Juniper Berry Tea

I grow a lot of herbs in the back yard. My favorite thing to do with the herbs that I grow is to make tea! There are so many health benefits involved with simply having a glass of tea. The plus side of this healthy liquid is simple. Tea is pretty delicious. I just love the idea that I am drinking the juices of a plant. I read somewhere that juniper tea was really good and had a lot of health benefits. So I wanted to give it a try. But I don’t grow that in my back yard. And finding organic juniper berry tea in the local store was a bit difficult. But lucky for me I already knew an amazing place to purchase organic teas. 

Buddha Teas is a place I trust. I mean it is not walking in the back yard and harvesting your own fresh pot of tea. But when you don’t grow it and want to enjoy it. Buddha is the way to go. They offer the convenience of purchasing tea at your fingertips. So I ordered a box of Organic Juniper Berry Tea. And I had a cup. It was tasty. And it was full of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. My body was very grateful for that cup of liquid love. The more I research about this wonderful herb the more greatness is revealed to me. So thank you to whoever peeked my interest in Organic Juniper Berry Tea. I love it!

Did you know that juniper berry is the main flavoring agent in gin? If you enjoy gin maybe it time to thank a juniper tree for being alive. I am certainly grateful they are alive! 

 

 

 

 

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Collecting Driftwood

I found some cool driftwood the other day while I was rafting on the river. I collected it and loaded it up on my raft. I just knew they were going to make great succulent displays. I used crushed rose quartz and crushed purple amethyst as well as crystal quartz in each. I tend to use my little pups from my leaf propagations for all my projects with driftwood. I like to watch them grow in. Would love to see what everyone else does with driftwood. Feel free to share photos!

Orange Peels and vinegar experiment

UPDATE: We have used the spray in the kitchen area, and definitely see a difference. The spray is so much nicer than the typical sprays available. Smells better and works as good, I will be making more.

We are testing the theory that orange peels soaked in vinegar for two weeks in a dark cupboard will produce a solution that will eliminate ants. In two weeks you drain, throw out the peels and add water 1:1. If you have a cup of vinegar you add a cup of water then put in a spray bottle.  Made ours today and will update in two weeks.

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Orange peesl and vinegar
Orange peels soaking in vinegar

Herbs

Lavender Herbs
A handful of happiness

Having Garden Fresh Herbs always adds a unique flavor and look to your salads and other dishes, some make fantastic teas. It also adds just a little bit of protection from most health problems we all develop in later years. If you have, a nice sunny yard or window try growing a herb garden. They are one of the easiest gardens to grow and will do well with container gardening for those who have no room for a garden. [More]

Essential Oils

Essential OilsEssential oils are the concentrated oils extracted from plants. The oils are often used in aromatherapy via diffuser,  home made candles, lotions, shampoos and soaps. Aromatherapy is a pleasing and natural way to boost both your physical health and your emotional well-being. Our bodies take in the benefits of these concentrated oils through breathing the oils or applying it to the skin with lotions. more

Smudge Sticks

Made some smudge sticks tonight with rosemary, sage, lavender and oregano. They were easy to make and smell good. The use of sage is for healing, the smoke is used to bless, cleanse and heal. Lavender smoke is used to invite the spirits and rosemary is for cleansing, peace of mind, and to release all kinds of psychic, spiritual and even physical purification. Oregano fosters happiness, harmony, love, peace, protection, psychic development, growth, and tranquillity. 

Donkey’s Tail Succulent

Donkey Tail Succulent Donkey's Tail Succulent Donkey’s Tail succulent or (Sedum Morganianum), sometimes called Burro’s Tail plant, is a popular and easy to grow trailing succulent. It is native to Mexico. This unique looking plant has long hanging stems. That are covered with thick rows of fleshy blue-green, tear dropped shaped leaves that overlap like the hair on a donkey’s tail. The stems can reach lengths of over 3 feet long. It is happiest when grown in hanging baskets or up high so that it has room to flow down and no one can accidentally bump into it. A Donkey’s Tail plant is very fragile and the stems break and the leaves easily detach and fall off of if disturbed. Donkey Tail needs careful handling. Read more about Donkey’s Tail

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera Plant flowering
Blooming Aloe Vera Plant

Aloe Vera is one of my favorite succulents to have in the garden. It will thrive pretty much anywhere as long as the soil is well drained. Aloe Vera rarely needs to be watered, give it a good soaking and then let the soil dry out between watering.  It has many health benefits and the easiest way to use Aloe Vera is to just snap off a leaf when you need it and rub on the gel. Use it fresh, or it stores it in the fridge for up to a week. Its a nice little burn cream to have on hand.

For more information click on the link:   https://www.surrealgardening.com/Succulents/aloeVera.htm