Ever had a Tea Bath for Rejuvenation?

Have you ever had a tea bath for rejuvenation?!

Cleopatra was renowned for having milk baths…

Well, you may have a milk bath too if you wish, but I highly recommend a Tea bath! Tea leaves brewed into a bathful of antioxidants along with other therapeutic goodness of epsom salts and essential oils.
What better than a relaxing nice long soak in a hot bath on a cold winter night (for us it’s winter right now down under) or if it’s summer where you are, fill your bath up with cool water. Then lie back, breathe in the aromas of pure essential oils as they soak into your pores while you chill out and sip on a fresh cup of tea as well!

Mind you, this isn’t limited to just us women-folk, you men-folk fully deserve a rejuvenating bath as well. Or better still, if you’ve got an intimate loved one, soak together for a romantic night.
When was the last time you nurtured yourself?

I’ve had a pretty busy and hectic few months, from major upheavals in my personal life and in recent weeks, the throes of sorting, packing, running around, plus working as usual. Then some added new ventured activities like taiko drumming (Japanese art of taiko) and the return to some martial arts training again (to brush up my old muscle memory in this art) ended me up quite stiff and sore the last couple of days.

In the course of my sorting, I found a bath bomb that my son had gifted me last Christmas, and then a blueberry and acai facemask that my daughter had gifted me on my birthday. It’s the weekend, my muscles are exhausted, stiff and sore, it’s a cold winter night. Ha! perfect it’s calling out “Bath time!” I haven’t had a bath for ages, so I put the kettle on to brew some tea, and started to run the bath. Lit some tealight candles and placed them around the bath tub.

I plastered the facemask on my face, scattered into the bath a packet of epsom salt with sage and wintergreen leaves I’d picked up from Canada over a year ago, poured in another 30 drops of pure essential oil blend of cedarwood, frankincense and ylang ylang. Then I poured some tea from my teapot into a cup as my drink and the rest of the tea into the bath. Hopped into the bath and dropped in the fizzy bath bomb for the final fun. It was…  divinely amazing… to say the least!
(I used Elation Blend for this brew of tea)

Epsom salt is packed with magnesium which relaxes your muscles, also excellent for sore muscles. Plus while you’re lying there breathing, sipping your fresh tea in between, you can also do some self-massage. Rest one foot up on the other thigh and massage each foot. Then lift one leg up at a time and stroke your fingers down the backs of your legs firmly, rub them toward your hip to promote return of venous blood back to the heart.

Essential oils will soak beautifully through the pores to moisturise and nourish your skin. Pick any oils of your choice, and you can create a blend to suit your current state of mind and body. I picked Cedarwood because I love woody earthy essences plus Cedarwood and Frankincense are both excellent for promoting deep and calming breath. Frankincense also cleanses negativity and protects. Then a few drops (only a few because it’s a very powerful and strong oil) of Ylang Ylang (a tropical flower). Ylang Ylang is a sensual oil to help nourish and nurture the intimate part of self.

Soak for as long as you wish, scrub down your back with a gentle loofah or body brush, lie back on a bath pillow and close your eyes. When you’ve had enough, hop out and dab your skin gently with a soft towel, to allow the film of the lovely bath concoction to dry and soak into your skin.

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After my 40 minute soak, self-massage, and tea drinking, I hopped out of my bath, dried, dressed, pulled off my facemask and waltzed over to my yoga mat. There I spent another hour ironing out all my kinks from the week, months and day. When I finished, it felt a million dollars! All my aches and pains, twinges and stiffness were all gone. Restored! So now I’m typing this up as I sip on more tea, to share this wondrous feeling of wellbeing, before I slowly ease myself into bed and retire for the night.

I will miss having a bath when I move into my mobile home, but I shall dream and plan to, someday build myself a beautiful outdoor wooden solar bath tub, perhaps!

So if you haven’t tried a tea bath, or if like me, it’s been awhile and you truly need and deserve a bath, go try this tea bath for rejuvenation! Don’t forget the candles! They add to the ambience, turn the big lights off and relax in the glow of candlelight. If you like music, add that too. I prefer silence sometimes. Enjoy! and please share your experience in the comments section below. Or if you have any added tips and ideas, would love to hear them too.

Gentle reminder, the moving sale is still current. A 30% off for the whole of July. So browse the Tea Store now and type in the code MOVINGSALE! (in caps) at checkout, and if you’re in Australia, it’s also postage free.

Until next time, Happy Bathing and drinking tea!

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Are you emotionally intelligent?

If you’ve been connecting with me or following my posts and teas for awhile, you’ll know why I passionately created a range of tea blends specifically to complement your beautiful emotions. 

