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Herbalist Karen Green

Winter healing Elixirs

Winter healing elixirs

Cold nights, rainy days and sniffles marks the beginning of Winter for many areas in Australia.  Time to curl up, hibernate and contemplate beside warm open fires – if only, here in Brisbane!  Winter still have an insult for many on their immune systems. Time to rejuvenate and enjoy some easy to make herbal elixirs that warm and heal….

Help the sniffles, digestion and general colds….

Winter Wellness Elixir


  • 700mL Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (one with the Mother)
  • ¼ cup garlic, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1-2 fresh red or green (if you prefer less hot) chillies, seeds removed, finely chopped
  • ¼ ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 Tablespoons turmeric powder (organic) or 2 pieces of fresh turmeric finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried or fresh calendula flowers (optional)


  • Sterilize a mason jar (2-3 cup) and set aside.
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowel – except the vinegar.
  • Transfer the mixture to a mason jar.
  • Pour over the apple cider vinegar to the top. Ideally you will have 2/3 dried and fresh ingredients and 1/3 vinegar.
  • Close and shake well.
  • Keep the jar in a cool dry place for two weeks. Shake at least twice daily.
  • After two weeks, strain the liquid through a fine sieve or strainer or muslin cotton gauze. Squeeze all ingredients tightly if using the cloth to ensure all ingredients have been used.


  • Take 1 tablespoon every day to strengthen immunity and fight colds over winter.
  • Caution: This is very hot and strong (especially with 2 chillies!) and not recommended for infants or children.
  • Swallow and eat a slice of cucumber, lemon or lime afterward or plain yoghurt which is cooling.
  • Do not dilute with water as it will dilute the effects.
  • Check with your naturopath before taking this if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Take after breakfast and start low and increase slowly for best benefits.


Lemon Ginger Elixir


  • 2 lemons, organic, washed and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh ginger root
  • 4 cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces
  • 1/4 cup raw honey, organic
  • 10 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 clove buds
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice


  1. In a mason jar (med size), layer lemon slices, fresh ginger, cinnamon stick pieces and thyme. Pour honey over the lemon slices, letting it slowly seep to the bottom of the jar. Pour fresh lemon juice over the top. Cover and refrigerated for 3 days before using. Store in the fridge for up to 1 month.
  2. To serve, place some liquid and a few slices of lemon and ginger into the bottom of a mug. Top with warm water to make the tea.


Turmeric Tonic

Highly anti-inflammatory and antioxidant tonic.


  • 4 inch piece fresh turmeric or two teaspoons organic dried turmeric
  • 3 inch piece of ginger or one tablespoon organic powdered ginger
  • 3 lemons, peeled
  • 750 mL coconut water
  • Organic unfiltered honey to desired sweetness
  • dash cayenne


Juice the turmeric, ginger, and lemons or for the dried add powders to juiced lemon and coconut water. Gently heat honey, coconut and powders in a saucepan over low heat to ensure all powders are combined. Do not heat if you are using raw turmeric or ginger. Add the cayenne and stir well to combine. Store in the fridge for up to three days.


Elderberry Calendula Cold and Flu Elixirherbs that heal


  • 1 cup fresh (or 2/3 cup dried) calendula flowers
  • 2/3 cup dried elderberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh (or 1/3 cup dried) elderflowers
  • 1/2 cup fresh (or 1/3 cup dried) rose hips
  • 2 tablespoons fresh (or 1 tablespoon dried) orange peel
  • 1 tablespoons fresh (or 1 teaspoon dried) ginger
  • Brandy
  • Honey (organic)


  1. Fill a clean, sterilized mason jar (4 cup capacity) with herbs.
  2. Add brandy, pouring until herbs covered by 1-2 inches of brandy and jar is approximately 3/4 full.
  3. Add honey, leaving 1 inch of space at the top of the jar.
  4. Poke chopstick into jar to release any trapped air bubbles and ensure brandy and honey are coating herbs.
  5. Put cap on and label jar with ingredients and date.
  6. Let steep for 4-6 weeks in a cool, dark place, shaking daily.
  7. Filter elixir by pouring through a fine mesh filter or several layers of cheesecloth over a bowl or wide-mouth jar. Press the marc (plant material) to squeeze out every last drop of elixir.
  8. Compost the marc and cap and label the elixir.


