Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sarah's Super Smoothie

This is a recipe from my web site - I posted the original about 10 years ago.  I change the recipe a little bit according to what I have on hand, but this is still the basic format.
This super-nutritious smoothie is part of breakfast at my house almost every day.  It’s important to me to have enough protein to get the day off to a good start, and this recipe certainly fills that need.  The yogurt provides probiotics and digestive enzyme support we need, and the super foods help to maintain our energy levels all day!  As with all foods, locally-grown or organic is a better choice, if you can afford it.  That said, we all just do the best we can...

You can find the bee pollen, Sarah’s Super Green powder, and many tinctures for sale on my website.  Just go to the Products page with your shopping list!

In your blender put:
1 ripe banana
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 heaping teaspoons bee pollen
1 or 2 tablespoons Sarah’s’ Super Green powder
1 or 2 teaspoons of Ashwagandha powder
2 teaspoons Flax Seed Oil or Cod Liver Oil (or one of each!)
1-1/2 cups cranberry juice, black cherry juice or blueberry juice
1-1/2 cups whole milk yogurt with no thickeners

Blend on the Puree setting for 2 minutes, to fully dissolve the Green powder and the bee pollen.  You can also add tinctures to this smoothie, as long as everyone drinking the smoothie is taking the same tinctures.  From Autumn Equinox until Spring Equinox, I take Astragalus tincture to strengthen lungs and immune system, so I am better able to fight off the colds & flu that make the rounds.  I add a teaspoon or two of Elderberry syrup, too, as a preventative.

Serves 2 to 4, depending on the size of the glass.

It's not always easy to find plain yogurt with no thickeners.  I am fortunate enough to have a nearby dairy farmer who make yogurt from raw milk!  Check with your local farmers, or consider making your own from local organic milk.  White Mountain and Seven Stars both make very nice yogurts that you should be able to get your local health food store to order.  Stonyfield and Dannon are widely available, but both contain thickeners & will re-set if you don't drink the smoothie immediately.

copyright Sarah Preston, 2005 & 2015

Donna Bryant Winston Sharing the Secrets of Soapmaking

Sharing the Secrets
of Soapmaking

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 12-4pm
at Radiance, in downtown Lancaster, PA

This class is offered to those who want to experience the fine art of making herbal and natural vegetable-based soaps.

Join us in the delightfully fun, hands-on, workshop as we discuss the history of soap and go through every step of the soap-making process, sharing tips and techniques along the way.  Our goal is that participants will leave feeling confident about making soap on their own at home.  You will learn how to incorporate the healing power of herbs, essential oils, and natural ingredients into your luxurious handmade soaps.  This class will make a goat’s milk soap.

Discussion will include troubleshooting and diagnosing signs of trouble in the soap pot.  Handouts, recipes, and samples included!

Cost for this class is $40 in advance, $45 on the day of the class.

We will meet in the classroom at Radiance.  To register call 717-290-1517, or stop by the shop at 9 W Grant St, in downtown Lancaster, right across the cobblestones from Central Market.

 Donna Bryant Winston is an Herbalist, Educator, and the Director of School-based & Neighborhood Health Initiatives for St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA.  She is currently responsible for directing and organizing the Mobile Medical Vans, a School based health clinic and neighborhood initiatives where access to care and education is the primary focus to improve community health outcomes. Here she combines her nursing knowledge with her herbal background to educate the community on natural health.  Also a member of the American Holistic Nurses Assoc., Donna works closely in partnership with Moravian College, Temple Medical School, and DeSales and Lehigh University, to provide unique student nursing rotations and service learning projects. She is a wonderfully inspiring educator and has been the co-director for the Annual New England Women’s Herbal Conference in NH, with Rosemary Gladstar, for the past 18 years.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Sarah's Newest Tea Formula - AnxieTea!

Something is shifting. For years, people have phoned, or come to the shop looking for a tea to help with stress. We have several, as well as other things we recommend. Lately, though, the language has changed. People are looking for help with Anxiety. Bigger than Stress. More persistent than Stress. So, I've formulated a new tea. AnxieTea.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Kick Pain in the Kitchen, a Workshop with Author Barbara Searles

at Radiance, in downtown Lancaster, PA
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Do you wish for realistic, holistic tools, which will minimize your pain and make you confident in your body?  Have you struggled to meet life’s demands because managing chronic pain takes so much time and effort, leaving you exhausted?

The Kick Pain in the Kitchen Workshop offers you a holistic approach to pain relief that can be integrated with many treatment plans. It’s full of straightforward, every day steps that you can start using right away.

Your path to health and pain relief starts in your kitchen and supermarket cart! Learn why healthy, whole foods and other pain relieving changes can help. Plus, get a practical game plan structured through the meals of the day.

You’ll leave the workshop with an autographed copy of the book, and a new focus on healthy habits to relieve your pain naturally. 
This class will be held in the classroom at Radiance, 9 W Grant St, in the heart of downtown Lancaster.  Call (717)290-1517 or stop in to register.
The cost for this workshop is $35 in advance, $40 on the day of the class, and includes a light lunch, as well as an autographed copy of the book.

 Barbara Searles, LMT, BCTMB, HHC, AADP is a nationally certified massage therapist and health coach. As the founder of she’s deeply passionate about coaching people living with chronic pain. Her strategies have been featured in Health Monitor, Natural Awakenings, and Blog Talk Radio. When she’s not coaching, writing, or speaking, you’ll find her relaxing with her fami