A natural result from all the healing work I do with my beautiful clients and also through my own personal life journey, I’ve come to find that 95% of our root anguish and blockages as a human being is emotional. None of us are exempted from being casualties in life. Life is laden with knocks, bruises and sometimes deep lacerated wounds. It is through healing and coming through storms that each cell and muscle of strength and wisdom grows and blossoms.

Are you emotionally intelligent?

Emotion is a word we give to describe sensations and feelings perceived through our minds and bodies. You’re fully aware of this as it’s the greatest gift as a human being, the ability to feel as all range of sensations and simultaneously perceive or describe it. Animals feel as sensations too but haven’t evolved the ability to simultaneously describe it. This may be an advantage or disadvantage, it depends.

Without description, the vicious cycle of mind-body loop is absent hence only primal instincts of survival and reproduction comes into play. All living beings will naturally gravitate toward what feels good and avoid what feels bad. Sensations are no different. When you feel heaviness and pain in the chest, head or stomach, clenching and tension in your muscles, nausea, constricted breath… you will naturally want to resist (fight) or run (flight).

So when you feel happy, excited, joyful, in love… your system floods with seratonins and endorphins,
you naturally welcome and indulge in those sensations.
When you feel sad, devastated, in grief…
it hurts in every single cell of your body, you naturally resist, deny or suppress.

So what’s emotional intelligence?

Emotional intelligence happens when you are aware, simple as that.
With and as awareness, changes happen, shifts occur, emotional energies release and move, wounds heal, brain rewires, beliefs fall. Space, lightness and new emerges…

Hence an emotionally intelligent awareness (you) flows as the sensations themselves, free of judgement of good or bad. However it may be sensed and perceived in the body, the sensations ride its course until it flows on, or dissipates into nothing. The energetic charge then diffuses. What do I mean by these words? Simply that emotions are pure energies, just like a raging thunder lightning storm. A storm does its thing then passes and gone.

During turbulent emotional states, it can be very unnerving and tumultuous. This may cause you to deny and resist by trying to escape for example with mind altering substances like alcohol, drugs or busy activities… just so you don’t have to feel that pain or face that fear. These may work for awhile, or even for years, as may happen with many of us in the suppression and denial of all our childhood emotional wounds.

However all energies are contained and housed in the body if they’re not processed through. Hence it brews and stews (yes, like teas and soups) and in some of us into a concoction of bitterness and hate. Deep seated anger or fears can lead to chronic dysfunctional behaviours like violence or anxiety, at the random activation of any of its related triggers. Then the all-hell-breaks-lose kind of outbursts are projected onto others who may or may not have anything to do with the cascades of pain and fears. Or it may lead to a total mental breakdown or worse, a fatal illness.

Psycho-energetic lingo aside, basically emotional intelligence is your awareness of the naturalness and beauty of being human. The feeling and processing through all your range of human emotional sensations as you are held in your own compassionate space. The mind will naturally label the sensations and automatically desire what it seems to like and avoid what it seems to not like. Nevertheless all sensations are allowed and honoured.

What I find works powerfully for me is to return to the breath. Breath is neutral, breath is life. By anchoring my awareness as breath alone, just the sounds and sensations of the breath, all other sensations takes its own course until it runs out of steam, however turbulent they may be. Interestingly enough, once it’s processed through, space and lightness results, and amazingly clarity and insight reveals. We don’t even have to try at all. It all happens by itself, almost effortlessly.

Okay so now let’s put the kettle on…
and whatever emotional state you are in currently, let’s just breathe…
as we sip on our favourite blend of tea aahhh…

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Now’s the time to stock up your tea pantry, with my upcoming move into my mobile home, I have to thin down my stocks to fit in the van. So it’s an opportunity for you to cash in on the 30% storewide sale on all teas until the end of July. Head over to the store now!  Type in the code MOVINGSALE! (all caps)

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Vegetarian Asian Dumplings

This week’s recipe and wholesome, fun and simple cook-up is Vegetarian Asian Dumplings. Even though I love Asian cuisines, I’ve always found it tricky when dining out because meats are a main ingredient in a majority of traditional Asian dishes. My daughters and I, who are vegetarians have found we haven’t been able to enjoy the lovely weekend brunch of “dim sum” which if you’re unfamiliar, is a kind of Chinese tapas. Hot, freshly cooked, straight out of the kitchen in small portions for you to pick from, all served in small bamboo steamers from trolleys that come by your table. Traditionally it has always been part of a lovely celebration with family and friends get-togethers, especially for a weekend brunch. Most dumplings served at restaurants and Asian cafes contain fillings of pork, chicken or seafoods.

