Autumn Tinctures

Shine the Light Blend

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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**

Ingredients:

St. John’s wort, lemon balm, tulsi, rose in grain alcohol, vodka, water, raw apple cider vinegar and raw honey

Mama Balance

Mama’s Beautiful Balance

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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.

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Motherwort! (Leonurus cardiaca)

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 leaf and flower* in grain alcohol, filtered water, raw RI honey, vegetable glycerin and love.   

1oz. $14

*grown and harvested in RI with love and without chemicals

Dream Deep

Dream Deep Elixir

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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.

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

 

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

B. Dreamy Tea

B. Dreamy Tea Blend

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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!

Ingredients:
cinnamon, ginger, rooibos, skullcap, catnip, chamomile, mugwort, rose. 16oz