Musings from Raspberry Moon – October 2015 Newsletter

Some of my experiences in India so far!Well we are on the last leg of our trip! We are now in India and what a change from the cold mountains of Tibet!

So many fun experiences have taken place. I will be writing some blog posts about our travels and hope to have them posted soon!

Remember I’m posting pictures on Raspberry Moon Facebook so be sure to check it out.

This month is all about Turmeric

Since I’m in India, I thought I’d focus on some typical Indian ingredients in this month’s newsletter. Most specifically, Turmeric! Keep reading for some recipes (both tea and skincare) using turmeric.

Want to know what all turmeric is good for? Check out (This is from my favorite cookbook on healthy eating – quick, easy recipes.)

I found a great infographic about some of the major benefits of turmeric, but it’s too big to include the whole thing in the newsletter! See the full infographic here.

The benefits of Turmeric


Nicole, Embers and Smokey

Menopause: Power Surges, Hormones, Night Sweats, Oh My!

The Joys of Being a Female and all the Changes that come with it!Menopause Board Game

Ladies Lunch and Learn Tea
Saturday, November 7th from 11 am – 130 pm

We’re continuing our series of Lunch and Learn Teas, and this one is all about Menopause. Reserve your spot now (seating is limited!) and learn from a group of amazing ladies how to survive and thrive during “the change” every woman experiences. I’m telling you I am blessed to know so many awesome ladies!

Read the full details for the tea on our blog.

Purchase Your Ticket

The Speakers and Topics

Aromatherapy for Female Health

Hot FlashesCate Alber, certified aromatherapist from Pure on Main will be demonstrating how to use Essential Oils to help with all the challenges of menopause.

Acupuncture and Menopause

How can acupuncture help us during this new stage of life? This topic will be laid out more like a Q&A session so come prepared with your questions and ask away. Amber Addision from Creative Health is my acupuncturist and I just love her.

Is it ME or is it my HORMONES?

Learn to recognize the symptoms of hormone imbalance and become informed on ways to stay healthy during this time of your life. Presented by Pam Bramlett, RPh from Compounding Solutions.

Memory LapsesAvoiding the Weight Gain that Comes with Menopause

Find out how you can avoid those extra pounds that often come with menopause. Presented by Laura English from Fitness With a View.

The Cost

$30 per person, with net proceeds going to Serenity Place, a Greenville residential treatment center for pregnant women, young mothers and their preschool-aged children.

Come in Your Most Festive Tea Hat!

It’s a tea party so we must wear awesome hats. Check out some of the fabulous hats the ladies wore at our April Tea.

Of course we will have little sercie bags for everyone!

Purchase Your Ticket

Turmeric Facial Mask/Scrub

TurmericI love a good Turmeric Mask – I had a friend make one for me with Turmeric, Powdered Honey and Powdered Milk. You just add a little water or yogurt to make a paste, apply to the skin and let set for 10-15 mins. Gently remove the mask and apply your creams. Your skin will look so glowy and refreshed.

There are so many great things you can use to mix with turmeric to make an awesome mask:

  • Honey – powdered or liquid
  • Milk – powdered or liquid – You can use Almond, Coconut Water/Milk,
  • Yogurt – plain Greek works well, just none of those fruity flavored ones! :)
  • Sandalwood Powder or Chickpea Flour
  • You can also add a little Cinnamon or Nutmeg

A clean face is important first stepI think the most reasonably priced place to get turmeric (unless you already have it at home) is a Trader Joe’s or an Indian Store. I go to SWAD down the road from the shop. They don’t have a big selection but it beats going to Woodruff Rd. if I don’t have to. Or The Pita House or Holy Land Grocery will also have these items. I would also get my Sandalwood Powder or Chickpea Flour from them as well.

You can make your mask very simple, just yogurt and turmeric. You can make a larger batch and do your whole body and then jump in the shower. Your recipe will be based on what you have in the kitchen and what body part you are doing.

Basic Steps for Applying a Face Mask

  • Cleanse the skin
  • Use a little steam if you have time
  • Apply the mask and you can scrub in a circular motion a little
  • Allow the mask to sit for 15 minutes
  • Rinse the mask thoroughly and then apply your serums/creams

Turmeric Tea Time!

I found this recipe for a Creamy Turmeric Tea and thought it sounded too yummy not to share.

  • 8 ounces (1 cup) almond or coconut milk or whatever kind of milk you like
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2-inch wide round slice of ginger root, peeled and finely chopped
  • Dash of cayenne pepper or more depending on your taste buds. I think you could also use black pepper kernels.
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon honey or other sweetener
  • Optional additions: a small pat of butter, cinnamon, cardamom


Gently warm the almond or coconut milk on the stove.

In a mug, combine the remaining ingredients.

Drizzle a teaspoon of the warmed milk into the mug and mix until the liquid is smooth with no lumps. Add the rest of the milk and mix well. You can leave the pieces of ginger in the tea, or strain it out before drinking.

New Product! EarthAngel Teas Pau D’arco Chai Tea

EarthAngels Botanicals Chai TeaWould you rather just pick a preblended bag of goodness up? EarthAngel Botanicals now has a delicious Chai in their fall line.

Pau D’arco Chai is a cozy blend of herbs and spices specifically chosen for the way they work together to provide optimum health benefits and a delightfully exotic tea.

The base of this blend, P’au D’arco, is a Superhero when it comes to fighting colds and flu. Its powers are supported by Black Tea, Tulsi Leaf (Holy Basil), Cinnamon, Cardamom, Ginger, Clove and Nutmeg.

Together, these herbs and spices are warming, calm cough spasms, get rid of excess mucous, fight chills and fever. As a plus, they also act as anti-inflammatory, regulate blood sugar *diabetics should consult with a physician* and contain powerful vitamins and  antioxidants such as Selenium which support the Thyroid.

This tea does contain caffeine. All of the ingredients in Paul D’arco Chai are Certified Organic and we support Fair Trade.

To Brew: Use 1-2 teaspoons (based on strength preference) per 8 oz of water. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and serve.  Creamer and sweetener can be added.

Sunday Appointments and Online Booking

Did you know that we now have an online booking system? Check it out at (click the Book Your Appointment button on the right). This system enables us to send appointment confirmations, reminders, and allows you to change your appointment.

I do my best to get everyone in at their preferred times. If for any reason you are unable to make your appointment please let me know a minimum of 2 days beforehand. You will receive an email when you book your appointment and should also receive your appointment reminders via email 2 days beforehand.  Please be sure to check your spam folder and add us to your safe list! Remember this is a courtesy reminder, not reading your emails is not a good reason for missing your appointments. If you do not show up for your appointment you will be charged the full service or if cancel with less than 24 hour notice you will be charged a $25 fee. I understand emergencies happen but we all need to respect each other’s time.

Out of the office:

  • I will be out of the country with limited to no Internet from Sept 2 to Oct 14. I got myself into another trekking trip! China, Tibet and India –  just think of the fun things I’ll have for the holidays this year!

Sundays I will be working through the end of the year:

  • October 18 and possibly 25
  • November 15
  • Dec 13 and/or 20



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