TWO INGREDIENT PLANT BASED POPSICLE RECIPES: A TREAT FOR YOUR TASTEBUDS & GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

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There are herbal popsicle recipes galore on the internet. And I’ve made more than my share of them. Many that I absolutely loved. Most with herbal material, or chunks of fruit in them. The addition of these ingredients adds a great deal of eye appeal to the final product, for sure. And it’s often very tasty as well.

BUT …

I prefer to make my popsicles from a plainer herbal brew. Chunky is great! Plain takes me back to my favorite childhood pops. I remember eating endless root beer flavored pops. And then there was my absolute favorite, the vanilla twin pop ❤

The only place that carried these little gems in my neck of the woods was about 45 minutes from my home. After I got my drivers license I used to drive to that little town just to get one!

As a grown woman, who understands the importance of fueling her body with healthy food, I can’t remember the last time I ate a sugar laden popsicle. They simply don’t appeal to me anymore.

But an herbal infused popsicle hits the spot. Without a doubt. Every damn time 😉

And if you must have a sweeter version, there’s no harm in adding a little honey to the brew. I sometimes do.

Here are three of my favorite herbal popsicle recipes, to get you started on your herbal popsicle making journey. But remember that the possibilities are absolutely endless. You should definitely experiment with some of your favorite flavors.

And also keep in mind that these popsicles are a really fabulous way to get much needed herbal nutrients, antioxidants, immune boosting properties, and so much more into a little person when they are not feeling well.


ROSE HIP & GREEN TEA POPS

Brew 6 cups of green tea, 3 tea bags per 6 cups of water will be plenty strong enough. Toss in 8 tablespoons of dried rose hips. Let sit for at least 2 hours. I usually let mine sit overnight. Strain rose hips out. Pour into popsicle molds. Freeze. And then … ENJOY!

ORANGE & GINGER TEA POPS

Bring 6 tablespoons of fresh, sliced ginger root to a light simmer, in 4 1/2 cups of water. Remove from stove and allow to sit for at least 2 hours. Overnight is preferred. Then strain out the root and add 2 cups of fresh squeezed orange juice. Pour into popsicle molds. Freeze. And then … ENJOY!

PINEAPPLE & ELDERBERRY POPS

Put 6 tablespons of dried elderberries in 6 cups of pineapple juice. Place in the refrigerator and allow to ‘brew’ overnight. Strain out the elderberries. Pour into popsicle molds. Freeze. And then … ENJOY!


Following are just a few of the health benefits you can reap from indulging in these incredibly tasty frozen treats …

Rose Hips: reduces inflammation, strengthens connective tissue, supports the immune system, supports the heart and cardiovascular system, used long term to reduce varicose veins, diabetes, and allergies, coats and soothes mucous membranes and the digestive tract

Green Tea: modestly lowers total and LDL cholesterol, improves inflammatory skin conditions, enhances cognitive function, helpful for reducing stress and chronic fatigue, increases fat burning, improves physical performance, lowers the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, kills harmful bacteria in the mouth

Ginger Root: improves blood sugar levels, reduces LDL cholesterol levels, lowers blood pressure by expanding blood vessels, assists digestion, reduces cold and flu symptoms, supports the immune system, relieves nausea, improves blood sugar levels, great for minimizing menstrual pain, improves brain function, lowers and fights infections

Orange Juice: lowers high blood pressure, relieves constipation, strengthens teeth and bones, prevents kidney stones and macular degeneration, supports eye and lung function, supports the respiratory system, contains anti-inflammatory compounds, beneficial for those with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome

Elderberries: improves vision, supports the immune system, enhances heart health, lowers cholesterol, combats bacterial and viral infections, used as a mild laxative and diuretic, protects cells against damage, assists in regulating diabetes, promotes weight loss, reduces acne, soothes the skin, lessens the appearance of age spots and wrinkles

Pineapple Juice: fights inflammation, aids digestion, boosts the immune system, reduces coughing, eases digestion, relieves arthritis pain, speeds recovery time after exercise, protects against heart disease, reduces the risk of cataracts, boosts fertility, reduces bloating and constipation


I hope you dive head first into the world of herbal popsicle making. Please let me know, in the comments, if you try any of the recipes in this post. Or share your own recipes with me. I’d love to have them ❤

And … connect with me on facebook, instagram, and pinterest to stay abreast of any other happenings here at Bohemian Apothecarist.

