Spring Cleaning from Within and Without

Spring is a time of new beginnings, cleaning and detoxing. For some, this might mean completely decluttering and revamping the house. For others, this could be tuning into their health.

If you’re in need of a bit of a refresh, here are some of my favourite things to do in spring: 

  • Add  plants to your surroundings
    With spring in full swing, there’s no shortage of flower bouquets at the local markets and luscious tropical plants at nurseries. I love adding a pop of colour to my space with flowers and greenery, not to mention also being able to enjoy the air-purifying qualities of plants! It’s also a great time for planting seedlings in your garden and to fertilise your existing garden. 
  • Brew  a cup of tea 
    Spring is an ideal time to detox. Some herbs to consider brewing  include spearmint, chamomile, burdock, dandelion, and combination of lemongrass and ginger. Remember that herbal teas can be much more detoxifying than caffeinated ones. If you’re not in a tea-drinking mood, try turning your favourite Beit e’Shai blend into an iced tea instead!
  • Whip up a green juice
    Juices and smoothies are a fantastic way to enjoy seasonal fruits and veg, providing  the body with much-needed nutrients. I love mangos, bananas and berries blended together for an icy smoothie, or watermelon, fresh mint and cucumber squeezed into a refreshing juice. On a similar note, try to up your water intake to ensure you stay hydrated as the weather warms up. 
  • Rearrange your furniture with feng shui in mind
    Feng shui is the ancient Chinese practice of harmonising oneself with one’s physical environment. If you’re feeling a bit bogged down, take the time to rearrange a room in your home according to feng shui principles. Simply, this could be by decluttering or finding diagrams online for ideal furniture placement. 
  • Invigorate your body
    During winter, and especially during Melbourne’s lengthy lockdown, it proved to be difficult to take care of our  bodies. The temptation was to curl up on the couch, rather than be active! Spring offers an opportunity to make some simple changes to take better care of our bodies and minds. This could be a simple morning meditation, a relaxing yoga flow, or a brisk daily walk in the sunshine. 

I hope these gentle reminders help support your mind, body and spirit this Spring. 

With love and light, Rasha x

The Importance of a Wintertime Tea Ritual

With winter in full swing and COVID-19 induced anxieties in the air, there’s never been a better time to create your own wellbeing tea ritual. The benefits of various teas themselves, and the act of having a tea ritual, are both incredibly valuable at this time. Here’s why:

Benefits of tea consumption

  • Boosts immunity
    Germs thrive in cold weather, and with the threat of COVID-19 virus still being prevalent, it’s never been more important to strengthen our immunity. Tea warms the body soothes sore throats, reduces symptoms of congestion, fevers and common colds. Ingredients like ginger, lemon, thyme and turmeric are particularly beneficial to have in a brew. Beit e’Shai Immunity Organic Herbal Tea has been one we keep having every day this season.
  • Alleviate seasonal depression
    Winter has a way of bringing down your mood, with the sun setting sooner and the chilly temperatures creating a reclusive mood. Luckily, tea leaves include an amino acid called L-Theanine, which promotes the production of dopamine and serotonin. Make sure to keep regularly consuming green tea and black tea to support your mood., Also seek ways to support your mind, body and spirit, such as regular exercise and exposure to the sun on the occasional sunny (albeit chilly) winter days.
  • Soothe aches and pains
    Aches and pains throughout the body become more pronounced during winter, because our muscles are contracting and losing heat. Some people may also feel that their joint pain worsens during winter. Having a warm beverage can help to counteract some of these pains, while the anti-inflammatory properties of many teas reduce joint pain.
  • Slowing down and being mindful
    The beauty of slowing down and being mindful offers many benefits, like allowing us to check in with ourselves, emotionally and physically. We like to think of having a cuppa as meditation. From choosing your tea, heating the water, selecting your favourite teacup, and waiting for the herbs to infuse, every moment offers a chance to bask in simple rituals. Being mindful during these motions can give us clarity of mind, reduce stress, improve our concentration and relax and rejuvenate our bodies.

