Already the vernal equinox is behind us, and we have sprung forward into daylight savings time. Spring ephemerals scatter themselves along the landscape, enchanting it and us with their variance of colors and fragrances. It is both officially and obviously a new season.
The days are becoming longer and warmer, but the evenings and early mornings continue to cling to a leftover chill. These lingering cooler temperatures can serve to remind us to go slow and that transitions occur over time. For this, (both the chill and the slowing,) there is no better cure nor companion than a steaming mug of herbal tea.
Consider the following:
Ingredients: a little roughly chopped turmeric root, a little more ginger root, and a spoonful of pure, local honey. As well as the delightful, almost pungent taste of mild spice, these tubers possess an array of healthful properties. Substitute honey for real maple syrup for an earthier, caramel flavor, or add lemon for citrus and zest.
Preparation: Heat a kettle of water and add roots, steeping (and re-steeping) as long as you like (minimum of five minutes), strain liquid into a cup and sweeten to taste. Set aside time and space for its enjoyment and employ as many of your senses as possible as long as it lasts, observing the numerous benefits to both body and mind.