Tea Transformation Time

Hello fellow friends,

We have some really cool changes happening here at Goodness Tea and I’m super stoked to share them with you! For the next two weeks (12th-24th), the Teahouse will be closed during regular business hours and open ONLY for scheduled events and classes, which I’ll list here and on our calendar! We will be taking time for re-organizing to implement some new changes (and also to spend time with family for the holiday). Check out what we’re up to:

First, the Teahouse will be open from 5AM-11PM (Tuesday-Saturday) broken down into a three part schedule starting December 1st;

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Here are the events we have coming up already, all open to the public. All do have fees but sliding scale/donation based is welcome:

11/12 do-Terra Make-n-Take 12-2pm

11/13 Hawthorne Class w/ Atlanta 12-1pm

11/14 Ecstatic Dance 6-8pm

11/23 do-Terra Make-n-Take 12-2pm

11/28 Ecstatic Dance 6-8pm

*If you’re interested in renting the Co-creative Workspace or the Goodtopian Co-creative Hall, you can get in touch with us by email, phone, Facebook, or coming in! Space rental is available any day of the week.

Second, our Farmer’s Market dynamic is being reconstructed; we’re bringing you the same goodness we’ve been bringing but with an added chunk of awesome- GRILLED VEGGIES! I am off the walls for this one and especially elated it will be us who brings this perk to the Market. I know it’s exactly what I want when I’m strolling and admiring the local goodies and produce and I can’t imagine that no one else feels this way. It will be all local vegetables (of course) and we will grill them all wonderfully for you so you can fill your belly and not be tempted to buy more than you intended, know what I’m sayin’? Or am I the only one who does this if I’m hungry?!

These changes are going to take more than the next two weeks though. The new schedule is set and will start December 1st as I mentioned before. However, the Farmer’s Market change is more tentative but our plans are being finalized and pushed into gear in the coming weeks leaving only financial preparation- this requires new equipment and new equipment costs a nice pocket of change. If this is something you’d like to support, stay tuned for our Kickstarter campaign!

Things are really rolling in a whole new way, cool things are happening, and we hope it excites you as much as it excites us! Thank you to everyone who has believed in this vision and those who support us and we’ll be seeing you :)

So much love,

Venus Nicole (V)

About the Author

Say hello to V; a passionate pursuer of all things health and wellness with emphasis on children and nutrition! She is the mama of one and you’ll almost never catch these two apart. She loves family time and finds deep grounding and joy in times when this union occurs.

V has spent time as a ballroom dance instructor where her passion of partner dancing originated, although she’s been dancing solo close to her entire life. She has also spent some time hitchhiking and backpacking across the country which led her to one of her dearest homes, a commune in northern California. This is where she learned about non-violent communication and consent culture, which are essential and continuously growing practices of hers. This is also the place that her daughter was conceived, the genesis of a whole new adventure and chapter in her life.

Concepts that are important to her include positive parenting, responsible holistic wellness, sustainability, consent culture, non-violent communication, and wholesome diets.






Peninsula Greetings

Hello, Olympic Peninsula!

After a wild and hot, beautiful, emotional, and family fun-filled summer, my little moon and I are back on the Peninsula from the Midwest. For those of you didn’t know, my daughter and I were a distance from her dad and the PNW for the summer. We split from the Midwest right before the blistery and dreaded winter hit, I heard it actually snowed a couple days after we left. Upon returning, she ran into his arms and held her face close to his. A truly adorable moment I’ll hold dear for a long time, I’m sure. However, Washington had a less loving greeting for my daughter- a slap in the face with the same cough she had when we left.

Rewind to spring, before we left. We were renting a cute little place out in west PA and we thought it was a place we could call home, at least for a round of seasons. Unfortunately as time kept passing, we discovered it was mold-ridden and rotting down, a problem the landowners did not want to either accept or fix. Our daughter was developing an awful cough that would hit so hard she would vomit and it stayed with her for far too long. Which is odd because she’s got a kick ass immune system and things don’t tend to linger with her. Chalking it up to the mold problem and with nowhere else to go, her and I packed the necessities and flew back out to the Midwest. Within a week, her cough was gone and she was back to her strong and healthy self leaving us to enjoy our summer.

Now, back to this fall in the present moment, her cough has returned just as wildly as it left. It’s been just over a week since we’ve been back and it keeps her up at night, she’s thrown up, and I feel helpless. The last thing I want is for her to take a respiratory hit just because we love the area and it’s leaving me in a stale place. On one hand I’m surrounded by the earthscapes I love so much, sea on one side and mountains on the other. I’m in a space where I feel my dreams can flourish. I feel an opportunity for positive and supportive co-parenting. And I see the option for our little one to develop a deeper bond with her dad... but with this potential health risk on the other hand. I say potential because I don’t know what is actually going on but for any parent out there, you can most likely understand what I mean when I say my gut tells me something is not ok.  It’s put me in a space of uncertainty, contrasted with the rootage I feel in this area which is leaving me confused as to where home is and where we need to be. So, here we are, taking many steps to factor out what this could actually be (with a sense of urgency) and if it can be fixed. If we’ll be spending more seasons here or if we’ll go back to the Midwest. As our life usually goes, we’re playing this by ear and continually riding this wave and being present with the ebb and flow of what is. Who isn’t, though?

With all that put out there, I think there is fruit to be harvested from this place and it’s something I feel compelled to share in my first post back. I’ve realized it’s a really great reminder and even reflection of what is happening right now with every single one of us on this life journey and even here at Goodness Tea. Obviously, we aren’t all facing health challenges of a 2 year old, bear with me now. BUT to always be aware of what is going on inside of us, to those around us, and how we can make it better is something of beautiful value that I’m embracing right now- something I see actively happening in this community and is what we center ourselves around here at Goodness Tea. This reminder has been such a blessing that pulls me out of that stale place and gives me a sense of grounding to re-center and find my solutions. To remove myself from the negative situation that exists and how to make it a positive one.  It fills me with gratitude that I’m lucky enough to come back to a place that exercises bettering both ourselves and the community. And to specifically encounter it in the lovely little corner of where I work, is such a precious thing to behold and apply to my own personal life. There have been so many nuggets of inspiration I’ve absorbed from what is happening around here that have helped motivate me to continually shape and encourage growth within my family. This has happened at both Goodness Tea and in the community as a large and I’d love to share my thoughts as a minimal thanks or tribute to everyone.

