Moonlight Tea <3

I‘ve heard of it – but never attempted it before. πŸ™‚ Nor have I looked into the moon’s calendar before. πŸ™‚ There’s always a time to look into it; or there is a timing for everything.. πŸ˜‰ So starting on the next full-moon, I shall try to make a batch of peppermint herbal tea by the full moon night. Hopefully it shall not be too cold on March 12th or 28th. Also, it is quite important to brew your mason jar on a full moon night with clear skies. πŸ™‚ A-little cloudy at times is okay, but – one needs the light reflecting off of the moon in order to make a magic tea effectively before sunrise. πŸ™‚

To see a link to the full moon calendar here is a delightful link I shall be using as a guide:
http://www.moongiant.com/Full_Moon_New_Moon_Calendar.php

Also, on the side of my various studies – I am looking further upon my endless adventures of learning about the world of herbs. πŸ˜€ There is a delightful free source I have been learning from which covers over fifty herb profiles. Some I have heard of, and others I have not. πŸ™‚ When Daniel and I settle into The Butterfly Forests Homestead, there will be plenty of hiking trips in the sticks -to learn upon Maori Medicine/New Zealand herbs.

In the herbal beds surrounding the main house and various other areas where the four-hundred and fifty olive trees live; will have various common and non common herbs. πŸ™‚ *Native and non-native types.

Link to current studies I am partaking in; the Herbal Profiles webpage: http://www.herbalmusings.com/herb-profiles

Calendula Seedlings

Calendula [Pot Marigold: not a true Marigold plant] is a lovely full headed flower used in salves, soap, lotions, creams, mouthwashes [gum and tooth infections] and teas [help treat bladder infections and ulcers of the stomach]. The leaves are also used for it’s medicinal properties in helping heal wounds and a skin soothing botanical. πŸ™‚ It’s also great to treat those with chapped lips. ❀

I’ll be using the Calendula flowers in future salads, egg dishes, soups and stews. The dried petal form will be used in coloring-up tea cake loaves and Cinnamon/oat bread. πŸ™‚

Germination of seeds to emerging takes five to fifteen days.
*Full sun lover. ❀

The Calendula seeds remind me of inch worms or Pillbugs. :)

The Calendula seeds remind me of inch worms or Pillbugs. πŸ™‚

It only took five days to germinate. :D I am very thankful, due of how late in the season. If the herbs do not mature before the fall, that's okay. I can continue developing the herbs indoors with lighting and heat lamps. :)

It only took five days to germinate. πŸ˜€ I am very thankful, due of how late in the season. If the herbs do not mature before the fall, that’s okay. I can continue developing the herbs indoors with lighting and heat lamps. πŸ™‚

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Growing Echinacea Seedlings: First time

As of two days ago, my Echinacea [Purple Coneflower] seeds started to sprout. πŸ˜€
This is my first time growing the seeds from the start. What a thrill and happiness it brings knowing that I am witnessing new life unfold before me. πŸ™‚ Witnessing first hand the process, and on a well-informed “high” of these tiny seeds/seedlings depend on me in order to become strong and healthy plants. πŸ™‚

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My maternal instincts, oddly come into play in personally feeling these are “my children.” I see plants as equals.

Just as animals,
beasts of all kinds;
humans and insects,
every living thing is precious and beautiful to me. ❀ πŸ™‚
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I shall take further photographs of the later stages of my Echinacea plants when they are about to bloom. πŸ™‚

On a side note:
I just tried out this years organic German Chamomile in tea form, and it was a lovely success! πŸ˜€

First two of the season. :) Seventy more to go! :D

First two of the season. πŸ™‚
Seventy more to go! πŸ˜€

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The German Chamomille Tea was heavenly aromatic, with a gentle floral taste. :)

The German Chamomile Tea: heavenly aromatic, with a gentle floral taste. πŸ™‚

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.

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Sweet Cinnamon Spice.

Sweet Cinnamon Spice.

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Making Orange Peel Medicine

It’s quite easy to make Orange Peel Medicine on your own at home. πŸ™‚
Great for those suffering from gastric [GI] issues, the orange peel improves energy efficiency and contains immunostimulants. Orange peel when taken as an herbal medicine can help treat coughing spells. The pith on the orange can help increase the health of your heart, by opening up blood vessels in a gentle and natural way [allowing your blood pressure to harmonize at normal levels].

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“The peel itself is rich in Vitamin C, and contains components that act as natural diuretic to improve bladder function. The peel has also been shown to fight against depression and chronic fatigue. The orange peel tea benefits also include a bronchodilation action, which reduces cough, and opens airways that are clogged by mucous, asthma or bronchitis. In fact, the tremendous positive health improvements offered by this modest member of the citrus family makes it a must-have for any natural medicine chest. Instead of reaching for over the counter meds, try an herbal remedy that can work as well and cause less harm.

Herbal teas can offer more than just health benefits. They are an extremely good way to get picky eaters, small children or reluctant patients to take in the natural medicines or vitamins they need. The delicious aroma and taste is just one of the many orange peel tea benefits. It is pleasant enough to enjoy just for its taste and fragrance, and it can improve your immune system while you drink it. The vitamin C and the bioflavonoids within the orange peel can stimulate your circulation, immunity, lift your mood and energy and can create an overall aura of good health.”

Resource: http://www.orangepeeltea.com/Orange-Peel-Tea-Benefits/

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Mature Yarrow Plant

Mature Yarrow Plant

I currently have two lovely-Mature Yarrow plants in the backyard, above the Koi Pond. πŸ™‚
Yarrow is a great wound healer. Brew in teas and tinctures. Its common names are Soldier’s Herb, Herba Militaris, Knight’s Milfoil, Carpenter’s Grass and Nosebleed. Yarrow also staunches bleeding and is antimicrobial and pain reliever.

Also helps with colds and fevers. The classic formula for colds and flus is yarrow, peppermint and elderflower which should be drunk as a hot tea as soon as possible. Circulation, Digestion, Reproductive and Urinary Systems can be helped by using the Yarrow Herb.

More information can be read here: http://whisperingearth.co.uk/2011/09/28/the-multiple-benefits-and-uses-of-yarrow/

Cinnamon-Ginger and Nutmeg Tea

Cinnamon-Ginger and Nutmeg Tea

For a choice of drink along with our meal for dinner, we made some tea from kitchen items we normally have stocked in our shelves.

-Simply thinly slice at least three to four tablespoons of fresh ginger.
-One tablespoon cinnamon.
-One teaspoon nutmeg.

Pour hot water into your teapot infuser and enjoy.
*Steep from five to twenty minutes, plus.
[The longer you allow the tea to steep the better]. You cannot over brew this lovely tea. The more rich in taste, the longer you steep. πŸ™‚

I was out gardening for a bit and weeding before I came back to have a second cup. πŸ™‚ The second cup was better than the last. πŸ™‚

Herbal Comfrey Tea with Mint

Herbal Comfrey Tea with Mint

A great water infusion for helping stimulate healing from cuts and bruises. It can be used also internally for stomach and duodenal ulcers, where it will have the same effect.

Comfrey is also demulcent, producing a mucilage that coats and soothes irritated tissues. It will help reduce inflammation, and at the same time lessen scarring.

Comfrey also has expectorant properties and has a relaxing effect on the respiratory membranes. Since it helps relax and soothe membranes, it is useful in coughs, asthma, and bronchitis. As an astringent, comfrey can also help control slow bleeding, as in the case of ulcers.

Read more at: http://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-health/comfrey-medicinal-uses-zmaz92jjzshe.aspx#ixzz31SPiti1E