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Just finally came in from my garden about half an hour ago. Now I’m having a salad of homegrown asian mesclun, scallions, & radishes. I love gardening!

So earlier today I stopped by Cheryl’s Herbs to get more Nettles, to help keep my allergies at bay. Cheryl (the owner & amazing herbalist) had a chance to visit, & I told her that although the nettles are helping, I think I need more help. She recommended that I start drinking Lapacho (Pau d’arco), which I have. I don’t care much for it, it’s in a powdered extract form & bitter, but I told her I’d start using it. Her prescription: 1/4 to 1/2 tsp as a tea, 2 X per day, for the next 3 months or so, then switch back to Astragulus root in the fall (which I usually drink in the fall). Both are great immune enhancing teas.

Lapacha is a dark powder. I grimaced as I brought it down from the shelf. Then my eyes settled on the almost empty Gingerbread Rooibos from Trail Lodge tea, a fairly spicy chai like blend. I brewed the Rooibos blend, adding 1/4 tsp of Lapacha to it, along with some stevia, & it was awesome! That was the last of the gingerbread blend, but I have other Chai’s I can mix that “bitter pill” into, or, in the words of Mary Poppins, “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!”

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!


St. Louis, MO



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