The Teahouse has had profound effects on my heart, as there is so much happening that I admire on a deep level. We are looking at the community and painting a larger picture of what we could do now and in the long run to collaborate and work together with both other businesses and the people. We ask ourselves what can we give our friends and customers to experience the medicinal and magic of nature’s herbs in such a way we don’t break their bank or the Earth. How can we provide nutritious and whole foods in a convenient way?  How can we support local farms and businesses and prevent food waste? How can we be a sustainable, eventually zero-waste business? So many important questions are asked everyday. I see a badass single mother running an eco-friendly business that’s super supportive of everything and everyone involved. I see someone who cares more about taking care of each other and the Earth than how much money she makes. I see someone who has a real love and passion for what it is she does. That moral set is the foundation of what is happening here and the whole team holds to that code. Something I feel deeply blessed to be surrounded by and something I want to take with me everywhere I go.

And when I look around outside in our community, I see so much of the same thing. The web of communication in this area is impressive and the collaboration to find solutions to problems is astounding. The continual conversations and pursuing of solutions to challenges in this area is more prevalent than I’ve seen anywhere else. Maybe it’s because it’s a small and tight-knit area but regardless, it’s happening and that’s something to be honored.  

It’s so beautifully ironic how lucky Goodness Tea is to have this community and how lucky the community is to have Goodness Tea. What a perfect example of how everything is connected as these two mirror each other.

So, I guess this is my tribute and thanks to the Peninsula and ultimately Goodness Tea upon my return and it’s the note I want to start on. I’ve learned so much from being here and have accumulated new wisdom to either hold with me here or take with me wherever we go next. I have no idea what the future holds (does anyone?) but I do know what I’ve gained from experiencing the culture in this area and at the Teahouse.

Please. Keep weaving this web, Olympic Peninsula. Please, keep holding up your high business and community morals, Goodness Tea. Keep supporting each other. Keep communicating. Keep building a better community. The Circle is strong here.

I hold so much gratitude for everything here as I’m constantly reminded to take care of myself, my daughter, my tribe, and each other. To ask myself the same questions that we’re asking in the Teahouse and within the community. To take charge and build a better life.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

(Although I’m still a little salty at Washington for my daughter’s cough, but I won’t hold a grudge.)

Love to everyone and appreciation for letting me get vulnerable in this post,

V


About the Author

Say hello to V; a passionate pursuer of all things health and wellness with emphasis on children and nutrition! She is the mama of one and you’ll almost never catch these two apart. She loves family time and finds deep grounding and joy in times when this union occurs.

V has spent time as a ballroom dance instructor where her passion of partner dancing originated, although she’s been dancing solo close to her entire life. She has also spent some time hitchhiking and backpacking across the country which led her to one of her dearest homes, a commune in northern California. This is where she learned about non-violent communication and consent culture, which are essential and continuously growing practices of hers. This is also the place that her daughter was conceived, the genesis of a whole new adventure and chapter in her life.

Concepts that are important to her include positive parenting, responsible holistic wellness, sustainability, consent culture, non-violent communication, and wholesome diets.

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Summer Socializing Schedule, & free drinks via Swell Coin!

Im happy to announce we have an awesome plan for summer and beyond to make space for us to get together and do the things we always wish we made time for!

Daytime meetups around teaching (T), wellness (W), local projects (Th), games (F) and socializing (Sa) are the summer focus. Check it out, especially the part where you come in, leave a review and get a free swell coin!

Did you know that we always offer free tastings of our teas? Come see why teatime has been a longtime global tradition, and learn about the great diversity of therapeutic herbs that thrive in our region.

Goodness Tea House is open Tuesday through Saturday. July through September,  hours are 11a to four, with events 12p to 3p. October through June, hours are 11a to 9p, with additional evening events 5p to 8p. 

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For fun and folly I'd like to share the raw notes as we fine-tuned the plan. I'm so excited about this!! This fall, we will add a night-shift with weekly nights for BOGO (buy one get one drinks, T), poker (W), a Craft-n-Mend club (Th), and "Phoetry Phriday" (F) for Spoken Work, Poetry Slam and Readings. October also means the lift of the burn ban in Clallam County.  I went and talked to the fire marshall last week, and she informed me that fire-spinning (like poi and hula hoop) is only okay when the ban is lifted, and if its on private property we don't need any permits! Thpough it would be nice to let Fire Distict #2 know incase a concerned citizen calls it in. So add that to the pending-fun as well! We will also be bringing back monthly dance parties, song circles and other meetups as the nights get longer.

Some of the notable fine-print that's hard to read:

  • Wellness Wednesday: Last week of the month, Plant Based Potluck 12-3pm
  • Winter Wednesdays: Poker Night and Goodness Gambling 5-8pm
  • Thinking Thursdays: Third Thursday Teaology Talk, 5-8pm
  • Fun Friday: Final FriFri Fest, Song Circle, Fusion Dance and (seasonal) Fire Siping 8-11pm
  • Social Saturday: Take someone to tea! Free Treat with the purchase of 2 drinks 12-3pm
  • Sip-n-Paint Saturday: BYOP (bring your own paints) or buy our silk-painting supplies 5-8pm
 Stoked! Let's do this, contact us to get your input on the topics and let's build community together

Stoked! Let's do this, contact us to get your input on the topics and let's build community together

Hello, World! Here is our calendar!

We're gettin' Foxy!

 Preppin' to put out on the shelf.

Preppin' to put out on the shelf.

The Silver Fox is here folks! 

