Ingredients: ginger root, cinnamon chips, rosehips, marshmallow root, kava kava root*, lemongrass, chamomile flowers, passionflower herb, rosemary leaf, skullcap herb
* Do not mix with alcohol or medication affecting your liver.
Good for: Aches & pain; nerves & inflammation
Tastes like: Ginger lemongrass - sweet ‘n spicy
Makes you feel like: A giraffe in a Jacuzzi being lightly massaged by monkeys
Art by: Billi French
94 grams / 36 servings (1.5 tsp per 8 oz water)
I Was Sore Before...
My dad has suffered from severe back pain for the majority of my life. Unfortunately, he’s a giving man… I seemed to have inherited some painful attributes from him. On the plus side, that gives us the opportunity to share a cup of tea together!
Sore Before is for the broken man. My dad’s doctor recommends hot toddies for colds because, “Either it’ll cure your sickness, or you’ll forget you’re sick.” I used that logic to create a strong pain relieving tea, sans the Jack Daniels (sorry, Dad).
Ginger, lemongrass, and cinnamon form a sweet and spicy mix while chamomile and rose hips aid your aches & pains. Marshmallow root - THE anti-inflammatory herb - helps with inflammation, especially when mixed with ginger, and there’s a little bit of rosemary to keep the blood pumpin’. The “feel good” part of the tea is the onslaught of nerve tonics: kava kava, passionflower, and skullcap. Kava relieves back pain and the merger of passionflower and skullcap is a spa day for your nerves!
Vinyl Pairing: Booker T. Jones - The Road from Memphis (2011)
The O.G. of the B-3. Normally I would recommend a Booker T & the MG’s LP, but this Booker T solo album from 2011 is arguably the strongest of his career. Backed by The Roots & Dennis Coffey (responsible for some of Motown’s most famous licks), Booker cranks out the hits with noteworthy guests such as Sharon Jones, Lou Reed, and Jim James.
Further Listening: Booker T & the MG's - Melting Pot (1971) and Greatest Hits (1970)