Herbal Heartbreak Tincture

Herbal Heartbreak Tincture

Hearts are broken…

…they always have been, and they always will.

And during this — the commercial season of love — some of us are experiencing the sadness of grief + heartache.

Meaningful relationships, especially romantic relationships, are vital to our well-being. They can become so important — and at times a source of our identity + happiness — that our lives shatter when they end. The mental confusion and emotional chaos caused by a break-up can take a long time to untangle + manage, not to mention the ::

  • anger
  • depression
  • increase in stress hormones
  • anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • obsession
  • lack of sleep + nourishment
  • muscle tension
  • decreased immunity

Yet, the pain + agony caused by this type of loss becomes part of us — part of what makes us who we are. Experiences that hurt so deeply when going through them have the potential to ultimately awaken our compassion and foster the deepest healing + reconnection.

And although far from easy — requiring tons of courage, clear intention, and flexibility of the mind (to see things as they are, without blame) — we have the ability to partner with gentle + calming + soothing herbs that teach us to let go, to reconnect to and open our hearts…and to remember how to put love first.

Some of my favorite herbal allies for heartbreak include ::

Combined with my favorite herbal nervines, such as ::

These magical botanicals can be combined into a variety of herbal preparations. I use them primarily to make teas + tinctures. However, sprays, lotions, syrups, capsules and the like can be crafted with creativity.

Herbal Heartbreak Tincture

Ingredients
*Purchase organically-grown or wildharvested herbs whenever possible.

Quick Tincture Method

  1. Place enough plant material into any size glass mason jar to fill 1/3 of the way
  2. Cover the plant material with a 60% vegetable glycerin 40% water mixture + screw on the lid.
  3. Using a pot, made with some sort of non-reactive material, make a water bath by placing a small piece of cheescloth or a piece of scrap cloth on the bottom of the pot, then place the glass jar full of herb + glycerin on top. Fill the pot with 2-3 inches of water. Note :: Do not cover the jar with water. 
  4. Slowly + gently bring the water in the pot to a simmer — just below boiling.
  5. Allow the jar to bathe in this water temperature for 6-8 hours. Be sure to shake the jar periodically throughout the process. And be sure to continuously add more water to the pot as needed.
  6. Turn off the heat, cover with a cloth, and let it all sit, covered, overnight.
  7. Each day, repeat the gentle warming, shaking, and steeping — ideally for 3 days, but if you’re in a super hurry you can make this tincture in one day, however it only gets better the longer and gently it is prepared.
  8. Strain off the herb with the help of a strainer + cheesecloth. Now squeeze hard…extracting all of the goodness of the plant!
  9. Be sure to return the plant material to the Earth.
  10. Bottle + label the tincture. Note :: I recommend storing your tincture in these bottles.

Note :: I know some people (historically myself included) use a crockpot to make herb-infused glycerin tinctures. I no longer recommend this method of extraction. The more I learn about the toxins produced by slow cookers…I’m doing my best to stay away. I prefer not to infuse electricity into my food and especially not into my medicine…if and when I have a choice. With that said, it is an option you may choose if you wish. Read more :: The Gift of Healing Herbs: Plant Medicines and Home Remedies for a Vibrantly Healthy Life

Lunar Method

For maximum potency, I prefer to use 190 proof alcohol (100 proof will do just as well) with a steeping time guided by a full lunar cycle.

Read more :: Moon-Based Herbal Medicine Making: How to Make an Herbal Tincture with the Lunar Cycle

To Use

I recommend mixing this tincture in hot water (my favorite method is to make skullcap tea adding the tincture to a warm cup and consume by the light of my Rose Quartz Candle Holder). Begin with 5-10 drops of tincture. More than likely, you will need to work with the dosage by increasing (up to 1-2 dropperfuls) or decreasing the amounts little by little until you find your body’s acceptable response. Partner with this remedy whenever your nerves + emotions are spent, when you can’t stop thinking, and/or when you’re not sleeping well.

Where can I get this stuff?

-Mountain Rose Herbs…they have everything you’ll need for this remedy! It’s your one-stop-shop!

DISCLAIMER: The statements made here are purely education and have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. They are by no means intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Although plants and medicinal herbs are generally considered safe, it may not be true for everyone. It is always the best practice and highly advised that you consult with a medical professional prior to the use of this or any other herbal preparation.

