Creating a Pregnancy Tea: a unit six project

A simple, effective, multi purpose tea for pregnancy. Easily made with just a few ingredients and little time, unless you grow your own herbs, then you have to add in the growing, harvesting, and drying time... but hey that doesn't happen all at once. So I say go for it!

Milk Thistle Seed: liver support, detoxifier, morning sickness and promotes increased milk supply.

Home Grown Chamomile: anti-inflammatory, liver and kidney detoxifier, effective against gram negative bacteria, can be contraindicated for those with allergies to the ragweed family.

Red Raspberry Leaf: oxytocic, high in vitamin A, D, B complex, E and C. Menstrual health and uterine muscle support. Diuretic.

There seems to be some question on wild Raspberry verses cultivated Raspberry leaf, however it also seems that many can use either with no harmful effects, the concern is increased chances of miscarriages... so I have read -  personally I would choose the wild leaf, just to play it safe.

"Caution: There have been some claims that R. idaeus is questionable and that it may lead to miscarriages. However, most people use it with no problem, but if there is a history of repeated miscarriages, then there could possibly be a reaction." ~ The Ministry of Midwifery, a manual, page 64 - Pattie A. Barnes, C.P.M.

To make your tea: for this project, I used volume verses weight, which is technically a no no, but I did not have a weight scale at the time. All three of these herbs are mild and rather safe, so I felt comfortable in doing so.

  • Milk Thistle Seed: crush or grind two tablespoons seed in your mortar and pestle. 
  • Chamomile: measure out two tablespoons of flower heads and semi break up.
  • Raspberry Leaf: add two tablespoons leaf to the above mixture and blend well.

Store in air tight container and use as needed, note the expiration date and ingredients on the jar label along with tea making instructions. Again the above measurements were used for completing my unit project, and if I were to be using this tea formally or gifting it, I would remake the tea by weight.

To Use: I use this tea, even though I am not pregnant, often. It's just so good for you. I simply fill up my tea ball and add it to my cup of hot water and let it steep for about five to seven minutes. Enjoy over a couple of good blogs...

~ Blessings

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 *Please note that my posts are editorial in nature and are not meant to treat or diagnose any illness. Please practice personal health safety. I am currently enrolled in the course from Vintage Remedies called Family Herbalist by Jessie Hawkins, so please feel free to head over there if you are interested.

Her new Blessing

Every Shabbat (Sunset Friday to Sunset Saturday) we enter into His rest and lay 'ourselves' down before His feet, this time with our Creator is very special to our family and I am sure it has it's different reasons of 'specialty' for each member around our table. But for what ever personal reason we have for the blessedness we see in Sabbath, I know is this, that no matter what is happening within our homes, on the front lines of outside work for our husbands, or the struggles our children face all through out the growing stages of their lives... He is good and faithful to those who love Him.

Recently we began a new blessing over our daughter, one that signified a change in status, a change in person, a change in direction and a change for growth. In the past we have blessed her with a portion of Matthew 5, for which was fitting and needed. But we have entered a new season and time and I am confident that "He is able to keep that which we have committed unto Him... until that day." 

Her Blessing: taken from Deuteronomy 28 & Joshua 1:9

“Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. “The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.“The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. 

Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. 

You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.  And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Our children face so many challenges today, everything from the normal struggles mature believers have {daily} to seeing the 'church' assimilate into the nations around us. On multiple levels. They see our world waging war against the authority of the Scriptures and they see 'strong' Christians fall. They see claimed 'born again believers' conforming to the cultural standards of modesty, relationships, and the worship of 'god'.

They are human. The same as you and I. They need our help. Our help to make a stand.

I read some headline recently that stated religion can not save. That is true. Religion can not. Religion is a set of customs and rules that mean nothing except to create a false sense of security or to create a method of ruling over people.

That can never save anyone.

Our children need real. They need to know there are only two kingdoms to serve... and if you are not actively serving one, then by default we are serving the other.

So what does this have to do with raising daughters and blessing our children?

Our children need the Word of God spoken into their life, they need to hear blessings and not curses. There is enough curses being spoken into their minds, hearts and emotions in a single trip to the store.

When I read this portion of Scripture, I am given hope... a hope in why we do what we do, why we believe in whom we believe and why these blessings belong to us as redeemed children of God.

