Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Blessed Botanicals

I was lucky enough to spend some time this weekend with my friends Tara and Tony Mele on their farm in North Carolina. I love just being in their beautiful old farmhouse or out in the farmyard watching the chickens and goats, surrounded by gentle mountains-so relaxing. But what makes it even more relaxing is the wonderful herb teas that Tara serves throughout the day. She has a talent for combining herbs into soothing blends that are truly as beautiful to look at as they are wonderful to drink. She has been blending her own teas for family and friends for years and has recently begun marketing these wonderful teas at farmers markets and specialty grocers, as well as developing a website. I am pleased to hear that others are appreciating her talents as much as we do and her fledgling company, Blessed Botanicals is doing very well! Check out her website at
Tara was generous enough to send me home with a goody bag full of her teas, lotions, and cooking spice blends, and I have been trying them out one by one. My home now smells of rose petals, lemon balm, sassafrass, and clover...mmmm!
Tea time will be even nicer with this fragrant reminder of good friends and my far away mountain home.


barb said...

Thanks so much for the link. I love teas of any kind and after checking the site out am excited to find a few I would love to order. Ah, the mountains of North Carolina. A vision of the farm of Marge and Hal Owens from Jan Karon's Mitford series came to mind as I was reading about your friend's farm. Alas, here in the desert, that is as close as I will come to one. Thanks so much for sharing.

Theresa said...

Are you a Mitford fan, too?! We have so much in common!
Tara also has some new blends that are not on the website yet, including a pregnancy tea called "Mamasita" and a minty one I love called "Belly Blend" which is good for tummy aches. I'm also partial to the "Shabby Chic" as it is just so pretty.