As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤

DISCLAIMER: I am not a licensed health professional. You are solely responsible for researching herbs to determine how you choose to use them. If you decide to make them a part of your health care plan, I take no responsibility for that decision.

HOW HUMANS CAN GET MOST OUT OF THE SUMMER SEASON

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There is something about the heat of a sunny summers day. Something that is a little hard to put into words. And yet seems to be clearly understood by both the plant and the animal kingdoms.

I like to think of it in gardening lingo. The seeds have been planted, and now it is time to just relax a bit and wait for the harvest to come. There is some maintaining to do, of course. Things will need to be watered and weeded. But, still, the next event that will require a significant bit of energy from us is the harvest.

So we have time to PLAY! And it feels good.

There are many ways that I engage in summer season play. But today, I want to share those that I never allow to slip through the cracks. A summer does not come and go, without me paying a little extra attention to these three areas.

GET PHYSICAL

The first of these is the innate need I feel to get physical. What? I just said to relax didn’t I?

Indeed, I did. So, do both. Get yourself engaged in physical activity that you enjoy. Things that get your blood pumping, your endorphins moving, and your mind off of the every day.

Maybe take a hike. Or a bike ride. Perhaps you could go on a hand-gliding adventure. Or water skiing. You get the idea!

AND … do yourself a favor and, at least once this summer, get physical doing something you’ve never done before. It is so good for your head space. So damn GOOD.

LEARN SOMETHING NEW

Choose something you would like to learn. Or further study a subject you’re already familiar with. But pick something that interests you and commit to increasing your knowledge of it.

You can do this with a hands on activity, if that is more desirable to you. I love hands on activities, and as you likely know they are often touted for their ability to help those who use them retain details of the subject matter they employ them with. I believe that to be true. They have a certain kind of stick-with-you quality.

BUT … I am a book nerd. And if you are also a lover of the written word, you may want to spend a good amount of your summer nights sitting in a comfy chair, under a star lit sky, with a book (or twenty) on the subject of your choosing.

PRO-TIP: Combine your hands-on skills with your inner book nerd, and you’ll likely come out light years ahead of practicing only one or the other technique 😉

COMMUNE WITH YOUR HIGHER POWER

And finally, commune with your higher power.

This is something you may be doing already. And that’s great. Which goes without saying, right? But the summer months offer you the opportunity to head out into nature and allow your connection with the divine to deepen. The ‘signal’ is stronger out there, as they say 😉

Let the soothing sights and sounds of Mama Earth melt away all of your stress and anxiety. Let her aromas and the sensations of her elements, earth, air, water, and fire, wash over your senses. And you will inevitably be changed on a profound level.

The summer season will be upon us soon. Do you have plans to engage in any of the activities I’ve mentioned this year? Or, perhaps, you have another way to squeeze all you can out of this energetically charged season. If so, I would love to hear about it! So, meet me in the comments, and share it with me if you will 😉

And … connect with me on facebook, instagram, and pinterest to stay abreast of any other happenings here at Bohemian Apothecarist.

As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤

HOMEMADE BBQ SAUCE FOR DAD

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There really is nothing like homemade bbq sauce. Making it yourself is the only way to go. It is so much better than anything you can pour from a bottle picked off the supermarket shelf.

If you don’t already have a recipe you love, or even if you do, I’ve got one for you that’s going to make your tastebuds sing 😉 And I can’t imagine a better time to roll it out than just before Father’s Day! You’re welcome Dad!

