It’s dark outside when the steaming kettle flicks off. Pouring the hot water into the little green pot, I wait, and I stretch. Then pour again. This time into my empty cup. The smell of the deep spices hit and I slowly breathe them in. Add a little milk and take a tiny satisfying sip.
My morning, my chai.
This is how I love starting the day. With most of my day being fairly unpredictable, I like the very start of my day to be predictable. A simple ritual of a small pot of chai.
When we were in Byron Bay at the end of last year. I came across a tea at the local markets. A tea, that I instantly fell in love with. Loose leaf, and chunky just the way I liked it. It was the best one I’d found so far. I’d never considered that I was fussy with my chai tea, but it turned out, actually I was.
I wanted loose leaf, (tea bags really are a needless waste of resources when you are drinking at home- plus it tastes better.)
I didn’t want my tea to look like someone had just scraped the bottom of the barrel, lining my teapot with a vague tea smelling dust.
I wanted spices in there and I wanted to see them.
I didn’t want an excessive amount of annoying packaging.
I also wanted to know my chai tea was fairtrade, organic and local (as much as possible).
(And I certainly didn’t want any chai powder or syrup… pffft!)
So there it was, all in my cup. I had found exactly the kind of tea I had been looking for. Simple happiness.
Branching out into some of the company’s other tea and I wasn’t disappointed. Each one that I’ve tried is lovely, really lovely.
Skin Glow– while I can’t attest to my skin actually glowing, it certainly felt good drinking. With ingredients of spearmint, calendula, burdock, echinacea and red clover- how could it not be beneficial?
Floral Love– this one intrigues me. I don’t know what it is, but I’m completely drawn to it. I can’t keep my nose out of the box. It’s got beautiful soft floral tones to it, without being too heady and over powering. It’s subtle enough to draw you in, making you want more, and to take another sip. This tea really is, a late summers picnic with a loved one- balmy warm weather, with a laden picnic rug, sitting in a field of beautiful flowers. If there was ever a tea that could be a soft finger being traced up an afternoons sun kissed arm, or tiny kisses at the base of your neck…well, this would be it.
(Rose petals, chamomile, lavender, rose hips, calendula, corn flower.)
Immunity– Was well timed after a run of three separate family illness over the last three weeks. I was taking anything I could get hold of.
(Echinacea, rose hips, ginger, licorice root, nettle, lemon balm.)
Calming– Goodnight kisses for small kids tucked in bed. Book by my side, and an exhalation. Mentally and physically letting go of the day and all she held. Long slow sips…
(Chamomile, peppermint, lemon balm and lavender.)
I love supporting companies like this. Knowing where my shopping dollar is going is always incredibly important to me. A local small family run company that offers ‘all natural, certified organic and fair trade tea, chai, naturopathic blends and herbal tissanes.’ The teas are designed by a naturopath, are hand blended and packaged, the company give one percent, believe in sustainability and…
…above all, it’s just really, really lovely tea.
If you would like to try some of Love Chai, Love Tea‘s blends. I have some different blends to give away to three people. To win, I would love to hear what your favourite brew is and the setting in which to drink it, (real, imagined or perhaps a memory?)
Have you sipped chai at first light as the sun rose over the Himalayas?
Is it a quiet moment to your self sipping green tea before the family get up?
Do you wish you could go back in time- sharing a cup of hot sweet black tea with your grandmother aboard a Canadian bound ocean liner?
Paint me a picture, tell me a story.
(Giveaway ends 12pm Sunday 26th May)
EDIT- winners are… Amber, Anne, Rose
and where to find it if you would like to buy some.