A walk in the woods, the smell of a flower. Some gifts from nature’s bounty can wonderfully calm the nerves. Like, a tisane made with 100% organic chamomile flowers.
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Brew that pot of tea with chamomile tea. (Photo: Wiki Commons)[/caption]
Yes, we are talking about Poetry Tea’s chamomile tea, which has long been used in various cultures as a folk medicine.
The Origin of the Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea originated in Europe and West Asia. The tea was highly valued in the ancient cultures of Egypt, Rome and Greece, so much so that the Egyptians considered the plant to be a “gift" from the God of Sun.
Health Benefits of Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is an elixir of relaxation. It's a must-have for anyone who’s been struggling with anxiety.
The pleasant-smelling caffeine-free drink also has other health benefits.
1. Chamomile Tea can help in providing respite from menstrual pain.
2. Regularly drinking this tea can assist in reducing inflammation.
3. It also helps lower blood sugar.
4. It's an excellent remedy against insomnia.
If your honey’s been too stressed and not sleeping well: recite an inspiring poem and brew them some chamomile tea.
Chamomile Tea and Tagore
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Chamomile Flower. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)[/caption]
To truly enjoy chamomile tea is to also express boundless gratitude to the bounty of nature that has gifted it. Through his poetry, Rabindranath Tagore sought to be a medium between man and nature. Here are some of his beautiful lines:
"Thou hast made me endless, such is thy pleasure. This frail vessel thou emptiest again and again, and fillest it ever with fresh life.
This little flute of a reed thou hast carried over hills and dales, and hast breathed through it melodies eternally new."
Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali 1.
Tagore, in his lifetime, published nearly 60 volumes of verse. Yet it was ‘Gitanjali’ which became the most significant poetic creation in Tagore’s literary career. Following its publication, Tagore won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. It was the first time the award was won by a non-Western figure.
How Tagore Understood the Value of Vanished Flowers
Nearly a century later, here we are, admiring the works of a man whose intense poetry has outlived all conventions of space and time. Perhaps, the poet had anticipated this. Which is why, in The Gardener 85, Tagore writes:
"Who are you, reader, reading my poems an hundred years hence?
I cannot send you one single flower from this wealth of the spring, one single streak of gold from yonder clouds.
Open your doors and look abroad.
From your blossoming garden gather fragrant memories of the vanished flowers of an hundred years before.
In the joy of your heart may you feel the living joy that sang one spring morning, sending its glad voice across an hundred years."
As you read about fragrant flowers, inhale the aroma of the chamomile tea once more. The flowers that went into making the tea continue to soothe the body, long after they’ve been plucked. Like the flowers Tagore was admiring and writing about. And they still spread fragrance, a 100 years' hence.
That’s the beauty of nature. It has no pay grade, no class. It expands the definition of joy into infinity and beyond. Perhaps that’s what Tagore meant to share, as he wrote these lines in Keep me fully glad...
"Make my life glad with nothing.
The rains sweep the sky from end to end.
Jasmines in the wet untamable wind revel in their own perfume.
The cloud-hidden stars thrill in secret.
Let me fill to the full my heart with nothing but my own depth of joy."
Allow the chamomile tea to help you surrender. To the infinite beauty of nature. And to deepen the depth of joy, whatever be the external circumstances.