Teas and Bees

June 07, 2017

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Welcome to "Teas and Bees."

Talk About: Home Remedies, "Kitchen Witchery", Self-Care, Plant Medicine and Hive Products

Kimberly DuBois, founder of Turtle Moon Health, says:

KimberlyI’ve been studying ancient healing methods for most of my adult life.  I believe our ancestors knew a lot more about health and healing than we give them credit for.  They knew how to use what grew in their immediate environment to boost their body’s natural ability to heal itself and fight off disease.                                       Our ancestors were deeply attuned to the natural world, and over time they realized the medicinal properties certain plants offer.  And they passed down what they learned to their children and grandchildren.  
That wisdom is still available to us. But in our hectic, modern culture, we aren’t always the best listeners.  
So I’m here to be that bridge.  To connect you with the simple, everyday practices used by ancient cultures to bring enduring health and vitality.  
For me, these natural healing practices have become a way of life.  They are what I’ve found to be true.  Not only have I embraced them in my own life, but through Turtle Moon Health I’ve helped hundreds of people discover the truths for themselves.  In my thinking, we aren’t meant to go at it alone.  The natural world is here to support us … to give us what we need to live vibrant, fruitful lives.                                                                                                         The Turtle Moon Health "Teas and Bees" blog is your go-to place for tips and insights about how ancient healing methods can help strengthen body, mind, and spirit. We’ll share ideas and practical steps to help you incorporate the age-old wisdom of natural herbal remedies into your everyday life. No matter how busy it is.

June 07, 2017

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Not Your Average Medicine Chest

TRADITIONAL REMEDIES FOR HOME AND TRAVEL

 All my life I’ve gathered essential oils for everyday use. Over the years, I developed a habit of carrying them with me in a pouch in case I needed them. This became the inspiration for a kit – 5 essential oils, complete with their descriptions and application instructions, all in one place. Together the oils in this kit are a remedy to more than 50 ailments, a perfect on the go “medicine chest”, ready to come to the rescue.

Also included in the Medicine Chest is a quick reference guide listed in alphabetical order for treating each ailment with the oils. This provides a handy self-help tool for home and travel use. What I love is that the kit includes a few uncommon oils you don’t see everywhere. Those who have experience using essential oils will recognize and appreciate these exceptional blends. At the same time, thanks to the informative and concise reference guide even the inexperienced user will quickly and easily learn more about these remedies. It’s a great way to be introduced to essential oils and to learn how to use them to actually obtain results.

Sneak Peek into the Medicine Chest

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  • LAVENDER MAILETTE: FOR ALL-PURPOSE USE
  • EUCALYPTUS RADIATA: TO PROTECT AND HEAL VIRAL AND BACTERIAL INFECTIONS
  • AFRICAN SAGE: AN EXCELLENT ANTIFUNGAL AND ANTISEPTIC SKIN CLEANSER
  • HELICHRYSUM:  FOR TRAUMAS, BRUISES, SPRAINS AND STRAINS
  • BLEND OF RAVENSARA/THYME LINALOOL: ANTI-INFECTIOUS, IMMUNE STIMULANT, EXPECTORANT AND ANTI-VIRAL/BACTERIAL
With such a broad variety of uses, the kit makes an excellent gift to yourself or others. For the best use of the potential that lies within these oils, familiarize yourself with the content cards, so you have a go-to when needed.  It’s really like having your own personal, new and improved medicine chest, with everything you need, at all times….and it fits in your purse. If you run out, the oils can also be refilled upon request as usage varies.

Be empowered and don’t leave home without it!

Light & Love,

Kimberly

September 08, 2016

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Herbal Liniment Recipe for Muscle Ache

Many thanks to Mountain Rose Herbs for this instructional video. This combination of Comfrey Root, Valerian, Calendula, Cayenne and Cinnamon increases circulation and soothes tired muscles. Try it!!

Love and Light,

Kimberly 

 

September 08, 2016

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A Daily Cup of Herbal Tea for Health and Wellness

If you could pick one thing to do every day to enhance your overall health and sense of wellbeing over time, a cup of quality herbal tea should be at the top of your list. Herbal teas are a highly effective, inexpensive (and super easy) way to boost your immune system...

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How Kimberly Evolved Her Healing Herbal Teas

                           

Kimberly, founder of Turtle Moon Health, talks about her experience, over the last 25 years, evolving her line of Healing Herbal Teas. She portrays the different types of packaging she has used and speaks about how the line developed conceptually over time.

Does LOOSE-LEAF TEA Top TEA BAGS for Flavor & Health Benefits?

At first thought, a tea bag spells convenience. Oh yes, one may say that they don’t have enough time to make a proper herbal infusion. Or, the thought may not have even crossed your mind. Allow me, an herbalist (who has made and drank many herbal tea formulas), to share my 25 plus years experience on this topic.

