May this next recipe bring you tranquility, self-care, and a yummy elixir to inspire.
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It’s time to end the tortured artist paradigm. I’m on a mission to change that into the empowered artist’s reality! I think that art, namely writing since that’s my medium, should be up there with diet and exercise in the realm of preventative wellness. We all need healthy access to our self-expression and our artists show us the way. We simply can’t have our artists sick and tortured any more. We need them. Artists are not looking at the world in ways that pit one against another. We don’t look at the world in opposition, victory or loss. We look at the world for what it is and depict it as truthfully as we can. And in-so-doing, we hope to build bridges. We hope to do as many South Africans have learned and find Umbuntu—love and compassion for all people.
Self-care: That word scares me. Maybe it scares you too. It sounds hard. It doesn’t have to be. I invite us to start with some simple things. Like a walk in the woods. Like homemade bone soup that’s been simmering on the stove for twelve hours. Like Epsom salt baths with eucalyptus and a Mexican cocoa candle. Like essential oils of clary sage, frankincense, and wild orange by your bed. Like Arnica salve, infused from the forest floor. Like early mornings in bed with your journal. And some very excellent beverages along the way that are as healing as they are delicious: like ginger tea, like guava kombucha, like rooibos muddled with mint over ice.
Sure, maybe one day we can be Jesus in the desert, or Mandela in the prison cell, and strip ourselves of all earthly delights in order to truly swallow ourselves whole. But for now, let’s be kind to ourselves, and meet ourselves with love, compassion, forgiveness, and little rituals that go a long way.
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For two weeks Haven Blog will feature custom drinks that you can make at home. They are designed by master mixologist, Meagan Schmoll of Whitefish, Montana, to help your state of being in the way that you so desire. And they are alcohol free. Enjoy! yrs. Laura
Drink #2: TRANQUILITY…
“The Pali Noun” *served hot
2 oz Chamomile Lavender *Strong Tea*
1/2 a spoonful of Blackstrap Molasses
Orange Pigtail created with a channel knife or a twist expressed and curled into a tea cup.
Start the Kettle…
Create an orange pigtail or a twist and express it over your tea cup, allowing the oils to coat the inside.
Add a half a spoon of Blackstrap Molasses
Place 3 chamomile lavender tea bags in.
Once the kettle is boiling pour roughly 8 oz
Stir so the molasses blends with the tea
Sip and let the tranquility seep into your bones with the Pali Noun.
Photo credits: Katy Bell
Drink credits: Meagan Schmoll
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