Iced tea with the ForLife Capsule Infuser

Premium iced tea at your fingertips with the ForLife capsule infuser. Step by step guide to delicious and healthy tea to keep your nourished and hydrated all summer. 

Goldenmilk with Ginger and Turmeric Tea

The powerhouse duo of Turmeric and Ginger is the perfect way to give your body a hug in a mug! Goldenmilk is basically a combination of Turmeric and Ginger (preferably brewed as a tea) with the addition of milk to make it a smooth and delicious drink that is widely consumed for many health benefits. 

Sun Tea Perfection

What could possibly be easier than sun tea!?!? Oh ya, drinking sun tea!!

Some of our favs for iced is Subtle Citrus Fusion (a touch of sweet from the dried stevia leaf that is in the blend), Berry Bliss (also stevia awesomness), Soothing Lemon Wellness (antioxidant packed rooibos), Fit & Active, and who could forget Hibiscus Twist! That's just to mention a few!

What you'll need:

  1. One glass container

  2. Your favorite Cozy Leaf tea

  3. Water - room temp

  4. Sunny spot

Steps:

  1. Place tea leaves in the bottom of your glass container

  2. Fill with room temp water

  3. Place your container in the sun

  4. Let it soak up the sun light goodness for at least 2 hours or even all afternoon

  5. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher (pour it over ice or pop it in the refrigerator so you are ready for any company who may stop by)

  6. Serve your sun tea perfection!

Now go ahead and make 2-3 different blends so they are in the refrigerator and ready for any and every guest who pops in throughout the day! 

This is one of my favorite ways for making premium iced tea! It is so simple and beautiful! 

The Story of Cozy Leaf's Beginnings

The start of Cozy Leaf is something I’m asked about all the time. Why did I choose tea? What made me want to start a tea company?

The answer is simple: I wanted to drink tea that was good for me but also tasted good. As a music theater major in 2002, I found myself mid-semester on a strict vocal rest after developing vocal nodes. As a singer and performer, I knew I needed to heal quickly. My mom, who has always been pretty health conscious, sent me some herbal teas to help. They tasted HORRIBLE!!!! I could hardly choke them down! I wanted desperately to feel better but they were so awful. I started studying the plants and herbs in the tea I was drinking and how they all worked together. Then, I ordered my own raw ingredients and started blending them together myself. Little did I know that I had just created a base of recipes that would over a decade later become Cozy Leaf. But, we’re jumping ahead of ourselves. . .

After college, I got married and had three kiddos. I hung up my theater hat and embraced the home life. I homeschooled my kids and cared for a huge garden and farm animals in our backyard. We had goats, chickens, bees, ducks, turkeys, pigs, rabbits, and whatever else wandered our way. Our garden was 2,000 square feet and brought in close to 1 ton of vegetables every year. It was good, simple living. I continued studying the art of tea blending during this time. I learned about how plants worked together and the importance of formulas for optimal brew flavor and health benefits. I had friends help test my formulas until they were the right mixture of healthy and delicious. Sometimes a blend came together as quickly as six weeks, other times it took over a year to source the best ingredients and find the perfect formula. But, after a decade of study and blending, I had a few dozen recipes ready.

In 2009, with encouragement from family and friends, I decided to open up an Etsy shop in with just $100 and a shelf in my house. I didn’t think it would be a big deal. But, in that first year, I had a couple thousand purchases. It dawned on me that maybe I had something special here… but I hadn’t even chosen a name! While brainstorming with my mom, she drew a little logo on a napkin for our favorite idea - Cozy Leaf. I loved it and Cozy Leaf was officially born.

In 2012, I started a website for Cozy Leaf and did a few expos throughout the year, as well as sell on Etsy. For several years, in continued to be a side hobby alongside being a stay at home mom with my kids and crazy farm animals.

In 2014, I was contacted by a local coffee shop entrepreneur in Wichita, Kansas (Andrew Gough with Reverie Coffee Roasters). He had heard about my tea blends and wanted to carry them in his local coffee shop. I said no because I wasn't licensed to sell wholesale and I wasn't interested in it at the time. But he was very persistent. Seriously - he called me once a week for months! It was about this same time, I received a phone call from a Whole Foods Market representative out of Colorado. He had got his hands on some of my tea blends (no doubt by the above mentioned and persistent Andrew Gough) and he encouraged me to pursue wholesale because he wanted to carry it in the local Whole Foods Market. He said he knew the market and he knew it would do well. I still wasn't sure if I was ready for it at this point. But, I had a friend very seriously say "When Whole Foods calls you, You say YES!"

So, I put on my entrepreneur hat and decided to leap for it. But, before I could start selling Cozy Leaf teas in stores, I had to wade through months worth of paperwork and legal ick in just twelve weeks. Those days were riddled with stress - I was a THEATER major after all, not a business major! But, if theater taught me anything, it was how to pull everything together for opening night with limited money and a short timeline. So, I lost sleep and handled it with the utmost grace and dignity, I’m sure. Ha!

