It’s the New Year… and I’ve been drinking…

teaHuh? Happy New Year and all that jazz 🙂 We made it to 2016, let’s hope this year is far kinder to us all. Or rather let’s be kinder to ourselves and each other.

Speaking of kindness, if you’ve been hanging out around here, you know I’ve been having a rough time 🙂 Since I’ve stopped taking 10 million tinctures in the morning, I’ve been tinkering with tea. I say tinkering because it’s contents continually evolve. Stinging Nettles and Lemon Balm seems to serve as a base. Other plant friends seem to keep popping up, but Nettles and Lemon Balm are crucial to the mixture and play the biggest part.

 

So here’s the current line up & ratios:

2 Parts Nettles

2 Parts Lemon Balm

1  1/2 Parts Rhodiola

1 Part Oat Straw

1 Part Elderflower

1/2 Part Marshmallow Root

Parts can be tea spoons, table spoons, oz, or whatever have you.

 

Each Plant Friend comes in with a purpose. Oat straw said I needed to add it to the tea, so I can be soothed by it’s presence.  So, now Oat Straw is involved. Rhodiola kinda came out of no where to become part of this tea. It seems to be here to help my adrenals  and support fertility. I feel Rhodiola has lots of wisdom to share. She likes to whisper secrets in your ear when you aren’t expecting it 🙂 She feels like  Mother’s helper, or something.  And most recently Marshmallow Root has made an appearance because it says my intestines aren’t happy about my gluten consumption. Even though I enjoy my ElderFlower tincture, she has requested to be included as well. Something about immune system regulation, being a Divine Orchestrator and helping me not over react to everything. The Plants Speak and I obey. Things seem to work best this way.

Any who, this is what I am drinking these days…

Rose Hip Syrup for grief & illness

A back log of unexpressed grief has manifested as a sinus infection. To be honest, this sinus infection has been a long time coming. The flow from winter to fall in combination with rampant consumption of gluten and cheese, topped off with unshed tears and the joys of Motherhood.

I’m a fucking mess 🙂 But thankfully, my good old buddy rose is with me. Inspired by this recipe right here, I am conjuring up some rose hip syrup.

My intention is not necessarily to heal myself of a sinus infection, rather I would like to love myself enough to accept all the things I am feeling and be honest about how easy things aren’t right now. A little compassion goes a looooooong way.

This Recipe was my inspiration, but I ended up adding some Hawthorne, Elderberries and Elderflowers 🙂 I find Elder to always be so good to me.

Enjoy!