Our favourite teas for winter wellness

In order to support your body and mind during winter, find a tea that is perfectly soothing and warming. Here are some of our favourite beverages:

  • The Immunity Organic Herbal Tea
    Our immunity blend is a spicy mixture developed to strengthen the immune system. The invigorating ingredients include Peppermint, Lemon Verbena, Thyme, Ginger and Turmeric, all of which are known for their health benefits. To enjoy, brew at 70ºC for 3–4 minutes, using one heaped teaspoon per cup of water.
  • The Aynar Spice Infusion
    This aromatic and spicy blend promotes healthy blood circulation and body warmth, making it the perfect winter beverage. Enjoy the nourishing flavours of Cinnamon, Aniseed and Ginger, best simmered at 100ºC for 8–10 minutes. We recommend serving with walnuts for the perfect pairing.
  • Homemade Fire Tonic
    To kick things up a notch, make your own fire tonic at home. Place fresh garlic, fresh ginger, fresh turmeric, peppercorns, rosemary, thyme, salt, cayenne pepper, Sichuan pepper, lemon juice and lime juice all into a jar. Pour apple cider vinegar into the jar until all the ingredients are fully submerged. Stir and cover tightly, letting it stand in your pantry for 6-8 weeks. Strain the liquid through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a large measuring cup, and either discard the solids or use them in your cooking. Rinse out the jar and pour the liquid back into it. Add two tablespoons of honey, shake or whisk, and keep in the fridge. A spoonful will do wonders when you feel a cold coming – otherwise, you can also dilute one or two tablespoons of it in hot water and consume it as a tea.

By integrating tea into your winter rituals, you can carve out a little time to yourself in all the chaos of life. The teas you choose can also help to alleviate winter coughs and colds, boost your immune system, or improve your mood. Whatever your preferred brew, make sure to enjoy it as a regular part of your daily routine to best take care of yourself!

Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020!

Wow! What a year!

2019 has definitely been quite a big year of personal and professional opportunities – and lets be honest – quite a few big challenges.  With everything this year has brought with it, I feel so very grateful for all of the lessons and for the support of the people around me.  As this tea business turns 2 years old on the 16th December, I can’t help but feel like its birth has been both incredibly fulfilling and at times pretty exhausting.  As small business owners, we don’t often speak of the challenges we face.  But as you can imagine, behind this little House of Tea, there is only one staff member: me! I do all of the herbal blends by hand, all of the packaging, managing, supplying, ordering, selling, wholesaling, advertising, marketing, social media, bookkeeping, administration… and, well you get the picture, the list goes on and on.

I am proud of what I’ve achieved so far and I’m very thankful to you for supporting me and making this dream come true.  Beit e’Shai wouldn’t be here without your continual support.

This year I have traded at various markets, hosted a beautiful fundraising Tea Salon to support Palestinian farmers, facilitated a number of workshops, tea ceremonies, had a few catering jobs including the heartwarming Black-Palestinian Solidarity Conference, took part on my first ever trade show at the Melbourne Tea Festival, had a PopUp Teahouse at the Immigration Museum for Khalil Gibran’s exhibition and expanded the Beit e’Shai Stockist family to ten clients.  It’s been HUGE.  And I am full of gratitude.

This month, I will be celebrating these achievements with a few of my  talented friends by bringing you a PopUp Teahouse + Gallery at 369 Lygon St. East Brunswick. For one weekend only, we will gather to celebrate the end of 2019 and welcome 2020.  There will be an Opening Night to celebrate our 2nd Birthday, at my friend Liam’s new PopUp and Studio Space on Friday 13th December, with drinks available by donation to support Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network.  On Saturday 14th Dec. I will host a Full Moon Tea Ceremony, and throughout the weekend there will be a lineup of incredible local artists, designers and creatives offering you a conscious Christmas shopping experience.  And most importantly, an opportunity to catch up and celebrate before the year ends!  Read below for more details.

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PopUp Teahouse + Gallery 13th-15th December 2019

Beit e’Shai turns two!  Join us for a weekend of partying, tea ceremony, art, designer clothing and other treats as we gather to celebrate the end of year with our friends and family, while we support some of Melbourne’s vibrant local artists, artisans and small businesses.

