02 June 2012

cup of tea

Today i went down to the farmer's market and bought cheese and radishes. The sky was threatening a storm, but it is holding off for the moment. I bought a change jar and a dress and a pillow form from the thrift store. We bought beautiful fabric in Guatemala to make pillowcases, and now I finally have a working sewing machine. Stopped into Dancing Willow herbs to buy what seemed like 800 small baggies of herbs. Today was sample making day, and I have rough drafts of my four teas that I want to try out on people. Man tea, Woman tea, Summer tea, Dream tea. Here are the current mixes:

Man tea: to awaken your inner medicine man, help with digestion, heal bruises and sore muscles, and encourage quick thinking.

1 part of each: yohimbe bark, muira puama bark, cinnamon, clove, fennel, stevia
2 parts of each: eleuthero, orange peel, ashwaganda, ginger, saw palmetto, gotu kola, licorice
3 parts: oat straw

Woman tea: to nourish your inner warrior woman, encourage balanced energy, prevent UTIs, and lighten cramps.
1 part: uva ursi, stevia
2 parts each: hibiscus, lemon verbena, oatstraw, alfalfa, lemon peel
3 parts each: rose, nettle, chrysthanthemum, raspberry leaf

Summer tea: celebrate summer, stay healthy, purify skin and blood, and has a cooling effect. Makes great iced tea.
1 part: stevia, yerba santa, sage, elderflower, linden
2 parts each: calendula, rosehip, meadowsweet, peppermint, lemongrass
3 parts each: red clover, rooibos, tulsi 

Dream tea: encourages vivid dreams and restful sleep.
1 part: hops, carob
2 parts each: lemon balm, passion flower, skullcap, lavender
3 parts each: chamomile, mugwort

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