"Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage." - Okakura KaKuzo, The Book of Tea 1906
Herbs. At CHI, we plant them everywhere. They are beautiful, smell delicious (mostly) and attract an array of beneficial insects. There are certain nutrients and biochemicals from the botanical world that are able to relieve, heal, even cure our bodies and our minds. For centuries herbs have been used as medicine. Today, most pharmaceuticals have been extracted, synthesized or derived from plants.
It is useful to have a range on hand to make exotic blends for a variety of flavours, to treat specific ailments and to relieve or enhance moods. A good starting collection includes: milk thistle, dandelion, jasmine, chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, spearmint, peppermint, bergamot, basil, rosemary, sage, elder, thyme, lemon verbena, borage, marigold, comfrey and rose hip.
There is nothing better than a cup of herbal tea straight from the vine.