I know I’ve not been writing a lot lately, however, it’s for good a reason. I just opened my etsy shop this weekend, but it was a long time coming. I had opened up a show many, many years ago, but I wasn’t able to keep it up. I was a college kid and more interested in things other than starting my own business (unlike college kids today). But, now that I’m older and wiser it’s quite a different story.
I wanted to have an outlet that would not only let me express my creativity, but also keep me motivated to continue doing it. Sort of like this blog and my nutrition. So, at the shop, I am selling not only the tisanes and infusions I discuss here, but also prints and small paintings that I make. It will also give me a great topic to add to the blog. Everybody wins! haha!
Since putting them up I’ve already sold out of my native named full moon series. They’re artist trading cards with watercolors of full moons, and their corresponding native american names. I also posted up, and sold, a set called “a day in the life” which was basically stuff I use/eat during a regular day at work. I’m so grateful to the people who bought my artwork! I also sold a tea, but, the stars were there artwork. Which is so awesome!
I’ve already started on some more work, and I hope to have it up at the store pretty soon. The tisanes are up pretty much all the time, mainly because of the nature of that product. So far the favorite is the Elderberry White tea. I’m so excited you guys!
I can’t wait to have more stuff to share with you! Till then, stay safe!
For a while now I’ve been blending my very own herbal concoctions, guided by a few herbal books and following a few herbalists like Rosemary Gladstar on-line. I’ve already blended up an allergy mix, and now I’ve decided to come up with one for the ladies. This herbal blend was concocted specifically to tone and promote the health of ehem, our lovely lady regions. The herbs used are specific to this purpose, and well, the roses are because, well.. we are ladies after all!
Here’s the inspiration:
Raspberry Leaf: Helps reduce excessive menstruation and is frequently given to aide during pregnancy and childbirth. It is also astringent and nutritive. It can be taken when energy is low.
Damiana: This herb has a huge reputation as an aphrodisiac, it’s even in it’s latin name, Tunera aphrodisiaca. It was long used in by the native people’s of Mexico for these very qualities. The herb can mimic the action of progesterone, which is useful during menopause. It balances and tones the nervous system and the digestive system. It also uplifts the mood and aides in cases of muscle and mental exhaustion.
Corn Flower: Cornflower helps women with menstrual disorders as well as yeast infections. I’ve heard it described as having similar qualities to holy thistle. It also helps with water retention.. which, we can all use a little help with.
Roses: Usually thought of as an antidepressant and an aphrodisiac. It lends a great aroma to this tisane as well as a sweet pop of color. Not only does it look pretty, but it has a delicate herby-flowery taste to it as well. I sometimes like to sweeten it with some local wildflower honey, but it’s not really a requirement. The tisane isn’t bitter or anything like that.
I really enjoy making these mixtures, maybe I’ll have some news to report on that front later on.. but nothing concrete yet. I think my next tisane will be either a cold care tisane or an actual tea blend. I ordered some white tea and it should be arriving pretty soon. So, I’ll definitely be posting more of that on here. OH, and did you guys see my tea pot!? I got it on mega sale at teavana. It’s a cast iron hobnail pot and trivet. I’m IN LOVE with it!
I’ve never admitted it publicly, but I read the runes. I do. Many years ago I decided to go out and make myself a set. They are very special to me, and I respect them greatly. But with the new moon came new intentions; I decided to try something new and I got myself a tarot deck. First I got the WildUnknown deck. It really spoke to me in a way that no other deck had. That’s actually why I went for it. The deck spoke.
As I went on trying to learn from it, I got the feeling that I wouldn’t do the deck justice if I couldn’t just let go. So, where do you turn to learn the tarot? There is only one deck: The Rider Waite deck.. Except, I never truly enjoyed that deck… until now. I discovered the Centennial edition.It’s the same ol’ deck with an amazing color palate. IT RULES. seriously. I love it. I feel like I’m on my way to learning this new art and I can’t wait to be able to run with it, and the WildUnknown. For now I’m meditating on one card a day, to get close to each card and know what they’ve got to say…
Spring seems to either have sprung, or to be trying to spring. All I know is, my allergies have been really ruining my makeup lately. It might be spring, or it might be my boyfriend’s cat. Probably a little bit of both (more likely the cat). So, in an effort to alleviate some of the discomfort I’ve been experiencing I concocted a springtime inspired tea to fill the gaps. Hey! any little bit helps.
