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Owens Acres Holiday Line Up

Laura is way ahead of me, and has sent me an email with her Holiday Line Up.  Her website has been updated (check it out, she’s completely redone the entire layout) with all of the newest goodies.

Now I REALLY want soup.

Here’s the goodies:

New!  Organic Bean Soup Blends
New!  Poet Teas (4 new teas, gifts, and accessories named for famous poets)
New!  Gifts of Tea
New!  Products for Men
New!  Handstamped party favor and gift tags
New!  Travel Products (FAA approved sizes!)
New!  Herbal Teas
New!  Tea Balls with Charms (one of our hottest items paired with our herbal teas!)
New!  Goddess Butters
New!  Shabby Lavender Sachets (these are already flying out the door!)

Always popular as holiday gifts:

  • Lavender sachets, eye pillows, and gifts
  • Herbal Teas
  • Healing Salves
  • Home Spa Products
  • Handcrafted Artisan Soaps (new patterns)
  • Natural Solid & Roll On Perfumes
  • Gifts Under $10 & $20
  • Green Home Products
  • Natural products for pets

Don’t forget, my readers have their own discount code:  HOLISTIC.

Every year I give Owens Acres as gifts to friends and family (who doesn’t love one stop shopping without leaving the house) and get the most amazing compliments when the thank you notes come about.

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Drink Some Tea!

Iced tea with lemon.

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Apparently the beverage industry isn’t doing us any favors.  Too many calories, sugar, fake sugar, caffeine, chemicals…don’t drink this because its got too many calories and a days worth of sugar…don’t drink that because its full of artificial sweetener which could do your body harm…

Then there’s bottled tea.  I’ve read claims of bottled tea being “all natural”, but I still can’t drink it.  My favorite brand of bottled tea just changed their formula so green tea is in all of their beverages.

SIDE NOTE:  Not all teas are the same on your body.  Personally, I cannot consume Green Tea (yes I know its healthy and full of good stuff) but I found out the hard way that Green Tea isn’t the best thing for me due to an anxiety disorder and I have a ragweed allergy so I stay away from Chamomile.

I love my coffee, but I also love my tea as well.  In the summertime, iced sweetened black tea is my absolute favorite thing to drink.  At night I love winding down with a hot, soothing cup of herbal tea or tisane.

Here’s an easy solution to get away from all of the additives that is in beverages these days:  make some tea and drink it.  Even better, get a tisane or two, brew it and drink it.  Iced or hot, either way its good for you.

Simple!

I am going to share with you several of the teas I absolutely cannot do without and drink on a regular basis:

Owens Acres Summer Sunset Tea1.  Owens Acres Summer Sunset:  A rich blend of Calendula, Hibiscus, Lemon Balm and Rose Petals.  Brews up a deep, ruby red and is pleasantly tangy due to the hibiscus.  I like to brew this stronger than the instructions on the bag because I love the flavors, and the Calendula is so soothing.  I have a very large cup of this, hot, when I get home from work, its my winding down before I go to bed.

Owens Acres Sun Tea Herbs2. Owens Acres Sun Tea Herbs:  Its called Sun Tea but to be honest, I have never had this iced, I have always had it hot.  Brews up a pretty pink (the color reminds me of a pink grapefruit) when I brew it hot and stronger than the directions ask for.  This tea contains Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Peppermint, Spearmint, Calendula, Lavender, Catnip, Rose Petals, Hibiscus and is sweetened with Stevia.  No, not the powdered stuff we get at the store, but the fresh cut kind, you know?  The actual plant, which tastes so much better than the processes Stevia we’re all so used to.

Owens Acres California Moonlight Tea3.  California Moonlight:  This beautiful tea contains dried Pluots, Elderberries, Blackberry Leave, Peppermint and Sweet Lavender.  This tea is awesome because hello, dried pluots are delicious.

 

Owens Acres California Gold Tea4.  Finally, California Gold.  Contains dried Persimmons and Pears, Calendula, Chamomile, Sunflower Petals and orange Peel Chunks.  This tea is sweet and golden and soothing.