Our PopUp Teahouse and Gallery will be open for trade on Saturday 14th Dec. and Sunday 15th Dec. from 11am – 4pm (both days). On display we will have artwork by Vanessa Aloia, organic herbal teas by Beit e’Shai and various treats from our friends R E M U S E, Jessica Gannaway, ChiandKo Jewellery and Recycled Design and more, giving you the perfect opportunity for conscious Christmas shopping.  Join us on Friday 13th Dec. for the Opening Party 6pm – 10pm.  For more information visit the Facebook page at this link.

In other news… 

  • The Last Full Moon of 2019
On Saturday 14th Dec. join me, Rasha Tayeh, Beit e’Shai founder and owner, for an intimate Full Moon Tea Ceremony and Herbalism Workshop from 4pm – 6pm. Together we will hold space for meditation, intention setting and blend herbal medicine for you to take home or gift to family, friends and community.

Cost $25. BIPOC free. Auslan interpreter available upon request, please email rasha@beiteshai.com

Spaces are limited, please pre-book this link: https://www.trybooking.com/BGUTE
or send an email to rasha@beiteshai.com to book/enquire.

I look forward to spending this special weekend with you to welcome the new year together!
  • Private Nutrition Consultations and Reiki Sessions

In 2020 I will moving my private practice work to Oshun Yoga in Reservoir and will be available for these 1:1 consultations on Fridays only, with some early evening appointments for those who work 9-5.

  • Online Store Christmas Shopping

Please be aware that if you are planning to shop online for Christmas gifts, be sure to place your orders no later than Monday 16th December 2019 to receive them in time for Christmas.  Beit e’Shai uses Australia Post, so get your orders in early to avoid delays.  To visit the Online Store, visit http://www.beiteshai.com

December Markets

Here are my market movements this month:

  • This Saturday 7th Dec I’ll be at my regular spot at CERES Brunswick, trading at the CERES Makers and Flea Market from 9am – 2pm.
  • Friday 13th – 15th Dec. the PopUp Teahouse + Gallery will be open for trade from 6pm – 10pm on Friday night during our Opening Party and from 11am – 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
  • Saturday 21st Dec I’ll be back at CERES Brunswick, trading at the CERES Makers and Flea Market from 9am – 2pm.  This will be the last day of trade for 2019.

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Happy Holidays 

I will be taking a break from 22nd Dec. 2019 until 8th Jan 2020. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continual love and support.  I feel humbled and grateful for the opportunities and blessings I receive that allow me to do what I love.

Someone once told me “there are years for sowing and planting, and years for harvesting” – and just as the natural cycles go, the seasons, the moon and sun cycles for example, this year has reminded me that life itself is an ongoing creative cycle.  A cycle of birth, growth, full bloom, harvest, decay, death, rebirth, growth, full bloom, harvest, decay, death and so on.  It has taught me to be patient. To be present.  I have learnt to love every part of the year for its teachings.  Every part of the cycle for its blessings.  To love Winter and not long for Spring impatiently.  Because after Winter, Spring will naturally come.

I have a feeling next year will bring along beautiful creative adventures, art projects, connected private practice work and a steady flow of herbal abundance, as the lessons and blessings continue from the plants I work with.  These plants, my teachers.

I wish you all a happy and safe new year.  I hope you celebrate your creative cycles, in whatever stage you may be, and that you are surrounded in love with friends, family and community with a constant flow of blessings.

I would absolutely love to see you at the PopUp Teahouse + Gallery at 369 Lygon St. in East Brunswick for a hug before I take myself on a camping trip along the East Coast to rest, hug trees and learn from the ocean and waters.

With love and gratitude, Rasha x

November News!

I can’t believe we’re already in November and that I’m getting ready for my Christmas Markets and stocking up on my Online Store.

This month I’ll be trading my Beit e’Shai organic herbal teas at three different markets starting Saturday 16th November.  Scroll down for more details!

If you can’t make it to a market, don’t forget that you can always shop online at http://www.beiteshai.com

Get organised this Christmas season, start your shopping early and support your local makers.

I will also be having a PopUp Shop with a couple of friends on the weekend of December 13th-15th in Brunswick East.  It’s a wonderful way to thank you for your support and raise a glass to celebrate the end of year.  I will send you a separate email with your invitation to the launch party with more details on our PopUp Shop trading hours, workshops and happenings over the weekend.  For now, save the date!