We're getting crafty and expanding on our product line! Figuring out what we do best and what everyone loves. Speaking of, we love Saint Harvey of Goodness Farm here and in honor of this beautiful human, we present The Silver Fox!

A lovely blend of mesquite (wood-smoke flavor), chaga (antioxidant rich mushroom), cinnamon, and cocoa butter create a subtle smokey-sweet combination of flavor that is sure to both ground and pick you up! Talk about the best of both worlds and the catalyst (or continuation) of a great day. 

Come experience this distinct new flavor hit here anytime on Tuesday-Saturday from 10-6!  Available in hot drink AND retail :) 

Love to you and may your day be wonderful. Stay foxy,

V

 A cup o' the foxy goodness!

A cup o' the foxy goodness!

Holy Basil...Tulsi Is Amazing!

Happy Day, friends! Thanks for joining me as I get overly excited (with reason, of course) about another herb of choice.  Lately, I’ve been geeking out over something super powerful and like holy goodness, is it...holy. For real. It’s literally in the name.

HOLY BASIL Y’ALL! Otherwise known as Tulsi (Ocimum Sanctum if you want to get scientific). It’s origins stem to India but can be found in other parts of Asia as well as Europe and North America athough it does not grow sufficiently in the latter two.

A Little Bit About Tulsi

 Seedlings. The mother plants were farmed in Oregon, and the seeds given to us by a friend we met dancing <3

Seedlings. The mother plants were farmed in Oregon, and the seeds given to us by a friend we met dancing <3

Tulsi is commonly honored as an “elixir of life” and it holds the names of “The Incomparable One”, “Queen of Herbs”, and “Mother Medicine of Nature”. All with good basis. Tulsi bears a prodigious list of properties, some of which include...

Antimicrobial (including antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiprotozoal, antimalarial, anthelmintic), a mosquito repellent, anti-diarrheal, anti-oxidant, anti-cataract, anti-inflammatory, chemopreventive, radioprotective, hepato-protective, neuro-protective, cardio-protective, anti-diabetic, anti-hypercholesterolemia, anti-hypertensive, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic, antipyretic, anti-allergic, immunomodulatory, a central nervous system depressant, a memory enhancement, anti-asthmatic, antitussive, diaphoretic, anti-thyroid, anti-fertility, anti-ulcer, anti-emetic, anti-spasmodic, anti-arthritic, adaptogenic, anti-stress, anti-cataract, anti-leucoderma and anticoagulant

I’m not sure if your jaw dropped like mine when I learned of this list, but Tulsi is one goddess of an herb. It’s actually the most sacred plant in the Hindu religion and worshipped as such. It’s also an important medicine in Ayurveda, the world’s oldest health system that is still practiced today. Although I’m obviously not going to cover ALL of this (that would take a book, not a blog), I’m going to share two ways that Tulsi can be important within current lifestyle and how it can increase longevity and state of health. How so? Holy Basil is really good at not only removing and regulating natural toxins within our bodies but also external toxins we choose (or not choose if we aren’t aware) to put in our bodies. As an aside, this is not any type of approval to go ahead and put whatever nasty gnar gnar you want in your body and think Tulsi will fix it. No. Not even. However, it’s recommended for stuff that is not always easy to avoid such as air pollution, pharmaceuticals and other unwanted chemicals in water supplies, radiation from a vast variety of technology, and many other toxins; specifically genotoxins (toxic chemicals that destroy or alter DNA) as a result of human activity. This is because it’s a powerful adaptogen, which means it aids the body in maintaining homeostasis within the body as a whole. This alone covers a huge spectrum of healing physiological processes Tulsi can create within the body. It’s also amazing at regulating blood sugar, which is important with how out of control our society’s sugar intake has gotten. Again, this is not a go ahead to consume dumb amounts of sugar and expect Tulsi to fix it. No. Never. Bad idea. However, I do want to explore how we can use Tulsi in these two areas to recover and reform. Then I want to encourage to consume Tulsi as a well-being supplement instead of a recuperation mechanism.

Recovering from Toxicity

 Imported organic tulsi. This year we will be growing our own at Goodness Farm!

Imported organic tulsi. This year we will be growing our own at Goodness Farm!

Unfortunately, we live in a culture that uses and produces a lot of toxic chemicals. While you may have heard the term “chemical-free”, that doesn’t exist. I will repeat that one more time for those in the back, “chemical-free” is not a true statement. Ever. In fact, EVERYTHING is composed of chemicals. Water is a chemical. Oxygen is a compound of chemicals. Your body is a mosaic of chemicals. Everything. Is. A. Chemical. With that said, not every chemical is good for humans and this is the origin of negativity surrounding the word “chemical”. Science labels chemicals that aren’t safe for humans or animals as “toxins” and it’s important to know when things are toxic and when they aren’t. As I said before, many humans irresponsibly produce and use toxins, mosty as part of consumerism but also for aspects we’d view as necessary to live today. It’s exciting to see how these practices are shifting but that’s a whole other discussion of which I’m not going to touch today for the sake of staying on topic. No tangents! Back on track, a lot of these toxins are hard to avoid at our current state of culture and it’s vital to have a way to detoxify your body when they can’t be avoided. Tulsi is a great detoxifyer. This is because the plant has high amounts of phenolic compounds and increases the levels of anti-oxidant molecules. This in turn enhances the activity of anti-oxidant enzymes that protect cellular organelles and membranes. They do this by essentially playing school janitor and “mopping up” any free radicals because the anti-oxidant process (literally means anti-oxygen) steals the radical and other toxic agents of the oxygen they need to survive. This is partially why antioxidants in your diet are so important! This process works for almost any toxic foreign matter, making it applicable to heavy metals as well.