So one Christmas we decided to whip up our own versions of dumplings, vego style! I usually keep life simple by picking up asian dumpling/gyoza (Japanese dumplings) wrappers from the freezer sections at Asian supermarkets, instead of making them from scratch. They’re an ideal texture and comes in packs of 30 or 50. They turned out absolutely delicious, but apart from fulfilling our tastebuds and tummies, the making of the dumplings turned out to be an amazingly social and relaxing experience. We found ourselves chatting and laughing as we experimented with different folding techniques and caught up about our latest life stories. So I decided to start the tradition of making a serving of Asian dumplings to go with whatever we have for Christmas every year… and while in the fun of making them, also place our thoughts and intentions into the dumplings for the upcoming new year!

These dumplings may be served as finger foods, snacks, or as a main meal accompanying other dishes. You may add meat to the ingredients if that is preferred, or use a variety of other vegetables. Dumplings taste delicious dipped in a sweet ginger and garlic vinaigrette sauce.

Vegetarian Asian Dumplings

Ingredients

500g pre soaked raw cashews (soak overnight)
3 cloves garlic
1 medium onion
3-4 stalks shallots/spring onions
drizzles of black sesame oil
himalayan salt and black pepper
1 pkt of gyoza/asian dumpling wrappers (30-50 sheets)

Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend them to mix well, into a rough texture. Add sesame oil and salt and pepper and stir in well. Proceed to make dumplings, techniques are shown in the youtube video by clicking this link here or the image below.
When dumplings are done they are cooked in the frypan with a techniques that’s half panfried half steamed. Panfried to brown and soak in the flavour of hot sesame oil and then covered to steam cook with a little bit of water for 1-2 minutes. Watch the pan doesn’t dry up and burn.

  • Other vegetables that may be used: mushrooms, bamboo shoots, zucchini.
  • Other filling base that may be used: pre soaked chick peas

Dipping Sauce

1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
1 cm slice of ginger (finely chopped)
1 medium fresh chilli (finely chopped)
2 tbsn sesame oil
3 tbsn apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp raw honey

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce bowl and stir to mix well or in a small jar with lid and shake them up to mix well, then serve in sauce bowl.

Asian Dumplings go really well with a fresh brew of green tea. Green tea compliments any Asian dish as its lightness enhances the exotic tastes of eastern flavours. Our very own organic Oz Green Tea with Lemon Myrtle measures up to superior standard, if not even better than any Asian green tea variety, especially to go with this dish. So try it!
Then let me know in the comments box below how you went!

Now click on image below and join me in making some dumplings!

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Raw Cacao Vegan Cheesecake

This is Week 3’s recipe for the 7-Week Wholesome Foods and Teas series, after some technical glitch wiped out my last three food blogs from my website and backup files! After this redo, I reckon I’m definitely sitting down to a fresh pot of Sentimental Blend with its beautiful Chamomile blossoms and African Honeybush in a base of Organic Assam Thunder.

One of my favourite raw desserts, Raw Cacao Vegan Cheesecake is a non dairy, non gluten, no sugar, no baking absolutely easy to make treat that will tantalise your tastebuds and is packed full of energy. Beats any commercial protein bars! I often have slices in the fridge and on a full day with clients’ appointments back-to-back and insufficient time to stop for a decent lunch break, a slice or two of these keep me on my toes packed with sustained energies. It’s light on your waistline and is guaranteed to impress the dinner guests. My son and his girlfriend who are not vegetarians nor vegans were unsure at first when I was going to serve out a “vegan cheesecake” for dessert but after their first mouthfuls, both nodded and went “Mmmmm… ”

It’s called a cheesecake because of it’s creamy texture but of course, because it’s vegan, cashews are used instead of cheese. Hence packed full of raw plant proteins. No cooking with heat also retains all its nutrients and life energy.

rawcheesecakeblog2Raw cacao, if you’re not familiar, is basically the purest 100% chocolate. Unlike commercial chocolate or cocoa it isn’t processed or added with sugar. Raw cacao powder (which is what we use in this recipe) is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans. It’s classified as a super food with one of the highest ratings of antioxidants and magnesium.

 

Raw Cacao Vegan Cheesecake

Ingredients

Filling Ingredients

3 x cups pre soaked raw cashews (overnight)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup raw honey
1 tspn vanilla essence
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup cacao nibs
12 pieces of cacao butter or 1 tbpn

Base Ingredients

1 x cup walnuts
1 x cup cashews
1 x cup pre soaked dates (soak for 30 mins)
1 tspn vanilla essence
1/2 cup shredded coconut

Directions

Filling

Place pre soaked cashews into a food processor with coconut oil, cacao butter, vanilla essence, half the amount of cacao nibs and raw honey. Blend until a creamy texture, then stir in the rest of the cacao nibs.
Spoon out the mixture into a bowl and refrigerate while you make the base.

