Holiday Newsletter – 2016

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Healthy New Year!


Tips for a healthy holiday and beyond

As the days become shorter and colder many of us are enjoying hot mugs of tea or coffee, sitting by the fire, enjoying family and friends time. This is also a time of year many start frantically pulling cabinets open looking for that perfect remedy to fix that cold or virus, all the while wondering what could we have done to prevent this untimely illness. "Next year will be different", many proclaim. Or "I can just dose up on cough syrup and Tylenol, I'll get through it."

Do you ever wonder if there's something to all this natural stuff, this herbal healing, those herbs many talk about?

I am here to tell you, YES! Yes there is!

I am a Christian holistic herbalist. I trust that God has provided these herbs for healing and our whole health. There is not just one simple cure for all things, as nature and our bodies are vastly complicated. But there is a system of things, and there is nutritional healing when we apply wisdom, knowledge, and a holistic lense.  

As an herbalist I do consultations, both in person and long distance. I would be glad to work with you and formulate a plan that is perfect for you. I also do a family health consultation. We can work on small steps to get the whole family healthier. I also make many products that are my own formulations. I also do workshops & classes as well as one on one consultations. 

Talk to me to find out how we can work together... Take that step for you and your loved ones' health today!

Product Showcase
All products made in my kitchen with wholesome ingredients from my garden
Sweet Dreams is probably my biggest seller. A soothing balm that contains olive oil, oil infused lavender and oil infused chamomile that is sure to sooth even the hardest to get to sleep.

Rub a little under a pillow case, behind the ears, on the temple, on the soles of the feet. You can feel yourself getting soothed right away. 

 
I'd also like to Introduce to you the newest product from the Patches of Thyme kitchen: Scar Away. It is specially formulated to lighten and remove scars, and so far the feedback has been terrific!

It's not yet available in the online store but is available upon request! 

Hurry and contact me to get some just in time for an especially thoughtful & unique gift or stocking stuffer. 

 
Visit the Patches of Thyme Store

Here's some quick tips to invite greater health and herbal smarts into your life.

For those that want to learn on their own there are many ways to go about it.

I firmly believe nutrition is the foundation of our health. 

I really recommend starting small baby steps, such as:

  • Start adding in more green veggies.
  • Try to find a local CSA or farmers market you can attend weekly. I get a box delivered to my house weekly. Eating seasonal, local produce is a great step.
  • For those that want a name to a particular diet, the one that I really feel is overall great for everyone is the Mediterranean Diet. Good fats, veggies, whole grains, poultry and fish.
  • Try your hand at a small kitchen garden this summer. Garden catalogs are fun to look. Planning your garden during this winter gives us something to look forward to . There is also quite a bit of information in the garden catalogs, from when to plant, from what grows best in your area. They are a wealth of information.

Another small step would be to take the next year and really learn about two or three particular herbs; including growing them if you can.

Chamomile, Lavender, Calendula and Rosemary are a few that are easy to grow and easy to harvest.
There are many things to do with all these herbs, some of which could be making an easy bug balm with the calendula, a calming tea with the chamomile, adding rosemary to your chicken dishes, and a hydrosol with the lavender.

Here's a couple of my favorite online links to further herbal learning:

Lastly I have a recipe I'd like to share with you.

FIRE CIDER

I feel every healthy kitchen should have a batch of this brewing all the time. There are many uses for it. Take a shot, add in a teaspoon to your tea, add some in your soup you are making or a salad dressing, You may have heard it referred to also as "master tonic" which was it's more popular name until a few years ago. 

     
You will need:

  • Ginger root
  • Horseradish root
  • White onion
  • 2 jalapenos
  • 6 cloves garlic.
  • Braggs apple cider vinegar.
     

Grate or dice all the ingredients. I use equal amounts of ginger, horseradish and white onion. Put in a jar. Pour about a quart of apple cider vinegar over all. Put top on jar and place in your pantry. Shake well every couple days. It will be ready in about two weeks. The longer it brews the stronger it will be.


To yours and your families health!  Enjoy this blessed time together.
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