This is my Summer and late Spring everyday Herbal Blend.
Every time I make it I'm just blown away by how beautiful and delicious it is. Emmet said that it "tastes amazing" and I was just thinking that I couldn't agree more.
2 parts Alfalfa:
I chose alfalfa for the nutritive value. All those vitamins and minerals! One of Alfalfa's uses is for indigestion. Alfalfa also has calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and iron. Not to mention vitamins A, C, E, and K 🌱🌱
2 parts Rose Petal:
Rose brings on such a sense of well-being, sensuality, and calm. I love Rose in everything right now. Rose petals, rose hydrosol, rose essential oil. You get it 🌹🌹
1 part Lemon Balm:
Lemon Balm is calming and antiviral. Need I say more? Lemon balm is also really tasty 💋
1 part Lavender:
I added Lavender to this for the calming, uplifting, and digestive support. Lavender is also a very balancing herb. It supports us to increase energy if energy is low and to calm if our energy is high or anxious. 💜
2 parts Calendula:
First off, I add Calendula to everything right now. It definitely seems to be my favorite. In addition, I love Calendula for its gut healing properties, immune support through the lymphatic system, and gentle cleansing action. 🏵️
2 parts Nettle:
I always add Nettle in the spring to minimize the slight allergy symptoms that I get along with enjoying the nutritive and tonic value of this amazing herb. 🌿
I add two to three tablespoons to 16 oz of water and steep for at least 1 hour! 🍵🍵🍵
We are on day 14 of social distancing and shelter in place during the COVID-19 Pandemic. One of my silver linings is that I have time to get my recipes written and onto the blog. Plus, I have time to make and test them! I have been desiring something rich and delicious and also know that my nervous system is not up for any non-whole food sweetener. When I am in this place of sensitive digestion, emotions, and energy, the most nourishing sweetener for me is dates.
Dates are nourishing to the spleen (meridian) and boast lots of other vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, thiamine and complex of vitamin B, folate, vitamin C and vitamin E, vitamin K, along with minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. Not bad for supporting overall health right now! I also use high quality raw cacao powder in this recipe. Cacao is rich in magnesium, iron, potassium, and zinc. I notice that when I am craving chocolate, that what I am truly needing is minerals and particularly magnesium! The cacao butter is rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, a great support for the nervous system and for absorbing minerals. Last, but not least, I add sprouted pecan pieces for crunch, protein, and overall deliciousness!
Many of the people that I am working with right now that are sick are being told to stay home. We also know that many that get sick will not receive hospital or medical care and home care will be very important for full recovery. This is what I recommend having in the home to prepare for, prevent, and treat COVID-19. Below are the home remedies that I have on hand and recommend. Some of these I also have available to the community. Right now, Amazon and most herbal companies are still shipping.
This is my personal list. It is so incredibly important that you all know that this is not medical advice. Herbalists do not diagnose or treat. Even more important, in this situation, we just don’t know enough about this virus. We are learning a lot from China right now about how COVID-19 shows up energetically in the body and how best to treat the virus. That being said, the herbal and homeopathic community are still just speculating. Again, home care will be very important with medical shortages and hospital overflow. Based on what we do know, below are my best recommendations for what I would want to have in the house.
The below article was written on 2/5/20. Our current situation with COVID-19 has changed significantly. The recommendations for natural prevention and treatment remain the same.
There is increasing fear right now around the coronavirus and the flu. Every year there is significant media focus on the flu and this year, the coronavirus is the latest concern in the media. While the coronavirus can be quite serious, it usually causes mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold or flu.
From a prevention perspective, the fear that rises up from these alerts could possibly be more damaging to the body, and to the community, than the disease itself. As we make efforts to stay well this season, remember that fear suppresses the immune system and does not create empowerment for wellness and overall well-being.
Sometimes you accidentally make something so good and so nourishing that you have to get it up right away. This was one of those sometimes. Most of my recipes come from something that I have made forever and at some point I get asked for the recipe so many times that I just commit to writing the post!
This recipe was divine creation! I tasted it and wanted to drink that whole pot. Seriously.
I started with the intention to make my Vegan “Bone Stock”, but I had lots of beets and beet greens from the garden that needed to be used. My dad always makes his stock with beets and I love it, so I decided to throw them in. I also had extra nettles and a bunch of other leftover herbs from the summer. Then I started to throw in all of the other “extras” that I had. So, it began.
It turned into a deep red, nourishing, herbal goodness. I will be adding this broth to my cleansing and postpartum protocols. I am in love.
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