Natural Aphrodisiacs :: How to Make an Herbal Love + Passion Potion

Natural Aphrodisiacs :: How to Make an Herbal Love + Passion Potion

We are all deeply sexual beings…

…and perhaps some of the most freeing realities can come from the of exploration of our sensuality without fear of demeaning judgment (from self or others).

AND, given the current sales of pharmaceutical, performance-enhancing medications, it’s pretty safe to say there are lots of people looking to awaken their love life, find a compatible partner, and/or have better sex. While the precipitating factors necessary for a passionate relationship are many + varied…

…I encourage you to consider using natural aphrodisiacs.

The term aphrodisiac is derived from the name Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, fruitfulness, and beauty.

Herbal folklore tells us, an aphrodisiac is a botanical whose chemical constituents may help to raise libido and increase sexual desire.

Read More :: The Sexual Herbal: Prescriptions for Enhancing Love and Passion

Natural aphrodisiacs ::

  • work as both a male and female sexual stimulant
  • stimulate the erogenous zones
  • induce relaxation
  • release inhibitions
  • inspire passion
  • increase stamina

The following herbs + flowers are a few of my personal favorite aphrodisiacs.

Damiana Leaf Damiana leaves have been used as an aphrodisiac to boost sexuality since the dawning of the Mayan civilization. Damiana not only benefits our body sexually, it has been touted as an aid for those of us who suffer from depression, menstrual problems, nervousness, anxiety, menopausal problems, impotence, and decreased energy.

Muira Puama Bark Known as “potency wood” to the indigenous people of Brazil — Muira Puama has a folk history as a remedy for many male + female sexual health problems. It’s a powerful ally when used to boost libido, decrease stress, and support proper brain function.

Jasmine Flowers + Rose Petals + Vanilla — Each work to induce a warm + gentle euphoric, relaxing, and sensual sensation.

Combine them into a handcrafted tincture…

…and watch the sparks fly!

Natural Aphrodisiacs...How to Make an Herbal Love and Passion Potion

Herbal Love + Passion Potion Recipe

Ingredients
*Purchase organically-grown or wildharvested herbs whenever possible.

Optional Ingredients

Quick Tincture Method

  1. Place enough plant material into any size glass mason jar to fill 1/3 of the way
  2. Cover the plant material with a 60% vegetable glycerin 40% water mixture + screw on the lid.
  3. Using a pot, made with some sort of non-reactive material, make a water bath by placing a small piece of cheescloth or a piece of scrap cloth on the bottom of the pot, then place the glass jar full of herb + glycerin on top. Fill the pot with 2-3 inches of water. Note :: Do not cover the jar with water. 
  4. Slowly + gently bring the water in the pot to a simmer — just below boiling.
  5. Allow the jar to bathe in this water temperature for 6-8 hours. Be sure to shake the jar periodically throughout the process. And be sure to continuously add more water to the pot as needed.
  6. Turn off the heat, cover with a cloth, and let it all sit, covered, overnight.
  7. Each day, repeat the gentle warming, shaking, and steeping — ideally for 3 days, but if you’re in a super hurry you can make this tincture in one day, however it only gets better the longer and gently it is prepared.
  8. Strain off the herb with the help of a strainer + cheesecloth. Now squeeze hard…extracting all of the goodness of the plant!
  9. Be sure to return the plant material to the Earth.
  10. Bottle + label the tincture. Note :: I recommend storing your tincture in these bottles.

Note :: I know some people (historically myself included) use a crockpot to make herb-infused glycerin tinctures. I no longer recommend this method of extraction. The more I learn about the toxins produced by slow cookers…I’m doing my best to stay away. I prefer not to infuse electricity into my food and especially not into my medicine…if and when I have a choice. With that said, it is an option you may choose if you wish.

Lunar Method

For maximum potency, I prefer to use 190 proof alcohol (100 proof will do just as well) with a steeping time guided by a full lunar cycle.

Read more :: Moon-Based Herbal Medicine Making: How to Make an Herbal Tincture with the Lunar Cycle

To Use

Taken as a sexual remedy, 1-2 dropperfuls of this Love + Passion Potion can be enjoyed thirty to sixty minutes before love-making. However keep in mind…herbal aphrodisiacs are best used as an integral part of our daily routine. Take 1/2-1 dropperfuls daily to inspire passion and sensuality throughout the day.

