As I wrote a few weeks ago, our last guinea pig is now gone. The library/office was once also my craft/sewing room, but I gave that up 7 years ago so that our small herd of cavies could have a comfy home. We built them a cage that took up nearly an entire wall in the library, and it went through many renovations involving adding ramps and upper levels. It was great fun. Now that the cage has been dismantled, I am reclaiming my craft/sewing space and redoing the whole room. I am in the process of deciding on a paint color- it's a tough choice. I've narrowed it down to two opposite colors; one is bright, creative and artsy-fartsy, the other subdued and relaxing. The one I like best keeps changing, depending on what mood I'm in.
I am also looking for a new desk. After using a right-handed desk for 25 years this lefty has had enough! I've been shopping around and found something at IKEA that would work. But I don't really love anything I have seen at the furniture stores. I love old things. I love things with a history. So I've started browsing around at antique shops. I think I could live in one. I never knew how much fun antiquing is. Those who know me may be shocked- this could actually turn me into a shopper! While I was looking at old shelves, tables and cubbies that could be used for yarn storage, I came across the awesome tea strainer spoon in the photo above. For the sum of $3.81 I got the coolest tea accessory ever. Even though I made no progress on shopping for the room, I came home extremely happy and made myself a cup of tea.
There's nothing like a cup of herbal tea to relax and warm you on a cold winter evening. My favorite is chamomile, it is soothing and relaxing before bed. It's great alone or mixed with rosehips, valerian, or a little freshly grated ginger. It helps to induce sleep, is anti-inflammatory and soothes digestion. Rosehips are a great source of vitamin c. and valerian helps to induce sleep and relieve headaches. Ginger can also help with migraines, is anti-inflammatory and relieves nausea.
Herbal teas can be drunk simply for culinary pleasure. To get the most medicinal benefits from herbs, let them steep at least 10-20 minutes, the longer the better. It's fun to get creative and come up with your own favorite blends.
As Hippocrates said, "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food." Herbs and spices have healing and cancer fighting properties and a variety of them should be consumed each day. Turmeric, onions, garlic, black pepper, cinnamon and ginger all get regular news headlines because of their health promoting qualities. But did you know that rosemary may stop genetic mutations leading to cancer, and paprika is anti-inflammatory? Cloves are nutrient dense and anti-inflammatory. Peppermint is full of vitamin c, manganese and beta-carotene and has been shown to stop the growth of pancreatic and liver tumors as well as stopping the growth of bacteria including h.pylori, e.coli, and MRSA.
Adding a cup or two of herbal tea to your diet each day is a simple, delicious way to increase your intake of these health promoting substances.
My posting over the next week or two may be sporadic. I am still removing things from the walls, and must remove all of the books from the bookshelves in order to move the bookshelves and get at the walls. It is amazing how much stuff will fit in a small room! Once I get to the actual painting I won't have computer access for a while. But I really look forward to getting this room reorganized and useful. Then I may enjoy a cup of herbal tea in it.