In the midst of our busy lives our daily and ordinary rituals can add richness depth joy and be an opportunity to connecting deeply to ourselves and life.
You can choose to take your time just for this one cup of tea. (or anything that you want for that matter…). For now let go of all should’s and oughts. Start as you are making the tea. Consciously paying detailed attention to all the sensations. The pot getting heavier as you fill it and put it on the stove. The space of time while the water is heating. The sound of the water coming to a boil. The breaths that come and go.The fluidity of the water as you pour it over the tea. The scent that arises as the ingredients release into the water and becomes tea. The breath you are breathing while holding the cup. The weight of your footsteps walking over to you chosen place to savor this cup. The heat on your hands . The texture of the cups shape and the material it is made of. Awareness. The sensation the flavor and the texture of the liquid. The sensation of ahhh coursing through your body and every cell as you ingest the liquid. Presence. Where are the herbs from . Where is the water from . Herbs of the earth. Water in the ground. Fire that heats. Air and water mixed as the steam you can inhale and infuse into you own being. All the elements of creation right then and there. All the senses involved.As you mind wanders merely gently return to the moment here where you are having a cup of tea. Go deeply into your experience and let it be all that you do.You are here and now. Sipping tea. It is a blessed moment. It is always here available to you. In this moment doing what you are doing . Simply . With awareness.
By paying detailed attention we have an opportunity in every moment to find the sacred in the ordinary and everyday life and make the ordinary moments extraordinary. It makes life feel sooooo rich!
I have had the habit of drinking this mucous cleansing tea every fall for years.
This year it totally slipped my mind until today while I was getting a cupping treatment. It is an adapted recipe from the fantastic book Healing with Whole foods by Paul Pithford. If I was to recommend only one book for nutritional healing this book would be the one … I always return to it as a reference.
The recipe is as follows ;
pr one liter of water simmer
1 tb sp fennel seeds
1 tb sp fennugeek seeds
1 tb sp flax seeds
1 tb sp liquorish root in pieces
for approximately 30 minutes
Then let water come off simmer and ad 2 tb sp nettle leafs and let steep,( not boiling), with a lid on for 10 min.
Drink at least one cup daily preferable on empty stomach for 21 days.
The tea will gently clear intestines and lungs of mucus while replacing it with a healthy mucous membrane.
It is an awesome way to prevent fall-winter colds and generally strengthen our immune system( which is so closely related to the health of our digestive system) and can also be taken at other times when a cold is coming on or going around,
I usually make a bigger batch and keep it in mason jars in the fridge.
Cold the tea is a bit jelly like due to the flax seeds so I prefer to drink it while hot just take care not to boil as you heat it in order to preserve the goodness of the nettles.
It may seem like a bit of a production and it is not always easy to bring in a new habit for a longer stretch like 3 week.
Your body will thank you though and it is worth it!
I got the ingredients today and will be brewing this up in the morning.
For tonight I am sipping a glass of wine in front of the fireplace that I lit for the first time this season .
I promise …it wont make you feel like the Mad Hatter…but I do love this image.