2863 Tasting Notes
Another busy day!
I was up at 7, showered & practiced for an hour, & then off to the salt room by 9 for my breathing therapy. I already had a student at 10 & another hour of practice. I drank this tea while teaching & practicing, & even with a limited tastebud experience, it’s still wonderful.
What else can I say?
Last night I did my monthly tea count, re-organized my shelves a bit, etc.
I’m starting the month at 362 Teas, which is down from 389 last month, so progress, not perfection, right?
My first cup of the month, although my sense of taste & smell is coming back, it’s still not where I want it to be, and I’ve been avoiding all of my favorite teas (all 277 of them, LOL), because…well because! Although there is a lot to be said for mouth-feel, tea buzz, etc, I hate to miss those subtle flavors. I just remembered that Sheng sometimes seems to help with allergies, so maybe I should quit messing around & bust out a brick!
All I’m getting from this tea today is a nice milky mouth, some baked bread, maybe a little chocolate (Which I’m probably imagining, not actually tasting), & cannibis. Yeah, you heard me. It’s been over 30 years since I toked up, but you never forget that taste.
Trying to keep the caffeine down, so I won’t stay up all night, although I have so many things to catch up on.
While I was visiting my folks, I came across some random tea bags, like the blueberry one I reviewed earlier, & so I brought a few home with me, this Honeybush included.
I much prefer Honeybush over Rooibos, it’s mildly sweet & kind of woody & soothing.
That’s all I’ve got.
I haven’t been posting here much, still recuperating, waiting to get my full sense of taste back (I can taste sweet, & bitter, but I’m missing so many flavors), & swamped with life.
I did sample a bag of this tonight, & quite honestly, it’s better than I expected! I added a little sweetening, which set it all off, & not bad for a no-caffeine cup.
I’ve been drinking a lot of Nettles & Elderberry, & spiking the last of the Upton Russian Caravan with powdered Pao D’arco extract, & finally today I’m feeling an improvement in my breathing. My sinuses are starting to clear out & I’m starting to get my taste back, so I treated myself to a cup of this one, & it IS a treat :)
My lungs are still congested & heavy, so tomorrow morning I’ll go back to the Salt Room, & I’ll keep on with the herbs for awhile. But I am grateful to have noticeable improvement.
Things are looking up (& sorry for being a whiner earlier).
I filled a hot steamy bath & added a generous amount of lavender essential oil.
I can smell it, at least a little!
This is the first of 3 cups of tea that I brought to the tub. The only thing I can taste (right now), is an earthy feeling, some wood in the back of my throat, & a sensation I’ll call ‘robust’.
I also have a strong nettles infusion, a potent elderberry brew with a pinch of stevia (Cheryl’s herbs has the best tasting & most potent stevia extract powder I’ve ever had), & a nice cold cup of lemon water. This will be a long soak!
I am home.
I really enjoyed seeing my folks, & for the first few days, it appeared that I was going to get by without mishaps, & maybe I would decide that FL was not so bad a place after all.
Then in the middle of day 3, my allergies returned, in spite of zyrtek, nettles tea, & all my other efforts, & my folks got to watch me decline into darkness, until by the time I went home Tuesday, I was pretty damn sick. I hate that! But it was better than last year, & all of my other visits to them, when I became sick from allergies within an hour of arrival.
Thank you zyrtek, my rare pharmaceutical friend, although you were only a temporary help, at least there was that.
As it stands, I am still recuperating, because for me allergies are a total body experience. I’m drinking my herbs, sipping stock, breathing my essential oils, sucking warm salt water up into my sinuses, sipping cultured brine, resting, eating spicy food, etc. I managed to perk up yesterday when my friend came, & last night Tony took us out for Thai food. I couldn’t taste mine, but the spices were wonderful! In fact, I’m eating Tony’s leftovers for breakfast, & I think I’m starting to maybe taste a little bit of sweet & Umami! That’s a start!
Next up: Hot steamy lavender bath…
Then: A visit to the local Salt Spa, a Russian style salt room with a machine that filled the air with tiny tiny salt particles. You relax in there for 45 minutes, breathing in that air & listening to soft music. It’s wonderful for all kinds of ailments, especially asthma & allergies. I wish I could have gone everyday since I got home, they are only 3 minutes from my house, but they were closed for vacation.
My oldest friend, who I’ve known since I was 10, came for a visit yesterday!! The awesome thing is, no matter how long we’re apart & no matter how rare our visits, every time we get together it’s like I just saw her yesterday! We’re always into so many of the same things, & it was a wonderful day. She loves tea, so I served her LB & she loved it, so I gave her some to take home :)
I think she might join steepster…
I’m happy to report that I brought a thermometer with me, because when I pulled this one out of the bag, I realized that the recommended temp is 165! I have 2 samples of this, I think one is from Sil & this one is from Stephanie. So although this is a sip down for the tea I brought with me, it’s not a real sip down, because I have more at home.
I’m sad to report that the zyrtec I’ve been taking only really worked for the first couple of days of my visit, & each day I feel worse, so today I totally feel like crap. However, the silver lining is that last year (& every time I come to visit) I started feeling like that almost immediately after leaving the airport, & so the experiment has basically been a success, because I’m going home to my usual allergens tomorrow & I probably won’t even notice them upon re-entry.
Although you might not want to trust my taste buds, what I’m getting from this is lightly steamed green beans, with a creamy mouth-feel, and a lingering thick tongue sensation.