UPLIFTING LEMON AND LAVENDER TEA
This Summer tea blend is a mix of lemon balm, lemon verbena and lavender- all grown and gathered in Pescadero this late Spring. Lemon Balm can calm a nervous stomach, ease stress and anxiety, enhance memory and lift the spirit. It is also a potent antiviral herb and particularly helpful for herpes. Lemon verbena is cooling, calming and delicious while lavender strengthens the nervous system, calms anger, irritability and restlessness, and is powerfully antimicrobial. This tea mix is cooling and refreshing, helpful for rehydrating on a hot day, bringing some energy on a drowsy afternoon, or lifting your mood on a fogged in morning. This blend can also ease a troubled stomach, a stress-induced headache or a heavy heart.
For a medicinal brew, add a ration of 1 tbs of herbs to 1 cup of boiling water, cover and let steep for a minimum of 20 minutes. Or use as you would enjoy any beverage tea. Also feel free to try brewing it as a sun tea outside or in a sunny window.
SLEEP SUPPORT TINCTURE
This tincture contains four gently sedating flowering herbs: California Poppy, Hops, Catnip and Chamomile. Each of these plants works to calm the nerves and ease tension in the body and this sleep support tincture can help you to relax into sleep without leaving you groggy in the morning. We recommend that you experiment with dosage for yourself. Start small, and if you're still not able to sleep, you can always take a few more drops.
Dosage: 15-30 drops 15 min before bed or if waking during the night. Not recommended in pregnancy or if using pharmaceutical sleep aids.
A ‘hydrosol’ refers to a steam distillation of a plant and we used our new copper still to gather the steam and essential oils of one of our favorite herbs. Lavender is just starting to bloom on the farm right now and we used it in this remedy because of its soothing, cooling and antiviral properties. And it smells amazing! To cool down after a hot day or too much time in the sun, simply mist your skin. It can also be used as a gently astringent toner or breath in the spray to take in the calming scent in moments of stress. This hydrosol should last for 6 months to a year unrefrigerated or longer if it’s kept cool.
This all-purpose salve will help to heal wounds, prevent infection, heal bruising, prevent scarring and ease skin pain and irritation. Apply as often as you'd like to bites, rashes, scrapes and cuts (after first washing any wounds.) This salve can also be applied to help burns after they have thoroughly cooled to the touch and we've gotten feedback that it's quick to heal external candida. This is a handy remedy to keep with you this Summer to care for yourself and others.
COASTAL WILDS SOAP- Cooling and Drawing for Skin Irritations
This soap is intended for the little mishaps of getting out and about in the natural world- bug bites, poison oak/ivy, too much sun, minor scrapes and snags. The dark green color is from being jam packed with nutrient rich herbs, ready to tend to all your topical woes, or to just enliven your healthy skin as regular soap! We have plantain and bentonite clay to draw out any insect poisons or plant toxins, yarrow for wound healing, nettle and mugwort for soothing irritation and itch, and mint to cool any inflammation.
As always, if this (or any remedy) seems to aggravate your condition, listen to your body, and discontinue use.