Regulating Insulin

With the amount of sugar available on the market, whether hidden or obvious, it’s important to know moderation and personal limitations. This usually looks different for everyone but it’s always safe to say that keeping added sugars to the lowest amount possible is absolutely ideal. Sometimes, we need a litte help regulating the sugar once it goes into our body though and whether it be because too much sugar was eaten, there is an autoimmune disorder at hand, or there is some metabolic imbalance taking place among many potential situations. Whatever it is, it’s good to know options for restabilization and Tulsi is a great way to regulate blood sugar levels. Studies have shown that holy basil can decrease blood glucose, correct irregular lipid profiles, and protect the liver and kidneys from the potential damage of high glucose levels. Consuming this herb daily can help those with high glucose levels and can be a good recovery tea if you had too much sugar in one day. We’ve normalized too much added sugar but that doesn’t change the fact it’s really hard on the body.

**NOTE: One of Tulsi’s properties is anti-fertility because it reduces sperm count. Two things that need to be said about this is that it’s 1) Not a reliable form of birth control but a great birth control compliment! 2) Not recommended if you are trying to conceive! With that said...

Tulsi is such a powerful herb and we hold the goodness of it dearly here at Goodness Tea. In fact, we believe in it so much it’s featured in several of our teas. You can find it in Mountain Ma’am Tulsi Chai (my personal favorite), Our Daily Tea, Zap! and Happy Tummy. It is also available in bulk to purchase by itself.

I’m so stoked to share the magic of my favorite herb with you today. There’s so much more to this plant that I totally suggest reading more about it. I just can’t provide you that information without writing a book! It’s so

healing for many ailments and is an extraordinary addition to your diet. Your body will thank you every time you drink it and a happy body makes a happy human for goodness sake! Get yo’self happy!

Much love,

V

 

Don’t believe me? Check me! <3

Tulsi- Ocimum Sanctum: An Herb For All Reasons https://:www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4296439/

The Clinical Efficacy and Safety of Tulsi in Humans https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2017/9217567/

Ocimum Sanctum: A Reservoir Plant for Therapeutic Applications https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3249909/

    tulsi coming back after overwintering in an unheated greenhouse

   tulsi coming back after overwintering in an unheated greenhouse

About the Author

Say hello to V (on the right); a passionate pursuer of all things health and wellness with emphasis on children and nutrition! She is the mama of one and you’ll almost never catch these two apart. She loves family time and finds deep grounding and joy in times when this union occurs.

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Shaelee and V

The Herb That's Taken a Lichen to Healing

Hey folks!

I have some fun news for y’all; we have a new friend in the store and it's one heal of a deal!

By that, I literally mean it's a "heal" of a deal. Puns aside, our new friend is Usnea and in case you didn't already know... it's an incredibly healing herb. Today, I want to share with you how you can personally use this medicine in your life.

A Little Bit About Usnea

Usnea is a type of lichen (see what I did in the title?), which is a symbiotic relationship between algae and fungus. Simply put, it's a completely-dependent-on-each other type of relationship. Not the bad kind though. This dynamic creates a perfect balance between the two that results in what is called a "duo-organism", meaning it's not one organism but a stable unit composed of two life forms (as implied in the name). The way this works out is fascinating; and because of this complex partnership, no two lichen are alike. Lichen has a very distinguished appearance though, making it relatively easy to identify. Usnea has an especially cool air to it (in my personal opinion, of course).  If you've ever heard the term "Old Man's Beard", it was probably in reference to this specific lichen because, you've guessed it, it resembles the beard of an old man.

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Usnea is very beneficial to humans and we can use it for numerous ailments.  A lot of people claim this lichen as a "cure-all" herb. Although this is not entirely true (as you'll learn shortly), it's pretty close. My own personal testimony from me to you is that this is a great and even essential addition to your herb collection and first aid kit. Check out what it can be used for below:

Medicinal Uses of Usnea

-TO HEAL WOUNDS! This amazes me every time. Usnea is a really reliable antimicrobial agent because of it's powerful trio of being antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal. You can apply fresh Usnea as a press to your wound or if it's not already infected, you can also apply a salve.  This lichen is great for stopping bleeding as well as preventing infection and speeding the healing process.

-FOR BACTERIAL INFECTIONS! This is what happens when a foreign and unwanted bacteria invades your body. I want to start this off by stating this is not a "cure-all" for bacterial infections. In fact, Usnea is *usually* only productive in destroying what is called gram-positive bacteria. Essentially, that means the cell wall of the particular bacteria is penetrable.  It's been shown that Usnea is able to puncture and destroy bacteria that doesn't belong in your body while sparing all the good stuff your body does need. That's what makes this lichen an ideal replacement to antibiotics if the right bacteria are ailing your body. Antibiotics will destroy all the bacteria in your body, leaving you susceptible to other infections. Totally problematic. Usnea spares that bacteria. Try it for: strep throat, staph infections, upper respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, tuberculosis, and sometimes diarrhea depending on the cause.

-FOR FUNGAL INFECTIONS! Protolichesterinic Acid. You’ve heard of it, right? Maybe you have, maybe you haven’t, but it’s the magical component of Usnea that does all the antimicrobial work. It’s what is able to penetrate the cell walls of bacteria. For fungus, it’s what destroys the mitochondria, the life center of fungi, making this a great remedy for fungal infections. According to studies, it’s not as effective on fungi as it is bacteria, but it’s pretty close. It’s suggested to find a compliment to Usnea during fungal infection treatment to make sure you have successful results, as fungi isn’t always a fun guy or easy one to rid of.Try it for: Candida yeast infections, jock itch, vaginal infections, athlete's foot, or ringworm.

-FOR VIRAL INFECTIONS! So, here's the deal with viral infections. They're harder to get rid of and that's because unlike bacteria and fungi that just live in your body, viruses live in your cells. So if you haven't put it together yet (totally okay if you haven't, you've only had about half a second to think about it), killing viruses means you more than likely will be killing a larger amount of your own cells. I think it’s worth nothing that this is not exactly the most sustainable approach but still absolutely manageable. However, Usnea can be a sufficient way to avoid this. Although it’s a mystery in detail, it's been shown that Usnea has a mystical sort of way to balance the amount of cells killed in order to rid the virus at hand. It appears this is done in our mucous membranes and more than likely has something to do with the protolichesterinic acid but the exact process is still unknown. Regardless, the results are obvious that this is a great antiviral medicine. Try it for: herpes simplex, Epstein Barr, and viral illnesses that your doctor can't help with (how many times have you heard "well, it appears to be a virus. you'll just have to drink plenty of water, eat well, and rest!"? this could be a good time for Usnea tincture.)

