I've always struggled a bit with winter. Particularly the gray, bleakness that seems to just go on and on accompanied by the frigid bitter cold that just settles into my bones for about 4 months...which is actually relatively painful over a long period of time. (And I live in the South, too.) Maybe it's my slight frame, my Vata predominance or feeling like spring will never come, but winter is just a struggle for me. I feel like my inner Eeyore comes out about 4 weeks in, and just rages on and on until the first warm breeze of spring. This tea is my tribute, and my ally, to those winter months. When I first started drinking Holy Basil in 2009 or so, I felt like that warm, spiritually uplifting liquid just dissolved any trace of that grumpy Eeyore and kept him away until I could bid farewell to winter. Then I combined it with the tantalizingly peppery damiana and YES. Perfect combo for the winter blues. Add a dash of rose and peppermint and this is a blend that I ALWAYS have with me when any form of sadness, cold, grumpy, blue or depressive state rolls around. 


Given my somewhat unpleasant experiences with multiple winters, an herbal tea formulated for the winter blues and inner raging Eeyore was essential for me. This tea formula is designed to uplift the heart space, lighten the gloom, warm the body to the bones and get rid of that emotional or spiritual murkiness that may come with seemingly endless gray, winter months. Personally...I've always felt like Holy Basil tea was like a portable hug in a cup. And that's what this tea blend is like for me. 

Holy Basil - Also known as Tulsi, this has been a traditionally warming, uplifting and moving herbal medicine with a long history of use as a highly spiritual herb in India. The entire Holy Basil plant is highly revered in India, and many people will keep a Tulsi plant in their home or on their alters. In Western herbal medicine, this is an ideal herb for the despondent, uninspired or sluggish person with maybe some weakened adrenal function or just general malaise. It is also a mild anti-inflammatory and protevtive of liver function. It has an aromatic, delicious tastes to me like a hug in a cup - every time.

Damiana - A more uncommonly used herb, this is one of the most subtly stimulating herbs for the whole body, and has a delicious, peppery and vibrant flavor. I like to rely on this herb in place of coffee in the morning sometimes, or as a tasty afternoon pick me up. This is the herb I often recommend for folks who are just generally lazy or sleepy or mentally sluggish. Perfect for the person who wants to hibernate when they can't (like all winter for 4 months...). 

Rose - Because the subtle beauty and flavor of rose petals is PERFECT when combined with holy basil and damiana together. 

Peppermint - Both damiana and holy basil have the slightest bitter flavor, and the aromatic and sweet flavor of peppermint balances bitter so nicely. It's also cooling to balance the warmth of damiana and holy basil while overall clearing the headspace and supporting the digestive tract through the winter months of heavier eating. 

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I've always enjoyed drinking broths during the colder weather months as a warming, nutritive addition to my daily diet. The vitamins and minerals we can extract from vegetables and high quality meats through hot water decoctions is just fantastic, and such an easy way to feel revitalized and healthy. Since I love herbal tea so much, I wanted to make an herbal version of a nutrient and mineral rich broth using equally nourishing herbs for (close to) the same effect and keep it nutritionally balanced. Thus, the Daily Nourish Tea was born. This has long been my go-to blend to drink all day, every day when I just want a hot beverage to sip on that's not only earthy, delicious and nourishing, but nutrient dense and whole body supporting. This is like a mug of comfort, and consists of extremely safe and abundant herbs. 


This blend is designed to be your daily go-to nutrient and mineral rich herbal ally blend. I was never a big fan of taking daily multi-vitamin pills unless they're really necessary. I love the practice of sipping a warm infusion of vitamin and mineral rich herbs during the colder months to deeply strengthen my immune system and nourish my body just a like drinking a vegetable rich broth. This is one of the more complex formulas, and tastes perfectly balanced, earthy and comforting. 

Nettles: The mother of all nutrient rich herbs. When in doubt - take nettles, I always say. Stinging Nettles are packed with vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, iron, B vitamins and sodium (often popular as an herbal diuretic). It is also high in formic acid, a potent anti-inflammatory when using the fresh little stingers on the leaves and stems. It helps to regulate cellular mediated immunity, curtail allergic responses, and due to it's rich mineral content is wonderful to enhance thicker, more lustrous hair growth. It's one of the safest and most proliferative herbs we have to utilize.

Hawthorn: I chose to include hawthorn leaf and flower for it's heart protective properties and as an overall cardiovascular tonic. It has a lovely calming quality, very comforting, and seems to stabilize how well the heart responds to things. With daily emotional ups and down's in life, hawthorn is an essential addition to most any formula. 

Astragalus: This is the deep immune tonic herb that I'm always including in my daily routine around the fall and winter time to strengthen my immune system. Astragalus doesn't acutely stimulate the immune system like echinacea would, it works more on a tonic, foundational level to strengthen the immune system over time, which makes it more ideal to take for long periods time / on a daily basis. And it has a nice, sweet earthy flavor that I just love. 

Yarrow: One of the legends of Achilles claims that when Achilles was a baby, his mother bathed him in an herbal bath of yarrow tea, but she missed his heal by clinging tightly to it. Hence, his weakness throughout life was his "Achilles Heal", as it did not get bathed in the strengthening, tonifying yarrow bath. Much like the legend states, yarrow is extremely strengthening and tonifying, especially to the tissues of the gastrointestinal tract, uterine lining and also the cardiovascular system. 

Alfalfa: Right on par with nettles, this herb (and food in many places) is rich in nutrients and is an excellent addition to the diet (especially as a tea) for mineral deficiencies. High in fat soluble vitamins E, K and also rich in vitamin C. 

Ashwagandha: This is one of my favorite Ayurvedic herbs as a powerful adaptogen and adrenal supporting herb. It helps the body adapt to stress by helping to maintain consistent cortisol levels while also building and nourishing the endocrine system. A perfect herbal ally for those who lead busy lives or are on the go more than they'd like to be.

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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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