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  • Calm the Eff Down Herbal Tea

    March 24, 2020
    In this time of Covid-19 pandemic anxiety, sleep is even more important. But, letting go of all that stress to actually sleep and sleep well can be difficult. We’re stuck at home, sometimes locked indoors. Our social outlets are totally disrupted. We may be alone. We may have lost our life savings, our jobs, loved ones. The disruptions just keep coming. Mixed messages and rumors are unending. Even touching salad greens might be stressing us out. A cup of calm tea might be your ticket to snooze.

    Calm Tea

    Simply sipping tea can help us chill out. Sipping this tea might just help you Calm the Eff Down when you need it most.

    Mother Earth offers many herbs that can serve us well at times like this. Some are gentle and safe. Others can be incredibly powerful and potentially dangerous. And, every person’s relationship with each herb may vary from another person’s reaction to it. So, always do your research before you use any herb for any purpose, at any time and for any duration. ^Also, read this.

    Now that we’ve been clear about plant medicine power and your responsibility to know yourself and your herbs before you use them, following is one of our favorite simple herbal tea recipes. It helps us calm down, fall asleep, and when we’re lucky, we even get a full night’s rest before awakening refreshed to face the on-going, evolving challenges to humanity.

    (Qualifying purchases made through affiliate &/or sponsored links on this page and others on this site pay a small percentage to Garden Mentors.)



    Calm the Eff Down Herbal TeaPrint Print
    Makes about 4 cups or one small pot of tea

    Ingredients:

    • 2-3 T lemon balm, dried (if using fresh, use about 1/3 cup chopped)
    • 1 t schisandra berries, dried (if using fresh, use about 1 T)
    • 1 t oat straw, dried
    • 1/2 t dried linden flower (if using fresh, use about 1 T)
    • 1 T lemon verbena, dried (optional)

    Combine herbs in a tea diffuser. Place in a 4-cup teapot. Pour hot (not boiling) water over the herbs. Cover. Steep about 10-15 minutes.

    Pour a cup. Inhale the sweet, delicious fragrance. Sip.  And Calm the Eff Down!


    If you’d like to try ordering from an online apothecary, to have your herbs shipped or to schedule a pre-paid pickup, Dandelion Botanicals in Seattle, WA may have supplies of these herbs available for purchase in smaller quantities.


    ^Medical Disclaimer: The information on our sites, seminars, in any supplementary information, & social media outlets is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through these materials are for general information purposes only. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on our site, through our seminars or via any related media, outlets or materials. Statements regarding herbs & products offered here have not been evaluated by the FDA. Herbal products sold, recipes offered & plants reviewed or sold by Garden Mentors are not intended to treat, prevent or cure disease. Please do your own research about each herb’s properties & constituents before using them. Garden Mentors is not responsible for individual use of these products or recipes.

  • Covid-19 Garden Services Available

    While we are all staying home and isolated during the the Covid-19 pandemic, gardening is a great way to get outside, exercise and keep as healthy as we can. And Garden Mentors is here with modified “Covid-19 Gardening Services” and other offerings to help you, even from afar.

    Here’s what we’re offering and booking right now:

    Video chat garden walk through consultations: Using one of many live-stream video chat platforms now available, we will walk through your garden with you to assess the situation, make suggestions, identify plant material and help you build a “to-do” gardening program. We’ll look at what you can do right now without having to leave home and help you start planning for larger projects when we’re able to visit nurseries and other garden suppliers following this health crisis. Video chats are booked in 1-hour increments with a 1-hour minimum. Contact us to schedule your garden walk-thru consult now.

    Email Consultations: If video chat isn’t your thing or connectivity is an issue where you live, we also offer email consultations. For these programs, we will set up locations for you to share images of your garden and lists of questions, challenges and desires. Once we receive your information, we will review your information and requests and reply with detailed information and suggestions. Email consultations are booked in 30-minute increments with 30-minute minimums and a one-time, 30-minute project set up charge. Contact us to set up your consult now.

    Plant supplies: We are currently exploring options that may allow us to schedule edible and medicinal live plant deliveries to your home. If you are interested in discussing orders, we welcome your inquiries.

    Herbal Product SalesOur herbal product shop will remain open as long as shippers are available to pick up and deliver your orders. We are doing our very best to schedule your orders for delivery as quickly as possible during this challenging time.  Find our herbal product shop here.

