The co-owner of You, Me and Uni is a Master Herbalist who studied at Kingdom College of Natural Health, in 2018. Cultivating herbs by creating teas, salves, tinctures, and infusions is something that grounds Jennifer. It was a self-paced learning program which she completed in nine months. Her training involved over 200 hours of course study and hands-on practice.
As a mother of two young children, she found it especially helpful to have a home apothecary. She took an interest in herbs and oils to aid in gentle healing of different skin conditions and ailments. She enjoyed researching and finding the perfect remedies to mix, infuse, and make salves and oil blends.
She planted an herb garden with her children to give them the experience of tending plants. Her kids enjoy being with her during all of the stages of planting, growing, tending, and then using herbs in concoctions to encourage wellness and healing. They grow sage, oregano, thyme, cilantro, lavender, and rosemary. That sounds like an amazing garden for me! I want to stroll through it, gathering handfuls right now. She uses some of her herbs fresh and some she dries, for cooking, infusing oils, and making tea blends.
Try this recipe:
Eye-packs can be great to use when recovering from a cold or to use as a remedy for puffy, tired eyes.
Jennifer’s recipe for eye-packs:
• Add dried chamomile flowers and a little lavender oil into a muslin bag
• Soak in hot water for 10 minutes
• Let cool for a minute or so, they can get pretty hot
• Place the packs on your eyes and relax
“I have made my two favorite blends Know Your Gut/Trust Your Gut and Meditative State of Mind, which I sell on my website. I continue to refine my recipes and make different blends of herbal teas. I like to pack the herbs in a mason jar and steep for hours, this makes a potent blend that can be enjoyed hot with honey, or cold over ice. My very favorite herb is growing all over my back and front yard: lavender. It smells incredible and has a wealth of healing benefits such as calming the mind and body. Lavender tastes so yummy when added to most tea blends. I also love to infuse my fresh lavender into grapeseed oil and use on dry winter skin. At home, I also diffuse lavender and use this delicious flower in herbal baths.”Jennifer Vollbrecht
When you enjoy You, Me, and Uni’s Meditative State of Mind, you will notice the combination of lavender, mint, chamomile, and moringa brings an abundance of health-benefits while tasting great! With or without honey it has a full-bodied flavor that is pleasant to anyone. Because the tea is loose leaf, the flowers and leaves will plump up when submerged in boiling water.
Hot tea after meals is soothing to your digestive system. Ginger, comfrey, fennel, and mint are excellent teas to have when you are wanting some extra support for your belly. Sipping tea slowly on the couch or sitting outside can be a lovely ritual after dinner. Know Your Gut, Trust Your Gut contains soothing herbs and flowers that will rebalance your digestive tract.
As an herbal practitioner, Jennifer finds joy in bringing her knowledge of herbal remedies into her home. Promoting wellness and health with pleasant smells that are associated with pleasant moods, is a memory she wants to instill in her children. She loves their nightly peaceful oil routine, providing memories of joyful times full of laughs, tickles and foot rubs with great smelling herbs. She will continue sharing her love of teas, oils, salves, and tinctures with her family.
Car Air Freshener
When you finish drinking your tea, dry your leaves, and place them in a cloth tea bag or sachet and place them in your car. This will help keep your car smelling nice and may even help you keep your cool in traffic as the fresh herbal scent should help reduce your anxiety.
Homemade Cleaning Spray
When you’re done with your tea simply empty the leaves into a spray bottle with a solution of ½ water and ½ white distilled vinegar. Use this as a general-purpose cleaning spray.
This summer we talked about herbal baths and how wonderful they can be. Try reusing your herbal teas in the bath to get the most out of them. Know Your Gut, Trust Your Gut tea blend is especially good for this because of the red clover. It’s an amazing herb for skin and hair health.
Incorporating herbs and natural remedies into your life is a great way to stay grounded and connected to the earth. There is a time and a place for conventional medicines and medical interventions and there is a time and a place for starting out with herbs to treat what ails you. Use your intuition, do your research, and feel free to reach out to Jennifer for a consultation.
Jennifer Vollbrecht is the owner of You, Me, and Uni. She sells two tea blends and a book on Feminism, which she co-authored with her sister. Refer to 9 effective ways to use herbs as medicine to gain a better understanding of the medicinal properties herbs can offer. For more inspiration on herbal tea and how to enjoy it, read Calming Herbal Tea and Fun Facts About Tea.
Anastacia Elizabeth Walden is a writer, editor, and owner of Walden Writes For Women.