These are the products that my CSA members chose from this season. Everyone got the B. Rooted tea blend and then chose 4 of the other options. I hope everyone is enjoying their goodies!
B. Rooted Tea Blend
This is a blend to support your immune system and bring you a grounded, warming energy. Astragalus is an important herb in Chinese medicine used to strengthen the immune system’s ability to resist infection and chronic imbalance. It is energizing for the entire body, particularly the spleen and lungs. Licorice is another energizing herb. It is used to treat adrenal exhaustion and is anti-inflammatory for the respiratory system. The roasted dandelion flavor reminds me of herbal coffee blends, adding liver support and toning the kidneys. Rounded out with more vitamin C from orange peel and rosehips and the rich, sweet notes of rooibos, I hope this tea brings you wellness and rooted contentment.
This tea is much more dense and heavy than the leafy teas, so you can use less and steep for less time. Steep ½ Tbsp. per cup of boiling water for at 10- 20 minutes with a lid. For a stronger flavor, simmer on the stove for 15+ minutes.
Echinacea is a strong and effective immune system support herb, that is still safe for children and elderly, having no known side-effects. It is fascinating how this plant works; it is actually increasing the T-cell activity, or white blood cells in the body, thereby boosting the body’s first line of defense against colds, flus and other illnesses. It is used preventatively and curatively with wonderful success.
10 drops every 2-3 hours or 1-2 dropperfuls 3 times per day. (A dropperful is equivalent to ¼ tsp or 35 drops) Use at the first signs of illness. Best to use in rotation: 5 days on, then 2 days off until sickness has passed. Then take a break until you need extra immune support again.
Self Love Tonic
This is a blend inspired by my friend Lauren Giambrone at Good Fight Herb Co. (http://www.goodfightherbco.com/), and I hope you love it as much as I do! It’s a blend of heart tonic herbs and some herbs that are traditionally used as aphrodisiacs, but work well for loving yourself. I used fresh hawthorn berries picked by another herbalist friend in NY, Tracey Picard (http://fellowworkersfarm.com/), which have the amazing ability to gently stimulate or depress the heart’s activity as needed. They improve circulation, lower blood pressure, and help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Hawthorn and rose are both remedies for “broken hearts,” aiding in depression and anxiety and helping a person express their feelings and open their hearts. Motherwort is the “herb for mothering mothers,” and is wonderful for easing tension or deep emotional upset. It is also a heart tonic, nourishing and strengthening the heart muscle and blood vessels. The damiana and vanilla are all about the self love. May you continue to nourish yourself, take time for you, maintain healthy boundaries, and open your heart to the love that surrounds you.
Super Vitamin C Bites
These tiny little nibblets are packed with Vitamin C, as well as other vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The raw honey is antibacterial and antiviral, containing vitamins, enzymes, and antioxidants that are destroyed in the pasteurization process, but retained when honey is raw. It is also anti-inflammatory and an expectorant, soothing bronchial passageways and respiratory distress.
Eat 3-4 per day. Be sure to drink lots of water, especially when eating dried food to help your body rehydrate.
Clear Lung Lozenges/Syrup
Holy mole, it is quite a challenge to make candy with 100% honey. So after much trial and much error, I succeeded in two small batches of hard lozenges and decided to turn the rest to syrup. These are a blend of demulcent herbs to soothe the throat and lungs, and expectorants to clear the lungs of gunk. Elecampagne is great for wet, mucousy bronchial infections and is used for bronchitis, asthma, chronic lung ailments, and even tuberculosis. Coltsfoot helps dilate the bronchioles and expel mucus. Marsh mallow and licorice help to coat the mucous membranes and soothe sore throats and dry coughs.
Take 1-2 Tbsp, one to three times per day as needed. Keep the syrup refrigerated!
Goat Milk Calendula Soap
This turned out to be an awesome, creamy soap full of skin nourishment. I infused the fresh calendula flowers in olive oil last summer and am so glad for a chance to use more of it! This bright and sunny flower is an amazing herb for the skin, as well as a good anti-viral when taken internally. It is a vulnerary herb, meaning it promotes cell repair, and it acts as an antiseptic on wounds. Used topically it is soothing to itchy rashes including eczema, wounds and burns, including sunburn, pimples, herpes sores, and fever blisters. It is also anti-fungal and helps relieve athlete’s foot, jock itch, yeast and other fungal infections. All this added to the creamy nourishment of RI goat milk, fair trade shea butter and cocoa butter makes a yummy skin experience.
Lavender Eye Pillow
Lavender is not only a nice smell. It is a strong nervine, supporting the nervous system and acting as an antidepressant, soothing anxiety, stress and tension. It offers relief for headaches and insomnia. Just smelling this herb has a direct effect on the body through the limbic system, connecting what we smell directly to our blood stream. So breathe deeply and feel at peace.