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I am a writer and artist with the soul of a swing-dancing Pony Express rider. Interests include consumerism, classic films, environmental issues, scent-free living, health, science, writing, and robots. My blog reflects exploration in word and image. I can’t promise how often I will or won't post. 2017 explores identity and boundaries beginning with nature vs. man.

Writers do more than drink coffee






Writers do more than drink coffee.
They sip tea.

The past few months I've been exploring no- or low-caffeine teas for afternoon sipping. Herbs are problematic, their aromas set off health issues for me. I do not eat herbs in my foods, but I'm giving some a taste as teas. Health issues can make a person want to put up walls and stop trying things, but you never know when something new could enrich your character.

I had been stuck in a beverage rut. My beverage of choice, after my a.m. coffee, had been water and is water. I also love a good cup of English tea but the tannins are harsh on my sensitive stomach. Decades ago I took my only cooking class. It taught macrobiotic food preparation and dishes. I learned about a Japanese twig tea called kukicha, which is still an option for me. I love its pleasant, earthy quality.

Indian and African perspectives on herbal teas created some options for me. Allergic reactions can cause complications when trying new teas. I go for single-ingredient teas or simple combinations. I've had success with trying one new tea within a week's period, so if I run into problems, I know which tea to "blame." Tulsi's Original ties me to my past, reminds me of finding "health food" restaurants as a route to learn a new city. Herbal nostalgia warms with this tea. Another name for Tulsi is Holy Basil. Rooibos is a South African shrub in the bean family. The Green Rooibos is not fermented, instead lightly steamed to avoid the oxidation process.

Here are some new favorite teas:

  • Alvita's Licorice Root (it took a couple of tries to appreciate the natural sweetness--love it!)
  • Numi's Chocolate Rooibos (steeped for almost ten minutes with a touch of maple syrup--has a coffee vibe without the caffeine)
  • Yogi Chamomile (an old favorite, relaxing)

From left: Organic India Tulsi Lemon Ginger, Vanilla Creme, Original; Numi Organic Chocolate Rooibos; Eco Teas Rooibos Warm Balance; Yogi Chamomile; The Republic of Tea Green Rooibos Raw and Organic; Alvita Organic Licorice Root Tea.
(Please read health warnings when consuming herbal teas. They may have medicinal qualities and/or could cause complications when pregnant, etc.) 

               "The only sanity is a cup of tea."
 --This slightly out-of-context quote is from the poem
"Boy Breaking Glass" by Qwendolyn Brooks.

The three italicized words were a little inside joke for writers.
This blog post is my opinion and shares my personal experiences. I do not offer medical advice.

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