Time for tea?
I am a huge fan of tea. HUGE. Stopping to brew a cup of tea is, I believe, one of the hallmarks of civilized life. I love the tea plant itself, Camelia sinensis, and find green tea a perfect, subtle pick me up when needed and what a bonus that it is such a healthy, nutrient and antioxidant rich choice.
But herbal teas are my mainstay and I really don’t find commercially available herbal teas measure up. They are usually stale tasting and lifeless, so I’ve always blended my own with the whole herb, either growing the herbs myself or sourcing the best organically grown herbs available . I also don’t like the run of the mill blends you see over and over again and find herbs like hibiscus overused because of the colour it imparts, despite the fact it tastes and smells like soap.
I blend my teas for freshness, quality, flavour and an overall warming, satisfying, peace-inducing, health supporting tea drinking experience.
. . . . and I am now offering these teas for sale at the Quesnel Farmers’ Market!
A light, thirst-quenching blend to brighten your day and awaken your senses. Excellent iced.
Ingredients*: Basil, Lemon Verbena, Lemon Peel, Ginger. *all ingredients certified organic
Aglow with the buds and blossoms of calendula, lavender and roses, this is a very pretty nutrient rich blend featuring the traditional tonic herbs of raspberry leaf, nettle, and oats.
Ingredients: Raspberry leaf*, nettle leaf*, oat straw*, oat tops*, spearmint leaf*, Calendula blossoms**, lavender buds*, pink and red rose petals*.
*Certified organic, **Grown without chemicals
A flavourful and gently warming caffeine-free blend. Mellow chamomile is counterbalanced by piquant ginger. Cinnamon and Cardamom add richness and depth.
Ingredients: Chamomile Flower*, Ginger Root*, Cardamom Seed*, True Cinnamon (Cinnamon zylenicum) Bark*. *all ingredients certified organic
Double Mint Delight Blend
A lively, palate-pleasing, tummy-taming blend, perfect any time, especially after a meal, with dessert, or for a fresh start to the day.
Ingredients*: Spearmint leaf, Peppermint leaf, Anise Seed, Fennel Seed, Licorice Root, Orange Peel *all ingredients certified organic
Restore your inner peace with this relaxing blend. Perfect in the midst of a hectic day or upon retiring for the evening.
Ingredients*: Lemongrass, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Catnip, Oat Straw,
Passionflower, Orange Peel, True Cinnamon (Cinnamon zylenicum), red and pink roses *all ingredients certified organic
And though I’ve shared these thoughts on tea before at my Forest Garden blog, I will leave you with these fine words from Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog:
As we breathe in the fragrance of the tea, savor it, lower our cups, serve more, and sip again: every gesture has the bright aura of rebirth . . . Moments like this act as magical interludes, placing our hearts at the edge of our souls: fleetingly, yet intensely, a fragment of eternity has come to enrich time. Elsewhere the world may be blustering or sleeping, wars are fought, people live and die, some nations disintegrate, while others are born, soon to be swallowed up in turn – and in all this sound and fury, amidst eruptions and undertows, while the world goes its merry way, bursts into flames, tears itself apart and is reborn: human life continues to throb.
So, let us drink a cup of tea.
. . . tea is no minor beverage. When tea becomes a ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?
Tea . . . accession to simple, authentic and refined sensations, a license given to all, at little cost, to become aristocrats of taste, because tea is the beverage of the of the wealthy and of the poor . . . the tea ritual, therefore, has the extraordinary virtue of introducing into the absurdity of our lives an aperture of serene harmony. Yes, the world may aspire to vacuousness, lost souls mourn beauty, insignificance surrounds us. Then let us drink a cup of tea. Silence descends, one hears the wind outside, autumn leaves rustle and take flight, the cat sleeps in a warm pool of light. And, with each swallow, time is sublimed.
– from Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog