Sweet Summer Solstice Blend: A Collaboration with Peachtree Catering
A Collaboration with Peachtree Catering
Peachtree, a local catering company dedicated to quality food and experiences, reached out last week to see if Hempsley would be interested in contributing an herbal blend to their upcoming Sunday Supper. After hearing a little bit about the evening's concept, we were immediately hooked!!
Sunday Suppers are Peachtree's monthly event that always showcase a unique, surprise experience and quality, local food. This particular supper was a partnership with local Barred Owl Butcher, Logboat Brewing Company, and A1 Party & Event Rental. Because they're always a surprise, Peachtree could only give us a few hints about what all would be taking place at the dinner. This is what we had to work with:
The theme is the Summer Solstice; celebrating the season’s change and the new life it brings with it. Lore says that ashes from a great bonfire spread over your garden wards off evil spirits and brings blessings. We are sending everyone home with a glass vial of ash from the fire we will be cooking on. Here’s where you come in.. we were kicking around the idea of also sending them with healing herbs to either throw on their own figurative fires.
Fire will be a constant element and the sun will be incorporated. Basil, lavender, oregano, fennel, and honey will all be present. Lemon, lime, and garlic might say hello.
This was such a fun concept that we decided to come up with a completely new herbal blend to honor the flavors that would be used in the dinner as well as the lore behind the idea. We wanted to use herbs that would inspire reflection and celebration to help guests welcome in this new Summer Solstice season of their lives.
We started experimenting with mullein, lavender, orange peel (to honor the citrus in the dishes), fennel seed, basil, passionflower, marshmallow root, and ginger and ultimately came up with a blend of four herbs: mullein, lavender, orange peel, and fennel seed.
Sweet Summer Solstice Blend Recipe
- 1 tbsp. mullein
- 1 tsp. lavender
- 1 tsp. orange peel
- 1/2 tsp. fennel seed
A renewing & strengthening blend of herbs to help you honor & celebrate the past while welcoming the present.
Can be made into tea, used as a bath soak, smoked/vaporized, or used aromatically by tying onto car or home vents, placed in drawers or pillows, or burned as incense. More details below!
Mullein has been used throughout history to soothe the respiratory system as a common folk remedy for coughs, colds, bronchitis, and asthma. Historically, dried mullein leaves were smoked for respiratory issues. Although smoking is no longer encouraged due to the combustion of plant material that can produce harmful toxins, brewing the leaves as tea is a common way to get the benefits of this herb. (Johnson, 2014)
Role in the Sweet Summer Solstice Blend: Mullein is strengthening and can help us breathe more easily, helping keep us in the present moment.
Nutrients: calcium, magnesium, Vitamins A + C
Properties: anti-inflammatory, astringent, demulcent, expectorant, sedative
Supports: respiratory health, inflammation
Safety: Do not use while pregnant/breastfeeding, never use mullein seeds as they are toxic
Lavender has been used throughout history as an antiseptic and perfume, including by the Ancient Egyptians in their mummifying process (The Practical Herbalist). It's known for its ability to calm the nervous system and reduce stress, which can also be useful for sleep.
Role in the Summer Solstice Blend: Lavender can help us relax us and keep us calm while reflecting on and processing the past so that we may more easily release it and move into our future.
Terpenes: linalool, limonene
Nutrients: calcium, iron
Properties: analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antispasmodic
Supports: nervous system, digestion, circulatory system
Safety: Do not use while pregnant/breastfeeding, do not take with sleeping pills, blood thinners, seizure drugs, anti-depressants, cholesterol-lowering drugs
In Chinese culture, oranges are symbolic of wealth, prosperity and happiness and is used to decorate homes to welcome good fortune. (E Lune Blue) Orange peels have also been known to boost the immune system and fight inflammation.
Role in the Summer Solstice Blend: Orange peels are meant to awaken and energize the spirit and attract happiness and abundance.
Nutrients: Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium
Supports: immune system
Safety: Consult with a healthcare professional before using while pregnant/breastfeeding
With a sweet licorice flavor, fennel has been used across various cultures to protect and purify (Alchemy Works). It has been known to aid in digestion and relieve bloating, gas, diarrhea, upset stomachs, as well as ease cramping, coughs and colds, and colic.
Role in the Summer Solstice Blend: Fennel is present to help sweeten the blend, cleanse us of negative energies and protect us as we move forward into this new season of our lives.
Terpenes: limonene, pinene
Nutrients: manganese, calcium, iron, copper
Safety: Consult with a healthcare professional before using while pregnant/breastfeeding, beware if you have allergies to plants such as carrot, celery, or mugwort.
Ways to Use your Herbal Blend
Pour 1 c. boiling water over tea bag, allow to steep 4 minutes, stir in 1 tsp. honey & enjoy
Mix with 1 c. powdered milk, 1/4 c. epsom salts, 1/8 c. baking soda, 2 tsp. coconut oil, 1 tsp. honey and add to hot bath — or just throw the bag in on its own!
Pictures from the Event
Thank you, Peachtree!
We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of such an incredible event right here in Columbia, Missouri! Thank you for giving us this opportunity to reach your audience and for supporting our mission to bring natural wellness education to our home.
- Aemetri, and Selenophile. “The Fruit of Joy: Orange Magical Properties and Uses -- Magical Herbs.” Elune Blue, 2 Mar. 2018, eluneblue.com/orange-magical-properties/.
- Harry. “Fennel Seeds from Alchemy Works for Magick Herbs and Pagan Gardens.”Fennel Seeds, Organic, from Alchemy Works - Herbs for Witchcraft and Magick, www.alchemy-works.com/foeniculum_vulgare.html.
- Hunter, Candace. “Lavender - Myth and Magic.” The Practical Herbalist, 2 June 2015, www.thepracticalherbalist.com/holistic-medicine-library/lavender-love-inducing-protector/.
- Johnson, Rebecca L., et al. National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs: the World's Most Effective Healing Plants. National Geographic, 2014.