Tea Time

I’ve been researching natural herbs that have healing properties, at first, to help myself.  I looked up herbs that were good for arthritis, as I’m developing it in some of my joints.  Then I started branching out into herbs to treat anxiety, depression and insomnia.  Now I’m starting to study herbs that treat upset stomachs, as a lot of our folks at the center suffer from that problem.

Today, I brought the first few containers of herbs to the center.  I wasn’t sure how well it would be received, but I was pleasantly surprised.  Immediately I had two folks, back to back, in my office for some anxiety relief.  I gave them a combination of valerian root and passion flower, which are a calming herb and a mood balancing herb.  Then I had a 3rd one show up right behind them and asked for something to help them sleep in the quiet room.  I got him all hooked up, listened to him talk for a while, and he was off to the nap room and slept like a baby for 2 hours.

Later, I had a young man who has been suffering from debilitating depression, find the strength to get up and come to the center.  I made him a special blend of mood lifting herbs called “Happy”.  We talked for a long time.  I’m so glad that he stopped by and I had the opportunity to spend some time with him.  That’s really what it’s about.  I make you a cup of tea, and we get to talk for a while.  In my hectic day, it can be really hard to have an opportunity to really connect one on one with people individually.

I stopped by Tin Roof Teas on my way home to see my friend, Kayla.  I picked up another type of calming herb, a loose version of the nettle leaf that I use for joint pain, and 2 herbs for upset stomachs (ginger root and lemongrass).  I’m going to add them to my collection, and offer them to people in the spirit of hospitality.

I’ve found, that at the center, many people mistrust drugs, big pharma, and sometimes the entire medical practice.  This just comes with the turf.  I don’t know if they’ll get any practical medical effects from these teas, but I do know that the act of making tea is a beautiful ritual.  The act of serving tea is universally a gesture of hospitality, and the act of taking tea with someone else is an act of friendship.  If all I can do is create an act of hospitality and friendship, then perhaps, for one day, that might be all someone really needs.

2 thoughts on “Tea Time”

  1. Just as long as you check the interaction effects and side effects.. I know St. John’s Wort affects the liver so if you take any meds , OTC or otherwise that affect the liver like eurythromiacyn- you prolly shouldn’t take it.
    Valerian you should stop 2 wks before a surgery and never take ETOH with it. Given the preponderance of substance including ETOH , abuse in the homeless pop., unless you do a thorough job of assessing the person you give the herbs to, I would refrain. If they have health complications, you could be implicated and held liable. Do I think it is probable, not so much …..but it is a possibility… And you (and your spouse’s assets) could be sued. I’m not saying this to be mean or a spoiled sport. I just think like a lawyer..

    Here’s the website to check out…. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-870/valerian I think you can get info on any one of the webMD . Also YOGI teas have many different medicinal teas.. I have some polish medicinal tea for sinuses if you’d like to check it out.. you can read the box’s side panel and check the ingredients.

    I love tea and herbs but there is a lot to using the medicinal ones…

  2. For depression… Check out Full spectrum lighting…. Maybe someone can make the center a light box and the persons with depression can use it.. If you google full spectrum lighting , they say an hour on the box is equal to a prozac … Only prozac takes 30 full days to kick in…. The light box works right away… I used mine to help me wake up for only a few mins. and I noticed elevated mood within 2-3 days. Not a high but more energy and I never felt like I was getting too sleepy on my morning commute again. You can also use the light to wake up clients in the sleeping room as well.. You can find them on Amazon for about $70 I think. Or DIY them….

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