Nectar of the Gods
My prolific lemon balm happily survived “the winter of our discontent.” Yes, I’m glad to see my mint is a-bloom, one of the earliest reminders that spring is here.
At the farm, this weekend Robin snipped a handful of the minty green leaves from our herb garden. I was still in my pjs and fuzzy slippers as I watched her pour boiling water over the leaves. In minutes we had a cuppa of piping hot, lemony tea.
Tea to Swoon Over
Mint tea has only recently shown up on my gastronomic scanner. Now I’m wanting to plant other varieties, such as: spearmint, orange mint, chocolate mint, and peppermint.
In addition to its great flavor, the drink also comes with physical and mental benefits. The herbal brew is known to sooth the soul and stomach and relieve stress—a perfect potion for a post-pandemic era.
Even the Mad Hatter enjoyed the sprightly flavor of tea, as did Pooh, the beloved little bear of our childhood. My favorite herbal tea drinker was Uncle Wiggly, a gentleman rabbit, who nursed his rheumatism with great quantities made from leaves grown in his garden.
Little Sips of Happiness
Mint tea has got to be the world’s easiest to brew. Pick the fresh green leaves (4-5 large stalks), put both leaves and stalks in a pre-warmed teapot and pour 4 cups of boiling water over the whole shebang. Cover and leave herbs adrift for 5 minutes—or more, if greater strength is desired.
Hit the brew with a bit of honey, sugar, milk, or not, as you like—though I enjoy it best au natural.
“You can’t buy happiness, but you can brew tea, and that’s kinda the same thing.”