The chill sand of an early October beach. The quiet still dependability of a flat, grey sky. This is my centre.
The other night Sebastian asked me if I believed in magic. Without hesitation, standing in the bathroom toothbrush in hand, I replied YES! We both laughed and he tried to do the whole "but really" thing, because we both know that I value science and facts and things made out of concrete information. But really, I do believe there is magic everywhere and within so many different things. This is a subtle kind of magic, quiet and unexpected. It is more about the places I can visit - the magic found and gathered within shared stories and natural beauty that creates both community and a world inside my mind for me to escape to.
I've been trying hard these past few weeks to focus on staying present and living in the moment. Of course that cliché sentiment is easier said than done, but right now it is something I am striving for. To feel good where I'm at, to not always be looking to the next adventure, to feel satiated with my existence right now is something I have always felt good at, but am finding harder to reach these days. I have a persistent need to be hiking, exploring, and seeing new things!
I have an image in my head: I'm standing at the top of a mountain. Evergreens point upwards from below; deep greenness amidst the thin, grey air. The mist is draining as if through my fingers, a vaporous sky that I can sink into and fill my body up to the brim. This place, where roots touch sky and I am hardly more than a pinprick but I also feel as big as the whole world - it is my happy place.
I am coasting now - making tea to calm the persistence of a feeling that I should be elsewhere. And it's okay. It's all okay. I'm taking this as a time to find a balance, to see who I am without school, without direction, without the solidity that 18 years of structured education brings.
This book - Wildwood - is one of the places I find solace. I've realized by now that I tend to gravitate towards fantasy and childlike stories of adventure when I need a break from everything. I haven't nearly finished this book, in fact I'm not even halfway through, but I wanted to show it to you because I often think of it as a place to go and disappear. I usually have a book that I keep on hand, not consistently reading, but staggered throughout my other activities that brings a sense of adventure and comfort to me. It's a practice of self care, and it's deeply important to me. Some of the other books I've held in this special place took me a year to get through, and some only a month. It is all dependant, I guess.
So I'm here, making tea and wishing for rainy days. I am loving the comfort and support that this place and you, my readers, bring. I would love to have you all here with me, drinking tea and chatting about our magic lands together. I would love to know what brings you comfort - books, music, tv, movies, hiking, dancing, singing? <3
This isn't so much a recipe as it is an opportunity for me to share some of my quiet time rituals with you. Tea, no matter the type, always makes me feel better. It must be something to do with all the tea I drank growing up, with family and friends, but it is a constant comfort in my life.
The teas I am sharing with you today are the products of a lot of experimentation. I think I should say now that I am absolutely not an expert (or even a novice) in herbal medicine, so I won't make any claims about what these herbs will do to help you. I only know that they taste amazing and make me happy :)
I love buying loose leaf herbs, flowers, and spices just to mix and match as a soothing potions practice. It can be so fun to just play around here, so I want you to take these teas as a loose framework for your own preferences.
The lemon ginger "tea" is something I drink almost every morning, first thing after I wake up. The other two teas I usually prepare in the evening because they feel calm to me.
Let me know if you try any of them out, I would love to hear what you think!
morning and evening teas
Each tea makes about 1 cup, but really the measurements are based more on taste preference than any kind of precision. I switch them up all the time, adding more of this or that depending on how I feel. Think of this more as a suggestion or guideline for you to create your own favourite tea combinations!
When I say boiling water in the recipe (is this really a recipe?) I actually mean water that has just boiled. I usually let the kettle sit for about a minute before pouring over my teas.
Lemon Ginger Morning Tea
- apprx. 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and diced
- juice of half a lemon
- 1/2 tsp maple syrup
- water to fill one mug
Stir together the lemon juice and maple syrup in the bottom of a mug. Place the diced ginger and water in small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling remove from heat and pour into the mug with the lemon and maple syrup. Sometimes I like to add some cold water to my mug if I don't have time in the mornings to wait for the tea to cool. This works well!
Lavender + Chamomile Tea
- boiling water to fill one mug
- 1/2 tsp lavender buds
- 1/2 tsp chamomile flowers
Place the lavender and chamomile in a mug (feel free to use a tea strainer or a tea bag). Pour boiling water over the tea and let steep for at least 5 minutes. Drink hot!
Mint + Lavender + Fennel Seed Tea
- boiling water to fill one mug
- 1/2 - 1 tsp loose leaf mint leaves
- 1/2 tsp lavender buds
- 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
Place the mint, lavender, and fennel seeds in a mug or tea strainer (in a mug). Pour boiling water over the tea and let it steep for at least 5 minutes. Enjoy your cozy sips! <3