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New Red and Green Brews for You!

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I created two new brews!

Introducing: Queen Ruby and Morning Greens!

 

Enjoy the rich color, and light, sweet, floral palate of this Queen. 

Queen Ruby is a royal powerhouse of health.  

Rooibos: Antioxidant, anti-spasmodic, good for respiratory health, hyperactive gastrointestinal disorders, calming

Rose Petals: Calming, indigestion

Goji Berries: Antioxidant, mineral-rich

Rose hips: vitamin C

This caffeine-free green herbal tea is a great morning (or any time) immune booster! 

Morning Greens is a leaf-lovers dream!

Nettles: Immune system boost, allergy relief, anti-inflammatory

Red Clover Leaf: immunity, cholesterol

Ginger Root: Digestive aid, anti-inflammatory

Spearmint: Digestive  aid, anti-fungal

I have also created a five-pack of all the herbal brews (teas, not including smoking blends)! If you desire Wild Coyotea in your kitchen, or some handcrafted, healthy gifts to share with friends, I am offering a discount when you buy them as a package deal

Ezra the Forager

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My friend Jacqui told be about her boyfriend's nephew Ezra: a young man who took plant foraging very seriously. I was impressed by his dedication and passion to this ancient practice. I hope you are inspired by the possibilities of young people showing such respect and joy for the natural world.

 

What inspires you?

I am inspired by the idea of becoming completely sustainable. Not having to rely on major companies to give me the food I eat has always seemed desirable to me, and foraging is such a fulfilling way of doing so.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about foraging, and teaching the world about foraging. It is the first way we sustained ourselves and is in all of our genetics. It is food in its raw form, and its most powerful

What are your favorite plants to forage?

#1 favorite thing to forage- Wood Nettle. I love it because it' a challenge to find, but once you do, you are rewarded with its wonderful taste. It also grows in large patches where it does grow, so its even more satisfying once you find it

#2 Serviceberries. They were one of my first foraged items, and therefore are one of my favorite. In season, they have many times prevented me from turning my homework in on time

#3 Lambs Quarters. Available most of the time, incredibly delicious, and just all around a great food.

                                                                                         Serviceberries

                                                                                         Serviceberries

 

What project/s are you working on right now?

I am not working on a lot right now. Winter is a bit of a dead time for me with foraging, so I'm just waiting it out for the spring.

What keeps you going when you’re “stuck”?

When I get stuck, I often find I just need time to think it over or just keep on trying. The thought of success will keep me trying, If it is something worth putting my time into.

How do you take care of yourself?

I take care of myself my walking, staying active, and eating well (Maybe a bit too much sugar)

What qualities about yourself work to your advantage? (What do you like about yourself?)

I like my determination, my leadership skills, and my foraging knowledge 

What is your favorite place on earth?

My favorite place is my grandparents mountain house in northern Pennsylvania. So much of my growing as a person and a forager has happened there.

What is your next travel destination?

Nowhere to my current knowledge. I would love to go to Peru, but that isn't going to happen

What is your favorite beverage?

Nettle tea
 

 

What is your favorite food or recipe?

Periwinkle Escargot- All foraged

What are your Utopian ideals?

A society where everybody is equal, all conflicts resolved with cooking competitions, and the government is made up of yogi's.

What is your astrological sign?

I am a Capricorn.

Check out Ezra's Blog: Forager in Philly


Top 10 Must Haves for a Healthy Kitchen

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Here are my Top 10 for a healthy kitchen! I recommend having them on hand at all times to incorporate into your daily practices of nourishment! 

 

Lemons

I add lemon juice to hot water in the morning to flush my system.  Also great for dressings or whenever you need a little tang! Even though they seem acidic, lemon juice actually helps alkalize your body. 


Raw Hemp Seeds

One of the most easily digestible vegan proteins! I add it to smoothies, salads, rice bowls, popcorn- everything!

Coconut Oil

Great high heat cooking oil, good for your skin, brain, heart, tastes great! I also add it to my pup’s food for a shiny coat.

Garlic

Immune booster!

Ginger

Warming, anti-inflammatory.  I use finely chopped ginger with my lemon water, it makes a great soothing herbal tonic.

Real Salt

Don’t mess with processed salt. Get the kind that still has its natural minerals

Dark leafy Greens

Because, duh. (Chlorophyll. Fiber. Vitamin A.)

Nut Butter

Protein! I love almond butter.  If you are into the peanut variety, make sure it’s organic. Non-organic peanuts are known to have TONS of chemicals.

