Ever so often, I discover the tea rituals, steeped memories and infused advice of friends. That being said, I'm thrilled to share this guest post written by my friend and colleague, Jolene. Jolene Hart, CHC, AADP is a Philadelphia-based writer and founder of Beauty Is Wellness, a natural beauty and health coaching practice. She teaches women to use their nutrition and lifestyle choices to look and feel their best from the inside out. She is regular contributor to wellness and lifestyle publications including Whole Living, Organic Spa, Healing Lifestyles & Spas, Yoga Journal, Allure, Boho, Delicious Living, Dr. Oz’s YouBeauty.com and The Huffington Post‘s Healthy Living section. So steep a cup and peek at her tea memories and beautiful wisdom below. And if you're still hungry for more, skip over to her site for deliciously thoughtful recipes.
Guest Post from Jolene Hart of Beauty is Wellness:
As a girl, I didn’t go for soda (the bubbles tickled my nose), I couldn’t stand milk (a few times, out of protest, I even ate my Cheerios with water) and I never begged for Kool Aid or Capri Sun. Those drinks just weren’t me. Tea, on the other hand, has been a perfect fit since the beginning. Every night my family would share a pot of tea, usually a chamomile or herbal blend that would give us all warm bodies and sweet dreams.
Sometimes my siblings and I would even use tea as an excuse to delay bedtime (“We can’t go to sleep, we haven’t even had our tea yet!”). And it usually worked, because tea was our ritual.
Fast forward twenty or so years, and it’s no surprise that tea occupies such a prominent space in my kitchen. A more stringent cook might use the prime, eye-level shelf for ready access to spices or other pantry staples, but for me, teas come first. My work as a beauty editor and health coach broadened my interest in tea, and now I also love it for its beauty benefits, which I’m thrilled to share with readers of Teaspoons and Petals. Sipping always makes me feel more beautiful, and I hope it does the same for you.