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Sharky is a floating tea-infuser that looks like a shark fin marauding through the dangerous waters of your tea mug that simultaneously releases streamers of steeped tea that look suspiciously like the detritus after a nasty shark attack. It is in fact possibly the most brilliant tea-maker ever made: It's better than the teabag auto-undangler , better than the clip-on mugside infuser , better even than the masterpiece that is the sorapot . That's because it's a brain-twisting blend of the refined qualities associated with tea-drinking, and the menacing "whoops, there goes my leg" blood-thirstiness of the killer of the deep.
Here you’ll find indications and specifics for a small number of relaxing nervine herbs. I have not chosen the most popular remedies of commerce but rather the plants I have worked with most intimately and who I have used time and time again. I’m not attempting to give you a huge overview of all the ways they can be used either, instead I’m laying out the ways I have seen each herb excel and pointing out some of the connections and insights I have gained through my relationships with them. Previous posts on specific herbs are linked to in the title heading of that herb. You can find a past incarnation of my Nervine Differentials right here . Some bits of it can be found integrated into this current post, but most of this is new, refined or otherwise changed.
Definition In the most general sense, a nervine can be considered any herb which has a pronounced (and generally positive) effect upon the nervous system. They are often currently thought of simply as calmatives or even sedatives, but this is inaccurate and belies the complexity and diversity of the uses nervines are capable of.