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Mortar and Pestle Blackberry Basil Jam

I use my mortar & pestle frequently — one of the best items I’ve ever purchased. The organic nature of it all brings life and flavor to everything. I enjoyed jam and grew up on it, but with my food allergies and digestive issues, I prefer to create a small batch at home. This jam is refreshing, not overly sweet, and contains three ingredients. Plus, I get to use my own Basil darlings (Sweet & Tulsi).

Ingredients:

6 fresh blackberries

2 leaves fresh basil

A squeeze of lemon

Directions:

This small batch was perfect for two pieces of toast. My husband likes butter on his toast as well. This jam with peanut putter is beyond delicious. The combination is quite universal. You can make a bigger batch a refrigerate it.

In the mortar & pestle add ingredients, grind them well, and to a consistency you favor.

The beautiful deep purple and aroma of minty sweet are everything summer.

Great topping for pancakes or waffles. It’s a great balance between sweet and savory.

Below is the mortar and pestle I use.



Balm For The Soul Tea

Before my hysterectomy, I had Adenomyosis which is a is a condition in which the inner lining of the uterus (the endometrium) breaks through the muscle wall of the uterus. Adenomyosis causes extreme menstrual cramps, lower abdominal pressure, and bloating before menstrual periods and can result in heavy periods. This is a painful condition and would trigger IBS symptoms.

During my herbalist training, I learned much about different herbs that would aid in relief. I created different teas to calm my symptoms as much as possible. The four dried herbs I found the most significant help was red clover, burdock, lavender, and yarrow.

Red Clover - Delicate & sweet, studies have shown it lowers cholesterol, helps with indigestion, hot flashes, and PMS.

Burdock - The root has a distinctive smell and is known to boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, heal a damaged liver, and detox the blood.

Lavender - Studies show the herb aids in digestive distress, nausea, and stomach cramps. It is an antispasmodic and reduces gas and bloating.

Yarrow (a favorite of mine)- This is an anti-inflammatory, reliefs menstrual cramps and pain, heals, detoxes, and lessens stomach pain, gas, and diarrhea.

All that is stated above is from my studies. Holistic medicine is portrayed as false, but many disagree myself included. I have witnessed the aid with herbs and oils. As a society, we are all for taking many pills, and some are needed to survive but we never honestly ask questions. We are willing to take on the side effects which could lead to more problems. But when I mention holistic healing, I’m bombarded with skepticism and negativity. I was on many medications in the past for my IBS, Pelvic Adhesive Disease, anxiety, and depression. Once I began my herbalist journey, my mind changed immediately. When I have an IBS flare-up, this is the first thing I make. The lovely aroma alone calms me down.

This beautiful and healing tea brings comfort, relief, and solace. I make a medium size batch that fills a mason jar. Equal parts of the above herbs. Mix. A little goes a long way. I use a stainless steel mesh tea infuser strainer. Amazon carries various tea steepers. Steep for 10-15 minutes. Lemon or honey is optional.

I purchase my herbs from Tame The Spirit on Etsy and Lavender Life Company. Both businesses are trustworthy, reliable, and have excellent herbs.

This is not medical advice. Please check with a physician if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any other serious medical conditions.

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Simple Chimichurri

Garlic. Cilantro. Red pepper. Be still my culinary heart. A little Instagram photo love below.

It’s a versatile sauce — meat, fish, or vegetables.

Ingredients

1/2 cup light tasting olive oil (garlic infused olive oil is an option)

2 cloves of garlic

1/4 red pepper

Fresh parsley

Fresh cilantro

Lemon juice (preferably fresh)

Salt & pepper

Directions

Chop 1 cup of cilantro and 1 cup of parsley. I use herb scissors to pre-cut before putting them in my food chopper.

Add garlic, red pepper, and seasonings. I go by taste with the salt and pepper. Palates are different.

Chop.

Pour in the olive oil and lemon juice. I squeeze 1/2 a lemon in.

Chop.

Taste.

Add more salt and pepper if need be.

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