Stay Warm, Spice It Up

Everyone is talking about COLD, SNOW, & BLOWING WINDS. Facebook post are flooded with complaints and everyone I talk to has something to say on the subject. Even those who are winter lovers have had their fill of bitter cold. With spring still weeks away and the winds of March soon upon us, the need to warm up is still a topic of desire.

These spices and herbs can increase circulation and warm the body: ginger, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic, wasabi, and curry spice blends. Not only for cooking, many of them can be steeped for tea.

An old tradition is to put black pepper or cayenne pepper in your socks. However, beware, some say the cayenne heated up over time and produced skin burns. A better choice, essential oils diluted and used in massage also warm the body. We carry a large selection of warming essential oils.

Stay warm and see you at market.

Same Boring Bath

Are you tired of that same boring bath? Enhance your bath experience with one of our bath salts. We carry four different combinations packed with all natural ingredients to revive your mind, body and skin.

“Skin Detoxifying” bath soak also soothes muscle aches and pains. Ingredients: Pacific Sea Salt, Kelp Powder, Lavender Essential Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Green Tea Extract, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice

“Mind Calming” bath soak relaxes the body and mind and promotes a good night’s sleep. Ingredients: Pacific Sea Salt, Lavender Essential Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, F&DC Red 33 Lake

“Decongesting” bath soak helps with congestion, runny nose and achy muscles while providing your immune system a boost. Ingredients: Pacific Sea Salt, Vitamin C, Lemon Essential Oil, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Rose Hips Powder, Hibiscus Petal Powder, Echinacea Root Powder, Ginseng Root Powder

“Muscle Warming” bath soak soothes and revives tired, aching muscles and brings your stiff, overworked body back to life. Ingredients: Epsom Salt, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil
same boring bath

The Art of Tea Blending

Upcoming Classes
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Tea Steeping Guide

tea steeping chart

Keurig Single Cup Coffee Makers are a recent fad. Customers often ask me about making tea in their machine. I do not support their use in tea making. Teas require steeping. The chart below is a water temperature and time guide for tea steeping. This chart addresses true teas: white, green, oolong, etc., it does not include herbal teas. For herbal teas, light leafy herbs require more tea and less steep time, roots and seeds require less herb and more steep time. The chart also tells how many times you can infuse (reuse) the same tea. Note that when brewing a caffeinated tea you will get most of the caffeine from your tea in the first cup (up to 80%); each time you re-steep, you will have less and less caffeine.

This chart came from Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia; it is a great reference tool. This link will take you to their post on tea.

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Natural Fertilizers

Everyday I look for ways to stay close to nature and avoid buying unnecessary chemicals and manufactured items. This is not to undermine the need to manufacture but it does save money around the house. Recently, I ran out of fertilizer for my vegetable and flower plants. I stopped at the local feed store to inquire on what was best to use. I expected (or at least hoped for) an answer like worm castings. But the answer I got was, 10,10,10, referencing to a bag of 10-10-10 fertilizer containing 10 percent nitrogen, 10 percent phosphate and 10 percent potash. I have no idea what the ingredients are that make up this commercial mix; I just knew it was not what I was looking for. So I resorted to an internet search of natural fertilizers. Here are my notes from that search:

Epsom Salt – 1 teaspoon to 1 gallon of water, use monthly to provide magnesium and sulfate.
Coffee Grounds – sprinkle on soil around roses and blueberry bushes to provide acid.
Egg Shells – provide calcium carbonate (lime).
White Vinegar – 1 tablespoon per 1 gallon of water provides acid to plants.
Fireplace Ash – provides potassium and calcium carbonate.
Fish Tank Water – provides nitrogen.

I am good on all these ingredients accept the coffee grounds since I am a tea drinker. However, it looks like white vinegar will fulfill the need for acid on acid loving plants like roses and blueberry bushes, both of which I have. As a result, I have started using water from my indoor fish tank for indoor plants and water from my fish pond for outdoor plans. I do not yet know the results but I am hopeful of healthy, beautiful plants.

Everyone Needs Peaceful Sleep

We are not nocturnal. Our bodies function best when we get up with the sunrise, around 5:00 am. This puts a good bedtime at 9:00 or 10:00 pm.

Nightly Routine
A calming nighttime routine will prepare you both physically and mental for the task of falling asleep. Develop a routine of winding down that starts an hour or two before bedtime.

Calm the Mind
Purge your worries by keeping an evening journal that allows you to put life in perspective, include several positive things about your day. This can be as simple as a visit from your favorite outdoor bird. Look for things that brought a smile to your day. Enjoy a cup of you favorite calming tea. Then top it off with 10 or 15 minutes of light reading.

Herbal Teas for Relaxation and Sleep
My Favorite Choices: Lavender, Chamomile, Passionflower. Additional Calming Teas: Catnip, Lemonbalm, Valerian, St. John’s Wort.


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