DIY Earl Grey Tea

My heart is closely connected to the scent of Earl Grey Tea.  When I drink a cup I am filled with a sense of strength.  It is uplifting, yet relaxing, boosts my confidence, relieves stress and the most important asset is that it brings my English Grandmother to my mind.

My love for my Grandma Hilda, in turn, has instilled in me a love for all things English, where deep roots of our family run.  I miss her dearly and cherish anything that will remind me of her, so it only makes sense that such a strong English tradition would take me back to her.

But why the automatic mood boost?

The secret is in that magical ingredient…

Bergamot.

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The Earl Grey blend is named after Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, the British Prime Minister in the 1830’s.  It is said that he received a gift, most likely by a Chinese diplomat, of tea flavored with bergamot oil

“Bergamot orange (Citrus bergamia) is a small citrus tree which blossoms during the winter and is grown commercially in Calabria, Italy.[13][14] It is probably a hybrid of Citrus limetta (sweet lime) and Citrus aurantium (bitter orange).[15]”

My sister and I used to joke that we could both drink Bergamot essential oil straight, the scent is just so intoxicating.  So once we realized that Bergamot was the magical ingredient our beloved Earl Gray, it didn’t take long to connect the DIY dots.

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Earl Grey is one of my favorite afternoon pick-me-ups….Bergamot is one of my most prized essential oils.  It’s a match made in heaven… it’s just perfection, plain and simple.

This recipe is beyond simple, but the really important key to it all is to only use the highest quality ingredients.

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Your ingredients are:

Black Tea 

Bergamot Essential Oil – I only use Young Living Essential oils.  It is absolutely VITAL if you are ingesting essential oils to only use Therapeutic, Grade A, Organic Essential oils(Don’t be fooled by oils labeled “100% Pure” which are only actually required to contain 5% of the actual essential oil in order to be labeled that way.)  

*Orange peel or Rose Petals, optional

 

To infuse your own Earl Grey tea :

  • Drop 4-16 drops of Young Living Bergamot Essential oil to the sides of a glass mason jar.  (I realize that this is extremely vague but it really varies from person to person.  My husband likes it best when it is mild, while I enjoy it very strong.)
  • Add your loose, black tea leaves (2 cups) and any other added ingredients (citrus peel, rose petals, etc)
  • Stir/shake the contents of the jar vigorously to coat.
  • Let the tea “cure” for several hours up to a few days.

You can drink a cup right away but I recommend being patient and letting the mixture cure.  For best results use within a few months as the flavor will fade over time.

This has been one of my favorite Homemade/DIY projects that I have ever done, I hope you love it as much as I have!

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Elderberry Gummies

So, you’ve heard me talk about the endless benefits of Elderberries, and I’ve shared my favorite Elderberry Syrup recipe.

But you’ve got tiny humans in your house… and lets face it, they may not be so keen on the idea of swallowing a spoonful of some mystery flavored, black-ish purple liquid… (if they only knew just how yummy it really is.) 

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If that is the case, or you just want to see your kids get REALLY excited about consuming a powerful, antioxidant rich, vitamin packed remedy, then these babies are just what you are looking for.  They’re cute, they’re sweet and they’re super fun to eat!  My kiddos are crazy about them.  It’s just another fun step into the world of Redeeming Comfort Food when you can take a sugary-treat like gummy candies and replace them with something like this.

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And the best part?  They are a cinch to make.  

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Elderberry

Here is what you will need:

1 cup Elderberry Syrup

1/4 cup Gelatin (Good quality)

1/2 cup Hot (not quite boiling) Water

Silicone molds (or a glass dish)

Here is what you do…

  1. Add 1/4 cup of gelatin to 1/4 cup cooled Elderberry Syrup.  Mix well to temper the gelatin.
  2. Add 1/2 cup hot water and stir until smooth.
  3. Add the remaining Elderberry Syrup and stir (once again) until smooth.
  4. *Carefully pour into greased molds or dish.
  5. Refrigerate until firm (approx. 2 hours)
  6. Take as needed (see my Elderberry Syrup recipe for dosage details) 

*I place my silicone molds on a large cookie sheet to catch any spillage and make the molds more stable while moving into the refrigerator.

Elderberry Gummies

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Elderberries are one of my FAVORITE homeopathic resources for their immunity building, cold & flu busting power.

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It is flu season again and this year I made the mistake of running my family out of fermented goodness.  Most of the time we are able to avoid the worst of the cold/flu bugs by keeping our immune systems strong via the wonderful world of fermented veggies, bone broth, essential oils and magnesium.  This year, however, we have some big things going on and I slipped up on our normal regimen… and we caught the bug.  Thankfully, I had my stock of elderberries on hand and it didn’t take long to whip up a batch of Elderberry Syrup and Elderberry gummies.

As we all know,  there really isn’t much that can be done from a conventional strand-point for treating the common cold or a mild case of the flu.  It can be miserable to sit by and watch your kiddos go through it and not be able to do anything to fix it.  Thankfully, there ARE some homeopathic things that we can do to help them through it and Elderberry Syrup is one of those things.

