Tea with Ainee
Teatime with ainee has just one more walk for charity to complete and that would be AIDS Walk with The AIDS Action Committee. I will be happiest with this walk behind me because my nerves are brittle for some reason or another. Anyhow, I had not been to the Boston Public Library in a long while and as I was in Boston last week, I took the time to visit their bookshelves and found this latest read (Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty), not to my liking unfortunately, but it does have some mention of having tea.
“A healer’s power stems not from any special ability, but from maintaining the courage and awareness to embody and express the universal healing power that every human being naturally possesses.”
Spotting of Teapots while in Rockport, MA at a sports card shop of all places.
A day was spent wondering around in Rockport, MA and while there I impulsively asked to visit this Asian Art shop along Bear Skin Neck; I did not take the time to notice the name of the shop. I am sorry to say. Anyhow, this shop had many teacups and teapots set and several boxes of tea: Oolong Tea, Jasmine Tea, White Tea and I did not dig further as they may have had Pu-erh Teas as well. This was an impromptu /unexpected find in Rockport, MA.
I have made mention of this natural health and alternative medicine course taken this year and what it means to me: one is to adhere to things made (derived) of the earth and not chemicals manufactured in labs; yet they are needed as well. For me there must always be that cup of tea to fix what ails me; most of the time this works and when it does not I surrender to the drugs that physicians might dispense before me by way of a prescription..—Tea with Ainee
The Alternative Health program, that I studied, many books were used and I wish to review and discuss a bit of the book title: The American Holistic Medical Association Guide to Holistic Health by Larry Trivieri, Jr., and The American Holistic Medical Association.
This book provides healing therapies for optimal wellness. Its spectrum focuses on the unifying themes and distinctive features of health systems around the world and across the ages. It is a resource book for individuals interested in their personal well being, as well as for health professionals who wants to deepen what they know of holistic medicine.
One of this book’s main focus is on the selection of a Practitioner, because many of those purporting to be naturopathic physicians posses only a mail-order or correspondence degrees, one of the most important steps anyone can take in choosing to explore naturopathic medicine is to work only with a licensed practitioner who is also a member of AANP. To locate AANP-Sanctioned N.D.s, contact the AANP at:
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 300
McLean, Virginia 22102
Phone: (703) 610-9037
One section of more importance to myself was on Botanical Medicine…which is derivative of plant-base substances. More commonly known as herbal medicine, botanical medicine represents one of the oldest forms of healing and has been employed by nearly all world cultures since the beginning of recorded history.
Today, botanical medicine is one of the largest and fastest-growing components of holistic medicine, largely due to increasing public interest in alternative self-care measures, and not to mentioned the consumer’s concern about drug-induced side effects.
Some examples of conventional medicines that derives from plants are: aspirin, digitalis, quinine, morphine, Taxol, AZT and reserpine. Herbs and herbal remedies are available in most retail outlets in the United States; with supermarkets accounting for most of this rapid growth in the mainstream supplement market.
Forms of Botanical Medicine
Botanical medicines are available in a variety of forms with various degrees of effectiveness. The most common commercial forms are whole herbs and powders, teas, capsules and tablets, tinctures, herbal extracts, essential oils, and balms and ointments.
Whole herbs and powders consist of all part of herbs that have been cut and powdered. Herbs in this form are most often sold in bulk by herbal retailers and health food stores.
Herbal Teas represent one of the most popular forms of herbal medicine and are now commercially available in mainstream drugstores and grocery chains, in addition to health food stores. Commercial teas are sold in the form of tea bags, as well as in loose powder form. One of the simplest forms of herbal teas is known as an infusion, which is prepared by steeping dried or fresh herbs in boiling water. Infusions are effective means of using herbs such as chamomile, rose hips, and herbs from the mint family.
This reminds me of the Aubrey GPB Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner Rosemary Peppermint Conditioner that I purchased while at The Nutrition Source store. This conditioner nourishes and strengthens for full, shiny, healthy hair. I guess I will have to wait and experience it more to see such results. My hair did feel cleaner and seem healthy with not as much breakage. Learn more of the Aubrey (All-Natural Ingredients) products at www.aubrey-organics.com
Essential Oils are another favorite of mine; as they are very popular in the United States due to the increasing interest in aromatherapy. Essential oils are made from distilled essences of various plants parts, and are applied externally and are usually diluted in water or carrier oil, due to their high concentration.
