Beloved is the kind of man who will offer you tea if you’ve had a bad day. Need to rant or rave? He has a tea for that. Need something to calm down or help you rest? There is a tea for that too. He has different teas for serious chat, funny chat or just curling up with a good book.
He does not have a tea to hear or cure lupus. Teas for inflammation? Yes. Teas to settle a queasy feelings? Yep. But nothing to cure this disease.
He has, however, a ton of patience and time to research. So when a well-meaning, good-hearted friend told him of a tea that will cure me of my lupus, he had to check it out. Not that he believed it would be a cure, but if it could help with a flare, why not give it a try? So research he did.
What he discovered was the tea could only be purchased from a small group of people, because the tea is green in remote places, wth all the extras added to it being “special”. This also means the tea is expensive. And untested. Only word of mouth as a validation that it works. He decided it was more a placebo with mild anti-inflammatory ingredients and thus not worth it.
So researched all the cures for lupus he could find. From diet to lotions, from pills to a magical elixir. Special diets, eating at certain times, eliminating items and such. And of course it’s all word of mouth because if there was a cure, we’d know about it. What do all these have that allows them to exist and for people to continue to promote them as a cure? Hope. They are all signs of hope. Something to grab ahold of and anchor yourself to as you hope for a fix to a horrible, chronic illness. But they are empty hope. It’s like anchoring yourself with a floatations device. It just doesn’t work. But you want to hope, you want something to reach for and grasp, so you do. Because you need to cross all the to in your journey. Just don’t fall for a healing tea.