 

Preparing Usnea

Alright folks, here's the fun part. I say (well, write) this with sarcasm. Usnea preparation is kind of a pain because it's not exactly water soluble. However, protolichesterinic acid is! So, if you're only using Usnea for this specific constituent, tea is an option! Unless you are applying fresh or dried as a press, you need to make a tincture or a salve to extract most of its other constituents. This process is detail oriented and it involves heat and alcohol, which can be a volatile combination. Heat is necessary though (but at a low temperature) to get a good alcohol extraction, so do this mindfully, carefully, and at your own risk. The following is Steve Buhner's directions to making an Usnea Tincture. Look this human up, he's an Usneaista (not a real word but I'm just saying they know their stuff!).

USNEA TINCTURE:

-Chop/grind usnea lichen into small pieces/powder, place into crock pot.

-Cover lichen with 2.5 times the amount of water (eg. 5 ounces herb to 12.5 ounces water)

-Keep on low heat for 48 hours.

-Add mix to mason jar and then add the same amount of 100 proof alcohol as water (eg. 12.5 ounces of water and 12.5 ounces of alcohol).

-Label jar with date, alcohol used, where the plant was collected, and any other info.

-After 2 weeks strain off the plant material and compost.

Store tincture in dark, cool place.  Take 60 drops 3-4 times a day to fight virus or infection.

Okay, I'm going to get a little mushy with you right now. I really love Usnea. I initially fell in love with its beard-like appearance and soon thereafter learned how medicinal and exceptional its properties were. By default, I fell harder in love. I'm really excited to share with you it's healing power and how you can apply it to your own ailments. Remember though, it's medicine and the Earth gives us what we need. Consume with this mindset and we will be blessed with bounty. Enjoy for Goodness Sake!

Be well, 

V <3 

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I didn't just make this stuff up, check out these resources!

Usnea https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usnea

The Usnea Herb https://www.herbalremediesadvice.org/usnea-herb.html

Gram Positive vs. Gram Negative Bacteria https://www.diffen.com/difference/Gram-negative_Bacteria_vs_Gram-positive_Bacteria

Safety Issues Concerning Herbs http://www.itmonline.org/arts/usnea.htm

Protolichesterinic Acid: A Prominent Broad Spectrum Antimicrobial Compound from the Lichen Usnea albopunctata https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijan/2014/302182/

Lichens Used in Traditional Medicine file:///home/chronos/u-a2cdd69a3847f68e0456ea17e12845069453c7d9/Downloads/lichens-used-in-traditional-medicine.pdf (you can type this title into Google and download the PDF)

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About the Author

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Say hello to V; a passionate pursuer of all things health and wellness with emphasis on children and nutrition! She is the mama of one and you’ll almost never catch these two apart. She loves family time and finds deep grounding and joy in times when this union occurs.

V has spent time as a ballroom dance instructor where her passion of partner dancing originated, although she’s been dancing solo close to her entire life. She has also spent some time hitchhiking and backpacking across the country which led her to one of her dearest homes, a commune in northern California. This is where she learned about non-violent communication and consent culture, which are essential and continuously growing practices of hers. This is also the place that her daughter was conceived, the genesis of a whole new adventure and chapter in her life.

Concepts that are important to her include positive parenting, responsible holistic wellness, sustainability, consent culture, non-violent communication, and wholesome diets.

Goodness Tea House is OPEN!

As of January Goodness Tea House is officially open!

 Shaelee the brew master enjoying the glorious Chaga-coldbrew before landscaping!

Shaelee the brew master enjoying the glorious Chaga-coldbrew before landscaping!

The space is a great place to relax and sip gourmet tea and coffee, while you relax, color, knit, get office work done on your computer, or just have really inspiring conversations.

 Pearl enjoying tea and knitting in our wonderful atmosphere...&nbsp;

Pearl enjoying tea and knitting in our wonderful atmosphere... 

 Come get cozy in our nook of comfort!&nbsp;

Come get cozy in our nook of comfort! 

Goodness Tea House is also a great place to come replenish your stock of tea for home. Or buy our amazing locally sourced trail snacks and fruit leather. Save money by buying directly from us!

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We are offering $50 rentals of our space with unlimited tea, and monthly subscriptions at $27 to use our space as your personal study, or work space including unlimited tea and discounts on our vegan gluten free treats. 

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Goodness Tea House!!!!

Opening in December!

Who knew it would be such a grand fiasco to open a tea house? Well, about one year, a few permits, planning, construction and many music nights and informal tea-parties later...

I got it dialed enough to open! Thanks to the family members, friends, incredible landlords and patient officials who have helped me get here.

Stay tuned for the official opening date and information on our Community Supported Goodness plans. They are low monthly subscriptions for herbal wellness teas, locally grown granola and fine organic naturally sweetened chocolates.  My idea is to have a base amount of income to support  a few jobs ma'aming the tea house 8-6 while I work at the farm production facility crankin' out the goodness with an intern or two!

Thank you all for being here and encouraging me on this trip!

-Shaelee

 

 

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Story Time!

The Tea-Mate Toast:
We hold these truths to be self evident, that all people are endowed with unique perspectives and special abilities that can transform their surroundings and ennoble the environment in a powerful way. As we come together and ask her, Wisdom will guide us to creative win-win solutions to all problems.  There is a way we can all can feel at peace with the process, and where the benefits are shared. We believe that through encouraging one another, we will synergistically benefit ourselves.

