Mama Balance

Mama’s Beautiful Balance Tincture

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For all the women out there: whether you are a mother of small children, grown children or no children at all! We all are caregivers in some way and we all have the magical creative force of women, whether we birth children, ideas, art, projects or inspiration.  This blend is intended to bring balance to female hormones and reproductive system whether during menstruation, menopause or post-menopause. It is also a blend for balancing our busy lives, bringing a sense of calm, grounded strength. What follows is specific information about some of the herbs in the blend.  

Lady’s mantle is the beautiful low-lying perennial with wide, soft, ruffled leaves that collect morning dew and raindrops in perfect jewels. She’s magical just to look at.  Lady’s mantle has a strengthening and astringent effect on the female reproductive system and is an excellent uterine tonic. It helps regulate menstruation and control excessive bleeding.  It also has a toning and firming effect on the breasts, helping with lumpy, swollen, achy or saggy breast tissue.

Blessed thistle helps to increase milk supply in nursing mothers and helps with hormone imbalance. It increases circulation, supplying more oxygen to the brain and thus enhancing memory.

Motherwort is an incredible ally for women in all stages of life: it helps smooth the way for girls going through puberty, helps relieve menstrual cramping and bring on late periods, and helps moderate hormone levels, mood swings and hot flashes associated with menopause.  Motherwort is an emmenagogue and can encourage uterine contractions and labor, so is useful at the end of pregnancy. Magically, motherwort is an herb for protection. Gail Faith Edwards says that it “gives a sense of purpose and joy, an expectation that all will succeed. It brings the gifts of inner growth and trust.”

All together, these herbs bring balance, beauty, and support for the female body. I hope you enjoy it as I have. ❤

Suggested Use: 1-3 dropperfuls, one to three times per day or as needed.

 *not for use during pregnancy*

Ingredients:

lady’s mantle, motherwort, blessed thistle, evening primrose, tulsi, rose, and violet in alcohol, water, raw honey, glycerin and love.   

Long Life Elixir

Long Life Elixir

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This blend is inspired by the lovely Vermont-based herbalist, Rosemary Gladstar. The herbs in this blend are appropriate for any gender, but are specific for the male system.  They offer support to systems and organs that most often suffer imbalance in men: the heart and circulatory system, the liver, the endocrine system and the prostate.  Plus, it tastes a little bit like root beer and is incredibly delicious added to bubbly water.

Hawthorn is one of the best heart and circulatory tonics available, gently stimulating or depressing the heart’s activity as needed. It also strengthens the lining of the blood vessels, clearing plaque build-up that can lead to heart attacks and stroke.  Sarsaparilla and sassafras are cleansing for the entire system, especially the liver and gallbladder, and the former is valued as a sexual tonic, increasing libido and sexual performance.  Saw palmetto is also a sexual tonic for both sexes, plus it’s one of the best tonics to prevent problems of the reproductive organs, tone the prostate gland, reduce inflammation and enlargement. Wild yam is excellent for toning the liver and relieving liver congestion and inflammation. It also (along with saw palmetto and sarsaparilla) provides the building blocks for steroid hormone production, helping tone and build muscles and regulate reproductive system function.  Last but definitely not least, tulsi (aka holy basil) offers us the gift of balance: reducing stress, increasing energy and vitality and promoting longevity. Rosemary writes “the daily use of this herb is believed to help maintain the balance of the chakras and to bring out the goodness, virtue, and joy in humans.” Here’s to a long, balanced, joyful life!

Suggested Use: 1-2 teaspoons, one to three times per day.

Ingredients:

hawthorn berries, sarsaparilla, tulsi, sassafras, saw palmetto, wild yam, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods in vodka with black cherry juice concentrate

Dream Deep

Dream Deep Elixir

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I made this delicious elixir as a nervous system support and relaxing sleep aid.  It has the added bonus of enhancing your dreams and offering energetic protection. (read this sweet post on mugwort.)   Chamomile and catnip are very relaxing nervines that promote calm minds and restful sleep.  Skullcap is a mild sedative that really helps promote sleep. Lemon balm and rose help to lift the spirits and soothe the heart.  All of these herbs help to nourish the nervous system, soothing anxiety, stress, agitation and restlessness. So take some deep breaths and feel your mind relax, your body unwind and your heart melt into a big hug.  Dream well.

Suggested Use:

1-3 dropperfuls as needed. I love to mix a splash (about 1 tsp) into sparkling water.  I also find it effective to use just 1-2 dropperfuls right before bed or if I wake in the night.

Ingredients:

catnip, lemon balm, skullcap, mugwort, chamomile, rose petals in brandy and raw RI honey

 

Elderberry Rosehip

Elderberry Rosehip Syrup

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This is the most popular cold and flu remedy in Europe and I hope you will see why!  Elder is an immune system enhancer, but gentle enough to use every day (tho you might want to save it for when folks around you are sick).  It’s also a diaphoretic, helping to induce sweating and reduce fevers. It’s so delicious, you can drizzle it on pancakes or mix it into yogurt or just drink it straight.

