One of the things that happens to the people in my physical reality is expressions of my Mama Bear streak. (Admittedly, I say streak, Mister Tea would probably use a different word. In fact, I can hear him ranting in my head as I type this.)
This means I sort of keep a running tally of things that they seem to fight with, whether it be physical or mental. A background process in my brain will shift things around, allocating as needed to “intermittent,” “is sick,” and “standard operating mess.”
“Is sick” is easy. Mister Tea and I both (sometimes with chagrin) will often pipe up with “We have a tea for that.” Frankly, ‘Hershel’s Gift‘ is something we wish everyone we know had on hand.
“Intermittent” is often similar, other times those data points get set aside, to wait until they either seem to be interacting with or causing one of the standard things.
“Standard Operating Mess” – my response to this often ends up expressing itself as a tea. If it is a new condition, or one where there is often new research, I will dive into research mode first, and see what I can come up with. When I craft a tea this way, I try to tailor it to what I know of the person’s individual tastes and likes, as well as the medical needs.
Other times there isn’t much I can do, and I just create a tasty tea to their preference, in the hope that it will help with mood lightening.
PupofTea was the first person I met in real life that shared some of my passle of chronic illnesses and genetic conditions and…. it has been brilliant. I am deeply happy to know my spoonie friends on Twitter, but there is another level of grok that can occur when you are spending time with someone who understands the peculiar aspects of your day to day life.
I sometimes think we must look hilarious from the outside – as we mirthfully battle over who is more broken on a given day, and thus which of us will help the other. Or the times when one of us has dependable legs and the other dependable hands, and we jest about how, if we could just glue the functional bits together we could maybe create a single fully functional human being.
You can also bond over things like concurrent doom nausea. You may not believe me, but you definitely can.
As per usual, my mind took notes, as I got to know her, and as I came to a better understanding of her personal battlefields, I started formulating an idea for “at some point” blending.
During the chaos of the Houseguests from Hell, she ended up taking refuge here, and helping me with photos and tagging and watching me glaze over as she tried to give me a primer in Pinterest and Instagram. And drank tea. Happily subjected herself to my experiments with things – and when I finally asked if I could please make her a tea she said yes.
‘SereniTea: Sacred Space’ is the result. It is a mood tea, with some helpful anti-inflammatory herbs added in, for taste and for those particular properties.
There are several different versions of this tea. As with all our Turmeric teas, sometimes the Turmeric will be organic, sometimes it will be conventional. As that particular root is difficult to find to being with, we cannot always be certain of organic supply. Secondly, as St. John’s Wort doesn’t play well with a number of medications – most notably some forms of birth control, most psychiatric meds, and a particular class of pain-killers – we have a version that does not include that herb.
Organic Ingredients: Gunpowder Green Tea, Hawthorn Berries, Oatstraw, Rosehips, St. John’s Wort (or Lavender), Turmeric, Smoked Chili, Rose Petals
Batch Size: 4.4 ounces, approximately 40-50 cups of tea
Options: Loose Tea (Sample, Bag), Teabags
*St. John’s Wort interacts badly with many psychiatric meds and a smattering of meds for pain, and can interfere with birth control. Please consult with us and with your physician regarding medication lists.