A little while ago I shared on my Instagram page that I was starting on a long-desired endeavor: becoming an Herbalist. Over the last 7 years or so I’ve become very drawn to the power of herbs and “natural” remedies and healing. Or could we just call it remedies and healing? Using the powerful medicines that god has placed on this earth for our benefit is something that speaks strongly to my soul. Were I born a thousand years ago I would no doubt fallen into the profession of healer or wise woman.
For the last few years I’ve told myself that as soon as I found the time, I would learn all I could about the art of herbalism. It has benefited my life in so many ways and I have seen the power of it over and over, as I have dealt with routine ailments in a natural manner. One can always consult books or the internet when the need arises, but I want to know at the drop of the hat what the best solution would be, what herbs, what manner of application. I want this to be a part of who I am, as ready to be accessed from my mind as the cooking knowledge I’ve already gained. And lets be real – there is no right time! I’m never going to be less busy than I am now, so why put it off any longer?
So I did it. I started forward on my journey to become an Herbalist by signing up at The Herbal Academy. Currently, I’m working on learning about and starting my Materia Medica, and once I’ve competed that I will start into their introductory course. I Can’t wait to learn all about these wonderful herb that grow all round us! If you are too, head over to my Instagram where there will be a giveaway going on from tonight until Thursday where the winner will get to take the Introductory Course from The Herbal Academy for free!
Herbal teas are a penchant of mine and this winter I’ve been drinking a lot of this Cinnamon Rose tea, always with a splash of coconut milk and honey! It’s comforting and warming and I especially like a cup at night after the kids have gone to bed. I’ve used ground cinnamon in this recipe as it is easier to use for single servings, but go ahead and use cinnamon sticks, if you like. Especially if you are brewing up a large batch. If you do use the ground cinnamon, you may find it beneficial to strain the tea through a nut milk bag or cloth before drinking to keep the finer granules out.
- ¼ teaspoon(heaping) Ground Cinnamon
- 1 Cardamom Pod, crushed
- ⅛ teaspoon Vanilla Bean Powder
- ½ teaspoon Dried Rose Petals, crushed
- ¼ teaspoon Dried Chamomile Flowers
- 8 ounces water, heated to steaming
- 1 teaspoon Raw Honey
- 2 tablespoons desired Milk(I like a mix of Coconut & Almond)
- Place the cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla powder, rose petals, and chamomile in a reusable tea bag or ball. Place in a mug and pour the steaming water over the top the herbs. Cover top of mug with a plate so that the volatile oils in the herbs do not escape through the steam.
- Let steep 10 minutes. Remove tea bag or ball.
- Stir raw honey into the tea until dissolved. Add milk and enjoy!