Lavender Flower Chai Tea

Full Moon.  

A gentle spiced tea recipe to soothe your soul and bring you home to yourself at the end of a long day.

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To make one pot of lavender chai tea you’ll need (Recipe from Flowering Within book):

2 to 3 tablespoons of black loose leaf tea
1 teaspoon of dried lavender or 2 to 3 fresh sprigs
6 cardamom pods
4 star anise
1 teaspoon of fresh ginger
1 or 2 cinnamon sticks
10 peppercorns
6 whole cloves
A pinch of nutmeg
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Raw Honey or condensed milk to sweeten

Directions: Add three or 4 cups of water to a pot and bring to a boil. Then add all the chai spices and lavender to the pot. Lower the heat and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Turn the heat off and let it cool for a few minutes before straining it into a teapot or heat-safe container.

Sweeten to your taste, add milk if you’d like and then enjoy a nice cup of lavender chai tea to soothe your soul. This recipe should make enough for about 3 servings.

To make a single cup, mix enough ingredients to fill a tea strainer. Place the tea strainer in your cup and top with hot boiled water. Let the tea steep for 3 minutes.

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“We make tea in an empty vessel and then we become a vessel to receive it. The practice of maintaining this emptiness runs through all the world’s mystical traditions.”
~ Frank Hadley Murphy

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Lavender New Moon

My New moon is full of soft shades of lavender and violet, along with touches of dreamy yellow too. The morning was made of flower picking in the herbal garden – borage, lavender and jasmine blossoms for tea. I put some in a small vase next to my writing desk as well. Late afternoon will be spent making calendula balm as gifts for a cousin and a friend, both who’ve been struggling with eczema.

Overhead, grey tufts of cotton clouds are gathering in the sky. I’m longing for the soothing touch of rain, but I know that this time of year the clouds often come to tease. They bring false promise, maybe a just few minutes of light rain before they disappear again. October/November is usually when the real spring rains begin. But we’ve already had some unusually early showers this year. So perhaps my wishes will be fulfilled today. I live in hope

Emotions are rising from my shadows and stirring some chaos within. Yesterday, I found myself feeling down, angry, frustrated and out of sorts for reasons I couldn’t understand. The new moon card I pulled from the Medicine Woman tarot seems to speak directly to that, encouraging me to work through fears and release my internal resistance so that the seeds and dreams I plant this cycle are imbued with clarity, faith and love.

What I like about using these Medicine Woman cards is that I don’t have a proper guide book. Each card comes with a simple one line explanation (in this case “Allure through opposition or inertia”) and the rest of the message is left up to my intuition. I love that the card I picked mirrors the subtle lavender and yellow colours that I’ve been noticing around me in recent days. I feel that the medicine woman in this card is blowing her pan-pipes to draw the shadowy creatures out from the dark corners of the wild forest into the light. Shadowy creatures are scary when hidden in the dark places of our wild unknown forest within. Yet, when we draw them out into plain sight, surrender them to the light and become better acquainted with these unknown parts of ourselves that we often learn to fear, they are no longer frightful things. Instead, they are transformed into treasures, newly claimed aspects of our wild essence that can begin to serve us and restore us to wholeness again.

As I set out to sit with my feelings, exploring my internal resistance, my fears and whatever else my arise from my shadows, I’ve been burning purifying sage, incense and aromatherapy oils to cleanse my aura, my writing space and my home. Already I feel things shifting and a lightness returning in spaces where energy has been stagnant and stuck for a while. Now is a good opportunity for me to practise the patience and tenderness that I’m learning to approach myself with, so that I plant seeds of self-compassion, acceptance and self-love.

What is this New Moon bringing up for you? What kinds of seeds are you planting?

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