JUNE

THE SPRING + SUMMER SEASONS ARE A GREAT TIME TO CONNECT WITH THE ART OF RELAXATION - LET YOUR MENTAL VACATION BEGIN! USE THESE HERBAL TOOLS AS A WAY TO NATURALLY TURN DOWN THE VOLUME ON ANXIETY IN OUR FAST-PACED, EVER-CHANGING WORLD. 

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Grapefruit + Rosemary Shrub- A cocktail shrub is a sweetened, fruit and vinegar based syrup used as an additive to cocktails. Known for a flavor that's both tart and sweet, shrubs stimulate the appetite while quenching thirst. Use this Shrub in a cocktail OR a mocktail, but either way, take the time to craft yourself a signature drink.


My favorite Grapefruit + Rosemary cocktail

Mix gin, shrub, ice, + simple syrup in a shaker. (Amounts really depend on your palette, but generally a 1:2 ratio of alcohol to shrub. Top with sparkling water, garnish with fresh Rosemary. 

A great article about the resurgence of Shrubs/drinking vinegars:

LET'S START WITH VALERIAN

Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis) tincture- A liquid tincture is made by soaking the roots of the herb in alcohol to extract the active compounds. Valerian has long been looked to for it’s role in promoting calm, relaxation and a sense of well-being. A Valerian tincture can be mixed into a tea or other type of beverage, swallowed on its own, or even dropped into a hot bathtub full of water for a soothing effect on the skin. In tincture form, a general dosage recommendation is 1 tablespoon, 1-2 hours before sleep.

Please note: In a small number of people, Valerian can act as a mental stimulant...try consuming this medicine when you have time to take note of your natural reaction. Regardless of it’s sedative effects, Valerian is a go-to herb for reducing anxiety and it’s name derives from the Latin “to be well.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A nice synopsis of the Valerian plant

 

featured shrub: Grapefruit + Rosemary

 

Munstead Lavender is one of the most fragrant, colorful, and flourishing herbs in the Terra Luna garden. Whether you use it dried or fresh, this flowering herb won't disappoint. Follow the links for usage ideas and recipes!


Culinary Uses:

http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/how-to/article/cooking-with-lavender

 

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-Lemon Thyme infused Olive Oil-

Making your own infused Olive Oil is a great way to respect the process of slow food. They can be added to salad dressings, marinades, and sauces. They can also be used to sauté greens, stir-fry, or grill. Herbal oils offer a sumptuous flair to meals when there isn’t time to add fresh herbs and spices. Place in a dark cabinet for two to four weeks. Mark your calendar to help remind you to strain.

Strain your oil infusion using any of the following cloths: muslin cloth, tighter weave cheesecloth, cotton gauze fabric, or a clean old T-shirt. Press the oil from the herbal material by wringing out the sticky mass by hand or pressing with a potato ricer or similar kitchen implement. Remember to make sure your hands and implements are clean and dry.                   

Pour your oil into a sterilized (boil the mason jar from this box, dry thoroughly) and label it. Keep refrigerated to prolong shelf life. Use within two to six months.

 

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Soften Your Breath Room Spray- Anytime you feel tense or just need a moment to remember your breathe, spritz the space around you with this healing mist. Lavender grown in the Terra Luna garden inspired this relaxing recipe, a combination of essential oils, flowers essences, and infused vodka, a mix that hits all the senses.


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MAY

This month's share focuses on one of my favorite herb families, MINT! Refreshing, cooling, and calming, mint is the perfect herb for many Summer complaints. 

Mint / Lamiaceae

 

Featured herb: Peppermint Mentha piperita

Peppermint leaves, essence, and essential oils are invaluable aids in relieving indigestion and flatulence. Applied topically, the refreshing properties of the leaves can cool and soothe irritation in high temperatures, or deter insect bites when rubbed directly onto the skin. 

A wonderful breakdown of the members of the Mint family and their uses:

https://blog.mountainroseherbs.com/basic-botany-mint-family

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We often look to modern medicine in times of cold, flu, or congestion, but simple natural remedies are often the answer! The Terra Luna nasal steam is a soothing decongestant  perfect for sinus and chest blockage. 