Brew some up, ice it down and hand it over to your family.  Who’s gonna miss heavy, artificially sweetened and flavored water when you can have the goodness and health of nature?

You will find the fruit teas over here at Owens Acres and the regular teas over on this page of their website.   For information about certain tea ingredients, I use Tea Benefits as a resource.

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I don’t care if its still August

The nights are beginning to cool down.  Not freezing, mind you, but enough to make me forgo the shorts I have been wearing all day for a fuzzy pair of sweatpants.  Chilly enough to want a steamy hot cup of tea.

I had my options, of Ceylon (pre-bagged), simple black (pre-bagged) or dig into my loose tisanes.  I have Sun Tea Herbs, Summer Sunset and Moonlit Summer, but I dug into my stash and found about 2 oz of Christmas Eve tea I have been hoarding since last year.  Its exactly what I wanted.

Christmas Eve Tea is a lovely creation from Laura Owens of Owens Acres.  She took two products and blended them together, which I thought was ingenious.  She took her Winter Berry Bliss tea (contains Peppermint, Rose Hips and Petals, Elderberries, Lavender and Ginger Root) and mixed in some of her Mulling Spices (contains California Bay Leaf, Cardamom, Cloves, Orange Peel, Cinnamon Sticks and Chips) and the end result is this beautiful, rosy brown colored tea that is warming and soothing all over.  The Peppermint, Ginger Root and Lavender all help soothe and comfort a bad tummy, Elderberries may help with joint aches and pains (like those aches from cool weather) Cinnamon may help with cold symptoms, circulation and a bad tummy, and so many other things its like having a wonder pill in a cup.

Most important, its soothing.  After a long day a big mug of this (I like it sweetened, honey is a must for this tea) soothes and warms you.  I had the tea and some toast, and I was warmed to my soul.

I can’t wait until she makes more for this season!

www.owensacres.com

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Tisanes: health in a mug

For the longest time I was on the search for THE shade of lipstick that was going to save my life.  I looked high and low and spend tons of money on that one color that was going to make me absolutely fabulous.

As you can imagine, that didn’t happen.  20 years later my search has finally ended (but that’s another story) but I did find something else that really saved my life.  Well, my gut, really.

Tea.  Or to be exact, tisanes.  According to Dictonary.com, a tisane is an “aromatic or herb flavored tea”.  I know a tisane to be a tea without actual tea.

We’re talking flowers, herb and weeds here, people.  You brew it up like tea and the benefits from all of the goodies inside are simply staggering.

I came across tisanes purely by accident a couple of years ago.  I was performing a Google search (for what in particular, now I don’t remember) and came across a rather lovely website, http://www.owensacres.com.  I was impressed by her organic certifications and the fact that all of her products were handmade.

Some background:  I have always been a tea drinker.  Being lactose intolerant growing up and having a mother who was the Worlds Greatest Hippy in California, I was drinking soy baby formula (all that was available at that time?) and herbal tea.

I ordered some of her soaps (wow) and lotions (double wow) and healing salves (where has she been all my life) then I started ordering some of her tisanes.  Wow wow wow.

I knew nothing about the medicinal properties of flowers and herbs.  After doing some research, I found that Calendula helps with gastrointestinal disorders.  Lemon balm is a natural anti spasmodic.  Lavender helps with an upset stomach.  Hibiscus is an all around life saver, as it helps with blood pressure, is good for lowering bad cholesterol, and is full of vitamin C.  (www.teabenefits.com)

Not only are her teas healthful, they are totally delicious.  Her Sun Tea Herbs are now a staple of mine, hot AND iced.  It contains a lovely blend of  Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Assorted Mints, Stevia (the real fresh cut leaf, not the powdered processed stuff) Calendula, Lavender, Catnip, Rose Petals and Hibiscus.  Brewed up hot, its a beautiful deep pink color and is so soothing after a difficult day, I have a huge cup of it right before bed.  I drank it hot before I realized hey, its not so bad iced as well!

Pair a nice cup of tea along with her Sweet Dreams Salve rubbed at your temples and I hope you find a blissful rest such as I do.

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