Just twelve weeks later, this small town Kansas girl turned business owner wrote her very first invoice and she was officially putting Cozy Leaf teas on the shelves of Whole Foods Market in Wichita, KS. I knew, even being a brand new business, that companies work for years before getting the opportunity to sell to Whole Foods, so it was a huge moment.

And that’s how it all started… how a Kansas girl’s obsession with tea became a company. That invoice was written almost three years ago and we're still going strong today. The life of a business owner is often filled with new highs and lows, but I feel so blessed to be able to do what I love every day. 

Thank you for being part of the Cozy Leaf story! 

Chamomile Tea and my Dynamic Duo of Sheep Counting to help combat Insomnia!

Lets all calm down together!! 

Let's talk for a little bit about stress. As a society in general, we are under so many stresses! There is noise all around us. Close your eyes and just take a moment to identify all the random noises..... I wish I could say that the thing I heard was the wind blowing and the birds chirping. But that relaxing sound is so smothered by chaos most of the time. On top of the noise, our jobs demand more from us, and I could go on and on about the stresses of parenthood. But what if we gave ourselves a nightly healthy relaxing treat? A calming cup of tea will hit the spot and naturally help ease the stresses of our day!

One study conducted by the CDC shows that 1 in 3 American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis (based on 7 hours per night) as well as 50 to 70 million adults display some form of sleeping disorder. That is a lot of people suffering!! Even to the point that March 10th is now National Insomnia Awareness Day!!

I have two chamomile blends to recommend! 100% organic whole leaf ingredients help increase the pureness and potency of this dynamic duo of sheep counting! Sleep Ease is a beautifully balanced blend focusing on the chamomile and lavender with a few other herbs to make it a perfectly blend of herbs that are calming for the nervous system. Peaceful Dreams focuses on the chamomile and peppermint with a few other herbs as well to help ease digestion and drift you off to sleep peacefully. This is an excellent after dinner tea that contains herbs to help calm and relax the nervous system as well as the peppermint and ginger to aid in digestion to help avoid the middle of the night tummy pains that wake you up from your valuable sleep. Either are available through my online shop, and if you cant decide which to choose - I have created a Sheep Counting Variety Pack that lets you get both chamomile tea blends for 1 low price. Join the Cozy Leaf family of tea drinkers and add these blends to your evening routine! 

So grab a tea cup of Peaceful Dreams or Sleep Ease and toast to Insomnia Awareness Day!

Sweet Dreams Tea Family,

Abby

Little farm update...

Watching these animals go about their business is so calming to me. Just the day to day consistency of the simple farm life helps relax me amidst the chaos of life.

Our ducks get thrilled every time we have plenty of rain because the ponds are full and they are swimming and splashing to their hearts content! 

And remember the baby chicks from last summer... They are full grown hens now and laying eggs regularly to bring us free range happy eggs! My daughter has her own side business going thanks to these ladies!

So life on the farm is slow and steady. The sun comes up and they go about their business, enjoying life until right before the sun goes down when they head back to their own spaces and bed down for the night. Consistent and steady

What exactly is "Wellness" anyway?

Cozy Leaf tea - Designed for "Wellness", Delicious to Sip ...

I have people ask "But what exactly does wellness mean anyway!?" I use the word very intentionally as it means so much more than just "a healthy option" or "good for you". 

But let me explain what "Wellness" means!! Wellness stands for a way of life, a habit, an overall mindset as you look into what you do on a daily basis! So it does not mean that you do something once and it qualifies as wellness. 

I love these wonderful definitions...

  • the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.
  • the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort.
  • an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.
  • The condition of good physical and mental health, especially when maintained by proper diet, exercise, and habits.

The term "Wellness" was hardly ever used even as recent as the 1960s. It has gained popularity over the past 20-30 years with it being a pretty common term over the last 10 years. I think this has more to do with the fact that there are more "unhealthy" options available at our fingertips. The first fast food chain was A&W which opened in 1919 and McDonalds didn't come along until the 1940's. But think of life before that! I love to think about what life must have been like 100 years ago! You could not swing through the drive-through line and get anything. You had to grow it, raise it, and make it yourself!! The first  grocery store wasn't even around until 1916. It was a Piggly Wiggly in Tennessee! Now there were Mercantiles and small shops before that, but nothing compared to the convenience we have at our fingertips today! Here on our little homestead, we have had all sorts of animals over the years. But the chickens are a great example and a front row seat to the length of time it takes to realistically produce "food". We hatch baby chicks and raise them for 20+ weeks before they even get to the age that they will lay eggs. A lot of variables can risk their lives for months before any "food" is produced! But it is all about preparing and being patient. Fast food chains and grocery stores have definitely changed the convenience factor of our food and they have also changed the wellness aspect of our food (unfortunately not always in a good way). This just shows that we need to make a conscious effort toward wellness on a day to day basis. 

