Brightside Acres
West Virginia Wildgrown®

The Tenth Muse

$12 - $15
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Plato famously called the poet Sappho "the tenth muse." After you taste this richly refreshing, delicately minty tea, you just might beg to differ! Wild strawberry (Fragaria vesca) and nettle (Urtica dioica and Laportea canadensis) leaves combine with domesticated lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla) and peppermint (Mentha piperita) to create a golden brew crafted to inspire the Artist in everyone!

How did I arrive at "The Tenth Muse" as the name for my new herbal blend?

Here's the backstory: My wonderful organic farmer friend Tolly Peuleche raises goats. Last year she told me that she names each new batch of kids based on a theme, so as to distinguish them from the previous generation. Women of the Bible one year. Warner Brothers cartoon characters the next. You get the idea. So, when we got a new generation of chicks in April, I started thinking about how to name them to distinguish them from our older generation of hens. For whatever reason, my mind kept turning to Greek mythology and the Nine Muses. Calliope, Clio, and Thalia they are now, and as distinct from each other as their Greek namesakes. Fellow English majors and Hellenophiles may know that Plato called the most famous poet of antiquity, Sappho, "The Tenth Muse." Her poetry, almost entirely fragmentary, reads so "of this moment" it takes my breath away every time I pick up the dog-eared volume on my bookshelf. Sappho never fails to inspire the poet within to speak to the moment at hand.

Herbal tea can't make you someone you aren't. But it can remind you who you are. Just like any really good Muse.

To brew loose tea, place a measuring teaspoon of tea in a tea strainer or loose in an eight-ounce cup. Add boiling water and steep for at least 10 minutes. One ounce of loose tea (by weight) is packaged in classic recycled aluminum tin. Each tin makes approximately 20 cups of tea.

To brew tea bags, place a tea bag in your favorite teacup or mug. Add boiling water and steep for at least 10 minutes. Twelve all-natural abaca tea bags are packaged in a classic recycled aluminum tin. Each tea bag should provide two satisfying cups of tea.

Herbal data is provided for educational purposes only and has not been approved by the FDA.