Herbs and the Spirit of American Independence

“Who knows how tea will mix with salt water?”
John Rowe (December 11,1773)

These words signaled the approach of the men of the Boston Tea Party who dumped 340 chests of tea into the Boston harbor in protest of a tax levied on tea by the British Parliament without the representation or consent of the local colonies.

Similar “tea parties” along the New England coastline soon encouraged the creation and use of new herbal teas-considered as “patriot teas” – served in place of imported tea.

Colonial Tea Blends

Two-herb tea blends recommended by colonialist Philo Aletheias in the Virginia Gazette (January 1774), one month after the Boston Tea Party, include:

sweet marjoram and a little mint
mother of thyme and a little hyssop
rosemary and lavender
clover with a little chamomile
sage and lemon balm leaves with a little lemon juice.

Another popular substitute for imported tea at the time of the American Revolution was Monarda didyma, also known as Bergamot, or Bee Balm.  It is also nick-named Oswego tea, perhaps from its native home near Oswego, New York or the American Indian tribe who taught of its medicinal virtues.

American Bee Balm Tea Recipe

To make American Bee Balm tea, take a fresh edible flower of Monarda didyma (you may use leaves too) equal to about 1 tablespoon of material.  Bring water to a boil. Pour one cup of boiling water over the bee balm.  Let steep 10 minutes. Add raw honey or blue agave to sweeten, as desired.  This recipe may be adjusted to bring out the delicate lemony/honeysuckle flavor that suits you.  Very nice! 

Independence and Your Health

Continuing on with the spirit of innovation and revolution toward greater health, may I suggest that we continue to embrace the freedom to use natural approaches, such as herbal teas, essential oils, wholesome nutrition, exercise, pure water, and positive thinking and direction in life.

Struggling with excessive reliance on prescription drugs and medications, with supply sources not within your realm of control, may be dangerous to your health. A goal may be to work with a qualified health care professional to responsibly remain free from this form of bondage.

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If you would like to use essential oils and wholesome nutritional and self-care products (shampoos, toothpaste, etc., without harmful chemicals), please select the link to Purchase Essential Oils.  Be sure to use my YL# 517938 as your enroller/sponsor so that we may stay connected, with you as part of my Young Living business family. 

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As your sponsor, I will do my best to answer your questions, provide on-going support, and help you to enjoy the wonderful oils and nutritional items for your good health!

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May good health and the freedom to enjoy it be yours always!

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Essential First Aid

Last night I had an interesting dream.  I was touring a state-of-the-art swimming facility at a University in southern Florida.  It had all of the benefits of modern design, technology, and equipment and was very impressive.  It was opulent and expensive.  Then, a plumber, or handyman,  –  a “down-to-earth” type of person responsible for maintenance –  entered the room and said: “Well, it’s only missing two things: light bulbs and beer.”

Well, I do not drink alcohol at all but I woke up from this dream realizing that the message I was receiving was to have the basics in place – to be prepared.  All of the fancy lights and equipment does not do any good if you do not have the light bulbs, the basic parts necessary to function.

Today is a GREAT day to think about your first-aid kits.  Do you have band aids, gauze, sterile pads, Neosporin?  Do you have feminine pads in your kit?  They are a great dressing for more serious cuts and wounds because of their highly absorptive nature.

Do you have the essential oil of Melrose, a strong topical antiseptic that cleans and disinfects cuts, scrapes, burns, and rashes?  (Melrose can be diluted 50/50 with a pure vegetable oil prior to application due to possible skin sensitivity).

 Do you have the essential oil of Purification for bites, stings, and scrapes as well as for an insect repellent?

Do you have Animal Scents Ointment ?  Dr. Peter Menke (PhD) recommends Animal Scents Ointment for large surface abrasions.  After applying the essential oil of Purification for cleansing, he uses Animal Scents Ointment for sealing the wound. Dr. Menke also uses the Animal Scents Ointment for diaper rash.

These are just a few thoughts to inspire action today.  Let’s be sure our first aid tools are not only the best but the most practical and ready to go in times of need.

Herbally yours,

Donna Evans, MH

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