Ayurvedic Teaologist




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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