Tea Blend of the Month: Gladder Bladder

This tea is a wonderful support for the kidneys and bladder. Its diuretic herbs help to eliminate excess water and waste from the body. Cornsilk is anti-inflammatory and calms the urinary tract during infection, it can also help to prevent kidney stones and is loaded with Vitamin- C to support healthy immune function.  Goldenrod is cooling to the bladder and is great for incontinence. Its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities make it useful in working with infection. Cleavers are an excellent diuretic and useful for kidney stones. Nettle Leaf and Dandelion Leaf add nutrients to this blend providing calcium and Vitamins A,C,D,E and K. And Solomon Seal is an excellent tonic for the kidneys. This blend is a great support for urinary infections and for kidney health.

Instructions: Best used as an overnight infusion. Add 4 tablespoons of herbal mix to a quart size jar. Bring water to a boil and add to jar, seal and let steep overnight. Strain and enjoy!

To order our pre-made Gladder Bladder Blend click here.

Ingredients: Solomon Seal, Nettle LeafCleavers, GoldenrodDandelion LeafCornsilk


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Vicky Madruga

Vicky Madruga

Nothing has ever made me feel quite as accepted as when the plants began to invite me into their family. Working with herbs has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I believe that if we truly listen they will share worlds of ancient secrets and magic with us. My path into herbalism began years ago when I found I had wandered into an herb shop not knowing why or what I was looking for. I spoke with a woman revealing parts of myself I had no intention of letting anyone into and I left with my first plant allies that stay true to my heart this day. Finding comfort in a cup of tea or strength in a formula is like basking in the sun on a warm day or smelling the salt in the air as you approach the ocean. I strive to bring that feeling to those around me through the plants and the energy and body work I perform.

The plants have been with us all through our life, but sometimes we lose that connection and I feel a special gift to offer that back to those who need it. Exploring the world feeds my soul and helps me to better understand where my place in this healing community is. When I traveled through South America, I had the privilege to work with Shamans and participate in many plant ceremonies. I learned to honor the land and honor my body. During this time I also received my first Reiki attunement and began to harness my powers as an energy worker and further develop my meditation and techniques for grounding and healing.

As an herbalist, cranial sacral therapist and energy worker I believe in a holistic approach to treating the body and find that herbal medicine is both gentle and powerfully profound in this realm. I feel lucky to hear the plants and to share their wonders and joys with those around me.

I feel a gift in connecting with people and am so grateful to work in a field that I respect and love so much.

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