Elderberries contain vitamins A, B & C, and are a potent resource of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and immune boosting compounds.  They have been used medicinally since the fifteenth century and can be used in a variety of ways for a variety of illnesses.

Even according to WebMD “Elderberry is used for “the flu” (influenza), H1N1 “swine” flu, HIV/AIDS, and boosting the immune system. It is also used for sinus pain, back and leg pain (sciatica), nerve pain (neuralgia), and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

Some people use elderberry for hay fever (allergic rhinitis), cancer, as a laxative, for constipation, to increase urine flow, and to cause sweating…”

Also, as stated on https://wellnessmama.com/5913/elderberries-herb-profile/

Studies have shown that Elderberries  prevent and fight at least 8 different strains of influenza.  While helping to stop production of hormone-like cytokines that cause inflammation, they also increase the production on non-inflammatory, infection fighting cytokines as much as 10 fold… Dr. Madeleine Mumcuoglu, of Hadassah-Hebrew University in Isreal found that elderberry disarms the enyme viruses use to penetrate healthy cells in the lining of the nose and throat.  Taken before infection, it prevents infection.  Taken after infection, it prevents spread of the virus through the respiratory tract.”

Since Elderberries are a berry and therefore a “food,” they can be used in countless preparations including, tinctures, tonics, syrups, gummies, popsicles and baked into muffins and breads.  My favorite go-to recipe is for this Elderberry Syrup that I am going to share with you today.

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Elderberries on there own can be pretty sour, but when paired with the right ingredients they can be quite magical.  This syrup recipe tastes great and even my kiddos come running when I announce it’s time for some Elderberry Syrup.  In this recipe, Elderberries are paired with ginger, cinnamon, cloves and honey (all of which not only make this syrup taste great, but also have their own medicinal benefits) making this a truly wonderful treat.

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And if you are wanting to bump up the infection fighting/immunity-boosting power, you can add some Echinacea and will lose none of the fantastic flavor.

(An added benefit to this recipe is that you can find all the ingredients HERE from my favorite herbal supply resource.)

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Here is the recipe.

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

  • Difficulty: easy
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1 cup Dried Elderberries
4 cups water
2 Tablespoons fresh or dried ginger root (or 2 tsp powder)
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon powder (or 1 cinnamon stick)
1/2 tsp cloves (whole or ground)
1 cup raw honey
1/4 cup dried Echinacea (optional but highly recommended)

  • Add elderberries, spices/herbs and water to a saucepan and simmer gently on the stove for 45 minutes to 1 hour until the liquid is reduced by half.
  • Remove from heat and either mash/strain in a wire mesh strainer or add to a French press and press out the juice.
  • Cool the juice until warm but not hot then add the honey, stirring well until combined.
  • Store syrup in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
  • Preventative Dosage for children is 1/2-1 tsp per day for children and 1 Tbl per day for adults.
  • If you are fighting off illness, take the normal dose every 3-4 hours until symptoms have passed.

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Discovering Essential Oils

Essential Oils with Mama Natural
Have you ever noticed that when you smell a rose you instantly felt more serene? How about noticing that getting a whiff of peppermint helps you feel more alert?  Or add a squeeze of lemon to your water and feel more refreshed?

If so, you’re already practicing aromatherapy. Therapeutic scents can literally help us feel better inside and out.  (Contrary to what my dear hubby says– he likes to call it voodoo.  But that doesn’t stop him from going straight to my oils stash when he feels a cold coming on.)

Why choose Young Living essential oils

When I first started using essential oils, I started with the stuff that you can buy from the health food store.  (I have since learned that those oils are not therapeutic grade and not as effective, not to mention they are frankly not safe for continuous use and NEVER safe for use internally.) I used them for homemade cleaners, and tried to use them for home remedies, but I noticed that I had to use a LOT of oils to get any effect at all.

As I got more serious about essential oils, a friend started to talk to me about Young Living but the idea that I needed to buy a starter kit that cost more than $100 seemed crazy.  NO WAY, I thought, no way am I going to spend that kind of money when I don’t even know if they even work.  Little did I know, the gold mine that Starter Kit really is.YL_Starter kit breakdown

 

I finally went to a class was REALLY impressed by their quality.  The first whiff of peppermint oil was completely different than those low grade oils I’d been wasting money on at the health food store.  Not only was I impressed by the quality  (above organic) and their seed to seal process, but also the fact that they own most of the farms themselves.  They weed by hand; they use their own oils for pest control; and they gently distill their oils without chemicals.

They also rigorously test their final product both in-house and by a third party to meet therapeutic standards. Plants and their oils are powerful yet delicate in nature. By using Young Living, the plant’s “living energy” is preserved in every bottle. Their essential oils are 100% therapeutic grade, effective and safe.

Plus, Young Living has the best and most affordable starter kits out there. They make it easy for a newbie to get started!

“What do I actually do with Essential Oils?”

