Rosemary Tea

Rosemary has been used to ease muscle pain and spasm, support the circulatory and nervous systems, improve memory and stimulate hair growth. This herb contains two key ingredients — rosemarinic acid and caffeic acid — that are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents. which minimize damage to your body’s cells from free radicals. Thus preventing cancer. 

Recipe of the Day – Rosemary Tea


1 pot of water

handful of rosemary

Directions: Bring the water to almost a boil. Then turn it off and throw in the rosemary. Let it steep, top on, for twenty minutes. Tastes good!

Word of the Day – romero – rosemary

Tip of the Day – Drink daily to improve your memory and ease muscle pain.

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Horsetail Tea

Here is my friend and yoga student, Lollie, with her new horse, Garañon, which she says means, “Mustang” here in Vilcabamba. The picture is so cool, I just had to show you.

Recipe of the Day – Horsetail Tea


1-3 tsp.fresh or dried horsetail herb

1 pot water


Us 1 to 3 tsps. of fresh or dried horsetail for every cup of water. Pour almost-boiling water over the herb, steep twenty minutes and strain the herbs before drinking or applying topically.

Tip of the Day – Horsetail, an ancient herb that goes back to the time of the dinosaur, is high in silica, which may help strengthen bones, hair and nails, fight fungal infections, relieve bloating and even cure black spots on your roses. It’s a diuretic, a hair rinse, and fights dungal infections in toes and roses!

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Iced Carob Tea

The wind is here. Last year it was every day throughout August. Or was that the year before. This year it started on July 1st. It doesn’t seem like an anxiety for me. Good. Just there, and blowing in the stories of things.

Recipe of the Day – Iced  Carob Tea


2 tsp. carob powder

1 pot water, almost boiled

2 leaves mint

1 sprig lemongrass

Directions; Bring a pot of water almost to a boil. Turn off heat, and pour over the carob, mint and lemongrass. Let cool. Then refrigerate. Pour into glasses and add another leaf of fresh mint.

Word of the Day – algorroba – carob

Tip of the Day – There is a mention of carob in the Bible as ‘St. John’s bread’ or ‘locust bean’. It contains more calcium than milk, boosts the immune system, reduces the risk of cancer, improves digestion, slows down aging, prevents cardiovascular diseases, and helps prevent and manage diabetes. Carob tastes very similar to chocolate or cocoa powder. Add this tea with a frozen banana for a great smoothie!

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Herbal Tea for the Sick Tummy

It was so sweet. I went to market, and the Ecuatoriana friend of mine, who runs the first and biggest stand at market, asked me where my neighbors were. “Oh, their tummies are a little sick today, Gladys, so they’re staying home.” She immediately pushed a bag of her home-grown buscapina and chamomile on me, insisting I make them a big batch of tea. “I will do it! And Tiko and I will take a walk and bring it to them this morning!”

Recipe of the Day – Tummy Tea


1 small handful chamomile, flowers and stems

a couple leaves buscapina

Directions: Bring a liter of water to a boil, turn off and add the leaves. Steep for twenty minutes. Drink throughout the day.

Word of the Day – lo hare – I will do it

Tip of the Day – Get the buscapina leaves, if you can, instead of the pills. They are fresh and potent, as they just had the life flowing through them from the bush. Plus, they’re a really good-tasting sweetener, better than stevia and full of vitamins.

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Immunity Shot

The Yaragua is out in full force here, huh? The beautiful purple-red plant that grows all over the mountains. Tiko and I travel right through it, it brushing our legs with it’s long feathery stems. Unfortunately I’ve read of at least one person who is allergic to it, so here is an immunity shot to boost your system. Keep it going!

Recipe of the Day – Immunity Shot


juice of one lemon

1/4 ” ginger

juice of one orange

orange wedge

dash cayenne

Directions: Mix all together and down it, using the orange wedge as decoration.

Word of the Day – immunidad – immunity

Tip of the Day – Drink this daily, and boost your system daily by large doses of vitamin C, perhaps zinc, as well, just flooding the body with vitamins and minerals.

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Nervous System Tea

I was pulling in to the Community Center on my bike, when a little boy on his red trike, asked me to race him. How cute is that! And he won, of course. How do spanish-speaking kids say, ‘Ready? Set…Go!” “En sus marcas, listos, fuera!”