Where can I get this stuff?

-Mountain Rose Herbs…they have everything you’ll need for this remedy! It’s your one-stop-shop!

DISCLAIMER: The statements made here are purely education and have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. They are by no means intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Although plants and medicinal herbs are generally considered safe, it may not be true for everyone. It is always the best practice and highly advised that you consult with a medical professional prior to the use of this or any other herbal preparation.

Nourishing Plant Infusions :: Full Moon Herbal Tea Blend Recipe (and A Little Bit About Candlemas~Imbolc)

Make your own Full Moon Herbal Tea Blend. Honor the power of the Full Moon + your body, with the magic of this plant infusion!

Aside from the Autumnal Equinox (which is by far my most favorite time of year)…

…the celebration of Candlemas — or Imbolc — is an extremely close second!

A bit of background on
Candlemas~Imbolc .

For those of us who are unfamiliar with this holiday, allow me to provide you a super quick rundown.

Candlemas~Imbolc occurs in the Northern Hemisphere generally between the days of February 1-3. It is the celebration period between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, traditionally coveted as winter’s “halfway point.” It is also the day we commonly know as Groundhog Day.

Read More :: Follow my Pinterest Candlemas~Imbolc Board for more inspiration.

This year Candlemas~Imbolc fell on February 2 — and if I was a disciplined blogger I would have prepared a little piece to be published a couple days ago…oh well, maybe next year (however, it’s not to late to embrace the magic of the season).

Candlemas~Imbolc literally means “in the belly.” It’s a time to prepare ourselves for the coming season of growth + warmth. It’s a time for cleansing and purification. It’s the perfect time to release the past…to set new goals, plan new projects, and brainstorm new ideas.

As M. Flora Peterson writes, at the time of Candlemas~Imbolc “the stirring of the Earth begins the seeds below are drinking in the melting snow and the shoots are starting deep within the earth.”

I spent time yesterday celebrating this joyous day by planning my garden, planting a few (okay…maybe more than a few) veggie transplants, and ordering some seeds. I also enjoyed a relaxing evening lit by a multitude of candles.

Today, I’m feeling super accomplished…

…and I attribute that feeling to this year’s alignment of Candlemas~Imbolc with that of the Full Moon.

On that note, let’s transition to the Moon and the benefits of herbal tea.

The Phases of the Moon — The Full Moon

Diane Ahlquist defines the the Full Moon as “the Moon’s most powerful phase, when we see her entire illuminated face. This is a time of fulfillment, activity, for perfecting ideas, ‘getting your act together,’ celebrations, or renewing commitments to people or projects.”

When we begin to understand the humanity + nature connection, and realign our lives — living in harmony — with the lunar cycles, patience and purpose becomes the norm.

Read More :: The Power of Timing: Living in Harmony with Natural and Lunar Rhythms

During the time of the Full Moon (which I observe for a three day period — the day before, the day of, and the day after), the intentions/plans/goals set forth at the beginning of the lunar cycle (during the time of the New Moon) are actualized.

It’s the perfect time to harvest herbs that will be used with healing intentions. The medicinal benefits of botanicals gathered by the light of the Full Moon are unmatched!

Additionally, it’s a wonderful time for a juice fast or cleanse.

Read More :: Green Juice for Women :: A Balancing Juicing Recipe

It is the culmination!

Check out this link to purchase
this handcrafted Full Moon Herbal Tea Blend.

Benefits of a Full Moon Tea.

One of the ways I honor the power of the Full Moon + my body, is with the consumption of a plant infusion.

For the recipe, I combine nourishing + adaptogenic herbs that provide the necessary support for my thyroid and adrenal glands.

During these intense days of fulfillment, we all need allies that ::

  • enhance metabolism
  • increase energy levels
  • strengthen the nervous system
  • boost memory
  • bring clarity of mind
  • tone + smooth the digestive tract

Full Moon Herbal Tea Blend

Ingredients
*Purchase organically-grown or wildharvested herbs whenever possible.
*Parts are measured by volume not weight.

