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Artisan Herbal Teas - Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary

Artisan Herbal Teas


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With Master/Clinical Herbalist Yarrow Willard,  Co-Founder of Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary

Crafting elixirs is a fun and inspiring process. The basic formula for crafting is simple… and it is a wonderful art that can evolve over time, as you learn the way different herbs and ingredients work together.

First, you simply begin with setting the intention of the desired effect of the brew.  For example, this could be specified health benefits (like support the liver or kidneys), or energizing-effects, or an emotional lift. Then, craft the tonic with herbs and substances that support that intention. In time- you begin to see the magical and synergistic way herbs and superfoods work together to support and boost your overall health.

Resilience on a polluted Planet

imx_homeThe world was shocked by the Nuclear Disaster in Japan in 2011, and recently more information is being brought to light that the situation is still not resolved and radiation is still leaking and impacting the environment more than we have been informed. The unfortunate truth of this situation is that there is an ever growing threat to the health of our planet, based on the human impact. The more we look to increase our power and technology, the bigger the potential for disaster. This is a hard fact to come to terms with as our society is ever pushing forward in an almost blind race to the top. “With great power comes great responsibility.” It is now more than ever important to act responsibly, and start asking the hard questions and making the hard choices of what we are willing to accept as our standard of health and wellness- not just for ourselves but for every being we share this home with.  Radiation from a nuclear disaster is one thing, but what about the radiation from our phones, computers, airplanes and other technologies we use?

yoga-meditation-drinking-1The first place to start is with ourselves, for if we are balanced and understand what it is to be healthy and whole physically and spiritually, we will not leave room for those practices that undermine this. To do this we must take an honest look at what is important. What do we need? What can we let go of? What is the next step we can take in getting there? Be careful not to get overwhelmed by taking on too much at once, or staying focused on the big picture level- paralyzed from taking action on the things you can do. Look instead to what is the next direct step we can take to better the situation. There are many tools we can access to create better defensive strategies when faced with environmental threats and hazards that seem beyond our control. Maybe it is to start taking herbs that are protecting against harmful environmental pollutants, or spending less time with our phones and computers, or maybe kickstarting the physical cleansing process with regular steams or yoga.  The important thing is to empower ourselves and not to fall into victim consciousness.

I would like to affirm that it is quite possible to be healthy, vital and protected in an ever growing toxic world. With the right supporting allies and guides we are not taken out of our power, instead we are asked to rise to the challenges of our times. When we are actively participating in building a healthy internal environment, it will be mirrored in our external actions. Making healthy choices and actions directly results in maintaining a balanced, vital planet for the future, as this generates a cycle that empower us in return. The power is ours- love ourselves with the oneness that loves all things.


In Health and Harmony

Yarrow Willard Cl.H

The Following are a few suggested Harmonic Arts Products that can be incorporated into a proactive and protective health practice for those concerned about radiation, pollution, and environmental toxicity.

Radio Protec tincture; Kelp, Bladderwrack, Ginseng, Maitaki, Reishi, Burdock, Eleuthro, Nettles and Catnip. Protective and restorative to damage from environmental  and electro-magnetic pollution

Green Spirits tincture; Lemon Balm, Spirulina, Nettles, Oat Tops, Alfalfa, Peppermint. Nourishing, Centring, and Digestive. Helpful with re-kin-ecting to green planet energy.

Tonic Immuni-tea – Chaga, Reishi, Eleuthro, Astragulus, Rehmannia, Codonopsis, Goji, Wild Yam. Making an Immune soup with this tea can be a great way to maximize its benefits.

Medicinal Mushrooms; encouraging body systems co-ordination/education, immune protection and healthy internal ecology. We recommend the 6  or 14 Mushroom Blend, but Chaga, Reishi, Turkey Tail, Shiitake, or Maitake are good choices for singles.

Chaga Tea– This Mushroom has a strong immune modulating function and makes a tasty tea that can be brewed and re-brewed many times.

Sea-Veg Mix -Bladderwrack, Kelp, Bull Kelp and other seaweeds, helping with the thyroid/endocrine function and mineral needs. Also containing alginates that draw radiation out of the the body.