    Amazon Affiliate Sales: Our Amazon Affiliate curated store and other links remain open. We truly appreciate your support when you pass through our portal to pick up gardening supplies and anything else you might choose to offer. Passing through our Amazon Affiliate door doesn’t cost you anything more, and each you time you make a purchase we receive a small bounty. Right now, every penny counts, so thank you!

    Freebies from Us: Our blog is still loaded with lots of valuable gardening information, and it is 100% free and open all day long. Also, Robin is offering gardening information and virtual nature walks live on Instagram daily at 2pm PDT with the intent to migrate these live events to IGTV for on-demand viewing anytime. As well, she is posting herbal maker IGTV programming to educate and entertain. And, we’ll be getting more newsletters out as soon as we can to subscribers. These are all free services open to everyone!

    Subscribe here.

    Join us on Instagram & IGTV here.

    Have a request for another kind of offering from us? Please let us know. We’re happy to discuss new ideas to help you continue to grow.

  • Instagram Gardening Sessions

    March 17, 2020

    I’ll be offering live, free Instagram gardening, herbs, and wild world goodness short form sessions daily at 2pm PDT here. Since we can’t come to you to empower you in your garden, we’re offering this programming to encourage self-quarantining as we all work to flatten the curve and keep all of humanity safe.

    Instagram Gardening Sessions & Wild World explorations to help us past this difficult time

    Click here to find & follow our Instagram page

    Once you start following us, each day at about 2pm PDT, you should see an alert that we’re broadcasting live. Tune in with the whole family and join the fun!

    Can’t tune in to the live program at 2pm PDT? I’ll post the recorded program to our “Live Stories” on Instagram where you can catch them for 24 hours following the live event.

    I was inspired to offer fun, short learning sessions for all the kids and parents trying to stay sane during these tough days at home. But, these programs are geared toward all ages.

    I’ll be posting polls and Q&As on our Instagram story posts to give viewers a place to vote for topics, give feedback and make requests. Please no requests to address only your specific needs, but general topic requests are always welcome. If you need help with your garden, we’ll be happy to schedule something just as soon as it’s safe to leave quarantine. You might try searching our site or blog for articles to help you. Or, visit our contact form to submit requests. If we can, we’ll try to help you from afar.

    -Thanks, Robin

  • Chai Tea Recipe

    March 14, 2020
    Our Chai tea is filled with herbs known for their antiviral*^ properties and tasty-deliciousness. It’s spicy, warming, nourishing, and this recipe is one we’ve kept to ourselves, offering it as blended gifts, but never before as a published recipe. Until now, when we must all come together to stay healthy. We believe giving our best to each other is one of our healthiest and heartwarming practices. Since it takes a while to prepare and we drink it daily, we like to make a big batch at one time.

    Chai Tea Herbs

    Chai Tea herbal blends are powerful & delicious

    *If you’d like more information about the herbs included in this tea, please get in touch.

    Enjoy our downloadable recipe that follows!

    If you want or need any of our suggested ingredients, we appreciate your returned support by shopping through the convenient Amazon Affiliate links we’ve listed below. Times are tough for small businesses like ours during this period of quarantine. Your online purchases not only provide a small payment to us without increasing your cost, but they also bring the goods right to your door.


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    Garden Mentors Chai Tea Recipe Print Print
    Makes about 8-10, 8 oz servings

    Ingredients

    • 8-10t dried astragalus root
    • 1 t (or more) whole black peppercorns
    • 16 freshly, slightly crushed green cardamom pods
    • 1/2 t (about 20-30) whole cloves
    • 3-4 whole cinnamon sticks (we prefer Ceylon)
    • 2-3 t dried ginger root, not powder (peeled & chopped fresh may be substituted to taste)
    • 4-6 t chopped, dried orange peel
    • 4 whole star anise pods
    • 1-2 Tablespoons dried rose petals (optional)
    • 1 t dried licorice root (optional)
    • 6-8 black tea bags**
    • 8-10 cups fresh water

    Preparation Suggestion:

    Combine herbs except black tea bags into a large cooking pot with lid. Add water. Cover tightly. Heat to a boil & immediately reduce to a very low simmer.

    Simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. Turn off heat. Add tea bags. Stir. Cover.

