"He causeth the grass to grow for food, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth a man's heart." ~Psalm 104: 14-15


Spicy Mexican "red hot" Tea!

It was a cold and drippy evening, as I set out the supper. It had been prepared in the warmer morning, and left to me to serve later. Chilled chicken salad and a nice cold pudding. Oh! How could I dish that up to all the children, as they'd walk in from the rain? They need something hot to warm them from the inside on out. I know! A nice hot drink...but what? At least start a big pot of water to boil.... With all the colds and sore throats, hot coco won't help them... Tea? It's too late in the day to be serving children tea.... It's almost 6 O'clock now, too late to run back to my house for sweet herbs.... I know!  Add a little of this, a big splash of that~and there! Spicy, hot, "decaffeinated" cup of healthy, heating treat.

*last updated Oct 2014

Spicy Mexican "red hot" Tea:

  • a great big pot of simmering water (at least 10 to 20 cups of water)
  • 1-3 great big sweet cinnamon sticks all broken up
  • 10 small bags tea (I used "decaffeinated" lipton tea; if it's not last minute and your things are closer at hand, much better options would be: 8 tsp organic black tea or 10 tsp red roobios tea
  • a big splash of vanilla extract
  • more than you meant to (but not too much!) Cayenne Pepper Powder
  • 2 cones of Mexican (unrefined) sugar, or use sucanat/rapadura.

There you go! Steaming hot and Mexicanly spicy, with a sweet tingle of toasty vanilla, this tea gives the little ones something to smile about!

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What I Put in My Herbal Medicine Chest

Herbal Medicine Chest time! 

My herbal medicine chest is getting filled out and refined. 
Over at Mexican Wildflower Nourishing Simplicity I've shared a post about what I'm keeping in it. Listed in order of use, I think I'll print a copy myself, to keep in my herbal notebook, beside my medicine chest, inside my medicine cupboard... (see part 2 next month for more on the cupboard for What to Put in Your Herbal Medicine Cupboard!) 

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A Gypsy's Herbal Toothpaste & Toothpowder

Here are my first two tooth cleaning recipes.
NOTE: These are what I use for my teeth, and may not be the best choice for you; please consult with a professional about what options are best for you.

Homemade Toothpaste/cleaner

  • Coconut oil
  • peppermint Essential Oil
  • baking soda
  • Himalayan sea salt


  • Infuse the coconut oil with cloves and peppermint before you start...
  • Then re-heat oil and mix in salt and baking soda to dissolve...

After combining the oils and powders, store in a neat little tin or jar. (Mine's in a squatty little jar so I  wont tip it over.) And now you have homemade toothpaste/cleaner!

Concocting: Toiletries: Tooth Powder

(as seen on my previous blog)
Here's what I put in my first tooth powder:
  • Baking soda
  • pink salt*
  • peppermint oil drops
  • whole cloves
*although salt is good for the mouth, I'm reconsidering putting it in my tooth powder/paste next
time; it's possibly too abrasive. Instead, I'll try to rinse with warm salt water daily.
Tooth powder with peppermint oil; pink salt; toothpowder with cloves.

Clear jar on the left is explained above. Little jar in back with red/white top is pink salt,
now to be added to warm water as a rinse. Green salt shaker jar is new tooth powder with
 whole cloves. The cloves themselves will not go through the small-holed-top, but the baking
soda in the powder will absorb a lot from them in the mean time.

Bulk Herb Store has a Bentonite Clay Toothpaste......but that's their story! Go read all about it! :~) 
(I like how they dissolve salt into theirs: solves that dilemma!)