Method

  1. Measure the parts of each of the herbs listed and mix in a large bowl until well combined.
  2. Grab your single serving tea carafe (this is my absolute favorite way to make a quick cup of loose leaf tea), tea infusers, and/or tea pots…and brew a cup! OR make a larger batch by adding 4 tablespoons of the herbal blend to a quart-size glass jar, fill the jar with just boiled water, steep for a few minutes, strain and enjoy. (Note: I get all of my loose leaf tea-making supplies online from Mountain Rose Herbs.)
  3. This herbal tea blend will keep stored in a cool, dark place for approximately 6 months. (Note: I like to store all of my teas in glass jars with tight-fitting lids.)

Usage

-Drink freely as often as needed for desired effect.

Where can I get this stuff?

-Mountain Rose Herbs…they have everything you’ll need for this remedy! It’s your one-stop-shop!

Check out this link to purchase
this handcrafted Full Moon Herbal Tea Blend.

DISCLAIMER: The statements made here are purely education and have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. They are by no means intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Although plants and medicinal herbs are generally considered safe, it may not be true for everyone. It is always the best practice and highly advised that you consult with a medical professional prior to the use of this or any other herbal preparation.

 

 

 

Nourishing Plant Infusions :: How to Make Your Own Ginger Turmeric Herbal Tea Blend

 

A super easy recipe for Ginger Turmeric loose leaf tea! Reduce inflammation and relieve pain NATURALLY!

The other day I told you about the crazy tea-making mode I’m in.

AND…

…I told you about the vintage travel trailer overhaul I’m in the midst of right?!? Side note :: If you’re interested, you can follow my vintage trailer restoration via Instagram @frugallysustain  

What could the two have to do with each other?

Well, all of my spare time — and not so spare time — has been spent working on this trailer. That basically means, my house is a wreck, I’m exhausted at the end of every.single.day., and I’m probably not eating like I should. However…

…this recipe for Ginger Turmeric Tea has been my salvation of sorts.

I’m drinking quarts of this stuff daily! Because let me tell you, a few days ago I started to feel the soreness of extreme manual labor beginning to take hold — unacceptable! I needed to make something that was nourishing + quick + easy — the solution came to me as I stood sanding the ceiling.

Check out this link to purchase
this handcrafted Ginger Turmeric Herbal Tea Blend.

What does this tea do?

The botanicals included in the following recipe bring balance to the body’s systems (i.e. reproductive, circulatory, digestive, musculoskeletal, etc). And the resulting herbal infusion is super high in antioxidants and loaded with analgesic properties ready for the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, fibromialgia, bursitis, tendonitis, spinal problems, osteoporosis, and general muscular aches + pains caused by strenuous physical activity.

My intention was to handcraft something that would relieve, or at the very least ease, my body’s muscular inflammatory response to all of the extra physical activity and provide lots of support to my immune system.

Effective + safe + inexpensive — medicinal herbs have been used for centuries to naturally fortify the body against inflammatory conditions and reduce pain.

Read More :: Peaceful Warrior’s Herbal Pain Relieving Salve

Various medicinal actions of herbs — primarily that of the anodynes (pain killers) and anti-inflammatories — can be super effectively used as alternatives to NSAIDs and/or pharmaceutical pain relievers.

And the best news…the herbal combo I formulated for this tea is a powerhouse tonic when the intention is for overall wellness.

A few facts + a little folklore
surrounding these plant allies.

Ginger Turmeric Herbal Tea Blend

Ingredients
*Purchase organically-grown or wildharvested herbs whenever possible.
*Parts are measured by volume not weight.

Method

  1. Measure the parts of each of the herbs listed and mix in a large bowl until well combined.
  2. Grab your single serving tea carafe (this is my absolute favorite way to make a quick cup of loose leaf tea), tea infusers, and/or tea pots…and brew a cup! OR make a larger batch by adding 4 tablespoons of the herbal blend to a quart-size glass jar, fill the jar with just boiled water, steep for a few minutes, strain and enjoy. (Note: I get all of my loose leaf tea-making supplies online from Mountain Rose Herbs.)
  3. This herbal tea blend will keep stored in a cool, dark place for approximately 6 months. (Note: I like to store all of my teas in glass jars with tight-fitting lids.)

Usage

-Drink freely as often as needed for desired effect.

