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Survival Products: My Collection

Owens Acres Energizing Aromatherapeutic Scent

There’s some things I don’t leave the house with, especially when I have to make the 40 mile trek into work.  Some are obvious:  coffee (to drink for the trip), my purse, etc…but when you dig into my purse there are absolute must have products that I reach for over the course of my work day.

My purse is a bulging mess, and believe me when I say I try to downsize as much as I can but the same products remain.  I cannot leave the house without them:

1.  Owens Acres Headache Balm:  I think the name of the product says it all.  Comes in a twist up tube in two sizes, .15 oz. and .50 oz.  Think tube of lip balm.  Anyway, its a lovely balm with Lavender and Peppermint, great for those tense necks and pounding temples.  As well, a quick swipe beneath the nose opens up those pesky sinuses.  I order them two at a time, one to keep at home and the other for my purse.

2.  Owens Acres Lavender Lotion Bar:  Comes in 2oz or 4 oz tins, I keep the 2 oz in my purse.  Great for dry hands (and I HATE dry hands) and the Lavender is potent enough for a relaxing escape, no matter how brief.

3. Owens Acres Arnica Warm Roll On:  I have bone spurs in my neck and they are aggravated by cold weather.  When my neck hurts boy does it hurt a sickly, throbbing hurt.  The Arnica Warm really helps with the pain. I apply and wrap my neck in a scarf.

4.  Energizing Perfume Roll On:  Is a great pick me up for those work blahs.  Smells like Lime Lifesavers, it really does.

5.  Starbucks VIA:  For when Starbucks is closed and I need coffee.  The swill that’s in the work lunchroom can take the caulking off a bathtub *shudders*

6.  Tea:  when I feel chilly, which makes me miserable.  Sometimes all I need is a hot cup of tea to warm me up and lift my spirits.

7.  Owens Acres Lip Balms (bottom of page):  I keep Peach and Peppermint with me.  No color, just serious, natural moisture.  Laura just came out with Cinnamon and Pomegranate as well.

8. Owens Acres Aroma Inhaler in “Anxiety”:  yeah.

 

So there you have it.  I need a bigger purse.

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Owens Acres Herbal Teas for Travel…and Work?

Owens Acres Headache Travel Tea TinEach day I work I spend 2 hours and 80 miles in my car.  Sometimes, when I get to work my nerves or gone, or almost gone.  Not complaining at all, I chose to live so far away from the city, but still the traffic, other drivers, road conditions, weather, tend to make me less cheery than usual.

I drink Owens Acres tea on a regular basis, going so far as to keep a Zip Loc Baggie of tea with a few of her self fill tea bags in my purse for therapeutic purposes while I am sitting at my desk conversing with humanity.  Now with this absolutely adorable little tins, and teas for specific ailments, no more baggies for me.

Owens Acres Jet Lag Travel Tea

There’s five of these wonderful, caffeine free teas.  Headache Tea, Serenity Tea, Jet Lag, Upset Stomach, Headache, and Sweet Dreams (I wouldn’t recommend Sweet Dreams while at work, seriously you’ll be beneath your desk snoozing) all in round, screw-top 2 ounce tins at $3.95 each.

I get those “work” headaches, you know,”those” headaches.  My usual relief is a quick trip to the local Starbucks for a caffeine infusion (if I have the time, I will ask for a Gold Coast pour-over) but if I find my break is no where in sight I will run into the kitchen for a quick cup of hot water.

Owens Acres Upset Stomach Travel Tea

IfI get stressed out my stomach gets horribly upset, and in that case coffee is the last thing on my mind.  The job I do is stressful as well as relentless at times, and anythianything that works to keep the calm is welcome.  I am thinking the same with travel, after dealing with airports, planes, checking in, hotels, humanity…yeah, sometimes you just need to give yourself a break.  For those of us who don’t travel, we need breaks as well.

All five types of tea are available together for $19 and they will throw in a charmed tea ball, you get to pick the tea ball you would like out of many.

Owens Acres Strawberry Tea Ball Charm

 

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Orchard Delight Tea from Owens Acres…SO GOOD.

