Growing Chamomile for Tea

Chamomile is a flowering herb that can be used in cooking and in tea. Chamomile flowers steeped in hot water make a very relaxing tea, perfect for sipping on a quiet evening or a rainy afternoon. This year, I decided to grow some chamomile in my own garden. Chamomile is a member of the daisy family, and its flowers look like miniature daisies. It’s a bright green, feathery annual that grows best in full sun. I planted the seeds outdoors after danger of frost, and within a couple of months, the flowers should appear. The best time to plant chamomile is in the spring from seeds or plants. Growing chamomile from seed is also relatively easy and grows best in cool conditions and should be planted in part shade, but will also grow in partly sunny area.

It usually takes about two months from the time the seeds are planted for chamomile to produce flowers. This should occur by early to mid-summer, or about two weeks after you’re transplanted indoor seedlings. Also if you decide to plant your seeds in your veggie garden to help pollinate your flowering veggies try planting near cucumbers, broccoli, onions, or green beans. When the flowers are at peak bloom, I snip them off and let them dry on a wire screen in a cool place. Tea can be brewed from fresh or dried flowers. When harvesting frequently, this gives the plant to continue to bloom.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3-4 Tbsp fresh chamomile flowers
  • 1 small, fresh sprig of mint
  • 8 oz boiling water

Once you’ve selected a pot, you’ll want to harvest your herbs. For the chamomile flowers, it’s ideal to use them the same day they are harvested, as the delicate petals have a short shelf life. Otherwise, they can last a couple of days in the refrigerator in a plastic bag with a lightly dampened paper towel. To prepare the chamomile for use, pop the head of the flower off the stem. They can even be harvested this way, so that they are immediately ready for use. For the mint, select a small sprig about the size of a quarter off the tender top of the plant. I selected a variety of mint called apple mint because fresh chamomile also has apple undertones, so they complement each other perfectly. Peppermint is also delicious.

  1. Fill up your tea kettle with 8 oz of water and begin heating. Place 3-4 Tbsp (4 Tbsp for a stronger tea) of chamomile and your mint sprig into your teapot or makeshift teabag of choice.
  2. Pour 8 oz of boiling water over the chamomile flowers and mint and then steep for 5 minutes. To serve, pour into a teacup, using a fine mesh strainer as needed.

Dandelion Sweet Bread

You probably have this special weed growing in your front or backyard right now, the dandelion flowering weed. You may be most familiar with dandelion as a stubborn weed that never seems to leave your lawn or garden,however, in traditional herbal medicine practices, dandelion are revered for their wide array of medicinal properties and for special sweet treats. From root to flower, dandelion are highly nutritious plants, loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Dandelion greens can be eaten cooked or raw and serve as an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K. They also contain vitamin E, folate and small amounts of other B vitamins.

During this quartine time for all of us I have started looking into new receipes for my family and I. I wanted to share the newest one that I found and baked!

Dandelion Sweet Bread

This Dandelion Bread recipe makes 2 loaves:

You will need 4 cups flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 – 2 cups dandelion petals 1/2 cup vegetable oil 3/4 cup honey 2 eggs 2 2/3 cups milk.

First, gather your dandelions.  You want to gather from an area that has not been sprayed with herbicide, like your own yard.  You only need the yellow flower, so this is an easy job for the children!  You’ll want a bunch.

Wash your flowers and separate the petals from the green

Once you have between 1 1/2 to 2 cups of petals, gather your other ingredients and get baking! Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine dry ingredients, including dandelion petals, in large bowl.

In separate bowl mix milk, beaten eggs, honey and vegetable oil. Add to dry ingredients and mix well.

Pour batter into two greased bread pans. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.  Lower temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking another 20 minutes.

After you take it out of the oven drizzle honey on top of the loaf, let cool and serve! This delicious bread is very sweet!

Dandelion flowering weed

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Advertising on Etsy

Advertising your creative items in your Etsy Shop can be overwhelming or confusing at times. Etsy platform is a great way to get your items shown to so many people around the world. It’s a huge marketplace where anyone can go and search for a specific item to buy and within all those items your shop item will be seen! So how do you make sure your item/shop is being seen? These helpful tips below can help get you started!

Starting out with advertising, it can be hard to know what a “successful” campaign return looks like. Advertising results look different for everyone, and depend on a variety of factors including listing quality, campaign budget, and seasonality. But understanding the key metrics to track, along with industry performance benchmarks, can provide helpful guideposts for understanding the effectiveness of your own paid advertising campaign. Return on Advertising Spend (ROAS): For every $1 you’ve spent on advertising, how many dollars in revenue are generated? If your ROAS for a listing is at or above benchmark, it’s a good indication your ad is performing well and remaining profitable. To calculate your ROAS on the listing or campaign level, divide your revenue generated by your advertising budget spent.