New Beit e’Shai Stockists

A warm welcome to two of my newest Beit e’Shai stockists joining us this month.
Migrant Coffee in West Footscray and Happy Herb Shop in Fitzroy.

This month marks a business goal I set myself earlier this year: to reach 10 stockists by the end of 2019.  And here we are!  I’m feeling proud of my efforts running this business solo out of my apartment in Preston and I’m so very grateful for ALL of your support.  Big things are coming.

I feel blessed to have such a wonderful family of stockists and I’m always looking to spread my herbal love.  So, if you or someone you know would like to stock my handmade organic herbal teas please email me on rasha@beiteshai.com and ask for a Wholesale Line Sheet and Price List.

From time to time, I get asked by different clients to host workshops, throw tea parties or cater for their special events and conferences.  This month I’m pleased to announce that I will be catering for the Black-Palestinian Solidarity Conference at The University of Melbourne and providing Beit e’Shai teas during morning and afternoon tea breaks, and during lunchtime alongside the amazing Hana Assafiri from The Moroccan Soup Bar, who will be putting on a delicious Moroccan spread for lunch.  There are still tickets available to this event via this link.

So, if you are ever looking for a tea caterer, I’m your gal!
Email me on rasha@beiteshai.com for a quote.

November Markets

Here are my market movements this month:

Gift ideas

I have lots of delicious treats for you this Christmas.  Apart from gorgeous handmade test tube holders by local woodworker Grant Robinson like the ones we had last year (pictured below),  I have commissioned a brilliant local ceramics artist and dear friend Nicole Coci to make special Beit e’Shai mugs to pair with my herbal teas and infusers.  I will have lots of Christmas gift ideas at these markets, so be sure to drop by.  Please note, these limited edition Gift Sets will not be available online, only at markets in November and December (or until they sell out).

With love, Rasha x

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Tea Salon: Fundraiser for Dalia Association

This is your exclusive invitation to our first Tea Salon, a fundraising experience hosted by Beit e’Shai for Dalia Association based in occupied Palestine.

Step inside the warmth of Preston’s Oshun Retreat, with a cup of Beit e’Shai tea in hand, for a magical Sunday afternoon filled with music, dance, henna art, massage and reiki healings. Tea Salon offers a chance for our Beit e’Shai community to connect in support for Palestine and Dalia Association-مؤسسة دالية المجتمعية.

Proceeds raised from this Tea Salon will fund a community supported agriculture project: Om Sleiman Farm – مزرعة أم سليمان. Om Sleiman Farm is a small organic farm in the Ramallah area that offers ethical local produce to the West Bank region. This initiative is made possible by Dalia Association – the only community foundation that realizes Palestinians’ rights to control their resources and sustain their own development for generations to come.

Your host, Beit e’Shai owner and founder, Rasha Tayeh, is a Palestinian artist, herbalist and nutritionist. Rasha invites guests to an afternoon of relaxing self care and community care over a casual gathering and delicious teas; heralding her business’ intention to create a healing home for all of us who have been displaced, dispossessed or exiled.

Dalia Association and Beit e’Shai believe that by reviving traditions of philanthropy and volunteerism, we create new systems that make giving easier and more trust worthy.

When: Sunday 28th July 2019, 3 – 6pm
Where: Oshun Retreat, 5/27 Enfield Ave Preston
Cost: $30 or if you’re feeling extra generous $40
Book online at: https://www.trybooking.com/BDCIN
All proceeds will go to Om Sleiman Farm, supported by Dalia Association in occupied Palestine.

Your entry fee will give you access to our Tea Salon offerings and we encourage you to get in early and register your name for massages and healings from our amazing local therapists and healers including:

Lori Curran from The Humble Nook
Jelena Nikcevic from Soul Aquarian Therapy
Poppy Sophia from Om Chi Reiki

About Beit e’Shai
After living back home in occupied Palestine in 2014-2015 under the harsh reality of military occupation, Rasha Tayeh had to move back to Melbourne, where she set up her business Beit e’Shai (House of Tea in Arabic, pronounced bayt eh shy). Beit e’Shai (established in 2017) is an apothecary and teahouse, with all teas and tisanes handmade by Rasha using 100% natural blends from certified organic ingredients. Informed by her ancestor’s wisdom and drawing on her knowledge and appreciation of traditional Arabic medicine and Palestinian herbalism, Rasha creates aromatic teas and herbal medicines that focus on health, wellbeing and comfort.
Beit e’Shai is built with intention to create a healing home for everyone.

