I spend a great amount of time with Gilda who runs TLC Alzheimer’s Homes. It is a privilege being their ambassador. She is very health conscious and I make tea when she wants a cuppa – all manner of teas. Hers is the voice of the main narrator in the book I penned. Also, she is one of my favorite people. This piece of writing was inspired by her.


You will need:

  • A dash of Cayenne pepper
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground cloves
  • Cumin
  • Cinnamon
  • Tumeric
  • Boiling water and one single Rooibos tea bag

Do you know the history of spices child? Even the ordinary ones like pepper many use with great disregard?  Countries have waged war on foreign lands, stole and murdered just to put something tasty in their bellies. We are always searching for something exotic, even if we are unaware of it. Many still cross oceans in search of something that will quicken their spirit. This is not the reason for drinking this tea though dearie.  Memories matter. There are things and people we must hang on to… Yes child, we search the world over only to return home to find what we’ve been seeking on our doorstep.

I am sure your Mother told you of this tea and the reason for drinking it. And do not use fancy tea either. You can add a lump of coconut oil in for good measure. Allow the tea to draw for a 3 to 4 minutes. Drink when it has cooled a wee bit. Does it taste good? Well, honey does wonders and you can add a teaspoon or two if you must. Just stay away from sugar! I fix this special tea for my memory. It does wonders for the brain you know. The spices work like strange bits of magic lighting up parts of my body, my memory. I am an old lady my girl, and the more time catches up on me the more I am convinced there is more I must remember. People forget so easily these days. They discard their memories along with clothes, gadgets, people they love and bad deeds they committed. All of it committed out of memory! As though it never happened.

Drink up now. And while you do I will share with you another small bit of wisdom passed on to me by my Mother. The quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, yes. However, and this is what made my Mother one of the wisest women I know. Bella, she said, it’s what a man eats when he is happy or very sad that matters. Pay attention to what foods call out to him. Watch with what speed he eats and what he washes his meal down with. How much spice does he use and on what foods are they placed? Only a wise woman pays attention to these small things. Why does this matter you ask? Dearie me child, it does sadden me the foolishness of your generation. So much is available to you yet you have no idea what it means eh?

If you know what a man needs in order to feel nurtured; you have not only won the battle but the war in one fell swoop. His heart will be yours as you and you alone know he needs.  I enjoy a good cuppa tea in the morning and the late afternoon. Drink up now girl. We have things to do!

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