Cure What Ails Ya Master Tonic

Cure What Ails Ya Master Tonic

This is a take on Master Tonic or Fire Cider, a popular folk remedy. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties.

You can drink 1-2 ounces a day, or mix with water or seltzer water. You can also use in place of vinegar in recipes, such as a vinaigrette.

Add different herbs or turmeric for additional health benefits, or use our lemon ginger infused honey to simplify the recipe.

We’ve tried this, and one way or another, I think it will put you out of your misery. CHEERS!

1/2 cup thinly sliced ginger
1/2 cup diced horse radish
1 head garlic, smashed and peeled
3 sprigs rosemary or thyme
2 jalapeño peppers
1 teaspoon black pepper corns
1/2 small onion chopped
1 lemon cut in 1.5” chunks
1/2 orange cut in 1.5” chunks
2 cups + apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup BLB raw honey
Yields approx. 2 cups.

Pack first 9 ingredients in jar and cover with apple cider vinegar. (You might need a little more than 2 cups.) Cover with cheesecloth or parchment paper between jar and lid to prevent corrosion. Store in a cool dark place, shaking every other day for 21 days. Strain through cheesecloth. Discard solids and add raw honey. For additional health benefits, mix 1 tablespoon of ground turmeric with the raw honey before you add it to the vinegar.

Peanut Butter and Honey Energy Bars

These no-bake bars are a delicious gooey honey treat. I recommend wrapping them individually with wax paper. This recipe is based on a granola bar we found at a mom and pop coffee shop while travelling.
You can make them gluten and dairy free by using gf oats, gf crispy rice, and dairy free chocolate chips.
This recipe makes approximately 14 bars.

1 1/2 cups Peanut Butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup raw or infused BLB honey

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

2 cups old fashioned oats

1 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal

1/4 cup chopped dried fruit
(raisins, craisins, dried apricots, dried cherries)

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
(Use Enjoy Life Brand for dairy free bars.)

Chop dried fruit and nuts.

Soften peanut butter in microwave.

Add vanilla, honey, and brown sugar to softened peanut butter.

Add oats and crispy rice. Stir until combined. (I used crystalized honey and had to mix with my hands, as it was really solid.)

Stir in chopped fruit, nuts, and chocolate chips.

Press into 9×13 greased pan and allow to cool.

Cut into bars and wrap with waxed paper.

Shop Small with Bee Lovely Botanicals

Shop Small with Bee Lovely Botanicals

“Come on, come on. Listen to the money talk.”

This year, we decided to stay home from Black Friday shopping. We were never hard core door busters, but we liked to buy the boys a few new pairs of jeans and get a deal on batteries.

After spending a few years on the road doing craft shows, we have met so many awesome, unique people. We see the hard work that they put into their products and the time it takes to sell them. We know their families and their stories. We know the jewelry maker whose tent collapsed, almost ruining all of her inventory, the seamstress whose retina detached and had to take time off of work, the florist’s son who offered Josh breakfast and a place to stay when our car broke down, and the artist on a mission to further the good news.

We know that when we buy products from them, our money is speaking about our values. It’s saying that we value these people, and their families. It’s saying that we appreciate the countless hours they put into their trade, making sure that each product is just right. It’s saying that their values remind us of our own values, and we want to see them succeed.

We want you to know, dear customer, that your money talks too. We want you to know that when you support our small business, your money is talking. We’re not a large corporation that has mass market appeal. We’re a family business, and we have family values. Your money says that you believe in family when you buy from Bee Lovely Botanicals. Your money says that you want to support your community when you buy from Bee Lovely Botanicals. Your money says that you care about the type of ingredients you use on your skin when you buy from Bee Lovely Botanicals.

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The next time you’re about to tender your hard earned money, stop and think about what your money is saying. Is this transaction going to support your morals and beliefs? Are these products good for you and your family?

Small Business Saturday is a great time to let your money speak to your values! We would love to provide you with quality products for your friends and families this Christmas season.

Free Shipping?

Free Shipping?

In the day and age of Amazon Prime, free shipping has become a well loved perk of many online orders, especially through e-commerce giants like Amazon or Walmart.com.  We are often asked about shipping costs, so here’s the way that we look at it.

There really is no free lunch.  Sorry to burst your bubble, but there’s no free shipping, either.  UPS, FedEx, or the US Post Office isn’t going to release their fleet of delivery trucks and drivers for free, and they shouldn’t. It’s their business to deliver packages, and they are and should be paid for their work.  So, the question really is, who is going to pay for their work?  The answer to this is simple, although sometimes deceptively simple.  Outside of once in a while special promotions, the consumer is the one who foots the bill for shipping, one way or another.

When you buy from mega e-commerce stores, such as Amazon, your shipping costs are factored into the cost of the product.  You’re still paying for the shipping, it’s just not a separate line item. Amazon also has very sophisticated search algorithms and cookies, so you’re more often seeing the higher priced items first in your search results. It makes it easy to figure your total cost up front, but might not be saving you any money.

At Bee Lovely Botanicals, we believe in being straight forward with our prices, and our shipping.  Our shipping prices are extracted straight from the USPS website, with no additional charges added. They are computed based on the weight of the package and distance of the delivery address. Once in a while, we can find a less expensive option, in which case we always refund shipping overages of differences greater than $2. Occasionally, we need to pay a little more than what was charged, and if that’s the case it comes out of our pocket. In the end, what we collect and what we pay out in shipping are about the same.

We are a small family business, and we believe this is the most conscientious and honest way to provide the best service to you, the customer.  We could increase the cost of our products to include the price of shipping, but in the long run, our best customers, who place larger orders at once would end up paying more than they would pay in actual shipping charges. There are rare occasions when we’ll run a special and pay the shipping for you.  If you come across one of these offers, you better jump on it, because we can’t afford to foot the shipping bill too often!

So yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, but sorry, there’s no such thing as free shipping.

We would love to hear your comments on this topic!  We truly desire to provide the best products and most useful service that we can!  Would you rather pay more for products, and have free shipping, or pay the actual shipping charges of your package? Let us know in the comments section!