Eucalyptus Leaf, Peppermint Leaf, Lavender Flower

 

How to identify members of the Mint family:


Honey infused with herbs is pure decadence! It is a simple and delicious way to enjoy the goodness of herbs.
— -Mountain Rose Herbs
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This month's local collaborator:

 

Jarmel Reitz /

 

JarMel by Jarmel ceramics

Jarmel uses a variety of colors and pleasant images to envoke happiness. 
She takes time on every piece and hopes that they create the happiness that I feel while making them in someone else while using them. Terra Luna is happy to offer our members a handmade ceramic tea bag plate for use after steeping.

http://blog.urbanoutfitters.com/blog/uo_studio_visits_jarmel_ceramics

http://jarmel.tictail.com/

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APRIL

This month’s share focuses on an entire season- SPRING! Remember to celebrate and care for your body during the changing of the seasons. CONTENTS: CLEAN TEA BLEND, PLANTAIN ACV TINCTURE, HERBAL SACHET, BLACKBERRY + LEMON THYME SHRUB, FIRE CIDER

Just in time for the opening of their new produce market, April’s local collaborator is Riverwards Produce. Providing all the ingredients in this month’s Terra Luna Fire Cider, we’ve created a truly local product. Visit their new location at 2200 Norris St to peruse reasonably priced produce and community supported products. Visit their website to learn more! 

https://www.riverwardsproduce.com

Fire Cider is one of the most versatile and accessible herbal medicines. Rosemary Gladstar pioneered it in modern herbalism- so who better to learn from than her?? 

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March

This month we explore the benefits of practicing gentle, natural skincare. Clear and healthy skin starts from the inside out, so first activate your liver’s ability to rid the body of toxins with a daily dose of Dandelion Leaf tincture. Next, cleanse and purify with Urban Cabin’s vegan soap bars and slather thirsty skin with a Castor oil salve. Add a final touch of refreshment with a DIY facial spritz and finally, address any stubborn blemishes or irritations with a concentrated oil spot treatment.

DIY face spray

Calendula Flower and Peppermint Face Spray

Calendula Flower Calendula officinalis-  Antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial.

Peppermint Leaf Mentha piperita- Refreshing and energizing

Steep dried herbs as if making a strong tea. Let cool, pour into spray bottle. Spritz on skin for soothing, cooling relief.

Angelica - Angelica officinalis When applied topically, the root of the Angelica plant is anti fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial. 

Angelica - Angelica officinalis

When applied topically, the root of the Angelica plant is anti fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial. 

Local Collaboration

URBAN CABIN SOAPS

dandelion leaf + calendula flower
vinegar tincture

Healthy skin starts from the inside out. A healthy liver and regular digestive flow contribute greatly to your bodies ability to rid itself of toxins. Oftentimes, skin irritations are a result of your body system’s inability to properly cleanse- resulting in acne, rashes, and all sorts of irritations. Ingest 2 dropperfuls 2x daily. High in minerals, take as a supportive tonic for gentle liver cleanse. May be taken directly under the tongue or diluted in liquid.

Dandelion Leaf tincture

Dandelion Leaf tincture

Want to know more about which herbal preparations work best for which ailments? Reference this:

Castor Oil based skin salve featuring Calendula Flowers from the Terra Luna garden!

Castor Oil based skin salve featuring Calendula Flowers from the Terra Luna garden!

Apply liberally to dry, irritated, or inflamed skin.

Castor oil has anti-inflammatory properties, high in unsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, proteins, and minerals.
Jojoba Oil- Light and easily absorbed oil.
Calendula Flower- Antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial.
Angelica Root- Antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial.
Rose essence- Astringent, soothing, relaxing scent. Restorative and uplifting for the nerves.

A great resource about how and when to use essential oils for skincare

Run out of your SKIN SERENE spot treatment? No worries - get more here!

FEEL FREE TO CONTACT WITH ANY SPECIFIC INQUIRIES OR FEEDBACK ABOUT THIS MONTH'S SHARE! 

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February
Rosemary cleanses your mind and your air space - rejuvenate your memory centers with Memory Balm. 
 
Featured herb profile: Calendula Flower Calendula officinalis

Featured herb profile: Calendula Flower Calendula officinalis

We are nearing the end of the Winter season and preparing to revive ourselves for the coming Spring...so dive into this month's theme of Regeneration! Explore the nerve regenerating and delicious culinary properties of locally grown Lion's Mane Mushroom. Then open your nasal passages and stimulate your memory centers with a Terra Luna nasal steam and Memory Skin Balm. Next, try your hand at starting your own herb garden with Calendula Flower seeds and cleanse your space, as well as your mind, with a Sage and Rosemary smudge stick. 

Smudge sticks, in one form or another, have been used for centuries in purification and cleansing rituals. Sage and Rosemary pair perfectly to offer a powerful and soothing smoke that brings balance and purity to any space.  
 