About Dalia Association-مؤسسة دالية المجتمعية
Dalia Association makes grants available to support relevant civil society initiatives, especially grassroots efforts that seek to supplement local resources. A permanent endowment will be built over time to ensure sustainable income for current and future generations. Dalia’s work advocates for systemic change in the international aid system so that it respects Palestinian rights and responds to local priorities.

For more information visit:
www.rashatayeh.com
www.beiteshai.com

Beit e’Shai and Rasha Tayeh acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of this land on which we live and work, and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

Oshun Retreat is located at street level / ground floor. The venue is wheelchair accessible with an all-abilities bathroom facility.

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Winter Healing Masterclass

Oshun Retreat in collaboration with Beit e’Shai (House of Tea) are hosting a Winter Healing Masterclass on Sunday 23rd June from 11am – 3pm.

During this masterclass, we will practice yoga, meditation and pranayama techniques and discuss nutrition and herbalism principles that support and nourish us during the winter months.

Investment: $85 full fee and $75 concession
A light vegan lunch will be provided.

To book, visit this link: https://bit.ly/2Huihm5

Participants will receive a test tube of Beit e’Shai organic herbal tea and Oshun Retreat oil blend.

About the facilitators:

Kira Ostwald – Oshun Retreat
Kira loves to move, and barely ever sits still. A hairdresser in the daytime and a Yogini by night, she is always moving and loves it! Meditation helps her to find stillness, in the mind and the body; and she loves a Vinyasa just as much as a Nidra session. Balance is the essence of life. She loves to take students through a journey of breath, meditation and movement. She began Oshun to help others find their true path, connecting mind, body and spirit.
For more information visit: www.oshunretreat.com.au

Rasha Tayeh – Beit e’Shai
Rasha is a nutritionist, herbalist, artist and mystic. Her practice is inspired by the seasons and ways in which we can enhance connections with our bodies, our communities and with nature. She combines principles of nutrition and herbalism in her wellness workshops.
Rasha is the owner and founder of Beit e’Shai (House of Tea in Arabic, pronounced bayt eh shy). Informed by her ancestor’s wisdom and drawing on her knowledge and appreciation of traditional Arabic medicine and Palestinian herbalism, Rasha creates aromatic teas and herbal medicines that focus on health, wellbeing and comfort.
For more information visit: www.beiteshai.com and www.rashatayeh.com


Beit e’Shai and Oshun Retreat acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of this land on which we live and work, and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We reflect in our work that Ancestral medicine and traditional herbalism bring deep healing to people and Mother Earth.

Winter Apothecary Workshop

Winter is time to reflect, conserve energy and go deeply inwards.
It’s also a time for divine medicine making.

Beit e’Shai invites you to our Winter Apothecary Workshop of medicine making with herbalist and nutritionist Rasha Tayeh.

During this 2 hour workshop we will make a back balm, cough syrup and various herbal infusions – using simple & safe homemade recipes that help support us during winter, strengthen our immunity & protect us from general ailments.

Join herbalist and nutritionist Rasha Tayeh (founder & owner of Beit e’Shai) and make some magic to prepare you for winter!

Investment: $60
When: 2-4pm Sunday 26th May 2019
Where: Oshun Retreat 5/27 Enfield Ave Preston VIC 3072

Each participant will receive one free test tube of Beit e’Shai herbal tea.
Back balms and various Beit e’Shai products will also be available for sale on the day – cash and eftpos available.

Book your spot at this link https://www.trybooking.com/BCFUR
Space are limited – so book early!

Hope to see you there.

