Born as a medicinal infusion of plants and roots, the ancient practice of tea making journeyed thousands of years to where it is now—nearly unchanged.

Think dried leaves, fruits, petals, roots and you are in the presence of the earliest humans on this earth boiling in water what was gathered and believed to be stimulating, soothing, or healing. Over time, a certain ceremony or ritual became associated with the making, serving, and sipping of tea.

Begin your tea ritual with water in a pot on your stove. As you wait for it to boil, spoon one teaspoon of your favorite loose tea blend (a special Imbolc teas is part of our Imbolc ritual box) into a teapot, french press, or glass measuring cup.

Slowly pour 1-2 cups boiling water over your tea, depending on your preferred strength. Cover and let steep for 3-5 minutes.

It’s lovely to watch tea leaves unfold. You may wish to place a spoonful of honey or sugar at the bottom of your cup. This little bit of sweetness brings out the flavor and aids digestion. Often the flavor of tea is made fuller with a little warm milk or milk substitute of your choice.

After steeping, press the tea in your french press, or pour over a strainer into your cup. Sit and be with your tea. This moment is yours.

Breathe its fragrance. Sip its beauty slowly. Smile.

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