I think tea made from the herb Echinacea tastes like cooked oatmeal and raisins. I told my sister this once in a phone call. There was silence on the line and then the question “Why is that a good thing?”
Last night, I was drinking a cup of Chamomile and Echinacea tea. I find this combination relaxing. I think Chamomile flowers smell like honey. My imagination thought the cup of tea was a steaming bowl of cooked oatmeal and raisins with honey drizzled on top. This used to be my breakfast during the winter when I was younger. This morning, the combination is Echinacea and Ginger Root. The Ginger Root gives it a nice early morning wake up kick.
A couple of years ago, I started ordering fresh herbs in bulk to make tea. I wanted to stop drinking caffeinated tea and needed a replacement. I think tea made from fresh herbs has a much deeper taste than when I have made it using store bought herbs in prepackaged tea bags. Buying the herbs in bulk is also economical.
My favorite herbs for tea are shown in the picture at the top of the post. I mix the Orange Peel with Peppermint. I like the Echinacea by itself or combined with either Ginger Root or Chamomile. The Chamomile has a pleasantly subtle taste. I sometimes make the tea by boiling either Ginger Root by itself or the combination of Ginger Root, Fennel, and Peppermint in water for 10 minutes on the stove and then straining the herbs.
I finally stopped drinking caffeinated tea at the beginning of this year. I still have some of the caffeinated tea bags in the cupboard for emergencies. I sleep better. A brisk walk in the cold or ten minutes of jumping rope wakes me up more effectively than caffeine ever did. The Ginger Root in the tea helps.
My framework for thinking about how to keep myself energetic, strong, and healthy is a triangular pyramid. The base of the pyramid is motion, sleep, and nutrition. The top of the pyramid is the mind. In order to feel well every day, I have to pay attention to all four. Growing older has meant that there is very little room for upset in any of these areas. For example, last Friday, the day’s stress was greater than my coping mechanisms. I couldn’t fall asleep and was tossing and turning all night long. Saturday was a very tired day. It has taken until today, Thursday, almost a week later before I feel like I have caught up on sleep. This morning, I feel both physically and mentally ready to go. This is why I decided I had to stop drinking the caffeinated tea. I don’t want to be purposely doing anything that makes feeling well harder. And the good news is that I don’t miss it. I love the taste of the herbal teas I make. I look forward to that first cup of Echinacea and Ginger Root tea when I wake up.
Take care and thanks for reading.