- "I remember, when I woke up, one arm missing... my first medicine against the panic setting in was a nurse, a pretty little thing, helping me drink a good cuppa. It calmed me down more then anything else."
- - Lieutenant Celina Lámh of the Tribe of Tipperary, speaking about her lost arm and a cuppa tea.
Selkie and tea, or rather herbal teas, as the actual tea-plant Camellia sinensis neither grows nor is used by the Selkie, go way back and established its own tea culture.
Ingredients and Mixtures
Selkie Tea Culture knows many herbs and mixtures for many different effects, some of them medicinal, others for wellbeing and others again for beauty. Many ingredients are also known for specific effects and grown for those as well.
Many Selkie trust, for simpler aches like headaches or abdominal bloating, more into herbal teas then in modern chemical medicine.
There are basically three types of producers of medicinal herbs and their mixtures:
- Growers: Growers are hobbyists, who grow herbs and produce remedies for home usage, sometimes for selling at local markets. Many hobbyists are housemen and housewomen, who supply their families with the herbal remedies passed down from their parents, or found out experimenting. Some also wrote books about the topic.
- Herb Shops: Herb shops and their suppliers are the professional variation of the Growers, professional and trained shop owners and planters, who supply advice, herbal remedies and samples.
- Druids: Druids, including their paganistic traditions, are hermits usually living alone or in small groups, having learned their knowledge from an older druid, passed down for generations. They collect wild herbs for usage in their mixtures and produce them in their huts for selling at the next market.