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Lemonade for Allergies?

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Have allergies? Consider making this herbal drink: Nettle Lemonade or Nettle-ade. To combat seasonal allergy symptoms, nettle leaf, lemon and honey all combine together in this delicious, amber lemonade. Nettle leaf acts as an anti-inflammatory and contains quercetin. Quercetin is an antihistamine, making it a great resource for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. How does nettle leaf help allergies? Nettle or stinging nettle is another one of those “weeds” that has much to offer. Due to its high contents of iron, silicon, Vitamin K and potassium, nettle leaf tea (or infusion) is very nourishing. Nettle leaf also contains quercetin which helps alleviate allergy symptoms. Quercetin is an antioxidant that helps slow the body’s release of histamines. Histamines cause allergy symptoms in our body and our body usually releases them when in contact with an allergen (like that lovely pollen floating in the air). The quercetin in nettle leaf slows the release of histamines while fig

Elderberry Truffles

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  Since dark chocolate is always the classy option for Valentine's Day, I made a truffle recipe using immune boosting elderberry syrup. Fudgy chocolate truffles with an herbal twist? Count me in! I used Sweet's Syrups Elderberry Syrup . Sweet's Syrups uses the highest quality organic elderberries, local honey, and a delicious mix of spices. If you'd like to try their syrup, use my coupon code MARY10 for 10% off at checkout. You can also checkout their DIY kits if you like to make your own.  Elderberry Truffle Recipe: 1 heaping cup chocolate chips of your choice, I like Kirkland brand and Enjoy Life  (both dairy-free) 1/3 cup coconut cream or organic half and half 1/3 cup raw cacao powder  + a little extra for rolling 4 TB Sweet's Syrups or Elderberry Syrup 1. Melt all ingredients on low heat, stirring frequently so it doesn't burn. 2. Pour into a greased bowl and set in fridge for 2 hours. 3. Scrape rounded teaspoonfuls out of the bowl and roll in raw cacao.  4

Around the World Tea Party

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 This is the tea ornament page for Around the World Tea Party. Click on it and save to print.

Herbal Masala Chai Concentrate

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Masala chai is a decoction (long-term simmering infusion) of spices like cardamom, cinnamon, clove, star anise and cloves usually with black tea in water  or milk over the stove or fire. The spicy tea originated in India where there are plenty of chai vendors (instead of the plethora of coffee stands like in the U.S.). Traditional chai is served in earthen ceramic mugs and is called "masala chai".  Besides being delicious, chai is also a multi-tasker. The ginger helps to increase circulation and aid in digestion (great for nausea) as well as being detoxifying. Cloves can help relieve stomach or tooth pain and strengthen the immune system, killing intestinal parasites. Cardamom helps relieve gas and and can be soothing for bronchial problems. Cinnamon also aids digestion when stagnant and can be great for indigestion and cramping (nursing mothers be careful of cinnamon because it can be a culprit of acid reflux in babies). It can also help fight fungal, bacterial, and parasiti

3 Ways to Drink Elderberry Syrup

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Elderberry syrup isn’t just for immunity shots when you are sick! Consuming elderberry can help boost your immunity and give you vital nutrients any day of the year. Elderberry has much to offer, particularly through the cold months (months both actually cold and plagued with the cold sickness). There are many ways to consume elderberries and often, the easiest is elderberry syrup (you can make your own elderberry syrup - recipe here ). Below are three ways to drink elderberry syrup. These are three delicious recipes you can tailor to your needs. Just drinking elderberry syrup is beneficial but combining it with other herbs can increase its effectiveness! Not sure about what elderberry to use? I make my own so I can control what goes in - I prefer just elderberries and honey! You can find my recipe here . If you are looking for a natural version Sweet's Syrups is a great brand to try. A woman owned business pumping out amazing elderberry syrup? She's one  to support and the pro

Nature Walk Autumn Bingo

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This past week, we went to see the Kokanee spawning in Trestle Creek for a field trip. I was so pleased (and relieved) the Kokanee were still swimming upstream to spawn! I was afraid we missed them for another year in a row. There was one particular mass of Kokanee that struggled against the current, fighting their way to produce another generation of Kokanee salmon. What a visual treat! I created this autumn scavenger bingo hunt worksheet to use on our field trip. When the kids got a bingo (or five in a row), they got "Kokanee" fish gummies (really Swedish fish procured from our local pantry store but Wholesome has Delishfish gummy candies that are free of synthetic sweeteners and HFCS). The addition of candy was definitely a motivator for the older kids! That's just one way to use the bingo hunt worksheet! You can also take it with you on hikes or nature walks, for a Sunday drive, or to a picnic at the beach. No gummy candies needed! {PIN THIS} ***Think of the blank sp

What is Liberty Tea?

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Whoever wrote the adorable quote "Make Tea, Not War" does not know the history of tea (or is certainly making a jab at it). There is of course the long history of war over tea and silks in the Eastern part of the world. But closer to home, we have our very own Boston Tea Party. Angry Sons of Liberty disguised as Native Americans threw chests of tea off the British merchant ships in protest to the ridiculous tax Britain mandated. After the Boston Tea Party, colonists swore off tea from King George. However daily teatime could not be ignored so colonial ladies had to explore other options to replace tea. Some colonists got tea from Holland. Others made their own. They used what was readily available - roots from the river, flowers from the garden, fruits from their orchards, and leaves from their herbs. What we herbalists now deem "herbal infusions", the colonial ladies called "Liberty Tea". Making Liberty Tea is a lesson in resourcefulness. It is an example