Base

Place pre soaked pitted dates, walnuts, cashews, vanilla essence and shredded coconut into the food processor and blend well into a rough texture.
Grease a pie plate or pan and press the base mixture into it, pressing down tight and firm.
Dish filling mixture on top of the base and spread it out evenly. Put into freezer.
When it’s set, decorate the cake with fresh cut fruits.
Cut and serve with dollops of cream, yoghurt or coconut cream (vegan) or if cake was made in a square pan, cut into square slices.

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This dessert goes beautifully with a fresh brew of Sentimental Blend for relaxing at the end of a meal or Restoration Blend for further immune strengthening and a boost to your energies.

Click here or on the image below and watch the youtube video and whip it up yourself. Then let me know in the comments box below how you went, and if you enjoyed eating it. Would love to hear your thoughts and tips too.

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Quinoa Spinach Salad

This is Week 2’s recipe for the 7-Week Wholesome Foods and Tea series, a redo as the original post was pinged off the webspace mysteriously, after the recent switch of this website to a new server.

raw_quinoaThis Quinoa and Spinach Salad with all its other added wholesome ingredients like chickpeas and vegetables makes it one of my favourites. Tastes divine and SO easy to whip up! and of course packed full of goodness and nutrition.

If you’re not quite familiar with quinoa it’s a superfood of the grain world. It’s nature’s complete protein and
packed with nutrients like magnesium, iron, potassium and fibre. It’s a wheat-free complete protein that is almost a staple in a vegetarian or vegan diet. I’ve often been asked, “how do you cook Quinoa to perfection?” Generally I’ve always gone with the rule of 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water after it’s rinsed thoroughly. Then brought to boil and cooked covered for about 15minutes, until their white curly tails appear and they’re light and fluffy. Quinoa comes in either the white or red varieties.

This beautiful salad can be eaten on its own as a meal or as a side dish to a main meat dish (if you’re a meat eater) or another main vegetable dish.


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Quinoa and Spinach Salad

Ingredients

Baby/cherry tomatoes
1-2 red pepper/capsicum
1-2 stalks of fresh basil
generous lot of fresh spinach leaves
1 red onion
2 cloves of garlic
a handful of sliced sundried tomatoes
cooked organic chick peas
1 cup of cooked quinoa
100g creamy Danish Feta cheese

Slivers of fresh avocado for garnishing

Dressing

Olive oil
Kaffir lime oil (or any lime oil if available)
Mixed spices of grounded coriander, chilli, turmeric, fenugreek, cardamon and cumin
salt and pepper to taste

* all ingredients preferably organic

Directions

Chop fresh tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes and capsicum into small pieces or slices.
Chop onion, garlic and basil into fine pieces.
Mix everything together in a salad bowl. Add in cooked chickpeas and mix well with spices, olive oil, kaffir lime oil, salt and pepper.
Add cooked quinoa and generous loads of spinach leaves. Mix well with drizzled olive oil, lime oil, spices, salt and pepper.
Finally crumble feta cheese and mix well again adding spices, oils and salt to taste.
Serve and garnish with slices or slivers of avocado.

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This salad dish goes absolutely beautiful with a fresh brew of Sentimental Blend as you relax into your day or evening. Serve the tea hot if weather is chilly or cold and iced in a sweltering summer.

There are many variations of Quinoa salads, you can put together just about anything. Of course, if you’re vegan leave out the cheese. Try it, it’s so simple, no excessive effort at all, but overloaded with taste and nutrition.

Click here or on the image below and watch the Youtube video of me whipping this dish up for you!
Then leave a comment in the box below and share your thoughts, tips and ideas too. Would love to hear it!

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Vegetarian Baby Quiche

This is a redo of the first of the three wholesome foods and tea recipes that I’ve blogged in February-March recently. My website had changed it’s server to a new one this week, and after the event, I found three of my latest blogposts mysteriously disappeared! They were not even in my backup files whhhaaat??!! There’s technology for you! ha

This first recipe and cook-with-me is a healthy, quick and wholesome whip-up of baby quiches, ideal for breakfast with a fresh pot of Fortitude Blend to begin your day. Fortitude Blend will kickstart your energies and boost your immune system to take you through anything that comes your way and the quiches are packed with proteins and vegetables. Also brilliant as a light lunch with a serve of your favourite salads or slipped into your kids’ or hubby’s lunchboxes!

