September, the month of the Autumnal equinox, signals the end of summer, the beginning of autumn, and, to many the start of a new school year. The word September comes from the Latin root septem -, or seven, as the original Roman republican calendar marked September as the seventh month of the year rather than the ninth. In Chinese medicine it is known as late summer and associates with the element earth, the emotion of worry, and the intellectual spirit.
In other words, September is the poster child of change and transition! Here for you are hand-selected Cottage features to help sustain and assist you in this month of transition.
Ps: Mention this post and save 10% thru the month of September!
Lycii | Nature’s Gummy Bear
(excerpt from Body Into Balance by Maria Noel Groves)
Lycii berries (Lycium barbarum, L. chinense), also known as goji berries, are rich in antioxidants. Long revered in traditional Chinese medicine as a nourishing longevity fruit, lycii has recently gained renown as a super food in the West. Studies indicate its ability to support immune health, aid adrenal recovery from stress, improve physical endurance, support eye health, and to help maintain healthy heart rate and blood sugar levels. According to Himalayan herbal traditions, regular intake of lycii gladdens the spirit and increases cheerfulness.
Preparation: Use approximately 2 Tablespoons (1/2 ounce) daily in tea, food, and smoothies. Add dried berries to oatmeal, granola, and trail mix as you would raisins. Lycii berries are delicious eaten by themselves or made into tea.
How delicious on your garden harvests! A subtle hint of kick and bite is added to a classic blend of Italian herbs. Use in pasta dishes, on chicken and vegetables. Add to oil and vinegar for an Italian salad dressing. Created by local award winning BBQ Pit Master Colton Beveridge.
Organic: Thyme, rosemary, marjoram, oregano, nigella (black seed), parsley, chili flakes, and black pepper. With Sea salt.
Smooth body with very little tannin. The fermentation period is shortened by slowly roasting the whole leaves to a warm brown color. Very smooth, without the sharpness of a traditional green tea. You might taste the tiniest hint of chocolate or nuttiness – if you’re a lover of the better known Oolong and/or Kukicha Twig teas, give Houjicha a try, you won’t be disappointed.
Directions: Prepare as a tea – Pour 6 oz of simmering water (170-180°) over 1 tsp. of tea. Steep 2-4 minutes, strain, and serve.
1.5 ounce package, Regular Price | $3.50
Energy Cleanse Synergy Blend
Need an Energy bath? Perfect as a diffuser blend during meditation, yoga, or restful contemplation. Alternatively, the oils in this blend are generally safe to add at 2% to a carrier oil for massage or bath salts. Energetic properties of this blend support: Clarity and strength of mind and spirit, and helps with transformational change when we are seeking it. Physically, Energy Cleanse supports the organs of the respiration, circulation, and the skin.
Ingredients: Fir needle, Ho wood, Cedarwood, Frankincense, and Rosemary essential oils
10 ml glass bottle, Regular price | $13.25
Great Pairing: Scented Bath Salts, Body Brush, and Moisturizing Massage Oil
Take an hour to give your circulation, psyche, and energy a boost with this trio of Cottage bath and body treatments.
Body Brush for dry brushing – exfoliates, enhances surface circulation, and stimulates lymphatic movement