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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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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