Drinking a special “brew” before you meditate can help you focus. Try these warm and relaxing elixirs for a truly magical meditation.
The act of making tea can be a meditation all in itself, as I wrote in my previous post. When you start a meditation practice why not add a fragrant blend of tea in a beautiful mug. We have a wonderful tea shop in Sicamous and store owner Heidi can help you pick your perfect blend. Go to Tea Desire to pick out a beautiful mug and a variety of tea pots!
I must add a bit of caution when blending herbs that you intend to ingest. Please make sure that the tea and herbs are not a contradiction in combination with any medications you are currently taking or any physical condition you may have.
Many teas can be quite expensive but you can also utilize tea you may already have in your pantry. For example if you have a teabag with chamomile and mint, simply empty the contents into a tea diffuser or tea ball. You will want to use half the amount for one cup of tea and use the rest for another hot relaxing brew.
Here are a few blends for you to try that I enjoy and have been able to taste on different yoga trainings and retreats.
Victoria Green Tea with Rose Meditation Tea
2 teaspoons of green tea
1 teaspoon of dried rose petals
pinch of lemon balm ( I love fresh leaves in the summer)
Brew dried rose petals and lemon balm for 1.5 min. Add green tea for another 1.5 min. Green tea can become bitter if brewed too long. Put your blend into your favourite cup or mug. Loft the tea up to your face and breath in the aroma.
Bali Ginger, Lemon, Lime & Lavender Tea
1/4 of fresh lemon.
1 wedge of fresh lime.
1 to 1.5 inch of fresh organic lemon.
tsp of honey.
1/2 tsp of lavender flowers
Squeeze lemon and place in cup. Gently squeeze lime and place in cup. Peel and slice the ginger and add to cup. Sprinkle in lavender flowers. Steep for 5 minutes. Pour in mug and add raw honey. This is more of a stimulating tea rather than traditional calming tea. Reduce ginger if it is too much. I did not have the lavender in bali but when back home in Sicamous I sprinkled in and loved it.
Additionally and already for you to drink is this wonderful Ayurvedic blend that you can purchase at Tea Desire online or in store is called:
Tulsi Lemon Tree:
This is a true relaxing herbal tea blend with Tulsi also know as 'Holy Basil' Tulsi in Sanskrit means 'the incomparable'. It is considered to be one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda. It is used for many different conditions one of them is to relief stress.
Ingredients: rooibos tea, tulsi herb, basil leaves, lemongrass, liquorice, ginger bits, pink pepper kernels, sunflower blossoms, flavouring, peppermint leaves, lemon peels, black pepper and it is caffeine free.
From an Ayurvedic perspective, while tulsi is certainly beneficial to physical health, it is especially renowned for its ability to benefit the mind and spirit.
Purchase here: https://www.teadesire.com/products/tulsi-lemon-tree
Tipi Camp Simple Chai Tea for two
1 Tetley tea bag (decaf)
1 Chai Tea Bag ( decaf)
2 tsp of raw honey
2 cinnamon stick‘s
Into a beautiful tea pot place both tea bag’. Pour in hot water to fill to the teapot. Steep for 5 minutes. Pour into two tea cups. Add the honey and cinnamon stick. You can also add milk if you wish a more milky coffee. I like to use my milk foamer and make it into more of a latte!
Sit with your friend and bring cup to your face to breath in the spicy aroma with your eyes closed. Sip your tea and taste the simplicity of the chai. Share a cup of tea together and connect or meditate quietly in peaceful companionship.
One more tip I love to do which I experienced with Paul and Karuna while on a Heart Yoga trip to Bali is infused ginger honey. I purchase honey from Bulk Barn in a glass mason jar. I then cut up fresh ginger and sugar ginger and place in the honey. It is wonderful in the winter months and I add to my cup of Tetley tea with a slice of lemon.
Try the Meditation for The Anchored Heart Below with your tea and then you can journal what arises. Note the tea you had and all ingredient. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog! Please comment and share your thoughts or experience & please LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE to my You Tube Channel. I truly do appreciate it! Find out more at www.georginakylloyoga.com
Resources & much gratitude to:
Check our Tea Desire in Sicamous: https://www.teadesire.com/collections/all-teas
The Witch’s book of Self-Care by Aron Murphy-Hisock.
Karuna & Paul Erickson of Heart Yoga www.yogaKaruna.com