Tea of the Month Club 2012

I've refined and updated the Tea of the Month Club for 2012- to make it more affordable and practical for you! 
Now the Tea of the Month Club is just $12.50 a month, that is 30% off the last years price, with a tea tin of about 1.5 oz of herbal tea blends. Its available in 6 or 12 month subscriptions- pay in full or make easy monthly payments! 
Fresh tea blends every month- with a new variety each month shipped right to your door for the next 6 or 12 months you get a fresh tin of a new variety of tea sent directly to you (or your designated recipient- this makes a wonderful gift for tea lovers,) with nothing more to do!  Easy!

Join the Tea of the Month Club today and make easy monthly payments!
Payments of $12.49/month:

If you prefer to make just one  payment in full on your Tea of the Month Club you can make that purchase using the links below.

Paid in full (Poppy Swap)
6 months Tea Subscription
12 months Tea Subscription

No catch, no reordering -  just freshly blended, medicinal strength and delicious herbal tea blends straight from me to you.  The selections will be seasonally appropriate and will include some of our favorite blends currently available (like Faery Nectar, Artemis Elixir, Banish the Blues, and Belly Bliss) along with new varieties as they are available (look for teas for the Cross Quarter days, Elements and more!)

The best part about this is you can join the Tea of the Month club at ANY TIME through Poppy Swap, Etsy, or using the Paypal links below!  There is no registration deadline, no limits on how many members, and no worries for you.  

90 Degrees and Climbing

It's getting to be that time of year....the sun is beating down and the temperatures are climbing by the week, but night time temperatures are just perfect still, and I'm relishing the familiar rhythms of the desert cycles.
Waking early at dawn for a walk with the bird songs, and to spend time in the garden- enjoying evening walks in beautiful riparian canyons with friends- for ceremony, for drumming, for observing nighttime creatures like the scorpions and bats.  Ocotillo flowers are exploding into passionate red pompoms of sweet nectar- attracting hummingbirds and bees, and wandering herbalists like me.  Prickly Pear Cactus and Cholla Cactus are budding and flowering with their sexy, luscious and moist petaled flowers.  Lizards are scampering and resting on shady stucco walls and under the shade of my squash plants -reminding me of the dreaming medicine they hold.  What we dare to dream we can create- with the application of authentic heart feeling, directed will and focus, and a healthy dose of magic and real world action.
So much that I have dreamed is blossoming....I wake every day- in gratitude to the sun shining, to the mesquite tree shading my cottage, to my blossoming garden filling my breakfast bowl, to the community of sweet friends and beloveds and supportive colleagues around me, to my journey into the depths of my despair, so that I could return home with the clear vision, attention and determination to create exactly what I want in each moment.

I'm astonished and overwhelmed and grateful for the abundance of wild and wonderful medicines at my doorstep and beyond....
Gifted with the rare treat of fresh green moist chickweed underneath the deliriously fragrant jasmine vine out my back door, the exquisite blossoms of pomegranate flowers in the yard, the medicines that come to me from friends gardens, the blooming desert and familiar and favorite collecting spots.

I harvested fresh oats- realized that I've been harvesting from this same stand of oats for almost 10 years...and it is abundant and well.  My beloved cottonwood and walnut trees welcome me back and beacon with juicy buds and leaves and the promise of nuts, to climb and be embraced.  Canyons rich with medicines that I've missed while I was away- Artemisia ludoviciana - Estafiate, Arcostaphylos pungens- Manzanita, Mimulus guttatus- Monkey Flower, Garrya wrightii- Silk Tassel, Juniperus depeanna- Alligator juniper, Oenethera biennis- Evening Primrose, Glandularia spp - Desert Vervain.

Cherry blossoms are about to burst open Mexican Elder blossoms are a light and a buzz with bees galore.

I've been making medicines of all kinds to restock the apothecary that dwindled in the many moves I made in the last year, and taking advantage of the warmth of the desert sunshine in my medicine making.

Beautiful ruby red St John's Wort oil....

