The Art of Tea

January 24, 2019

The Art of Tea

So, why build a tea company? How does tea connect with intentional living? The answer may surprise you as the history and lore of tea and its connection to purpose is centuries old. First, it's important to understand the history of medicinal plants is an ancient one. According to renowned herbalist, JJ Pursell, author of The Herbal Apothecary, herbs have been used for over 60,000 years since the Paleolithic Era. In fact, he suggests we have legitimate documentation of medicinal herbs dating as far back as the Sumerians in ancient Mesopotamia over 5000 years ago.

Even though many of us have forgotten the power of plants in our modern lives, this reconnection and deeper understanding of the bounty that surrounds us is more important than ever. We have the ability to grow and cultivate what we need to be healthy and whole but most of us are so distracted by everyday noise, we’ve turned off this wisdom. Since plant medicine was sidelined as inferior to modern medicine, we must acknowledge the recent resurgence and effectiveness of natural remedies such as garlic, apple cider vinegar, turmeric and mint. Many of us have experienced the physical benefits of a natural path and intuitively spice food based on what our bodies need. I am not an herbalist, or an expert by any means, but I am a passionate hobbyist eager to reclaim the knowledge of my ancestors and this lost art.

The process of steeping loose leaf tea is beautiful. Since preparing tea requires patience, it’s a perfect opportunity to bring quiet and focus into our lives. The boiling water releases the hidden properties within the plant and is a wonderful metaphor for the awakening of our own awareness to the mysteries of life. Commitment to quiet during the 3-5 minutes the tea is steeping, is not only a wonderful addition to the day, but is the start to cultivating our true purpose.

Part of living an intentional life is learning to grow food and understanding our connection to the land. Many people have returned to backyard gardening and even container gardening for city dwellers. Regardless of the scale of the endeavor, there is joy eating fresh from a plant that is lovingly grown. Herbs are an easy way to start this process and a wonderful way to begin crafting your own tea blends and remedies.

My yoga teacher for over ten years, Dharma Richards, often says the root of the word spiritual is ritual. Regardless of the path you walk, the art and ritual of tea and its preparation can assist you on the journey of bringing purpose and presence to your life. We are grateful you’ve found us and invite you to help us build an intentional community together.

Now, more than ever, we need the power of positive intention for the benefit of all and the harm of none.




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