So, when I first came here, I asked the pharmacist for some tea to make me sleep soundly, especially with the full moon. And she gave me Pasiflora. And all day I pondered that name, until it hit me – “Oh, passionflower! That’s what I took in the states, an herbal sedative, very powerful on my body, of which mine is extremely sensitive.” Then, I planted maracuya, passionfruit, on my land. And some time later, it hit again. “Wait, passionfruit. So is the flower of the passionfruit, the passionflower? Can I drink it as a tea?” Then today, an airbnb guest staying for just one night, filled my brain with all sorts of things about the land I’m living on. This guy here is a WEALTH of herbs, flowers, trees and insects. Oh my gosh I’m so excited. I SO wish he was here longer. By the way, when the fruit is green, the passionfruit, do NOT eat it! Do not eat green passionfruit. Cumulatively, over time it poisons you with cyanide. wow.
And the flowers attract the butterflies! That’s why I have so many butterflies! And evidently there are so many colors of passionflowers! i didn’t know that. Purple and blue. And the blue attract butterflies the most. This man and I also saw the Seibo tree over the mountain, the famous Shaman tree, very holy and medicinal. And tons of Sabila – aloe, which this mountain was named after. I get goosebumps thinking how lucky I am to live here.
Recipe of the Day – Passionflower Tea
2 c. water
1 T. fresh passionflower leaves, or 1 tsp. dried
Bring the water to almost boiling, then pour over the leaves. You can put the leaves in your muslin bag or tea infuser. Let steep for five-20 minutes.
Word of the Day – pasiflora – passionflower
Tip of the Day – Drink one hour before bedtime, just once a day, and not if you’re preganat or breast-feeding, or if you’re already on anti-anxiety meds or anti-depressants.
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