Recipe – “Soothing Tea”

Inspired music by “Nanette Workman” – “I’m a Woman” (Roots’n Blues – Album)
“Soothing Tea”
Victoria – “the Pleasures of Tea by Kim Waller & Nancy Lindemeyer
1    tablespoon pesticide-free linden leaves and flowers
1    tablespoon pesticide-free chamomile
1    tablespoon fragrant pesticide-free rose petals
1.    Pour boiling water into the teapot and set aside for 5 minutes.  Discard the water.
2.    Gently crush the linden leaves and flowers, chamomile and rose petals to release their flavor.  Put them into a tea ball, cover the tea ball and place in the teapot.  Cover with boiling water and let steep for 5 minutes.   
3.    Remove the tea ball from the teapot.  Serve the tea immediately.
Makes  4 to 6 servings.

Recipe – “Lavender Cones”

“Lavender Cones”
“The Illustrated Herbal Encyclopedia” by Brenda Little
“An arrangement of lavender makes a pretty, scented decorative feature”.
A large, well-opened pine cone
Short stalks of lavender flowers
A small cork
*    Varnish the cone, and when dry glue it to the cork to make a base.
*    Dip the ends of the lavender stalks into the glue and push into the spaces of the opened cones.  Pack the stalks in tightly and evenly.
*    When you are satisfied with the shape add a few drops of essential oil of lavender to increase the fragrance.
        — Instead of using the cork base you could attach ribbon to the cone and hang it by a loop in a warm room for the fragrance to be released and circulate.

Recipe – “Lavender Vinegar”

“Lavender Vinegar”
“The Illustrated Herbal Encyclopedia” by Brenda Little
“Lavender vinegar; dabbed on the temples and forehead, helps to ease a miserable headache”.
Lavender flower spikes
White vinegar
Fine muslin
*    Steep flower spikes in white vinegar in a jar in a sunny spot for a week, shaking it once a day.
*    Put a fresh lot of flowers in another jar and strain the vinegar in the first jar over them and leave the new jar in a sunny place for a week, shaking it every day.  Strain through fine muslin and bottle.

Recipe – “Lavender Soap Marbles”

“Lavender Soap Marbles”
“The Illustrated Herbal Encyclopedia” by Brenda Little
“Small balls of sweet-scented soap for travelling and for guest are easily made”.
A bar of unscented good quality soft white soap
Some lavender water
A touch of essential oil of lavender
*    Grate the soap finely.  Heat 2-1/2 tbs. (37 ml) lavender water and pour over the soap.  Leave for a while to let soap begin to dissolve.  Stir well.
*    Add 2 -3 drops essential oil of lavender. and put in the blender.
*    Blend until smooth.   Pour into a basin and leave until you can see the soap is beginning to dry.
*    Take out a small quantity and roll it into a ball between the palms.   Continue doing this until all the soap is used.   You will know best the size of the marble or ball that will be most useful.   Leave balls in a warm or sunny spot to dry.
*    When the balls are almost dry, pour some lavender water containing the merest soupcon of essential oil of lavender on to the palms of the hands and roll the balls between them to give a final polish and scent.

Recipe – “Lavender Water”

“Lavender Water”
“The Illustrated Herbal Encyclopedia” by Brenda Little
“Lavender water in a pretty bottle with some sprigs of lavender -makes a delightful present”.
3        tsp. Lavender oil
375    ml. (1/2 pint) surgical spirit
1        drop of essential lavender oil
*    Mix ingredients and store in an airtight jar for 2 weeks, shaking the jar every now and then.  Strain through fine muslin and bottle.

Rose Buds for Tea & Bath

Rose buds and petals  (Italy) A very popular blend of food grade Rose buds and petals are used widely throughout tea history.    A black tea blended with roses is known as “Rose Congou”.    Also a lovely touch to any Herbal Bath blends.    A rose is the flower of love.   (References from Meditations with Tea by Diana Rosen)


Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

A beautiful yellow flower can be used as externally for sores, skin ulcers, burns and bruises. This flower is also being used in the cosmetic industry and is known to have a soothing feeling.   

Although this flower is used in other industries, it is also used in the Tea Industry as a color addition to many herbal blends, fruit and black tea blends.  No additional taste.    This flower is part of the potted marigold and generally the petals are dried to brew your tea. But this flower can also be added to your healthy salad and to “the manufactured version of marigold cheese”.

Taste: Neutral     Classification: Herbal Tea (Caffeine Free)     Origin: Italy Region: Tuscany   

 (Research: “Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health” by Rosemary Gladstar’s)