Chocolate

Dark Chocolate.  Antioxidants. Vitamins. Essential Fatty Acids.

 


Raw Honey

Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties!  Delicious.  I use raw honey in my herbal teas and with hot lemon ginger tonic!

 

Herbal Alchemy, Benefits of Healing Herbs

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This herbal alchemy thing is not a game! I really believe in the extraordinary power of plants. By blending roots and flowers and leaves together with intention, I am actually making medicine for the body.  From the time I was a kid, I was instilled with this respect for the natural world’s healing abilities. My mom would give us chamomile tea for upset stomachs, aloe vera gel straight from the plant for burns, and an array of aromatherapeutic oils for different ailments. 

I can’t remember exactly when I started blending herbs for my own health and enjoyment, but it’s been quite some years now. I started making kombucha about ten years ago, and I have always enjoyed infusing the tea with delicious and nutritious plants to add to the probiotic benefits of the fermented tea.

So, how do you know which herbs are right for you? There are so many, each with a multitude of healing properties, and of course each of our bodies may have different reactions to the plants. I can’t prescribe something to you as a doctor would, but I can tell you what has worked for me, and why I make the blends I do!

Let’s start with my Spiced Herbal Coffee.  Why is it called herbal coffee? Well, it’s dark and rich like coffee, and it goes great with cream and honey. I like raw local honey from Sonoma County with coconut milk! Also, you can add half and half or almond milk, or whatever kind of creaminess and sweetness you like.  The roasted chicory root is great for your digestion and since I am now using chicory root powder instead of chunky chicory root, the powder dissolves in the hot water and gives a nice body to the beverage. Dandelion root is great for liver function and digestion, breaking down fats. Ginger root is wonderful for digestion, easing the stomach, as well as being very warming.  Cinnamon is good for cholesterol and is warming as well. Pau d’arco is known for its active ingredient, lapachol, which is an excellent immune booster, even known to kill cancer cells.

Spiced Herbal Coffee

Spiced Herbal Coffee

How about my Artemis Brew? I created this specifically for women, although men love it too.  I like to think of myself as a missionary for raspberry leaf! I have found such relief from raspberry leaf tea for uterine cramps. This is great to drink all month, but specifically right before and during your moon time (menstrual bleeding).  This brew is bolstered by rose hips, the fruit of the rose plant, containing high doses of vitamin C, which is good for the immune system. Rose hips are also high in vitamin A, which is good for the skin. Also they are known to work as a gentle laxative, good for constipation. Hibiscus helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels, lowers blood pressure + is high in anti-oxidants (vitamin C), fighting free radicals that damage cells in our bodies.  Rose petals are known to be calming, to ease menstrual cramps + have a soothing effect on the stomach. Pau d’arco is part of this as well, one of my favorites. Known to be an antibiotic, antifungal, antitumor, antiviral, digestive, diuretic, fungicidal, antidiabetic, analgesic, astringent and parasiticide. Pau d’arco is great for the immune system and to combat yeast in the body.  

My Kava Dreamtime Brew features the euphoric kava-kava, from the South Pacific islands, used ceremonially to make people feel euphoric, tranquil + sociable. Known to reduce anxiety, help depression, used as an anesthetic, to treat sleep problems, among other benefits.  Kava is banned from some countries because of potential harm to the liver and because it is such a strong medicine.  It is not recommended for pregnant women or children under twelve, and not recommended to be combined with alcohol. This is a serious plant! Chamomile is good for soothing the stomach, known to be used as a sleep aide. Mugwort is also known for easing anxiety, stress, and insomnia.  Good for menstrual cramps + to regulate hormones during menopause. Lavender is good for insomnia, restlessness, to ease headaches, upset stomach and to stimulate the appetite. Again, this strong brew is not recommended for pregnant women.

My Ritual Smoking Blend is surprisingly one of the most popular things I make! I love the ritual act of smoking, though I don’t smoke cigarettes. This is a great alternative to tobacco, or to be blended with cannabis.  Mullein is an expectorant, which means it is good to remove phlegm from the lungs. It helps clean you out! Mugwort, again, is a dreamy herb and causes a euphoric feeling when smoked. Lavender and Spearmint offer subtle flavor notes, reminiscent of being in an open field of wildflowers and herbs. Raspberry leaf is a traditional herb smoked by Native American tribes, and very commonly found in herbal smoking blends.

I hope this information is useful and inspiring! Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, suggestions! I am in my test kitchen today brewing up two new herbal teas and one new smoking blend.  Get excited! I will be featuring blue cornflower, chrysanthemum, calendula, and red clover flower… Coming soon!