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

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!

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

Fresh Batch Fire Cider Tonic–Get Your’s at the Farmer’s Market Today!

The temperature is dropping and now’s a good time to keep that inner fire burning with a fresh batch of fire cider tonic.

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Fire Cider Tonic is organic, raw, apple cider vinegar that’s been infused with horseradish, garlic, ginger, onion, lemon, rosemary and cayenne, and then a touch of raw, local honey is added.

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It is excellent for colds and flus, digestive issues and keeping the upper respiratory system and sinus healthy.

So come on by the Midweek Market at Adele Grage in Atlantic Beach from 3-6pm!

September Hiatus at The Manifest Nest!

 

What a whirlwind Hurricane Irma has been. I hope that each and every one of you are healthy and well. I know that many of you either sustained some damage from the storm or know someone who has, my heart goes out to each and every one of you.

In the wake of Irma I am not going to have any events, classes or farmer’s markets until October! I apologize for any inconvenience that this may have for any of you, but please know that I am here at the Apothecary if anyone needs anything. 

I know that I have been feeling a bit emotionally taxed, stressed, and that my adrenals and immune system are both suffering because of it. I have a great supply of herbal needs at this time should you be feeling similar and need some herbal support.

I have my Restorative Tincture that is full of adaptogens to help the body deal with and overcome the side effects of stress. Both my husband and I have been taking this 2x a day and it has really helped.

I have both Fire Cider Tonic and Elderberry Syrup to help your body boost immunity and to fight off any cold or flu symptoms.

I have a few new products as well!

I have a Skin Bliss balm that is specific for rashes, eczema and psoriasis.

I also made a batch of Herbal Insect Repellent which is great for all the bugs that have been around after all this water and flooding. (And don’t forget my Anti-Itch Salve if the bugs have already gotten you.)

Again, I hope that all of you are recovering physically and emotionally from the storm, and if you can help your neighbors and friends as they recover, please do so.

Take time for yourself as well: get a massage, go to the chiropractor, watch a funny movie, get some ice cream that wasn’t lost in the power outage, and nourish your body with whole foods and herbs. Whatever soothes your soul do so.

Hurricane season is only half over, and even when it is not natural disasters at our door, the universe will send us challenges that help us to grow and expand. Sometimes, it is necessary to retreat inward in order to find the strength to grow and expand and that is ok too.

Again, please don’t hesitate to contact me should you need any herbal products or an herbal consultation. You can find more information here.

Kind thoughts,
Heather

808-782-5406
themanifestnest@gmail.com

Beaches Green Market Today!

Hello all! Things are looking sunny and bright here at the beach and it should be a lovely market day! Come on by the Beaches Green Market at Jarboe Park in Neptune Beach today from 2-5p and get your herbal needs met!

If you need a last minute gift for that fabulous father of yours, we have a few things that may fit the bill. Arnica Balm is a great gift for that hard working dad! We also have a brand new batch of Elderberry Syrup to keep your immune systems strong and healthy.

Hope to see you soon!

Beaches Green Market Today! 

Beaches Green Market in Neptune Beach at Jarboe Park 2-5p! 

It’s going to be a brisk one but The Manifest Nest will be at the market today with hot Chakra Blend tea and many more teas to take home and warm up your day! 

And don’t forget elderberry syrup to support your immune system as it adapts to the ever changing weather and many germs going around! 
I’ve also got another new offering for today! It’s a Lavender Rose Facial Spray! It’s perfect for balancing skin, soothing chapped, dry skin, great for healing and preventing acne and as a general toner and can be used to cool hot flashes, which we know also happen on chilly days!

Hope to see you! 

Candied Roselle Hibiscus

For the last month or so, my Roselle Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) has been producing bountiful amounts of its beautiful and unique fruits. So many, that I have been selling them at market and looking for new and innovative ways to use them. After a bit of searching I ran across candied Roselle Hibiscus. I even found them used in mimosas as whole candied fruits. I was intrigued.

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Roselle Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) fruits.

Roselle Hibiscus is full of antioxidants and Vitamin C, thus many find it to be helpful in cases of mild colds and flus. It is also a tart and colorful addition to teas. Many people know it as the “zing” in Celestial Seasoning’s Red Zinger tea.

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Freshly harvested rosella.

I normally stick to using Roselle Hibiscus in teas, and often just pull the “petals” from the fruit and dry them for winter use, when Vitamin C is in high demand. But after a few internet searches and foreign videos I happened upon this post at Renee’s Garden Seeds that has a wealth of information on growing Roselle Hibiscus and a few different recipes, including the inspiration for the recipe that follows.

Because I have candied fruit in the past, mostly citrus peels, I first began the process in much the same way as I would for that. However, my results were very pale and any of the small, tender rosella turned to mush. I then tried to thicken the syrup by cooking it down and bringing it to a high boil. This produced much brighter, but very sticky and flattened rosella. All of the above results were however delicious. But what I wanted was a rosella that held a bit of its shape, so that I can place the rosella in the bottom of a champagne flute for mimosas and be able to eat it in the end should I chose.

