Saturday, January 31, 2015

Yummy Ginger and Lemon Balm Tea Recipe

I experiment with my own herb tea blends all the time. Today's blend was a real hit! I love Ginger so be forewarned, this has a nice bite. But it also has an almost sweet fruity flavor that I really like. I do add honey but it's really not necessary to add a lot.

For one pot:
1 tsp dried Ginger Root
1 tsp dried Blackberry Leaves
1 tsp dried Lemon Balm
1/2 tsp dried Hibiscus

Steep 3-5 minutes

Friday, January 30, 2015

Feeling Stressed?

If you are looking for a relaxing potion to add to your bath water to help you let go and get a good night's sleep.. Or a wonderful smelling balm to soothe your heart, mind and spirit throughout the day... you've come to the right place.

Mama Love flower essence aromatherapy products are made to do just that. I use only the highest quality all-natural certified organic ingredients and infuse them with Reiki to make them the most beneficial products I can make. I make them by hand; I use them myself. And I have products for all kinds of stress. Let's look at a few I think of first.

First, WHY are you stressed?

Are you REALLY worried about something? It's not specific -- it's everything! A situation that's really challenging or perhaps a long-standing habit? You're not alone! Releasing Worry and Fear is the MOST popular formula on my list. Join the club: oils, sprays or perfume balm.
Can't sleep? Add my Restful Sleep formula to your routine! Most popular are the oils that can be used for massage or added to your bath. The mid-sized bottle is probably most popular and it's the one I most prefer myself. But the healing balm is nice to keep by your bedside or bring in your suitcase when you're out of town. Put some on the soles of your feet for best effect as well as anywhere else you like.

Have you gone through a truly devastating event? The loss of close loved one, a divorce, a trauma of some sort? This is more than "stress" really. It's more like how to pick up the pieces and carry on so my Support for Troubled Times formula is the one to use. In oil, spray or balm. (I think the balm would make a great gift.)

Lacking confidence? That's a pretty significant source of stress. Especially if you have to try something new or something you haven't had much success at before. Try my Doing New Things with Confidence formulas. Oil, Spray or Perfume Balm.

Angry? Soothing the Angry Heart is a favorite. Oil, Spray or Perfume Balm.

Having a hard time setting boundaries? Perhaps you're family caregiving or dealing with codependency issues. Inner Strength and Protection can help. I like the spray best but the oils and balm are favorites for many people on my list.

Worried about money? Wish you could have a lighter point of view about prosperity and what it means? Try my Abundant Prosperity oils, sprays and perfume balms.

Actually, there are so many sources of stress, I'd have to go through every product on my list! But this will be a good start. And yes, you can use more than one at a time!

Buy three dram-sized oils, get one free.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Organic Calendula for Happy Skin!

I just added dried Organic Calendula petals to my Etsy shop. Wonderful golden Calendula is worth having around just for their decorative effect. A favorite artisan cheese maker I know decorates their delicious goat cheese with it. A favorite soapmaker does the same.

But I know this herb best infused in jojoba oil for its famous skin-soothing effects. It's very easy to do if you want to try it for yourself. Pack a jar with dried Calendula petals, add oil, shake it up and put it in a cool dark place for several weeks. Shake it every few days. Strain the infused oil through cheesecloth, squeezing it well to retain every drop, and then have fun! Use it as a face or bodycare oil or add it to your favorite skin cream recipe.

You could also brew up a pot of Calendula tea and add that to your bodycare products, add it to your bath water, use it for a hair rinse, etc.

And, of course, you can drink it! (But I never have.) It looks really pretty in black tea blends. I'm going to try Earl Grey with Chrysanthemum Flowers and Calendula some time. (I'll let you know how it tastes if I do!)

Buy Calendula in my Etsy shop!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Flower Essence Aromatherapy Support for Soothing Anger

I'm deep into my semi-annual massive restocking project for Mama Love! Tonight I filled up on Doing New Things with Confidence and Soothing the Angry Heart, two formulas I have never felt the need to use together...but tonight I realized I could use it.

