Sunlight Tea :)

Never made Sunlight Tea before. πŸ™‚ My love of drinking at least eight cups of hot tea a day, does not go well with keeping hydrated in the summer days. So as of today, I am creating eight cups worth of Sunlight Tea daily. There is such a thing as Moonlight Tea, which sounds so romantic and lovely. πŸ™‚ I shall make sure to post a β€œhow to” on making Moonlight Tea and Herbal Sunlight Teas in a future blog post.

I am not a tea bag supporter of lover myself. Even so having this stated, I was given quite a few tea bag varieties from a dear friend of mine. Not wanting to waste them [just throw them out], I knew this was a golden opportunity to test out Sunlight Teas and Moonlight Teas. So, as a novice Sunlight Tea/Moonlight Tea creator; I was saved from the fears of wasting organic Herbs personally grown in my garden if I happened to mess it up. πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰
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Here are the simple steps to follow for Making Sunlight Tea:

1.) Sanitize a four or eight cup glass jar with lid.

Simply place the glass jar and lid into a large metal soup pot.
Fill with water and boil for six minutes.
Remove glass jar and lid from boiling water, allow to become fully cool and dry.

Second option:
Wash glass jar and lid in hot soapy water. Allow to fully dry.

2.)Β Β  Fill the four cups worth jar, with four cups of cold water.
OR: Fill the eight cups worth jar, with eight cups cold water.
Some people will say it’s best to use distilled water. All and all, the tea doesn’t really care. πŸ˜‰

3.) Place in five tea bags of your choice [four cups water jar], or nine tea bags [eight cups glass jar].
Screw on lid and set glass jar/closed flask outside were your Sunlight Tea can get full sun for a total of two to four hours.

4.) Take out of sun after four hours, so not to allow possible bacteria to form. The sun can bring the temperature of your water to 130 degrees.. So, if the Sunlight Tea is syrup-like, sadly you need to discard [this means the Sunlight Tea has formed bacteria].Β  After this: Remove the tea bags from the jar into the compost bin.

Optional:
5.) Add sugar or honey once jar is indoors.
Add ice or chill in the fridge for half and hour or longer before serving.

Hooray for Sunlight Tea! :D DSC05597 DSC05598 DSC05599

Sweet Cinnamon Spice.

Sweet Cinnamon Spice.

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Borage flowers

As of this sunny-windy morning, my first time growing the Borage Herb [Starflower] from seed has bloomed it’s first flower. πŸ˜€
I shall be harvesting some of flowers and leaves this year.

For other seed starters, I am currently growing Echinacea [for my own use in teas, cough syrups and tinctures].
I feel, in order to be good enough in anything – one must keep practicing until it becomes second nature [without doubt or lack of confidence in your skills]. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

Before I relocate to the future home of New Zealand, I want to get as much training and experience under my belt -before I even consider selling my organic products to the public. I have taken workshops, studied on my own, taken nature herb walks, and graduated from a beginners course at “The Herbal Academy of New England.” This is still not good enough. πŸ™‚

Being called a “Medicinal Herbalist” is a serious profession and should be taken in awareness and mindfulness. If you do not know the proper uses of one herb, you could be risking the health of loved ones, yourself and your clients. Death could even become a consequence of your current ill-informed state of knowledge.

For just like an awakening child in life:
“Herbalism is a neverending wonder-journey. Always learning, always grateful you are apart of it.”

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Borage is used as either a fresh vegetable or a dried herb. As a fresh vegetable, borage, with a cucumber-like taste, is often used in salads or as a garnish.[4] The flower, which contains the non-toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloid (PA) thesinine,[citation needed] has a sweet honey-like taste and is one of the few truly blue-colored edible substances,[citation needed] is often used to decorate desserts.[4] It is notable that the leaves have been found to contain small amounts (2-10 ppm of dried herb) of the liver-toxic PAs intermedine, lycopsamine, amabiline and supinine.[5] Leaves contain mainly the toxic lycopsamine also amabiline and the non-toxic saturated PA thesinine. PAs are also present in borage seed oil, but may be removed depending on method of processing.”

Paragraph taken from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borage
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The first of many. :)

The first of many. πŸ™‚

What a sweet little delight to find. :)

What a sweet little delight to find. πŸ™‚

Never knew Borage could be pink too. :D

Never knew Borage could be pink too. πŸ˜€

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First German Chamomile of the season

After a a rather long session of pouring rain last night; I stepped outside this morning on the front porch to check up upon my garden. To my delight, I find two developed Chamomile flowers in my large circular pot! πŸ˜€ I look forward to soon having enough flower-heads to test the tea’s overall taste and medicinal strength. πŸ™‚

A great sign for a fruitful summer. ❀

First two flowers of this years season! :D

First two flowers of this years season! πŸ˜€

Borage Growth Burst!

My goodness! While I was away in Oregon for a couple of weeks to take a Cob Building Course, my Borage took over its rather large pot. πŸ™‚ The flowers are developing beautifully in buds. To the point, that I just might need to try and transplant a few over into their own large pot! πŸ˜€

The German Chamomile and English Lavender continues to flourish as well.
Tomorrow, I shall be transplanting the seedlings in the trays into their own large pots. The seedling inserts in the trays contain the Zinnia Flower . πŸ™‚
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Studies to become a Beekeeper Continues

A couple days ago, I went to a lovely meet-up group event called: “Author/Beekeeper Jacqueline Freeman: The song of Increase.” I learned so much of how to create an organic approach to beekeeping. From how interconnected and community-interdependent the colony is, to how as humans we can evolve with the honey bee in love. It was quite an amazing experience to withhold as an audience and student member. πŸ™‚

When Daniel [my fiancee’] and I move to New Zealand, we plan to have a low carbon footprint homestead. A cob house with green roofing, and completely Eco-freindly in all consideration to wildlife. The flowers, food forest garden, permacultures, and herbs will provide food for the honey bees on the Butterfly Forests homestead.

Also plans to have a wildflower field on the property. Fruit bearing vines and hanging flowers, shall be on the archways covering the path to the cob house. πŸ™‚ A pond, zen garden, yurt greenhouse for seedling germination, sawdust toilet, compost helps heating our water, solar panels, and a butterfly greenhouse sanctuary; to help the native butterfly population.

There are more insights in the layout designs, but that can be mentioned for another future blog post. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚
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ow to help the Honey Bee:

1.) Grow flowers, plants and herbs to help provide food for bees.
2.) Eliminate pesticides in your garden and lawn.
3.) Bees are thirsty. Provide a continuous shallow basin with clean water in your garden.
4.) Buy directly from a local beekeeper who avoids chemicals and produces raw honey.
5.) Eat organic and pesticide free food.
6.) Become a Beekeeper with sustainable practices.

[Tips from: “Queen of the sun” movie].