| LEMON BALM TEA | Lemon balm, also known as Melissa because of its botanical name Melissa officinalis, is an essential herb for calming the nerves—in particular, those involved with digestion. Many people suffer from various sensitivities in the gut, with complicated and confusing misdiagnoses involved. What’s often behind these problems are nerve endings that have become hypersensitive around the digestive organs. Nerves play a role in much of the digestive distress we experience in this day and age. For instance, inflamed phrenic nerves (which control the diaphragm and therefore influence the stomach) and vagus nerves (which run through the diaphragm and govern the stomach and digestion) are sometimes behind digestive sensitivities, as are nerves that connect the spine and digestive tract.
If someone’s stomach or intestines are irritated for no identifiable reason, it’s usually due to sensitive nerves. One common occurrence is that a food (even something very easy to digest) rubs against the lining of the intestinal tract, which causes someone with sensitive nerves to feel discomfort. Nerve sensitivities can also trigger symptoms such as nausea, loss of appetite, and a sudden urgency to eliminate when nervous. Lemon balm is a gift from God and Mother Nature to deal with our frazzling world; it’s wonderful for addressing all of these situations with its soothing properties, which come from bioactive phytochemicals such as undiscovered alkaloids that calm the nerve receptors at the digestive tract so that the nerves become less sensitized and inflammation reduces. This makes lemon balm a valuable herb for stress assistance.
And lemon balm doesn’t stop there. It is a heal-all, with a high contribution factor to almost every part of the body. Extremely high in trace minerals such as boron, manganese, copper, chromium, molybdenum, selenium, and iron, lemon balm also has large amounts of the macromineral silica. Plus it’s a B12-conserving herb—which means that it monitors your stores of this vitamin and keeps your body from using it all up.⬇️MORE INFO + RECIPE BELOW⬇️
1950s Liu An Sun Yishun tea. This tea was brewed 2.33grams in a 950ml thermos for 1/2 hour and then a second steeping at another 1/2 hour. I am currently brewing a third infusion for 5 hours. The first infusion was deep and early with a very fine sweetness. The second infusion was very light and the earthiness was gone. We were left with a very sweet brew that was very delicious. It leaves a sweet taste in the mouth that is very lasting. I got this tea from @ageteainmycup . Varat has a puer blog and has an article on this tea that is very interesting, so check it out. Very happy to try this tea. #tea
My common space sanctuary. I live in a full house of homies. I’ve noticed that having a desk I can come to is crucial for tea ceremonies, journaling, food prep, reading, making lists, meditating, gathering myself for the day etc. Its like a tiny landing pad that is out of the way of others. This is a place I can also bring my messes if I didn’t have time to clean before leaving the house. Every roomie has a place like this in the living space, and I find it to be a fabulous system! Do you live with roomies what works for you? Like and leave a comment below if it’s true! Would love to hear about it how you do your do in the home space too! #puerteabasket#adamingrampainting#feathers#aloevera#selenite#dreamcatcher#art