Immune Building Herbal Chai Recipe

This delicious and immune-boosting tea recipe came from the herb mentor website (which is a great place to learn about herbs and their uses…) I simmer a pot on the stove for about an hour, covered, since they are all roots and seeds and woody herbs…

Immune Building Autumn Chai Recipe (altered slightly)

4 cups water

2 cinnamon sticks

1 Tbls. fresh ginger, grated

1 whole nutmeg, chopped (or 1 tsp. ground works fine)

1 Tbls. cardamom pods (again I substitute 1 Tbls. powdered cardamom if that’s all I have)

5 tongues of astragalus root

1 Tbls. dried burdock root

1 Tbls. dried dandelion root

1/2 tsp. whole cloves

1/4 tsp. black peppercorns

1/2 tsp. anise seeds

1/2 tsp whole allspice

1/2 tsp dried echinacea root

So put them all in a pot and simmer (covered) 30 minutes at least, more if you can wait. Your whole house will not only smell delicious but aromatheripically (not a real word, I know..) it will help kill any sick germs floating around your house (and nasal passages for that matter).

There are great places around the Pioneer Valley to get good quality herbs (besides through me):

Acadia Herbals, Northampton, MA

Goldthread Apothecary, Florence, MA

Or by Mail:

Jeans Greens, Castleton, NY 518-479-0471

Mountain Rose Herbs, Eugene, OR

Welcome and Winter farming!

Welcome to

Birch Moon

Farm & Herbals

We will be sharing our

farming and gardening projects,

recipes (both food and herbal),

produce lists as veggies become available for sale,

seasonal adventures and celebrations,

sewing, crafts, photos and I’m sure lots more!

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Happy Mid-February!

The moon is ready (Feb 21st) so we started our onions, leeks, broccoli, lettuce, kale, and some early Sungold cherry tomatoes (for the greenhouse)!

January 21st we had started some really early kale, lettuce and broccoli plants for our winter greenhouse…… they go out into the greenhouse during the day and inside at night. Soon we will plant them out and make insulation boxes around them for night time warmth.

Quinn and I did a little weeding in the Winter Greenhouse the other day… the temperature in there must have dropped 20 degrees when the sun went behind the trees. I’m glad I took my afternoon garden nap before I worked! The air in there is SO beautiful… a welcome change from winter’s cold, dry air.

I want to share a recipe for an amazing GREEN drink (I made today). It is great when you are sick or are just trying to avoid dairy but need something satisfying and creamy ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  It also helps to alkalize the body and balance out all our sugar habits (wheat included). Organic ingredients only, of course…

Avocado Lime Shake

juice of 1 lime

juice of 1 grapefruit

1/2 can of coconut milk (almond milk works great but is not as creamy)

1 avocado

1 tsp. spirulina or greens powder if you have it

1-2 cups raw spinach (mesclun mix works well too)

ice cubes (optional)

blend it all in a blender then drink!

In summer add I a cucumber and some fresh mint leaves. In winter I omit the ice and add a little vanilla extract. A peppery mesclun mix adds a neat flavor…

Well that’s all for today, more to come soon!