Garden to Shelf

Before I sign off for some quiet holiday time, I have one more post for you all. To end the year on the right note, here is my last instalment in my Garden to Shelf series, which was born from my desire to create items that exist in my garden but that I still seem to buy – wasting both money and packaging (for more info on this series, please check my previous posts on the topic!) So without further ado, here is my  recipe for a yummy herbal tea to make at home from your herb garden and enjoy!!!

 

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Chillax Garden Tea

It is very simple to make:

You grow the herbs – and then pick, wash, dry, and blend the herbs… and enjoy!!!

Use equal parts of chocolate mint, lavender, and sage flowers (not leaves… flowers!)

Crush the chocolate mint leaves lightly then toss with the lavender and sage flowers. I like to leave the flowers intact because it looks pretty and delightful. Pour a cup of hot water over a teaspoon of the herb blend. Steep covered for 3 to 5 mins and sweeten with honey, or maple syrup – my favourite. I make this as a loose tea but you can get reusable bags if you prefer. Make sure to check them out because some contain plastic. So why did I choose these three herbs? I explain this at the bottom of this post to make sure you read it to the end. I am devious that way… hahaha

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Who doesn’t need to relax, take some downtime, sleep better, or just simply chillax! This is something I have been doing my best to bring into my daily regime (I will touch on this more in 2018) because I can be one of those people who gets up and goes, goes, goes… and just keeps on going until I crash! Well, this was the old me… the new me strives to be as healthy as possible, has accepted that rest heals and that downtime recharges our batteries.

So here are the reasons why I chose these three herbs:
– Lavender helps with insomnia, nervous stomach, anxiety, depression, and severe headaches/migraines.
– Sage is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It helps with digestion, hair growth, memory loss, colds, and headaches. It also helps disperse heat…
– Chocolate mint helps with inflamed joints, muscle pain, headaches, relieves tension, freshens breath, digestion, and cools organs.
I have been learning so much with this project, that I just might continue sharing more yumminess from what I grow in my garden in 2018. Happy Chillaxing…

Rose Hip

This year, I decided to try my hand at using a few new items from my garden and stock my shelves with intention. I am going to share a few of them with you over my fall posts. I follow a 3-step diet – as opposed to the 100 mile diet – which means I grow and eat 80% of what I eat and it only take three steps for me to get my food! I also grow the raw ingredients to make medicine for some of my ongoing issues – this includes pain relief and anti-inflammatory remedies.

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That said, I also have a desire to eventually grow the ingredients for my skin care or at least most of what I would need to create my own products. I already use CBD oil diluted in grape seed oil as a moisturizer on my face and neck morning and night, and I take some internally. I started using it to treat my headaches and chronic neck pain, and then I realized that it worked great as a moisturizer for my face, and now my skin feels really good!!!

Since one of the products I love to use is made from something I grow (no I do not grow grapes and squeeze their seeds for oil). I decided this year to love up my rose bushes and collect the rose hips, then dry and squeeze the seeds and infuse them in CBD oil to make a moisturizer for my face. Many of you may know that roses have many benefits and that their oil is an expensive product – rose essential oil can cost around $50 for 1 ml! But not everyone knows that rose hips are very high in Vitamin C and that it is an excellent antioxidant for the skin. Incidentally, rose hip oil is also the best oil to use to reduce the appearance of scars.So here I was, following a 3-step diet but still buying rose oil to put on my skin when I could make my own right out of my garden! And all I need to buy is the carrier oil and voila!!! Soon I will be using a moisturizer infused with something else I grow. No packaging and all organic! It does take patience as all good things do because it is a bit finicky to squish out the seeds, but it is pretty rewarding when you think about the end result. And no you dont have to use CBD oil, I just do!!! You can use one of your favourite carrier oils such as jojoba, sweet almond, avocado oil or just grape seed oil on its own!

I personally like grape seed oil because it is very light, does not plug the pores and is also absorbed quickly into our skin. Remember the saying that, “You are what you eat”? Well you’re also what you put on your skin since it is the largest organ in our body, how about that eh!!! This is why I practice and learn as much as I can about what I can do for my health. I love the 3-step diet and do my best to bring it into all aspects of my life. Today rose-hip CBD oil, next week? Stay tuned for more of  “from my garden to my shelves” series…

Rose-hip Seed Oil:

  • 1/3 cup cleaned rose hip seeds (you can use more or less, this is just what I ended up with!)
  • 1/3 cup grape seed oil (or any other carrier oil of your choice)
  • mortar and pestle
  • glass jar (for infusing)
  • dark jar or bottle (for final storage)
  • 6 weeks of patience

Squeeze the seeds from the rose hips and clean them. Crush them gently in a mortar and pestle to release the yumminess inside. Fill the bottom of a mason jar and add the equal amount of the carrier oil of your choice making sure to cover the seeds fully as any exposed bits will create moisture in the jar and therefore mould. Close the jar tightly and store in a dark dry place, such as a closet shelf or cupboard for six weeks. Strain seeds from the oil using a cheese cloth or a mesh strainer. Store in a dark amber jar or bottle and use up within the year for freshest results. Rose-hip oil tends to go rancid when not refrigerated, so I suggest filling a small bottle for your night and day use and keeping the rest in the fridge and refilling your smaller bottle as needed. I think you will be happy with the results of how your skin looks and feels. Happy oiling!

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dried rose hips
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removing seeds from husks
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rose hip seeds ready to be crushed
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soaking in carrier  oil in dark cupboard for 6 weeks