I recently acquired some Pure Essential Lavender Oil from this Estheticians who’s Dynamic Facials & Massage I have made use of when I have the money for this luxury. I add a bit of the oil to lotions that I keep nearby for my dry skin and tired muscles for all the walking that I do.
I selected to make mention of this Guide Book to Holistic Health because it is something that many of us practice daily with our day to day routine without realizing perhaps the scope of plants medicine, mind-and-body medicine, Chinese medicine, Acupuncture, Yoga bodywork, Ayurvedic medicine, Homeopathy medicine, Nutritional medicine, Naturopathy medicine and much more. What we naturalist takes for granted from having being brought up to live and learn from nature; others spend many years / decades even to master and obtain license to become practitioners.
So my visit to The Nutrition Source is another example of knowing where to go and find what I need to get me going per se.
Favorite examples of Herbalist and their practitioners can be met at: Herbstalk in June, held each year at the Armory in Somerville, MA. It is an event worth attending if this is of further interest http://herbstalk.org/
Another Book in Review:
Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty
Nothing stays buried in the Big Easy…
Zoë Norris is the main character of this novel and her task is a writer of travel guides for the undead. She is most efficient at this because she has an uncanny ability to speak to the cities she is writing about. Ms. Norris was most successful with The Shambling Guide to New York City, Zoë with the help of new team are sent to New Orleans to write another travel guide book; while there the challenge will be to stay alive and finish of this sequel.
There seems to be a war of sort waging on between vampires and zombies throughout this book and I found this one section that explains it best. There is a choice to be made and for this victim he chose to be a vampire. “Arthur looked at the vampire. “I think that would be all right”, he said. “If you’ll have me.”… “I am going one way or another. Vampires don’t rot and they don’t lose their shit if they don’t eat. At least, not as bad as zombies. If I have to choose, I choose vampire.”
“OK, you made the tea in the kitchen, right? She walked to the kitchen without waiting for him to answer.”
“Arthur had grudgingly accepted it as long as Ben promised a lifetime supply of the herbs.”
“Why would she need Zoëtist herbs?”
“She went to the cupboard where he kept tea and coffee, which stood ajar, and opened it wider. The tin Arthur kept his herbs in wasn’t there.”
“She wished she had packed some of the teas she had gotten from Granny Good Mae, but she had run out. Since she had gone several weeks without getting injured in a coterie encounter she kept forgetting to find a new supplier.”
“Zoë busied herself with the tea—thank goodness the supernatural beings could confirm that it was simply chamomile grown in the Doyenne’s garden, downstream from where the golem had tried to kill Reynard.”
I visited one of my favorite shops to purchase some much needed Iron supplements and some other items and I got several free samples of this Calcium Plus packets. Several magazines and two CD’s from this shop….The Nutrition Source of Boylston, MA.
Ionic Fizz Calcium Plus, Raspberry-Lemon flavor from Pure Essence Labs; is perfect mixture of calcium/magnesium ratio with every co-factor needed for strong bones. Provides superior absorption.
Natural Calm Sweet Lemon Flavor by Natural Vitality is a relaxing magnesium supplement which is good for Anti-Stress as it balances your calcium intake by restoring healthy magnesium levels. This I purchased from The Nutrition Source as well.
A delicious living supplement magazine
“The Way to Vibrant Health” with Lindsey Duncan, ND, CN is a free CD that I received during my visit to The General Nutrition Source shop. The CD is for learning about toxins in the air, water, food & intestines. You can learn about the unique benefits of Noni 100, 4Total Cleanse, 4Digestion, 4anti-oxidation, 4total nutrition, 4energy and much more.
Açaí is “The Treasure of the Amazon” CD that I received as well and this is from Natural Living Network providing an interview with Dr. Lindsey Duncan, ND, CN.
Reading is something that I have always done and I am happy that at times I can share my thoughts and readings within this blog. It truly is to be representative of my health and state of mind. A quest has led me here, now I am graying and frail unliken to when I had a humble dwelling and I could walk and walk and get back to it and report of my day and the energy found on some long road in Methuen, MA where this Teawithainee began. My lost and shame is my own. With this Memorial Weekend Holiday behind me and summer is to be encroaching upon us; unfortunately for today is another day of rain and grayness. I have enjoyed a hot cup of Ionic Fizz’s Calcium Plus this morning and I just made for myself a cup of Natural Vitality Sweet Lemon Flavor of Natural Calm, anti-stress drink. No matter, let’s keep the warmth alive!
Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!