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    Way of Life’s October Newsletter

    Time again to welcome Fall, it is harvest time and time to build immunity for the coming cold months. Come to our Fall Celebration, join us for a day of demos from our Health Venders, enter to win a Raffle basket ($20 purchase) enjoy wonderful live music, the company of our great community and so much more! See you there.

    mint-honeyMint Honeys

    By Susun Weed © 2012 reprinted with permission

    Mint honeys are a delicious way to prevent and treat winter miseries: the flu, colds, and coughs especially. 
    I usually make mine just before the frost takes down the tender mints, but January is not too late to get some started if you have access to hardy mints.

    Overwintering rosemary, sage, thyme, and lavender appreciate a haircut about now, for lush spring growth. 
    Outdoor hardy mints are best harvested on a warm sunny day with care not to steal too much from the plants; leave them enough to get through the coming cold days. 

    To make your honey: Fill a jar with your hardy mint, best if you cut it fairly fine. Pour real honey over the herb in the jar. No need to use raw honey; since you will be using these herbal honeys to make tea with boiling water, it won’t be raw after you brew it up. See if you can buy local honey. One of the ways to counter colony collapse in the beehives is to encourage more small scale beekeepers. The best way to encourage them is to buy their honey. (Smile) You may wish to view Vanishing of the Bees, an interesting look at colony collapse by Ellen Page. 
    After you have filled your jar with fresh herb and honey, put a tight lid and a label on it. Then the hard part: Wait for six or more weeks. 
    Once your hardy mint honey is ready (in about 4 weeks), you need only scoop a large spoonful of the herb and honey into a cup, fill with boiling water and drink. Wow! Instant herb tea. 

    Rescue RemedyYes, you can eat the honeyed herbs in your tea cup if you want to, or just add them to your compost pile when you have finished your tea. (The leaves tend to fall to the bottom of the cup.)
    Susun Weed, green witch and wise woman, is an extraordinary teacher with a joyous spirit, a powerful presence, and an encyclopedic knowledge of herbs and health. She is the voice of the Wise Woman Way, where common weeds, simple ceremony, and compassionate listening support and nourish health/wholeness/holiness. She has opened hearts to the magic and medicine of the green nations for three decades. Visit her site www.susunweed.com for information on her workshops, apprenticeships, correspondence courses and more or wisewomanbookshop.com to learn more about her alternative health books.


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    1 tsp. Spearmint
    1 tsp. Peppermint
    1 tsp. Lemon Balm
    1 tsp. Red Clover or Red Raspberry
    1 tsp. Orange Peel
    ½- 1 tsp. Rosebuds (try the bulk ones at Way of Life, they taste divine!)
    ½ – 1 tsp. Calendula Petals
    ½ tsp. Lavender or rose geranium

    Blend & Steep one Tablespoon per cup for 15 min. For a spicier version add grated fresh ginger. Adjust any of the proportions to taste. Sweeten if desired. For a relaxing “Sleeping Beauty” version add 1 tsp. each Chamomile, Catnip and/or Passionflower. For occasional insomnia add small amounts of Hops, Valerian and Mugwort (adults only) use sleep herbs with caution.