We're blessed today with beautiful weather on the the longest day, this is when we the sun reaches it's highest elevation and we have the longest daylight hours. The longest day is often confused with midsummer, which is normally the 24th June and is known as Litha in the wiccan calendar.
Both days are spent honoring the power of the sun, giving thanks for crops, handfasting, feasting and celebrating life. There are many rituals and rites which you can use to celebrate the solar year and the abundant life around you, the herbs traditionally used for ritual include St John's wort, Chammomile, Meadowsweet, Verbena, Mugwort, Mint, Elder & Hemp.
To keep with the tea theme this month you could try a wild craft (pick from nature) some of these herbs and use to make a herbal infusion or dry some for later use.
Welcome to Herbal Medicine Awareness Week 2019, the theme we're embracing this year is 'Random acts of wildness' so please feel free to join in a find something from nature that makes you feel wild and connected to nature and take some time to just enjoy it while you ponder the many aspects and benefits of herbal medicine!
I started the week with a tea blending workshop at The Yoga Factory in Southend on Saturday, thanks to all who came and I hope you're all enjoying your teas. A few people asked for the recipe for the herbal cookies so please find this below. You can source the dried herbs for your cookies from a good Asian supermarket, health shop or contact me to buy any single herb by weight from 25g upwards.
There are two further Tea Blending Workshops planned - Friday 28th June at a private yoga centre and Saturday 20th July here at the Foxglove Apothecary. The one here at the apothercary is open to all and will be held in the garden (weather permitting) from 11.30-1.30pm. Numbers are limited so book early and I'll be sending more dates out soon for further workshops.
The workshop gives an overview of Western Herbal Medicine including how herbs are harnessed & used as medicine and how you can begin to use herbs at home. Following this you'll design and blend a tea for a specific purpose of your choice. I'll discuss individually any medical concerns or drug interactions. You'll be provided with a herbal snack and tea plus your own bespoke 25g blend to take home.
If you'd like to book this please contact me directly on 07904 234066, the investment is £25.
Ingredients: 200g flour of your choice * 60g oats * 1 tsp salt * 1 tsp baking powder * 10-20g dried herbs cut finely (I used marshmallow leaf) * 60g sugar of your choice * 80g coconut oil * 5-8 tblsp non-dairy milk
Extra decoration if desired eg, rose petals coated in rose or other syrup, bee pollen, poppy seeds
Method: preheat oven to 200C, add oats to food processor & process until course, add herbs, flour, baking powder, salt & combine. Add coconut oil & process until well combined. Add milk one tablespoon at a time until a smooth dough forms, it should feel slightly tacky. Dust your work surface with flour and roll to 3-4mm thick. Cut with cookie cutters and place on baling parchment on a baking sheet. If you want to add a decoration do so now & press gently into each cookie. Bake for 12-15 minutes until turning golden brown & slightly soft still in the middle. Place on a cooling rack and cool completely before you enjoy them with a cup of herbal tea!
I want to share what I know about natural medicine with you. I also love stories and articles about food and nature so in this blog I will be looking at all these subjects and how they come together in our daily lives.