It’s Always Tea Time Somewhere!: May Day Tea Time

We’ve started a new project at the Apothecary based on our firm belief that It’s Always Tea Time Somewhere!  We’ll be featuring monthly posts on tea time recipes as well as stories for discussion to feed the mind and soul as well as the belly.  Our first guest post is by K. Heron of Bloody Show who writes about her first experiences of activism by marching through the streets of Olympia, WA.  Her Gluten-free Vegan Blueberry Corn Muffin Recipe is a great one to have when planning a protest, a picnic, or a lazy springtime tea time.  

You, too, can join in on the It’s Always Tea Time Somewhere! movement.  Write up your own tea time musings and recipes and let us know about them via Twitter (#It’sAlwaysTeaTimeSomewhere! or #IATTS!), on Facebook, and below in the comments.  We would love to start a collection of tea-timer photos on Pinterest, too, so take photos of your tea time lovelies if you so desire! 

Enjoy!

☆ It’s Always Tea Time Somewhere: May Day Tea Time ☆
by: K. Heron of Bloody Show

Blessed Beltaine and Happy May Day to all! On May 1, we celebrated the ancient fire holiday of Beltaine. We had a very lovely and sweet time around the fire on the actual day of Beltaine and enjoyed the Supermoon on May 5, which also happens to be Lunar Beltaine. It is hands down one of my most favorite times of the year.

from Shelton Blog: Mason County Washington’s Progressive Voices

On May 1, we also remember the Haymarket Riots here in the U.S. In high school, I had an incredible social studies teacher who gave you credit for things like standing on a street corner in my small one-horse town, holding signs and advocating for the candidate of your choice. So it was a snap to get credit to skip school for a day and head to my very first protest ever, May Day. We (the marchers and critical mass bikers) met at Rainy Day Records, the coolest music store on the west side of Olympia. We gathered and marched, shutting down the streets and wending our way all over town. We handed out leaflets, danced, and had a great time.

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It was exhilarating. It was also scary. It was just a few months after the WTO protest in Seattle and cops showed up in full riot gear. Doggedly, we boogied on down the street. At our final destination we shut down the busiest intersection in Olympia, barring hundreds of people from easy access to the freeway. Our goal? Take back the streets. Remind other people and ourselves that people are meant to come and gather, create community, and not just ride in cars as we drive to shop at big box stores that don’t care about the environment and treat their workers terribly. (Yes, I realize this is a gross oversimplification of the reality of things. But I was also 16 and idealistic and in my head at the time it really was that easy.) Basically, we had a big party. We planted a community garden in an abandoned lot (it got bulldozed later that week by the owners of the lot who just let it sit vacant and empty for another several years). We had music and dancing. There was naked mud wrestling(!) and stilt walkers and face painting. I stayed for hours and hours and still carry that celebratory spirit within me when I think about creating positive social change.

In honor of that, I bring you a recipe for Vegan Blueberry Corn Muffins! They are completely delicious warm, great with a little bit of vegan butter (or non-vegan butter if you please), and they freeze well for a brilliant on-the-go snack (great for protests and marches!).

☆ Gluten-free Vegan Blueberry Corn Muffins ☆
(Adapted from the Blueberry Corn Muffin recipe from the brilliant Gluten-Free Goddess herself)

Preheat yer oven. 350 degrees will do ya just fine. Either line a muffin tin or grease it with a bit of oil.

You will need the following:

Dry ingredients:
¾ cup cornmeal (I like to use polenta for grainier muffins, but feel free to use any kind you want)
¼ cup buckwheat flour
¾ cup brown rice flour
½ cup potato starch
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp xanthan gum
¾ cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Wet ingredient:
¼ oil (canola, melted coconut oil, etc. I tend to avoid extra virgin olive oil in baking for its
distinct flavor)
1 Tb honey
2 tsp vanilla
½ tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 Tb Ener-G Egg Replacer whisked with ¼ cup warm water until foamy
¾ cup warm water

And finally, 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Here’s how you make these tasty gems:

Mix or whisk together all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of your batter and add the wet to that well. Mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until well-combined and sticky. Fold in the blueberries. Spoon batter into your muffin tins, pop them in the oven for 20 minutes or so. As with most gluten-free baked goods, allowing them to cool
for 5 minutes or so will help them keep their integrity. Eat them hot or let them rest on a wire rack until room temperature. Grab your sweetie (or mom or best friend or favorite puppy dog companion) and enjoy your tea time!

