My home is filled with many beautiful plants of various species. Not only do they add an aesthetic appeal to my environment, but contribute to the overall level of oxygen and add a significant amount of lively color throughout. My peaceful environment is totally enhanced by their presence.
A few weeks ago, the leaves on one of my favorite beauties started to droop and wilt. I concluded that this beauty was preparing for death. Out of desperation, I wondered what impact a high quality tea might have on its lifeless form as a last resort. I decided to steep three ounces of Huang Shan Huang Ya, a rare yellow tea used as a tribute tea back in the Ming and Qing Dynasties in China, and gifted to many dignitaries ever since. Handcrafted leaves and downy silver buds make up this magnificent tea with its rich, full mouth-feel and smooth flavorful taste.
I prepared the Huang Shan Huang Ya, let it cool down to room temperature, and slowly poured ti into the pot supporting the plant. I waited to see if there was any reaction to the liquid as it traveled through the soil to the roots of the plant, but nothing happened, so I went to sleep for the night.
When I awoke the next morning I walked over to the plant to see if it was still alive. Much to my amazement, a few of the leaves, which had been drooping over the edge of the pot, had risen slightly. This was most encouraging. That evening I poured two more ounces of this “miracle” tea into the pot and then another ounce the following day.
I could not believe what I was seeing after I awoke on the fourth day. All of the leaves on the plant were standing correctly, proud and tall, and three new shoots had begun to grow and would soon yield new leaves. It was like a miracle.
Try it yourself the next time any of your houseplants are struggling or lifeless to see if tea will make an improvement. Add a 1/2 cup of green, yellow, or white tea and observe the results yourself. In a few days, you will see your plants bounces back to good health. The only plants you should not water like this are desert plants and cactus.
Since I am not an herbalist and do not know precisely why tea improves a plant’s life-force condition, I have to assume it is its antioxidants. I can only conclude from experience that tea enhances a plant’s beauty, fullness, and leaf color.
By Certified Tea Master Chas Kroll