A lifestyle of tea-drinking and blending herbal tonics began when I was pregnant with my firstborn, Basil, in 2005. The herbal infusion my midwife had me drink was something we called it Swamp Water.  So, I started toying with what I could add that would make it tastier, but not water down the benefits.. This idea that I could drink water infused with natural compounds that could protect and tone my body, kill viruses and nourish me rocked my thinking.  Adding rosehips for vitamin C such that the iron from the greens can be absorbed?  What fun!  I made a few blends to suit a few needs, Zap! to wake up; Conk, to fall asleep; Yule, an immune supporting winter-warmer; and Mountain Ma’am Chai, a nourishing spicy chai for kicking-ass working outside all day.

 

 Quality Time

Quality Time

“Goodness Tea” was officially a thing in 2007 when I declared it a trade-name on my first business license.  At the time I was landscaping enough that a license seemed in order, and my blends were popular with friends, so I got a license and registered names for my fledgling businesses: Integrated Earth Sustainable Horticulture and Goodness Tea.

I've kept up with the horticulture part-time as it is fulfilling, uncomplicated and peaceful, but in 2014, my world got rocked and I found myself in a position of needing to rethink my reality.  Having three kids to care for through a difficult transition and unsure if I would have any help from their father, I decided to see if I could take my Goodness Tea dream and make it a reality so that I could support us and keep the parts of our life that were the most meaningful in tact. I set out to make job that allowed me to keep our homeschooling, farming and community-connectedness while providing income and stability.

To achieve my goal of creating a line of loose-leaf teas for retail in stores was way more complicated than I imagined. Thankfully, a few of my founding principles slowed me down enough to lay a solid foundation that I feel really good about. I mandated that I stay out of debt, always seek out life-affirming choices in my supply chain option (organic, fair trade, environmentally responsible), wait to take action until I feel peaceful, and try to make every deal a win-win. This has led to a consistent booth at the Port Angeles Farmer’s market for over two years, a retail line of loose-leaf teas, cookies, chocolates, macaroons and now a catering license for local seasonal food.  I am blessed by the feedback and grace of the people at the market who have given me such encouragement while I’ve come late, brought burned cookies and forgotten orders.  

 For Goodness' Sake! Its Winter 2014/2015 at the Port Angeles Farmer's Market.

For Goodness' Sake! Its Winter 2014/2015 at the Port Angeles Farmer's Market.

Even more than that, I am inspired.  This community has taught me what that word means.  Comm-unity, its coming together with one heart, united to do life and society another way.  Its where we actually care about each other and the area we live in.  Its people stopping to talk to each-other, to lend a helping-hand and to consciously put our money where our values lie, building up the good around us.  I was desperate, poor and unprepared, yet hopeful, persistent and determined to make my family’s life better.  The people of the marketplace listened and kept encouraging me. Through rainstorms, failed equipment, a broken, healing heart and frequent sudden tears, I got here because of you- the one who cared enough to listen and look at me with compassion.

A most excellent example of the radical love and acceptance I’ve been shown is best illustrated my vending experience at BOOM Fest last July in Port Townsend Washington. It boils down to mad posse of volunteers supporting this single mom attempting to bring a drink booth and steel-cut-oat bar, three small children and diary goats with her while vending (and camping) at a weekend music festival. It was the birth of The Goodness Gang and really experiencing that some crazy ideas are totally worth going after!  I jumped through licensing hoops in a new county and successfully camped with my children and my goats for the first time, while working! We had fresh milk miles away from home and totally felt like a competent business person and kick-ass modern gypsy mama.  I didn’t get one wrist-band for a husband, but 5 wristbands for the friends that believed in me and helped pull it all together! Score one for the Win-Win-Work-Party Economic Movement.

Its been massively encouraging to see how my life has gone from instability and sadness to one of passionate hope and a deep feeling of security through the social connections I have in my life.  I didn’t believe in myself, but others did, and now I am starting to see what can happen when we support each other through the rough patches. Through Goodness Tea, I hope to give away the freedom and joy I’ve found through my work. 

I’m blessed now to offer cool jobs by taking on more Farmer’s markets and new retail outlets.  Goodness Tea House will be open April 2017 making a place for us to hang out, scheme random acts of Guilla-Goodness and ramp up production.  Through the Tea House, I am making a way to broaden the licensing so there are more ways to experiment and innovate, in partnership with other amigas , we will make make herbal vinegars and elixirs there too. The Sequim Farmer's market and other peninsula festivals will be be visited by The Traveling Teaology bar, ready for serving drinks and bringing the party with integrated speakers.
   
11% of our yearly profits go back to the community, and as we get more organized, specific products will be linked to organizations and causes.  Our plan is to take our yearly profit figure from 2016, calculate 11% and distribute that amount to the following organizations: Olympic Nature Experience, Stream-keepers of the Olympic Peninsula, Olympic Climbers, The Port Angeles Library System to support their seed bank, a banana-slug protection society and various research institutions advancing the studies of herbal medicines.

The Goodness Gang is planing a Spring 2017 Benefit Campaign to raise the money for a 3-month operation budget so that we can take the foundation and infrastructure I have created and magnify the work from mama’s-madness to being a fun cooperative company with at least three area farmer’s market boots, the teahouse, a retail line of tea, drinks, cookies, chocolates and macaroons, plus the option to vend at as many festivals as we want an inside track with! Here’s to teamwork, being the change we want to see the world and validating our claim of Goodness from the Ground Up!

Make Tea Not War

What if rules of engagement required dissenting parties to prepare a cup of tea and sit down with each other before they fight? What if I put extra intention into having conversations over tasty beverages with people I didn't naturally click with? Would my life feel more peaceful, would I experience less battles in my daily life?

I imagine world leaders full of animosity and differing opinions being required to sit in a garden, loose-leaf blends ofherbs, flowers and roots before them.  Tea pots a’ready for fresh hot water then steeping, sitting and talking, sips mixing with background birdsong.  I wonder how my relationship with my niños (or neighbors) would be if I set aside time for tea and asked them to have a cup and tell me a story. How would our world look if we all renewed the Social Tea Time habit?

