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Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time
the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company.
~Author Unknown

No one can understand the truth until he drinks of coffee’s frothy goodness.
~Sheik Abd-al-Kadir

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Coffee or tea? Here at Chiot’s Run we enjoy both, we drink 2 cups of coffee a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. In between our coffee we drink tea, mainly herbal teas. Of course coffee is my favorite of the two, if I had to choose just one for the rest of my life it would coffee, in the form of espresso. As far as tea goes, I am partial to the organic tea mixes from Mountain Rose Herbs, their Chai is quite good as well. Here’s to a cup of steamy goodness on a cold winter day!



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Jennifer here. A few months ago my doctor recommended that I stop drinking coffee to help curb my migraines. Since then I’ve been drinking a lot more tea than usual. Fortunately loose herbal teas and herbs are easy to come by – some even in my own garden.

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Both of my grandmothers were collectors of tea cups. I’ve since inherited and collected a few myself. I have to remind myself that I can use these instead of letting them collect dust.

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Some of my favorite teas include Jasmine, herbal blends containing rose hips and hibiscus, fresh ginger and lemon grass, as well as chamomile. Tea has most of its caffeine on the outer layer of the leaf, so a simple 30 second rinse will remove it for you. I still drink the occasional cup of coffee or Thai iced tea, but for the most part I’m decaffeinated. I even carry my own tea around with me in case my destination doesn’t offer an herbal or decaf beverage.

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Are you a coffee or tea person? or do you enjoy both?

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As the cold and flu season is upon us I have done some research into ‘cures’ for the common cold.

I have many herbal teas that we use when we’re sick…but I wanted something I could take at the very first symptoms of sickness to knock it out  before it became a full blown, week long, snot fest!

Twice in the last month my darling children have passed their colds onto me.

Twice I have at the first sign of sickness made and drank garlic tea.

Twice my cold failed to be anything more than a 24 hour slight dribble and headache.

Garlic has been used throughout history for its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Recent scientific studies have indicated that a diet high in garlic (more than 2 large cloves a day per person) can reduce the incidence of certain cancers especially those of the intestinal tract and breast cancer.

Here is a good page to look at from the National Cancer Institute on more specifics of garlic and cancer.

When using raw garlic it is important to crush or mince and then let your garlic sit for 15 minutes…this allows the chemical compounds in the cloves to be released.

My garlic tea is simply one clove of peeled, crushed garlic allowed to sit for 15 minutes after crushing.  Then I place it in the bottom of a coffee cup and pour boiling water over it.  I let it steep for another 15 minutes.  Then I remove the garlic and add honey and lemon.  I slowly drink the tea while chewing on the clove of garlic.

I will admit that I smell like garlic for at least an hour after this…so I would not do it when headed out to an important appointment!

Now I am not going to say that this is indeed the cure for the common cold but so for the evidence has been compelling.  As the colds have lasted from 5 days to a week for my husband kids it has lasted less than 24 hours for me and has had considerably milder symptoms.

Now if I could just convince the rest of my family that the stinking rose really does make a beneficial…if not stinky tea!

So do you have a ‘cure’ for the common cold that you would like to share?

 

Kim can also be found at the inadvertent farmer where she raises organic fruits, veggies, critters, kids, and…a camel!

 

 

 

 

 

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This past fall I harvested a lot of my herbs for warming winter teas. I should have harvested them all summer long, but I got busy and forgot to do it until winter threatened, so I didn’t get as many as I wanted. When I harvest tea I carry a big bowl around with me and snip the fresh herbs. I keep them all separate in small paper bags that I’ve saved.

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I picked about 2 pounds of herbs for tea this winter as well as a few savory herbs for seasoning (I also like savory tea on occasion) and some medicinal herbs.

What herbs made it into my harvest bowl?
-Catmint
-Blue Stocking Bergamot
-Anise Hyssop
-Peppermint
-Mountain Mint
-Lemon Balm
-Chamomile
-Lavender
-Greek Oregano
-Fennel Seed
-Genovese Basil
-Broad Leafed Plantain
-Comfrey


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I’ve really been enjoying my chamomile that I harvested. I had one volunteer plant that I harvested a good amount of blossoms from earlier in the summer. These few flowers are from a plant I started later in the summer. For some reason I didn’t have much luck with my chamomile this past year, since I love chamomile tea I hope I have a better harvest this coming year! We’ve been drinking a lot of mint tea and I had my first cup of bergamot tea earlier this week as well. We weren’t able to grow all of the tea we drink, but hopefully if I can get a good chamomile harvest this year we’ll only have buy our favorite Traditional Medicinals Teas Lemon Echinacea and everything else will be homegrown.

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I also have a few potted herbs that I bring in as houseplants, these include: rosemary, lemon thyme, lemon verbena and chives. All of these we’ve been enjoying in our food this winter.

Do you dry herbs for seasoning & tea?

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