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 … More Recipe – “Soothing Tea”

Sunflowers, tea & info

     Sunflowers are beautiful when they start to grow and unfold the large center cone that looks like a honeycomb, as the bright yellow petals start to grow and overlay each other, as each petals blooms.    Tall stalks of wild Sunflowers array along the fence, as fall approaches the Sunflower petals falling to the ground in … More Sunflowers, tea & info

Recipe – “Elderflower Champagne”

“Elderflower Champagne” “The Illustrated Herbal Encyclopedia” by Brenda Little     2        good handfuls elderflowers-unbruised 1        lemon 2        tbsp. White vinegar 700    g./1-1/2 lb. Sugar 4        litres/7 pints water   *        Grate the lemon rind, squeeze the juice and add to the elderflowers, sugar and vinegar.  Stir.  Add the water … More Recipe – “Elderflower Champagne”

Recipe – “Elderflower Wine”

  “Elderflower Wine” “The Illustrated Herbal Encyclopedia” by Brenda Little   1        kg./2 lb. Elderflowers 1        kg./2 lb. Sugar 4        litre/7pints water 28      g./1 oz.  Fresh yeast Juice of 2 lemons (or oranges) Slice of toast   *    Avoid bruising the flowers when collecting them.  Boil them in the water for 20 minutes.  … More Recipe – “Elderflower Wine”

Baths old and new

Many of us take advance of the new technology with our jetted Jacuzzi tubs and why not, these tubs are great to sooth you’re aching back and feet. As we wonder about the older days and ask, how did one relax years ago?    Not talking about 20 years ago, more along the lines of the … More Baths old and new

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 … More Herb – Peppermint

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, … More Herb – Lavender

Herb – Chamomile

Chamomile (Matricaria recutita), native to northern Asia and southeastern Europe, known to be called “Mother Herb”. Is also known to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, has soothing properties when used in the bath.   Avoid your eyes when bathing with Chamomile.  The leaves have cumarin, bitter alkaloids, glucosides, and essential oil when distilled.  (References from Rosemary Gladstar’s “Herbal Recipes for … More Herb – Chamomile