Ayurvedic Teaologist




Ayurvedic Plant Practitioner Transformation through tea rituals and ceremony. Guardian of Ancestral Ayurveda.

Self mastery with tea medicine -intuitive living

To gain knowledge and awaken our intuitive ability we require the use of the Buddhi. Buddhi is the higher aspect of the mind, the door-way to inner wisdom.

“The great sages of ancient times  designed sadhana practices like mudra, mantra, meditation, pranayama, yoga, pray, whirling and other rituals to help transcend the mind. As you move deeper into your buddhi practice, you will start to discover that your consciousness takes on a life of its own. You will begin to eagerly anticipate the time you have set aside for meditation”  -(Maya Tiwari)

The great thing about intuitive education is that there is no need for a  masters degree to awaken this intelligence, however a need for a sadhana practice is required. “Awakening the intuitive self comse easily when we make acts of kindness our first priority. For this we have got to take a break from our habitual, mundane activities and re-examine our individual purpose.”-Maya Tiwari.

Recently my favourite tea monk WU DE shared with his students a powerful affirmation “I am living towards mastery” And asked us the question “Do I live in a way that leads to my fulfilment? Am I working a practice that leads to self mastery?

This got me thinking even though for years I have being studying Ayurveda and Tea – I was being” educated” in it.  There is no doubt about it that through my academic studies I gained information that shaped and influenced my thinking. However I have also been blessed with the ‘wisdom path of the maternal’. I come from a lineage where women in my family showed immense strength and courage in preserving their culture, rituals and inner medicinal healing when they were forced to travel from their motherland to an unknown terrier in the south pacific.

IMG_9132ewb The teaching in all this is that working towards mastery has lead me to great teachers that have connected to the field of intuitive vibration- which is leading me in my own journey to self mastery. My self mastery begins with a bowl , hot water, leaves, seeds, bark and roots . Its so simple yet so profound. It might take time but when you master it ,you will truly know the meaning of being awaken. “When you work from your intuition, kindness overflows as compassion and care. When you work from kindness it strengthens intuition.

Herbs for awakening intuition-

  • Sage
  • Rose
  • peppermint
  • lemongrass
  • anise
  • cinnamon
  • jasmine
  • brahmi
  • alma
  • tulsi
  • lemon myrtle

Tea Medicine during early winter

Tea Rituals for gracefully transitioning during early Winter. Vata/kapha season .

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Less sunlight and more cloudy days means   cold , damp and heavy.

  • start your day with a great breakfast – nourishing oatmeal
  • now is the time where you can truly enjoy a cup of spicy chai.
  • spices for a winter chai – dry ginger, cinnamon, clove, black pepper, cardamon, turmeric, pippali, licorice,
  • herbs and spice that are warming and stimulating are fantastic
  • I prefer adding turmeric to my chai or in foods generally as during this time flu and colds are common – these ingredients are anti bacterial and may protect you from infections.

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My suggestion on Winter herbs and teas

  • curry leaves, sage, rosemary, spearmint,parsley, dill,wintergreen,thyme,tarragon, oregano,
  • healing teas- lavender,lemongrass,nettle, peppermint, passionflower, Yerba mate,fenugreek, hibiscus, jasmine.


Tea Medicine during early autumn ~ Vata Season

Tea Rituals for gracefully transitioning during early Autumn and the beginning  Vata season.


  • “Calm and Balance” is the Autumn Tea mantra.
  • Prana, chi and air element are all in the air during this season and with it brings qualities of dry, windy, cool, erratic and spaciness.
  • Some suggested recommendations for a smooth transition into early fall are:
  •  Harvest tulsi or holy basil and add it to morning tea rituals. Tulsi has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for strengthening the nerve tissues, increasing memory and overall clarity to the mind.
  • start using a few warming spices like cardamon and cinnamon which are great for digestion as well as calming the nerves. Both these spices help in the absorption of plant medicines.
  • Lastly a little licorice with ginger and turmeric  every second or third day will create a gentle cleansing, circulating  as well as nourishing  preparation effect for the mind and  body.

http// herbal infusion for Autumn are Rumi’s Blend and Zen Zai

Making it Sacred by creating TeaCoup Al-kimiya Sadhana

Last year I was asked by my friends at thelittlesage to share my blending process in accordance to the luna cycle. Over the years through experimentation, research and guidance I came up with “TeaCoup Al-kimiya Sadhana” – an infusion of the rhythm of the Vedas, the values of Cha Tao (The Way of Tea) and the Sufi Jewels of Gratitude. This is observed in accordance with cyclical rhythms of nature, it is a spiritual practice that awakens the power of awareness and a joyful response to life!


