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I have a Cold!!

Maria came into the shop last Friday, not feeling well, her face was pale, cheeks blushed, nose was rough and red and her eyes were glazed. I could tell my looking at her she was not feeling well.

Maria is a wonderful tea client and many times we have chatted about her grandmother’s from Puerto Rico and the herbal remedies they had used. She was experienced in the type of suggestions I could give her.

Today Maria was feeling lousy, she told me of having this cold for over 3 weeks. She started with herbal remedies, then started using over the counter products, then finally went to the doctor. She explained that doctor gave her some antibiotics, a cough syrup and another med that made her stomach upset. But after all this she still had uncomfortable symptoms.

So what do we do now? As an herbalist I need to ask many questions. To asses the symptoms, looking for a needles in a hay stack, but not knowing what your looking for. Assessment is about asking questions, what are the bothersome symptoms? Running rose, headache, fever, cough-is it productive or dry hacking, energy level and more.

As an herbalist we label colds as a “wet- cold”, “dry- cold”. I sat with Maria and I needed to ask many  questions to help me narrow down the symptoms to help decide what were the best herbs to use..

Maria complained about having a dry cough that was not productive, low grade fever, dry itchy eyes, sore throat, no appetite, and very tired. This is all the signs of a “Dry, Hot, Cold”.

The first thing we needed to do was to start certain herbs to support the liver- the Liver needs to filter out the germs, antibiotics and other meds, that Maria had been taking. Second was to add herbs to calm the other symptoms.

My first suggestion was for Maria to use Vitamin C, start taking Herbal Fire  Cider every hour, including Elderberry cough syrup. To help her deal with pain and get a good night sleep we added some white willow and suggested an evening bath with Epsom salts, and some essential oils to open up her sinus’.

Think about what your going to add to your “cold regiment”?



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In the wee hours of the morn’

When does your creative “spark” ignite, when do ideas come into your brain,do they light a bright light bulb or is just a glimmer of an idea when a new idea is born?

I have always woke up in the morning with these “bright light bulb idea” as if I was working on them all night long. This morning like other mornings at 4:58 am, I awoke with inspiration and ideas! Labels, labels, and more label ideas for new products. I couldn’t help myself but get up and get to the computer- to creating!

It is now 6:10am and I have new labels, new product ideas and a bright start to this new day. Yes, before the sun arose- I was up and working!

Where does your creativity come from? How will you invoke it into your “new” day! Stop by the shop today and see what idea’s made me jump out of bed this morning!!Our new” Flora herbal tea”!

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Welcome to November

Tis the season for colds and the flu, how are you going to prevent these health issues from getting to “YOU”! My first line of defense is to build my immune system with healthy foods and herbs such as nettles, echinacea, milk thistle and dandelion.

When we build a strong immune system, that affords our adrenals to work properly, then the liver is not be overburdened and our bodies defense system can combat all the germs that we can come in contact with on a daily basis. I like to make up an herbal tea, which I drink every evening with mint, nettles, echinacea, milk thistle, dandelion root, and ashwagandha. I call it my “Cold Night Tea”. I also eat at least two fruits a day to build up my vitamin C count.

If “heaven forbid”, I start with a scratchy throat, slight cough and all over feeling of being rundown. I start taking an evening hot bath with some “Thieves detox Bath Salts” . Thieves is made up of four culinary herbs all with anti viral medicinal properties.

Tomorrow I will share the four Thieves Oil recipe with you, so that you can make this at home. I will be making up some today in the shop- stop by!


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Bone Broth to strengthen your immune system

Tis a change in the wind!

As the seasons start to change, daylight gets less and it turns a bit chilly. It is time to focus on the changes about to come. We need to be mindful about the foods we are eating and the herbs we are taking. Tis the season to build our immune system.

Foods, can be our best allies in the fall and winter season. Eating more seasonal produce, such as greens, squashes, pumpkins, onions and garlic, all aid the boosting of the immune system. Soups are a nice way to eat healthy produce, by adding some herbs and spices, this is now a power house of “Super foods”

Bone Broth with Root Veggies

½ gallon bone broth

1 onion chopped fine

6-8 cloves of garlic chopped fine

2 carrots grated

4 ribs of celery chopped fine

½ large(1/2 cup) turnip chopped fine

½ teaspoon of salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

2 bay leaves

1 tablespoon of Olive Oil

Hot pepper to taste


In a large soup pot, place the Olive Oil, Onion, garlic and sauté for a few minutes. Add carrots, celery, turnip, pour bone broth over top of the sautéing vegetables. Add the salt, pepper and bay leaves and simmer for 1-2 hrs



Today is harvesting Lemon balm

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Today I say good morning to lemon balm, she grows so abundantly in my garden, on hot summer days she makes a nice body cooling ice tea and on cold winter days she brings calm and warmth to my soul.

This lovely  lemony smelling and tasting herb, can infuse both foods and herbal remedies in a delightful way. As an herbal tea maker this is one of my go – to signature herbs, in my tea blends,

I adore using lemon balm in my healing medicines, it works nicely on any lip issues such as fever blisters, herpes blisters or chapped lips. I also use it in my skin healing salves and my gardeners hand cream.

Lemon balm holds calming healing properties for the soul and the body.

This morning I will be harvesting the Lemon Balm in my yard to dry for winter use, stop by the shop to get some!

Today’s herbal tea at the shop will be with Lemon Balm!