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!

💛🌙✨

It’s a beautiful day for the Farmer’s Market!

It is a amazingly gorgeous day today! A stark change from the cold and windy Saturdays past.

Come on out to the Beaches Green Market at Jarboe Park in Neptune Beach from 2-5p.

I have all your health and wellness needs! A fresh batch of Elderberry Syrup, Immuni-Tea, and Anti-Inflammatory Tea. As well as other lovely herbal needs.

 

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!

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!