Tea is awesome in the morning. White, green, black, red, puh-er, flower, herbal, heck hot lemon and water; doesn’t matter what kind of tea you like. Yes different teas have different qualities. Just pick one that you like and preferably without too much sugar. Tea is associated with China because the leaves used from Camellia sinensis is an evergreen shrub native to Asia. fresh tea.jpg

What you may not know is tea is the original prescription in Oriental Medicine. Tea or “tang” means decoction. Different herbs were gathered together in a recipe and tossed in according to their properties. There is a chemistry that happens when you allow things to steep in hot water. This chemistry was the basis of Chinese herbal formulas. This is why a Chinese herbalist has to control an eye roll when we are asked what herb is best for….

So in your search for perfect mornings have some tea. Doesn’t matter what kind. Luckilyy for you, tea has a ton of health benefits. Studies have found that some teas may help with cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, encourage weight loss, lower cholesterol, helps digestion, bring about mental alertness, and it has antimicrobial qualities. My favorite tea I make at home I call Juju. (cause its a little bit of magic in a cup). It’s made with fresh not dried ingredients. YES fresh ingredients, it makes a huge difference in flavor and medicinal property. In a stock pot (spaghetti pot) bring fresh water to a low boil toss in:

  • 2-3 inches of fresh ginger sliced
  • 1-2 chinese date
  • 1-2 whole pieces of astragalus

extra ingredient possibilities include:

  • fresh lemon grass (1 stalk)
  • garlic (for tea I like flowers and stalks use what you got)
  • dang gui (1 piece)
  • gou qi zi berries (small handful)

Bring this to a boil then simmer for at least 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and add;

  • 1 cup fresh basil ripped
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint ripped
  • 1/2 fresh lemon juice and peel
  • pinch of salt

Let the last ingredients sit in your tea for 3-5 and suck it down. If you are sick you can use bone broth instead of water. #getpoked

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