Winter Solstice Blessings, Walnut Chaga Chai Recipe, and Winter Shares

Winter Solstice Blessings: Welcoming the Return of the Sun.

Winter solstice is a magical time of year.  It is a time of renewal, rebirth, and joy.  A time to reflect on the past and prepare for the future.  While tonight is the longest night, it is also a celebration of the sun’s rebirth. The winter solstice is an ideal time to take a moment for yourself to reflect and write a few affirmations; attune your inner-self with the earth and movements of the natural world. 

This solstice my affirmations will reflect upon change; Change within myself, my community, and how I may realize this change into the world. 

My solstice wish is for everyone to really see, hear and honor our interactions with one another.  We can connect by seeking the warmth within our beings, communities, and the natural world.


Winter Herbal Wellness Shares
The Winter Herbal Wellness Shares are almost completed.  The winter remedies will continue to infuse through the solstice and will be bottled at the years end.  The share will include 7 wonderful and warming herbal remedies to help support wellness through the winter months.  I am really excited to share the winter remedies! 

The apothecary will be going through some big changes and growing pains in 2018 so not only is this your last chance to purchase a seasonal wellness share at 2017 price but this may also be the last share I am able to offer for a while.  Get it while you can!

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Walnut Chaga Chai Recipe

Today while reflecting on the solstice, I am sipping on a warm bowl of Walnut Chaga Chai.

Chaga is a medicinal wild mushroom which grows on birch trees. Chaga has been used for centuries and is known for powerful healing powers. Chaga is a potential cancer fighter and is adaptogenic (adaptogens balance and stabilize the body’s response to stress).  Chaga is incredibly high in antioxidants and is beneficial for the immune system. Chaga has a pleasant and mild earthy sweetness.

I am using homemade walnut milk in my Chaga Chai.  Making your own nut milk is easy.  Here is a quick recipe for walnut milk (https://www.walnuts.org/cooking-with-walnuts/recipes/walnut-milk/). 

 Walnut Chaga Chai
1/4 cup Chaga chunks
2 cups water
1 cup walnut milk (or milk of your choice)
1 cinnamon stick
2 tsp cloves
2 tsp peppercorns
2-3 teaspoons cardamom
2-3 Star Anise Pods
2-4 slices of fresh ginger
honey, maple syrup, or stevia

Suggested herbal additions:
Ashwagandha
Astragalus
Maca
Eleuthero

Bring two cups of water to a boil and simmer 1/4 cup chaga chucks until the water turns reddish brown (a minimum of one hour). 

Add remaining herbs and milk of your choice and simmer for an additional 20 minutes.
Sweeten to taste with honey or maple syrup.  

Because this season can be a time of depleted energy and health consider adding additional herbs to your chai such as ashwagandha, maca, astragalus, or eleuthero.

Peace and Solstice Blessings.

Chaga
Keely M.