Vegetarian Baby Quiches is Week 1 of a 7-Week Wholesome Foods and Tea series. The key to all recipes in this series is simplicity, quick yet delicious and packed with nutrition. We all lead busy lives these days whether we’re young professionals fulfilling demanding jobs, young mums running around after the littlies all day or middle to elderly aged we have other creative activities to pursue. Instead of spending half a day in the kitchen, why compromise the goodness for our living bodies by grabbing takeaways (or take outs as you may say in your country) cooked with high laden processed and trans fats and low grade ingredients? So much wiser to chop up freshest organic vegetables and throw them all together in less than 10 minutes and voila, have a quick yet scrumptious home cooked meal or snack, to sit and relax into or grab on the run.

Vegetarian Baby Quiche (can add meats if you’re a meat eater)

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Ingredients

Assorted vegetables of Mizuno, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms
(You can used any variety of vegetables that you like e.g. baby spinach, red onions, carrots, sweet potatoes, etc.)

6 x large free range eggs

200ml carton of fresh cream

100g of crumbled Feta cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

  • all ingredients preferably organic

Directions

Preheat oven to 200’C and lightly oil patty pans with coconut oil. Chop all vegetables up to tiny pieces and distribute them into the patty pans. Crumble in feta cheese. In a mixing bowl, break the 6 eggs and beat them up. Add 100ml of cream, then check consistency. If too thick add another 100ml. Add salt and pepper, stir and scoop them into the patty pans to cover the vegetables.

Pop them into the oven and check after 20 minutes by touching the top of quiche. If springy but firm it’s cooked. Turn the oven off and bring them out to cool. When cooled gently remove them from the pans onto serving plates. Quiche goes yummy dipped in a blue cheese aioli or french mustard sauce, or simply plain as itself with some vegetable garnishings like sprouts and herbs.

A hot brew of Fortitude Blend will complement the flavours and nutrition of this dish. Or if the weather and season is hot and summery, serve beautifully with cold glasses of iced teas of the blend.
Remember for iced teas, brews can be made earlier or the day before and kept in the fridge to cool. Also make sure when brewing for iced teas, use more leaves to make a stronger brew, as they will be diluted with melting ice blocks.

Click here or on the video image below and view me making the quiches, then try them yourself and let me know how you go! Also if you have any queries, suggestions, tips and ideas, jot them into the comments box below. If you love wholesome foods and teas and haven’t yet join our community of passionate tea lovers, pop your name and email in the box below and get your freebie and welcoming discount to try some teas, also to keep enjoying everything I share about aliveness and teas.

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Happy New Year 2017!

It’s that time of the year again. The number is edging toward the end on that 2016 calendar and diary! Christmas festivities just over, you may have had some wonderful or not-so-wonderful experiences as family and friendship gatherings may have led to resurfacing of old wounds or beautiful memories, painful or loving.

Even though time is a concept, the earth orbits around the sun just like it does and always has, yet we’ve broken it up and separated it into another day, month and year. Nevertheless tis all good fun and most of all, an invitation to shed some burdens and lighten your load or spring clean totally and allow new beginnings to blossom! A quote came upon me two days ago which I love… “Let go or be dragged!” 

Not that there really is a letting go as such but when old sensations, beliefs and ideas emerge fully and release themselves whether you describe them as pains, wounds, hurt, trauma… they diffuse, crumble and yes may even vanish into a puff of smoke! Like soap bubbles popping… clarity emerges that life however it is and you however you are, and others however they are, is simply this passion play as life doing itself.

Just like the spring cleaning of your home, when old emotions, thoughts and beliefs that disempower or cripple… vaporises… all that’s left is space, peace and a bursting expanded heart. Your own love floods as simply this, this beautiful rawness and beauty as a human being, in all your wondrous fresh aliveness.

The new emerging space is now the fertile ground for so-called new beginnings! Without blockages, barriers and cloudiness the heart expands and creates infinitely. Which brings me to the sort of topic I wanted to touch on in this post New Year Resolutions!

I reckon as human beings, we’re divided into a few groups at this time of the year:

  1. those who totally believe in New Year Resolutions
  2. those who don’t believe in New Year Resolutions
  3. those who don’t know if they believe or not believe in New Year Resolutions
  4. those who are Que? what resolutions?!!

Which one are you?

I used to be no. 2 when was a “spiritual” sort because all my beliefs were based on trusting the universe and higher source into whatever. Then it changed into a no.1 for awhile and I loved it, with all the intense beliefs as Law of Attraction and Manifestation etc. Amazingly by the end of every so-called calendar year I would just about always find nearly all items on my New Year’s Resolutions list ticked off! Now I am actually a no.1 and no.4 simultaneously… why?