But wellness is also about BALANCE! One persons physical and mental choices may stress out someone else and stress can be highly destructive to your overall well-being! We have chosen to have farm animals in our lives because we enjoy them and they bring a constant awareness as to where our food comes from. But my sister, on the other hand, would probably have a panic attack if she even had to do the animal chores 1 time. So animals would NOT be in her wellness bucket! I have other friends who run marathons and that my friends is NOT in my wellness bucket! 

Fill your bucket!! Be conscious of your choices and do what is best for your life! Wellness takes all of these variables into account. It is an overall conscious view of the health of your body and what it takes to produce the food and drinks that we put into our bodies. Wellness is a daily conscious effort to support the body through healthy lifestyle choices that work for YOU with the future in mind. 

"Designed for Wellness, Delicious to Sip" - shows that I have created my tea blends to be something that you add to your wellness bucket, a daily routine and a conscious effort to support your body! Know what is in your tea and let it nourish your body! I bet you will never drink tea the same way again!


What does wellness mean to you?!? I would love to hear your thoughts!! What ways do you use the term? What ways do you hear other people use the term? 

Kansas Sunset Chai Ice Cream

How do you wind down at the end of a long day? In the winter, the perfect way for me is with a nice warm cup of Kansas Sunset Chai. However, in the blazing hot summer it is not high on my list! I still crave the delicious and rich chai spice as well as the huge list of health benefits! So I started working with ice cream! I could not be more excited about this creation! And to add to the health benefits and rich flavor, I used date syrup instead of sugar! So whether you are making a treat for yourself, or a big dinner party, grab a bag of Kansas Sunset Chai so you are prepared for the next summertime special event!

Here we go!!! 

What you will need:

  1. 1 1/2 cups of cream
  2. 1 1/2 cups of milk
  3. 2 Tablespoons of Kansas Sunset Chai
  4. 1/4 cup of Date Lady Date Syrup
  5. 2 Eggs

Steps:

  1. Add the cream, milk and Kansas Sunset Chai to a saucepan and bring to slightly under a boil, stirring regularly
  2. Remove from heat, cover with a lid and let it steep for 30 minutes
  3. Strain the tea leaves from the milk base, discard the herbs, and return the milk base to a simmer
  4. Stir in 1/4 cup of Date Lady Date Syrup
  5. Whisk 2 eggs and add 1 cup of the cream base to the eggs, stir, and then return that mixture to the saucepan (this slow introduction of the heat to the eggs will prevent the eggs from scrambling)
  6. Stir and remove from heat
  7. Cool the mixture by using an ice water bath
  8. Pour through a strainer (to remove any lumps that may have formed) into an ice cream machine bowl.
  9. Churn to perfection
  10. Scoop, serve, enjoy!

Its that easy! This also keeps great in the freezer for the next time you want to grab a spoon a sneak a bite when the kids aren't looking! But for those like us, bravo if you consume it all in one sitting, you just saved freezer space!

Have a fabulous summer tea family,

Abby

Tea Talk: Soothing Lemon Wellness

This is one of my go-to blends for a party! It is refreshing and healthy and is the perfect evening iced tea for these hot summer dinners because it has no caffeine! And a lot of studies show how rooibos is 5 times higher in antioxidants than green tea! Not to mention the amazing digestive benefits of lemons! My kids absolutely love this iced tea and I feel an "epic mom win" moment when they are chugging down glass after glass of antioxidant packed wellness!!! 

Another amazing aspect about this brew is that it is an herbal blend and the leaves are not susceptible to brewing a bitter cup by steeping too long or by the water being too hot. In fact, boiling water is perfect! To brew a perfect cup simply place 1 teaspoon per 8 ounces of water in your strainer of choice, place the strainer into your cup and top with boiling water. Let is set for 5+ minutes (the longer you steep it the longer it will have to pull the beneficial properties out into the water). Then sip away! Soothing Lemon Wellness is also a great blend to steep and resteep! Meaning, save your leaves for a second or even third brew with the same leaves.

If you want instant iced tea you can pour that brew over ice and have a delicious summer time treat! Or follow the directions we laid out on National Iced Tea Day!!! 

I also looooove this tea as a sun tea!!! Just place your tea leaves in room temperature water and place out in the sun for 3-4 hours and watch your jar become filled with delicious amber goodness! I love to toss a sliced up lemon into my sun tea when I have an extra on hand to give such a fun freshness to the brew!

OOOOOh and since its the HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK, it is also ON SALE in our online shop!!! So swing on over and stock up!! Your crew will thank you!

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Enjoy tea time!

Abby