    Steep with tea bags to desired strength. Remove tea bags.**

    At this point, you can strain the botanicals from the liquid by pouring through a fine mesh strainer. Press to get last liquid from botanicals.

    Tea is ready at this point. If you aren’t going to drink all of it immediately, allow it to cool. Then pour into containers, label with name and date, and store in the fridge for several days to a week.

    Serving suggestions: We fill a big mug about halfway, reheat with a steamer or microwave, add honey to taste, and top off with steamed milk or coconut milk for a rich, latte. If your blend is too strong, try diluting with a bit of fresh water to taste.

    ** We like our tea very strong, so we use the larger number of black tea bags and leave the tea bags and botanicals to steep, covered, until the entire mixture cools. Then, we strain everything at once.

    ^Medical Disclaimer: The information on our sites, seminars, in any supplementary information, & social media outlets is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through these materials are for general information purposes only. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on our site, through our seminars or via any related media, outlets or materials. Statements regarding herbs & products offered here have not been evaluated by the FDA. Herbal products sold, recipes offered & plants reviewed or sold by Garden Mentors are not intended to treat, prevent or cure disease. Please do your own research about each herb’s properties & constituents before using them. Garden Mentors is not responsible for individual use of these products or recipes.

  • Garden & Herbalist Education Programs

    April 25, 2019

    We have many free garden seminars, free guided nature hikes & free to sliding scale hands-0n herbalist classes. This page offers a quick next-up, easy-reference timeline to help you fill your calendar with all of our programs – free hikes, free & for-fee seminars, maker’s markets and more.

    Free Garden Seminar Hiking classroom

    Our nature hikes are free & we offer many free garden seminars too. Even classes with a fee often come on a sliding scale!

    Some programs are free and don’t require registration. Others may require registration (whether free or for-fee). As registration opens up, we’ll update the links here as soon as possible. And, of course, if you want to be notified directly, be sure to subscribe to our mailing list now. That’s your very best bet to get regular updates (especially during our busy spring and summer seasons!) There’s also Robin’s Great Garden Speaker page to follow here.

    (This is list will be updated regularly to add new programs & remove past programs.)

    • Hands-on Herbal Grow, Harvest & Prepare Classes
      • Dates: Summer 2020 to be announced soon!
      • Location: Skagit Valley locations to be announced soon!
      • Details: We’re working on several dates & venues for hands-on beginner herbal growing, harvesting, preserving and crafting classes for 2020. Enrollment will be limited.
      • Notification sign up:  If you’d like to join us, sign up for our mailing list to be sure you are among the first to find out when our enrollment opens. Classes will fill up fast! Subscribe to our mailing list here.
    • Padilla Bay Environmental Research Center Upland Trail Walks
      • Dates: Every 2nd Saturday, March-October 2020, *** March 14th Walk has been cancelled due to high winds***
      • Time: 10am
      • Location: Bay View, WA (Skagit County). Meet at the Arbor at the start of the upland trail.
      • Cost: Free
    • Maker’s Markets, Pop up Shops & Farmer’s Markets
      • Dates: Spring to Fall 2020 schedule coming soon
      • Details: We are working on several market applications now for the 2020 season. We hope to join other local growers & makers to bring shoppers our truly local, handmade goods. If you are hosting a program & think we’d be a good fit, please get in touch!
    • Willowbrook Manor Evening Tea + Herbalist & Gardening Presentations
      • 2020 Dates: June 20th, July 11th, August 15th & September 19th
      • Times: Saturdays at 5pm
      • Location: Sedro-Woolley, WA
      • Etsy Samples & Sales: Robin will be sampling & selling botanical body goods on site. Cash, check & Credit/Debit accepted.
      • Details: Robin will be presenting herbalist demos and gardening seminars following a delicious dinner tea service in the gardens (or tea rooms should weather not cooperate) of Willowbrook Manor Tea House & Chamomile Farm. AirBnB and glamping accommodations may be available. Contact Willowbrook Manor for all reservations. Full schedule, seminar details, menu & pricing information to come. 
    • San Juan County Master Gardeners 2020 Annual Conference Keynote
      • Date: 10/17/20
      • Location: San Juan Island
      • Etsy Samples & Sales: Robin will be sampling & selling our botanical body goods before & after the club meeting. Cash or check only. Credit/Debit in a pinch.
      • Additional Details to come
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