This blend was inspired by all the green “weeds” that pop up from mama earth in the cool, wet springtime.
The thing about these often overlooked and sometimes grumbled over plants is that they offer us not only their powerhouse of nutrients, but also their strength and tenacity.
There’s a reason they are hard to get rid of and spread easily and abundantly; part of why they’re here is because we need them. Some of them have long, strong roots that tap mineral resources from deep underground, pulling those minerals up into their leaves making them available for our (and other animal’s) bodies. They can carpet disturbed areas quickly, helping increase the biomass of fallow fields and growing on land (and cracks!) where many other plants cannot survive, preparing the soil for future growth.
All of these green wonders are mildly cleansing, helping to flush the body of toxins and build-up by supporting the liver and lymph system. They are just what our bodies are asking for after a winter of rich foods and cozy inactivity. They are also super high in vitamins and minerals, like drinking a multi-vitamin. The raw apple cider vinegar has its own health benefits: normalizing blood sugar and cholesterol, aiding in digestion and elimination, and helping manage fatigue. So wake up! It’s time to move, cleanse and revitalize our bodies!
Use up to 1 Tbsp 3-5 times per day. It’s delicious in warm water with honey as a way to wake up the belly in the morning. I put a splash in my water bottle for the day. Mix it in salad dressing, sprinkle it on rice and beans, add it to anything. And Shake Well!
nettles* dandelion leaf and flower* cleavers* chickweed* violet leaf and flower* in raw apple cider vinegar+
*Grown and harvested in RI with love and without chemicals +certified organic
This blend is inspired by the wonders of St. John’s Wort (some like to call it “St. Joan’s Wort and I recently saw an herbalist label hers as “Solstice Wort”), which is in its full glory on the summer solstice, soaking in all the magic of the sun and the feeling of unlimited potential and abundance in the air.
I mixed in some lemon balm oxymel; an infusion of lemon balm in raw apple cider vinegar and raw honey, my new favorite way to preserve an herb. So much yum. Lemon balm is a special nervine that is soothing and calming to the mind as well as the digestive tract. It is also anti-viral, helping a body stay healthy during cold season. In magical lore it is said to attract love and its flower essence “develops self-love and strengthens the belief that you are worthy and deserving of love” (from Opening our Wild Hearts to the Healing Herbs).
And then of course I mixed in some tulsi, aka holy basil. As we move into the dark time of year, this herb (as is true of all basils) is wonderfully uplifting and comforting. It helps us maintain a balanced state of mind and a feeling of well-being. It is also antiseptic and anti-viral, keeping the body free of infection.
The rose is added whenever we need a little boost of summer splendor. Associated with beauty and love in so many cultures in all of time, the rose helps bring that beauty into your heart. I love that the beach roses here in Rhode Island are also in full bloom on the summer solstice, making this blend really like some sunshine in a bottle.
Suggested Use: 1-3 dropperfuls one to three times per day, as needed.
**St. John’s wort does interact and/or decrease the efficacy of many prescription drugs. Please look at the drug interactions list if you are taking any pharmaceutical medication**
St. John’s wort, lemon balm, tulsi, rose in grain alcohol, vodka, water, raw apple cider vinegar and raw honey
This infused vinegar 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 ruby red sweet and juicy rosehips from our own Rhode Island beaches are packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, adding extra immune support. The hawthorn berries are freshly harvested from a friend’s tree and they, along with the rose petals, make this a lovely heart tonic. They support 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 vinegar.
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 to use this is as a morning wake-me-up. As soon as I get out of bed, I mix 1 Tbsp of infused vinegar into a quart of warm water with honey. We call it morning tea, and it is a great way to wake up your belly, hydrate your cells and break your nightly fast. You can also try sprinkling this on stir-fry, stews, salads, beans and grains.
tulsi, rosehips, rose petals, hawthorn berries in raw organic apple cider vinegar. All herbs used when fresh and harvested in RI with love.