The Tricky Tea Leaf is on the move…

 

 

Jingle-jangle,
tippy-tumble,
rolling-rumble,
the Tricky Tea Leaf Traveling Tea Party has come to town!

The Tricky Tea Leaf Traveling Tea Party is a monthly membership club of great renown!* Each month, Members receive a 3 ounce bag of loose leaf tea. Some months you will receive one of our more popular teas and other times you will receive a tea that has yet to be offered in our Apothecary. We currently carry 18 different varieties of gorgeous, good-for-you tea! Our Members also receive a 10% discount (already applied to purchase price) and a 15% discount coupon for future purchases. Shipping and handling is also already included in the purchase price.

Visit our Etsy Shop or Poppy Swap Store for more details.

*As rated in the Unicorn Quarterly of Tea-Drinking Aesthetics.


Iced Tea, Ya’ll!

iced tea time, ya’ll, in the apothecary!

I was raised on family stories of not-so-law-abiding ancestors who lived fast, and in some cases, died young.  Having now lived for a short while in Austin, I’ve come to appreciate one of my ancestors, the wild west train robber and outlaw, Sam Bass.  My Uncle Sam’s death is re-enacted annually just a half-hour from our home on the 4th of July which is a strange experience for me, but an altogether Texas way of celebrating the 4th.  He was an interesting character, whose appearance was said to be gentler than the typical rough-and-tumble outlaw.  I imagine that if Sam were alive today we’d sit in the Apothecary’s backyard drinking iced tea and planning our next direct-action protest (I figure that I could direct his wild west energies into more social justice oriented activities and less train robbing).  So in honor of my outlaw ancestry and in an attempt to love the heat, our newest creation in the Apothecary is an iced tea.

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Buzz! Buzz! New Tea Blend for Children and Busy Folks!

Buzz! Zoom! Zip!

There they go again! Our buzzy little bees are off on another adventure! Let’s help them land back down softly on the earth (or at least dock for some down-time) with our calming, soothing and altogether centering Buzzy Blend. We work with a lot of kids (whether as a nanny or herbalist) and appreciate the importance of children maintaining their equilibrium so they can explore the world in a mindful and joyful way. Buzzy Blend is full of delicious, nutritious and deeply calming herbs to balance buzz with bliss. (more…)

Owl Post! ~ Hogwarts House Teas Have Arrived ~

image from the hp-lexicon.org

We are delighted to introduce our new line of Hogwarts-inspired House Teas to those lovely Muggles, Witches, and Wizards who shop the Apothecary.  It is no secret that we’re fans of the magical world of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and have spent many an hour dressed up as Professor Trelawney and dreaming of having a copy of One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi by former Hogwarts Headmistress Phyllida Spore.  Hopefully our new Hogwarts House Teas will inspire the student of magic in you! (more…)

Your Cup of Tea Awaits!

There are those who like their tea loose and tumbling.

And there are those who like tea snug in its spot, wrapped up like a package.

Let us wrap up your tea of choice so as not to delay enjoyment of your lovely bound-up brew.

The Apothecary is now offering all of our teas in individually wrapped, single-brew tea bags.

Visit our S H O P to purchase.

Isn’t tea lovely?

We all have people in our lives that we can, with all sincerity, call lovely.  They embody the qualities of compassion partnered with the generous concern that you are having a good day and that they are somehow contributing towards such a goal.  Lovely is a tea blend to celebrate the loveliness in our lives and preferably with the ones we’ve dubbed “lovely” to share a cup with us.

Read more about Lovely’s antioxidant powers… (more…)

A New Tea for Two!

