I was sitting on the porch on a cool, late February afternoon in 2012. I was about 3 months away from graduating, in the middle of my clinical year of graduate school and had a beast of a thesis to finish. After three years of intense studying, full time class work plus part time job hustling, stressful city living and long commutes, I was completely, 100% exhausted and depleted. I was doing what I loved, and just didn't have much more energy to devote to the work that had to be done. There I sat, computer open, books littering the table and papers strewn all over the floor around me. Highlighters were the only colors I seemed to be able to focus on, and the little blinking cursor on the screen seemed to match up curiously well with my tired pulse. It was chilly, but invigorating outside. I needed something warm to soothe the frigid air that was keeping me awake. I rummaged through my makeshift and messy apothecary, one bottle after another and stopped on mugwort. Not one I was often drinking due to the bitterness, but remembered it had a nice brain tonic reputation. So I threw some in a giant gallon jar, added a lazy spoonful of lavender to cut the bitterness and drowned it all in hot water. The smell alone was almost as wonderful as freshly baked bread. I started sipping on this minute after minute, hour after hour. More words were typed. More books became closed. More papers got filed away. After a few days of going back to this blend, I noticed I was able to focus a lot longer than before (and dreams were getting pretty weird and lucid too). I started using this simple blend more and more throughout the year and every time noticed that it seriously helped my work ethic. I think this simple blend helped get me through those last few months when I didn't think I had anything left to give. Now I sip this delicious ally blend in my cozy nook while I read for pleasure or for work, while I sit in my office going through an endless stream of emails, or when I've got hours of work to review. It will be on my apothecary shelf...always. 


This cerebrally invigorating blend is perfect for the days or afternoons when you have a ton of work to get done. You may have a pile of files to go through, school work to get done, or just a seemingly endless to-do list that requires you to sit down and focus for hours at a time. I discovered the foundation of this blend while I was writing my thesis paper for graduate school and wow, did it make a huge difference. I've perfected the formula to make it a little more delicious and targeted for a perfect blend to sip throughout the day as your warming, comforting, get-shit-done, herbal ally blend.

Mugwort - this is a main ingredient in the Book Nook Blend. It's a bitter, potent and aromatic herb that's pretty effective at getting things moving in the body. It was traditionally used for atonic conditions. Anything sluggish, stagnant or just static energy in the body such as absent menstrual cycles, poor blood or lymph flow or feeling mentally stuck in a rut will be marvelously revitalized by the addition of Mugwort. 

Rosemary - this is specific for blood flow to the brain, and has been shown to not only help with concentration, but also short and long term memory recall. 

Lemon Balm - I love this delicious herb to help calm the overloaded busy brain. This herb is tremendously helpful for the "monkey mind" when you just can't focus on one thing for more than 2-3 minutes. You need that calm brain feeling without feeling sleepy. This invigorates, calms and focuses the mind. And it tastes delicious. 

Lavender - Sometimes bitter herbs are hard to handle, so the addition of this sweet little flower helps to cut through the bitter to balance out the flavors. Lavender does the trick!

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