I was recently contacted by the guys at Yogi Tea, who wanted to give me the chance to try their newest product before it hit the shops – their new YOGI TEA® Turmeric Chai tea. They also asked me to write a blog post reflecting on my ‘golden moments’ of 2017, and after such an exciting year, I was happy to oblige.
A bit about Yogi Tea
Firstly – and this is a big plus for me – Yogi Tea are committed to traditional, organic farming methods – preferring a natural and sustainable approach to making their teas.
But let’s start at the beginning. The brand was actually born way back in 1969, when an little-known yogi master moved to the West. He brought with him an aromatic tea spice blend, which was later nicknamed ‘yogi tea’ by his students – this is where Yogi Tea got their name. They now produce a selection of over 40 unique, complex tea blends designed to promote wellness and balance. Each one serves a different purpose and function, and is coupled with its own unique yoga pose to further strengthen the positive effects of each blend.
Trying Yogi Tea’s Turmeric Chai
The new blend that will be hitting the shops this month is a delicious Ayurvedic turmeric, herb and spice infusion, Turmeric Chai. It contains very high amount of turmeric, giving it a vivid colour, and is rounded off with black pepper and apple for a balanced taste. Turmeric is the root stalk of a tropical plant that’s part of the ginger family, and one of the main components of the spice is a substance called curcumin which has potentially healing properties. For this reason, it’s been used for many thousands of years in Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine. This is definitely a good thing to be drinking over the cold winter months!
I’ve recently been trying to kick my caffeine habit so I have been drinking this in the mornings instead of having a coffee, which has been a much more calming way to start the day.
Another way to enjoy Yogi Tea’s new turmeric blend is as Turmeric Tea, or ‘golden milk’. This is made by simply adding the teabag to a cup or saucepan of warmed milk – in my case, I chose Oatly oat milk (my plant-based favourite at the moment) but you could use any milk you want. The result is a warming, comforting drink – you can also add a bit of extra cinnamon or sugar to to taste.
I made myself a soothing golden milk on the last day of 2017. This gave me the perfect excuse to head outside with my trusted reusable coffee mug to reflect on 2017’s ‘golden moments’ as well as the new ones to come in 2018. Dressed in my warm boots and a cosy coat, I headed off to Penarth Pier for a chilly winter stroll.
2017’s golden moments
My major ‘golden moment’ this year was easy to pin-point. It was my engagement in Lisbon at the beginning of December, which was rather unexpected but very exciting! This picture was taken the morning after, at Chapito restaurant.
My other ‘golden moment’ of 2017 was getting invited to the House of Commons by the WWF after being shortlisted for an Earth Hour Hero award. This was recognition I gained simply for writing this blog! I got to spend time in my favourite city, mingle with other like-minded environmentalists, and drink bubbly on the bank of the Thames – it was such a good day.
Golden moments for 2018
Looking forward to the ‘golden moments’ I want to make happen this year, and the big one is to decide on a venue and date for the wedding. I am deep in the research phase at the moment, scouting out potential sustainable and eco-friendly venues across Wales (in fact there’ll be a blog post on that, soon). I can’t wait to start visiting a few places in person, and I know that the day we finally decide on a venue – and date – will be one of the most exciting this year.
I really enjoyed doing Yogi Tea’s ‘golden hour’ challenge, and taking some time out to think about the things that I have been grateful for this year. In fact, one of my new year’s resolutions is to practice mindfulness more often, so a reflective ‘golden hour’ spent with a mug of Yogi Tea Turmeric Chai might just become a regular ritual for me.
What about you – what are your golden moments of 2017? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter, using the hashtag #GoldenMoments 🙂 You can also follow Yogi Tea on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.