Swedish Chai + Summer Deals

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I just spent the past weekend in the beautiful wilds of Oregon dancing the days and nights away with magickal creatures of all varieties at the amazing Faerieworlds art and music festival! I came back to my seaside city feeling inspired and with some extra dirt and glitter packed in my bags (and, to be honest, tangled in my hair and between my toes). As some of us celebrate the week of the First Harvest in the Northern Hemisphere and late winter / early spring fire festivals in the Southern Hemisphere, I’m filling up on summer’s glow as the promise of fall is just around the corner.

One of the ways I like to celebrate the early mornings and long, lazy nights of summer is with pots of chai. Chai is simply the word for tea in a number of cultures, though many of us are familiar with the Masala chai of South Asian fame. I love to make chai blends based on local flora, culturally-entwined spices, and my own take on whatever tea drinking culture I may find myself in. Some of my chai blends are created with longing-in-the-heart, as I dream of places I look forward to visiting. Sweden has captured my imagination in recent years and so I created a Swedish chai in exploratory tea anticipation of future journeys. The recipe is below along with some insight into the spices and herbs included in the blend. Enjoy!

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Books have been written espousing the greatness of healing spices and what many consider dusty kitchen condiments are actually earthy jewels of wellness delight. Spices are healing foods that are easy to add to any meal and act as a fragrant passage for medicine to find its way through our mind, body, and spirit.

Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) is an excellent spice for indigestion and calming upset stomachs. Like many spices, Cardamom also has aphrodisiac qualities.

Clove (Syzygium aromaticum), like many spices, aids with indigestion, but also has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anesthetic qualities.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum spp.) is a delicious blood sugar balancer and is also heart-healing, promoting healthy circulation, reducing hypertension, and possessing anti-clotting properties.

You can learn more about Elder, the Tree of Medicine + fiery Ginger in previous posts!

Our First Sale!

We are having our first sale in our S H O P in celebration of All Hallow’s Eve!  Our Witch’s Delight Tea Blend is 10% off and will be until November 1st.  Witch’s Delight is an excellent brew for the cold season with Elder Berry & Flower, Hawthorn Berry & Flower, and local Maine apples included in the blend.  With your tiny vial of green magic powder (Spirulina) included in every order, you’ll be able to practice your own potion making powers.

Witch’s Delight is made of:

HAWTHORN LEAF & BERRY Craetagus monongyna: Used as a living plant barrier, Hawthorn marks the permeable barrier between the mundane and the magical. A charm of resiliency, Hawthorn protects against lightening and storm damage, which is particularly useful for night flying! Medicinally, Hawthorn is a heart tonic and good for sore throats, anxiety, insomnia, indigestion, hypertension, and much more.

CARDAMOM Eletarria cardamomum: Strengthening to the heart and lungs, Cardamom improves circulation, increases energy, and induces states of joy and clarity.

FENNEL Foeniculum vulgare: A charm against accidents, Fennel is well known for sweetening the breath and improving digestion. Fennel increases energy in the body because it regulates digestion and assimilation of nutrients thereby stabilizing blood sugar levels.

ELDER BERRY & FLOWER Sambucus nigra: Revered in Celtic cultures as a sacred tree, Elder brings health and happiness to the household it resides in. Elder is an excellent tonic against colds, coughs, and the ‘flu, fighting infection and inflammation.

VERVAIN Verbena officinalis: Known as the herb of enchantment, Vervain, brings visions and the tears shed by Isis for her lost love Osiris were said to be the parts of the Vervain plant. Calms the nervous system, aids in assimilation of nutrients, and an excellent remedy for all sorts of grumpiness.

APPLE FRUIT: A charm of love, long life, and clever thinking. The fruit is cleansing, lowers cholesterol, and contains vitamin A, B, and C.

Vial of SPIRULINA Arthrospira platensis: Add a dash to your brewed cup of tea to turn your potion a glowing green! Spirulina is packed full of nutrients and if you’re interested in getting your daily dose check out our Super!Rainbows!Love!Go! Herbal Powder.

 

Come In and Sit a Spell: Witch’s Delight Tea Time


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October has arrived carrying on her back a cloak of fallen leaves, steadying herself with the ever cooling dark of approaching winer.  To work in the tradition of Western Herbalism is to acknowledge the history of magic associated with our green friends and the bearers of their magical names and inclinations, Witches and their kin. Bringers of healing, gatherers of storms, and potion charmers, Witches, their ancient myths and modern manifestation, continue to walk the edges of society, trembling the web of change wherever they tread.

Though, really, I’m sure they’ve already taken to the sky.
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