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Cinnamon:  Cinnamon is an early morning spice that often is placed on tasty desserts, pastries, as well as in breakfast treats. White this spice can go on many things including coffee, cinnamon can also be a purposeful product for your health and wellness. Many of the health benefits you get from cinnamon come from the oils that come from the bark of the cinnamon, which has been used for centuries as part of alternative medicine.

Cloves: Cloves offer many health benefits, some of which include aiding in digestion, fighting against cancer, protecting the liver, boosting the immune system, controlling diabetes, and preserving bone quality. They also contain anti-mutagenic and anti-microbial properties, along with fighting against oral diseases and headaches, while also displaying aphrodisiac properties.

Nutmeg: Nutmeg is a popular spice having a long list of health benefits, including its ability to relieve pain, soothe indigestion, and improve cognitive function. [1] It extends its ability to detoxify the body, boost skin quality, alleviate oral conditions, and reduce insomnia. Nutmeg strengthens the immune system, prevents leukemia, and improves blood circulation as well.

Corriander: The health benefits of coriander include its use in the treatment of skin inflammation, high cholesterol levels, diarrhea, mouth ulcers, anemia, and indigestion. Cilantro is also useful for menstrual disorders, smallpox, conjunctivitis, skin disorders, and blood sugar disorders, while also benefiting eye care.

Allspice: The most important health benefits of allspice include its ability to act as a pain reliever, increase circulation, protect the gastrointestinal system, improve mood, boost the immune system, eliminate fungal infections, lower blood pressure, and reduce inflammation.

Ginger:  Ginger is an ancient spice with powerful anti-inflammatory properties. The top health benefits of ginger include its ability to relieve nausea and pain, treat osteoarthritis, prevent cancer, treat arthritis, improve respiratory conditions, and reduce flatulence. It also helps boost bone health, strengthen the immune system, and increase appetite.  This spicy root is also good for enhancing sexual activity, mitigating obesity, and relieving the pain related to menstrual disorders.

Star Anise:  With its distinctive shape and flavor, star anise is quickly becoming one of the most sought after spices in the world, particularly due to its potential effects on human health. Its relative accessibility and cost makes it an excellent option for both culinary and medicinal applications around the world.

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What a great October we've had, Thank you!, We are moving along into the holiday seasons, and have been earnestly working to getting in new items.  We have replenished our Tea Samplers with new teas inside,  and have brought in more items for gifts. 

We will be offering you the opportunity to make your own Christmas baskets this year, and bringing forth our Gift Certificates, which are great for gifts too.

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How Cinnamon can enhance your health: 1. Reduces clotting, 2. A great source of antioxidants,  3. It has anti-inflammatory properties, 4. Improves the health of your heart,  5. Enhances blood circulation, Very Healthy Life, 6. Can combat diabetes, 7. Reduces cognitive decline, 8. Could reduce the risk of cancer 9. It can aid in weight loss, 10. It freshens your breath,  11. It will improve your dental health, 12. It strengthens bones.

The health benefits of cloves
as well as clove oil can be attributed to their antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, aphrodisiac, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.1. Soothes Toothaches 2. Stops Bad Breath 3. Treats nausea and Vomiting 4. Improves Digestion  5. Relieves Joint Pain 6. Improves Respiratory Conditions 7.  Treats Headaches 8.  Eases earaches 9. Cures Acne 10. Fights Stress

The health benefits of this amazing spice are : 1. Relieves Pain 2. Promotes Digestion 3. Improves Brain Health 4. Detoxifies the Body  5.Oral Health 6.Treats Insomnia 7. Treats Leukemia 8. Skin Care 9. Regulates Blood Pressure

According to the ancient practice of Ayurveda, coriander seeds can transform your health. It can be found in both whole and powder form, making it extremely versatile to use. 1. Weight Loss 2. Improves Thyroid Conditions 3. Improves Digestion 4. Relieves Allergic Reactions 5. Calms Arthritis 6. Reduces Heavy Menstrual Flow 7. Controls Diabetes 8. Improves Eye Health

what makes this spice even more intriguing is the high concentration of beneficial nutrients and organic compounds, such as eugenol, quercetin, and tannins that result in some impressive health benefits of allspice. Health benefits of allspice include:1. Anti-inflammatory Qualities
2. Aids in Digestion 3. Boosts Immunity 4. Antioxidant Capacity 5. Dental Care 6.Improves Circulation

Ginger is one of the world's ten favourite spices, but beyond cooking, your spice cabinet houses a medical marvel. 1. Antiemetic * Helps Prevent Nausea and Vomiting 2. Carminative * A Digestive Marvel 3. Antiseptic 4. Circulatory Stimulant
5. Expectorant  6. Antispasmodic . Warming the Body 8. Antioxidant  9. Anti-Inflammatory 10. Boosting Bioavailability

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is used mainly as a spice but it is also known to have numerous important health benefits. It is a star-shaped fruit belonging to a plant native to China called illicium verum. The health benefits are:  1. ) Antioxidant Properties 2. Antifungal Uses 3. Antibacterial Properties 4.  For Influenza 5.Rheumatism and Joint Pain 6.  Improved Digestion 7. Women*s Health 8. Sleep Disorders 9. Coughs
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 Spiced Seafoam

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 t. cardamom
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t cloves

  1. Beat the egg whites until stiff.
  2. Add the sugar a little at a time (while still beating). 
  3. Then hand stir in the spices (which have already been mixed together). 
  4. Drop in small mounds on a parchment covered baking sheet and put in an oven already at 250 degrees, for 90 minutes. 
  5. Then turn off the oven and let them sit in there over night.  Remove in the a.m.
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Cloves are yet another favorite - whether they're in stuck in oranges or added to teas.  It's another warming pungent, spice that should be added early and sparingly in recipes.  If really too strong for you, snip off the tops and grind the *stem* for a milder version.