We acknowledge that cost can sometimes be a barrier to attending. As a small business we can’t subsidise a large number of tickets, however, we are happy to offer one free ticket (in exchange with volunteering) and a handful of discounted tickets to this workshop if you are a student or unwaged.
Email rasha@beiteshai.com for more information.

About Rasha Tayeh
Rasha is a nutritionist, herbalist, artist and mystic. Her practice is inspired by the seasons and ways in which we can enhance connections with our bodies, our communities and with nature. She combines principles of nutrition and herbalism in her wellness workshops.
Rasha is the owner and founder of Beit e’Shai (House of Tea in Arabic, pronounced bayt eh shy). Informed by her ancestor’s wisdom and drawing on her knowledge and appreciation of traditional Arabic medicine and Palestinian herbalism, Rasha creates aromatic teas and herbal medicines that focus on health, wellbeing and comfort.

For more information visit:
www.beiteshai.com
www.rashatayeh.com


Beit e’Shai and Rasha Tayeh acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of this land on which we live and work, and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We reflect in our work that Ancestral medicine and traditional herbalism bring deep healing to people and Mother Earth.

Magical March

March began with International Women’s Day!

I would like to take this chance, over a cuppa tea, to honour all the goddesses, matriarchs and fierce women who have guided and inspired me this lifetime.  Below is an image of Ishtar (also known as Inanna in ancient Mesopotamian mythology). She is associated with love, beauty, sex, desire, fertility, war, justice, political power and the underworld. Keep shining and reconnecting with your divinity. Happy women’s Day!

I also want to take this time to give thanks to our Mother.
Mother Earth, who teaches us, guides us and heals us with beautiful herbs.

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I have two special events this month:

– Saturday 23rd March Market Stall at Ceres Harvest Festival 10am-3pm
– Saturday 30th March Magical Herbalism Workshop at SpellBox 10:30am-12:30pm

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CERES Harvest Festival

My friends over at CERES Environment Park are having a Harvest Festival and I will be trading in the Makers Market area from 10am until 3pm.  Be sure to pop in and say hello!  The day celebrates and gives thanks to Mother Earth, our farmers and the cycle of the seasons.

There will be tea, local produce, music, planting, mindful weaving, Mandala making and much more!

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Magical Herbalism

I believe in magic!  And I’m very excited about this month’s workshop.
I’ve been invited to host a magical workshop at one of my all time favourite stores, SpellBox.

In a workshop titled The Witch’s Brew, I will prepare different organic herbal infusions and discuss their healing and magickal powers, ritual and lore.  To book your place visit this link.

Summer of Love

I hope you had a wonderful New Year’s break!

I certainly did and I’m very happy to be back for an exciting new year filled with market stalls, exciting new events and workshops.

Here are some of Beit e’Shai‘s movements this month:

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Valentine’s Day Special Offer

Beit e’Shai is pleased to announce that we are offering 10% off all our products this Valentine’s Day.

Why not treat yourself or your lover to our delicious lover’s blend, our limited edition Habibi Tea?

Visit our Online Store between now and this Thursday 14th February and enter this promotional code: HABIBI

Offer expires at 11:59pm Thursday 14th February 2019.

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Gibran’s Garden

Tea lovers will be introduced to the Beit e’Shai experience on Saturday 23rd February at the Immigration Museum’s Summer of Love Gibran’s Garden Party.

Founder Rasha Tayeh, will be available at the Beit e’Shai Pop Up Teahouse offering you a complimentary cup of tea on arrival.  Her background as a nutritionist and herbalist provides a unique perspective on how drinking tea can be a form of self-care, a delicious ritual and for healing.  She will also present a Tea Workshop discussing various herbs, fruits and spices that can supportus during the warmer months and be enjoyed as both hot and ice teas.

Drop by the Pop Up Teahouse between 3pm-8pm
And join us at the FREE Tea Workshop from 3pm – 4pm.

 

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Friends & Stockists

We would like to welcome our new (and old) stockists to the Beit e’Shai family:

Aroma Paradise (Sydney)
Rhubarb Organics
Timber + Greens
The Humble Nook
Soul Aquarian Therapy
Immigration Museum Gift Shop (Melbourne)

For more information on how to become a Beit e’Shai stockist email Rasha on: rasha@beiteshai.com