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.