I drink tea every day. It soothes and calms like no other beverage and I appreciate the ever-increasing variety. Part of my love for tea flows from the preparation ritual. Watching the flowers and leaves unroll, swell, and bloom lifts my spirit and makes me smile like a child watching the transformation take place for the first time. Besides fixing the daily morning wake-up cuppa and sipping on Sleepy Time or fresh chamomile tea before bedtime, I never thought much about the science of making tea until we discussed it at an Herbiary Apothecary Garden class.