana Handful of strawberries, blackberries &/or blueberries Handful of collard greens 2-3 large pieces of watermelon 2-4 ounces coconut water or filtered water 1 spring of fresh mint Handful of ice (for an extra special treat, make this peppermint ice cubes)
I hope you enjoy this recipe and please share with your loved ones!