Friday May 22, 2009 | 14 comments
Medicinal tea first drew my attention during a hike when the knowledgeable ranger pointed out some creosote bushes flourishing in the harsh environment of Tahquitz Canyon in Palm Springs, California. The lovely yellow blossoms and white wooly fruits beautified the region. The ranger encouraged us to sniff the foliage, which exuded a pungent scent. I could not imagine the taste of a tea made from this plant.
After reading more about Larrea Tridentata, which is the Latin name of the creosote bush, I was further intrigued and convinced that I probably should not drink creosote tea if offered, no matter how tempted. Various reports highlighted both its health benefits as a cure for the flu and indigestion and its toxicity known to damage liver cells. It is said to be antioxidant-rich as well.
Through the years, herbalism has become popular and widely accepted. T Ching has published related posts from time to time. The Internet is flooded with information, often conflicting and inaccurate. For a novice like myself, I prefer to sample and relish well-known tea products from established tea companies, a process that can become insipid and lacks the spirit of experimentation.
To trek the Tahquitz Canyon Trail, a ranger-led interpretive hike is highly recommended. Tahquitz, a shaman corrupted by power, was banished by the Cahuilla People to the canyon that bears his name today. Earthquakes in the area have been attributed to Tahquitz’s roving the canyon. Native American legends never cease to fascinate and entertain. When you are there, let your imagination run wild!