In the Beginning

by TeaLady on April 1, 2010

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The winding path leading to the creation of Take Charge Tea. (part one)

In 1990, I decided to take an evening course called “Herbology, Level 1″ with my dear friend Ulli from Austria. The course was held in a business park office in Ottawa south, and the teacher’s name was Lyn Armor. She was a larger than life woman, with a lot of other aspects to her practice that I, at the time, was unfamiliar with but nonetheless found intriguing. Lynn was doing colonic irrigations to the great appreciation of her clients. Many of them feel that the treatments saved their lives. She also was and still is a practicing Reiki Master. And I went to a sweatlodge training session with her, but I could not make it to the actual sweat. I respected how seriously she took the matter and the fact that she required a training session for participants. I felt intuitively certain that this was necessary for us western city folks not accustomed to such spiritual experiences.

About the Herbology Course. It was accompanied by the suggestion to purchase Susun Weed’s An Herbal Way and another more technical health book I’ve since forgotten and an anatomical coloring book. I was pleasantly surprised and secretly thrilled that this was as meaty a course as it was since it was so easy to end up in these courses knowing more than the teacher about the subject. I looked forward to the second level but Lynn’s expertise was recognized and valued around the world so she was offered a sweet deal teaching in Japan, and moved on. I always kept a finger on her location because I knew that she had some well thought out, extremely well researched and very successful herbal preparations that garnered good reports from people who suffered greatly before finding them and found great healing by using them. I, myself, 10 years later, had a lung infection turned pneumonia that went on for nine months. I was prescribed several rounds of antibiotics, only after my trying every herbal remedy I could think of including mustard plasters and castor oil and gallons of tea. Even the antibiotics didn’t help. It was Lynn’s respiratory tonic which had me as good as new by the end of the bottle. For the next 3 or 4 years it was an annual affliction but lasted less and less time each year and treated with the respiratory tonic it never again reached that severity. I now order bottles for friends all the time.

Lynn presently lives on Vancouver island when she is not teaching around the world. she now focusses on teaching a more direct and Japanese form of “original” reiki and practices shamanism and other shamanistic disciplines that I am not able to understand or to follow. But I am honored to have known her and worked with her and hope that she never stops making her preparations. I would have loved to continue learning with her, and regret that it was not meant to be at that time.

I really must note here another point I feel to be quite relevant in my account of “The Beginning”. During one of the first classes we were asked to share why we wanted to learn about herbology. To my own surprise I found myself voicing words that were actually unfamiliar to my conscious mind. That is to say, I had never really thought about WHY I was interested. But when it came my turn to share, I learned as I confessed. I wanted to learn about herbology because I had a very close friend who was coming to the end of her life with Cystic Fibrosis. We actually lived together as roommates until the Ottawa General sent her home with a six month life expectancy. She, of course, went home to Nova Scotia, fell in love, had a fairy tale wedding, bought a house and lived another 6 years. I learned more about health; life and the magic of personal will from her than anyone else I had ever met before or since.  In the end, it was the closed but superiority mindset; the institutionalized, de-humanized environment in the medical system that ended up spawning the errors which killed her. An accident in the hospital due to inattentive overworked employees.

It was sagacious of Lynn to ask that question; and although I did lose my friend in the end it was a precious and valuable experience knowing her so intimately. I am not sure that any other Herbal teacher would have necessarily helped me to make that connection. It must have been at this point my fate was sealed and my love of herbs had burst forth, like a sprout, raising its tightly balled head up to squint at the sun.

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