Bodum Travel PressIf you enjoy herbal infusions as much as I do, you may as well go all the way and soak it loose! A proper steeping vessel, such as a French Press, makes it super easy and much more beneficial for your health. You simply measure 2 tbsp. of your loose leaf blend of choice into the press, and pour 16oz. of just boiled water over the herbs. Cover and allow to steep for 10-15 minutes. Decant by pressing the herbs to the bottom and pouring into your favorite mug or to go cup. There you have it, a brew chocked full of readily available vitamins and minerals, plus full bodied flavor.

When you consume herbal teas this way, 4 to 5 times weekly for 6 to 8 weeks, you will experience a tonifying effect to the organ systems of the body. It works much like super nutritious food would, yet without taxing the digestive system, as the nutrients are readily absorbed into the blood stream. So easy and so satisfying! In our house, we love the ritual of nourishing and nurturing ourselves in this way. At the moment, our daughter enjoys a blend to keep her acne prone skin at bay. I’m enjoying and benefiting from herbs blended to ease menopausal changes, and my husband is toning the organs (lungs and large intestines) most vulnerable in the autumn season.

 Winter Herbal Tea Blend

These herbs are hand picked from the optimum part of the plant for flavor and health benefits and cannot be properly brewed in a tea bag.

Oh yes, I got so excited about sharing my brewing preference that I nearly forgot about the good old tea bag. Well, typically tea bags contain herbs whereby the leaves are crushed, so the freshness and quality can be compromised. As soon as you breakdown the cell wall of a plant to that degree, you lose volatile oils and nutrients. Plus, the amount of herbs in a typical tea bag is a tablespoon if you’re lucky. By the time you fill your mug with water and the steam escapes with whatever volatile oils are left, you end up with a weak cup of tea.

Calming Tea in Tin

This could mean you need 2 tea bags for a decent cup of tea, and it ends up being an inferior quality brew, plus less cost effective.

Now, there are exceptions for having a decent cup of tea bag tea. Examples of herbs that loan themselves to this method, would be the mint family such as, peppermint, spearmint and catnip. Chamomile and lemon balm also give their energies easily to this use.

In summary, you get the most for your buck and body with a loose leaf herbal infusion. Once you get used to doing it this way, plus have what you need for convenient brewing purposes, you will not look back! I would not be without an on going favorite brew for anything. This, for my family and me, has been a powerful health enhancing ritual that I would not trade for any other. Give it a try, and you too may feel the benefits and get hooked!                  

Happy Brewing!

Kimberly

September 08, 2016

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How and Where to Apply Essential Oils

EOs are used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications.  A single oil can be used or a complex blend, depending on the user's experience and the desired benefit. 

Essential oils are usually administered by one of three methods: diffused aromatically, applied topically, or taken internally as dietary supplements.

 

TOPICALLY

Due to the natural molecular composition of EOs, they're easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically, sometimes diluted with a carrier oil and sometimes "neat" (undiluted). Once they're applied, essential oils can have almost an immediate, localized effect to the target area of application. They have restorative and calming properties and can be used very effectively in massage and beauty therapy. EOs are also natural disinfectants. The chemical structure of essential oils allows them to be absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin for internal benefit throughout the body.  
TOPICAL PLACEMENTS:
1.  Suboccipital Triangle:  (picture at top of post) is a great place to apply an EO topically, it sits at the base of the brain stem and close to the blood supply to the brain.
2.  Feet: the bottoms of our feet host the largest pores on our body and allow quick absorption.  
3.  Over the heart: a nice place for a topical application, I find it very soothing and calming.
4.  Localized: when aches and pains are involved, apply EOs directly to the area of discomfort and massage the oils in with carrier oil.

 AROMATICALLY

Our sense of smell influences lots of physiological pathways including the stimulation of hormones and other metabolic processes. Aromatherapy is founded on the body's predictable response to specific olfactory stimuli. Essential oils are widely used in aromatherapy applications. Certain essential oils, when diffused in the air, can be stimulating while others can be calming and soothing. Beyond emotional benefits, diffusing essential oils can purify air of unwanted odors and some airborne pathogens. Low or no-heat essential oil diffusers are recommended because they don't change the chemical structure of the oil being diffused. EOs can also be used as cleaning and purifying laundry and surfaces in the home.

 

 INTERNALLY

Therapeutic grade essential oils can also be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions. Some EOs have powerful antioxidant properties while others help support a healthy inflammatory response in cells. Many EOs are generally regarded as being safe for dietary use,but some oils should not be taken internally. Please don't use any essential oil product internally that does not have the appropriate dietary supplement facts on its label.

 
 
 
Using essential oils can be both profoundly simple and life changing all at once. Working with someone who has used essential oils before can help first-time users have a good experience and boost their confidence. There's a wealth of information available for those wanting to increase their knowledge of essential oil applications.  
Many thanks to the source of this information:
campwander.blogspot.com
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