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morning routine

morning routine

I think it's important to have a morning routine. Maybe even a ritual, if you will. Most mornings I wake up, splash my face with cool water and make my tea. A nettle infusion is made before going to bed each evening, so I strain that into my glass. Then it's time for yoga & meditation. It's important not to skip this part. It can be so easy to say there are other things to do. There's always something else you could be doing, right? But these two are KEY to getting into the right brain-space & physical space for the...

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i dreamt of red clover last night

i dreamt of red clover last night

I dreamt of red clover last night. Fields and fields full of this simple ally. So many people think of clover as being a nuisance...a weed...and they spend so much time & effort to try to eradicate it and other nutritious & beneficial "weeds" growing in their yards. I've never understood exactly who decides that something is a weed. With common grass being nearly the least beneficial thing you can grow in your space and serving no purpose to humans, how did we get so far from growing plants that can nurture & help heal us? It's still a bit...

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making pickled beets

plant based food recipes

making pickled beets

Lately, I've been getting a fair amount of emails from longtime customers about nutrition, overall wellness and "food as medicine" - so much so that I've considered offering some sort of Food as Medicine counseling. While that certainly seems like a logical step for me, I'm yet to figure out exactly how to offer that.  So until then, I'll continue answering questions through email and I'll be writing blog posts about these topics. This post however, is loosely based on the food as medicine idea.  I made these easy pickled beets a couple of days ago and they're so damned good...

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hibiscus

herbalism ingredient spotlight plant allies

hibiscus

Valentine's day - where we talk of love, matters of the heart, celebrate our true loves, and eat chocolate.  I could talk about roses today, which are lovely indeed, but I thought I would talk about one of my favorite red flowers - hibiscus.  It has such beautiful blooms and makes a gorgeous addition to any flower garden but it is also very beneficial...especially for the heart. When made into a tea (either on its own or in a blend), hibiscus can help lower blood pressure & cholesterol.  According to studies, it has antioxidant & anti-cancer properties, and helps boost the immune system.  It...

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about tea

herbalism plant allies

about tea

  I used to think that tea was completely flavorless without sugar.  It's not.  It's just that you have to have the right tea & the right conditions. good quality, flavorful tea steeped at the right temperature for the right amount of time Being raised in the south, most of the tea drinking from my youth was limited to Luzianne tea bags, steeped until the tea was crazy dark and blended with it's own weight in sugar to counter balance the bitterness.  I jest.  Maybe not that much sugar, but a lot.  And don't get me wrong, this tea is...

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