Writing these journal entries has been really fun. It’s given me the chance to observe things with jiaogulan I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. Just the other day I was talking with a friend about the process, and I joked that keeping a journal on NOT drinking jiaogulan might be more interesting, because then its benefits would be that much more highlighted in its absence!
Seriously, it’s really amazing how easily intertwined this plant becomes with your life, to the point that you forget the little miracles it performs everyday.
Armed with a fresh cup of jiaogulan, I was just reading how, according to Chinese scientists, the herb exerts what they call a “bi-phasic action” on the nervous system. In other words, when you’re feeling anxious jiaogulan calms your nerves, and when you’re in a low-energy state jiaogulan stimulates them.
That’s the magic of adaptogens: they’re always bringing your system back to balance.
It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. You see, when I’m not being a jiaogulan-drinking pioneer for Aum Tea (lol), I teach English as a 2nd language out here in Thailand.
I love teaching kids and have been doing it for some time now. The thing about teaching, though, is that it requires A LOT of energy. You can’t fake being a good teacher. You’re either there, or you’re not!
That’s why English classes have been one of my key barometers for jiaogulan’s influence so far. When I’m about to teach a small class, or even just a one-on-one session, I don’t want to take something that will make me want to “just chill”. Let’s save that for the Netflix hour!
I want to feel energetic, alert and fully present with my students. And let me tell you, jiaogulan has been the perfect drink for teaching.
Give any teacher a shot of truth-serum with their espresso and they’ll tell you that, sometimes, they coast through lessons. Not because they don’t love teaching, but more because of the drudgery of teaching certain things over and over again. I know all too well how that goes.
But I’ve noticed that when I drink jiaogulan before or during class, I am all the way engaged and present, even if the material is something I’ve gone over a thousand times.
I consider that a win!
OK, but remember when I said how when I’m teaching, I don’t want to take something that will make me “just chill”? Well the thing is, jiaogulan is also that kind of drink! Now we’re coming back to the whole bi-phasic thing.
As an adaptogen, jiaogulan will be whatever you need in the moment.
So while it energizes me during my classes when perhaps I’d be tired or disengaged otherwise, jiaogulan also relaxes me when I’m winding down in the evening. Imagine if coffee had that capability, right? Jiaogulan is literally your friend in all scenarios!
If it’s one thing I’ve really taken away from this jiaogulan journey so far, it’s that drinking this tea really promotes balance in your life. As we here at Aum Tea like to talk about, life is like this glorious dance of opposing energies that compliment one another, yin dancing with yang to infinity.
Jiaogulan isn’t necessarily going to transform how you live your life, but if you’re putting effort into a conscious life of balance and proportion, it will give you one heck of an assist!
See you in a couple cups!