 Its the Idea whose time has come   

Its the Idea whose time has come

 

Herbal teas especially are amazing because they help us be resilient! Plants provide our bodies with an array of trace minerals, micro-nutrients and healing phyto-chemicals. I like to think of how homeopathic medicine works by providing micro-doses of medicines to encourage our bodies’ inherent ability to restore itself.  It feels to me like all the little tidbits of amazing that are infused into the water through this cup o’ herbal hotness increase my capacity to heal, through their specific benefits, as well as the nutrition provided in such an easily digestible way.

Nothing’s Stopping you but You!
The super-great thing about tea drinking, is how accessible and cheap it is.  A lot of great teas are easily purchased bulk through a favourite natural food store, local shop, farmer’s market vendor or online store.  Pick a few nourishing classics like nettle, red raspberry leaf, rose hips, mint and chamomile or exotics like rooibos, turmeric and ginger, buy an ounce or two then mix a bit o’ this and that every day, get your brew on and see how you like it!   Try steeping each ingredient individually as well to see what it tastes like.  Brewing temperature and steeping time affects the flavor too.  

No fancy loose-leaf tea pot? No problem! Boil water in a pot and brew in there or pout into a quart canning jar and use a fine-mesh strainer or handkerchief to strain. If you don't have a pot, a jar or a strainer, you can likely borrow/buy one easily enough if you look around and all these items are often onlya buck or two at a second had stores. OR pick up an old percolator and brew a huge pot of herbal tea every morning!

Free Tea
Did you know that a free cup of tea is often only a stones throw away?  If you can find a cup, you can also probably find a gas station or food establishment that will fill it with hot water for you.  Its also extremely likely you will find a neglected patch of earth with blackberries, dandelion, chickweed, plantain, nettle, wild roses or some kind of “herbal tea” source material.  I highly suggest you get to know a few of your local weeds, shrubs and trees to see which are good for brewing!  Books on the ethnobotany of your region are a great resource.  For my area, I really like Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast by Pojar/MacKinnon and All that the Rain Promises and More by David Arora. The bonus with a lot of herbs, is if you decide its not a tasty tea in your book, it might be a great ingredient to use your next salve or tincture.

 Rosehips: a favourite andfree local tea plant

Rosehips: a favourite andfree local tea plant

Tea-SeedBomb
A fun way to make tea more accessible to your community is to organize a SeedBomb party with seeds for plants that will grow well in your area.  Seed bombs are like dirt-formed snowballs containing seeds made to be thrown into empty lots, roadsides and forlorn areas with disturbed soil that could use some life. Chamomile, lemon balm, lavender, arugula (for the flowers and a little zing, plus salad option), wild roses, mint and nettle are species that thrive in a lot of climates in North America and can naturalize pretty easily in many of the areas I have experienced out here on the pacific coast.

Battle Plan
How do we make really tea drinking the norm instead of war?  Can a cup of hotness transform our lives and create conditions for peace in our communities instead of division and animosity? Yes!  Since I clearly enjoy how tea infuses goodness into our water, lets use it to infuse goodness into our lives as well.  The Goodness Teatime campaign is now official.

Here is the plan, for me at least, perhaps you will join:

Goodness Teatime

  • Pick recurrent time, like Tuesday after work, or 2nd Saturday evenings
  • Find a person you see around but don't really know, like a coworker, neighbor, fellow-commuter
  • Ask them to have a cup of tea (at a park, a tea-house, your house or theirs if it seems cool)
  • Topic of Conversation: some kinda goodness* recently seen

    *Note: with a thankful attitude, there is always goodness to be found- even if its just the knowledge that tea grows for free if you know what to look for, that we have reasonably clean air to breathe and water to drink and that the sun is shining through our atmosphere!

Have fun Making Tea not War with us of the sippin’ sort and please, share your Goodness Teatime experience with us!

About the Author
Shaelee Evans decided she would be a botanist when she was 5 because her love of flowers was so great, and has kept to climbing trees, nibbling on florets and studying natural sciences since.  Herbal teas became a part of her routine at her midwife’s suggestion during her first pregnancy, but she had to make them taste good if she was drinking them every day! Thus the seed of Goodness Tea was planted in her heart back in 2006 and finally germinated in 2014 when she set out at the Port Angeles Farmer’s market to share her passion with the world.

March for Hope!

This is slightly adapted from the amazing march and gathering I attended in Port Angeles, Washington yesterday.

My hope:

The Olympic Peninsula holds so many kind, intelligent and resourceful people; I hope the beauty and encouragement we share with one another will gel into solid systems of community engagement, creative economics and progressive stewardship that will be a beacon of light and a healing balm to fill the cracks in society.  We are so blessed in this place: a land that pours out water, delicious wild foods and so many other resources. We, the residents and lovers of this place, are one of them.  I hope we see the power of our voice and our actions and start cooperating for peace, truth, and a renewed American Way.

Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1332615973426923/

What's your hope?

A New Season Has Really Come

Hot off the press!

This newsletter was an assignment I did for a college class; I was a little enthusiastic with my dates: The tea-house still needs a month of remodeling and setup, the college club will have to wait until spring and the real dance party is growing at a hall in town, but......

The great news is unchanged: I AM OPENING A TEA HOUSE!!!

Along Highway 101 in Sequim, Goodness Tea House will have loose leaf-tea, chaga tea with cold brew coffee, gluten-free cookies, chocolates and light seasonal food. It will be a permanent, consistent version of the booths I have had the past two years at area farmer's markets and festivals.  This space will also make it easier to have more herbs available bulk and to provide a greater variety of infusions, elixirs and tonics.

I think its going to be really fun.

In the evenings Goodness Tea House will be "closed" for regular business, but open as a space for classes, community groups, open mic or spoken word, even movie night. Sure we want to make make organic and local healthy eating more accessible, but within that we want to provide a fun community space to connect, to find empowerment-pals, to share skills and have a moment with a really nice cup of tea.

Enjoy.

My oh my! Local Stores, Webstore and Retail Store!!!

Hear ye hear ye!!!!

Local Stores!

