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July 11, 2020
Tea hasn't always been my cuppa’, but I've grown to love it. Here is my journey with tea.
“Tea time is a chance to slow down, pull back and appreciate our surroundings.” – Letitia Baldrige
I love this quote above from Letitia Baldrige, honestly I wish I had heard it when I was in boarding school. Growing up in the UK “tea time” was most definitely a thing. At 4:20pm each day we all met in the dining hall and had toast, butter, jam and the classic & disgusting marmite spread along with tea, which I soon learned was called ‘Builders Tea’. It was the traditional english black tea that was served with white sugar and milk. I indulged in it all (except the marmite of course), and found myself enjoying the warmth it brought after cold lacrosse sessions. These were my beginning days of drinking tea. Had I known to live the way I live now I think I would have savored that 20 minutes more, especially now as a mother. If you have 20 minutes to sit down and enjoy tea, toast and good company, well then you are living the good life my friends. [Pic from Pinterest]
At some point at boarding school I discovered the health benefits of green tea and gave that a whirl. Truth be told I hated it, but I wanted to be the tea drinker that didn’t require the syrups, milks, sugars and unnecessary elements of a modern day cup of tea. I wanted to drink tea “black”, is that a thing? Maybe that's my coffee lingo dropping in because I wish the same for my coffee life, but that's a story for another day. Apparently green tea is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet...It's packed with antioxidants, which if you didn't know are responsible for a long list of health benefits. Lowering the risk of heart disease, protecting against cancer, fat loss, reducing bad breath, help with type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, improved brain function and the best one, it may help you live longer! Literally who doesnt want all of those things in their life. So I forced myself to like green tea, and I still do to this day.
In college I began drinking tea almost every day, granted most of the time it was those Arizona tea cans that were so “cool”, but as Borat would say “Naaahhhttt”. But it was a great go to, to make my hangover recoveries more bearable. When I drank straight tea, it tended to be a lemon ginger blend, also for the next day post get down recovery brew, to help ease my gut and alcohol digestion. [Pic from Pinterest]
Story Time (Readers discretion advised)...One day in my boyfriend's dorm room, I had just brewed a pot of water on one of those quick and easy electric kettles. I poured my cup and bobbed my tea bag up and down a few times watching the colours and flavors infuse. I went and sat on the futon and placed my mug on the arm rest. Somehow, not sure how and can't really remember, but someone bumped the futon/my mug onto my body. Immediately I was burned and right on my stomach. The boiling water singed me through my clothes and stuck to my skin which was bubbling and blistering as a reaction to the burn. I had never experienced such immediate pain. I ran to the shower, cranked it on maximum coldness and jumped in it with all my clothes on. I was trembling with fear, my entire body had no idea what to do, I was having hot/cold flashes and became nauseous. After feeling the cold shower did all that it could to prevent the burn from getting worse I laid down on my boyfriend's bed with the wound exposed. Eventually things calmed down and I went to visit with the college nurse. I had a 2nd degree burn on my stomach, it was huge - the size of a boiled egg. My mama advised me to go to the plastic surgeon to see what topicals they could recommend to ease the consequences of a burn to that degree. After using creams daily and keeping it covered with a dressing for what felt like forever, I'm happy to say that barely a mark was left. It was slightly darker in skin colouring for a couple of years, but over time faded to become in alignment with the rest of my skin tone. After my pregnancy with Azalea, strangely enough the mark has become ever so slightly visible again, probably only to my eye since I know it well. But I'm blessed. I didn't drink tea for a long time after that, I think it's fair to say that I was scared. No pun intended. [Pic from Pinterest]
This one has my heart. I transferred to finish my degree in Paris and began drinking tea again. After long days working on my fashion degree I would drink a cup of chamomile and almost immediately fall asleep, sometimes I could barely finish the cup before my desperate need to sleep. It was just what I needed to rest my mind from all the work I needed to do as well as keep me calm post college transfer which had been a tough decision emotionally, but ultimately became the best move. I would also attend the Sunday service at the American church in Paris and after each sermon there was tea and coffee served. It was a great opportunity to meet new people, engage with the community and was where I met Welela, who would later become an incredible close friend of mine. I began learning more about teas & herbal remedies from her, if ever she came over or I went over, we had tea together. It brought me back to my boarding school days where tea was a time to sit, rest, be still, be with company. All in all admire the present moment with gratitude for being. [Pic from Pinterest]
One birthday I was gifted jasmine pearls. Like green tea this was one that I had to make an effort to like, but once I was used to it, I fell in love. Small balls of jasmine leaves that would expand and transform as you brewed them = Magic. It became a fascination of mine to watch the tea metamorphosis into the herbal medicine that I would then consume. I would set aside time each morning with my breakfasts to drink tea. I would read a daily intention and feel the warmth of the tea running through me. It was energy that I never realized was possible.