Fucoidan Blend – Bladderwrack, Kelp, and Wakame powders; Fucoidan is a potent seaweed compound that is currently being studied in depth for it’s cancer fighting and immune enhancing abilities.

Black Lava Salt– activated charcoal and diverse mineral content, Himalayan Salt, Smoked Sea Salt, diverse mineral content.

Green Power Blend– Chlorella, Spirulina, Wheat grass, Moringa and Alfalfa and a touch of green Stevia. Super greens can reduce toxic load, and encourage healthy ecology. Any one of these super greens can be used on their own as well.

Shilajit – a high mountain mineral pitch containing fulvic acid, helpful in pulling out deep seated toxins in dense capillary networks.

Zeolite Clay – Zeolite is a group of volcanic minerals from deep within the earth with a honeycomb structure, a rarity among minerals. They are also highly negatively charged. The negative charge of Zeolite draws to it, positively charged toxins like heavy metals and pollutants. Zeolite, then engulfs the toxins in a sequential manner, in cages if you will, to neutralize the toxin or poison for elimination. The heavy metal, toxins and  pollutant, (including yeast) are then safely and harmlessly removed from the body through the normal digestive process.

Bentonite Clay, helpful in pulling out deep toxins internally and externally. Great in a bath or dampened and rubbed on ones body then rinsed off.

Single herbs – Ginsengs, Eleuthero, Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Holy Basil, Nettles, Alfalfa, Red Clover, Oat Tops, Cleavers, Dandelion, Burdock, Milk thistle, Chaparral.and Pau d’Arco,

Other helpful Lifestyle suggestions

-Foods that can be helpful are: Miso, kelp noodles, sea vegetables, buckwheat, apples, avocados, lemons, brassica vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli), beta-carotene vegetables (yellow/orange coloured), super berries, coconut oil, cold-pressed safflower and olive oils, hemp seed, sunflower seeds, beans, lentils, brown rice, sea salt, black and green tea, chlorophyll and any other mineral-rich foods.

-Supplements, Essential Fatty Acids, Zinc, Selenium, and Potassium Iodine, Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin B-12, Co Enzyme Q10, and MSM.

-Sweating regularly can push toxic loads out through the skin. Hot/Cold is best, 1-3 times a week

-Detox bath – Mineral Salts, Bentonite Clay and Baking Soda Baths, soak in hot water for 20 min and rinse with cool water

-Lots of good clean water and avoid sweets, dairy and flour products.

-Love is also an essential part of a well nourished body, be good to yourself and your community.

The Free Tea initiative!

Join us at Harmonic Arts in Cumberland for a free cup of tea any time that we are open. Or with any online order or instore purchase get a free sample of one of our herbal tea blends to try at home. 941365_584344031589094_491097035_n

Tea is the simplest and most practical way to start using herbs and botanical medicine. As water becomes your blood within 5 minutes of ingesting, tea is a great way to transfer the information and wisdom that herbs have to share to the body.


Tinctures from your tea herbs- Not all benefits a herb has to offer can be extracted in hot water, some of there chemistry is better un-locked in alcohol or oil. You can use any of our herbal teas to make a tincture by adding vodka instead of hot water. Shake daily and press after half a moon cycle (2 weeks).

We hope that you enjoy our free tea initiative and take advantage of this special offer to try out some of our specialty teas. If you have a specific request for any specific one, please include it in your notes when making an online order.

Thanks for all the support and helping us in supporting health enhancing herbal habits in so many people.

So start making tea if you aren’t already, and make more if you are, using your free tea sample, or what ever herbs and weeds that you have access to that are of benefit to ones health.

Green Blessings….

How do we make a good tea?

You have to determine:
Is it a flower, leaf, whole herb, root, bark, seed, twig?
For flower, leaf, whole herb (but herb has to be soft not woody) make  a hot infusion.
For root, seed, twig, bark, whole herb (if woody) simmer as a decoction or make a cold infusion then simmering.

Take one to two heaping tablespoon of herb per 1 (one) liter of water (use spring or distilled water – or the best water you have), or 1(one) leveled teaspoon per glass of water, or 1 part of herb for 45 parts of water (by weight) – as needed.

