Way of Life’s July Newsletter
Summer days are here. Come in and pick up one of our non-toxic and organic Sunscreens with non-nano zinc for safe fun in the sun for all ages.
Way of Life also has an attractive selection of sun hats and visors and rotating weekly upscale consignment clothing for the season.
Check out our sales this month. A particularly amazing special is the Garden of Life Organic Plant Protein in five flavors, all at HALF off suggested retail!
Below, you will see several cooling Summer drink ideas as well as how to create your own healing elixirs and tonics. Cheers!
Making Summer Herbal Tonics
By Liz Koch
Hot and steamy, summer is a time for fun! Whether it’s lazing in a hammock, hanging by the pool, or enjoying the night sky, summer tonics add a healthy twist of fun. Easy to make, herbal tonics are cheap and nourishing
Last year I made my first summer tonic. I called it “Summer Memory.” It all began with a bowl of limes that I didn’t know what to do with. I started by cutting up the limes, then adding several wild apple quince. Although I love the fragrance of apple quince, I don’t make jelly so I didn’t have a use for them. Putting them in a tonic was my solution for capturing their incredible fragrance. I then added fresh lemon verbena, rose geranium, tequila and topped it off with vodka and a touch of raw honey. When winter was in full force, I brought a bottle of “Summer Memory” to a gathering of gardeners. It was a cold winter night and after dinner we finished our meal with a tasting of my summer Elixir. It started a game of who could guess what herbs and fruits were included, and what it was that added the incredible fragrance. This simple Elixir recreated in a flash the feeling of a relaxing summer day; smooth, fragrant, fruity and light all in a bottle.
What goes into making a tonic can be as experimental as you are. Way of Life carries a great selection of tonic herbs for your picking! Try adding dried western and/or eastern herbs, fresh garden herbs, fresh picked fruit, and H2O or your favorite spirit.
Summer Herbal Tonic Recipes:
Sun Tea Tonics are non-alcoholic and are ready to use in 1-2 hours. Elixirs include alcohol and are more powerful when aged for 2-4 weeks.
1) NOURISHING SYNERGY: Lemon Balm (nourishes the immune, stomach and nervous system), Mint (refreshing to digestion) and Rosemary (tonic for nerves & brain) (When making an Elixir use vodka or gin).
2) STRENGTHING SYNERGY: Lemon Verbena (uplifting & cooling), Apple Geranium (strengthening), and Fresh Limes (digestion) (When making an Elixir use vodka & tequila).
3) OPENING SYNERGY: Hawthorne Leaves & Flowers (cadiotonic for strengthening cardiovascular system), Hibiscus and/or Rose hips (immune boosting), Fresh Orange Slices (high intake of flavonoids & vitamin C supports arteries), (When making an Elixir use vodka or brandy).
4) LONGEVITY SYNERGY ELIXIR: The following Chinese herbs are from the Global market Make this an Elixir (not a sun tea): Schizandra (Wu Wei Zi)* (enhances & nourishes all fluids), Lycium/Goji Berries (Gou Qi Zi)* (longevity), Longan Fruit (strengthens endurance), fresh tree ripened plums, vanilla bean. The Elixir Spirit to use is Brandy. *can be purchased at Way of Life.
MAKING SUN TONICS: Use fresh or dried leaf, flower, berries. Cut or crush herbs in a large open mouth ball jar (be sure to write the amounts if you want to repeat). Pour to cover with fresh filtered water. To release the herbal properties, place the jar for a few hours in the full sun. Strain liquid, dilute to taste or drink as a potent “green” beverage. Refrigerate extra or until ready to serve. Serve with a sprig of rosemary, strawberry, or lemon slice.
MAKING ELIXER TONICS: Chop fresh or dried herbs ( leaf, roots, flower or berries may be used), fresh fruit such as berries, plums, figs, etc. and place in wide-mouth glass jar. Cover with 3 times as much Spirit. Store in cool dark place for 2-4 weeks. Check once a week, turning upside down a couple of time to stir up the herbal elixir and top off if liquid evaporates. When ready, strain and store in cool liquor colored bottle. Serve over crushed or cubed ice or dilute with H2O gassed mineral water, or fresh juice. Add a sprig of mint, rose petals, or lemon peel.
Resource for more Tonic making ideas: Healing Tonics 101 Herbal Concoctions by Jeanine Pollak.
Liz Koch is an international teacher & author with over 30 years experience working with and specializing in the psoas muscle. Educating both laypersons and professionals around the world, she is recognized by colleagues in the movement, wellness, and fitness professions as an authority on the core muscle of the human body.
Liz’s writing is featured in Yoga Journal, Positive Health, Massage & Bodywork, Vegetarian Times, Yoga & Health, Midwifery Today, and Massage Magazine as well as numerous small health and wellness publications. Visit her site at www.coreawareness.com
Herbal Tea Blends offer a delightful taste treat all summer long. Here are some suggestions for combinations, make as a regular herb tea or sun tea. For an easy option get our pre-mixed Hibiscus Cooler, in bulk, see recipe below.
Way of Life’s House Blend Hibiscus Cooler
Steep and cool 3oz. tea in 1 gal boiling water Stir in 1 qrt apple juice or juice preference Add sliced lemons & oranges or any fruit you like. Fresh mint is nice and ice! Enjoy!!! Makes 20 8oz servings, Hibiscus Cooler $1.57 oz
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