Well… seems to be that’s how it’s happened. I still like to write my aims, goals and intentions down on a piece of beautiful paper or on the back of my new diary, with deepest conviction. I also thrive on the sensations and beliefs of growing, learning and ever creating.

However, resolutions are more movable goalposts, ideas and intentions that are also simultaneously happening and ever emerging so basically not fixed… and totally open. The focus and attention is also not in the idea of future but simply is just this.. here. Simply because there is actually no-thing that’s fixed nor defined and everything is infinitely possible, fresh, unknown and wondrously doing itself, as a Me and You and Us! and life! For example, I have not listed down on my list since ten years ago… but this year love and falling in love came to me and happened. If I’d been too rigid about goals and expectations, I might have missed the boat altogether Ha!

So in other words I still like writing down so-called resolutions or intentions, mainly because I love writing anyways. However, what’s written, thought, felt and wished are all simultaneously flowing as a joyful knowing that all facets of my life dances itself as its own beautiful dance of wonder and awe… however the choreograph goes. Ultimately you are your beliefs. If you believe, anything goes. If you don’t believe, you don’t. 

Alice: This is impossible

The Mad Hatter: Only if you believe it is. 

So as we wrap up the year, whether you believe or not, however you believe, such is how you flow or not. There is no right nor wrong, better nor worse, you simply are your seeming choices and beliefs. These words of empowerment came to me this week. If it resonates for you too, take it and feed those spacious fertile grounds… and watch new seeds grow!

Life… You… isn’t a losing game
In actuality there is no winning nor losing
Only ideas and beliefs of such.

However in the ideas and beliefs of winning and losing…
There is no loser, ever, life
You either win or you learn
Winners are losers who continue to get up and keep going. 

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your connection with me through my Tuwawi teas. Thank you for drinking my teas, reading my  blogs and chatting, smiling, laughing and crying with me… for sharing your humanness as mine. As we enter 2017 my deep sense is an exciting year of tremendous change… what about yours? As you sit and reflect the year gone and emerge as the newfound space and fertile grounds, I would like to share you the good old fashioned tradition of  Auld Lang Syne with its beautiful sentiments of let bygones be bygones… with a cuppa kindness, love and excellent tea! Click here or the image below for the video of the tune from my heart to yours for a Happy New Year 2017! NB: I’m an amateur muso!

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How about you? Would love to hear your words and thoughts too? Please share in the comments box below!

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Why is Tea good for your health?

We’ve heard and get told all the time, “Teas are full of antioxidants so good for your health!”

What exactly does that mean? Why is tea good for your health?

Apart from tasting good and making you feel somewhat very relaxed when you rest, sit down and sip on a cup of tea, there is a lot more to that humble cup of tea that has seen it come from a journey originating in the mountains of China from about 1500BC.
Here are some of the positive traits of tea:

  • Teas strengthen your immune system especially organic Green, Chamomile, Rooibos, Chai and Yerba Mate (which are all found in Tuwawi’s synergistic emotional blends). This helps to ward off the winter colds, prevent headaches, tension and stress. Black and green teas also help lower blood sugar levels, preventing diabetes.
  • Teas contain a unique amino acid called L-theanine which has been found in scientific tests to increase alpha brain waves (relaxing meditative state) but without causing drowsiness. As such it is a calming antidote for stress and shock. Having a breather during the day with a tea break relaxes the mind in the home and workplace for productivity and resourcefulness but without compromising alertness and focus. This is also why traditional eastern tea ceremonies of China and Japan began as a spiritual impetus for mind concentration, meditation and meetings for philosophical discussions.
  • Teas contain antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that neutralise and combat the harmful effect of “free radicals” which causes cellular damage to your body. Free radicals may result from our body’s physiological processes or from our environment e.g. from diet, stress, alcohol, smoking, pollution etc. Excess free radicals causes illnesses, premature ageing and cancer. Fresh plant foods are packed with antioxidants but a good brew of high quality organic tea is powerful as well as a daily dose of antioxidant.
  • Tea especially Green Tea is being hailed by clinical nutritionists as a natural antidepressant. An active compound called ECGC (epigallocatechin gallate) in green teas have been shown to counteract depression and anxiety symptoms. It works by balancing the brain’s GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) chemical i.e. “nature’s valium”. That’s why Tuwawi’s Melancholy Blend with its base of organic Japanese sencha (green tea) and our very own Oz Green with lemon myrtle have exquisite and powerful uplifting effects.
  • Minerals, trace elements and vitamins are found contained in various teas hence a brew of premium organic leaves infuses these goodness into your mind and body. Some of them are iron, zinc, potassium and magnesium.
  • Apart from all the benefits listed above, drinking tea has simply become an increasingly popular, trendy and enjoyable culture across all age range and gender. The growing refined appreciation of tea has seen it as much an art as the culture of drinking fine wines, but without the adverse effects of alcohol. The Contemporary British Tea Culture has elevated the indulgence of tea to a whole new level, which isn’t something new in the ancient eastern cultures of China where teas originated from.
    Teas are also being savoured as part of the culinary delight and complement to fine and wholesome meals. Not to mention, with its immense health qualities, herbal tea remedies are also widely used in the areas of healing and restoration.