Fleur d'hibiscus

Hibiscus Flower

I got my Owens Acres order yesterday, and I got absolutely lovely things, of which I will discuss at length when I have more time, but I couldn’t wait to blog about her Orchard Delight Tea.  I got home froom work and brewed up a nice steamy cup in  my ingenuiTEA Teapot and when I poured it into my cup the smell made my eyes open wide.  Fruity, with a hint of something warm, there’s chamomile in it but I swear I scented a tiny touch of ginger.

One of the nifty things about the ingenuiTea Teapot is that you can watch your tea steep.  Floating around with the flower leaves were chunks of apples, pears and apricots (which I ate after my tea was through steeping) and I mean REAL DRIED CHUNKS.

I strained my tea into my mug and took a healthy sniff:  I got a ton of hibiscus, which is always a winner for me, a touch of the chamomile and all that wonderful fruit.  I like my tea strong, it brewed up like a thick burgundy wine, for some reason I thought of mulled wine.  Hmmm.

The tea is blended perfectly.  There’s not too much of one thing, and everything comes together in an absolute beautiful flavor.  This tea isn’t loaded down with ingredients, there’s the dried Pears, Apricots and Apples, then Hibiscus Flowers, Lemon Verbena and Chamomile. Its warming and so very soothing and delicious.  It was perfect before bed, hot, but I could imagine it cold over ice with a touch of sugar (I like sugar in my tea, brings out the flavors) as well.

Check out www.teabenefits.com to check out the ingredients, and see how healing and antioxidant rich this tea is.

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IngenuiTEA

I got the strainer for my birthday and can I just say its completely perfect and easy to use. Wish I asked for the 32 oz instead of the 16.

Check it out here at Adiago Teas…mine came from Amazon.

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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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Vitamins, Movement, and Tea of the Moment

I discovered one of the first things I could do to feel better was to take a multi-vitamin that made a difference.  I’m not talking about walking into your standard drugstore and picking up some “average” OTC vitamin, I mean a vitamin that makes you feel good.

I searched, of course, and my search didn’t take long.  I came across Natures Way (http://www.naturesway.com/Products/Vitamins/15092-Alive-Multi-Vitamin-No-Iron-Added.aspx) Whole Food Energizer Multi Vitamin.  This product has been amazing because it contains Amino acids, a Garden Veggies blend, an Orchard fruit Blend, a mushroom blend, a blend of digestive enzymes, omega fatty acids, citrus bioflavanoids and a Green Food/Spirulina Blend.  This product is good for someone who wakes up on morning and simply realized they are freaking tired of being tired, yet have no idea where to start with doing something healthy for their body.

This was my concern.  I read articles upon articles about what to do to jump start your health but everything I came across was meant for women who were under 200 lbs.  Hello!  Hefty heffer here,  can I do yoga?  Do I dare?  What about my emotional state…do I want to sweat like a horse in a room of people?  Do I want to waddle down the street with my iPod turned up so loud I can’t hear myself panting like an ox in heat?

Folk, as you can see, there are things we all need to get over.    We need to move, breathe, eat and function and be emotionally all right at the same time.  If I feel like a bloated cow how the hell is that going to motivate me to do anything?

I discovered its one little thing at a time.  I drink my tea, which makes me feel good (tonight I am having a lovely cup of Summer Sunset Tea from Owens Acres.  It contains Hibiscus, Lemon Balm and Rose Petals) I take my Alive Vitamins (these are horse pills, don’t get me wrong, sometimes they are HARD to swallow, but I think they now come in capsules and I know they come in liquid) and I stopped with the fast food.

Exercise?  I am a BIG BIG girl and I stretch for now.  Simple stretches, to get my blood flowing to my muscles.  Next month I am going to my first yoga class (I need the money and the nerve, which is why I am waiting) but right now the simple stretches make me feel really, really good.

Check these out:

http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/yoga-for-obese

My initial goal?  To be able to tie my left shoe lace without heaving myself  into some freakish position to do so.

A NOTE ABOUT THE TEA:  I like my tea sweet, so with the Summer Sunset a touch of honey or even Agave Nectar brings out the tang of the hibiscus.  I also let it steep for a long time.  The color is a deep, deep magenta and the taste is divine.  Mmmm.

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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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