Recipe of the Day – Calming Tea


1 pinch each of the following herbs:





Kava Kava


Rose petals

Directions: Place all herbs in a little colander or big tea strainer. Bring water to almost a boil, then pour the water over the leaves. Steep for twenty minutes,

Word of the Day – calmate – calm down

Phrase of the Day – En sus marcas, listos, fuera – On your marks, get set, go!

Tip of the Day – Be ready to go to sleep with this medicinal tea. These are intense sleep-producers, for restfulness and a balanced mood.

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Marley’s Raspberry Leaf Pineapple Tea

Well, the Women’s Potluck/Clothes Share was a wonderful success. Everyone brought food and clothes to share. And it was just so relaxed, with vibrant, wonderful women. I am truly rich to know them. Funny, ’cause we didn’t have electricity the entire day, but everyone was so at ease, these powerful, confident, beautiful women. We had a wonderful mix of veggies, fresh basil and fruits from gardens, fruit salad with yogurt, three types of tea, raw crackers, chocolate fondue, dried bananas, beans, and Quinoa Corn Salad with Avocado. So good! Everything! I feel entirely full in body and spirit.

Recipe of the Day –
 Raspberry Tea


1/4 c. raspberry leaves

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 c. pineapple juice

sweetener of choice


It was great to be with you guys!! Thanks for having us. I made the Red Raspberry tea with cinnamon and put it in the fridge to chill than I added pineapple juice and a sweetener…

Word of the Day – exito – success

Tip of the Day – Marli says, “Benefits:
Supports the glandular system.
Promotes balance throughout the digestive tract.
Helps strengthen the uterus.
How It Works:
The leaves of the red raspberry plant contain trace amounts of several minerals and vitamins. Women have used red raspberry leaves for centuries to support the female reproductive system, especially during pregnancy. Red raspberry leaves contain high levels of tannins and fruit acids, making this herb a popular astringent. Astringents tighten and tone tissues. Red raspberry may also help support the digestive system and colon.
Relaxation and stress reduction
Attack inflammation
Lowers possibility of C-section
Balances PMS symptoms
Boosts fertility in men and women
Aids in miscarriage prevention
Eases morning sickness
Alleviates leg cramps and edema in the 3rd
Produces more productive contractions
Increases quality of breast milk
Regulates postpartum hormones
Cures stomachaches
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Restorative Tea

What did I do on Mother’s Day? Well, I went to the Sunday Market, then wondering how to spend my last $2, I spied a slingshot. I’ve wanted one for over a year, woohoo! So instead of food I bought a slingshot, to hurl my compost from the kitchen window to the compost bin.  I’m gonna go practice right now!                                                                                                      Beware, though, in my 80s and 90s, I’ll be on my porch in my rocking chair, ready for any intruder with my slingshot in my lap and a big pile of rocks next to me so I don’t have to bend over. I will be great at it by then!

Recipe of the Day – Restorative Tea


1 fennel sprig

1 raspberry leaf

1 pinch dried rosehips

1 pinch fresh thyme

1/4 ” crushed dandelion leaf

1 pinch horsetail

1 pinch crushed blackberry leaf

1 peppermint leaf

Directions: pur your leaves in a little colander and set over your cup or teapot. Bring a pot of water almost to a boil. Turn off and pour over leaves. Let sit twenty minutes to steep.

Word of the Day – cola de caballo – horsetail

Tip of the Day – Use this tea when You’re not feeling your best.

Mint, Fennel Lemongrass Tea

To make your own mix of teas, you can choose and mix herbs. It’s just that some of them don’t do well together medicinally. So it’s best to google them. There are actually charts of which herbs go together, and which don’t. This one is a lovely mix from the garden: lemongrass, mint and fennel.

Recipe of the Day – Lemongrass, Mint, Fennel Tea


1 pot water

2 sprigs lemongrass to fit the pot

4-5 mint leaves

1 small sprig fennel

Directions: Being the water almost  to a boil. Then turn off. Put your leaves in a kettle or tea pot and pour the water over. Let steep for 20 mi utes, covered.

Word of the Day – forage – forrage

Tip of the Day – Go with your instincts, but also know your limits!

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