So hesitate no more, put the kettle on, and join the culture and art of enjoying the nourishing and beneficial properties of a mighty brew of premium tea!

Finally I’ll end with this quote I stumbled upon one day…

“If the day is a sentence, tea for me is the punctuation”

~ Andy Callaghan

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Please feel welcomed to share your thoughts, experiences and knowledge on your passion with teas in the comments section below. Would love to hear your voice!

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What type of Yoga for you?

I’ve had an array of questions asked with regards to Yoga, especially from many who are new to Yoga. So in this post I’d like to attend to What Type of Yoga for you?

I will present the information in a Q & A kind of format to make it simpler and to the point.

Q: What type of yoga should I practise or learn?

A: There are various styles of yoga. The traditional ones range from Iyengar, Ashtanga, Hatha to Raja , Bhakti, Karma Yoga… etc the list is endless. Usually they’re named after the creator and founder of the particular style. As with all things yoga also evolves and newer styles have emerged in the last few decades such as Flow Vinyasa and Yin Yoga.
The style that suits depends on the individual… the age, physical state, lifestyle and also preference.
Some styles like Ashtanga and Vinyasa are very dynamic and energetic combining breath, movement, postures and balance so may not suit chronically injured bodies or those with compromising health issues. Gentler styles include all grouped under Hatha or Yin Yoga. The best thing to do is to google up a bit about the style then find a yoga studio of such in your closest town or city. Then go try a class. All yoga classes will always allow new students to pay and try for one first initial class before committing, if they don’t, go somewhere else!

Each teacher is different again and their personality has to resonate and sync for you. So if the style and teacher feels right, then you’re just about all set to embark on your awesome yoga journey, which may and can change your life! Whatever your age, gender and body type.

Q: Do I have to bend into pretzels?

A: All good yoga teachers and classes will always work in sync with you. Even in very dynamic and energetic styles all guidance are given from the place of an invitation to work into poses and postures. The main principle of yoga is Ahimsa i.e. non-violence and that begins with… non violence to your self, your body. You should always be taught and guided to practise within the wisdom of listening to your own body. If not, it’s probably not the right teacher or studio! Yes perhaps time to look for another.

The body takes time to open up what has evolved into locking itself up over the years through lifestyle, stresses, injuries, illnesses and mind states. So it will take perseverance, patience and wisdom to work into its opening and balance, especially if you begin yoga at a later age in life.

Q: Is Yoga a religion or belief system?

A: Yoga is not a religion.
Yoga was a practice originally for the pursuit toward enlightenment. Some may still claim such. I can vouch that it is not, as much as it is a wholesome kind of mind-body practice.

Yoga may be a belief system because it embodies a whole package of beautiful philosophies for mind, body and spirit. All positive and nourishing so totally harmless, in fact can be very beneficial for stress management because it teaches many calming breathing practices and awareness. Many have also healed their emotional wounds, changed perspectives and overall thrive as better humans through the restorative nature of all yoga philosophies and postures.

Yoga works on every level… the physical, emotional and mental. Also for many, including the level they may term as “spiritual”  denoting the deep personal heart levels, which are all intermingled and connected anyway. So all in all, to me yoga has always been just simply wholesome! Though these days I’m not one of any held beliefs, yoga can still be embraced for its physical and mental balancing qualities. Plus it’s simply fun! and feels totally awesome on the body after.

Conclusion: I’ve had a history of chronic mental and physical imbalances in my past, and my body also houses many past physical injuries like shoulder dislocation (from martial arts), herniated lumbar disc, cervical whiplash and knee ligamental tears.
I was also labelled “depression” once upon my long lost past.
Yoga wasn’t the only key to my healing but was a part of the whole picture toward my journey of self-restoration and wellbeing.

On a physical level, in light of all my past injuries I would be in pain and live a decrepit life of limitations if it wasn’t for Yoga. With my committed and well-loved yoga practices I am able to maintain a totally pain-free body full of energy and vitality, and as body and mind are never ever separate, thus also is the general state of this mind!
Yoga to me is strength, flexibility and balance… both body and mind!

