In the tale of Eros and Psyche, Aphrodite sends Psyche to the Realm of Hades to retrieve Persephone’s own Serum of Beauty. Upon her return from the Underworld, Psyche defies the warnings not to peek within the box, and discovers that the Serum is the Essence of Sleep.
We can honor Persephone and Aphrodite both with restful sleep.
This recipe was taught to me by a Gujarati friend, based off of an old ayurvedic remedy for sleep. It reminds me of the tale of Psyche, and the Goddesses’ lesson to us of the importance of sleep.
- 6 oz non-dairy milk*
- 4 oz pomegranate juice
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp rose petals
- 1 tsp chamomile
- 1/8 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp ashwagandha (if you can find it)
- A pinch of turmeric
- A pinch of cardamom
Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan, warm, and froth with a wisk. Infuse with your positive intentions of calm, sleep, and peace. Thank Persephone and Aphrodite for their blessing and guidance. Strain out the flower petals. Drink warm before bed.
*My friend swears by almond milk, but I’m allergic to that and use soy. Cashew, coconut, rice, hemp, and oat also work. Cow milk may curdle when exposed to pomegranate juice.
I drank it with some dragon fruit (omitted most of the honey) and it made me so sleepy right away.
DANDELION JELLY! !! Recipe by sweet bambuita
! It tastes like honey! 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝 been a busy bee last few days harvesting flowers, plucking petals, extracting nectar, straining and canning this delicious jelly! Very Tideaous work but it’s worth it!
3 cups dandelion tea (made from 4 cups of petals in boiled water overnight ) 4 cups of sugar 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice 6 tbsp of regular ball fruit pectin Water bath can for 10 minutes Makes 6 – ½ pints
- 1 tsp gunpowder green tea, or jasmine green tea
- Pinch rosemary
- ½ tsp peppermint
- 2 fresh sage leaves, bruised
- 1 slice fresh ginger
- ½ tsp gingko leaf
- ½ tsp lavender
- 2 cups hot, not boiling water
Combine ingredients in a teapot and cover with hot, not boiling water. (Boil water in kettle, then let sit a few seconds to cool slightly) Optional: serve or brew with a wheel of lemon and/or sprinkle of cinnamon. Best not to sweeten, of you can. Use honey or stevia if you must sweeten.
Strongly flavored tea, good for focusing, studying, and memory. Provides gentle energy and a slight calming effect with lavender.
**As always, be sure to do your research before trying a new herb**
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Serves 2, or makes 1 large drink.
- 1 tsp black tea (strong variety)
- 1 tsp hawthorn leaves*
- 2-3 thin slices fresh ginger
- Dash cayenne pepper
- 1 inch strip fresh orange peel or ½ tsp dried
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp blackstrap molasses
Combine first 5 ingredients in teapot and cover with boiling water. (Placing all dried ingredients in a teabag or tied coffee filter may be beneficial for straining.) Steep for 5 minutes to ensure ginger is brewed properly. Remove orange peel and ginger slices. Add coconut oil and molasses and serve or store.
Great for energy and heart health. Makes a good pre-workout energy drink, combined with water. If iced, omit oil.
*Hawthorn leaves may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. Ask your doctor before using hawthorn in your diet. As always, do your research before trying new herbs.
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