52 WEEKS::Labrador Tea - SOLD
First of all...Saturday night at the Mayor's Night of the Arts was amazing! The entertainment ranged from international guitar, ballet and theatre to hip hop that transitioned into jazz...wow! The food and champagne were so delicious and beautifully presented. And I had the honour of receiving the Professional Artist Award which was ever so humbling. I felt like I was in a daze the entire evening and was so happy to celebrate with so many people I think the world of...once I get some photos I'll be sure to share. I think this is what an Oscar party must feel like ;)
When I was a young girl in the north when we went canoeing and camping along the Churchill River we would gather the leaves of Labrador tea to steep into a nice hot weak drink. The leaves and flowers can be used both fresh and dried and are rich in vitamin C but can cause drowsiness and act as a diuretic The tea was often used for colds, asthma and chest ailments and steeped leaves for skin irritations and injury. In larger doses it can be very toxic. Because they are very aromatic, the leaves are often used in barns and houses to drive away mice and fleas. Germans used to add it to their beer to make it more intoxicating. It was also known as Hudson's Bay or Indian tea and highly regarded as a food source by caribou and moose.
2/2/2015 01:30:26 pm
Congratulations Veronica! You are such a wonderful artist! How exciting for you to receive this award!
2/3/2015 12:08:16 am
Thank you so much Adriana...it's a beautiful award and I can't wait to see it once it's been engraved. The tea leaves are very interesting, leathery and we were able to dig for it through the snow when we went winter camping as a kid. The underside is kind of fuzzy, more white when it's younger and rust coloured as it ages but can be used in both states but it's the flowers that always caught my eye...they made me think of fairy flowers when I was a girl.
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