Doing New Things with Confidence is pretty much my go-to formula for so many purposes. Sure, doing new things, right? But there are plenty of times when I'm not really tackling something I've never done before; I'm trying again on something I've never succeeded with. Or perhaps, picking up the pieces again after a fall.

And that's where Soothing the Angry Heart comes in for me right now. As I've been refilling my bottles I found myself fretting and growling a bit about the challenges and disappointments of last year. None of which I really need to go into in public but suffice it to say that multiple possibilities I tried to run with ran into massive brick walls. So, yeah, I need more than ever to summon the strength and willingness to set my sights on another direction and deal with my frustration so it stops getting in my way.

Use my formulas separately or use them together! Get creative.

Find the support you need in my Etsy shop!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Organic Blackberry Leaf

Do you have Blackberry Leaf in your cupboard? If you dislike most herb teas but need to avoid caffeine, try it! Blackberry Leaf tastes similar to black tea because of its tannin content with a hint of added sweetness. It has been traditionally used for a variety of medicinal purposes -- probably because of the tannin and vitamin C content -- but is most commonly used in commercial herb tea blends for its taste. It plays well with others... use it to add a deeper tea-like note to fruity or floral combinations.

Buy it in my Etsy shop!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Flower Essence Aromatherapy for Trauma, Grief, Loss or Pain

Mama Love's Support for Troubled Times was the product that launched me into business. It's the first flower essence aromatherapy product I made and is still the most effective one in my cabinet for times of great trauma—particularly for periods of grief, loss or pain.The death of a loved one, divorce, a traumatic move or job loss, perhaps a horrible illness or accident with loss attached.

If things are never going to be the same again, how can you face going on? That's what this is for. I made it when I was first divorced and could not stop crying. And it never failed to help soothe me. A good friend convinced me to bottle it and it is still one of the most popular flower essence products I sell.

I use it, when needed, as a light perfume or body oil. You can pour a little into your bath or ask a friend to give you a massage. It was designed to be safe for most people for daily use.

Buy it in my Etsy shop!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Attracting a Partner for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is coming and I just restocked my shop with my flower essence aromatherapy "Attracting a Partner" formula! Yeah, I know I haven't changed the flat-footed name yet. It really should be called "You rock!" because it's about feeling great about yourself... and you know that's the key behind being perceived as attractive, don't you?

Buy it in my Etsy shop!

Organic Lavender, Now in My Etsy Shop!

Is there anything more heavenly than the scent of Lavender? I love it and now you can enjoy it, too. It's great added to a cup of Earl Grey tea. Or make a more complex blend with Chamomile, Rose Petals, Lemon Balm and Mint for a relaxing bedtime drink.

How else could you use it? Sachets, potpourri, dream pillows, throw it at the bride? Try adding it to bath salts or make an infused oil from it and mix it into your bath and body products. And that's just the first few thoughts that came to mind when I started this blog. Have fun!
Buy it now in my Etsy shop!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Dried Organic Chamomile

I've just added Organic Chamomile Flowers to my Etsy shop. Chamomile is one of the most widely used herbal ingredients in teas as well as in cosmetic, health, and beauty products. Mine is 100% organic and has a lovely sweet, almost fruity smell.

Famous for making a very relaxing and calming cup of tea by itself, Chamomile also combines well with Mint, other flowers like Rose and Lavender, Lemon Balm or Lemongrass and Oatstraw.

Buy it in my Etsy shop!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

New Product! Dried Organic Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a staple in Thai and Caribbean cooking. It has a nice lemony smell and taste without the acidic bite of real lemon. But it can also be quite strong -- a little goes a long way.

I bought Lemongrass for my ongoing herb tea experiments. Ginger and Lemongrass is a very popular drink in Thailand. It's also a great addition to all sorts of blends, combining especially well with Lemon Balm, Mint, Rose Petals, Chamomile and Hibiscus.(Very relaxing!) It is said to have numerous health benefits and is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine.