Having said all that, it’s still not the end all of everything. As with all things in life, it may not be for everybody. So the best way id to try and find out. Other restorative, strengthening and balancing exercises like Taichi, Qigong, Feldenkrais and Pilates are various other great physical practices as well.

Here below this post is a video I did recently for you, if you’re new to yoga… so you can experience and taste it safely.
I will be sharing more gradually, if you wish any particular ones, shoot me a reply in the comments box below. If you have any questions, please do such as well!

Please note: These videos and blogs are NOT a substitute for a proper professional yoga class or personal instruction. While I am and still hold a trained teacher qualification, simple videos and directions from a blog or video is never as good as a physical class. So if yoga resonates for you, the next step is to find a studio or teacher near you! As we say in yoga Namaste xx

Thank you for connecting with me, and please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments box or on my social media pages. I love them! After a yoga practice or try-out, or simply while watching my videos what better than a pot or cuppa Tuwawi Tea. Yogis particularly love my Restoration and Fortitude Blend check them out!

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What is your Passion?

This month’s blog I’m going to touch on this thing called Passion…

followheartresizeIn my household all we’ve ever known is living true to our hearts’ passions and flowing as such. Mind you… this isn’t always a seeming journey without the challenges of obstacles or creeping doubts. A few years back my two older kids James and Jessica (who are young adults now) exclaimed in astonishment during one of our vibrant chats at the dinner table, when they found that their classmates at school had no idea what their passions are. As they were approaching the end of their high school years, these young teenagers were faced with the stressful dilemma of what to embark upon after school, seemingly for the rest of their lives.

My kids who knew then what they were passionate about, could not understand being asked those sorts of questions by their classmates, let alone knew how to answer them

 

“What is your passion?”
“How do you know your passion?”
“How do you find your passion?”

So our dinner table conversation that night turned into a most lively discussion.

The sad thing is when you are so numbed to the conditioning and programming of your familial, cultural, social and educational expectations, you end up not knowing what your passion is. Your life and perceptions become so confined within the limitations and acquired boxes of beliefs and expectations. You don’t even realise you are living and functioning on auto-pilot, just running on programs that have been installed into you.

This is still fine and happens, the majority of the human race seems to unconsciously operate in such a mode. You may not even notice nor care. Or you may be one who might wake up one fine day and realise your whole life is slipping past and seems an utterly meaningless existence. Worse still it may get to the point where there is no motivation nor drive to get out of bed. Or you deplore what you do for a living and life becomes a depressive torturous existence lacking in lustre and aliveness.

You as a human are a living being with an objectified brain that thrives on creations, expansions and flow. Creativity doesn’t necessarily mean just art or music. Creativity flows from passion and expresses in any shape or form, and through any means.

Passion by my definition is when it feels in sync deep within your heart and guts, regardless of whether it makes any logical sense or not. Be it a cause, creation or activity… the sign that it’s a passion is when time stops, you lose a sense of self or space and there is a sensation of its own flow. Passion simply feels alive and your heart sings and smiles, simple as that!

Passions can and may end up being the way it sustains your living, or it may be something on the side for you temporarily. Passions may change or not, just like everything else, life is a passionate flow of itself. Life itself is meant to be passion at its rawest… watch a caterpillar morph. bees pollinating, puppies at play! We’ve all fallen in love before, that’s what passion is.

So if you still aren’t passionate or wish to know the answer to “How do I find my passion?” my answer to you would be… You don’t find your passion. Your passion emerges, seemingly finds you!
As you naturally shift out of your limitations and your old beliefs crumble… passion and aliveness emerges itself because it is already you! and you simply reveal and unfold, and start to blossom into infinite possibilities.

So it’s for this reason that I’ve put together Tuwawi’s Passion Blend. With it’s exquisite premium leaves of Organic Snow View Darjeeling with dried rose petals and buds, the blend is infused with a very subtle sweetness and flavour that celebrates the opening of your heart as it loses itself in its own creation.

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Darjeeling Snow View tea is an exquisite black tea grown in the Darjeeling region of northern India, at the base of the Himalayas. The UK Tea Council has coined it the “Champagne of Teas,” in honour of its unique flavour. Apart from its obvious antioxidants, Darjeeling tea is also very nurturing for your digestion.

In line with this, check out also Tuwawi’s Heart Creations section where I will share all my passions. Some of them may coincide with yours too and eventually I would love to invite you to share if you care and wish. Teas are one of my many passions and I love and enjoy bringing teas to you through all my passionate activities and endeavours. Join me in Heart Creations for inspirations and fun, as you enjoy each brew of Tuwawi’s Emotional Blends. I would so dearly love to hear about your heart passion/s and thoughts on these too so please share in the comments box below. Would love to hear your beautiful voice and words!