The Art of Making Tea-Beginner

16265627_1317595031654592_6083181443600359016_nI’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.  king-pigeonIt’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:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Begin with 2- 3 ingredients.  A general guide is that your daytime base should include green tea and a nighttime base a chamomile.
  4. 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
  5. Tea should be stored in a sealed container as air tight as possible and in a cool, dark place.

How to steep your tea:

  1. Fill your mesh ball half to 3/4 full with herbs.  The herbs will expand in the water.
  2. Pour hot water, not boiling, over leaves, flowers and stems.  Pour boiling water over roots.
  3. Put a plate over your cup and let it steep for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Lick your plate! A lot of the nutrients are there;)
  5. 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.’

e70d0feb032d7941406e7510ac604c0aThere 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!

 

 

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Buff Bride: How I’m Getting Ready For My Wedding Day

We’re getting married!

Planning our wedding has been fun with only some stress since we are keeping it simple.  We decided on a beach wedding with an exotic honeymoon in the rainforest of Puerto Rico!  We have no color scheme, just the backdrop of a sunset and ocean waters.  Just thinking about it is relaxing.

Our love story began December 8, 2012 at a powerlifting meet in Hattiesburg, MS.  It was my first competition, and I was a bundle of nerves and pre workout!  He had showed up to support his daughters who happened to be my teammates.

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My first thought about him was how inspirational he was, and he said it was my aura that drew him to me-:)  After the meet we all meet up at the restaurant to celebrate our wins.  He drove me home that night, and we both knew we hand discovered someone special.

We’ve had our ups and downs, but a perfect relationship isn’t perfect, it’s just that both people never give up.

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This might sound crazy (love can do that to ya!) but we’ve been engaged a couple of times before, but on March 26th of this year it was for real!  My baby told me he would never leave me, and he gave me his grandmother’s ring—again;)

I’m excited to be sharing my wedding journey with you in my Buff Bride Wedding Series, along with tips and diet advice to help you look and feel great for your big day!  It’s my hope that getting fit can be more about fun and an escape from all the mania that can come with wedding planning.

My first tip is to enjoy the journey, and here’s how:

  • When you feel stressed reflect on your love story.
  • Find humor in the small scale problems that pop up.
  • Laugh!  It decreases stress hormones, boosts your immune system and does wonders for your mood.

I would love to hear where you met your bride or groom, and see a couple’s photo!  Be sure to hashtag #healthyjustice when you share:)  Let’s go from barbells to wedding bells together!

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