THE ART OF TEA

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I was welcomed into the world of tea as a little girl. My mama would make me a warm delicious almond herb tea each morning and I remember devouring the sweetness, looking forward to that morning warmth everyday. In the evening before bed I would have the same, sipping it like a hummingbird coming home to delectable nectar.

It was a ritual, a ceremony and one that I hold in practice to this day. I had a sensai, I call her, when I lived in New York City, wise, beautiful Japanese woman, named Akimi, that taught me many, many wise and invaluable lessons, one was becoming one with tea. She shared the ancient Japanese traditions of preparing tea, and not just the cup of delight but in creating the atmosphere around–candles, incense, tranquil music to soothe the soul. Long before the now common knowledge of the benefits of green tea, she said, every being should indulge in two cups of green tea daily, not just for the health of the body, but mind and soul as well. I was 21 years old then and still do this daily. She introduced me to the gorgeous textures and tastes of a variety of green teas and I found my favorite in green tea, genmaicha, made with crisp brown rice. It is earthy and comforting, tasty and unique. She shared white teas, jasmine teas and rose teas. She taught me about the importance of the kettle used, the tea cup sipped from, and how the iron tea kettle holds and resonates the flavor while steeping. The handle of a tea cup should be warm to feel the tea and it does enhance the experience. How one stores tea is also crucial to savoring it, Teavana has the loveliest designs for this. Cylinders made from antique Japanese kimonos with a special seal protecting the tea from air which can thwart the essence.

Traveling to another part of the world, I discovered more about my passion for tea in South Africa. The beloved Rooibos, meaning red bush in Afrikaans. Again, earthy and with a bit of natural sugar and perfectly warmed milk could be a highlight of any day. I also discovered chrysanthemum tea, made from the essence of the flower itself which promotes balance in the body and potent for maintaining bright skin.

Now, as a mother, I have the wonderful opportunity to share my teas with my girl’s. Sage and I, since she was a wee little one have homemade tea parties and bake scones to support celebration of tea and ignite the marriage of flavor.

Tea, really is a hug in a cup, which is why preparing it one feels the beauty of the ceremony. And that moment of handing the perfectly brewed tea, iced or not to a loved one is alike a small gift given and received each day…

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my tea collection
my tea collection

THIS WOMAN’S WORK

A short magickal film directed by my Love doing what he does best, creating and loving, hours after our second daughter Phoenix Soleil was born through our sacred cesarean…I’ll never forget the first time I heard this song, This Woman’s Work by the angelic Kate Bush, I was nine years old and I had never felt what I felt from hearing the sound of a voice and her lyrical poetry…I was too small to realize the magnitude of the meaning of her prose then, but my soul knew…gorgeous frequency of poetic harmony, which is how I can also describe my love with my Beloved…and my bebe goddesses…Happy Mother’s Day to all the wombyn whom create consciously and embark on the sacred journey to a soul giving wilderness, only one can know until they themselves venture…my greatest journey yet…blessings x

THE WAY THAT I FEEL STARRING MEGAN

Finished a magickal photoshoot with my lovely goddess friend Megan. She is a longtime belly dancer and had the joy of capturing of with her budding buddha at 38 weeks pregnant. The song is by the gorgeous  Danielle Parente entitled ‘The Way That I Feel’…

MEET TANJA BOCHNIG

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I don’t throw around the term ‘goddess’ lightly. I have the pleasure of knowing and loving a rare few. One in our realm of existence is my dear soul sistar, Tanja. We met years ago on a modeling job and the moment our eyes met we knew we were kindreds. A physically gorgeous being with a soul to match. She is a renowned international model, yogi and creator of of the most amazing line of essential oil fragrances. My personal weaknesses are rare perfumes and fine lingerie. And the moment she shared her first blend I was whisked away on scent delight. She blesses each one and I have never inhaled such pure aroma made with such love.

I left New York City nine years ago and shortly after she moved back to her hometown of Berlin, Germany. She has mastered her craft creating in her sacred studio and blends while her angelic child paints next to her. Tanja is stunning, ever so gentle and possesses an energy that when in her presence one feels comforted, supported and divine. She is a living goddess, authentically giving and sharing all of herself and it can be experienced in each and every one of liquid elixirs.

She also just accepted the Olfactory Award (yes, they exist) for best fragrance entitled, Calling All Angels.

To visit her and learn more visit http://aprilaromatics.com 

You can also purchase through her Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AprilAromatics?ref=sr_gallery_1&ga_search_query=april+aromatics&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_ref=auto1&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

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Photo by Yasmina Rossi

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