Herbal Musings

Black Elderberry Syrup - aka Crud Buster

Posted by Colleen O'Bryant on

  I love exposing folks to the power of herbs by traditional remedies. Elderberry Syrup is another classic traditional recipe that bolsters the immune system and really helps ward off colds because of its immune building properties.

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Wild Roots Apothecary Fire Cider

Posted by Colleen O'Bryant on

Fire cider is a no joke traditional medicine.  It’s tasty and infused with the powerful decongesting oomph for sinus relief and a spicy circulatory mover The tasty combination of vinegar infused with powerful decongestant and spicy circulatory movers makes this an easy go-to for winter wellness.  It works with your natural health processes by stimulating digestion, and get you nice and warmed up on harsh days or when you feel a little under the weather.

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Herbal Bone Broth with Peelings

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Herbal Bone broth using Peelings This bone broth that can be incorporated into the diet to meet a myriad of nutritional needs, serving as everything from a delicious sipping broth to a beautiful base for more hearty soups and stews. This nutritional powerhouse liquid, chock-full of magnesium, potassium, calcium, and sodium, allows the body to refresh and restore itself. Use it as a tonic to enhance your immunity and skin! If you are a non-meat eater then just remove the chicken bones and you’ll still receive most of the benefit of the soup.

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Comfort when needed. Make your own Chai Tea.

Posted by Colleen O'Bryant on

Basics of Chai Tea Blending

I have a couple of chai tea blends at the house in the winter. Some are chocolaty, some are really spicy and one is energizing but all have five ingredients in them to make the "chai" flavor.  Cardamom, ginger, cinnamon chips, cloves and ginger are my flavor base now this isn't the bulk of the tea its just the components that I can't blend without.  

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Nettle Orange Hot Toddy

Posted by Colleen O'Bryant on

I love the heat of winter.  Outside it may be frigid but inside you can add a dash of cinnamon or ginger to anything and feel the instantaneous building of warmth.  This little riff on a hot toddy was at a recent event called @MakersMeals where I was fortunate enough to make cocktails for 50 or so folks on a rainy evening at Kit and Ace in Georgetown.  It was a beautiful night and so nice to have an evening away. I ended up making two cocktails but this one feels so seasonally appropriate I'll share this.. First start with...

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