New Moon – Gathering For Amavasya

  • At the time of the new crescent moon my tea vessel is empty. During this time the values of Cha Tao start fill my teacup.
  • Meditation – I ask myself what are my desires for the next 14 days? What is available in nature for me to create, what is brewing, what am I steeping toward?
  • During the waxing moon as the crescent increases, the body and mind absorbs everything you put in it.
  • “Virtue and Vitality”- striving to create something good with clarity. This is the time when I write down my tea formulations and experiment with their taste and function.
  • It is also a time when I purify my tea hut and cleanse my tea bowls and utensils.

11th day after the New Moon

“Methodology” – in the Kundalini Yoga tradition this is the day when you are in balance. All my teas, herbs and spices have arrived all my labels are printed and packaging is hand stamped. It is a great day to have bowls of tea and connect with nature.


Harvesting for the Purnima – Full Moon

Cha Tao value of “tradition” takes place here – honouring that which has come before and the generations to come. The Full Moon is traditionally a time of culmination of energies. We often find that our energy level is at its highest during this cycle of the moon. The three nights of the illuminating light of the full moon is when I blend my teas. It has really become a beautiful joyous time for me as well as my family.

Bathing the teas in the moonlight – Third night full moon

On the third night full moon is when the Sufi Jewel of Gratitude takes place – all the jars of blended teas and tisanes are displayed on a special mandala that my daughter draws for them to bath in the moonlight. TeaCoup’s Al-kimiya Sadhana is like a spider gracefully making its webs on the night of the new crescent moon, you start with clarity, focus, stability, discipline and courage you continue up to the 14th day when only then you bask in your beautiful created silk mandala under the light of the full moon.


Making it Sacred with Jamu

As an Ayurvedic Practitioner  I  love preparing seasonal  Jamu for my clients and family members. The first time I drank Jamu Juice was when I was in Bali celebrating my 21st birthday, that was 22 years ago! I loved the spicy tangly taste of turmeric and ginger – both refreshing in the heat and warming in the cooler evenings. What is Jamu? Jamu (formerly Djamu) is  traditional folk medicine of Indonesia. A few of the most common herbs in Jamu and their uses:

  • Turmeric = for inflammation and detoxifying,
  • Galangal = healing sore throat as well as strengthening throat chakra,
  • Ginger = great for immune, circulation, morning sickness and sore joints.
  • Lemongrass = for clarity and focus as well immunity,
  • Tamarind = beautifies the skin.

My recipe for a dry jamu which I drink as  a herbal infusion consists of:

  • Equal amounts part of dried ginger, turmeric, black pepper
  • Equal amount part of  powdered galangal and  lime
  • one part schisandra-berry
  • juice of half a lemon
  • mixed well in 250ml glass of hot water

Jamu jaju will cleanse the ama(toxin) from the IG tract,  it will promote digestion of fats, as well as detox the liver. This particular Jamu jaju combination works on all major tissues and contains the 5 elements on Ayurveda.   Resource- Jamu: The Ancient Indonesian Art of Herbal Healing

Making it Sacred

Making it Sacred with TeaCoupGlobal was created in June 2014 as a little experiment on my Instagram account @ayurvedicteaologist. For 30 days I shared tea cultures and rituals from around the world using the hashtag #teacoupglobal. The positive feedback and friendships I gained through the journey inspired me to create this Tea Space. It’s a space for sharing tea rituals, indigenous remedies and my grandmother’s wisdom. It is a space where I share my passion for Ayurveda and knowledge of the humble Tea leaf! Making it Sacred is about connecting with like-minded people ~ all for the Love of the Leaf!


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