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
Astragalus is one of the premier herbal remedies for Lyme disease support. It enhances immune system function in such a way that it assists the body in getting rid of the Lyme infection. Stephen Buhner has done extensive research on Lyme treatment and has developed an herbal protocol to address acute Lyme as well as chronic Lyme. He also suggests using astragalus as a preventative because of its positive effect on the immune system. He actually recommends taking it every day, all year round if living in a Lyme disease area. Another important detail is that with chronic Lyme, sometimes astragalus can make symptoms worse. But Buhner notes that sometimes that is not the case. So I recommend avoiding it in cases of chronic Lyme.
Astragalus has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years as an adaptogen, meaning it helps the body deal with symptoms of stress. Besides being one of the best herbs for building immune system strength, it is also energizing to the entire body, improving athletic endurance. It also promotes circulatory health and stimulates regular metabolism of dietary sugars (often used by diabetics). Here’s more info than you ever wanted to know about astragalus.
I make my astragalus tincture as a strong water decoction, meaning I boil the fresh or dried root in water. Water is the best extractor of the active constituents in astragalus. Because it is water soluble and has a mild flavor, astragalus makes a fine addition to food. You can add astragalus powder to anything: smoothies, grains, soups. Some folks put the sliced dry root (sometimes called a tongue depressor because of its shape) into their pot of soup, grains, or beans so that the simmering action extracts the medicinal properties. I also make astragalus ice cubes by making a strong decoction and then freezing it in an ice cube tray. This makes an easy dosing for my family. I add it to any of our drinks, smoothies or soup.
3-4 dropperfuls (1/2 to 1 teaspoon) once daily for prevention. Use 2 to 3 teaspoons a day after a tick bite or when dealing with acute Lyme symptoms. **Not for use in chronic Lyme**
fresh and dried astragalus root, water, grain alcohol (20% for preservation)
B. Love Tea Blend
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.
tulsi, hawthorn leaf and flower, damiana, cinnamon, violet leaf and flower, rose petals