A welcome change when the weather cools, the clouds show a change in the weather and the Autumn Equinox is close. Here in Florida the 4 o’clock showers slow down from daily to only 2 times a week. This is when my morning trip to the herb garden includes picking 5 special herbs – one is eaten and the rest are added to my green tea brew.

Each day until the Spring Equinox I eat a tiny leaf of artemisia vulgaris (mugwort). To a teapot of green tea I add: 6 sage or lavendar leaves, 1 small branch of moringa leaves (Moringa oleifera), ½ teaspoon of rosemary leaves & 2 Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) leaves. After breakfast, the remaining tea is poured into a glass bottle with a tiny bit of sugar to become the iced-tea jug for the day.

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