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Owl Post! ~ Hogwarts House Teas Have Arrived ~

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Clever ones, I no longer sell my herbal teas and remedies such as my Hogwarts House Teas... but sign-up for my Magick Mail to keep updated on when I'll be releasing the recipes for each blend to the public!

We are delighted to introduce our new line of Hogwarts-inspired House Teas to those lovely Muggles, Witches, and Wizards who shop the Apothecary.  It is no secret that we're fans of the magical world of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and have spent many an hour dressed up as Professor Trelawney and dreaming of having a copy of One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi by former Hogwarts Headmistress Phyllida Spore.  Hopefully our new Hogwarts House Teas will inspire the student of magic in you!

“You might belong in Gryffindor,Where dwell the brave at heart,Their daring, nerve, and chivalrySet Gryffindors apart…” The Sorting Hat from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Our Gryffindor House Tea features herbs that evoke courage, bravery, and hopefully grant a bit a luck to those daring individuals whom the sorting hat has placed in Godric’s house.

DANDELION LEAF Taraxacum officinale: The jagged shape of the leaves has inspired Dandelion’s association with Gryffindor’s bold mascot.  The leaves are extremely nutritious and are used to treat a large variety of ills – just like our brave Gryffindors who face all manners of challenges.

BORAGE Borago officinalis: Borage is the plant of courage, strengthening the heart with resolve in face of the unimaginable.

BASIL Ocimum basilicum: The origins of the name Basil comes from the Greek basilikon phuton, meaning “valiant” and “kingly.”  While Ron may wish to forget his time as “king,” all Gryffindors would probably appreciate being recognized as valiant.

SARSPARILLA Smilax ornate: Sarsparilla has an almost bubbly-taste and was added for the essential ingredient of love that keeps strong the will of Gryffindor.

“Hufflepuff,Where they are just and loyal,Those patient Hufflepuffs are trueAnd unafraid of toil…” The Sorting Hat from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The loyalty of those of the House of Hufflepuff cannot be matched.  They’re a grounded bunch, too, not getting carried away by big ideas but remaining focused on the here and now.  The Hufflepuff House Tea is a combination of the practical and enchanted.

CARAWAY Carum carvi: Carried between friends and lovers as a promise to fidelity, Caraway embodies the steadfast loyalty of Hufflepuffs to the people and causes they love.

HAWTHORN Craetagus monogyna: The Hufflepuff mascot, the badger, is fond of the magical hawthorn, and so we imagine the Hufflepuffs would probably be, too.

LICORICE Glycyrrhiza glabra: Licorice has traditionally used in tea blends to harmonize the energies of all other herbs involved.  Hufflepuffs often seemed to do just that throughout Hogwarts, reminding folks of what really mattered.

CHICKWEED Stellaria alsine: Another herb of steadfastness, Chickweed’s Latin name reveals its relationship to the celestial kingdom, lest we forget the truly unique brightness of a house that accepts any student as long as they are hard-working and loyal.

“Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,if you’ve a ready mind,Where those of wit and learning,Will always find their kind…” The Sorting Hat from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Refinement, learning, and an ever-cool disposition, the Ravenclaw House Tea honors the grand history of tea drinking with the classic Early Grey while staying true to innovation with the addition of gingko, lavender, and peppermint. Contains caffeine.

EARL GREY: A refined, fragrant black tea

LAVENDER Lavandula officinalis:  Blue to honor Ravenclaw’s house color, Lavender is a keep-it-cool herb that will help to settle any studying nerves.  Not that those clever Ravenclaws ever lose their nerve.

GINGKO Gingko biloba: A renowned brain tonic, our Ravenclaw blend would not be complete without nourishing their greatest source of talent.

PEPPERMINT Mentha piperita: Fresh and invigorating, Peppermint stimulates new ways of working out solutions to the trickiest N.E.W.T. exam questions.

“Or perhaps in SlytherinYou’ll make your real friends,Those cunning folks use any meansTo achieve their ends.” The Sorting Hat from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The green brew of the Slytherin House Tea is a compelling blend of ancient herbs, snake charms, and the ambitious drive to gain the most while sacrificing little by way of purity.

HORSETAIL Equisetum arvense: To play a whistle made from the stem of the Horsetail plant, is to be able to call and charm Slytherin’s mascot, the snake.  Horsetail is an ancient plant lending itself well to a House preoccupied with ancestry.

NETTLES Urtica dioica: Salazar Slytherin, the founder of Slytherin House, felt particular anxiety around the admission of the Muggle-born into Hogwarts.  So you find Slytherin to be predominantly “pure-blood” students and in their House Tea, the blood-purifying Nettles are included.

LEMON BALM Melissa officinalis: There is always a bit of a nervous, somewhat sour edge to Slytherins, so Lemon Balm adds a hint of sour while soothing the nervous thoughts of ambitious witches and wizards.

HIBISCUS Hibiscus sabdariffa: Known also as sour-sour, the blood-red of Hibiscus adds to the pure-blooded, puckering tendencies of the Slytherin stock.

Our Hogwarts House Teas can be purchased individually or as a Remedy Kit in our S H O P.

