March 2018 - Warmth
As the glow of Spring draws near, this month we celebrate the necessity and comfort of physical and emotional warmth. Gently heat your gut with herbal salt, honey, and tea! Then soothe your skin with a warming oil and treat your heart to thoughtful, fiery poems by this month's contributor, Robyn Campbell.
HERBAL FINSHING SALT
This blend is called a finishing salt because it is meant to be added to a dish after it is prepared. Salts are also lovely additions to marinades/dressings, or they can be rubbed on meats and seafood before cooking.
Ingredients: Himalayan Pink Salt, Rosemary Leaves, Satsuma Mandarin Orange zest, Garden Sage Leaves, Juniper Berries, Garlic, Black Pepper
This warm and spicy blend is especially good on poultry, but also adds interest to herbed goat cheese blends, roasted roots and stuffing. You can also add it to olive oil and vinegar to create a flavorful salad dressing. Or try it in a Winter Squash dish! Add a little extra warmth to your final Winter dishes.
RELIEF TEA BLEND
This crimson tea embodies warmth and comfort in a cup.
- Hibiscus Flower (Hibiscus sabdariffa) High in anti-oxidants. Yields mucilage and pectin (relieves irritation of mucous membranes.) May help calm nervous system + reduce high blood pressure. A heart opener.
- Peppermint Leaf (Mentha piperita) Anti-oxidant, supports digestive function.
- Violet Leaf (Viola tricolor) Relieves inflammation of digestive tract, expectorant, + laxative. Blood cleansing - hangover relief.
- Whole Cloves (Caryophyllus aromaticus) Carminative (warms up the digestive tract, speeds up and increases the thoroughness of digestion, and reduces gas.)
Monthly Maker Feature: ROBYN CAMPBELL
Robyn Campbell is a Philadelphia-based poet who often flees to the mountains. She is the Editor of Semiperfect Press and a picky Pisces. Her work has appeared in journals like Stirring, Apiary, + Voicemail Poems, among others.
GINGER INFUSED WILDFLOWER HONEY
P.S. This honey originated from Bee Natural LLC, a small apiary in Smyrna Delaware. They produce local honey from their own bees and package the specialty honey in addition to producing a wide selection of products from the hive.
WARMING BODY OIL
ESSENTIAL OIL FEATURE: Rose geranium is used to reduce symptoms associated with PMS, menopause, depression, fatigue, frustration, jet lag and physical stress. Geranium also has balancing properties for the skin and can be applied to help reduce symptoms from bug bites, acne, skin irritation caused by allergies and helps with dandruff and is commonly featured in anti-aging formulas.
Wildflower honey infused with Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale.) Let this honey give your immune system a warm and comforting hug! Add it to your favorite tea or take by the spoonful
It is commonly used for to help soothe a sore throat, support the bodies response to indigestion, and other symptoms that leave a person feeling cold.