Aphrodisiac Tea – Perfect for that Special Someone!

Today I will be at the Midweek Market in Atlantic Beach with free samples of my lovely Aphrodisiac Tea. I’ll be there from 3-6p.

This tea blend is a mix of lovely herbs to increase vitality and set the mood.

Oats, both oatstraw and oat tops, are both a nutritive tonic, increasing vitality body, mind and spirit, and a strong sexual tonic for both men and women.

Damiana has a long standing reputation as an aphrodisiac. It is known to increase blood flow to the loins which can benefit both men and women. It is also useful as an aphrodisiac when a lack of interest is caused by anxiety and depression.

Ashwagandha Root is known to improve energy. It is prized for its ability to normalize the bodies sex hormones and has been known to increase fertility.

Hibiscus has many health benefits, specifically its full of antioxidants and vitamin C, supports upper respiratory health and is a useful circulatory and heart tonic. In this blend it adds a beautiful pink color and tart flavor.

Lastly we have Ginger. Ginger is used for it warming medicinal qualities, increasing blood flow, warming the body from the inside out, and as a sexual tonic as it also increases blood flow to the loins. It is also used for its spicy flavor.

This blend is both beautiful, effective and delicious. Get your sweetheart some today!

Farmer’s Market Today!

We are at the Beaches Green Market today in Neptune Beach at Jarboe Park from 2-5p. Come get your herbal products!

This Saturday, Making Elderberry Syrup Class!

There’s still room in this Saturday’s Making Elderberry Syrup Class!

In this class we will be making our own Elderberry Syrup.

Elderberry Syrup is one of the most esteemed cold and flu remedies in herbal medicine.

Elderberries are known for their fabulous immune-enhancing properties. They are also antiviral and have been known to reduce the duration of flu symptoms to mere days. They are also excellent at clearing mucus from the sinuses and reducing inflammation in the respiratory system.

Elder flowers are an excellent diaphoretic, meaning they help induce sweating, which helps the body reduce fevers.

Combined with raw, local honey and other excellent immune-enhancing, anti-viral, warming and calming herbs like Echinacea, Ginger, Cloves and Chamomile you can make an excellent syrup that even the most finicky people in your life will willingly take.

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In this class you will make a 4oz bottle of Elderberry Syrup from start to finish, like the one pictured above. You will learn the medicinal properties of the herbs you will use. As well as, have a basic understanding of how to make medicinal syrups that are honey based, which can be applied to other medicinal syrups such as cough syrup, hibiscus or ginger syrups. You will also leave with a booklet that contains the Elderberry Syrup recipe and everything else you learned in the class for future reference.

SPACE IS LIMITED SO SIGN UP TODAY!

Click HERE to get your ticket and reserve your spot!

CLASS COST: $35 — INCLUDING TAX AND MATERIALS

WHEN: SATURDAY, JANUARY 27TH, 2017

WHAT TIME: 1PM TO 3PM

WHERE:
THE MANIFEST NEST
805 AMBERJACK LN.
ATLANTIC BEACH, FL 32233

CLASS SIZE: 8 PEOPLE

TEACHER: HEATHER SHEPPARD

For more information or questions please call Heather Sheppard at 808-782-5406 or email themanifestest@gmail.com or visit our website at www.themanifestnest.com

We’ve updated our Apothecary Page!

Check out our new Apothecary page here!

We’ve finally added some information here on our website about our fantastic Herbal Apothecary here in Atlantic Beach!

We offer over 100 different herbs! All of our herbs are sourced with not only the wellness of us humble humans, but also with the wellness of the plants and the earth in mind.

All the herbs we carry are Certified Organic when we can get them, many are Fair-Trade when appropriate. If they are not Certified Organic then they are Wild Harvested (with wild population’s health in mind) or Cultivated Without Chemicals. Many of our herbs are also Certified Kosher.

We sell all our herbs by the ounce. If you’d like to come by the Apothecary to get some herbs for your homemade remedies just give us a call, text or email to arrange a time.

808-782-5406 or themanifestnest@gmail.com

Lavender and Lemon Balm Lemonade

To Relieve Stress and Anxiety

For a few months now I keep seeing this post for Lavender Lemonade, and while I agree with the premise that Lavender essential oil has many clinically proven medicinal qualities and is excellent for relieving symptoms of headaches and anxiety I can’t help but feel that the actual recipe itself is lacking in applicability and potency.

