Oh I am utterly and completely knackered today. Ben was awesome and took me to my favorite store, the oh so epic International 888, an Asian market the size of a small mall. It has everything, from food and tea to cooking hear and all the Joss paper. I love that place, but I have to go on a day when I have money and a day where I have nothing else to do. So, yours truly took some books to Half Priced Books and made $18 (woo, I am rich!) and then used that money to get Matcha candies. Also some other random stuff, and a pile of Wood Ear Mushrooms for soup. Fun aside, I am so annoyed at getting so worn out easily lately, something to talk to the Doc about.
So, tea time! Today we are taking a look at Buddha Teas Organic Sacral Chakra Tea, and herbal blend of Calendula, Dong Quai Root, Damiana Leaf, Burdock Root, Ginger Root, and Fennel Seeds. These ingredients are picked for unlocking creativity and balancing the Sacral Chakra, then these ingredients are infused with Moonstone essence, which is fun because moonstone is a beautiful stone. If the traditions of Chakras are to believed, yours truly has a blockage in the Sacral Chakra, specifically a god awful monthly curse and lately I have been utterly exhausted all the time, so lets see if this tea helps. The aroma is pretty potent, a blend of spiciness and earthiness, warming spice notes from the ginger and fennel and lots of root-like earthiness from the roots. I am a huge fan of that earthy aroma of various dried roots, I find them comforting, but at times worrisome because root teas can be incredibly bitter if the blend is off.
Into the teacup the bag goes, as much as I love gongfu style tea, and all my various tea baskets and pots, being able to steep and toss a bag once in a while, especially when I am really tired, is refreshing. The aroma of the tea is still super earthy, mixing soil and roots, warming spices, and a touch of herbaceous fresh leaves. The finish is a super strong kick of ginger at the finish.
Brace yourself people, this is a potent pile of herbs! It starts out with a potent warming kick of ginger and sweet note of fennel. This moves right along into roots, it is like falling into a pile of freshly turned soil and newly dug up roots. A slightly bitter and very earthy blend dances in my mouth, combining this heavy earthiness with a fiery warmth from the ginger. This tea makes me feel very relaxed and tingly, that same feeling you get when sinking into a hot bath or snuggling under a hot fuzzy blanket. I could see myself drinking this before sleep, it is super relaxing, and I seem to need that as of late.