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Herbs, Tea

Holiday Teas

pexels-photo-1721090.jpegIt is holiday time and I have already made hot chocolate, drank cinnamon coffee, tried eggnog for the first time.(loved it!)  This week it’s tea time. While tea is great any time of the year it is especially important to me this time of the year when colds and flu viruses are running around. Tea is a great way to help you body’s immune system fight off germs and can help to improve your mood on rainy days. (if rain bothers you) Try  a herbal tea to warm up at night if you are trying to avoid the caffeine in coffee and hot chocolate. Herbal tea can help to keep you hydrated as cold temperatures tend to make us want to drink less water. Here are a few you may want to try.

Peppermint Tea

Orange Spiced Yule Tea 

Haitian Ginger Tea (Te Jenjanm)

Cinnamon and Orange “Tea”

Ginger and Lemon Tea (Hot/ Chilled)

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Health, Herbs, Tea

Easy Marigold (Calendula) Tea


How to Make Tea

  1. Bring water to  a boil for 3-5 min
  2. Remove from heat
  3. Add a tablespoon of water for every cup of water.
  4. Let steep for 5 minutes.
  5. Add Honey or lemon for added flavor if desired.marigold-flowers-blutenmeer-flower-meadow-45173

Health Benefits 

  • Immune system booster 
  • Detox 
  • Menstrual
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Digestive support 
  • Tamra
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Anti-fungal 
  • Anti-viral 
  • Antibiotic activity

Do not take if you are nursing or pregnant. This herb has hormonal properties that can affect your menstrual cycle  


Gardening, Herbs, Tea

Dried Lavender

pexels-photo-12519.jpegThis is my first year growing lavender. I was a bit nervous about it. My husband bought a starter plant not yet flowering.We transplanted it into a larger pot that gave the plant a little of a shock for a week or two while it rooted into its new home. Within about a month and a half flowers started blooming all over it. Its only the first year so I don’t know yet how many harvest I will get out of it this year. This post is  about how to harvest store and use lavender.

How to harvest 


When you harvest your lavender you are also pruning and shaping it. Cut flowers in the early morning before the sun has had time to evaporate the oils in the plant. You want to keep as much of the plants oils inside of it since this is what gives it is fragrant smell. Cut only the green part of the stem a little above the woody stock. Cutting into to woody stock can cause damage to the pant and stunt it.


Flowers should be harvested right before the bloom opens to make sure you have a strong scent. Gather a hand full and cut the green part of the stalk. Keep your herb out of the sun as you harvest them. (Sun drying will change the color of your flowers.

How to store  Once you have gathered your flowers lightly shake and check for any bugs or insects. Next tie the ends of the steams together and hang upside down. Hang your herbs in a dark, cool and dry area. Once they have fully dried  (which is 2-4 weeks) you can store in a dry container. Make sure to always store dried herbs in cool areas.


How to use Now that your plants are dry its time to use them and there are so many ways to use dried lavender.

Lavender, Rose and Rosemary Bath Salt

  • 1/2 cup Epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup dried crushed rose petals
  • 1/2 cup Dead Sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons dried lavender buds
  • 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
  • 8 to 10 drops of lavender essential oil

Lavender Tea


  1. Boil 8 oz. of water.
  2. Pour hot water into tea cup
  3. Place  tsp. of dried lavender buds into a tea ball.
  4. Place the tea ball into tea cup
  5. Let steep for 5 minutes.



Lavender Sleep Sachet

To make asleep sachet from lavender buds simply gather up enough buds to fill your sachet 2/3 full add a few drops of lavender essential oil to boot the smell if it is too weak.







Tea’s For Headaches

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Many times when we have headaches it is due to tension and stress. Congestion of blood in the head will also cause pain in the head region. These types of headaches are pretty normal and should not be confused with migraine or chronic pain headaches. These last two types could be more serious and you should consult with your healthcare provider for chronic and reoccurring head pain. But for the normal everyday headache here are some herbal teas that will help to calm and sooth.

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Green tea is not recommended if you are caffeine sensitive or if you suffer from  migraine headaches as this may make your headaches worse. However if you are use to caffeine green tea could be a good option for you. If you are not sure if caffeine bothers you opt for  Peppermint tea. You can use fresh or dried leaves for your tea. Mix with a little honey, lemon, or plain if you like (I don’t recommend plain peppermint tea as the taste is not pleasant (at least to me.)

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Ginger tea can be used to help with migraine headaches, but I still recommend again that if you have migraines still consult your doctor as other health issues may be involved. Ginger tea should not be consumed by pregnant woman or  people with  bleeding disorders or with gallstones. The reason that ginger works for migraines is due to  the increase serotonin your body produces when this root is used. serotonin helps stop migraine by reducing inflammation.

Chamomile tea is recommended for calming the nerves and will help to take pressure from your head by calming you down and relaxing you. It can also help relieve anxiety. It is a natural sedative and can help reduces inflammation as well as work as a natural sleep aid without any addicting side affects.


How to Make Chai Tea

pexels-photo-1187317Chai tea is a traditional Indian tea made with milk, water and  a blend of black tea, ginger and other spices which may include cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, black pepper,cloves, star anise, coriander seeds and peppercorns. It can be consumed hot or cold and may provide a variety of health benefits.  Here is a recipe you may enjoy.


  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 whole peppercorns
  • 4 tea bags
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 2-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups milk


  • In a large bowl crush  cloves and peppercorns.
  • Crush your spices until their aromas are released.
  • Add tea bags, sugar, ginger, cinnamon stick to boiling water.
  • Cover and steep for 6 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan, heat milk.
  • Strain tea, toss spices and tea bags.
  • Stir in hot milk.
  • Pour into cups.
Nutrition Facts1 cup: 92 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 49mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.Originally published as Indian Chai in Country Woman Christmas 2010
Health, Tea

Haitian Ginger Tea (Te Jenjanm)

Makes: 6 cups tea

6 cups water
Fresh ginger, peel and grate
1 stalk lemongrass, take the outer dry leaves off and trim top & bottom
2-4 star anise pods
1 cinnamon stick
Pinch salt
Honey/ Brown sugar, to taste


How to Make

Heat water on medium add ginger, lemongrass, star anise, and cinnamon stick as water is heating.
Bring tea to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
Simmer it longer for stronger taste
Strain tea into cups add honey or brown sugar to taste.