Wednesday, 21 May 2014

The Last of Us: Mixing of Obsessions Part 1

Ellie is basically amazing. Image source here

This has to be a two parter. I'm sorry, but the information portion (this portion) is simply too long to be combined with the tea review portion! I'M SORRY I DIDN'T MEAN TO. BUT YOU BETTER READ BOTH BECAUSE I PUT A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT INTO THIS.

This is literally the only game I'm going to play the entire way through, mostly ALL BY MYSELF. I've watched it be played online  numerous times and in person (Thank you, fiancee). So, I'm pretty well versed in the game itself.
Did I forget to mention I've watched ALL of the behind the scenes videos and googled the fuck out of things and have completed the DLC? No? Well now you know.

As you can see, this obsession has reached the same level as my tea obsession. So, I decided why not mix them together, and see what sprouts out?

The tea I found is actually an Icelandic Tea. It's closest to what I wanted, without having to basically make my own. One of the ingredients is pretty specific to where it is made. LUCKILY, the one ingredient that is not located in the USA, has a counterpart in the USA. SO IT'S ALL GOOD YA'LL.

Okay, so let's start with The Last of Us map. Basically every chapter has been mapped out and color coded! 

Image source is here

Now, let's move on the plants in the tea!

  • Birch (Betula pubescens) [1] [2]
  • Iceland moss (Cetraria islandica)
  • Angelica (Angelica archangelica)*

The angelica is the only non-American plant; and even then, it is only that specific species of angelica.  The North American specific angelica is Angelica Atropurpurea. Flavor and health benefit wise, it is basically the same.  Props for edible plants.

Image source here
All of these plants (replacing the Angelica archangelica with the Angelica Atropurpurea), are located in Massachusetts, and/or Pennsylvania, and/or Wyoming, and/or Colorado, and/or New England. Which, happily enough are all on The Last of Us map! As for the angelica, we have to pretend.

Now, let's go over the health benefits of all of the
stuff in this tea. You know, the thing that makes it something people would actually WANT to brew. Since just boiling water is easier than making a tea with barely any supplies, it has to be worth it. Otherwise, fuck that noise.

Birch: [1] [2]
  • Source of vitamin C. Vit C helps with collagen production. Collagen is required to help wounds heal. It also boosts your immune system.
  • It helps treat UTI's by increasing the amount you pee. Flushing out bacteria is rad
  • Helps treat arthritis/aching joints
  • Helps treat skin rashes
Iceland Moss: [1]
  • Helps with dry coughs/bronchitis/common cold
  • Helps treat indigestion
  • Helps treat fevers
  • Helps treat irritation of the mouth and throat
  • *It can be applied directly to poorly healing wounds
  • *It can also be used as an emergency food source
Angelica (Angelica Atropurpurea): [1]
  • Helps treat heartburn
  • Helps treat gas
  • Helps treat arthritis
  • Helps induce menstruation *see health warnings for more details
    • Abortive qualities would be beneficial if being pregnant would be a health risk

My plan is to actually take this tea before my period is due, and when I am in a bit more pain. As someone prone to joint and muscle pain, as well as someone with a uterus, I figure timing it out that way would make things a tad bit more scientific. If I have heartburn or gas at the time, I'll let you know.

Health warnings!

Image source here
Birch: [1]
  • Do not take if pregnant or breast-feeding
  • Do not take if allergic to mugwort, wild carrot, or celery
  • Do not take if you have high blood pressure
Iceland Moss: [1]
  • Do not take if pregnant of breast-feeding
  • Do not take if you have a stomach or small intestine ulcer
Angelica:  [1]
  • Do not take if pregnant or breast feeding
    • *It is suggested that angelica can cause uterine contractions
There seems to be a theme of DO NOT TAKE WHEN PREGNANT...

Oki Doki Smokey!  That's the end of Part 1! 
Now that you are up to date as to WHY this tea would be beneficial, available, and the potential health risks, next week we can do the actual tea review! 

Thank you for bearing with me!

Endure and survive until next week!


I may even include a video of me playing TLoU. I'm not good at it, so it will be funny.

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