My dance card is filling up as my next 28-day cleanse approaches. This is the first August since 2003 that I've been drinking. I usually cleanse in August, but since travel plans changed my February cleanse to March, August is now a drinking month for me.
And is it ever. I was at lunch with a friend yesterday and we had a bit too much wine to drink. I sent her home in a cab, laughing all the way. Then I came home and took a nap.
I'm feeling that lunchtime indulgence this morning though. I made myself a cup of Milk Thistle tea for detoxing. But I'm also steeping my own blend of anti-inflammatory tea right now, too. It's delicious and simple and all natural. If you're nursing a bit of a hangover, give it a try. The soothing blend of spices will help settle your whole system.
In a tea-ball or loose tea caddy, place:
4-6 cardamom pods, scored with a knife.
6-8 black peppercorns
6-8 whole dried cloves
1 stick of cinnamon
1 slice of fresh ginger (or plain ginger tea bag)
Place all ingredients in a cup of very hot water and let steep for 15 minutes. Add sweetener if you like, but I usually don't.
To tell you the truth, I think I'm going to need more than natural anti-inflammatory tea to recover today. But that's okay because my cleanse is coming up. I can tell my body needs it. But so does my life. I am - believe it or not - actually looking forward to it.
But for the next two weeks or so, I will be busy catching up with friends and relatives I might not see while I'm cleansing. So cheers! :)