All the spices so far are good for digestion and nausea; cloves can also help adult toothache pain (not kids) when smashed and placed around the tooth until you can get to the dentist.

Coriander (the seed of cilantro) should also be dry-toasted to release its flavor.  Unlike the others, it should be added near the end of the cooking cycle.  Like fenugreek , it was considered an aphrodisiac.

Christmas Ginger Bread
A Christmas staple, Gingerbread


  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup black strap molasses
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t soda
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 t ginger
  • 3/4 t salt

  1. Blend all the above by hand for about 30 seconds and then with a mix (I don't think they had mixers during the Civil War, but they do make life easier) for about 3 minutes. 
  2. Pour into a greased and floured 9 x 9 pan, 
  3. Bake at 325 degrees for about 50 minutes.
  4. I've found it comes out of the pan easier when it's cool.   (It's cake-like.)

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Mulling Spicies

These can be mulled in apple cider or juice, or wine depending on your crowd.  Most are served warm, but sometimes I mull in apple juice, cool, add cold orange juice and ginger ale.   If you want a *Wassail* use a red or fruit wine in a crockpot and add some brown sugar, honey and maybe a little brandy.

 Favorite #1:
Cinnamon sticks
Orange peels (dried)

 Favorite #2
Orange and Lemon peels (dried)
Star Anise (just a little)
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Spiritual awakening is a notion thrown around quite a bit by many spiritualists. However, what exactly does it mean?

Spiritual awakening, in general, is something that occurs when a person is finally able to see things properly. It is when a person reaches a higher consciousness. They become more aware of who they are and what their place in this world really is.

 And while it may sound crazy, you have to admit that people are beginning to question things more.  Many people are becoming more awake spiritually and really breaking free from the things that have been holding them back. Spirituality in recent years has been booming.

The more aware we become the more awake we are. Conscious alertness is something becoming increasingly present around the globe and doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Eckhart Tolle a prominent figure in the world of spirituality believes that it is rapidly increasing in mankind and will continue to do so.

Proof of change is all around us, whether you can see the difference in now and the past or not it is quite prominent. Frank M. Wanderer wrote an article not too long ago going over some of the research he had done in regards to the presence of conscious alertness in college students and what he found was quite impressive.

From a Tolle basis, he created a scale for conscious alertness and from there surveyed students. His scale covered things like the reduction of the function of the ego, transcending of the functions of the ego, and alert consciousness in the present.

These things ended up playing out with alert consciousness being the most present and reduction of the function of the ego being right behind it. While this might sound a bit confusing it is very interesting when broken down.

Wanderer wrote as follows in regards to their findings:

Of the students, 9.8% rarely and 3.3% of them never or almost never experienced the longing for something more.

Being offended and nursing or sustaining the sense of being offended as the strategies of reinforcing the Ego also had a diminishing tendency among many of the college students (rarely: 6.5%, never or almost never 2.6%; nursing the sense of being offended: rarely 5.2%, never or almost never 2.6%).

The prevalence of experiencing the sense of 'I am right' as a strategy of sustaining and reinforcing the Ego also diminished considerably among college students. Of those college students, 5.2% of them rarely and 3.3% of them never or almost never experience this emotion.

Of the college students, 7.8% rarely experience the recklessness and dissatisfaction rooted in dissatisfied want and desires, and 1.3% of them almost never do.

The withdrawal of the Ego was the least spectacular at complaining (rarely 2.6%, never or almost never 1.3% of them complain) and boasting (2.1% boast rarely, 0.7% never or almost never do so).
The prevalence of Transcending the functions of Ego was the least common among the components of the Conscious Alertness.

Within that dimension, transcending thinking and emotions were the most frequent patterns of behavior. 3.3% of the students experience this impression daily and 2% several times a day.

Of the students, 2.6% have the impression that their thoughts and emotions constitute only a small fragment of their real personalities, and 0.7% of them encounter this feeling several times a day.

In the frequency of occurrence, this was followed by the detachment from external things, which was experienced by 3.2% of the students every day and 0.7% of them several times a day.

Students appeared to be least capable of transcending the perpetual operation of thinking; only 1.4% of them experienced that the stream of their thinking was aimless and repetitive.

With more and more people being open minded and more and more people actually trying to reach higher levels of consciousness there is no beating around the bush. This is the age of spiritual awakening and things are only going to get more intense as time goes by. What do you think about all of this?

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