Infusion/Steeping: Put herb into non metallic container pour on it boiling water, cover it with lid, leave it for 10-15 minutes. Strain. Keep it refrigerated once cooled. For the best effect make it fresh every time before drinking. Also you can often re-brew many herbs 1-2 times.

Simmering a decoction: Pour water on the herb. Heat on a low heat, let it lightly simmer for 20-35 minutes. Strain. Keep refrigerated once cooled.

Cold Infusion: The herb is left to soak in cold water for 8-12 hours (overnight) then the water is filtered and drunk.

Herbal tea great drank first thing in the morning, before or after meals, or in the evening while relaxing. If the herbal tea tastes bitter and needs to be sweetened, pure unprocessed raw honey is best.

Spring Cleansing in the Green Season

F32-398699Spring Cleansing in the Green Season- By Yarrow Willard Cl.H.

We are getting close to the end of our damp West Coast winter season. Spring brings a renewed source of energy in our selves and the natural world around us, as everything wakes up. This makes it the opportune time to work on our selves and our health for the coming season. Traditionally people would graze on the young shoots and fresh greens available at this time. It so happens that many of these plants stimulate our body, specifically the liver, to shed the accumulation of toxins we’ve built up over the winter.
This natural energy can be used to our advantage of the season by consuming lots of greens, baby vegetables, using spring herbs or doing a cleanse.
There are many great spring herbs ready for the picking that can be used for cleansing during this season. Such as Nettles, Cleavers, Fir tips, Alfalfa, Horsetail, Dandelion, Burdock, Oregon Grape, and Yellow dock. You can also take advantage of some of the seasonally edible young shoots and greens in the wild. Such as Miner’s Lettuce, Sheep sorrel, Yellow Salsify, Dandelion greens, Lambs quarter, Fireweed, Ostrich fern (fiddle heads), Fir tips, and Maple blossoms to name a few.

Spring is also a great time for a new seasonally appropriate herbal tea. Some of our suggestions are
Green Qi – Electrolyte and mineral rich. A fresh spring blend using the unique bounty of seasonal west coast herbs and seaweed. (also wonderful served chilled with lemon).
Cleanse Blend – Gently helps removing toxins from the body. Working on the liver, kidneys, blood and colon
Seasonal Response – A flavourful and nourishing way to ease the bodies reactions to allergies, both environmental and specific.
Kick Start – A robust and flavorful energy drink. Served hot and makes a great coffee substitute. There is a small amount of caffeine in it, although the main effect these herbs have is helping balance and nourish our energy levels of the body

At Harmonic Arts we also have 4 different cleanse kits. Each based on a different level of health enhancement.  The Cleanse, Gut Ecology, Vitality, and 21st Centurion. All can be customized with to the individuals unique body constitution or cleansing dietary program.

Other Spring suggestions from Harmonic Arts are:

Combination Liquid Extracts– the Green Spirits elixir, Liver tonic, Weight Loss tonic, or Allergy ease,

Greens– Chlorella, Spirulina, Moringa, or our Green Power blend

Detoxifying Clays– Internally- Bentonite or Zeolite Clay. Externally- French Green or Bentonite Clay

Of course there are many great single herbs available at Harmonic Arts as well, Check out the online store for more details. If you don’t see or know what you are looking for, just ask us, we’ll be happy to help!


Spring Cleansing in the Green Season

We are getting close to the end of our damp West Coast winter season. Spring brings a renewed source of energy in our selves and the natural world around us, as everything wakes up. This makes it the opportune time to work on our selves and our health for the coming season. Traditionally people would graze on the young shoots and fresh greens available at this time. It so happens that many of these plants stimulate our body, specifically the liver, to shed the accumulation of toxins we’ve built up over the winter.

What are Herbs?

Herbs with Yarrow Willard Cl.H

What are herbs?

Botanically herbs are non-woody flowering plant. Although we consider any plant that is valued for flavor, scent, medicinal, or other qualities to be a herb. Even fungi, pitch, minerals, and animals can be considered herbs to some practices of herbal medicine. Herbs are used in smaller amounts then food as they are more potent and have stronger action in the body.

Culinary Herbs and Spices

Plants that are used in small amounts to add flavor food rather then sustain the body. Many of them contain medicinal compound, often that are useful in the digestion and assimilation of food.