August 14th, 2013

Chamomile with a Side Of Rose – Garden to Arrangements to a Cup of Tea


You could say I am a bit obsessed with both chamomile and roses, especially since moving to Portland.

Chamomile grows quite well in my garden with the mild springs and moisture. I planted one tiny plot three years ago and it self-seeded all over the place. And for roses, well, Portland isn’t called the city of roses for nothing. Read the rest of this entry »

August 6th, 2013

4 Weeks ‘Till Graduation and the Art of the Pre-Vacation


Technically I have 4 weeks of school until I graduate. But the vacation state of mind starts now!

Post-graduation time isn’t really a vacation. It is the start of the next chapter of my career and life. There is a bureaucratic loophole for all of us students which I intend to apply full therapeutic advantage to: it takes about 3 months for our license to practice acupuncture and East Asian medicine to be issued. I am going on 2 actual vacations during that time, so starting a part-time job isn’t feasible. It has been declared by every ounce of my spirit to be a vacation. Read the rest of this entry »

June 14th, 2013

Garden Tea

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Garden Tea, it’s so fresh and simple; wander around outside and harvest herbs, place them in a cup, cover with just boiled water, steep for 10-20 mins, strain and drink.

There isn’t a specific ratio, measurement or recipe, just pick sprigs of herbs and throw in a cup. I prefer a pint canning jar because it’s heat safe and makes a cold amount of tea.

After you pour your first cup of tea, keep adding boiled water and re-steeping. The flavor of the fresh herbs lasts longer than dried herbs. I can re-steep the tea at least 4 more times within 24 hours.

I added things I found outside my apartment to some dried herbs I had recently harvested:

  • Lemon Balm
  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint
  • Thyme
  • Bee Balm (Monarda)
  • Dried Rose petals
  • Dried Chamomile