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.