Coffee or Tea?

I have loved coffee since I was a teenager. Of course, back then there were no coffee shops with dozens of “add ins” or special brews. Coffee was just coffee. I used to drink it with cream and sugar and splash of chocolate syrup back then. But soon I just drank it black, loving the flavor of it.

The only other people I know who also share my love of black coffee is the Crankee Yankee, and my mom and dad liked it that way as well. Don’t get me wrong; we like what we like. If your thing is Sumatran light roast with Madagascar cinnamon, whipped cream, almond milk and three pumps of caramel, go for it! Me, I like coffee-flavored coffee.

Over the years I’ve learned to like some teas; mint, acai, cinnamon, green, black, etc. In the summer, we make “sun tea,” which only means that you fill a carafe with cold water, add the tea bags, mint leaves or whatever, and leave it in the sun. (However, you could put the carafe in a dark closet and it still would turn into tea.) Add a few lemon slices and a few ice cubes, and you have a good warm weather drink.

I try to keep an open mind when it comes to medicinal teas. Some really do help with digestion or colds or general discomfort. There are many kinds of teas to try; some work, some don’t. I only wish they smelled good; some brews I swear smell like boiled underpants.

If you like tea, take a trip around the Internet; you’ll see teas of all kinds that are good “comfort” teas as well as healing teas. My favorites are chamomile tea, which helps promote peaceful sleep; mint tea, which is just refreshing, and chai tea which just plain tastes good.

I’ve posted this before, but let me leave you with a pretty good cold “prevention tea”. I first heard of this while taking metaphysical classes with the amazing *Noreen McDonald. Here is the recipe:

To one cup of boiling water, add 5 drops each of tea tree oil, lemon oil, oregano oil, and peppermint oil. When this is freshly made, you might want to close your eyes as it is pretty strong. With your nose right above the cup, breathe in slowly three times. Then open your mouth and breathe in slowly three times.

Do this once an hour, then every two hours, then every three hours. This infusion is viable for 24 hours, and it really does help. PLEASE DO NOT DRINK IT! It really does seem to stave off a cold; don’t ask me why, but it works.

So, whether your drink of choice is coffee or tea or chai latte or whatever; enjoy it! It’s truly one of life’s little pleasures.

*Check out her website at http://www.noreenmcdonald.com.

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