But you don't have to eat or drink it. Add it to potpourri to freshen your house. Or make your own bodycare products! Add your favorite oil to a jar packed with Lemongrass. (For example, olive oil or jojoba.) Let it marinate in a cool dark place for several weeks, shaking the jar every few days. Then strain the oil into bottles and you'll have Lemongrass-scented oil, wonderful for making all sorts of healthy and delightfully smelling things like shampoo, soap, skincare products and deodorant. It is especially good for cleansing oily skin or hair and, oddly, has great renown as an insect repellant!

Buy it in my Etsy shop!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Organic Pink Rose Petals Are So Much Fun! (And Delicious)

Don't you just LOVE the scent of Roses? Well, that's very appropriate because roses are the symbol of love. They open the heart and are an antidote for depression.

I've just added organic dried Pink Rose Petals to my Etsy shop. I wanted to use them in my own tea blends and got too much.

But maybe you'd like to make your own tea blends. Have you tried Rose Petal and Black Tea with Cinnamon? Yum!!! I also like to combine Rose Petals with Lavender, Chamomile, Lemon Balm and Hibiscus for a relaxing night time blend.

You can also cook with Rose petals. Add them to shortbread or sugar cookies for a lovely tea time treat. Or sprinkle them on salads or fresh fruit. Or make Rose Petal extract for lots of wonderful treats.

Of course, maybe you won't eat or drink these at all! Throw them at the bride? Sprinkle them in gift packages? Make potpourri? Or use them to make your own bath and personal care products. Lovely in bath salts and sugar scrubs. There are SO many great ways to use them. Have fun!

1 oz of my dried Organic Pink Rose Petals is about 1.25 cups. I sell it by weight so you know exactly what you're getting.

Buy them in my Etsy shop!

Herbal Tea Experiment For Stress

Today's tea experiment was meant to relieve stress and stress-related headache. I've been working too hard. Not so much externally (although I have been getting a lot more products put up on Etsy and that takes time and effort). But no, it's been more an issue of inner processing and stress.

Usually I would use a flower essence formula for that -- flower essences are kind of my thing. But before flower essences came into my life I was into herbal medicine. And since I've been adding nothing but herbal products to my shop lately I thought I'd check my guidance and see what I might be led to for this. Here's the recipe (for a teapot full):

2 tsp Chamomile blossoms
1/2-1 scant tsp Honeysuckle blossoms
1/2 tsp dried Orange Peel
1/4- 1/2 tsp Hibiscus flowers (tart--add to taste)
1 Star Anise star. 

Steep at least 10 minutes. Add honey or other sweetener if desired.

Tasty! And I notice now that I'm writing it down that it actually was a mostly floral tea. I decided to take the rest of the day off and just relax and enjoy drinking it.

My results? Pretty good! I feel A LOT better after a day off, just hanging out in a cuddly blanket with my teapot. All that was missing was a cat! But I did get to relax with Paul instead. The headache is gone and I didn't take any drugs. Hard to say how much the tea did versus just having a day off. I'll say that DECIDING to address this was what really did the trick. And making the tea was the first step. Once it was done all I wanted to do today was drink it.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wild Chrysanthemum Flowers Make Great Tea!

Here's an herb tea ingredient you might not be familiar with. Wild Chrysanthemum is the symbol of Japan and is one of the most revered herbs in traditional Eastern medicine. Legend has it that you should drink Chrysanthemum Tea to ensure a long life. I've been drinking it mixed with Honeysuckle, Peppermint, Cinnamon and Licorice in a blend I call Long Life and Prosperity.

I understand that many herbalists think it is helpful for people going through periods of stress--that's why I'm giving it a try. It is cooling from a Chinese Medicine point of view and is oddly known for both relaxing effects and helping people stay more alert. I've probably interfered with my ability to judge that effect by mixing it with so many other ingredients...but I am liking the taste!

Buy it in my Etsy shop!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Organic Dried Licorice Root For Sale

The earthy sweet, almost anise-like, flavor of dried Licorice Root makes it one of the most popular herbal ingredients on the market today. You'll find it in so many herbal teas and medicinal preparations -- and for good reason!

It's really tasty! 50 times sweeter than sugar (diabetics beware -- it can affect blood sugar!).

