First, let me tell you that part of this giveaway is a regift. My mother-in-law gave me A Woman's Book of Herbs by Deb Soule, famed Maine herbalist of Avena Botanicals, for Christmas. Which I believe was a regift, because I'm pretty sure C gave the book to her for Christmas a few years ago.
In any case, it's practically brand new, other than a slight discoloration of the cover, and appears to never have been opened (and, I just found out, is out of print). I already had a copy of the book, under its previous title, The Roots of Healing, so I thought, who would appreciate a copy of this book? And the answer, of course, was you.
But I didn't want to just give you someone else's old book, so I decided to make an herbal preparation to go with it as part of the package (and part of my return to my witchy ways). Under the chapter "As We Grow Older" is a recipe for Flower Tea. Soule recommends a number of herbs for the tea, but suggests experimenting with flowers and proportions, so I headed to the local health food store and picked whatever flowers from the bulk herb bin looked and smelled good.
Then I did a little taste test to try and figure out an appropriate combination. Each of them tasted good--sweet, delicate and fragrant, so I decided to go with equal proportions of:
The results look stunning in a jar, and the tea tastes lovely--lightly sweet, definitely floral, very pleasant. It's good alone or with honey, or a shot of ginger syrup.
Many of these herbs are calming and soothing to the nerves, as well as aiding digestion and beneficial to the immune system. I think it will make a general all-around winter tonic. Just the bright cheeriness of the colors of the flowers is enough to lift the spirits.
I've included in this giveaway, along with the book, a packet of flower tea, a flax and lavender soothing eye pillow, made with my favorite-ever Kaffe Fasset print (also out of print, which is tragic) on one side and soft pink flannel on the other, and a bar of lavender-blueberry chocolate (for its nerve-soothing properties, of course).
To enter to win, leave a comment on this post between now and midnight EST February 9, telling me about your favorite herbal, natural or home remedy. Remember to include your email address so I can contact you if you win.