This week I am house-sitting and looking after 7 very well-mannered chickens. I am also enjoying a nice collection of teaware, and sticking to my old favourites: nettle and raspberry leaf. For anyone suffering from rheumatism, gout, skin irritations or wanting to boost iron levels, nettle tea is invaluable – two to three cups a day is recommended. Steep it for about 20 minutes, just the right amount of time for a tarot set up: clear the table, light a candle, some incense, choose the deck, and relax. Autumn is here but the days are still sunny and very hot, so I’m going with a summer theme, rich colours and blooming flowers all over the tea set make a great start to the day.
Recommendations for nettle tea drinking are from On Tea and Healthy Living by Penelope Sach.