At one point two of the people I lived with shared a couple of diagnoses. One was adult ADHD, the other was bipolar disorder. Neither one particularly liked the roller coaster ride of psychiatric medications, but they also found dealing with things without help difficult.
After a lot of observation and research, I decided to try blending a tea to assist.
In the formulation of this particular blend, I was aiming for helping people to find a balance, and easier clarity of both thoughts and emotions.
The primary herb in this tea is Motherwort. It acts, in part, as a mood regulator, and is one of the most effective anti-anxiety herbs I have worked with. Emotional extremes can often be a trigger for anxiety, and when that happens, it often helps to exacerbate the original emotional state. Calming enough to be able to be able to think through what is troubling you can help a great deal. Motherwort is also a heart tonic, and helps to mitigate the physiological effects of increased amounts of adrenaline and anxiety.
Rosemary and Sage are both known to enhance mental clarity, with Rosemary having the additional benefit of improving memory. They are both soothing to the nerves, with Sage also acting as a mild muscle relaxant, allowing them to assist with easing both physical and mental tension. Rosemary also acts as a gentle heart tonic herb.
Orange Peel was my nutritive choice for this tea. It is a good source of both C and B. The first the body can’t store, and some of what it is used for effects mood. A deficiency in the second has been linked to a number of mood disorders, and there is a common lack of sufficient quantity of it i the modern diet.
Lastly, we come to Cinnamon. Its primary purpose in this tea is to increase the speed at which the other herbs can start to help. It also has a warming and stimulating effect on the body overall, and for many people it is a comforting taste and smell.
When they remembered to drink it, this tea was pronounced useful and tasty by both roomates, and has assisted others since.
The naming of the tea was an amusing process. Mini-brainstorming session provoked a Eureka! moment. We’d been thinking about Firefly and discussing it earlier in the day, and Mister Tea suddenly exclaimed, “It takes you from River to Book!”
We include this tea in our sets of tea for Browncoats because it did turn out to be a truly tasty tea.
Now for the basics:
Organic Ingredients: Rosemary, Sage, Cinnamon, Orange Peel, Motherwort
Batch Weight: 2 ounces (30-40 cups of tea)
Options: Loose Tea (Sample, Bag, Jar, Tin), Teabags
*Due to the combination of herbs in this tea, it should not be used medicinally during pregnancy, or while nursing. We have a separate blend, “Logan’s Elixer,” for children. Also, as Cinnamon is a variable strength blood thinner, if you are taking medications for that purpose, please check with your doctor before regularly drinking this tea.
** I am not a doctor. The FDA (along with other governmental agencies) has not recognized any of this as fact. We do draw on science as well as tradition, but the path from research proving efficacy to formalized treatment is a long and complicated one. (Especially since plants can’t really be patented.) None of the information contained in these pages is intended to diagnose, treat, or cure disease from a medical standpoint.
***I am not a psychologist or psychiatrist. No mood tea that I formulate is directly intended to replace any psychiatric medication. If you are taking any form of psychiatric medication, you should consult both me and your doctor before drinking one of our SereniTeas. The side effects and contraindications for practically all psychiatric meds are long and complicated, and I really prefer to look into them before suggesting a tea.
**** We are not officially attached to or licensed by or otherwise involved with any of the official agencies of the fandoms we homage. If any of these agencies have an issue with our teas, please let us know, and we will work things out.