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My childhood might seem like it was based on “Little House On The Prairie”. I grew up on the plains of southern Minnesota, played in a sunny creek, and climbed apple trees. My family tended a huge garden full of raspberries, peas, lettuce, potatoes, and anything else we could get to grow in the rich, black soil. We canned and preserved produce all summer long, and ate the result of our hard work all throughout the winter. Our herb garden furnished all sorts of plants for seasoning and for medicinal purposes, and the bookshelves in our house contained guides on herbalism, homesteading, and the like.
It should come as no surprise, then, that I grew up with a healthy understanding of the benefits of plants and herbs for our bodies. When I got a bug bite, I’d chew a plantain leaf I plucked from the yard and slap the leaf-slime onto the affected area… I stuck garlic cloves in my ears if I had an earache… I’d drink echinacea tea if I was sick.
The wonder I felt as a child at the capacity of nature to heal human bodies has only deepened as I’ve grown older. I’ve touched healing plants in the jungles of South America and Southeast Asia alike. I’ve dug turmeric roots out of the ground, and peeled the bark off a cinnamon tree. Experiences like this help me to maintain a connection with and a respect for the food that I eat, which I think is very important as a conscious consumer.
I live in a sea of concrete, currently, with very little greenery around, but I escape as often as I can to nature. Recently I got to take a camping trip here in the Philippines to a little valley between two mountains. For a blissful two days I ate food fresh from the gardens of a nearby eco initiative, drank hot, fresh ginger tea, and breathed the clean air deeply.
When I can’t get to nature, I make sure that I still nourish my body with healing plants. I pay a bit extra for organic veggies at the market and eat mostly plants every day. Fresh herbs are difficult to find in my neighborhood, but thankfully I have a huge supply of my Numi tea to get me by. Moroccan Mint for stomach aches, Ginger Lemon for when I start to feel a bit of sickness coming on, turmeric teas to support the health of my admittedly fragile gut. ;-)
I want to expand my knowledge of the healing properties of tea itself, this year… and maybe even visit a tea-growing farm! I’ll always be fascinated by the science and ritual of growing things and using them to heal.