Buy it in my Etsy shop!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

What Would You Do with 28 Million Dollars?

What would you do with $28 million free and clear… and nobody knows you have it yet? Meaning you get to decide exactly what you want to do with the money first before having to please or take care of anyone else. Unless, of course, that’s part of what you want to do. But first and foremost, what do you want to do? How is that going to change your life? And is it going to change you?

For example, today I’m pretty obsessed with finding a job and/or a good way to do what I love and make enough money in some other way. For example, a business that makes a lot more money. Or getting grants to fund projects. That kind of thing.

So, the first thing that happens with $28 million is that set of concerns GOES AWAY.

Oh wow. Do I even know what I would want to be doing without any concern for money? Would I still want to do the same things I think I want to do now?

1) The first thing that comes to mind when I do this exercise is secure permanent-feeling housing. In maybe more than one place so I never have to experience summer in a place like Chico (110 F degrees, are you kidding me?) again. Our own house in the country or near the beach (probably the beach) someplace with nice views and plenty of space. I don’t imagine a grand mansion. Just a spacious enough house for two people with a guest house or two so people can visit or arrange for a longer stay. Nicely furnished with lots of wood and art, a real dining room that hasn’t been co-opted for making art so we can invite people to dinner, gardens, a patio and a large well-appointed art studio with lots of space to hang or store art in between shows or while it is being made.

2) I want to live not only in a nice location (like Santa Cruz, Big Sur, or someplace I don’t know well yet) but where we also have friends and family we want to hang out with.

3) Let’s go on vacation! Let’s go visit people around the world we’d really like to see. Let’s go places, get inspiration, stretch out a little bit. But eventually I’ll want to settle back down. I don’t want to have to travel all the time. I’m sure I have most of my millions left. Now what?

4) First thought…. I’d like to own a cafe / gallery in a location where it will be an instant success. Meaning, the cafe is a great community gathering place. Maybe a good place for both impromptu get togethers and events. And the artists showing in the gallery get to sell their work regularly. Success for us (notice I still was thinking I needed “success” at this point) and for anyone else involved.

Next thought: I don’t want to have to work in a cafe and wouldn’t have to! Oh, great! I’ll hire people for that part. I’ll help create the space, design it (with help), get to show my art and Paul’s art there, and… maybe I’d do that but maybe I wouldn’t want the headaches involved with that. (I’ll have to think about it.)

5) Wait a second. I have so much money. Would I still be worried about how to sell my art? Would I still think I needed to choose one art? (Hell, no!) Would I still want to do art? (…yes…but…) Of course, I would but I wouldn’t have to think like it’s all about making money! I wouldn’t have to make any money. I could do art for a purpose (if I want), I could do art combined with words that has an educational or enlightening purpose. Or do a variety of things — whatever I want to — just as an experiment. And I wouldn’t have to care about whether or where it would sell. I could create a showcase for it or donate it or  give it away to anyone I want.

6) And now we’re thinking philanthropically. It’s my fantasy… nobody knows I have this money. I think I’ll create a trust fund (maybe with some kind of conservative well-thought out investment strategy — I’ll need an advisor for that) to help take care of the people I love. Alrighty then, they’re taken care of.

7) Now I’m immediately thinking bigger than my frame of reference has been. If I'm not making my own furniture because I can buy it or can hire someone to execute my designs, and I'm not having to be an art production machine because I don't have to think about selling enough art to live on... I have a lot more free time again! So my thoughts immediately turn to a larger playing field.

I find myself thinking what kind of institution or organization would I want to create and/or invest in that would do the most good? What am I most interested in? Maybe an educational, inspirational institution that serves as a think tank and place to inspire the community with the positive impact we could make by fostering and pooling our creative potential. (That sounds like Esalen or at least what Esalen used to be about.) And then it hits me… I’ve used up my $28 million and then some.

And I didn’t put any money aside for my ongoing living expenses! Okay, back to step 1 — I’ll make sure there’s an ongoing living investment fund for Paul and me along with that house.