The rosehips are full of Vitamin C, as well as other minerals and are a powerful antioxidant. They are a great boost to your immune system when you’re feeling run-down or under the weather.

Suggested Use:

one to two Tablespoons 1-3 times per day.  Keep refrigerated!

Ingredients:

fresh elderberries, rosehips and ginger with cinnamon sticks, water and raw RI honey.

B. Love Tea

B. Love Tea Blend

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This autumn is all about unconditional love.  I’ve created three products that are designed to help lift the heart and wrap you in a big hug, reminding you that you are loved, held and appreciated.  This tea blend highlights one my favorite herbs, Tulsi (aka Holy Basil), which is the great balancer, helping the body adapt to stressors of all kinds. So as your body comes into greater balance, the other herbs help to open and support the heart.  Hawthorn strengthens the physical heart and helps to regulate blood pressure, as well as helping to soothe the emotional heart and bring a sense of open-hearted well-being. Damiana is often thought of as an aphrodisiac, but is also a powerful nervine, helping to soothe symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.  It is really an herb to promote self-love.

So blessings on your dear heart. May you feel held in unconditional love and support.

Ingredients:

tulsi, hawthorn leaf and flower, damiana, cinnamon, violet leaf and flower, rose petals

Tulsi Rose Vinegar

Tulsi Rose Vinegar Heart Tonic

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This infused vinegar with raw honey is perfect for when the weather turns cold and our bodies need extra support to stay healthy in body and spirit.  Tulsi (aka Holy Basil) is an incredible ally during times of stress, helping our body adapt, stay healthy and balanced. Tulsi is also an anti-bacterial, anti-viral immune supportive herb that has range of actions, supporting the lungs and regulating cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. The rosehips are packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, adding extra immune support.  The hawthorn berries and rose petals make this a lovely heart tonic, supporting the physical and emotional heart, aiding in circulation and regulating blood pressure. Hawthorn even helps the heart recuperate from heart surgery or heart attack, and helps treat heart disease and weakness of the heart muscle. The raw apple cider vinegar has its own health benefits: normalizing blood sugar and cholesterol, aiding in digestion and elimination, and helping manage fatigue. A perfect autumn sweet vinegar.

Suggested Use:

Start with 1 teaspoon per day either straight or mixed into water, juice or tea. Then gradually increase the amount you take each day until you are using 1-2 Tbsp.  My favorite way is as soon as I wake up to put 1 Tbsp into a quart of warm water with honey. We call it morning tea, and it is a great way to wake up your belly and break your nightly fast. You can also try sprinkling this on stir-fry, stews, salads, beans and grains.

Ingredients:

tulsi, rosehips, rose petals, hawthorn berries in raw organic apple cider vinegar and raw honey

Lip Balm

Lip Balms

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As part of our workshops in December, we made three delightful lip balm flavors.  We made my classic lip balm that I’ve made in the past: calendula infused olive oil with and a hint of citrus. We made a peppermint cocoa with a hint of honey. And then we have a red tinted lip balm made with beet powder and a little peppermint. Hope you enjoy all three!

Ingredients:
All in a base of shea butter, coconut oil and RI beeswax. Calendula: Calendula infused olive oil, orange essential oil. Hot Cocoa: organic cocoa powder, raw honey, peppermint essential oil. Red Tinted: organic beet powder, peppermint essential oil.

Soap

Shea Butter Calendula Soap

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This is 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, 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 fair trade shea butter and cocoa butter makes a yummy skin experience.

Ingredients:
shea butter, cocoa butter, calendula infused olive oil, castor oil, coconut oil, lye (saponifying agent), water, powdered oats, essential oils

 

Chest Rub

Breath Deep Chest Rub

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First, I visited some very special spruce trees on very special land.  The place where hundreds of sweet children have played for the past 30 years, bringing so much joy, laughter and love. It’s the land of Anne Monaghan’s Nursery Garden, lovingly tended by Anne and Russell and all the families who have been blessed to visit there.

So I took these spruce needles, plus some eucalyptus from my birthday bouquet (the best bouquet ever!), plus some chamomile from my garden that was meticulously gathered and dried by my garden goddess helpers.  I infused these special herbs in olive and coconut oil. Then I added local, RI beeswax to harden it. The essential oil blend is formulated to support your body through your sense of smell, as well as soaking straight into your skin.  When you breathe a strong smell it goes straight into your limbic system and then into your bloodstream. It’s a great way to get herbs into your body! This blend opens airways for deeper, easier breathing.

Suggested Use:

Rub on your chest, neck and the soles of your feet as often as you like.

Ingredients:

spruce needles, eucalyptus leaves, chamomile flowers infused in organic olive oil, RI beeswax, essential oil blend