This blog is about tea, travels, life and adventures–and some extraordinary moments I have witnessed–people, places and spirit. And always, everywhere, the teas I’ve tasted. The cups and the lives filled to the brim.  I’ve had beautiful formal teas, healing teas, uplifting teas, teas while traveling and meditating.

Here is an excerpt from a video I shot in Tibet along with a recipe.

Yak Butter Tea

After yak meat has been boiled for several hours in a big pot, the fat which is swimming on top is removed with a wooden ladle. It is then placed into a long narrow wooden container made from a hollowed tree trunk. It is then churned with a wooden stick until it is has creamy buttery consistency. A few sprinkles of salt are added. It is then poured into a bowl with strong black tea. The mixture of tea and heavy cream becomes a broth which invigorates and warms every part of your body. It is especially recommended in high altitudes. It stimulates circulation and digestion. (Also, see my blog from February 22 for more details and recipes about preparing traditional or simple Butter Tea.)

You may also enjoy a delicious tea of Passiflora (Passionflower), white lotus blossoms and chrysanthemum. It will stimulate circulation and increase fertility. It is recommended to treat nervous stress and anxiety and give a restful sleep.

My book about my tales of travel, teas of the world and healing systems is forthcoming. Here is an excerpt from the chapter about Tibet:

“…So many times in life, bitter experiences guide us to the most important wake up calls. I learned that they have been calls to grow up and ascend to the next steps of awareness.  As with healing teas, too often the most potent ones are also the most bitter. For example, dandelion cleanses toxins from collected anger held in the gallbladder, and goldenseal, with its harsh taste, cleanses the liver, detoxifying it from excesses and generally supports the immune system.  Two of my most bitter experiences purged me of my anger and brought me closer to an understanding of enlightenment. His Holiness the Dalai Lama says, ‘Your enemy is your greatest teacher. Respect him.’”