This blend was born out of the lovely calm that comes with harvesting flowers. Their colors, their smell and those pollinators(!) all create a dreamy haze of beauty. The bees were covering the lavender bushes as I carefully gathered a few bundles, they were hiding in the beach roses while we harvested on the summer solstice and they were zooming through the meadows as my kids and I got to meander through Hidden Meadows Farm this year with our friend Heidi, leisuring picking red clover.
The chamomile is a self-seeding hedge of volunteer blossoms at Cathy and George’s land where I garden. We are so blessed by its abundance! I try to plant it in my garden beds, but it remains straggly and rarely self-seeds. Then a few feet away, mixed with clover and grass it carpets the ground, coming back every year.
For summer blends I like to use mint and lemon-scented herbs because of their cooling and uplifting properties. The mint this year came from the orchards at Earth Care Farm and the garden of my friend Jeanne who lets it send out its copious runners wherever it pleases.
As for lemon, I added every lemony herb that I grow. They are all uplifting as well as anti-viral. I started growing lemon verbena last year and its smell is tied in first place as my favorite scent ever. And I finally have thriving lemon balm, thanks to my friend Sara K who brought me her volunteer lemon balm that was taking over. I’m so happy to have it taking over my garden!
To all these lovely beginnings, I added deeply nourishing, calcium-rich oatstraw and oat tops. Plus some nervous system support with skullcap and chamomile. The result is a cooling and uplifting yet calming walk through a flower garden. Imagine how it feels to deeply smell a beach rose: that inner peace, contented smile, refreshing beauty….that’s what I’m going for here. Let’s all be glorious this summer. You can choose with or without a dash of freshly dried stevia.
Steep 1 Tbsp. per cup of boiling water for at least 20 minutes with a lid. The longer you steep it, the more minerals will be infused into the water, and I think the taste improves. You can even steep it overnight for the full nutrient value. And try it with cold water as a sun tea!
mint* lemon balm* oatstraw+ lemongrass* red clover* lemon verbena* chamomile* skullcap* rose petals* oat tops+ lavender* stevia*
*Grown and harvested in RI with love and without chemicals +certified organic
Dream Deep Elixir
I made this delicious elixir as a nervous system support and relaxing sleep aid. It turns out that many of my CSA members (and some of their family members!) have told me that it’s the only thing that helps them fall asleep and stay asleep all night. These are people who have been dealing with insomnia for years, have tried many different remedies, medications, and sleep techniques. And yet these gentle nervines help their body and mind relax enough to drift off to sleep. With all the stressors in our world and the face pace that has become the new normal, the nervous systems can become overloaded and overwhelmed. It needs nourishment, just like our bodies do, to help keep it in balance and allow it to do its job of helping the mind unwind, relax and ease into sleep.
Chamomile and catnip are very relaxing nervines that promote calm minds and restful sleep. Skullcap is a mild sedative that really helps the mind shut down and drift off to sleep. Lemon balm and rose help to lift the spirits and soothe the heart. Mugwort offers the added bonus of enhancing your dreams and offering energetic protection. (read this sweet post on mugwort.) 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.
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.
catnip, lemon balm, skullcap, mugwort, chamomile, rose petals in brandy and raw RI honey
Breath Deep Chest Rub
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.
Rub on your chest, neck and the soles of your feet as often as you like.
spruce needles, eucalyptus leaves, chamomile flowers infused in organic olive oil, RI beeswax, essential oil blend
B. Dreamy Tea Blend
This is my daughter’s favorite tea. It has warming spices in it, making it a perfect blend for the cold weather. The rooibos adds a full richness to the flavor and a big antioxidant boost. Then I added sleepy time herbs to make it a relaxing end of the day way to unwind. It is very soothing to the nerves, calming to the belly and yummy to the taste buds! Plus I put in mugwort to enhance dreams and aid in remembering them. So sweet dreams, friends!
Suggested Use: Steep 1 Tbsp per cup of hot water for at least 20 minutes. Adjust amount of tea and time to taste. Spice increases with time!
cinnamon, ginger, rooibos, skullcap, catnip, chamomile, mugwort, rose. 16oz