Smoke Blend – created for a friend who is cutting down on smoking

For those of you who are looking for an alternative to cigarettes, are slowly cutting down on your tobacco use or would just like a nice smoking blend, this is a great option:

smoke-blend

2 Tbsp. spearmint (flavour & scent)

1Tbsp. mullein (known for its lung support)

1 Tbsp. damiana (flavour & scent, mild stimulant)

1 Tbsp. mugwort 

1 Tbsp. passionflower (relaxing)

1 tsp. lobelia (one of the most helpful herbs for quitting smoking)

1/2 ounce tobacco (I like the cherry blossom tobacco from the Burlington Tobacconist on Whyte)

Blend in a coffee grinder for about 3 seconds. The result is fluffy and easy to roll. I recommend getting a rolling machine from your local tobacconist unless you are a pro at rolling your own cigarettes. This blend smells amazing and tastes great as well.

Creative Capacity

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Note to self & those who face the same dilemma: Your creative capacity to come up with reasons why you avoid writing that book, singing that song, or painting that image – including the one where you tell yourself you are not creative enough – is ironically a strong indicator of just how incredibly and brilliantly creative you actually are! 

Kaleidoscope Summer Tea – invoking a quiet breezy field in mid-summer

2 Tbsp. Holy basil

2 Tbsp. Lemon balm

2 Tbsp. Alfalfa

2 Tbsp. Mallow

2 tsp. Corn flowers

1 Tbsp. Elder flowers

2 Tbsp. Rose petals

1 Tbsp freeze-dried strawberries

2 Tbsp. freeze-dried raspberries

1 tsp. Rose hips

10 sprays of organic apple flavor oil

Blend gently with your fingers and store in a glass jar away from light and heat. Use approximately 1 Tbsp. of this blend per cup of hot water and allow to steep for 5 – 10 minutes.

Brazil Nut Savory Salad Dressing/Dip

1 c. Brazil nuts

½ c. Olive oil (more or less depending on the consistency you desire)

¼ c. Lemon juice (more or less depending on the consistency you desire)

1 small onion, diced  & sautéed in coconut oil

4 oven-roasted garlic bulbs (peel off the outer husks, cut off about 1cm. from the top of the bulb, drizzle with oil oil, cover with tin foil and bake in a 400 degree oven for about 30 min.  until the cloves are soft and easy to squeeze out of the skin)

Salt & pepper to taste

Blend everything in a food processor until smooth. Pour over your favourite salad. To create a dip for fresh vegetables or tortilla chips, use less olive oil and lemon juice to keep the consistency thicker.