I love making use of plants that grow abundantly around me. This morning while walking Taco, I noticed a pile of pine boughs that had recently been trimmed from the trees in the park. The needles were still green and beautiful and I hated to see them go to waste. So I gathered a few branches and brought them home to make pine needle tea.
I grew up going to a nondenominational church. It attracted
healers and mystics and spiritualists of all types. My mom’s friends
included aromatherapists and reiki practitioners and massage
therapists and acupuncturists. The church often brought in visiting speakers from a range of spiritual traditions. Native American elders and sufi mystics and energy healers populated my childhood. I helped build my first sweat lodge when I was 8. I learned to meditate when I was 6.
I’ve come to a point in my life where I really hate washing my face. I don’t mind doing it in the shower in the morning, but there’s something I despise about trying to rinse my face off at night in our tiny bathroom sink. I’ve tried a few different types of facial cleansing pads and I loved the convenience, but I hated the amount of waste they created and all the chemicals they contained so I never used them regularly.
As flu season rages on, tea has become an important part of my daily ritual. This classic blend–which I call Get Well Stay Well tea–is one of my favorite winter beverages for warming me up from the inside out and helping me fight off infections with the power of Vitamin C + the soothing nourishment of honey.