That’s most people’s question when they get started, but oils quickly get incorporated into daily life. People diffuse oils daily to uplift spirits or help cranky toddlers sleep. They use Thieves oil at the first sign of cold or cough. They use them for sinus pressure, aches and pains, fevers, blotchy skin, headaches, hair loss, eczema, sun spots, sore throats, athlete’s foot, and we could go on.

Are you curious about Essential Oils?

If so, give Young Living a close look. One of the most popular ways to get started is sign up as a distributor and get their Premium Starter Kit with the diffuser.

 

This kit retails for over $300, but as a Wholesale Member, you get a 50% discount

Here’s what’s inside the Premium Starter Kit.  It’s not the only way to get started, but in my opinion it is by far the best way to start.

Premium Essential Oils Collection (5-ml each)

  • Lavender (skin irritations and relaxation)
  • Copaiba Vitality™ (pain/inflammation, anxiety, magnifier-for other oils)
  • Peppermint Vitality™ (muscle soreness and digestive issues)
  • Lemon Vitality™ (detoxification and cleaning)
  • Frankincense (youthful skin, spiritual connection, and MANY other amazing things)
  • Thieves® Vitality™ (immunity, colds/flus)
  • Purification® (fold/fungus/infections)
  • RC™ (Respiratory aid)
  • DiGize™ Vitality™ (All stomach issues)
  • PanAway® (pain and inflammation)

PLUS

  • A home diffuser (a $96 value. I use mine daily.)
  • A bonus oil! 5 mL bottle of Stress Away (I LOVE this oil. My favorite scent by far 🙂 )
  • Aroma Glide roller fitment (to turn any oil into a roll on)
  • 10 sample packets total of Lavender, Peppermint, Peace & Calming, Lemon, and Thieves for travel or sharing with family and friends
  • 2 NingXia Red 2-oz. samples (a yummy antioxidant supplement)

Want to try Young Living essential oils?

You can get Young Living Essential Oils in two ways.

  1. as a Wholesale Member (highly encouraged… it sounds like a serious commitment but it’s really not)
  2. or as a Retail Customer via the Young Living website (don’t recommend it because you don’t get the discount!)

I highly recommend joining as a Wholesale Member, even if you’re a beginner. As a wholesale member you get access to the Premium Starter Kit which is a savings in itself, and you also get an amazing 24% discount off every product you order. There are no tricks or gimmicks, no automatic charges to your credit card, and no required monthly orders (unless you want to get even BIGGER savings with our Essential Rewards program, but that’s a whole ‘nother thing we can talk about later.)

You don’t need to “sell” oils to be part of this

For Wholesale Members there is no requirement to sell or meet monthly quotas or anything like that.

But if you’d like to earn some extra income…

Wholesale Members do have the option of sharing oils with their friends and family in order to earn commissions and participate in promotions for free oils.  If this is something you’re interested in, sign up with me and I’ll help you get started!

Here’s how to begin

You start by purchasing an enrollment kit. There are three options to choose from. However, I REALLY REALLY recommend the Premium Starter Kit with the diffuser (pictured above). It is by far the best value and will help you actually start using essential oils. It’s the only kit that gives you the 10 Everyday Essential Oils (plus a bonus oil, StressAway, which is one of my absolute favorites). These 11 oils are some of the most commonly used and will give you endless options in treating your family and yourself.

Sign me up!

To get started, just follow these steps.

  1. Click over to the sign-up page.
  2. Select “Sign Up As: Young Living Wholesale Member” (The links I have provided here already have my enroller/sponsor ID included so that I can be a helpful resource to you as you start your own oil journey)
  3. Fill out your name, billing address, shipping address, and contact info. (The reason you are asked for your SSN is for tax purposes; if you make over $600/year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail, as is required by law. Young Living never shares this info with anyone.)
  4. Create your password and pin which you will use to log in to your account and order your oils.
  5. Select your enrollment order. This is where you can specify which starter kit you would like. You must sign up with one of these kits to become a Wholesale Member.
  6. Set up your optional Essential Rewards Program.  Buying one of the ER kits is not a requirement to sign up as a Wholesale Member!  This is arewards program you can opt into to start earning money back to help pay for your oils. At this point, you can skip this step by selecting “No, thank you. I plan on enrolling in the Essential Rewards Program later.” If one of the ER kits looks valuable to you, then go for it in addition to your starter kit.
  7. Agree to Terms & Conditions.
  8. CONFIRM YOUR ORDER. Many folks miss this step and end up not fully checking out. To confirm, the tool will log you in and it will show you your order again and it will make you enter in your payment information again.

 

Congratulations! Welcome to the amazing world of essential oils!

You’re going to love this next phase of your natural living journey!

WAIT!!  There is one more bonus that I, personally can offer you.  This is not something that all YL customers get, it’s a special perk just for hangin’ with me!  Since we all have that “okay, now what?” moment after ordering a kit, I can sign you up for an 8 email series on how to use and fall in love with your kit!

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