Where can I get this stuff?

-Mountain Rose Herbs…they have everything you’ll need for this remedy! It’s your one-stop-shop!

Check out this link to purchase
this handcrafted Ginger Turmeric Herbal Tea Blend.

DISCLAIMER: The statements made here are purely education and have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. They are by no means intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Although plants and medicinal herbs are generally considered safe, it may not be true for everyone. It is always the best practice and highly advised that you consult with a medical professional prior to the use of this or any other herbal preparation.

 

Nourishing Plant Infusions :: A Migraine Headache Herbal Remedy Tea

Nourishing Plant Infusions -- A Migraine Headache Herbal Remedy Tea

The past couple of days I’ve been in this weird tea-making mode!

I call it weird because — even though I’ve always relished a good cup of herbal tea — these days I can’t seem to get enough. And by that I mean, I’m drinking quarts of various teas daily! My body asks for it, I provide it.

This intense craving for nourishing plant infusions has naturally caused my creative juices to flow…thereby producing a ton of new, super fun recipes — most of which I’ll be sharing with you in the coming days.

So…I really hope you like herbal tea!

Today I want to share with you an amazing botanical blend of flowers, leaves, and bark specifically combined to treat migraine headaches.

Check out this link to purchase
this handcrafted Free-To-Be-Me Herbal Tea Blend.

What does this tea do?

My intention was to handcraft something that would bring swift + calming relief from migraine pain (and body pain in general for that matter). I had my Mom in mind — and therefore knew I needed this remedy to multitask by increasing circulation while soothing the effects anxiety caused by a irritated nervous system.

Based on my medical knowledge, I am well aware that conventional, Western medicine attempts to prevent and treat severe headaches and migraines with medications such as: analgesics, NSAIDs (i.e. naproxen, ibuprofen, etc.), triptans, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and serotonin antagonists.

These medications — although often effective in their efforts — frequently come with damaging side effects.

A few natural remedies you can use to
treat migraine headaches.

Thankfully, the revival of plant-based healing is freeing us from our dependence on pharmaceuticals.

And rest assured, the burden and pain of a migraine can be eased with a variety of all-natural and herbal remedies.

Consider the following ::

  • Magnesium. People who experience migraines are repeatedly found deficient in magnesium. Current research has shown that people who experience migraines can reduce the frequency of occurrence by oral and transdermal magnesium supplementation. Taking magnesium tabs and soaking in bath with magnesium bath flakes has proven to provide marked improvement for the chronic migraine sufferer. Likewise, I couldn’t more highly recommend Hylands Homeopathic Magnesia Phosphoric Tablets — this homeopathic remedy is SUPER effective in treating tension headaches and headaches caused by neck/shoulder muscle spasms (it’s also amazing for menstrual cramps…but that’s for another day)
  • Vitamin Protocol. Add the following vitamin protocol to your diet as set forth in Rosemary Gladstar’s book Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family

    At the first signs of a migraine, begin taking niacinamide, 3oo mg daily; vitamin B6, 200 mg daily; and rutin, 200 mg daily. Divide the doses and take two or three times during the day. Alacer’s Emergen-C is also very effective in helping prevent migraines when taken at the onset of the symptoms. Take two packages (2,000 mg) Emergen-C twice a day.

  • Omega 3s. Omega 3s help the body to fight off inflammation — the likely culprit to most severe headaches. Increase your daily intake by consuming flax seeds, pastured eggs, salmon, and fish oil supplements.
  • Herbs. Herbs such as…feverfew, willow bark, kava kava, skullcap, poppy, and rosemary are among some of the oldest remedies for migraines. Feverfew, namely, grows easily in the home garden and can even be eaten raw. Grow your own strictly medicinal herbs with seeds from Horizon Herbs.

Migraine Headache
Herbal Remedy Tea

Ingredients
*Purchase organically-grown or wildharvested herbs whenever possible.
*Parts are measured by volume not weight.

Method

  1. Measure the parts of each of the herbs listed and mix in a large bowl until well combined.
  2. Grab your single serving tea carafe (this is my absolute favorite way to make a quick cup of loose leaf tea), tea infusers, and/or tea pots…and brew a cup! OR make a larger batch by adding 4 tablespoons of the herbal blend to a quart-size glass jar, fill the jar with just boiled water, steep for a few minutes, strain and enjoy. (Note: I get all of my loose leaf tea-making supplies online from Mountain Rose Herbs.)
  3. This herbal tea blend will keep stored in a cool, dark place for approximately 6 months. (Note: I like to store all of my teas in glass jars with tight-fitting lids.)