At the first symptoms of a cold or flu coming on, take 2-3 teaspoons of elixir every two to three hours. Frequent doses are the key to effective treatment! Listen to your body to tailor the dosage to your needs.

Due to its immune-building, antimicrobial nature and high vitamin C content, this elixir can also be used as a preventative for colds and flus. If your friends, family or coworkers start sniffing and sneezing or moaning and groaning with cold and flu symptoms, try 2-3 teaspoons two or three times a day.

Elderberry Calendula Cold and Flu Elixir Recipe courtesy of The Herbal Academy

 Herbalist Karen Green can assist you with your next herbal for specifically tailored for your health

Magic Moon Energy Mists

Magic Moon Energy Mists

The Blue Moon Mist  – There are many definitions of a blue moon, with the most common one being – it is the second full moon that occurs in one calendrical month.  Earlier this year the magic of the lunar eclipse presented with two full moons in one month. When this happens, it is known as a Blue Moon. On an average this occurs every 2.7 years which is not so uncommon to us. What was different about this blue moon, what made it SUPER special, was an ultra-rare phenomenon when a blue moon and a super moon coincide with the blood moon of a lunar eclipse. It was the first time this occurred in 150 years.

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The Blue Moon Mist contains the awakening eclipsed energy of the blue moon (essence that occurred in Feb 2018) along with the healing powers of essential oils: Jasmine, Frankincense, Patchouli, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Lavender & Witch Hazel. Behind the lens this ‘’blue’’ moon awakens your spirit to what is the ‘’real’’ to you.  Each of the essential oils have been blended to form part of your awakening spirit mist. It also contains Fish Pole Bamboo essence. Bamboo is extremely strong, flexible and used for building homes in many homes throughout Asia.  This essence provides the strength to continue through life’s trails and tribulations.  Fish Pole Bamboo essence which enables you to focus on the important things in your life, providing you with the ability to learn from your mistakes and to apply that learning to daily life.

As the feminine energy resides with full moons, the blue moon mist helps with clearing things out, doing away with the past and letting things go. This energy puts you where you need to be and beckons you to a higher state of consciousness.

The magical deep red blood moon occurred in July 2018 and was the longest lunar eclipse of this century. The reason this lunar eclipse was the longest of the 21st century is because it passed through the centre of the Earth’s shadow thereby increasing the time the moon was blocked from the sun.

Blood Moon

Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse 2018

The Blood Moon Mist creates an essence of embracing your ”true self”. The energy of embracing grace helps you stay calm and patient when turmoil occurs around you. It gives a caring, patience and responsible attitude. Mars was the strongest influence on this lunar eclipse and will make you feel strong, sexy and brave. Your quick instincts and fighting spirit can be used to defend your home and family.  The Blood Moon Mist contains magical moon water essence along with essential oils: Ylang Ylang, Rose Geranium, Sandalwood, German Chamomile, Lavender, Geranium, Orange Oil & Witch Hazel. It also contains Pastel Flower (bush essence) that creates patience in self and in others.  Pastel Flower creates an understanding that through patience you will open to the love that surrounds you and to open to self love. This process is often one that is slow and requires patience.

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Menopause – A time of reflection and renewal

Menopause – A time of reflection and renewal

Menopause is often a time of reflection and renewal is what I hear myself saying to clients time and again. As I see more women having difficulties during this transitional time, isn’t it time we honour ourselves more? Menopause is the cessation of menses for 12 months or more and is a time of much change for women.  It occurs when there has been a change in a woman’s reproductive hormones and the ovaries no longer release any eggs. Menopause can occur naturally and at the expected age, prematurely or early.

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