Hello, my fellow quiet souls. I’m Annabelle, and I usually blog over at Oh Hey Magic, but today I am so excited to be here on Tendril Wild to share a topic very close to my heart.
We’ll talk about tea. And how utterly wonderful it is to make it a conscious ritual.
The scent of cinnamon and new beginnings lingers in the air. Candles are my main source of light. The first fog of the new season already crept down from the forest-covered hills in-between which our village is nested. And it hugs it tightly. Stealing most of our daylight while doing so.
It’s unmistakably announcing the arrival of autumn.
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On days like these I hold on to my mug a little tighter. And even though I’m that kind of girl that you can find sipping a cup of steaming hot tea in the heat of summer (although peppermint tea, to be fair), making tea now feels a bit more special than usual.
Though the main effect of sipping tea in the colder months—to get warm—is quite obvious, there is also something to be said about the absolutely comforting ritual of brewing that cup of tea.
When you get home after a long day and the light outside is already fading…
When you are able to take your time preparing everything to ensure your next cup of tea will be a perfect one…
Sometimes that already begins when you pick your mug. And then, of course, the tea you want to make.
Will it be a green tea with citrus peels, a sweet fruit tea, or an ever so comforting chai?
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The Ritual of Brewing a Cup of Tea for Gentle Self Care
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You have plenty of time to decide on your favorite while the water in your kettle gets to a boil. You gently pour the steaming water over your tea of choice and instantly get to witness two beautiful things:
The first, subtle scent of tea gets released into the air, and the water slowly starts to change colors. You take a deep breath and watch the play in your tea cup. You are mindful of the passing time as you warm your fingers on the mug. You don’t want to miss the perfect steeping time of your tea.
And as you wait, you become present. And settle into the moment. Somehow life slows down just enough so you can take a full breath in and out and let go of your worries. Just for a moment, but long enough.
And when you finally take your first sip, you are basically at peace with yourself and the rest of the world.
As it is with many self-care practices, it’s not so much about what you do, but how you do it. You can scribble a few lines into your journal before grabbing your breakfast and rushing out the door, you can take a lavender bath while working on your next paper, and just like that, you can pour a cup of tea in a rush, and start sipping it before the recommended steeping time is up (or forget about the steeping time and let it sit until it’s lukewarm).
But it would never be the same as when you did all of those things consciously, completely present.
Being able to take your time for things as simple as brewing a cup of tea can be such a luxury. It sets the tone for the rest of your day. Next time you pour water into your kettle, try to slow down and do every step of the process mindfully. Notice what a difference this small change can make and what an impact it has on your mood.
Now that I’ve spoken my heart about the gentle self-care ritual of brewing a cup of tea and set the scene to get us all longing for the next cuppa (that’s not just me, right?), it’s only fair that I leave you with a few ideas of what to brew next!
I tried to stick with ingredients that are not super uncommon, like say lapacho, in hopes that you have them (or at least some, as you can always adjust them any way you please) on hand. And if not, they are all worth investing in, trust me.
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A Calming Cup Of Tea
1 part chamomile
1 part rose
1⁄2 part lavender
plant-based milk of choice (I recommend oat milk for soft creaminess and awesome foam)
Put all of the ingredients in a pot and gently heat to a simmer (but make sure not to let it boil), then let steep for 5 minutes and strain. Froth the milk if you can. You really should.
Extra points for sprinkling vanilla on top or for using a milk with vanilla.
You could also make this tea with either of the flowers all by themselves. They all taste incredible in their very own ways.
Chamomile is soft and sweet; it tastes a bit as if you added honey.
Lavender is surprisingly herby, a lot stronger than its soft scent would indicate. That combination of soft scent and strong taste makes lavender tea extra brilliant.
Rose is invigorating, calming, luxurious.
See? They are all superheroes on their own. But when you let them be a in a team, you get to see the best of them.
A Warming Cup Of Tea
A dash of ginger
To me, there’s something very comforting about black tea. Especially Assam, which is a pretty strong tea, and Earl Grey, which is oh so aromatic. When the days get colder I like to add ginger to my teas because it is a warming spice and emphasizes the comforting effect that a cup of tea has.
To make the ginger in syrup, you’ll need ginger, sugar, and water. And if you wanted to, you could add any other spices of your preference. Cinnamon, clove, vanilla, allspice. Anything!
I used 1 tablespoon of ginger, 1/8 cup of sugar, and 1/4 cup of water, but you don’t have to be precise here. Just make sure it’s a bit more sugar than ginger, and a bit more water than sugar, and that the ginger is covered by the syrup in the end. Okay? Okay. Now on to the instructions.
First cut up a root of ginger. I wanted to make slices and then changed my mind half-way through and cut the rest into bigger pieces. It all works equally well. Put the ginger pieces, sugar, and water into a pot and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Let simmer over low heat for any time from 30 minutes to an hour. The longer it simmers, the thicker your syrup will be. And once the consistency is to your liking, all you have to do is find a sweet little jar to put your ginger in syrup in, and that’s it! You’re ready to spice up any tea now. Simply add a teaspoon full of ginger and syrup into your cup of tea after it’s steeped and enjoy.
Prepare and sip those teas mindfully.
For maximum soul-soothing effects of tea, implement even more self-care practices after your cup is empty. Mindfully brewing tea is a great way to set the pace for a day of radical self-love and self-care.
And we all know we deserve those, every day.
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What’s your favorite self care ritual to practice? Do you enjoy a hot cup of something yummy on a cold, autumn day? Share your favorite self care ideas in the comments below.
Annabelle is a law student in the real world, and a photo-taking, tea-sipping story-teller when she’s not. During her time abroad, she developed a love for solo-travels and self-care. Over at her blog Oh Hey Magic she collects her adventures, memories, vegan recipes, DIYs, and anything else that she gets passionate about.