tea is a godsend. my favorite is fresh ginger root. when it feels like a cold is lurking, i grate ginger in a mug of warm water and add a touch of honey. (not considered vegan as it is taken from the bees, but a soothing antiseptic i consume raw and local.)
ginger tea is said to help ease menstrual cramps as well as digestive discomfort and gastrointestinal issues. ginger has anti-septic properties and can also treat some stomach flus and food poisonings.
many of us have heard to drink ginger ale when we are ill or to ease a belly ache. fresh ginger tea gives us maximum healing benefits minus the large amount of sugar or corn syrup, which slows down the immune system and works against healing.
jasmine silvery strawberry ball, another lovely gift from hanane
chamomile is another favorite tea of mine. it just smells and tastes so nice. last summer i tried growing my own but didn't know to pinch off the flower heads when they were still alive. now i know for this growing season.
heathy shared some local chaga from sioux lookout, ontario when we met in toronto last summer. chaga is a medicinal mushroom high in antioxidants which heathy found growing in her own backyard!
chaga makes a magical immune-boosting, anti-bacterial cure-all used to treat illnesses from cancer to digestive disorders. imagine my relief when we passed through the border hounds!
some more tea faves include peppermint, spearmint, echinacea, and kombucha (not a hot tea, but indeed a healing elixir). green tea powder offers many benefits, but causes me to feel jittery.
are you a tea drinker? what are your favorites?
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"A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." ~Eleanor Roosevelt