each year i end up growing more food for my family, more herbs for my business, and wildcrafting more from the beautiful mountains we call home here in Colorado. and each year i appreciate more of what i consume.
i feel like you don't truly appreciate what you consume until you see the entire process of how it comes to be in your hands or swished or chewed in your mouth.
consumption, for me, begins when you plant a single seed and watch it germinate and it grows into something sturdy and definable. when a plant is ready to be harvested, either after at least 3 years of continual care for echinacea purpurea root or by pruning thyme as it spreads across my raised beds every spring, i take particular care in transporting the leaves, flowers, roots or berries back to be washed or tumbled then spread out in a single layer to be air-dried or dehydrated for several hours or days. then herbs are packaged in mason jars and stored out of direct sunlight until i ship or deliver them to my customers.
there are no chemicals sprayed, no weird or questionable processing, nothing added. all of my herbs i grow organically, in soil that i build up every year and is rich with life.
it takes me at least three full years of growing the echinacea purpurea plant until i uproot it. using the root of the plant before then will not benefit you or the plant. three years of nurturing a beautiful flower, then just pulling it out of the ground. all for a tea.
i feel like we really don't understand the energy that goes into making a tea, or we take for granted the tea bag we just toss into our mug at night. each one of those botanicals was grown with purpose and harvested with intention.
the next time you see a cheap box of tea at the grocery store, think of its origins. were those herbs from in china, india or egypt. how do you think they were grown? how old do you think those herbs are? who picked them? what kind of soil were they grown in?