We are proud to present the latest in our pregnancy and postpartum tea series: Sweet Nectar Milk Blend. A tea to support breastfeeding, Sweet Nectar Milk Blend combines of galactagogue, nutritious, and nervine herbs.  Sweet Nectar Milk Blend encourages the production of milk by stimulating milk flow, providing the body with nutrients, and calming and relaxing mama by supporting the nervous system.

For breast feeding success, we always encourage new families to seek advice and guidance for proper breastfeeding techniques from a midwife or lactation consultant.  Learning how to breastfeed correctly will be the first and biggest benefit to successfully breastfeeding.

Sweet Nectar Milk Blend includes:

FENNEL Foeniculum vulgare: A yummy galactagogue that has long been used in postpartum blends to encourage milk flow.

FENUGREEK Trigonella foenumgraecum: Another classic galactagogue, Fenugreek is also anti-inflammatory which can be very helpful to reduce any swelling or pain.

RASPBERRY LEAF Rubus idaeus: Full of vitamins and minerals to relax, strengthen and restore the body such as vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, it also increases colostrum in the milk when used during pregnancy.

NETTLES Urtica dioica: Nettles are full of iron, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B, calcium, just to name a few of this green beauty’s constituents.  Very nutritious, indeed!

LEMON BALM Melissa officinalis: Helps mamas adapt to change, alleviates frustration, and soothes the nerves.

ALFALFA Medicago sativa: Stimulates lactation and increases the quality of breast milk while providing vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, calcium, iron, and zinc.

CARAWAY Carum carvi: A galactagogue that also provides calcium and iron to the body.

ANISE Pimpinella anisum: Another galactagogue, Anise is also said to promote youthfulness and prevent nightmares.  Lovely!

Visit our S H O P to purchase Sweet Nectar Milk Blend and our other pregnancy and postpartum series tea blends.

More Stars for More Merriment

As with any part of the year, whether you are tired, invigorated, flabbergasted, illuminated, joyful, disgruntled or bursting with any other exuberant expression of emotional being-ness, we hope that you’ll always have time to drink deep the incredible (tea)cup of life that we’re all experiencing.

All that said, we are simply tea-sellers at the end of the day and we would like you to know that we’ve more stars to light your way.  Our Star of Yule Tea Blend is now available in our standard 3 ounce size in our little online shop. You can still find it in our Winter Remedy Kits, too, in a smart-looking 1 ounce tin (who doesn’t want to look clever?).

Winter Remedy Kits

As the year grows darker, it is especially important to nurture those inner fires of joy and gentleness.

Or were they fires of passion and desire?

Maybe they were dim lights for dozing…

Never fear what fire you have that might need stoking, for we’ve created our line of Winter Remedy Kits to meet all your darkening year needs.  Well, maybe not all of them – we’ll leave it to your parents to get you that pony you’ve always wanted.  So absent of a pony, we do have a special treat –  two of our Winter Remedy Kits feature our newest tea blend: Star of Yule!  Our Star of Yule blend was made to invoke the feelings of the winter with fresh notes of scent, freckled with warmth and starlight.

Star of Yule contains the following:

STAR ANISE Illicium verum: A great winter holiday remedy for all sorts of digestive complaints, including indigestion, belching, and gas.

CINNAMON Cinnamomum zeylanicum: Stimulates digestion, promotes circulation, warms the body and protects against colds and the ‘flu.

LICORICE Glycyrrhiza glabra: Delightful to the taste buds, Licorice is a wonderful rejuvenate herb.

ROSEMARY Rosmarinus officinalis: A nervous system toner, Rosemary is also warming and uplifting.  Promotes clear thinking (“Rosemary for rememberance!”) and protects against infection.

LEMONGRASS Cymbopogon citratus: Great for stomachaches, headaches, and promoting relaxation.

JASMINE Jasminum sambac: Uplifting, pain relieving, and an aphrodisiac.

PEPPERMINT Mentha piperita: Another great remedy for digestive complaints, Peppermint protects against colds and the ‘flu.  Adds a “pick-me-up” perk to our blend without being overstimulating.

Check out our Winter Remedy Kits after the jump! (more…)