Recipe – “Lemon Balm Anxiety Reducer”

It has been a while since I last blogged, now it is essentially winter and very cold today -26  (wind chill of -40), in Calgary.   By the way, once in while I get a earful that we live in Igloo’s, not in Calgary, sorry to say.   But if you are one in many that decide to go jogging is this freezing weather, you might just want to build one of those Igloo’s in the piles of snow along the way.    Enjoy this recipe and brew a nice cup of tea, stay warm.

“Lemon Balm Anxiety Reducer”
“Drink to your health” by Anita Hirsch
2   teaspoons or 1 bag lemon balm tea
2   teaspoons or 1 bag chamomile tea
1   teaspoon or 1 bag peppermint tea
2   cups boiling water
Ginger syrup or mint syrup to taste
** Combine the teas in a cup or teapot.  Pour boiling water over the tea and steep for 4 to 5 minutes.  Strain.  Add ginger or mint syrup to taste.  Serve.
2    servings (1 cup each)  

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)

Herb – Peppermint

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) is known since the 17th century and its name is the “English Mint”.   Oddly enough the leaves change color on occasion to pinkish violet color  and sometimes even the color of the shoot, which is reddish.    Menthol is the essential oil.    Peppermint can be added to sauces, soups, meat, vegetables and herbal salads.   Both dried and fresh peppermint can be used to create tea.   Peppermint is calming, refreshing and good to soothe a gassy stomach.

 (References from Rosemary Gladstar’s “Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health”)

Herb – Lavender

Lavender (Lavendula Augustofolia) dates back into 77 A.D., used for headaches and for the bath during the Roman times.   Richly grown in the fields of Provence.   Can be added to scones, fish and dishes (sweet) .  It can be complemented with several of these herbs:   thyme, fennel, rosemary, basil, oregano, sage, and hyssop.   Lavender can relieve stress, help your sleep, repels moths and good for a mosquito repellent.   Lavender that is dried can be added to your bath.   Warning:  Lavender can be harmful to pregnant women.  The plant has essential oils, alkaloids, tannins and saponins.  

(References from Rosemary Gladstar’s “Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health”)

“Gift to the Gods”

In Ancient Greece there was an array of fragrances that we used quite often and these fragrances were: myrrh, cardamom, violet, lotus, narcissus, mint, bergamot, dill, gilly flower, lilies, storax, cassia, cinnamon and rose.  (Reference: “Aromatheraphy for the Soul” by Valerie Ann Worwood)

Herbal Bathing …….

For many centuries enjoying herbs in bath has become a very therapeutic way to help re-energize the body.    A great way to distress, soothe skin and generally relax you from every day.    Enjoying a warm bath with a few wonderful herbs in a a small muslin bag.

Creating a ambiant place around your own tub can become very theraputic after a stressful day.   We all know that we have stress in our everyday life.     Add in some good music, candles, flowers, infuse a herbal tisane or a wonderful cup of tea.     The idea is to sooth the mind and relax the body, refresh the whole body, create new energy in the body and relax.

Feeling calm after relaxing after the bath will help encourage a restful sleep.

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

Many cultures around the world have a range of theraputic bath houses; healing with mineral waters and ranged temperatures to help with artheritic health issues, enhance health, cleansing and relaxation like the “Turkish Bath Houses” is just one example.   Some Bath Houses give body massage’s as part of the theraputic treatment before enhancing their bodies to the hot bath’s.  “Japanese Bath Houses” are separated by the sexes and use hot water from a natural spring (the “Sento”), these were public bath houses.  For more enhancement of nutrients from the mineral natural bath’s; many of the clients would leave the Bath Houses without rinsing off the minerals after bathing.   Healing properties of the hot mineral waters was to cleanse impureties from the body, enhancing a long life.    The Canadian well known “Banff Mineral Springs” or “Radium Hot Springs” in Canada, with a variety temperature’s where you can soothe, soak and refresh from daily life.     Their are many Bath Houses around the world.  

**Research from “Wikipedia”

Many herbal infusions are from flowers and leaves.

**Remembering use less for children and elders, full infusion maybe too strong.

Many popular herbs in the bath are:    Lavender, Camomile, Hops, Peppermint, Roses, Rosemary, Bay Leaf, Sage.

Herbs and Health

Can teas be added to your bath?        Answer: The herbal teas make great bath infusions. Best to use a muslin bag sachet to add your teas, place into the water while the water is running. Enjoy.

Many herbs contain “water-soluble tannins” which in turn will help to cleanse and disinfect the bodies digestion and are good to soothe the skin.   Herbs also contain minerals and vitamins, but the most important nutrient is the essential oils that can be drawn out of the plants.   Essential oils have many uses for adding to bath’s, adding to herbs to boost the scent and many essential oils are known for healing purposes.   

“It is important to know how to use essential oils and herbal concoctions for some combinations are toxic”.  

Many research books are available to give you better knowledge on the use of herbs.

***Research from: “Dumont’s Lexicon of Herbs” by Andrea Rausch & Brigitte Lotz 

**Herbs are a big part of the herbal tisane’s brewed in many tea shops around the world.

Wishing your guest Long Life

It is a life long Chinese Tradition to wish their guest “a Long Life” with a floating dried Chrysanthemum flower .

Reference: “20,000 Secrets to Tea” by Victoria Za

Qigong (Chi-i-Kung) helps Winter blues

Now that winter has arrived how can that energy be created without feeling the winter blues.
Get plenty of rest, find some types of exercising you enjoy, drink plenty of Green tea, find that “Zen field” and try to relax from the busy work week.   The creation of the “Zen field” is that inner peace or space that you relax into to take the stress off the body.   It is a sanctuary were you can deal with the inner stresses through you life.
Thanks to a my dear friend, Jo-Anne whom started me off by getting together to enjoy Qigong, (pronounced Ch`i Kung), qi in qigong, “can mean air” (Reference: Wikipedia), and the gong meaning “work”, therefore combined is called “lifeforce”. (Reference: Wikipedia) 
Qigong combines movement of the inner body energy.   The beginning of the session, the practice version warm-up to get you started is very fulfilling with the renued energy that you receive when you have completed just the practice version warm-up, for beginners.    Just ask Jill, she joins in on occasion to get her session in and wow, she had instant energy and she looks forward to some other sessions.  By the time you have practiced the warm-up, then you have some energy to continue on the first lesson. 
Try Qigong and renue your energy.