And now back to the “think tank”/Community Center for Creative Inspiration… If I and the people who want to be involved in this want to get some of those ideas done… my investment can only provide part of it. We’d have to pool resources, fundraise, crowdsource… get involved in local politics or beyond?

And suddenly it hits me that I don’t know anything about any of this stuff but I can already see that I’m imagining things that I imagine almost every millionaire and billionaire is doing and does. Still being concerned about managing money, still reaching for bigger things than can ever be done…

But at least I’m not thinking about whether I can afford to go out to eat and see a movie or how I’m going to pay the rent if I don’t figure things out.

And now that I’ve done this… what impact might this process have on what I decide I want from where I sit now?

Organic Tea Blends on Sale

For a limited time I am offering some of my personal herb and black tea blends in my Etsy shop. I've been experimenting with creating healthful and delicious creations on and off for years. I gave a bunch to people for Christmas and have several tins left to sell.

There are several different ones to choose from and if you buy three at once you get a significant discount.

Buy them in my Etsy shop!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Overstock Sale on Large Rectangular Tea Tins

I'm starting the New Year with a clear out. I'm not going to be using these really nice tins in the way I expected so it's time to turn them loose.

These are the largest size of this type of tin I know about. About 3 1/2 inches square by 5 inches tall. They hold 28 fluid ounces or about 2 cups of dry material. The corners are rounded and have a seam on one edge.The lids are the slip-on type.

They're designed for coffee or tea, of course, but could be used to store just about anything: cookies, candy, art or sewing supplies. Or decorate them for a nice gift. Do be careful about wet or caustic substances though because they are not the rust-proof type.

Buy them in my Etsy shop!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Organic Spearmint Leaf In My Etsy Shop

Organic dried Spearmint Leaf is one of those ingredients every herb tea lover experimenting with their own blends might want. Lovely on its own, it also blends so sweetly with many other ingredients. I especially like combining it with Peppermint and Lemon Balm to make a nice iced tea or soothing evening beverage.

But get creative! It adds a nice refreshing lift when added to bath teas or bath salts. Or make Spearmint-scented oil by adding your favorite bodycare oil to a tightly packed jar of dried leaves and leaving in a cool dark place for a few weeks to marinate. Shake it gently every few days. And then strain it into bottles. Then you're in for more fun. Add your lovely scented oil to any bodycare products you want to make. It's great in lip balm, creams and lotions, soap, foot scrubs and so much more.

Buy it in my Etsy shop!

Overstock Sale on Twist-Lug (Twist-top) Tins

 I LOVE these tins! They are so perfect for all kinds of stuff and would be really great for decorating and making your own awesome gifts.  But I don't need them for what I wanted them for anymore and it's time to get them to you (or someone you know who'd love some).

They feature what is called a "twist-lug" lid - which is a fancy way of doing a screw top that looks a lot nicer and avoids the problem of the lids falling off as is the case with many other tins of this size and shape. The top is also great for decorating or for easily centering a label. With their high quality satin finish, they really are the very best of this kind I was able to find!

Want some? The tins available are 8 oz in fluid ounces and hold about 1/2 cup of dry material. I sell them 6 at a time. The smaller size ones shown in the photo are now gone.

Great for storing or packaging herbs, tea, buttons, beads, all kinds of stuff!

Buy them in my Etsy shop!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Organic Dried French Lavender in My Etsy Shop

When I buy supplies I always overindulge. I can't help it -- I get so excited about the prospect of getting to play with all kinds of fun and wonderfully smelling and tasty stuff I always buy too much.

Then I come to my senses. Holy crap! I can't make so many products this fast! And supplies are, literally, overflowing from my shelves. I have to duck bags of Peppermint and who knows what else every time I reach for something.

So... time to sell some off! The huge bag of Lavender I have, for example, is not going to sell itself. And it is absolutely heavenly-smelling stuff. Certainly one of my very favorite garden products. You can use it for all kinds of creative projects: sachets, potpourri, dream pillows, bath teas and salts. And I love it in a cup of Earl Grey or mixed with Chamomile, Lemon Balm and Rose Petals at bedtime.

Buy it in my Etsy shop!