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I am a writer, content editor, 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. In 2019, I'll continue to explore identity and boundaries beginning with nature vs. man.

Writers do more than drink coffee

Writers do more than drink coffee. They sip tea.

I've been stuck in a beverage rut. I love water. It's my beverage of choice after my a.m. coffee. I also love a good cup of English tea, but the tannins are harsh. So what to do?

Health issues can make a person want to put up walls and stop trying things, but you never know when something new might enrich a quiet afternoon.

The past few months I've been exploring no- or low-caffeine teas for afternoon sipping. Aromatic herbs can set off health issues such as food sensitivities and allergic asthma. I avoid herbs in my foods, but I gave some a taste as teas.

Decades ago, I took a macrobiotic cooking class on food preparation and recipes. I discovered a Japanese twig tea called kukicha, which is still an option for me. I enjoy its pleasant, earthy quality.

Indian and African herbal teas offered some choices, too. I go for single-ingredient teas or simple combinations when testing something for the first time. 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 appreciation for health food restaurants. Herbal nostalgia warms with this tea. I'd map out these restaurants as a route when learning a new city. 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 for 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 Gwendolyn Brooks.

This blog post is my opinion and shares my personal experiences. I do not offer medical advice. Thanks for reading and best wishes for a healthful and healthy journey.

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