David E. Perry chronicles the carefully seen & often overlooked.
Wild-gathered mint, enough for a couple of pots of healing tea. So many of the medicines our hearts and bodies need are out there within the living, breathing world, as opposed to the cello-wrapped packages on store shelves. This bundle of wild mint, gathered in a lowland seep along an untamed river has been drying and breathing within a dark cool closet since summer, awaiting its chance to enliven the senses and relive aspects of its midsummer glory. Steeping it in steaming pure water will release healing essential oils and dream-inducing smells . . . and magically some of that warm summertime calm will reanimate and share itself from within the china cup.