A delicious tea experience inspired by well-established benefits through peer-reviewed scientific publications as well as millennia of tea drinking history and traditional medicine systems around the world.
At Westholme, we care about the whole tea drinking experience – the taste, the culture, the source, the stories, and pure enjoyment in every cup. We also know that ever since tea was first discovered it has been utilized as a powerful plant medicine.
We are pleased to share our favourite teas + tisanes to support wellness through the Summer. Wellness will look different each season. All around us the energy of nature is directed outward, expressive and active; the flowers are in full bloom, the sun sits higher in the sky and the temperatures have risen. It is a time of movement, peak growth, and expansion. We selected steeps that have attributes specifically complimentary to this phase of yang and fire energy.
Aligned for this season these steeps are balancing, gently energizing, calming, grounding, circulating, highly nutritive, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, hypo-tensive, immune-boosting, restorative, gently detoxifying, and carminative. Steeps can be enjoyed hot or cold. We recommend the cold-brew method for all of these teas, allowing beneficial constituents to be slowly pulled from the plants.
Choose your set:
4 x 100g bags (volume varies) OR
4 x Trial Pouches (weight varies)
Combined, the 100g bags offer approximately 200 cups total (based on industry standard of 2g per cup).
Each Trial Pouch offers 5 - 10 cups...the perfect way to try before committing.
This does NOT include re-steeps, meaning that even more cups could be enjoyed in total, depending upon your steeping preferences + palate.
In each set you will find...
1 x Single Estate Black Tea:
1 x Single Estate Sheng Puerh Tea:
:: MORE ABOUT WELLNESS ::
:: THE TEAS ::
While each tea type presents slightly different healthful qualities, all teas (green, black, white, oolong, and puerh which come from the same plant: Camellia sinensis) contain powerful phyto-nutrients which are completely unique to tea the plant. High quality teas contain many essential vitamins and minerals. Antioxidants are abundant in the tea leaf in the form of polyphenols and have have been linked to a range of health benefits.
What truly sets tea apart is L-theanine. All traditional teas naturally contain caffeine however, unlike other caffeine-containing plants this is balanced by a unique amino-acid that increases relaxation called L-theanine. The tea plant is the only plant known to contain L-theanine! When working together, caffeine and L-theanine produce a gently sustained ‘relaxed alertness’ which can improve focus, reduce stress and anxiety, and uplift mood.
Ceylon OP, like all tea, has an affinity for the heart (which is the organ associated with summer in Traditional Chinese Medicine). Black teas specifically have been shown to improve circulation, balance blood pressure, and improve cholesterol.
Puerh teas are exclusively from Yunnan, and are the only tea type that uses microbial fermentation to process + age the leaves. Along with all of the other benefits tea is known for, Puerhs are known for aiding in cleansing the body and easing digestion. Lightly aged Shen Puerhs like Lucky Pig are known to have lots of Qi (vitality) and the experience of the steep is quite energizing.
:: THE HERBALS ::
Crimson + Warm Sun are both packed with herbs known for anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertension, anti-cancer, and immune-boosting properties. The blend is an reinvigorating cup. These herbs are a source of easily absorbed minerals and vitamins, and as well are gently energizing and supportive of liver, digestive + heart health.
In addition to the physical characteristics of these teas + tisanes, the Seasonal Wellness set is intended to be a simple way to incorporate a ritual that invites slowness into your day. We all know the value in pausing for a 'breather' to help our interconnected mental and physical well-being. Drinking tea and herbs offers a sort of moving meditation and ‘tea mindfulness’ where we can find comfort, and opportunity to fill up our cup and savour the moment with a delicious cup.
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