Heart of Herbs School
This year, I finally became enrolled in Heart of Herbs school after many months of fundraising, family issues and life challenges. I couldn’t tell you the amount of joy and excitement I felt when I raised enough funds to start my studies. I was so proud that I had achieved this goal and humbled by the help I had received by those who believed in me. Then the panic started to set in. It has been over 5 years since I’ve been in school, and even longer since I was in a distance learning setting. What was I getting myself into? Do I have the discipline to do this on my own?
At one point, I was getting down on myself because I was getting behind on my studies. I wondered if I was getting in over my head. I’ve wanted to enroll in these programs at Heart of Herbs for over two years. Just as I was ready to call it quits, I received amazing support from my “classmates.” Heart of Herbs has such a supportive community. One student shared that she had to take a month break, but was still studying strong. Another shared some focusing tips and encouraging words. They all reminded me the benefit of distance learning. Yes, you do have to be disciplined if you want to reach your goals, but Heart of Herbs gives you the flexibility you need to handle life’s challenges that most classroom studies will not. Even better, our instructor is a LIVE PERSON. She’s super busy with teaching, running a school, etc…but she still makes time for her students. She encourages us to interact with one another. She reminds us that we are not alone in this program. AND, I love that she listens to our ideas and questions about the programs.
Now, my only problem is overwhelming myself because I want to learn everything all at once, lol. I guess that’s a good thing if I’m looking to become the best herbalist and aromatherapist I can be.
Goggles are currently almost standard attire for a steampunk outfit, but they can be a bit expensive too. So for today I have 5 different tutorials explaining how to make your own goggles.
Homemade pain relieving cream.
In a Blender:
1 cup of tightly packed Violet Flowers – (mine was heaping)
3/4 Cup Water
The juice of one lemon
2 1/2 cups of sugar
Blend until smooth. Slowly add cups of sugar and continue to blend until mixture is smooth/sugar is dissolved.
In a saucepan -
Stir 1 package of powdered pectin with one cup of water. Bring to a full boil and then let full boil roll for one minute – stirring continuously.
Pour the cooked pectin into your blender mixture and blend for another minute until smooth. Pour into pint jars — will set as it cools. Store in the refrigerator or freezer. Makes about 2 pints and will keep in the fridge for 3-4 weeks.
1 teaspoon dried chamomile flowers
1 teaspoon dried peppermint leaves
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, lightly crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried cut ginger pieces (not ground)
8 ounces boiling water
Honey to taste (optional)
Combine the chamomile, fennel, ginger, and peppermint in a tea pot or mug. Pour boiling water over. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Strain tea, then sweeten with honey, if desired.
Follow the link to a very informative article on why all these ingredients help the tums :)
herbal tea for tension headaches
Ginger decreases the production of pain-causing chemicals in the body; chamomile and linden are mild relaxants that help ease emotional and physical tension.
1c (250ml) water
1tsp freshly chopped ginger root
1tsp dried chamomile
1tsp dried linden
Simmer the ginger in the water in a covered pot for five minutes. Remove from heat. Add the chamomile and linden and steep for 10 minutes. Strain, sweeten tea if desired, and drink it hot. (x)
Rose Petal Tea
2 cups fresh fragrant rose petals(about 15 large roses)
3 cups water
Honey or granulated sugar to taste
Clip and discard bitter white bases from the rose petals; rinse petals thoroughly and pat dry.
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, place the prepared rose petals. Cover with water and bring just to a simmer; let simmer for approximately 5 minutes, or until the petals become discolored (darkened).Remove from heat and strain the hot rose petal liquid into teacups. Add honey or sugar to taste. Makes 4 servings.
Red Tea Poached Pears http://cookingstoned.tv/recipe/red-tea-poached-pear/
I doubt there is anything more elegant than a poached pear. I just love them because, well, most fruit-based desserts are more everything else other than fruit, such as pies or cobbler (not that I don’t indulge in all that butter and sugar). But poached pears are about pears, plain and simple. I poached these in red tea only because I wanted to use something other than wine. The mulled roobios tea worked out perfectly! Spicy, rich and full of flavor… the syrup is divine; tasty on pears and your lover!
- 4 Bosc pears
- 6 Cups Water
- 6 Tablespoons Roobios Tea, loose leaf
- ½ Cup Sugar
- 20 pink Peppercorns
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 Vanilla Bean, halved and scraped
- 1 Star Anise
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 2 orange slices
- 1 lemon peel
- 2 Cloves, whole
- 3 allspice berries
New Moon Tea Recipe
A great tea to calm and nourish (use organic stuff only).
- 1 tablespoon of dried lavender flowers
- 1 tablespoon of raspberry leaves
- 1 tablespoon of chamomile
The waning moon cycle it is one for reflection and calmness. Drinking the New Moon Tea while gazing at the night sky is a great way of honoring the natural cycles and yourself as a woman.
This tea is perfect to drink after a New Moon Cleansing Ritual Bath.