Hiatus – With Kukicha

Hi!  I have been away for a couple of weeks and thought I would check in.

We are finally executing a major project at work and I have been putting in many, many hours there (about 16 hours per day plus weekends).    I have one more week of this project to go, and then it’s “out of the frying pan, into the fire” into a new project that is just kicking off.   That will also be quite hectic for a few more weeks until I can get all the parts and pieces sorted enough to fall into a manageable cadence.

If I am lucky, I may still get to take vacation in a couple of weeks.  My birthday is coming up and since I didn’t get to take Thanksgiving vacation, I have a week of carry-over to use up.  With the start of a new project,  I am not sure if I will be able to take it or not — but I hope so (although I haven’t even had time to think about a plan for what I would like to do, so I can get any supplies ordered ahead of time).

All these hours of work have left me exhausted and feeling decidedly un-creative.   I have just been taking it easy for the few hours I do get to myself.

Tonight, I am trying to relax, but since I have an early day tomorrow, I didn’t want to relax with a tea containing a lot of caffeine.   I can’t afford to lie awake in bed all night trying to fall asleep.   So I reached for a new (to me) tea called Kukicha.   It has a very low caffeine content and is considered a “winter tea”, so it seemed like a great fit! Continue reading “Hiatus – With Kukicha”

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Give Me Strength! An herbal tisane blend

I’ve been a bit under the weather this week.  My husband brought home a cold last week and despite my body valiantly trying to ward it off, the virus finally won sometime around Tuesday.

On top of that, I had the week from hell at work.  It was really terrible, especially with being sick.

As if that weren’t enough, I was supposed to have the week off for vacation (it is Thanksgiving this week in the US), but due to the aforementioned hell at work — everyone’s vacation is cancelled.    Therefore, my much-needed rest and relaxation will have to be put on hold and I will have to put in more hours and energy at work for another month or two until this project wraps up.

All this has left me feeling depleted and a bit moody.   My cold is finally starting to fade away, but I am lacking energy and vigor. Continue reading “Give Me Strength! An herbal tisane blend”

Teas and Tisanes – Tasty Experiments – Ten Free Recipes

I didn’t feel much like doing anything too crafty today.  I am getting ready to go back to work tomorrow because my vacation is sadly over. 😦

Instead of making soap, lotions, sewing or doing any of that stuff, I decided to dip into my herb stash and do some experiments of the tasty kind.

I don’t have any tea drinkers in my family, so this was “just for me”.   However, I wanted to make them look pretty too, just in case I do find a tea drinker, so I could have a presentable gift for them.

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Mellow Friday Tisane

What a week I had!  We closed down a big project at work and are getting ramped up for the next one.  It was busy!  Now I am happy that the weekend is here so I can relax and have some fun (but first I need to calm down and re-focus).

 

I bought some more whole oat tops and chamomile from Mountain Rose Herbs, so I had to re-package them into a bigger jar.   As I was doing that, I got inspired to make a nice, mellow, relaxing tisane to start out my weekend right!   If I rest well tonight, then tomorrow I can have all day to play! Continue reading “Mellow Friday Tisane”

Luna – A Sleep Tisane

Many people (myself included) suffer from insomnia.  People take sleeping pills, meditate, take hot baths, drink milk, and try all sorts of remedies thought to help induce the elusive sleep state. Some of us have tried all these things and find only marginal, if any, relief from them.

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Tea Parts Calculator

Like many people, I suppose, I am basically lazy.  I don’t like to do repetitive tasks, especially when they can be easily automated.

When making herbal teas / tisanes, you often have to take the step of converting “parts” to measurements.   This can be tedious.   Luckily, it is a simple math formula that is easily automated with MS-Excel. Continue reading “Tea Parts Calculator”

Herbal Cough and Lung Tisane

It has been years (over 10 years) since we have been sick around here.   A few weeks ago we came down with a cold and even now, I am still suffering from a bad cough.

I have tried everything to stop this dry hacking cough.  This isn’t the first tea I have tried either, but I have to keep trying until I find something that works.

Of course, when buying my herbs a couple of months ago, I saw wild cherry bark, noted that it was for coughs, and then promptly failed to add it to my shopping car because “we’re never sick”. Continue reading “Herbal Cough and Lung Tisane”