Every morning, I butterfly my eyes open, place one hand on my belly and the other on my heart and express gratitude for the mere fact that I am alive and breathing. I venture into my quiet, dark kitchen to quietly drink my cleansing lemon water. All of this is lovely, but the best part of the morning before the rest of my house awakes is tea time.
First, I check in... How is my body feeling? And almost always, there's a tea for that! I have made the act of brewing the perfect cup of tea a ceremony, a spiritual ritual. While I wait for my water to boil, I look at the loose leaves and herbs and notice the details, the smells, and the colors. I pour the hot water over the tea and watch the leaves slowly expand and alter the color of the water. It is a magnificent sight if we take time to pause and observe.
I then take my tea outside and honor the fact that this tea is of the earth and so am I and immediately, I'm more connected. Now, I realize that I could be over analyzing the simple act of sipping tea, but it has been such a comforting ritual in my life since I was in high school. I always remember my mother drinking green tea and when I went to college, I would always buy the same green tea she brewed at home and my homesick vibes were cured almost instantly. I began to see tea as an opportunity for ritual and ceremony and I'm certainly not the first to experience it this way. Cultures all over the globe take time to savor the ceremony of tea.
When it serves you, take the time to EXPERIENCE tea. Awaken your senses to the transformation it will bring in your body, mind, and spirit. For thousands of years, tea has been used as medicine due to its incredibly healing properties; but beyond that, it is a moment to pause, reconnect, and have a ceremony for the mere fact that you are alive and breathing on this Earth right here, right now.
If you're looking for the perfect tea for your ceremony, visit the RFY boutique and try out one or several of the beautiful blends we have to offer. Whether you're looking to relax or heal, there's a tea for that!
People's Green Tea: Unlike black and oolong teas, green tea undergoes less processing so it retains more of its beneficial properties. It is most widely known for its polyphenols, which are strong antioxidants. It is also calorie-free. It is lightly caffeinated.
Sage: Refreshing sage is an ancient herb known to help keep the body cool and calm, even in the midst of hormonal surges that can occur during menopause. It has also been known to keep memory sharp.
Biodynamic Turmeric Cinnamon: Harvested from self-sustaining, ecological farms in Sri Lanka, this blend is reputed to balance and support a healthy response to inflammation.
Dandelion: Arabian physicians revere this root for its cleansing properties and as a natural aid for digestion. This "wonder herb" is unique in flavor, functionality, and full-body benefits. This certified organic blend blends the roasted dandelion root with a touch of French vanilla, making it a nice alternative to coffee without the caffeine.
Get Wellness: This yummy blend fortifies your system with immune-boosting organic rooibis, echinacea and astragalus. It also contains ashwaghanda (Indian ginseng) which is said to increase health and longevity.
Get Happy: The bright flavors of lemon myrtle and peach, blended with a base of organic rooibos balance out with the calming properties of lemon balm, St John's wort, and rhodiola for a mood-enhancing experience.
Get Some ZZZ's: Organic rooibis, soothing chamomile, passionflower, and the mellowing powers of valerian gently lull you toward blissful rest. The flavonoids of the passionflower have been shown to have calming effects. You won't have to contend with the morning "hangover" that often results from sleep-aids, as the Valerian used in this blend do not interfere with REM sleep.
Get Relaxed: The mood mellowing begins instantly with the calming aromas of lavender and rose petals. A blissful blend of health-promoting organic rooibis laced with nerve-soothing chamomile and passionflower, along with Eleuthero root which is known to reduce stress.
Happy sipping, yogis!