For a quick and easy remedy, consider using this blend to create an herbal tincture. Click this link to read my instructions for making a tincture.

Tips + Recommendations 

-Drink 1-3 cups of this herbal tea at the onset of migraine aura or headache.

-Use caution! Drinking this tea may cause drowsiness. Do not participate in activities that require precision and focus after consumption (i.e. driving, operating machinery, etc.)

-Grow feverfew in your home herb garden and eat 2-3 leaves daily. Purchase strictly medicinal feverfew seeds by clicking this link. Note: To be highly effective in migraine prevention…feverfew must be used over a period of at least 3 months.

-Here are a couple additional recipes for added migraine relief:

Where can I get this stuff?

-Mountain Rose Herbs…they have everything you’ll need for this remedy! It’s your one-stop-shop!

Check out this link to purchase
this handcrafted Free-To-Be-Me Herbal Tea Blend.

DISCLAIMER: The statements made here are purely education and have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. They are by no means intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Although plants and medicinal herbs are generally considered safe, it may not be true for everyone. It is always the best practice and highly advised that you consult with a medical professional prior to the use of this or any other herbal preparation.

Sacred Smudge Bar Soap :: How to Make Your Own Body Smudge Soap

How to make your own Sacred Smudge body bar soap. Use this handcrafted bar soap whenever you need to rid your body of negative energy. And turn your daily cleansing into a magical ceremonial ritual!

I have to share with you my newest, most FAVE body bar soap!!! You guys…this stuff is super AWESOME! And, coupled with oiling in the shower, using this soap has transformed my shower experience!

We can smudge our spaces + our homes + our bodies with the the smoke of a variety of sacred botanicals.

Now, we can smudge in the shower!

Use this handcrafted bar soap whenever you need to rid your body of negative energy. And turn your daily cleansing into a magical ceremonial ritual!

Using this Sacred Smudge soap is a wonderful way to restore positive, healing vibes with ease!

Check out this link to purchase
this handcrafted Sacred Smudge Body Bar Soap. 

Sacred Smudge Body Bar Soap

Ingredients
*It is super important to use organic ingredients when creating this soap. I have linked to the products I personally use as a reference. 

Oils

Liquids

  • 10 ounces water
  • 4.5 ounces lye (7% excess fat)

I purchase lye for soap-making online
through this reputable source.

Add-Ins

Method

Soap-Making Basics
*
Thanks to the Internet and amazing people who are willing to share their wisdom so freely…I was able to learn the skill. I primarily use the hot processed method…however, choose the method you feel most comfortable with:

  • Wardeh, who runs Gnowfglins, on her personal blog Such Treasures gives the clearest, most easy to follow directions ever! This is the exact post that got me started. She uses the hot processed method and I highly recommend that you read her recipe if you are even the slightest bit interested in making your own soap.
  • Renee of Fimby was also very inspirational and such a great resource! Watch her awesome video that describes the cold processed method for making a simple soap by clicking here.

If you are new to soap-making, I strongly suggest you read through these very informative articles and find what will work for you:

I would also recommend borrowing a few of these books from the library if you really find yourself wanting to know more:

 

Make your own body smudge bar soap.

Hot Process Method
*Remember…there are 2 different methods for soap-making — hot and cold process — this is the Hot Process Method.

