Summertime Desert Remedies

I Thought I would take a minute during this summertime mushy heat and let you know more about what I've been up to lately. I'm always experimenting with making new products at the shop, so here are some of my current favorite summer goodies (at least for now)!

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If you live in the desert right now you may feel like a desert! Everybody is coming into the shop with all sorts of complaints of dryness: dry hands, dry scalp, dry legs, dry lip... Inner Moisture Mix to the rescue! I have a fun way to prepare Inner Moisture Mix that's really tasty. Here is the simple recipe:

 Inner Moisture Latte

    Makes 1 cup

1 tsp Inner Moisture Mix

Hot Water 

Milk of choice (I prefer Almond Milk)

a pinch of Cardamom Powder


~Place IMM powder into your cup & fill with hot water about 2/3 of the way. I also add a pinch of cardamom powder in to taste. Let sit for a few minutes, then stir well. I love using a small cordless milk frother (seen in picture to right) to mix powders in water… very handy! 

~Warm Milk on stove for a minute or two. Don’t let it boil. Next froth your milk. I use my cordless milk frother, but I have also used a french press or a good old fashioned blender. 

~Once frothed, add to fill up the final 1/3 of your cup.

~Lastly sprinkle a little bit more cardamom on top.


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Bonus:    Any Yerba Mate Drinkers out there? I started drinking a cup of Yerba Mate in the mornings in place of coffee about a year ago. It agrees better with my belly. But, it is kind of drying which can also be aggravating, especially in the desert. My new trick is to brew a stronger 1/2 cup of Mate Tea & then add Inner Moisture Mix dissolved in Almond Milk the rest of the way. It is the perfect complement to smooth out that Mate & very Tasty!

Our new Elderberry Syrup Kit

Now at the shop we are offering an easy to follow do-it-yourself Elderberry Kit. 

~Things you will need to purchase: 4 ounces of honey, (and optionally a fresh pear &/or 2 ounces of brandy)

~Things you will need in the kitchen: A small pot, mixing spoon, stove top, strainer or muslin

  1. Empty all of the contents of your Elderberry Kit into a small pot.

  2. Add 12 ounces of filtered water.

  3. If you decided to purchase a pear, cut into slices and add to pot. (Pears are excellent to nourish the Lungs)

  4. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a low simmer for 25 minutes.

  5. Let cool and strain all plant matter through a strainer or piece of muslin. Do your best to press out all of the liquid from the plant matter. You should be left with about 5- 6  ounces of liquid, give or take a little.

  6. Return Elderberry liquid back to the pot and add in 4 ounces of honey. OR, you may chose to add 2 ounces of honey and 2 ounces of brandy. Both the brandy and the honey are excellent preservatives.

  7. Gently warm the honey, Elderberry liquid, and optional brandy. Be careful to not overheat, but warm just enough to dissolve honey.

  8. Return the liquid to the mason jar your herbs came in and store it in the refrigerator. It should be good for several months.

BONUS RECIPE- With any extra Syrup try making a delicious Compote: With every 1/4 cup of Elderberry Syrup add 2 teaspoons of ground chia seeds. Enjoy on pancakes, crepes, or most any desert!

            Have Fun & Enjoy!