Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Five Element Tea




The Feast of Achelous by Peter Paul Rubens

All life has been created from the same pool of genes, different life forms having different sets with many common ones across different life forms that inhabit our planet. Humans share some genes with sheep and numerous other animals. It is not surprising therefore that they tend to exhibit some of the same behavior. Thus when someone started to drink the tea that most humans do, most others followed ditto. It is an excellent brew but that does not mean that there are not other leaves, flowers, fruits, barks and roots that cannot make an excellent cup when dried and used similarly.

This blog has described several other leaves and flowers that can lead to an excellent cup. Presently a Five Element Tea is described here that includes equal amounts by volume of dried  root, bark, flower, leaf and fruit of different plants, all known for their health giving properties for most and such a tea consisting of these five components of the plant world is named as the five element tea. The concept has been adapted from  a reference to it in Ayurveda. Many different five element tea mixes are possible using different health promoting herbs and flowers described in this blog or elsewhere but presently one mix is suggested here  that is easy to prepare at home using the following. Such teas are not available in the market

Root –  Crushed Ashwagandha roots
Bark – Cinnamon, crush into bits smaller in size than a quarter inch approximately
Leaves – Green tea leaves
Flower – Dried red rose petals and buds, preferably the scented variety
Fruit – Crushed almonds

Ashwagandha roots can be found in Ayurvedic medicine stores. Dried roses are found in many herbal stores too including Ayurvedic herbal stores or one can dry one’s own by spreading out some on a sheet in shade and leaving until dry in a few days. A vegetable drier may also be used to quicken the drying. Mix equal amounts by volume of the five and store in a jar. This tea is prepared by bringing water to boil, adding a level tablespoon of the mix per cup, let boil for two to three minutes (It needs this as opposed to ordinary tea that merely requires brewing). Transfer contents to a tea pot for serving or strain directly into cups.  Sweeten with a spoonful of honey. Do not add milk but half a tea spoon of flaked almonds may be added if you like. A cup or two of this tea per day is likely to promote good health and happiness for most. If you have knowledge of herbal medicine and know of a replacement for any of the five components of tea suggested here, go ahead and use it as a replace any to prepare your own personal mix. If you are in the tea business feel free to use the term by adding your name or name of your business to it e.g. Mirchees's five element tea,  but do give credit this blog or blogger. 


Thursday, February 4, 2016

State of the Human




Parts of the planet we all share are amazingly beautiful. Mother earth has filled it with beautiful mountains, forests, fields of numerous grasses that soothe the soul and feed the stomach, wild flowers, springs, streams, lakes and rivers of clear water, trees with beautiful foliage that bring forth fruits of diverse sweet flavors and flowers through the seasons. The air mother earth provided for all her children to breathe is pure and father universe sends forth warm rays of sunshine most days when he is not busy watering the fields and forests. On this lovely beautiful planet of ours grow lovely flowers that delight the heart and assorted foods that are extremely delicious and nourishing.

Yet despite all this, there is only a small fraction of humans on the planet that enjoy bounties of nature in peace and happiness to the sweet song of birds that sing for them all through their lives. Many in fact are busy creating misery for each others, many driven out of their homes as refugees while others starve, some to death. Many live in cities with air that burns the throat and hurts the eyes, water that makes one sick unless a bomb falls from the sky and kills one off sooner.

What might be the spiritual cause of this misery for so many? It is not far to seek dear friends. A human charged with greed and pride is not satisfied with what mother has provided for free. They hanker for more and exploit each other and even perpetuate violence on each other for the same. The misery they perpetuate on themselves and each other is a direct consequence of this greed, pride and violence. When a soul establishes itself once again in love, truth and simplicity then it becomes worthy once more for enjoying what mother earth truly wishes for all.

A time of widespread wickedness may come when there is no option left for mother earth and father universe to call it quits for most. Souls from present and past, from the very beginning shall then be resurrected and gathered so that the planet becomes crowded with billions of humans for a while, ready for that Day of Judgment,

A day to sort the good fruit from the rest that have gone rotten 
for throwing into the deep dark pit that has no bottom. 

That time does appear to be at hand dear friends for we exceed seven billion in number already and only a few more remain to be resurrected.