More Stars for More Merriment

As with any part of the year, whether you are tired, invigorated, flabbergasted, illuminated, joyful, disgruntled or bursting with any other exuberant expression of emotional being-ness, we hope that you'll always have time to drink deep the incredible (tea)cup of life that we're all experiencing.

All that said, we are simply tea-sellers at the end of the day and we would like you to know that we've more stars to light your way.  Our Star of Yule Tea Blend is now available in our standard 3 ounce size in our little online shop. You can still find it in our Winter Remedy Kits, too, in a smart-looking 1 ounce tin (who doesn't want to look clever?).

Herbs for the Road: Traveler Blend

It is always a holiday somewhere and so to say the holiday season is coming up is both a bit misleading and redundant.  We are terribly dedicated to leading no one astray - unless misdirection is part of the remedy.  A good remedy for when the wind fills your sails and you're off on another adventure whether to a far off land filled with relatives or a forest full of gnomes, we've an herbal powder to help clear the way.  We like herbal powders for traveling because they don't require a source of hot water to make tea, they are relatively compact, and are easy to take on the go!

Our Traveler Blend strengthens the body against fatigue, colds, and getting overwhelmed while also helping address common travel troubles of indigestion, insomnia, motion sickness, and allergies.  Clear roads and fair winds ahead!

CHAMOMILE Matricaria recutita: A classic herb for stomach upset, nausea, and indigestion, chamomile also supports a sense of peace and cheerfulness in the body through its nervine qualities.

LICORICE Glycyrrhiza glabra: For indigestion, inflammation, nausea, allergies, fatigue, fever, Licorice is also antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and an overall tonifying blend that supports the immune system.

CALENDULA Calendula officinalis: Antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and immunostimulating, Calendula helps clear the body of infection and toxins.

REISHI Ganoderma lucidum: Antiviral and immunostimulating, Reishi is an herb of longevity and spiritual receptivity, calming spirit and mind. Great for treating insomnia, altitude sickness, and relieving fatigue.

ASTRAGALUS Astragalus membranaceus: An adaptogenic herb that is immunostimulating, Astragalus is also an adrenal tonic, antiviral, and helps the body resist invasive pathogens.

Available in convenient 1 ounce and 3 ounce sizes in our S H O P.

Herbs To Bring Love

We are social creatures who continuously build relationships through family ties, exchange of resources, passionate pursuits, and common cultures.  The pursuit of relationships bound together by romantic love seems often to be of particular interest to our species.  Herbalists have been keen on finding green allies that act as aphrodisiacs - bringing out hidden love, stoking the fires of mature love, and helping desire reside fully in the body.

Peters, Hermann. Pictorial History of Ancient Pharmacy. 3rd ed. Chicago: G. P. Englehard, 1902, c.1899. Ebling Library call number RS 61 P48

Lady's Bedstraw (Galium verum), also known as Maid's Hair, was said to "provoke conjunction" and French kings Louis XIV and Louis XV were secretly given a tincture derived from a beetle which was a genital irritant and quite poisonous.  Not necessarily the direction I would recommend today in the pursuit of aphrodisiacs.  One of the more famous aphrodisiacs are Mandrakes (Podophyllum peltatum) or Womandrakes, depending on their shape.  Said to bring to you the lover you seek, there were many rules about when and how to pick Mandrake including dancing about it while speaking all you know about love.

More common herbs such as Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), Parsley (Petroselinum crispum), Basil (Ocimum basilicum), Spearmint (Mentha spicata), and Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) have also been used to quicken hearts and bring sparkle to the eye. But many of the aphrodisiacs that have held up over time are usually tonics of some sort and support the nervous system which makes a lot of sense when you are dealing with love, sex, and the emotional exercises of a romantic relationship.

The ideal aphrodisiac for me it manifold in its efforts.  Most importantly it is nourishing to the nervous system which allows the herbs of passion to effectively do their work.  A body that is nourished  is more open to others, to true desire, and to expansiveness through love.  A blend for love should also be exciting in and of itself that is what I hope you'll find Ambrosia to be.

In Ambrosia you'll find the following herbs to aid you on the path of desire:

GINGER Zingiber officinale: Warming and stimulating, Ginger has been used to attract love and has a wonderfully spicy flavor.

DAMIANA Turnera aphrodisiaca: Stimulating to sexual energies, Damiana also promotes physical endurance while invigorating the brain and nerves.  Also useful for treating infertility, erectile dysfunction, headaches, and “performance anxiety.”

LICORICE Glycyrrhiza glabra: Harmonzing for the mind, body, and spirit, Licorice helps us feel balanced.

LEMON BALM Melissa officinalis: Calms the nerves, relieves anxiety, and gives the body space to find and feel love.

CINNAMON Cinnamomum cassia: Stimulating to the senses, Cinnamon increases vitality.

CACAO Theobroma cacao: Cacao (chocolate in raw form) contains phenylethylamine, the same compond that naturally occurs in the brain when we are in love and also when experiencing orgasm.  Boosting levels of seratonin and endorphins, Cacao also contains naturally occurring caffeine.

Find Ambrosia and other teas at our shop.

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