Ingredients: Peppermint Leaf, Bilberry Leaf, Elder Berries, Lavender Flowers, Gotu Kola Herb, Lemon Balm Leaf, Hibiscus Flowers
Good for: Computer eyes, eye health, relaxation, stress relief
Tastes like: Syrupy lavender with a hit of mint
Makes you feel like: Turning that computer off for the rest of the day!
Parental Advisory: Avoid bilberry if you take insulin for diabetes. Be cautious if you have a severe peanut allergy - hibiscus is intercropped with peanuts, so fragments of peanut shells are occasionally present.
What are you staring at?
Everybody hits the wall. 40+ hours staring at a screen will turn you into a zombie. Computer Eyes is the antidote. It starts with bilberry leaf; used in WWII by Air Force pilots flying night missions. It can be taken routinely to strengthen vision whether you’re suffering from eyestrains, night blindness, and yes - computer eyes. I paired it with some brain food. Gotu kola, an Ayurvedic brain herb, is similar to ginkgo biloba in that they improve circulation of oxygen to the brain to improve focus & memory.
I wanted a soft berry-mint flavor, so I added elderberries (huckleberry’s cousin) with lavender and peppermint - the latter two which are great headache remedies. Finally, lemon balm and hibiscus are added to extend the flavor and pleasantly smooth things out!
Vinyl Pairing: Bert Jansch & John Renbourn – Bert & John. A duet album by the two virtuoso guitarists of Pentangle, the British-folk-rock group known for pioneering the acoustic folk-jazz sound (think Fairport Convention) of the 1960’s. They play traditional songs along with originals, sometimes with weird tuning, but always with intricate and hard plucking. I mistook it as a greatest hits, because of how condensed and solid it is.