Our Tea Tuesday event this month took place on September 26th, and we had a record turnout of over 60 people! This month’s focus was on working with herbal teas for respiratory wellness. Here in the Salt Lake City area we’re all too accustomed to the breathing issues that can arise from wintertime inversion, pollution, and even indoor allergies- so this is the perfect time to look at how we can take great care of our lungs.
We talked a lot about the many functions of the respiratory system, and also spent time exploring how respiration is linked to both digestion and the skin- both processes of elimination for the body. When one of these elimination systems becomes overloaded, the others have to pick up the slack. When the lungs are imbalanced the digestive system has to work harder and vice versa. The skin, also an organ of elimination and detoxification, is often treated through the lungs in Traditional Chinese Medicine because they are so intrinsically linked.
We also explored the more subtle effects of the lungs and the emotions that root in them. We talked about letting go, grief, and loss and how they relate to the exhalation and inhalation energy of the lungs. We also explored how autumn is a great time to nourish the lungs since the plants all around us are displaying their own process of letting go in the form of falling leaves- and how that letting go leads to new, beautiful growth in the springtime to come.
Our DIY herbal tea bar featured 10 herbs which we explored in detail. Each attendee got to create their own custom tea blend based on their personal respiratory wellness goals. We had herbs like Mullein leaves and flowers, Coltsfoot, Elecampane Root, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Thyme, Ginger Root, and Plantain Leaf.
Each of these herbs brings a special benefit for the respiratory system- either focusing on the upper respiratory tract and sinuses or the deep lungs. Some are more ‘tonic’ in nature while others help us when we’re dealing with some type of imbalance in our lungs. It’s always so much fun watching people take what they learn about the herbs and create their own blend. I see a combination of herbal wisdom and intuition at play in each person as they craft their tea formula.
We also had a volunteer from the audience demonstrate how to do an herbal tea steam inhalation. This is a great way to deliver the many healing properties of re3spiratory herbs right where they’re needed most. A steaming bowl of tea, a towel to act as a tent, and a few minutes of deep breathing can be an amazing way to work with the herbs. This is particularly helpful when the sinuses and lungs feel dry and fatigued.
I look forward to next month!