Small Business Saturday at Beaches Green Market

I’ll have all your immunity and cold and flu season needs today at the #beachesgreenmarket at Jarboe Park in Neptune Beach from 2-5p today! #farmersmarket #shoplocal #smallbusinesssaturday

I’ll have samples of this lovely Immunity-tea as well as Elderberry Syrup, Cold and Flu Tincture, Eucalyptus Chest Rub, Fire Cider Tonic and lots of other lovely herbal goodness to keep you and your loved ones well this holiday season. Come on out and see for yourself! #herbalist #immunity #herballove #plantmedicine #herbalmedicine #themanifestnest

PS look at this amazing tea cup made by my traveling potter friends @journeying_jacksons What a lovely surprise gift. #grateful #pottery #fulltimervers

I’ve Seen the Cosmic Joke and it’s Hilarious!

I had an amazing experience at breath-work this evening, and I wanted to share. I had a total flip of my consciousness.

It made me so incredibly grateful for my amazingly beautiful life. Every last second of it. The bad, but more importantly the good.

I have been so focused on accepting and healing the negative things that have happened to me, I’ve created a pattern that doesn’t completely love, accept and feel grateful for all the beautiful positives in my life.

I’ve actually felt shame and guilt for things like finding love and having a financially stable life. I actually create stress, overwhelm and struggles just to remain in this pattern!

I felt like I couldn’t really be present with the positive things in my life because it felt like a betrayal to my family, my childhood in poverty, my friends who are still struggling, or haven’t found love or any number of things. My present joy betrayed my whole life.

It’s like a switch was flipped in my mind tonight. I laughed uncontrollably and cried at the beauty and absurdity of it all. I truly felt like I saw the cosmic joke.

It was like being at the top of a mountain and instead of looking down at the beautiful landscape, I could look down on my whole life and see the whole thing as immensely, awe inspiringly beautiful. All the negative. All the good. Every moment preparing me for each next moment.

I realized that I’ve always been flowing with life, but it’s like I fell off a cosmic ship and straight into a body of humanity soup and instead of calmly assessing my situation and finding my equilibrium, I’ve been flailing. Almost drowning myself in my own absurd struggle dance.

If only I could stop, be present, accept everything just as it is and float! That’s the thing. That is it. That is surrender. I surrender to the flow!

I’m done healing the past and accepting the negative. I truly feel I’ve done my work there.

In that moment of breath tonight I stopped flailing.

It is now my intention to float.

I will now learn to love and accept and truly be grateful for who I am, where I’m at, who is in my life, my material possessions, my opportunities, my privilege, my struggles, my body, fucking everything!!!!

I sit here under the light of the full moon—just days after we’ve shifted into the darkening side of the eclipse, and now I can see the light so much more brightly in all that I’ve previously perceived as dark or negative.

My deepest gratitude to every being who has touched my life in anyway. I thank all that energy for helping me through my flailing period.

It is now my intention to allow my life to flow with ease. The flow is always there. We all feel it, I now turn to accepting the flow, the journey, the pull.

I know I will occasionally flail, but I will now see clearly the absurdity of it and laugh uncontrollably at my own genius ability to create a reality of comfort that I have grown out of. It’s absurd to find comfort in flailing but it is so incredibly normal for me, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this.

I will ween myself from struggle, reach out for the help I know always arrives, and stay open to this view I’ve seen from my own personal mountaintop under the light of the moon.

I’ve seen the true immense beauty of my life and that is something I cannot unsee!!!

May each and every one of you find a view high enough to see your life for the beautiful miracle that it truly is!

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The Acceptance of Imperfection

This summer has been a deep time of healing, resting, transforming and integrating for me. So much has been shifting and changing! I’ve made so much room within myself for growth and expansion both personally and professionally, and I am incredibly proud of the work that I have done to get where I am.

And yet, there has been so much that has been neglected, as I shifted my focus to do this work. For instance this blog, my newsletter, my appearance at markets, and the Boo Radley garden I’ve allowed to go wild this summer.

Nevertheless, I have found so much satisfaction in my ability to let these things that are so important to me go wild and be put aside. My ability to honor the cycles of attention that are essential for my growth have been beautifully mirrored to me through the neglect of my garden.

These natural cycles of what we give our attention to are so often discarded in hopes of attaining perfection or at least a false cultivation of perfection through social media and only showing people our best sides. We often spread ourselves too thin trying to be everything to everyone and keep up the appearance of perfection. And yet, what actually suffers is our own health, wellbeing, and vitality– the things that deeply connect us to our inner soul voice and our wildness.

Therefore, I proudly share with you my wild, imperfect  garden, the reflection of my wild, imperfect self, full of native weeds, grasses, random volunteer plants and the immense amount of wildlife and insects that called this terrain home for the summer. I am pretty certain the fairies and nature spirits were also happy to call this wild place home.

I share this with the hope that you too will find room to neglect something seemingly important to you, and allow it to go wild, as you do the work you need to take care of yourself, or allow yourself to rest, or if for no other reason than to release a wee bit of that imaginary control that we impose on the chaotic, wild, ride we call life.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the healing powers this summer has brought about! Have you been making room for things to go a bit wild? Have you been making space and clearing old patterns and blocks in order to make room for new growth?  Has this summer gifted you with tenacious amounts of healing and transformation? Just comment below to share your thoughts with me. 

New Moon Women’s Gathering Tonight!

Tonight we will be gathering together to set our intentions under the Aquarius New Moon Solar Eclipse!

The theme is One Door Closes and Another Door Opens!

There’s still room and a bit of time to sign up! Go to New Moon Women’s Gathering to get your tickets before it’s too late!

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!

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.