Well, since it is February and my goldenrod looks like this:
I will have to work with the limited supply of leaves that I saved last year. I would love to do some long term infusion tasting, especially since I feel it will be very beneficial for me this time of year, but I know I don’t have enough plant material saved up right now.
I am really looking forward to working with her more deeply when she wakes up this Spring. For now, though, here is what I have to chart for a week:
Each day as you drink this infusion (you don’t have to drink it all at once, you can drink it over the course of the day), pay attention and write in your journal about the following:
1. how you feel before you drink it
2. how you feel while you are drinking it
3. how you feel 30 minutes after drinking it
4. what your herbal ally tastes like
5. any after tastes
6. what it feels like going down, if you can feel any part of you opening, such as your chest, lungs, heart, or more peripheral
7. notice if it is drying (think banana peels) or moistening to your mouth…does it make you pucker or make you drool?
8. does it warm you up (think ginger, cinnamon, cayennes) or cool you down (think cucumbers, avocados)
Continue doing this every day for a week and record your experience every day. At the end of the week, review your past 7 days’ experiences and write a summary of your experience with your ally.
Did anything change for you over the course of the week?
Did you find a bad tasting herb start to taste better?
Did you find your senses sharpened over the course of the week to your reactions?
Did you notice any changes in your body such as energy changes, appetite changes, digestion changes, etc? *Read entire instructional post from Kristina* *Note to reader: I am posting these instruction segments for your benefit; if you would like to follow our experiences more closely, please go to Kristina’s Herbal Ally Challenge page and keep up with all of us there. *
Day 1: okay, what did I just do? <–Just kidding
I steeped about a dozen dried leaves for a tea. Before I drank it I was achy and crampy because of Wummin Bizness. I made some chocolate (unsweetened chocolate, rose infused honey, and a little bit o’ cayenne) hoping I would feel a little better, but I still feel like chit. I steeped the goldenrod leaves for about 20 minutes. I didn’t use enough to make a strong tea; it was very mild; I’ll use more leaves next time. It did taste slightly astringent and was warming. It was pleasant, and I think a stronger tea will taste better. I didn’t use any sweetener so I could get a true taste. I felt a slight tingling in my sinus area and my tummy eased after 15 minutes or so. Still crampy/heavy feeling in my stomach, but I feel better.
Observations from the rest of the week: <–I can’t imagine you would want to read every day’s notes. LOL
I made my teas significantly stronger and they had a fragrance that was reminiscent of uncooked fish. Yeah, I know, I really don’t know how else to describe it. Not NASTY uncooked fish… I guess you just have to handle dead fish to know the smell I am talking about. LOL
And the taste was a combination of aromatic/bitter. It’s like a bitter perfume is hanging out on one’s taste buds. After a while, though, it tastes pretty good! hahahaha *Reminds me of the joke about Jerry Clower’s story about the dog who ate turnip greens.*
The stronger teas made a huge impression on my sinuses; I don’t know how to explain it except it felt “clearing”. I also found myself having to go to the bathroom more often throughout the day. I have felt a bit of a mood shift as well this week. Most February days you would find me a bit melancholy and wishing desperately for the sunshine (I don’t mind shivering me timbers to get some sun on my skin). I never get really down, but I do get a little bit of cabin fever and start hunting for a tanning bed *I know, I know… and you thought I was perfect. Sigh*
That sounds like a fabulous theme for 2011.
Next week I will work on weeks 4 and 5: Impressions and Vinegars.
~May you walk in peace and beauty.