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.

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.

 

A Tea for Each Trimester: Herbal Tea Blends for Pregnancy

Consistency is good – and consistent variety even better!  When I began to create a blend to support the needs of a growing pregnant body, I created birthed three.  Triplets!  While each tea can be enjoyed at any time during your pregnancy, I crafted them to build upon each other and to address specific issues that tend to happen during different parts of pregnancy.  Budding pays special attention to building up nutrients in the body and relieving morning sickness.  Blooming brings in herbs that are especially strengthening and tonifying to the uterus, as well as calming herbs like Chamomile, to regulate and sustain energy levels.  Blossoming continues to tonify the uterus and also includes herbs to help bring milk and the development of colostrum.
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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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A Strong Brew: Making Medicinal Tea

There is more than one way to make tea.  Tea can be made with carefully heated water to the right temperature with a specific allotment of time for steeping.  Some teas are loose leaf, some are bagged; some left to steep for five minutes, others until the drinker remembers to remove the tea from cup or pot.  Making medicinal tea does not require any skills beyond making a regular cup of tea, except, perhaps, more patience and more tea.
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