There they were.
Drought resistant warriors waving hello.
My plane had just landed, and once outside, I was greeted instantly
by beautiful feathered fans and their graceful, timeless embrace.
I had feared I would find my old friends dry, brown, withered.
But they had survived.
And they would continue to hold space, stand with purpose.
My man remarked that I hadn’t stopped grinning since we'd touched down.
I was back in the Realm of the Gods once again,
and that can be a tricky place, full of illusion.
'Cause Neptune rules this city,
and everyone here falls under the influence.
But the sheer power of nature overtakes all that,
if you are connected to her,
and stay close, tethered to her truth.
Desert climates have birthed the wisest of species, haven't they?
Native to the Americas, the prickly pear cactus lives mostly in the arid West, storing rare rain water from widespread roots, and protecting itself from predators with a sharp external shield. Plants are so smart.
You can imagine my squeals of delight when I saw a carton of cactus water in my health food store back in New York...can you even imagine the hydration? I didn't even know it existed! The water comes from the fruit, actually, not the leaves, and get this: it's loaded with antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E, iron, calcium, AND has anti-inflammatory properties. The taste? Fabulous! It's fruity and light, and not a trace of sugar to be found. In fact, it actually lowers blood sugar.
This calls for a cocktail!
- 6 oz. cactus water
- 1 Tbsp organic hibiscus flowers
- 2 drops lime essential oil
- pure water
- raspberries, for garnish
Start by making a little hibiscus tea ahead of time. You can either steep the flowers in cool water overnight, or heat the water, drop in the flowers, and let them rest there for 6-8 minutes, or longer. Hibiscus is an ancient remedy for cooling the body and moisturizing the skin (we can thank our Egyptian ancestors for that, Lovers.)
When the tea is cooled, strain it into a brandy snifter, or some such foxy late-night glass. Add in the cactus water, the lime oil, plop in a few berries...and enjoy! The lime adds a lick of refreshment in the form of an anti-aging tonic, the berries grace us with more antioxidants and beauty boosting vitamin E, so mingled with the flowers and the waters, we have a most exquisite potion!
Alright, Juicy Ones, have a gorgeous evening...
And, as for you, my dear city,
as you fade behind me,
I am missing you already.
'Til next we meet,