That same birthday I was gifted giant flower balls, at least that is what I thought they were. They smelled wonderful and I couldn't wait to see what they would become in my tea. These are none other than the most incredible teas to visually consume. The gradual process of the blooming flower once they have been submerged in hot water is a representation of life itself. I felt as though I was watching a National Geographic timelapse of a flower growing and blooming over the course of weeks. I learned patience through drinking this tea. I would wait until the flower was finished blooming before serving the tea, it taught me to wait just the right amount of time to brew tea. This is when you can truly experience the flavors, the temperature and the smells at their optimum standards.
Living in Paris for 2 years I had the honors to have exposure to many of the Moroccan ways as they would migrate to France and open up hookah bars and cafes. Fresh mint tea became my lifeline. When in Paris I was going through waves of good and bad eating habits, let's just call it an eating disorder. I was starving myself and anorexic, but also took a turn in the opposite direction when I lost my control and began binging. Paris, well France in general is known for its delicious bakeries and when you are living in Paris, you’re sure to live less then a block away from a bakery. I overindulged and hated myself for it. My stomach would hurt, cry for help and some sort of ease from the discomfort. This is why I say to you fresh mint tea was my saviour. I still to this day after a big meal, or when experiencing an upset stomach. Mint tea almost immediately alleviates any discomforts I have within my gut, my bowls and helps my digestive system get back on track.
This is a fermented tea that has become all the rage as of late. I have been through many phases of brewing and experimented with a variety of different flavors and scobys. I am constantly learning about this one especially since it requires fermentation, which is a whole other animal, but the flavor is groovy when you finally get a good batch! Plus we love putting it in our smoothies in this house :) Where by most teas are a great source for antioxidants, Kombucha is a great source for probiotics. Similarly to green tea, kombucha can help with your blood sugar control, weight loss and cancer but also because kombucha is a fermented tea it tends to be much more acidic, killing any harmful microorganisms.
Now fast forward to today, I still drink all of the above, but enjoy a sea of new herbs in my blends. I love trying new flavors, new blends, new infusions that are great for hot and cold brews, I love it all. It has been quite a rollercoaster ride to find myself where I am today, somewhat of a tea enthusiast. I can't say I know a lot, there's a lot to learn, and well I'm taking it step by step to learn at a pace that suits me best. I am listening to what my body loves, what helps me to heal and feel my best along with what hydrates me to my core.
After everything I have learned, the journey that tea has put me on is one that I wanted to share with our community. So I want to introduce you to our first in house blended tea ‘Peace Tea’. It is a gentle blend & wonderful herbal infusion for cultivating a calming space for relaxation of the mind, body & soul. Blended with love from organic herbs, flowers & berries, Peace Tea honors the need for balance & rest in our busy lives. With a smooth floral flavor, this uplifting blend provides a delightful way to unwind. This tea is a tasteful blend of mint and citrus fruit flavors, blended with aromatic flowers and berries. It’s the perfect beverage for relaxing, whether it’s the end of a hard day or you just want to enjoy a lazy afternoon.
“There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.” – Lin Yutang
I hope that you can find it in your day to enjoy yourself a cuppa’. Try a new kind if you still haven't found yourself loving what you have already tried. It's definitely worth it for the health benefits, the heart healing, the mind resting and all in all moments in a day with yourself to sit down and take care of You. With everything going on in the world right now it is so important to set aside time to step away from work, after the kids are asleep, first thing in the morning, whenever it's best for your schedule and just brew a cup of tea. The act of brewing the cup is an act of kindness to yourself, an act of love unto your body and an act of peace for the world.
August 03, 2020
I just discovered you after watching exploring alternatives and have been so greatly inspired by you and your journey. You have such a personable way of writing and this blog post made me feel more connected to you as a creator!
This blog post has created a space for me to reflect on my history and relationship with tea. I didn’t realize it was something I took for granted, the flavour and aroma, the time it takes to brew and consume, the way it makes me feel hydrated and positive afterwards, etc. Thank you for your insight and positive influence on the world!
July 14, 2020
Thanks for all the thoughts…. tea is a part of its own ❤️ Also thanks for the new updated web, I think it flow better ❤️ Love from Denmark
This blog post has been truly inspiring to me. I have always had a love/hate relationship with tea, but have always wanted to explore it some more. After reading your post I have decided I want to dive even deeper into my tea journey and try a few of these different kinds! Green tea here i come!
July 12, 2020
It’s so cool that you share your travel with tea. I really enjoy to read it. Thanks!
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