  1. Begin by grinding the botanicals, producing a fine powder. Measure palo santo (Simply use a knife to whittle off thin shavings if using Palo Santo Sticks OR I like to purchase Palo Santo Powder here), white sage, and cedar tips into electric grinder or mortar+ pestle — grind until powdered. Set powdered botanicals to the side.
  2. Measure both the lye and water – each in separate bowls — using a kitchen scale. Note: Always run your recipe through a lye calculator to be sure that you are using the proper amount of oils, lye, and liquid.
  3. Carefully combine the lye and water by pouring the lye into the liquid (never pour liquid into the lye) and stir liquid until lye is completely dissolved. The liquid is caustic and not to be touched in any way. The outside of the bowl will be extremely hot as well. Be careful when working with lye and follow all of the recommended precautions. Note: What I’m trying to say is, I can not be held responsible for any craziness, mishaps, explosions, etc. that may happen when making this recipe.
  4. Allow the lye mixture to stay under a vent and cool down while you prepare the oils.
  5. Measure the oils – by weight – and then place in a crock pot — or large stock pot strictly devoted to soap-making (set over the stove) — to melt on low heat.
  6. Once melted, add the lye/water mixture to the oils in the crock pot — or stock pot — and stir. Note: Any equipment the lye touches needs to be neutralized in a mixture of white vinegar, soap, and water.
  7. After a brief stir, grab your immersion blender (this is the one I use and have dedicated to soap-making) and get to work! Blend the oils and liquid in the crock pot for at least 1-2 minutes. We are working toward “trace.”
  8. Continue stirring and blending for 2-3 minutes more – until the mixture becomes a thick, pudding like consistency.
  9. Once the mixture is pudding-like, add the powdered botanicals and stir well to combine.
  10. Cover the crock pot/stock pot and “cook” the soap, on low heat, for approximately 1 hour.
  11. Prepare your mold. Note: I use these silicon loaf pans and absolutely LOVE them! This recipe is enough to fill one of these molds.
  12. Once the soap is done “cooking” remove from heat allow to cool on the counter for 3-5 minutes before adding the essential oils (if using).
  13. Stir until well combined.
  14. Spoon soap mixture into mold.
  15. Allow soap to cool and harden for 24 hours.
  16. Remove from mold on to cutting board and cut into bars.
  17. Place bars on a tray with good airflow so that they can harden further (I use these super inexpensive cooling racks to dry my soap).

***Because this is a hot processed soap…these bars are ready to use 24 hours after cutting. 

Not ready to DIY soap?

This handcrafted Sacred Smudge Body Bar Soap
can be purchased in via Roots + Reverie on Etsy
by clicking this link.

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Moonrise Herbal Tea Blend :: How to Make an Herbal Sleep Aid Tea

Sleepless nights? Make your own herbal sleep aid loose leaf tea blend easily at home! #herbalmedicine #planthealers #frugallysustainable

So, this past week was pretty crazy!

And if you follow me on Instagram @frugallysustain chances are you know why!

For at least the last bazillion years, I’ve been looking, but not super intensely, but sorta intensely — for a vintage camping trailer…

…and miraculously enough — a couple days ago the vintage camping trailer stars aligned and today I have the sweetest ole’ girl sitting in my driveway!

Now the process of restoration begins! And my mind is spinning with plans and ideas!

All of this excitement has made for a bit of sleeplessness. So…I whipped up a quick batch of herbal tea to remedy the situation.

Throughout the realms of folklore, there have been several plant-based remedies created with herbs known to help induce a restorative sleep. One of the most common remedies has always been an herbal tea blend — one designed specifically with harmonious herbs that produce a sedative effect…taken just as the moon rises — before bedtime.

Herbs such as:

In addition to this lovely tea, there have been a few other extremely powerful natural remedies that have transformed the way I sleep. And those have been:

You can find the recipe for those remedies above by clicking the links.

Now…on to the recipe.

Moonrise Herbal Tea Blend

Ingredients
*Purchase organically-grown or wildcrafted herbs whenever possible.
*Parts are measured by volume not weight.

Method

  1. Measure the parts of each of the herbs listed and mix in a large bowl until well combined.
  2. Grab your single serving tea carafe (this is my absolute favorite way to make loose leaf tea), tea infusers, and/or tea pots…and brew a cup! (Note: I get all of my loose leaf tea-making supplies online from Mountain Rose Herbs.)
  3. This herbal tea blend will keep stored in a cool, dark place for approximately 6 months. (Note: I like to store all of my teas in glass jars with tight-fitting lids.)
  4. This tea is mild enough to use nightly. Take a cup 30 minutes before bed.

Where Can I Get This Stuff?

-Mountain Rose Herbs…they have everything you’ll need for this remedy! It’s your one-stop-shop!

Moonrise tea blend

 

This herbal tea blend
— and my Valerian Herbal Tincture

are both available for purchase via Roots + Reverie.