The rainy season is quickly approaching out here in northern Thailand.
We're starting to get occasional cloudbursts, which pretty soon will be full-blown monsoons of abundance. Now that the Thai New Year has come and gone, it's finally time to get the raincoats out.
Honestly, the rainy season couldn't come soon enough for me.
After living in Beijing for a month with such high levels of pollution, my lungs are hurting. The rain will be a literal breath of fresh air to say the least.
While this poor air quality in China definitely thrown me off, it makes me feel better to know I have a secret weapon in Aum Tea's Jiaogulan.
Known as "Gynostemma" in the world of lab coats and laboratories, this amazing herb is one of those rare adaptogens, which means it can normalize your body's inner functions and help it adapt to stress.
Pretty cool, right?
The cardiovascular system is exposed to enormous amounts of stress at such levels of pollution...in other words, it causes a lot of sad face-mask emojis in your inbox.
Thankfully, this is exactly what jiaogulan addresses!
The herb's benefits for heart health and blood flow are well-known, so I've been taking special care not to miss my daily dose of delicious tea.
Being exposed to smoke in China made me feel sluggish and lackadaisical, but when I warmed up a pot of jiaogulan and drink a cup of its pure herbal goodness, I found that I feel quite revived.
I'm not a scientist so I can't say for sure, but I imagine that the jiaogulan is reducing the stress in my body and restoring internal balance. I can certainly feel it reducing my emotional stress.
I feel like one of those Marvel comic heroes with a rare antidote to a worldwide epidemic.
All the smoke aside, I really appreciate being able to enjoy jiaogulan tea here in northern Thailand. It's easy to see why it flourishes in this rich environment of mountains, valleys, and gushing rivers.
Taking a quick motorbike trip into the foothills, you'll see an incredible variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs and animal life. The air is cool and clear after a spell of rainfall, and birdsong fills the trees.
The clouds finally part to give you a perfect view of the jutting temple atop Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai's most well-known mountain. This awesome natural setting is the tapestry from which a healing herb of jiaogulan’s pedigree emerges.
Before I close this entry, I'd like to share an experience I had recently.
It was raining outside one morning, and I was reading a book while drinking a cup of jiaogulan. I felt my whole body moving into a tranquil state, so I put the book down and closed my eyes.
I went into a beautiful meditative state that lasted over half an hour.
My body felt close to being asleep, but my mind was perfectly awake and still. I couldn't believe how relaxed and at ease I felt!
Afterwards, I felt refreshed and motivated for the day's work, but the mood of that experience stayed with me for the entire day.
It's amazing how far a meditation session can take us in terms of stress-relief, morale, and that wonderful sense of well-being. But hey, I guess it's called 'Aum' Tea for a reason!
Thanks for hanging with me, and of course...
See you in a couple cups!