Garden Sage and Rosemary smudge sticks

Garden Sage and Rosemary smudge sticks


Local Collaboration: Mycopolitan Mushroom Farm

Featured mushroom profile: Lion's Mane Hericium erinaceus is an incredible nerve stimulating and regenerating natural substance. Prized for memory enhancement and boosting overall cognitive function. Studies have shown that daily (or frequent) cunsumption of Lion's Mane improves general stress, anxiety, and depression, while touting "neuroregenerative" effects. That is, consuming the mushroom over time strengthens, tonifies, repairs, and improves function of the nerves in your body. In general, Lion's Mane has notable and unmistakably improves cognitive capacity and memory in humans and animals. It contains molecules known as hericenones and erinacines, two compounds suspected to stimulate nerve growth factor (NGF.) NGF is a protein necessary for nerve cells that send information to the brain to function properly. Lack of NGF is considered a cause of certain neurological problems such as Alzheimer's and dementia. 

 

The Terra Luna Nasal Steam

Further reading about Calendula from one of my favorite herbalists! 

READ ABOUT CALENDULA HERE!

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January

Welcome to the first month of your CSA share! This month focuses on “WHOLE BODY CARE,” the understanding that to have a healthy body, one must also nurture a refreshed mind and an awareness of the natural world around us. Find healthy digestion and antioxidant support over a cup of Relief Tea. Then shield your systems from cold and flu season with the help of powerful Elderberries and awaken a drowsy or clouded mind with Morning Mind room mist. Finally, empower yourself to cook with consciously and locally grown ingredients by using Terra Luna grown Lemon Thyme.

 

ELDERBERRY

SAMBUCUS NIGRA

ILLUSTRATION BY MARGO HURST Margo is a Philadelphia-based illustrator and graphic designer. Full time by day, freelance by night; she keeps a visual diary by drawing something every day. Inspired by the inconsistent and difficult-to-render form, Margo often illustrates human hands in relatable situations.  http://www.margohurst.com @margoshmargo 

ILLUSTRATION BY MARGO HURST

Margo is a Philadelphia-based illustrator and graphic designer. Full time by day, freelance by night; she keeps a visual diary by drawing something every day. Inspired by the inconsistent and difficult-to-render form, Margo often illustrates human hands in relatable situations. 

http://www.margohurst.com

@margoshmargo 

The clustered ebony-purple berries of this large shrub are both edible and medicinal. The fruit itself is a tonic food and prescribed medicine for arthritic complaints, while an Elderberry based syrup can be taken to combat colds and flus due to the berries antiviral, diaphoretic (helps to break fevers), and anti-catarrhal (decongestant) qualities. Elder also boasts dainty flowers that are both medicinal and edible. The blooms are used as a diaphoretic and as a helpful remedy for sinus congestion from head colds, allergies or sinus infection. 

By the way: The most commonly used dose for tinctures is 15-30 drops or 1-2 dropperfuls, two times per day. Tinctures offer concentrated medicine when your body needs it most. This tincture comes in handy during cold and flu season...begin to take as soon as the first signs of immune system challenges appear. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEMON THYME

THYMUS CITRIODORUS

A TRULY LOCAL INGREDIENT - THIS PLANT STARTED AS A SEEDLING AT GREENSGROW URBAN FARM, THEN FOUND A HOME IN THE TERRA LUNA GARDEN. ONE OF MY SEASONS FAVORITES!

+ Healing uses- Taken as an herbal tea, acts as an immune system ally, promotes relaxation, and eases digestion by helping to break down fatty foods. Gargle the infusion for relief of sore throats and mouth issues. Taken as a syrup, it benefits respiratory problems such as bronchitis, coughs, asthma, or chest infections.

+ Culinary uses- An aromatic herb in the mint family. It can be used in any recipe calling for lemon juice, lemon zest, or lemon flavoring. A wonderful herb to use in marinades for light proteins such as fish, chicken, or tofu.

 - RECIPE IDEAS -

http://vegetarian.about.com/od/tofurecipes/r/blackenedtofu.htm

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/lemon-thyme-tea-bread

MORNING MIND ROOM MIST

We often forget how much our surroundings affect our mood and mental clarity. Use this room mist to create your own healthy environment! Citrus essential oils help refresh and awaken your senses, while the warm aroma of Rosemary perks up your memory centers. 

Want to learn more about essential oils? Making your own medicine empowers you to use only the best and most thoughtfully procured ingredients - do your research! Use the purest, highest grade essential oils. Find out more about the ingredients in this mist here: 

https://www.mydoterra.com/doterraessentialoil/index.cfm#/

RELIEF TEA BLEND

This blend was created with the understanding that a healthy body needs all of it's systems to work together in harmony. A healthy gut, calm nerves, and an active immune system all play equal parts in creating overall health. 

RESOURCES

https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Natural-Histories-Kim-Hurst/dp/022627117X

http://mountainroseblog.com/

http://phillybeekeepers.org/

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