Also, the image that is shown is of a distinctly purple lemonade. It’s a beautiful shade of purple that if I wasn’t so incredibly low maintenance (aka lazy) I would love to color my hair. However, water, honey, lemons and a drop of lavender essential oil and some sprigs of lavender for garnish will not produce such a lovely purple colored lemonade. Instead, I believe there is a bit of the color that would make it such a lovely hair dye in that pretty picture and therefore, probably not the lemonade that the recipe actually makes.

I also have issue with the recipe recommending ingestion of essential oils without really emphasizing both the issues of quality or the general rule of only ingesting essential oils that are derived from things you would already ingest. I don’t think the recipe is dangerous, as this recipe only calls for 1 drop of lavender essential oil in 12 cups of water, so it is pretty diluted and likely safe, it just overall seems misleading and not very effective. If you would like a good article talking more about the issues of quality in essential oils Here is an excellent one.

But for our purposes I want to give you a recipe for a Lavender Lemonade that is sure to be herbally potent and excellent for relieving headaches, stress and anxiety.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is one of the most potent herbs for its relaxing and calming effects. It is helpful in dispelling depression and calming the nervous system during times of anxiety. It is excellent for headaches, and along with this lovely infused lemonade, putting a drop or two of pure lavender essential oil on your temples will especially help with tension based headaches.

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) has been used for hundreds of years, and modern science has shown it to calm the nervous and digestive systems. It is often used to ease depression and grief. It is said to help calm children that have ADD and ADHD. It is also delicious.

This recipe is adapted from Rosemary Gladstar’s book Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 heaping Tbsp Organic Lavender Flowers
  • 4 heaping Tbsp Organic Lemon Balm Herb
  • 4 Organic Lemons
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cups of Raw, Local Honey
  • Water

Boil enough water to make a pot of tea. Add the organic lavender flowers to the pot if you have a built in strainer or put in a muslim bag or piece of cotton or cheese cloth to add to pot. Pour water over lavender in pot, cover and let infuse for at least 20 minutes.

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In the mean time, juice your lemons and strain any seeds and pulp.

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Begin boiling water for your pot of organic lemon balm tea.

Once your lavender tea is infused place it in a container that will not crack. It is still very hot, so you don’t want to add it to your lovely glass pitcher, believe me I learned this the hard way. I put mine in a pot on the stove to cool.

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Rinse out your teapot and repeat the infusion process using your organic lemon balm and tea apparatus of choice. Let the lemon balm herb infuse, covered for at least 20 minutes.

Add your strained lemon juice to the pot with your lavender infusion. You do not want to add your honey yet as it is still quite hot and honey looses many of its medicinal benefits when heated above 105°. My rule is if it is too hot to drink it is too hot for honey.

Add your lemon balm infusion to the pot and set the timer  for a final 20 minutes to cool. After cooled  you can add your honey starting with a half cup and increasing with taste. Add to pitcher and stir well.

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Fill some cups with ice and serve chilled. If you have a few lavender sprigs you can add them, but it is not the season for them here, so I did not.

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This lovely lavender lemonade is a bit reminiscent  of an Arnold Palmer (1/2 iced tea 1/2 lemonade) which is popular here in the south, but with a distinct lavender flavor.  Drink as many glasses as needed to relax, unwind and alleviate pangs of anxiety. I prefer mine on the porch on a beautiful fall day, rocking in my rocking chair or in the garden watching my seedlings grow before my eyes, but in the living room is just fine too. Enjoy!

 

 

Elderberry Syrup

Here at The Manifest Nest Herbal Apothecary we have been hard at work building immune systems and flushing out fevers. As soon as one of our favorite 3 year old princesses came down with a fever we got straight to work making a syrup that is not only extremely effective, but also tasty enough that she was asking for more.

Today we made a brand new batch of Elderberry Syrup chock full of Organic Elder Berries (Sambucus nigra) and Raw, Local, Wildflower Honey.

Elderberries are excellent for immune support. They are full of vitamin C, are anti-viral, and great at combating colds and flus. We have also added Organic Ginger (Zinger officinale) for its warming and decongesting effects, and its ability to aid upper respiratory issues, colds, flus and sore throats. Organic Chamomile (Matricaria chamomile) was added for its ability to relieve aches, pains, headaches, and reduce fevers. Chamomile is also excellent at supporting the nervous system and ensuring a restful sleep. As a strong diaphoretic (sweat inducer) Organic Yarrow Flowers (Achillea millefolium) take the stage for fever reduction. A few whole Cloves (Syzgium aromaticum) were added for their antiseptic and antispasmodic (suppression of muscle spasms) effect. Instead of the sugar often found in traditional syrups, we used Raw, Local, Wildflower Honey for its sweetness as well as its ability to suppress coughs and its antiviral, antibacterial properties.