What does Iyashi mean?
For the Japanese, one of the concepts of good health is to seek iyashi. One of the ways in which they do this is by sipping a relaxing cup of tea in a beautiful garden or calming space in the name of replenishing one's soul and mind with serenity, clarity and joy.
The character 癒 (iyashi) differs from the conventional definitions of the verb "to heal," in that what it actually means is "to alleviate", "to quench" and "to satisfy". It also has a connotation of "comfort," "soothing," and "solace," implying that 'healing' occurs beyond just the physical realm - but in the mental and spiritual realm as well.
The main mission behind Iyashi Herbs is the creation of healing spaces where ones can engage in activities which nourish the body, strengthen the mind and uplift the spirit.
We endeavour to do so through the use of herbs (and other plant allies) which offer support and balance as well as through ceremonies and events such as Teas, Love and Harmony.
At present, Iyashi Herbs is remotely located in a rural village in Southern Japan discovering the history of traditional herbal medicine and tea while delving deeply into the ancient ritual of the Way of Tea.
In Spring of 2014, Iyashi Herbs was birthed in a loving attempt to unearth the restorative powers of herbs through teas/ tisanes, bath salts and other herbal methods.
Since then, this journey has taken us not only throughout the island of Jamaica but also to the land of the Rising Sun, Japan. Which is where Our Tea Lady, began her own personal journey to creating the concept of Iyashi Herbs in the first place.