Fig spends most of his time playing outdoors. After observing his play the other day I realized if he’s not running up and down hills barefoot he’s usually sprawled out on the ground somewhere. And while it doesn’t really get cold here in southern california ( I mean it was 85 degrees today…in november!) the afternoon and evening air can be quite chilly and the ground gets cold.
So when we tromp home after our afternoon adventure we’re usually a bit chilled and ready for something warm which , for us, takes the form of a nice herbal tea. I’ve had limited success in getting little Fig to actually drink herbal teas until we started making our own blends. Something about crushing up the herbs, steeping them in that awesome metal ball and adding the honey transforms the cup into something Fig can drink.
I also find myself making tea with Fig when he needs to do something with his hands and we’re short on time or don’t have any other activity available. Sometimes little Fig needs a “reset” button and brewing ( and enjoying) a pot of tea together is just the thing that does it.
Some of our favorite and most commonly used teas and tea blends for Fig are:
1) Fresh sage and rosemary tea. This is perfect for cold and flu season since both sage and rosemary are antimicrobial. The taste is just delicious with a spoonful of local wildflower honey.
2) Elderberry Tea. We use dried elderberry for this one and make a delicious syrup. We then add a few tablespoons of the syrup to whatever tea we’re brewing. Fig like’s his elderberry syrup in just a bit of hot water and with extra honey. The process is a bit more involved to decoct the berries into a syrup. We make it in huge batches before the start of cold and flu season or anytime one of us feels a cold creeping on. Check out this video on how to make the syrup.
3)Fennel Seed Tea: Fig loves to crush up the seeds. I usually add a bit more honey to this tea since the fennel flavor is a bit strong for Fig’s palate. A perfect tea for belly aches.
4) Mint Tea: We crush up fresh mint leaves or use some of our dried mint leaves and use it for minor belly aches.
5) Chamomile Tea: I have dried chamomile leaves in bulk and brew a little cup for Fig when life’s not going his way.
5) Catnip Tea: We use this before bedtime when Fig can’t unwind. Catnip is also really easy to grow and the pot we have outside is literally overflowing with goodness.