And frankly that is something our children are lacking in this generation.

The promise of Hope.

~ Blessings

{Family Herbalist} update thru unit four

Okay - first I will just say, I am loving this course! There is so much to learn and honestly almost as much to unlearn. Right now I am on unit five and I have not been faithful to share one every unit because frankly, I do not have the time to commit to it right now. I am attempting to participate in a fitness challenge, transform my kitchen and finish my Torah class. My online time is extremely limited, and when I am on I am trying to re-vamp my blog content. {again}

Readers, this is what I have... a brief {I say again... brief} post share of units two thru four:

Unit Two: macronutrients

Artichokes are Awesome!

Unit Two Project: the four day menu

Day 1:
  • Berry Smoothie with Oatmeal Muffins - Breakfast
  • Hemp Hummus with Red Palm Oil & Flat Bread - Lunch
  • Chicken Barley Chili - Dinner
  • Carrots & Dip - Snack
Day 2
  • Eggs and Hashbrowns - Breakfast
  • Apples, Peanut Butter Yogurt and Prunes - Lunch
  • Vegan Asian Wraps - Dinner
  • Broccoli and Dip - Snack
Day 3
  • Almond Butter & Honey on Buckwheat Pancakes - Breakfast
  • Cauliflower Cheese Sticks with Pesto - Lunch
  • Greek Salad with Feta and Bread Sticks - Dinner
  • Chia Superfood Pudding with Hemp - Snack
Day 4
  • Mango Smoothie and Oatmeal with Flax - Breakfast
  • Kale Chips and Veggie Juice - Lunch
  • Black Bean Taco's with Avocado, Lettuce and Tomato - Dinner
  • Banana Walnut Bread with Quinoa Flour - Snack

Unit Three: micronutrients {previous post}

So I completed the unit three project, and then we went out and purchased a juicer after watching the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Um yeah. I nearly killed myself... okay not really. But let me tell you that three days of juice fasting was rough for me, I had stomach cramps and pain worse than when I delivered my ten pound son. {No Joke!}

My system was entirely cleared out by the morning of day two and the rest of the day was spent in agony. Will I do it again? YES! In fact we have been juicing ever since through out the week and after the initial hump, I love it... I hope to gear up for some juice feasting in the near future, but right now it's about a couple of times a week.

I did it! A great tasting sourdough. Thank you Jessie!

And Unit Four: bread {previous post}

I have been playing with my home grown sourdough for weeks, cleaning out all my yeast recipes and attempting to replace them with sour dough options only. I will do this. LORD help me do this. Most of my views, as shared in the above post link have not changed, however I have re-read the Vintage Remedies Guide to Bread and one of the things that finally made sense was the gluten concerns.

No we are not going completely gluten free, because medically we do not have this need, but we are seriously looking at our grain intake and making some possible changes, of which sourdough is a huge part of. Like I said before there is so much to learn about bread and the role it played throughout history.

Well that covers my quick update and now I am signing off, I have a fitness challenge to partake of.

~ Blessings!

*Please note that my posts are editorial in nature and are not meant to treat or diagnose any illness. Please practice personal health safety. I am currently enrolled in the course from Vintage Remedies called Family Herbalist by Jessie Hawkins, so please feel free to head over there if you are interested. ~ Blessings!

Word for 2014: steadfast

My word for twenty fourteen took me all of ten seconds to choose but that is because for the past twenty four hours a theme has been present in my life... to remain steadfast in the LORD!

resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.

Abba has been showing me the importance of remaining steadfast, to rest solely in Him. For everything. You see things are changing all around us and our help will only be from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Not the state. Not the religious leaders of our time. But solely in the Holy One of Israel.

This year's Psalm: is #121, this is our first year to choose a family Psalm, and it was given to my husband yesterday morning... a morning when we needed a strong reminder to remain steadfast. 

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?

My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

 He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper; 
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.  
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.  

The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.

This evening, around the dinner table, my husband then suggested that we begin memorizing this passage from Scripture tonight. To be diligent in grafting the Word into our hearts and minds. A perfect companion to steadfast I think.

Do you have a family Psalm, verse or word for this year?  I would love to hear about it.

~ Blessings!