Wednesday, November 25

Today is Wednesday, November 25, 2020.  Taking a midweek pause, sipping tea, being thankful. We are grateful for the many ways we can connect with each other. Share in the connection with a cup of tea. It turns out that tea is the most common drink in the world after water.

November is for nesting, nourishing, and nurturing. While the winter approaches in the northern hemisphere, nature reminds us to slow down and recharge in more quiet ways. As animals hibernate or move to warmer climates, we invite you to explore nourishing activities for your mind and body.

Today, we offer a recipe for a warm and cozy Lemon Ginger Turmeric “Tea.”

Ingredients

      • 5 cups of water
      • 2 inch (5 cm) piece of fresh Ginger-peeled and sliced
      • 1 inch (2.5 cm) piece of fresh Turmeric-peeled and sliced
      • Juice of ½ a Lemon
      • Optional 1 Cinnamon stick

Directions:

Place water in a saucepan, add the ginger and turmeric to the water. If using a Cinnamon stick, add this now.  Bring to a boil and the reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes.  Add the Lemon Juice.  Enjoy~

Recipe notes:

This recipe does not use actual tea leaves and does not have caffeine. If you like a spicy tea add more Ginger and Turmeric.  Be aware that when working with fresh Turmeric it can color the skin or counter tops for several days and it will wash off.  When you add the lemon juice, the tea will turn the beautiful yellow color.  This tea is also delicious served cold over ice.

An inspirational Quote from Mother Teresa “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless”

Recharge yourself when you repeat:    

“I am [*Name*]. I am human. My mind, my body, and my spirit are connected, and I am a part of a global community. I love myself and others because I have kindness and love in my heart and soul. As I think about those I love and care for, I send loving kindness and compassion to all people. We are all human. We can create positive energy together.”

The Mindfulness Activity to practice this week to create Calm Moments:  

    • Straighten your spine. Roll your shoulders back and down, smile to yourself, & relax your jaw.
    • Take slow deep belly breaths, allowing your stomach to rise with each breath in and relax with each breath out. You may find that each breath gets better and better. Allow your shoulders to relax on each exhale.
    • Repeat to yourself, “I can have a moment to be calm. I can have a moment of peace.”

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP 

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