I had taken a great walk and was going to share with you pictures of new born lambs, a guy cutting hay etc. but the mailman came and brought a new herb that I had ordered. I was amazed when I fixed it up into a cup of tea. I had to share with you about this fantastic tasting root.
Fo Ti root is incredibly tasty. Now it is one of my favorite teas. And it is wonderfully good for you!My daughter and her two girls came over just after I tasted my brew for the first time. They reluctantly tried some, lol. But immediately they were sold on it. Even my 4 year old grand daughter liked it.
Let me tell you a little about it.
Research indicates that it rejuvenates nerves, brain cells, glands, stimulates a portion of the adrenal gland to detoxify the body and oh, so much more. Taken over a period of time your energy levels rise. It protects your liver and strengthens your kidneys. I could go on about it.
There are different ways to prepare it. One of my favorite ways to get my daily herbs is in teas. So I took about a quarter cup of the chopped up roots and boiled it for about 40 minutes in about a quart of water. I poured some in a glass and added a little water. I added some companion herbs of cinnamon and cardamom, but it was tasty just by itself. I like to get in as many herbs in a day as I can.
Yum! I was so excited. I then poured my girls some when they came over. My daughter wants her youngest to drink it every day to help build her immune system. After they left, I poured the rest in a quart jar to make a quick cup of tea later. I will be ordering more. I might try some powdered Fo ti root and make a honey paste to put on my toast as it tastes so incredibly sweet and good.
We are steeped in a society of quick fixes. Take a pill for pain relief or visit a drive thru window for fast food when you are hungry. Herbs do not fit in this mind set.
God provided herbs for food and medicine. The best way to take your herbs is NOT like a quick fix pill. The best way to get your herbs is in your everyday kitchen.
You would be amazed at how many extra vitamins, minerals and other good stuff you would be getting to fill in the cracks of your starving body. Yes, it is starving for these things because our food no longer has what it use to have. Our ground is becoming depleted therefore our bodies are becoming depleted and need these things to fight off viruses, cancer and more.
My favorite and most relaxing way to get my daily herbs is in tea. But not in store bought tea bags. The whole leaves are much better than the left over dust provided in tea bags. Three to four cups of tea a day or more is a great and relaxing way to get your vitamins and minerals.
Make a quart of real tea (infusion) by putting 3 or 4 tablespoons of leaves in the jar with warm water and cover for about 4 hours or overnight. With leafy material you can use cold or warm water. Using cold water makes for a better tasting tea. After it has steeped, strain it into a larger jar and use as you see fit.
Materials like licorice or marshmallow root needs to be boiled for about 20 minutes and then strained.
I try to have a quart of this tea handy for use every day. I add it to smoothies or other drinks, I mix it with tea from tea bags, I use it in food preparation instead of water or just drink it as it is.
Next time I will talk about other ways to get herbs. In the meantime… enjoy an honest and real cup of tea. (check out an herb shop and ask for suggestions).