I am sooooo happy to announce our teas are now for sale at all three independent locally-minded North Olympic Peninsula grocers: Country Aire in Port Angeles and in Sequim at the Nash's Farm store and Sunny Farms.  Soon to be available in the PT Co-op, the Chimacum Corner Store and Sekui Co-op. Ask them if they have any Goodness Tea in yet! : )

Webstore!!

I did it! There are pictures, descriptions, shipping options and a functional checkout. 2 month goal took 2 years, but here we are!  Here's to fortitude!

Goodness Tea House!!!

This upcoming fall/winter season we will be opening up a retail store in Sequim. Anticipated opening in November will provide a hub for loose-leaf tea and all our baked goods. By March we plan on being open regular hours with a lovely array of teas, elixers, power shots and infusions available for relaxing with at the shop or taking to brew at home.  We will also have a limited seasonal menu with one or two real-food items using 90% Olympic Peninsula grown ingredients.

We also will be offering up the space to community groups at night and are happy to let local farmers use our location for a highway side farm-stand, so let me know if you got something rad going on and want to take part in our space!  We will be next to La Paw Spa in Carlsborg right on the 101 across from the new PUD complex.  Paving the way for a greater degree of conscientious-consumerism for our community : )  Yay!

 

 

Choose Growth

I never knew the journey to get here would be so incredibly difficult but so deeply rewarding.  A wise man once said to surround yourselves with those who alight your dreams and pour water on your fears.  Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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Web store is almost up!

Got to hold myself accountable to my banner message, ha!

At least the items listed are acuaratly named with the correct ingredients; though some of my favorite blends are not listed. A few hours to get my labels reformatted and I'm ready to bag the blends and go.

I am happy to announce that I have found a packaging for my retail tea that I like even better. This find makes me ready to blend up enough batches to get the web store and local retail out lets going.

I'm giving it what I can to get it there, so much encouragement and support from my local community. My family attended the Medicinal Herb Marketing and Growing Conference in Port Townsend last weekend, sorry to have missed you all, but it was Totally Amazing. Thank you Friends of the Trees for putting on such an event.

I look forward to seeing those of you I can this Saturday. I have chaga concentrate too, try it over ice on a hot with a little milk of some kind. Delightful. Come down and I'll tell you how to make it!

 Back pathway from the Goodness Tea Kitchen up to the house. 

Back pathway from the Goodness Tea Kitchen up to the house. 

Sequim Farmer's Market!

This upcoming season, we will still be at the Port Angeles Farmer's market. Lilly will be there every Saturday starting in May, providing tea, coffee and our delightful hand-made chocolates, raw macaroons, cookies and focaccia.  Please go and say hello and ask her about the chaga and reshi tea we now have available : )

I will be joining the Sequim Farmer's Market, which is 9-3 May - October.  The propane only setup has been a fun adventure to plan for. As part of my water heating scheme involves a grill- be ready for more tasty hot food. I plan on having fresh market salads with local jerky or smoked salmon, roast veggie spelt-sourdough focaccia, falafel, and Spring-Rain farms chicken bone broth along with our usual tea, coffee and sweets.

I look forward to seeing new and old faces in Sequim and PA! Lilly and I will trade towns onces a month so  neither if us have to miss out on the great people that occupy the peninsula.

 

 

 Enjoying Chaga Tea in the lovely Olympic National Park foothills   

Enjoying Chaga Tea in the lovely Olympic National Park foothills

 

Tea Party!

We will soon be rolling out two online store collections: 

Tea of the Month Club

Goodness Tea Party 

Both options open the door to planned quiet time to savor our healthful blends or visit with friends and share some goodness. Be sure to check back soon for more details as our team irons out, which of our favorite recipes to send out when, and how many bonuses we can get away with throwing in.  : )

 

 At work fine tuning our gently calming nervine tonic, Mother Night.

At work fine tuning our gently calming nervine tonic, Mother Night.

Winter Market

Hello!

Winter is here and we have great seasonal offering for these chilly days.

Tea: loose leaf tea to-go in biodegradable 2oz bags including a re-usable cotton tea bag for your drinking ease.  We have Our Daily Tea, a holy basil favorite containing Ayurvedic and NW botanicals for immune, digestion and core-system support; Mountain Ma'am Chai in Assam, Rooibos with Honeybush and Tulsi variants, Super Woman, a tonic for women's health, great for balancing our systems or to support the extra work we do while pregnant and breastfeeding; Mother Night, a nervine tonic and gently relaxing herbal blend and Top O' the Mate, a refreshing Yerba Maté with peppermint and cardamom highlights.  We are rolling out a new blend or two every few weeks in our retail table, come check it out and try a cup!

Did you you about the Miso Cup or Lemon-Ginger Hotness? We have the wonderful limited time offer of adding a splash of mulberry juice too, it's devine!

Coffee: Aeropress is where it's at on a cold morning! Add cinnamon verum bark, crushed cardamom pods, cacao nibs or chilli flakes to your coffee bean infusion for a unique and tasty treat. As always, our all-organic spread includes cacao butter wafers, 1/2 and 1/2, maple syrup and honey to ritchen and smooth things out.

Hot Food: We have amazing steel cuts oats topped with your choice of melting cacao butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, cardamom, honey 1/2 and 1/2 and cacao powder, breakfast is served!For lunch we have seasonal soups and spelt sourdough. Examples are harvest bisque, beet chilli, potato root shiitake soup and curried pumpkin.

Sweets: Hot-Date and Date-Nib chocolates have been recently tweaked a bit to have a darker approach with a smoother finish, and the Peanutbutter Nonpaeil Are truly without equal. We also have buckwheat peanut butter cookies, cinnamon date buckwheat cakes and seedy oat fruit bars to compliment a cup of hot tastyness.

Warmth: we are offering scarves and fingerless mittens, locally handknit by Humble Sock Company. Can't beat the quality and beauty of these fine garments.

Hope to see you, come experience the joy to be at the winter market in PA- there may be frost or sideways rain, but the sun may come out too and here we are, connecting locally and growing our community. : )

 

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