Please see below for tips and information regarding the products I carry.

Herbal Loose Leaf Tea

All of my tea blends are specifically formulated to provide health support and taste good. My tea blends contain only the ingredients listed and never any additives such as: natural flavour, artificial flavour or sulphites. The magic of tea or herbal infusions is that the water soluble constituents are pulled out from the herb and are easy for the body to absorb and assimilate. When added things such as natural flavours (I can’t help but think if it was a natural harmless ingredient it would just be listed) are put into this infusion you are also pulling out anything water soluble in the mysterious added ingredients that will also be easily absorbed. This is true of organic brands as well. Another concern with additives is masking the real flavour of herbs which I find to be an important part of the experience of enjoying a cup of herbal tea. Part of the ritual of tea drinking is connecting with the plants/nature which helps you to be grounded.

Preparing a cup of hot tea:

  1. Boil water – preferably filtered. Always empty out any old water from your kettle (maybe water a few plants) and replace with fresh water.
  2. Prepare your tea – I usually use 1 teaspoon – 1 tablespoon per cup. This depends on herbs, super fluffy blends I would use 1 tablespoon (Lymphatic Mover) and 1 teaspoon for denser blends (Chai). For the fullest flavour you can crush the dry tea in a mortar and pestle or just use your hand to break it up as you fill your strainer. (You do not have to do this but it can be a nice part of preparing your tea).
  3. Pour boiled water into your cup or pot. Cover while it steeps. Always use a non plastic cover – I often just use a saucer. All of that steam you see coming up contains the volatile oils that you want to keep in your tea so always cover your cup or put your lid on the tea pot.
  4. Steep for 5-15 minutes. The longer the steep, the stronger the infusion but also the more bitter the infusion in some cases. I will steep some of my teas longer to get a stronger, more medicinal tea (or sometimes forget it’s steeping 😉
  5. Take off your lid and add any additions to your tea (sweetener, milk, etc.)
  6. Sit. Sip. Enjoy!

Preparing cold tea:

  1. Boil water – preferably filtered. Always empty out any old water from your kettle (maybe water a few plants) and replace with fresh water.
  2. Prepare your tea – add tea to large pitcher, container (no plastic since it will be hot). I use a large glass 8 cup measuring cup. I usually use about 1 tablespoon per 2 cups (adjust to taste).
  3. Pour boiled water on top and cover it (I just use a plate).
  4. Steep for a few hours until it is no longer hot.
  5. Strain into pitcher and  add sweetener if using any and stir (I often use honey).
  6. Put into the fridge to cool or serve with ice if you would like a glass now.
  7. Enjoy – it’s a perfect drink on a hot day.

Herbal Salves

All of my salves are made with herb infused oil that I lovingly infuse myself. There are many different salve products on the market that vary from just oil blends or oil blends with essential oils to herbal infused oils or a mix of both. I choose to use herbal infused oils as my base and only use essential oils sparingly for aromatherapy purposes where applicable. Here’s why:

  1. When herbs are infused into oil – you get the constituents from the entire plant material used. Essential oils contain around 1% of the constituents of the plant. Essential oils are a distillation of the volatile oils only, herbal infused oil contains a much larger/full spectrum of the plant’s benefits.
  2. The amount of plant material used to make essential oils is extremely high compared to the plant material to make an herbal oil infusion. It isn’t often talked about because it can be bad marketing, but often essential oils are reached for when using less plant material (which will contain the full spectrum of the constituents) would be more beneficial – to us and to the environment.
  3. I am passionate about working with plants – I love the process of growing, drying, infusing and creating. I am slowly starting to grow some of the plants used in my products so I can offer the freshest and cleanest products. Taking the time to study, connect and create with the plants is why I do this.

Adaptogenic Blend

This blend I created for myself a few years ago. It tastes delicious and nurtures the nervous system, helping the body to gently adapt to stress whether it be emotional, mental or physical. We often forget how often our bodies are physically taxed from modern stress in the form of EMF exposure – indoor lighting, computers, cell phones, etc. If we are around these things, giving our bodies a little bit of support is very important. This blend is a combination of Ashwaghanda, Astragalus, Eleuthero, Ginger and Cinnamon. Here are some ways to enjoy it:

Take 1/2-1 teaspoon daily – up to a tablespoon (I always like to work my way up and if 1/2 a teaspoon is enough – which it is for me – I just go with it, sometimes less is more!). The best thing about this adaptogenic blend is that it can be enjoyed day or night, it will help with sleep because it’s supporting the nervous system, but it also helps with clarity and focus so either time has it benefits.

Ways to enjoy adaptogenic blend:

  1. Stir into hot water and enjoy as a tea (I love to add honey to this)
  2. Stir into warmed up milk (coconut, almond, or milk of choice)
  3. Sprinkle on top of oatmeal, yoghurt, etc.
  4. Add to energy balls, muffins, cookies, etc.
  5. Add to smoothie or protein shakes
  6. Mix with a touch of honey to make a paste and eat it right off the spoon (my quick way!)

 

Evening Ritual Package – Here are the notes about what’s included and how to use the products:

Peace Salve – made from oil infused with chamomile and lavender to promote relaxation and support the body when feeling stressed or anxious. Apply peace salve on pressure points such as wrists, temples, back of the neck, etc. or anywhere you feel tension. 

Evening Calm Tea – this tea is made of a combination of herbs that are calming to the nervous system and helps to promote relaxation as your body prepares for rest. 

Directions: Use one teaspoon per cup of water. Add dried tea to your tea bag/strainer, etc., add hot water and cover. Steep 5-10 minutes. Strain, add two drops of White Chestnut and enjoy as is or add preferred sweeteners. 

Bach Flower White Chestnut Essence – Bach Flower Essences work energetically to gently restore imbalances. White Chestnut is supportive to unwanted/repetitive thoughts and “chattering” in the mind by helping to promote a balanced and calm state of mind. This imbalance often shows up when you are ready to go to bed and as soon as you lay down your mind starts going or you wake in the middle of the night/early morning and again thoughts start to flow and it’s difficult to go back to sleep. White Chestnut can also be helpful at any time unwanted thoughts and chattering are effecting the ability to concentrate on a task – some examples are studying, meditating, working on a project, feeling upset and unable to stop thinking about the situation, etc.

Directions: Add two drops of White Chestnut to your evening tea. You can also add two drops to any drink or take directly under the tongue from the stock bottle (please note that flower essences are a form of a tincture so they are preserved in brandy). Take as needed. Bach Flower Essences have no known side effects or contradictions with any medications or supplements.