Herbs: What is Valerian?

Valerian is a root well known for its properties of calm the anxious and relax the sleepless.

Herbs: Lemongrass

Lemongrass is really a variety of hard grass, but is used as a herb for its refreshing lemon-minty flavour.

Spices: Fennel Seeds

Fennel Seeds look a bit like cumin seeds (or vise versa), but are plumper and greener. Their flavour is anise-like.

Indian Essentials: Tea for Rainy Weather or a Runny Nose | Ayurvedic Infusion | Pitta Tea

I like to drink a cuppa tea a day. It can be anything, white, green, brown, black. Fermented. Not. Herbal, spices or flowers. Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Ayurvedic. Gingery. Minty. Rosebuds. Dried apples. Dried mandarin skins. You name it, I drink it. I even grow it! (Lemongrass, lemon verbena, cardamon leaves, kaffir lime leaves, parsley, thyme, sage, rosemary.)

(Oh, apologies to my Indian friends. In India, Tea is Tea – real, proper, genuine tea. Anything else is something else. Here, “tea” means something, anything, that is infused