Fragrant pink Rose Gulkand,  Rose Infused Honey  and Rose Infused Sesame oil after Community Plant Learning Circle this week- all about the heart medicine of Rose.

Ocotillo blossom elixir and flower essence

California/Mexican Poppy tincture...

Many of these medicines and more can be found at my Poppy Swap store where you can enjoy them fresh from me to you!

Or if you can't settle on just one item- you can join the Herbal  CSA and get freshly made, wild, weedy, wonderful medicines from the desert and beyond every month delivered to your mailbox!

I am so grateful to be able to do this beautiful work in the world...to help others connect with themselves, and the medicine plants, and share the healing power of nature and honoring our heart's truest callings and deepest needs.    If you'd like to find out more about how to work with me privately I encourage you to contact me today for an Introductory Session to my Wellness Programs.  And to join me on my FREE teleseminar on May 5, 2012- Every Day Nourishment!

With humble gratitude and all the love of flowering of the desert,
Darcey Blue

Summer/Fall Plant Walk Schedule 2012

May 19, 2012- Plant Walk 9 am - 1 pm
$30 in Tucson, AZ

June 2, 2012,  Plant Walk, 8 am - 2 pm  $30

July 21, 2012 Plant Walk, 8 am - 2 pm  $30

August 25, 2012, Plant Walk, 8 am - 2 pm  $30

Sept, 22, 2012 Plant Walk, 8 am - 2 pm  $30

Oct 13, 2012 Plant Walk, 8 am - 1 pm  $30

RSVP to Darcey  or call 520 429 2654

Register and pay for ONE  Plant Walk  - $30

Register and pay for FOUR Plant Walks - $100

Rose Gulkand and Aphrodisiac Cacao Paste - a Recipe for Summer Love and Hot Days

Rose Gulkand - a Recipe for Summer Love and Hot Days

Growing roses? Want a new, special and swoonably amazing way to preserve the sweet scent, flavor and medicine of your favorite roses? Try this Gulkand...a recipe from the Ayurvedic tradition. This sweet confection is not only delightful to enjoy off the spoon- but is heart healing and soothing, calming to hot tempers, cooling to the body on hot days- and delicious swirled into lemonade, whipped cream, into cacao treats and more! Share with your lover for a sweet loving heart opening aphrodisiac!
1 half pint canning jar
4-5 fragrant unsprayed roses ( depending on how big they are you might need more or less)
1/2 c sugar
cardamom, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peels, vanilla bean powder (optional additions)
Fill a half pint jar in alternating layers of fresh rose petals followed by a tsp or two of sugar, all the way to the top of the jar. Pack it well, but not too tight. It will reduce down a lot!
If you wish to add any other spices sprinkle those in between your layers of rose and sugar. Whole cardamom seeds or cloves work well, just a few, or try powdered nutmeg, cinnamon or vanilla beans.
Lid the jar well and place in a sunny spot in a window or outside where the roses and sugar will warm up, release their juices and melt the sugar and crystallize together in a mass of gooey rosey goodness. This takes 1-2 days of full warm sun shine.
You might want to stir it up a little once the roses and sugar have reduced, and store it in the fridge. Dip in now and again for a rose delight!
You might also want to try this with other fragrant exotic flowers- I've got honeysuckle and jasmine blossoms both reducing in the sun in their jars right now!  So long as the flower is edible and non poisonous!  I only wish Orange blossoms were still in bloom! 

Cacao Rose Aphrodisiac

Want something a bit more sexy for sharing with your lover this Beltaine season? Seriously this will put you both in the mood faster than you can whip it up!
1/2 c Ground Cacao - I like to use Heartblood Cacao paste, but you can grind your own whole raw cacao beans or nibs
1/8 c liquid coconut oil
1/8 -1/4 c honey (rose infused honey or rose gulkand makes it even more special!)
1 pinch sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 pinch freshly ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp cayenne or chipotle chile powder
Mix all the ingredients into a thick paste, drizzle with rose honey and serve it to each other on fingers, lips or anywhere else you can dream up.
Sweet Love to You!