Therefore, I ended up making a much thicker syrup, although not as thick as the one suggested on Renee’s Garden Seeds, and left the rosella in the warm syrup for about 5 hours. I then put them on drying racks over night. As of right now they are not dry, but they are sweet and have a shape worthy of a champagne flute.

How to Candy Roselle Hibiscus:

Step 1: Wash the Rosella

I did this by submerging them in water and then straining, because much of the debris is inside the calyx like structure not on the outside more debris is removed this way.

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Washed Rosella

Step 2: Remove the Seed Pod from the Rosella

Take a sharp knife and cut about an eighth or quarter of an inch off the bottom of the rosella. You want to leave all the pretty points, but you want to cut a bit into the seed pod so that it is no longer attached to the rosella and will pop out easily.

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Do this to all the rosella, and then either with your finger or with a tool pop the seed pods out. I used the rounded metal end of my butter knife, which fit perfectly.

You will then end up with a big bowl of prepared rosella. You can keep the seed pods and lay them out flat to dry and as the pod dries it will begin to open and you can replant the seeds to grow your own rosella. You can also use the pods in jams  as they are full of natural pectin.

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Step 3: Get your ingredients together

Get your prepared rosella (I had about 12 ounces), your sugar and water ready. You will need a large pot with a lid. The pot should be at least 3x as deep as your liquid because boiling sugar can very easily boil over and cause very bad burns and terrible messes. You will also need a rubber spatula to stir your mix. A cookie sheet with parchment liner and metal cooling racks to place the candied rosella on will also be necessary. You may want to make space in the fridge to dry them over night as well.

Step 4: Make your sugar syrup

Once you have all your equipment and ingredients together. You will place the sugar and water in the pot and bring to a boil. I brought the sugar water to a boil on high and then turned it down a notch or two to keep it boiling but not popping.

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Because I was experimenting as I went you will notice my sugar water in its boiling state is already red, because I had already tried cooking the rosella as I would normally candy fruit. They were delicious, very apple like, but not the look I was hoping for.

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You want to get the sugar water to a syrupy consistency. It will stick to the spatula but it will still slowly, slower than honey, drip down off of the spatula with gravity.

Step 5: Add your Roselle Hibiscus to your syrup

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Add your cleaned, prepared rosella to the boiling hot sugar syrup. Stir gently to get all rosella fully coated. Push the rosella down until they stay completely covered. I put the cover back on my pot and allowed the rosella to sit for 5 hours. You could leave it over night as well, but I wanted to dry over night in the fridge.

Step 6: Dry Rosella Over Night

Gently remove your rosella from the syrup and place upright on the cooling rack and let drain and dry over night in the refrigerator. fullsizerender-17

As of this posting my rosella have not dried. I will post again on how to make mimosas with them and how to keep them once they dry properly.

I do want to note that the hibiscus syrup is also very useful. I have put mine in the fridge for the night, but I do believe that I am going to make a few different batches with some other flavors. One I definitely want to make is ginger and hibiscus syrup. I think I may need to water down the syrups a bit. I will write about that soon as well.

You can use the candied hibiscus and the syrup for many things. Ice cream comes to mind, as does coconut tapioca pudding. I hope you enjoy this recipe, and I’d love to hear about your successes or failures or any new uses you may have for these delicious and unique fruits.

UPDATE:

I found that after keeping the rosella on the drying rack in my fridge for 24 hours they were still very sticky. I decided to put the parchment lined baking sheet with rack in the oven with the rosella on it standing up right. I put the oven on 175°F and let them dry for an hour or until all stickiness was gone. I put them in an airtight container and put in the refrigerator. Alternatively, you could coat them in sugar, but they will still be sticky. I prefer the heated method.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

12 ounces of prepared rosella hibiscus (about 1.5 lbs with seed pods)

6 cups of water

9 cups of organic sugar

(It’s a 1 cup water to 1.5 cup sugar ratio)

Instructions:

Clean rosella. Cut bottoms off and remove seed pods from rosella.

Place sugar and water into large pot. Bring to boil and then reduce to bubbly simmer, but no popping sugar.

Add rosella to sugar syrup. Turn off heat. Gently stir for a few minutes to get all rosella completely coated and until they stay in the liquid without floating above syrup.

Let sit for five hours or over night.

Remove from syrup onto cooling racks over parchment lined cookie sheet, being sure to carefully place each roselle upright. Let dry overnight in the refrigerator. *See UPDATE above about drying.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Store the syrup as well in the refrigerator. You can water it down for a more simple syrup consistency by heating, then store in refrigerator as well.

 

 

The Manifest Nest at the Beaches Green Market in Neptune Beach

Well today was my first day at the local farmers market, and I have to say it was a fabulous success!

I met so many wonderful new people and was supported by many of my friends and family coming out. Thanks to all of you that came came out with hugs, support, and the desire for herbal products, veggies and seedlings!

I also found out I will be there next week! So come on out and join me if you haven’t gotten the chance or come say hi again.

The market is at Jarboe Park in Neptune Beach on Saturday’s from 2-5pm.

Here are a few pictures from today!

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