Decide which listings are getting the most views. If a listing is getting a lot of ad views, it likely means your tags, titles, and use of relevant attributes is helping it appear in relevant searches. The more views your listings receive, the greater your brand awareness becomes. Recommendations: If your views are low, revisit your tags and titles. Look at your shop stats to see which search terms are bringing the most organic traffic to the items you’re advertising, and be sure you’ve added those terms to the listings’ titles and tags.

Have you tried the adverting and made any sales from your ads? If so, congratulations! That means your ads are working, and you’re starting to learn which listings shoppers are most excited about. Consider increasing your budget to amplify your results.

What about an item that needs a little help? Recommendations: Are any listings getting lots of views and clicks, but no sales? That may be a sign that there’s something keeping shoppers from making a purchase, such as a high shipping price or not enough listing photos. You may want to tweak your listing to increase your chances of making a sale.

Etsy Ads make your listings more prominent for millions of buyers searching for products on the site. You set a daily budget, let your campaign run, and we’ll continually optimize how your budget is spent over time to boost your exposure in Etsy search results. New changes are headed to Etsy to help you grow your shop even bigger and to help get your items shown more! You can follow the link below to watch a short video on these exciting changes!  Our shop Flymeawaycreations, will be going along with the new advertising way & we are also growing our advertising by showing our 3D Printing videos on our YouTube channel! Just search our name: Flymeawaycreations on YouTube and subscribe, follow, & Like!

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Bees, Hemp, & Cannabis

Bees play a significant role in the ecosystem, as bee populations continue to fall, concern grows about what implications the loss of pollinators will have om our ecosystem.

Have you seen the recent videos or read the latest articles about honeybees and cannabis? The first question that comes to mind do bees pollinate cannabis? There is very little research available about how honeybees interact with the cannabis plant that contains THC levels sufficiently potent to be deemed medical or recreational use quality. Only one known scholarly article exists so far (Dalio, J.S., 2012). The study, which took place in India, point that bees see cannabis plants as a source of protein but usually only visit the male plants during a pollen shortage. You can spot the bees visiting the plant but the scent that the plant emanates the bees don’t seem to enjoy, nor the plant has bright coloring that bees are attracted too. Cannabis is mostly pollinated by the wind, and so it has not needed to develop colors and scents to attract pollinators like the honeybee. Sometimes a male cannabis plant will produce some pollen, which the bee may take home to the hive, but the bee is mainly seeking plants with nectar.

On the other hand, the flowering plant, hemp bees are attractive to it. Industrial hemp could be the solution to help the bee population.

A recent study, at Colorado State University suggests industrial hemp could be a saving grace for sustaining the bee population. Because bees pollinate hemp, researchers are hopeful bee populations will begin to increase with hemp production. Hemp does not produce nectar, but hemp’s impact on bees is valuable because the crop produces a large amount of pollen. When other crops are not available, bees can pollinate hemp. Ultimately, pollination is the process that makes food production possible.

So, if you’re looking for ways to help the bees, you can start by learning about your state’s personal cultivation laws and read several gardening tip blogs on how to attract bees to your yard. 

Bee house DIY gardening

Gardening with Bees

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Nature’s Cold and Flu Remedy

The cold and flu season are among us, a natural way to fight this ugly season is with elderberries! Elderberry syrup is becoming popular to treat the cold and flu, but it has been around for thousands of years. Black elderberries are small berries that come from the elder tree native to North America and Europe. Some studies have shown that taking elderberry syrup in the early stages of the flu can reduce the duration of illness by as 2 to 4 days. You can find the syrup at several drug stores or any natural organic store. You can also make your own for a lot less, just make sure you follow the directions and use organic ingredients. During the winter season I have this stocked in my fridge for myself and the family. Every day the kids and I take a dose to just keep our immune system up and to fight any nasty cold that lurks among us.  Below is the recipe that I was given from a local organic market, which has worked for my family.

 

Elderberry Syrup Recipe:

2/3 cup dried elderberries

31/2 cups water

2 tablespoon fresh or dried ginger root

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

½ teaspoon ground clove

1 cup honey

 

In a medium saucepan combine water and all ingredients except the honey. (place honey aside until the end) Bring to a boil and cover with lid cracked so steam can be released and turn heat down to a simmer. Simmer your ingredients for 45 minutes and then let cool. Pour entire cool content through a strainer or cheesecloth into a glass jar. After most of the liquid has strained through into the jar take a spoon to mash the berries to release more liquid into the jar, be careful because elderberries can stain your hands or countertops. When your liquid is cooled add your cup of honey and stir until dissolved. This recipe will make about 16 ounces so using a one-pint mason jar is preferred.  Syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for several months.

 

Dose suggestions for adults: ½ to 1 tablespoon daily as preventive. If the flu does strike take above amount 3-4 times a day.

Dose suggestions for children: ½ to 1 teaspoon daily as preventive. If the flu strikes, take amount every 3-4 hours until symptoms decrease.

Children under 1 should not take and if pregnant or breastfeeding consult doctor first.

If you have use or make the syrup, please comment! Love to hear!

 

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