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My Sweet Aunt Charlotte

Today, as I sit here sipping tea from this dainty gorgeous cup, I'm thinking about my precious Aunt Charlotte who left us years ago (in my teens). She was an inspiration and I am thankful to have had her in my life. A strong German woman with a serious attitude along with grace, passion, and kindness. This cup and saucer are a few of the things I've kept over the years in her remembrance. A smile comes to my lips when sipping tea from her cup!

We enjoyed several afternoons in her kitchen and garden. She taught me some simple life-nourishing moments - sip tea with friends, enjoy gardening, dirt rinses off easily, the rain is followed by flowers, volunteer to do things that bring joy, and most important, any flowers in any pot make a FABULOUS arrangement! The last one brings back memories of a girls weekend in Leavenworth, Washington. We collected all kinds of natures bounty (flowers, cones, and leaves) while on a hike. One of my friends grabbed all the goodies and made the most glorious arrangement ever; we enjoyed it the entire weekend.

I also think she is the one who inspired my joy of tasting and picking wild things out in nature. Yes, many good friends have laughed a time or two as I nibble on flowers or pick leaves (like nettles) while out on a hike - did you know nettles make an amazing nutrient dense and delicious tea (see below)!

She was a true treasure; I can picture her standing in her garden, shovel in hand, with a beautiful green backdrop of camellia trees, maidenhair ferns, and her Cecile Brunner rose bush (my favorite).

She is an inspiration to the Wholistically Nourished lifestyle! I would be honored to support you in your journey to feel more energized, healthy, and ready to rock your day. Book your Wholistic Nourishment Strategy complimentary call today. Together, let's define your personal power foods.


Nettle Tea

1 ounce dried nettles

1 quart hot water

Add nettles and hot water to the quart jar. Cap and let steep overnight (a minimum of 4 hours). Strain and drink; keeps for about 2 days in the refrigerator.

Benefits: source of multiple vitamins and minerals; immune booster, adrenal support, bone builder, detoxifier, energizer, anti-inflammatory, and a blood builder


Sunshine in a cup

1 lemon balm sprig (~ 1/2 teaspoon)

1 thai basil sprig (~ 1/2 teaspoon)

steeped in hot water for 5 minutes

Note: you can reuse the herbs for additional cups of tea.

Benefits: softens your reaction to stress, assists with nervous exhaustion, and mood elevating.

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