This post is actually a couple weeks old, and I was just going to toss it out since I wrote it at a time when I wasn’t doing well emotionally. However, when I glanced over it this morning, I realized it really does have a cool theme and some fun info that I don’t want to scrap.
Ack. I’ve been less than diligent about maintaining the upkeep of this blog recently. There’s a lot of silly things going on in my life that have distracted me from writing. At this very moment, chief amongst them is my father who is yelling at me over a text message to fix a car i don’t have money to fix. Yup. Silly nonsense to be sure.
After going what felt like too long without any decent vegetables, I decided to swing by Earthen Jar for lunch. Earthen Jar seriously has the best, cheapest and most healthy/sustainable vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free food to be had in Ann Arbor. On top of this, they have great tea. I’ve tried a few in the past but there hadn’t been much to write home about. Today however, they’d written a very cool message up on their dry erase board that I wanted to share with everyone (transcript follows). Because of the glare and the color they used on the dry erase board, almost none of the image came through on my camera phone.
Ayurveda is a sanskrit word. The term Ayurveda is taken from the sanskrit words Ayus, meaning life or lifespan, and Veda, meaning knowledge. Five thousand years ago, this knowledge of life came to the sages through meditation. The entirety of Ayurvedic science is based on the “Five Elements”: Vata – Air + Ether (space); Pitta – Fire + Water; Kapha – Water + Earth. According to the Ayurveda, each individual is a unique makeup of three Dosha. The imbalance among Dosha is the cause of disease. Ayurveda is not only a treatment, it is the way of life and has no side effects. It provides knowledge on the effects of food on life.”
Earthen Jar brews (and probably retails?) Tulsi herbal and Ayurvedic teas. Tulsi are definitely fun, though I’ve often found them a bit overpriced. Nevertheless, I asked the cute young waitress (who i’ve often chatted up on occasion) which is her favorite and she recommend the Sweet Rose. I think Sweet Rose is definitely more of an Ayurvedic than an Herbal: it has very little scent, a darker coloration and a bit of spicy taste. Equal parts soothing and stimulating, Sweet Rose is a bit dryer than your average rose tea with a unique flavorful aftertaste. Of the four or so Ayurvedic teas I’ve tried, it’s probably the most drinkable by itself. As the oral history describes, Ayurvedic is supposed to be more so a medicine than a tea, i’m not sure I fully understand the pathos, but if it is, Sweet Rose fits the bill.
I did have some other fun images of Earthen Jar to share, but for some reason my phone has started misbehaving since the iOS 8 update and I can’t access any of my photos at the moment. If I discover a way, I’ll update this post.