Green Goddess Vinegar

This blend was inspired by all the green “weeds” that pop up from mama earth in the cool, wet springtime. 

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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. 

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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.

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Chickweed! (Stellaria media)
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Stinging nettles! (Urtica dioica)

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!

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Cleavers! (Galium aparine)

 

 

Suggested Use

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+

10oz. $15

*Grown and harvested in RI with love and without chemicals        +certified organic

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B. Glorious

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

Suggested Use:

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!

Ingredients:

mint* lemon balm* oatstraw+ lemongrass* red clover* lemon verbena* chamomile* skullcap* rose petals* oat tops+ lavender* stevia*

16oz. $13

*Grown and harvested in RI with love and without chemicals        +certified organic