Cure for the Blues

I learned this recipe from Yolanda Parker, a Guatemalan herbalist.

Bring four cups of pure water to a boil. Remove from heat and add a dozen orange tree leaves (with blossoms if available) and three long leaves of lemon grass. Steep until the tea is cool enough to drink. This tea is specific for depression, but is useful for ordinary stress as well.

I painted these orange blossoms and leaves in 2005, in Phoenix, Arizona.