I’ve always been a coffee lover but, I have to admit, the health and wellness benefits of tea are appealing. There is something sweet and romantic about tea that I find intriguing. A couple of weeks ago I saw an ad that a local yoga studio was hosting a workshop on the ‘Art of Tea Making’ so I was excited to satisfy my curiosity.
Herbologist and Yoga Instructor, Brandy Manguno, led the half yoga and half tea making workshop. It was magnificent! I left feeling relaxed and empowered to begin my tea adventure!
Brandy began by sharing how Earth gives healing to us by way of her plantlife. It’s so easy to pop a pill for our ailments, but if you want to give your body a chance to receive God-given organic methods for healing, tea making is a way to do that.
Whatever your issue there seems to be a tea remedy, i.e. cold–lemon balm; depression— skullcap; insect repellant–lavender; PMS–chamomile.
Here are some of the basics I learned from Brandy’s, “Art Of Tea Making Tea-Beginner” workshop:
Tea Basics 101
What you need:
- Make sure your tea is fresh and organic. Here are websites that provide quality herbs: http://www.wildweeds.com http://www.jeansgreens.com http://www.mountainroseherbs.com
- The scoop on prepackaged tea bags: The downside of tea bags is that the plants become more oxidized so they lose a large portion of their flavor and medicinal value. The positive side is the convenience. Selecting organic brands will ensure fewer chemicals and pesticides will make their way into your hot cup.
- Begin with 2- 3 ingredients. A general guide is that your daytime base should include green tea and a nighttime base a chamomile.
- Brandy provided mesh tea balls for everyone. I have found it easy to use for a newbie like me. Here is a link for a small mesh tea bag infuser: https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/catalog/teas/accessories#product-1698
- Tea should be stored in a sealed container as air tight as possible and in a cool, dark place.
How to steep your tea:
- Fill your mesh ball half to 3/4 full with herbs. The herbs will expand in the water.
- Pour hot water, not boiling, over leaves, flowers and stems. Pour boiling water over roots.
- Put a plate over your cup and let it steep for 8-10 minutes.
- Lick your plate! A lot of the nutrients are there;)
- Add honey, lemon, milk and enjoy!
Later on that week I shared with Brandy that I made tea from the herbs I mixed in class and it was nasty!😝 I gave it another shot and used less of my blend and it was much better.
Brandy said, give your tea a chance for your palatte to accept. Treat tea making just like cooking. You are learning to put a little more of this and a little less of that.
The Romantic Aspects of Tea:
The act of drinking tea can be a luxurious experience. Savoring the smell and taking time to sip your tea is very soothing and relaxing. It’s a simple way for all of us busy folks to ground ourselves and have a bright spot in our day.
With Valentine’s Day almost here you might be wondering about a ‘modern day love potion.’
There are many herbs that can boost libido for women and men. A tea that Brandy mentioned for women is hops and for men, red clover, but there are many more!
When you live with many stresses in life it can take the passion out of your sails. Including tea time as a regular part of your day can recharge your batteries and provide a mental, physical and spiritual boost. It’s a simple way to take control of your health.
If you would like more information on Brandy, her workshops, or a consultation her website is http://yoga-llc.com/about/
Her tea blends are sold at Cosmic Karma in Mandeville.
Tea making is more of an adventure that I ever realized! I hope this inspires you to take a plunge into the world of tea. Enjoy Your Tea Adventure!