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Meadowsweet and Flowers Tea


1 teaspoon dried meadowsweet 1 teaspoon dried rose petals 1 dash of cardamom powder (for taste) Your choice of honey, stevia, or maple syrup to sweeten to taste


  • In a heat proof glass vessel, combine the meadowsweet, rose petals, and cardamom powder.

  • Add 8-12 ounces of hot water just off the boil.

  • Cover and allow to steep for 10 minutes.

  • Strain the infusion into your favorite teacup or coffee mug. Sweeten to taste.

  • Take a few minutes to clear your mind, focus on your breath, and enjoy your tea!

Easy Mugwort Liniment


Witch hazel (Organic is preferred. The kind with alcohol has a better shelf life in my experience.) Dried mugwort leaves 1-2 tablespoons of dried lavender buds (Optional, or substitute rosemary and/or peppermint)


  • Take a clean, dry jar and fill it half full with dried mugwort.

  • Add a tablespoon or two of lavender, rosemary, or peppermint if desired.

  • Fill the jar the rest of the way with witch hazel extract.

  • Place a lid and a label on the jar, and allow it to extract for two to four weeks.

  • When the liniment is ready, strain the herbs out of the liquid and transfer your liniment to a clean spritz bottle. Store the liniment in the refrigerator if you would like (I find that the cold temperature feels great on sore, tired muscles), or you can store it at room temperature.

  • Label the spritz bottle and use as desired on tired feet and legs.

Vanilla and Maple Comfort Cordial

When there are aches and pains present, valerian can be balanced. It can also be calming when there is stress. But, its unpleasant flavor and odor may be what makes it most well-known. Thankfully, it doesn't have to taste bad at all with a few added additions. The major herb in this elixir is willow, which helps to mask the strong flavor and aroma of valerian. Nevertheless, when vanilla extract and maple are added (both of which are uplifting nervines that work well with valerian), I find that the elixir is also calming and enjoyable.

You must use a 2-ounce glass bottle because this recipe only makes around 1.5 ounces. As long as the bottle specifies that the vanilla extract is 100% pure, you can use the type of vanilla extract used for baking without any problems. Instead, you can produce your own.

Vanilla and Maple Comfort Cordial


6 teaspoons (1 ounce) white willow extract 2 teaspoons valerian extract ¼ – 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (to taste) 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup


  • Combine herbal extracts, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in an amber glass bottle.

  • Cap the bottle and shake gently to combine.

  • Clearly label your bottle.

  • Use 30 drops (or ¼ teaspoon, which is approximately 25 drops) as desired, up to six times per day (short term use).

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