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Welcome Summer Solstice

The official mark of astrological summer and the longest day of the year!


With the increased sun exposure & solar energy-it's a buzzing time of year, not to mention, well it's hot.


This Summer Solstice Herbal Sun Tea is a perfectly balanced blend of supportive herbs to help keep your body cool, hydrated, and refreshed.



This new blend is full of cooling herbs perfect for a hot summer's day:

  • Damiana provides a mood boost, toning the nervous system to ease anxiety and tension without making you feel sedated or sleepy. Leaving you feeling uplifted and excited.

  • Hibiscus flowers are full of antioxidants, which can help protect the body & cells from damage. Recent studies have also shown that hibiscus may help reduce inflammation in the body & lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

  • Lemongrass acts as a central nervous system toner, strengthening it and offering a more calm and stable nervous system. It also has an anti-pyretic and diaphoretic effect, meaning it helps to break a fever that has run to dangerously high temperatures by inducing sweating

  • Mint is both refreshing & cooling while also aiding the digestive system.

  • Rose adds a light floral flavor to this blend and added support for cooling the body and gently supporting the heart.

  • Topped with a sprinkle of vanilla dust, this is the perfect recipe for a summer tea party!

Harness the solar power of this summer solstice by making a Sun Tea!


The Sun Tea method is simple yet effective for herbal infusions of leaves & flowers. You don't even need hot water!


While there is no one way to make sun tea, a good rule to follow would be:


1 TBSP of tea for every 8 oz. of water



I also highly suggest using a clear glass container, jar, pitcher, or teapot, as long as the sun's rays can penetrate the material.




I used a Quart Sized Mason Jar and used 4 TBSP or 1/4 C of our Summer Solstice Tea Blend.



Simply fill the rest of the container with cold/room temperature water, cover & infuse in the sunshine for at least 2 hours.


Strain out herbs & enjoy!










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Bliss Balls are such an easy way to get the whole family incorporating more herbs & superfoods. You could practically hide anything in them and they will still taste phenomenal.


Purple Aronia, also known as purple chokeberry, Aronia prunifolia, is a hybrid species of both the black (Aronia melanocarpa) and red (Aronia arbutifolia) chokeberry shrub native to North America.


Black chokeberry fruits have traditionally been used by the Potawatomi tribal peoples of North America to cure colds. Recent studies have begun to take a closer look at the chokeberry specifically for it’s cardioprotective effects, hepatoprotective effects, anti diabetic effects and anti carcinogenic properties.


The antioxidant activity and properties of Aronia berries has been well documented. Both the natural product and extracts of aronia berries showed abundant phenolic compounds that exhibit potent antioxidant activity that could be supportive in improving overall human health.


According to a study that was updated in 2022, Aronia berries show potential antitumor activity especially for colon cancer and breast cancer patients.


In one 2017 study titled, Fruits of Black Chokeberry Aronia melanocarpa in the Prevention of Chronic Diseases, found that, “the anti-inflammatory properties of black chokeberry fruit are related to the prevention of the development of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and chronic problems with the immune system.”


In that same study, they write, “Aronia fruits significantly inhibited the inflammatory processes in vessels, and protected against atherogenic changes in aorta and coronary arteries, as was documented in the study of Daskalova et al.” and that, “Chokeberry fruit extract has also a positive effect on blood pressure and is recommended as a nutritional supplement in the management of arterial hypertension.”


While the thrill of finding the most exotic and distant superfood in the world is an appealing quest that sounds both sexy and mysterious, some of the wisest herbal teachers I have had the pleasure of learning from always reminded us that the most potent medicines are often the ones in our backyards. Not only do these closer relatives share the same environment as us, but they are uniquely adapted to the environment around them & us!


Here's an easy recipe that will last you all week, making sure you have a healthy and quick treat when you're craving a little pick me up throughout your day.


Here's what you'll need:


1/2 C Raw Walnuts (feel free to substitute for pecans, hazelnuts, cashews or another nut)


1/4 C Dried Cranberries (substitute raisins or other dried fruit of choice)


1 Tbsp Dried Goji Berries


1 Tbsp Chia Seeds


2 Tbsp Coconut Flour



1-2 Dates, pitted


2-3 tsp plant-based milk of choice (I used cashew milk!)




Instructions:


1. Place the walnuts in a food processor together with the dried cranberries, goji berries, chia seeds, coconut flour, 2 Tbsp of aronia powder and dates. Mix on high speed until the mixture starts to combine.


2. Add the milk of your choice and pulse again until the mixture comes together and begins to clump up.


3. Divide the mixture in 10 equal parts and shape them into balls. Place the balls on a plate and set aside.


4. Sprinkle the remaining 1 Tbsp of aronia powder on a plate. Roll each ball into the aronia powder and transfer to a serving plate. Enjoy!


Can be stored at room temperature or try freezing them!





Our Purple Aronia Extract Powder is Certified Organic & freeze dried, offering the highest quality and most potent concentration of this wonderful, native berry.







Written by Tara Lego


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Siempre Viva Plant::The Resurrection Plant


Selaginella lepidophylla, or "False" Rose of Jericho is also nicknamed "The Ressurection Plant" or "Dinosaur Plant". This plant has the unique ability to dry up completely and then come back to life when water is reintroduced. It also means that this plant can survive long periods without any water present, a truly unique property. This plant is a type of spike moss that is found in the Chihuahuan desert of Mexico, New Mexico, and Arizona.


Each fern starts off brown, dry, and curled into itself. When water is reintroduced, it begins to unfurl, just like a fern. It can take up to 12 hours for the rose to completely open up. Sometimes the fern will begin to turn a bit more green in color as it opens, a sign that it is coming back to life.


While the Rose of Jericho does open in the presence of water, it does not like to sit in water for more than 7 days max. After around 7 days, it may start to mold, and the roots may begin to rot. As it is a desert plant, it likes a more dry environment. Sitting in water for too long will actually kill the plant.



MAGICAL PROPERTIES

Corresponds to Rebirth, New Beginnings, and Creation.


The Jericho Rose has long been used in rebirthing spellwork. It is used to “resurrect” any aspect of your life; from finances to love. Traditionally these unique plants are used at a time when a new beginning is in order, on the New Moon, or when a "rebirth" is sought. This ancient plant reminds us that there is always life after death.


The plant may be kept in a bowl of water around the home for a few days at a time. The water it sits in can be used to anoint magical tools, be added to spiritual baths and floor washes, as well as to wipe down the front door of home and or business to bring prosperity. The water where the plant sits holds powerful magic.


Keep a Rose of Jericho in your home and/or business for prosperity and good fortune.





HOW TO USE

Put the fern in a shallow dish of water. The roots of the plant should be able to reach the water easily. Change water daily for no more than 7 days, or until your Work is done. Remove from the water and let your fern close back up. Reuse when you need another new beginning.






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