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.