Whether Dad is doing the grilling, or the fam is doing it for him, he’ll appreciate having a top notch sauce to slather all over his chicken and ribs. And this recipe makes a top notch sauce, for sure ❤

It’s so damn simple too! Gather the ingredients. Put ’em in a saucepan. Simmer ’em for 10 minutes. And you’ve got bbq sauce. Just like that 😉

Invest in good spices. Really. Do it.
10 minutes on the stovetop. So easy.

HOMEMADE BBQ SAUCE


1 1/2 c. ketchup

1 c. dark brown sugar, packed

3/4 c. white wine vinegar

1/4 c. molasses

2 tbls worcestershire sauce

2 tbls ground mustard

2 tsp paprika

2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes.

Use immediately. Or store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Changing the vinegar will alter this sauce to fit your mood.

The white wine vinegar in the recipe gives it some tang.

Red wine vinegar will make it smoother and richer.

And balsamic will give it more depth and boldness.

Your choice. Enjoy it your way.

Or better yet … make it the way Dad likes it ❤


If you make this sauce for the special Dad in your life this Father’s Day I would love to hear how he liked it. Take a minute and share that info in the comments for me, if you would. Or just connect with me there and let me know what your Father’s Day plans are for 2020!

And … connect with me on facebook, instagram, and pinterest to stay abreast of any other happenings here at Bohemian Apothecarist.

As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤

WHY I BECAME AN HERBALIST

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When I was a young woman I cleared out an old estate with my relatives. I will never forget that old house. And the strewn about belongings of the clearly extraordinary woman who had lived her life there. She was no longer walking this realm by the time I stepped through the front door of that house. But when I walked back out that same door for the final time I felt as though we had become friends.

Her home was well ‘lived in’. Perhaps, some would call it messy. But it wasn’t. Not to me. It was quite disheveled, that’s true. But in a way that made you feel as though the ‘mess’ had an intentional artistic flair to it.

There were herbs and materia medica notes everywhere. I was completely enchanted and never wanted to leave. If I could have stayed there sifting through all there was to explore forever, I would have.

I have often told this story in response to the question “Why did you become an herbalist?”. But as time has evolved and I have evolved with it, I realize there is much more to be said when answering that question now.

I have developed a deep relationship with my plants. I love them dearly. And, while I’m still enchanted by them, the connection I have to them now is much more than enchantment.

Perhaps I didn’t realize it back then, but it was not this light flirtatious moment with my beloved plants that made me want to learn more about them. Rather, it was the inner-sense I had at the time that I was on the brink of a profound journey with these amazing natural gifts from the great Mama Earth.

And still …

I didn’t run after them all godspeed or anything back then. It would be years before I began to explore and unravel their mysteries. And over that time I accrued many more reasons to choose to make them a part of my world.

I began uncovering the dark side of modern medicine and wanted some alternative health solutions for myself, and for my family and friends.

I started to understand that there are many people who still practice folkloric herbalism. And as I immersed myself in learning about this sub-culture, I once again experienced the enchantment I had felt in that old estate so many years ago.

I made herbs a part of my daily routine and absolutely adored the transition which occurred in my health and the energetics of my home because of that.

I saw first hand just how miraculous the results they provide can be. And stood in absolute awe of them.

As time passed, there came a point where I could never go back to life as it was before them. You know that place where you have become so intertwined with something that it is woven into the very fabric of your being.

That is the place I find myself in regarding the world of healing herbs.

AND …

I have no complaints. I feel privileged to call them friends ❤

If you work with herbs or aspire to, please reach out and introduce yourself in the comments. I’d love to meet you 😉 Also, feel welcome to reach out with any input or questions you may have about the mesmerizing world of herbs!

And … connect with me on facebook, instagram, and pinterest to stay abreast of any other happenings here at Bohemian Apothecarist.

As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