Hi , Happy Winter Solstice!

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Corinna's Corner
Corinna WoodEmbracing the Darkness
Corinna Wood, Director, Red Moon Herbs & Southeast Wise Women
The time of year stretching from Sahmain to Winter Solstice is a dark and often intense time, as the seasons of light turn to seasons of dark. The nights are growing longer, and the dark evenings come early. I really treasure the darkness this time of year and the quiet it brings.
It is especially important for us as women to take extra care this time of year due to the fast paced, demanding lives many of us lead. Mothering, working, caretaking--whatever the tasks may be, it can become overwhelming. Winter brings us the 
opportunity to deeply nourish ourselves and fully feel our range of emotions. We put so much energy into taking care of others.
Last night I turned out the lights in my bathroom, not even a candle. Submerged in the warm tub. Connected with my own dark warm womb, asked for her wisdom. Take a little bit of quiet time on or before the solstice when the Christmas rush is not yet in full force. Whether it be a luxurious bath in the dark or a 20 minute cat nap, feel the womb of the mother, let her nourish and heal you.
New Immune Blend with Elderberry
Steeped in legend and lore, the Elder tree has a long history of usage in various folk medicine and ceremonial traditions in both Europe and North America. She has been called Queen of the Fairies, with the power to ward off witches’ charms; the Tree of Music, used to make the pan pipes carried by the Lord of the Hunt; Queen of the Netherworld, her branches bent to mark the entrance to the underworld; and a plant spirit protector to guard other medicinal plants in herb gardens.
Elder berriesThe medicinal uses of elder are quite broad as well, though in modern times it is most commonly used to support the immune system and build blood. Sambucus canadensis, the species of Elder most commonly used as a medicinal in North America has a wide geographical range east of the Rockies from Canada to Florida. Though it thrives at lower elevations in moist soils, it is extremely cold hardy and can tolerate a range of growing conditions. Flowering in early summer and fruiting in late summer, one mature elder plant can produce up to 25 lbs of fruit per season.
Thanks to Useful Plants Nursery here at Earthaven we now have an abundance of elderberry growing around us, and we’re very excited to be introducing Elderberry Extract into our herbal repertory. Elderberry Extract will be replacing Red Clover Extract in our Immune Blend, which is now a blend of Echinacea, Usnea and Elderberry Extracts, and it is now available as a simple as well.
Immune Blend
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Magical and Medicinal Herbal Coffee
Chicory has long been used
for herbal coffee drinks.
by Mary Lane

Several years ago I was told that coffee has a negative effect on the delicate kidney and adrenal systems. Knowing that this is a major area of support for sexual energy and Qi (life-force energy), I knew that I needed to take immediate action towards better care of this crucial component of my life and body.
I found a basic recipe for an herbal coffee substitute, played around with some roots from my yard, added a little local honey and dark chocolate, and came up with a magic decoction that is not only not harmful but acts as a powerful tonic for the liver, kidneys and heart while building the blood and Qi.
Add a little cream and you have a delicious latte. I hope you enjoy it!
Herbal Espresso Blend
1 cup dried chicory root
¼ cup dried dandelion root
¼ cup barley
*1/8 cup ginseng, or spikenard root
Sometimes I will add a little nettle root, yellow dock root, and, or comfrey root for extra flavor and medicinal qualities
To make the herb blend, roast chicory, dandelion, barley, and ginseng in a 200 degree preheated oven for 2 hours. Or roast in a large heavy skillet for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Grind in a coffee grinder until fine. Store in a glass container with a lid.
1-2 cups water
3-5 tsp herbal espresso blend
1-2 tsp molasses, honey or maple syrup
pinch ground cinnamon
pinch organic dark chocolate powder
To make the espresso, simmer the roots blend in water for about 10 minutes. Add the cinnamon and chocolate powder. Steep with the lid on for another few minutes. Sweeten with molasses, honey or maple syrup.
*   Ginseng is not recommended for pregnant women or individuals with high blood pressure. It may also have estrogenic activity, which aggravates fibrocystic breast disease in women. If these conditions are present simply eliminate ginseng from mixture.
Mary Lane
Mary Lane is author of Divine Nourishment, A Woman’s Sacred Journey with Food. www.divinenourishment.net
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The information included in this newsletter on the structure and function uses of herbs is based on historical use and personal experience. It has not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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