Giveaway Winner!–The New York Sock Collection by Mina Phillip, skein of yarn by Color Me Happy, and Herbal Tea!! –
Sock collection and yarn – (entry #10) Arletha – craftystockinette on Rav “Having dinner by candle light with my hubby.”
Teas – Robin – (entry #25) knittermama7 on Rav, “I just try to be extra mindful on valentine’s day. We also splurge on special chocolate to eat and nice oils to use together”
and (entry #80) LaTaMa (finland) on Rav. “Valentine’s day is mostly about friendship in Finland (it is even called ‘friend’s day) and I’m not generally a romantic person but the nicest memories involve weaving friendship bracelets to friends as a child.”
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 tsp. of tea and let steep 10 minutes.Add sweetener and cream if desired and drink up!
A bit about Damiana – Damiana, also known by its scientific names of Turnera diffusa and Turnera aphrodisiaca, is a small shrub native to Mexico and South America.It has a warm, slightly spicy flavor.Though Damiana has a long history of use in traditional medicine, one use that stands out is as an aphrodisiac.Historically, the Aztec and Mayan people drank damiana prior to love-making.(I’d just like to take a moment here to thank them for bringing us both Damiana and chocolate!!)Though its specific actions are unknown, it is thought that Damiana may increase blood flow to reproductive areas.Damiana is also known to help decrease stress while enlivening the senses.Decreasing stress could definitely help increase the libido!
Because of its stimulating effects on the reproductive system, it is not recommended that pregnant women use Damiana.
2 Tbsp. brown sugar (this makes it super sweet! Feel free to cut it in half or even 1/4)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tbsp butter
Mix all in a pot and warm.Once the butter has melted, use an immersion blender or pour it in the blender and whip it until it is frothy.Then pour it back into the pot and heat until nice and hot.It’s a great winter drink!