Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Herb Season Tea



I've been in need of a little comfort of late. Fortunately it's herb season. Proper herbs from the field, I mean, with character and ugly bits and signs of having made it through a late frost or two. These herbs have weathered the storm that is early spring in these parts, and so, particularly in recent weeks, I feel a certain affinity with them.

During herb season, I keep bouquets of them in glasses on the kitchen counter. I use them for flavoring our food, of course, but I also prize them for making teas far more earthy and mellow than those we drink from store-bought blends the rest of the year. I especially turn to Maureen and Bridget Boland, those dowager empresses of comfort and Gardeners' Lore and all other things wise, for inspiration.

Above I show a simple tea made with some remarkably sturdy organic mint from Keith's Farm. Mint, prized for it's ability to soothe the nerves and refresh the body (yes please) is also touted by the Boland sisters as an addition to bath water for athletes. They hasten to urge that any Olympic competitors first ask permission of the "Committee" before indulging in the sinew-stregthening soak. That must have been some serious mint they were growing.

Other favorites I've gleaned from the series include borage steeped in wine, which they tell us "drives away all sadness and dullness." And on closer inspection I see that basil drunk in wine is recommended too - good to know my instincts are at least occasionally in line - for it's stimulating effect on the nerves and calming effect on the stomach. Tincture of chervil root should be given for courage, lavender soaked in hot water comforts the heart, and a tea made with marjoram "easeth such as are given to much sighing." Next on my list to try? Meadowsweet boiled in wine "to make the heart merry." Hopefully my sense of humor will be back intact in no time.


6 comments:

Melissa said...

Love all of your blogs Mandy-I want so tea now. You have such a way with weds I almost feel like I can taste it now. Just found your gazpacho recipe and will definitely be making some of that this summer.
Hope you and Lucy are doing really well.

Barbara said...

Sorry to hear you are in need of comfort Amanda. I hope the herb tea hits the spot and makes things better.

Anonymous said...

Simple and perfect. I hope you feel better.

Jan

Gloria said...

Sorry you are a little down dear Amanda, you are a really amazing person. I love herbs too and love the pictures, hope you will feeling OK soon!, send you huggs, gloria

Anonymous said...

Beautiful header photo.

Daniel F

herbal tea said...

A nice hot cup of tea may help to relax us or soothe our frayed nerves, but there are many more herbal tea benefits than that. A delight to the taste buds, herbal tea benefits mind and body. Herbal teas are all the rage for the many medicinal qualities.

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