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Black tea. Green Tea. Peppermint Tea. Chamomile Tea. Those are the must have's right? Pretty standard line up of tea when visiting any restaurant or hotel.

What is chamomile tea though? Does chamomile tea have medicinal uses? What are the medicinal uses of the chamomile flower? From calming teething toddlers to a relaxing cuppa before bedtime there are so many wonderful uses for chamomile. In today's Monograph Monday we are going to go over all those and ways to plant and use this wonderful little flower.

So simple that even the chickens can plant it! The chickens can plant it? Our chickens planted these chamomile flowers. They were the little tillers and movers that helped this chamomile to re-seed here in our garden.

Chamomile is an edible flower that looks similar to a daisy though it it is much smaller in nature and it has very different petals. There are two main types of chamomile most commonly in use; German and Roman. Though there is also a Spanish variety.

Chamomile is most...

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When the first week of the month rolls around, all things stop. That way we can ship out our tea mail! What is tea mail you ask?

Some of you are probably aware and may even be part of our monthly tea club subscription. Every month I blend a brand new tea especially for our V.I.P. Tea Club members. (No longer available as of 2018) This tea gets sent out in the mail along with some other goodies, such as our:

* Small Treat from Local/Small Businesses
* Sample of one of our farm store teas
* Newsletter about current month's tea and treat
*Pairing Recipe

This month we blended up an herbal peach tea that we call our Cottage Peach. Featuring locally grown Oregon peaches, something that we have processed and dehydrated here on the farm along with some Oregon Bee Pollen from our favorite local bee keeper. We paired it with some local granola from the Sweet Peony Flour Shop and sent it off to our tea club members. Also this week, we decided to share the behind the scenes from blending to...

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How many of you are growing a garden this year? How many of you have flowers in your garden? How about medicinal flowers?

We started our garden out with just things that could be eaten. It was a way to help cut down the food cost and to know the story of where our food was coming from. Which growing methods were used, where the seeds came from, the type of soil that they were growing in. 

Equally important as our vegetable garden though are our medicinals that we grow as well. It's handy to also know where our medicine comes from as well.

Today we thought we would share a bit about a favorite medicinal flower that we are growing here on the farm. Bachelor Buttons also known as cornflowers are used in many of our teas but that isn't there limitation. Join us as we go over their culinary and medicinal uses!

Bachelor Buttons come in many different colors from this brilliant blue, to white, pink, purple and in between. We use them often because they add a lovely pop of color to our...

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Golden Turmeric Chicken/Shrimp Curry Recipe

Did you know that you can cook with tea and not just drink it? One of our Super Fan's and V.I.P. Members, Kris Miller, sent us this lovely recipe using Golden Turmeric Spice Tea in a curry dish. What makes it super fantastic is that not only is it yummy, not only does it have anti-oxidant packed turmeric in it BUT Kris is also a culinary student at a local college! Training as a professional chef she used her culinary skills to cook up something fantastic! It even made it on the college menu :)

This lovely recipe takes wonderful fresh veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, red pepper and pairs them with chicken/shrimp along with the spice that comes from our Golden Turmeric Tea. This tea is packed with spicy goodness! Organic Turmeric, Organic Ginger, Organic Clove, Organic black pepper, organic cinnamon and some of our farm grown marigold flowers! Organic marigolds - just for the record we are not certified but use organic growing methods!

Kris chose to make this recipe by...

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Matcha Shamrock Shortbread Recipe


Matcha Shamrock Shortbread cookies add that little special touch to our yearly family celebration and heritage. 

You see the Farmer and I both have Irish heritage in our family. We grew up celebrating St. Patrick's Day every year and when it came to picking a name for our youngest son we gave him the strong, strapping and Irish name of Patrick.



Before birthdays, Christians use to celebrate Name Days. You might call it the Christian version of a birthday. Instead of celebrating the day that God made us we celebrate the name of the saint that we were named after.

The day is spent reading about this famous saint, the miracles that they performed but also the virtues that they practiced. The idea is that we should take up the same virtues and imitate their Christ-like habits.



One of the best ways we found to do this was by turning our food into shapes on feast days. When the children were young it was easier for them to learn things by "doing" or...

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Oh winter. The last few weeks of the wet and the rain in Oregon really start to get to a person. It's dark, its gloomy. ITS WET! Really wet, like slip around outside when its wet, wet. 

We spend much more time in the house than we care to but there is so little to do in so much rain and mud. There is no garden to work on - its too cold. The animals are hunkered down just like us. The only thing to do is to make a mess in the kitchen - I mean be creative in the kitchen. ( As I look behind me to see if the Farmer' saw me type those words... ah hem.)

Cooking With, Not Drinking Tea

I have sort of a reputation for being a mad scientist in the kitchen. I think its usually the after math of my creativeness that gives me that reputation. The latest inspired mess - I mean creation - came from a tea called Lapsang Souchong. Lapsang is a special black tea from China that is smoke-dried over a pine-wood fire. It's known as the smoked tea. 

Let me tell you what, that is the best name...

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DIY Salve & Infused Oil Recipes


Our herbal medicine journey has been a long time in the making, but it really started to take off in about 2012. It started with some random online learning here and there, then an online course.

I ordered my first seeds to plant in my first garden. Seeds of Change had a close out deal with a bunch of random seeds for $5, including shipping. Can't lose there right? In that bunch of seeds were some calendula flowers. Little did I know that those bright yellow flowers would create a business that we now run full time as a family.

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VIDEO: Harvesting and Using Calendula


Happy Friday to you all! We have been SOOOO busy on the farm, is it really Friday already?!

Harvest season comes on slowly and then just really starts to take off this time of year. While we haven't even hit the height of it yet we are continually filling and refilling the dehydrator with some herbal goodness from the farm.

This week I was catching up on the Calendula flowers. While we don't have enough of these farm grown ones to fill our tea orders yet we use them for so many other things. They are good for more than just tea!

We are sharing on this video how to harvest the flowers and save the seed along with 6+ ways to use Calendula. We hope you enjoy, even if you don't plant to grow your own hopefully its interesting to see the process of the ingredients that get used in our teas.



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 While there are other components of bread that make it even healthier (fermentation, how it is harvested and when) milling is a simple way to improve the health of the bread we consume. Today we are sharing an article out of our favorite 'homesteading' book called Rural Roads to Security, written by Joseph Husslein S.J. Ph. D. with an imprimatur from 1940.


… Our ancestors, the pioneers who subdued the virgin forests and conquered the frontier, subsisted on the hardy diet of whole grains. They could scarcely have survived the hardships to which they were subjected if they had consistently eaten what the American public eats today, chiefly breadstuffs made from denatured and debased wheat and corn, totally different products from the pioneers' whole grain breadstuffs.

The factory-begotten products, white flour, bleached middlings, starchy corn meal, parched corn flakes and bran, are undesirable forms of very...

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