Tuesday, May 31, 2011

It's practically June for cryin' out loud!

So, today my daughter stayed home with an extremely sore throat and stuffy nose.  Fine.... Except that tomorrow is the first day of June!  This is the type of thing that should happen anywhere from October to February!  But be that as it may, there are two weeks left of school, and those happen to be the two busiest weeks of the year for her and our whole family.  She is performing as "Minnie May" in our community's theatre production of "Anne of Green Gables" nearly every day this week and several days next week.  She is also wrapping up the school year with choir performances... Not a good time for swollen glands and a sore throat!
But have no fear, mommy herbalist is here with a recipe (that I usually only bust out with in fall and winter) that is the perfect remedy for a cough and sore throat~ and it is super delicious as well!

 1/2 cup of dried elderberries (or 1 cup fresh)

5 whole cloves

1 cinnamon stick

1 Tablespoon of freshly grated ginger

2 cups of water, and

1 cup of honey

I like to use local honey rather than store brand because it is very helpful in building a tolerance to local allergens!

Combine elderberries, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and water in a pan on stove and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes.  (You want decoction to be reduced by about 1/2.)
Strain decoction and add honey.  Let cool a bit and then pour into jar or bottle.  ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS label homemade remedies with name and ingredients.  Then you may store in fridge for up to two weeks.
If you are trying to avoid getting sick, you can take a spoonful every day.  If you are already sick, like poor Maddi, you may take a spoonful every hour.  I'm not gonna lie~ I even like to pour this stuff on my ice cream!... So, I guess June is as good a time as any to make this wonderful syrup.  This stuff is full of antiviral properties, antioxidants and flavinoids... and yum power!


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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Father's Day Discount

Now through Father's Day, receive a 10% discount by using coupon code 1SalemEtsy10.  Just click on the picture below to go to the shop.  
Midnight Body Butter boasts a masculine scent featuring Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang and a smidge of Lavender.  The natural butters and oils used to make this product are beneficial for those "rough edges" after long hard days at work!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Win a Grapefruit Body Butter!!

Vintage Remedies, the school I earned my Family Herbalist certification from, and am currently studying Master Herbalism through, is celebrating its 4th anniversary on June 2nd!  This very fun online celebration is open to the public and there will be many chances to win many prizes including a 4oz tin of Grapefruit Body Butter from Phytotherapy!
This is a perfect scent for summertime~ a great way to say goodbye to gray days and hello sun!  Perfect for after-sun moisture!
To enter, join the party at
on June 2nd, from 6pm-9pm Central Time.  Good Luck!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Setting up Shop...

Well, it's been a bit of a slow moving thing, but I now have a shop on Etsy and am learning how to set it up with all the bells and whistles. Not only am I having fun in my own little creative bubble, but I am meeting so many other creative minds... I love this! There is certainly something to be said for local, handcrafted items that come from the creative genius of real people...  It's a beautiful thing!
Currently in my shop I have a collection of body butters made from Organic, Natural and/or Fairly Traded ingredients such as mango butter, shea butter, kpagnan butter, and pure essential oils.  My newest addition is Mandarin/Nutmeg, and, yes, it smells as good as it sounds!  As I'm learning the Etsy ropes, (and nearing summer vacation) it is my intention to add more items such as baby balms, lip balms, bath teas, herbal pillows, and other natural products as well as unique and repurposed items. 
As for what's to come on this blog, health and wellness advice, aromatherapy advice, and maybe even a recipe or two!  I will also keep you posted on specials and discounts, not only from my own Etsy shop, but other shops of interest here in Salem.  Currently, you can receive a 10% discount with my shop, as well as several other Salem Etsy Shops, now through Father's Day. (See site for details).
Come take a peek.  I think you'll enjoy what you find!

Phytotherapy~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/phytotherapy


Salem Etsy Team~ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Salem-Etsy-Team-Public-Fan-Page/205939549421598