For this recipe I decided to go for the heavy hitters in the allergy herbal. Mainly, mullein and nettles. I also added a soothing bit of marshmallow root and calendula flower. Plus, a refreshing dash of lemon balm. I may or may not add a handful of elderberries for an antioxidant boost, that’s still up in the air. But as far as the tea is concerned, it’s pretty much set.
Here’s a breakdown of the tea:
- 2 tbsp Mullein
- 2 tbsp Nettles
- 2 tbsp Lemon balm
- 2 tbsp Marshmallow root
- 2 tbsp Calendula flower petals
Yummy and with a purpose, how everything should be! What do you guys do when your allergies hit?
It’s been a long busy week and it’s only Wednesday! It hasn’t been stressful or hectic, just really busy. Since last week, I’ve been in the mood for eating “cereal” for breakfast so, I made some more granola to eat like this. I don’t care what anyone thinks, it’s frickin’ delicious.
Anyway, this week, I decided to change up my granola game. Instead of focusing on nuts, I was inspired to add some dried fruits to this recipe. In the mood for something sweet and fruity, I added some dried mango and coconut. I also added some raw walnuts for something “else”. I’m not a huge walnut fan, but this mix works really well.
I added honey but only a slight drizzle. I figured that there was enough sweetness in the coconut and the mango (I was right). I also added a small amount of olive oil -not too much. I really don’t like the taste intruding on the other flavor. In hindsight, I should have used coconut oil. Oh well…
Here are the stats:
- Rolled oats
- Sunflower seeds
- Dried coconut chips
- Dried mango
- Local wildflower honey
- Extra virgin olive oil
Pop in the oven and WATCH. Granola is extremely quick to burn. I always singe mine a little -totally by accident…
Despite the busy week, I prefer that to slow weeks. Maybe I’m a little crazy, but I like feeling useful. It also makes time pass a lot quicker. I don’t know how I feel about that specific side effect though… How’s everyone’s week been so far?
For my second meal I went “slightly” into the Paleo world. Slightly because I added cheese. I went with all the things that go well together. A chicken topped with bacon and cheese. Yep, super fatty, and “bad for you”. But, it’s not something I do all the time and I’ve made sure that the bacon is uncured and free of nitrates and other nasties.
I’ve also paired it up with green beans, endives and that’s it. The veggies are sautéed in a tiny amount of olive oil and lots of chopped garlic. This is my first time trying out Belgian endives, and I gotta say the bitterness is an acquired taste. One that I have yet to acquire. I got the idea from a Ketogenic blog I found online.
Overall I love this lunch. A lot! What do you guys think?
Happy Monday everyone!
I hope your weekend was fun and restorative. This week, I decided to get my spicy fix and cook up an awesome chipotle chili. It’s VERY chipotle-y. Luckily, there’s a Fresh Market that sells whole dried chipotle peppers right by my office, so I’ve kept my supply up-to-date.
What I love about chili’s is that basically, they’re a bowl. All carbs, protein ad fat wrapped up and working together. I’ve been working out extra hard lately, and so these hearty, yet lean bowls really get the work done.
What I added:
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 3 Dried chipotle peppers ( I know)
- Chili powder
- Bell peppers
- Cilantro (for garnish)
- Red onion
- Organic tomato paste
- Organic black beans
- Organic kidney beans
Basically, I did what I usually do. I softened the veggies, and then browned the meat. After I was pleased with how that looked, I added the beans, and the tomato paste along with the spices and peppers. I let that simmer on low for a while and then garnish with cilantro. I decided to skip the cheese for today, just because. It’s pretty hard to go wrong with chili though in any case.
I love the fact that chili can be so versatile, and can be created with whatever meat you want. What’s your favorite chili recipe?