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Jungle vines swing down around your face in the oppressive heat. 

You straighten your aching back, eyes on the mountain in the distance just visible beyond the canopy. Its snow cap gleams like a diamond against the blue sky. You know it’s cooler up there–cold, even–but the thought doesn’t change your sweat.

Your sword’s heavy on your hip, whacking your right knee with every step. You push the next long branch out of the way, emerald vellum sticky against your palm as underbrush tangles around your ankles, and your heart sinks.

A dark shadow curls around the mountaintop–a tendril of smoke, of poison smog.

It’s there, ahead of you, already? Why now? You’re still nursing scars from last time you fought the old reptile…

And this…is where I come in.

No matter how exhausting your journey–whether your body’s weary from blood pressure, chemistry, and sugar, or your mind’s weary from stress, trauma, or a touch of the existential–

No matter how big the dragon or how small the lizard, I know something about rest.

I’m Jen Finelli–that’s Jen Finelli MD, SAMFE, FAWM, a former military physician, sexual assault medical forensic examiner, and wilderness medicine doctor, and I’ve seen my fair share of horrible deaths and miserable pain. I was diagnosed with PTSD a couple years ago, and I’m still undergoing treatment now. I’ve fought dragons.

And I’ve found while fighting my own dragons that sometimes you need to pause, set up a bubbling kettle under a large tree, and take a deep breath to clear your mind. To strategize. To heal.

To plan your next fight.

So I’ve sourced some of the most beautiful teas from around the world to tease and calm your senses with the power of theanine. Then, I studied all kinds of relaxation strategies from ASMR to martial arts meditation to old Army psychology manuals to scientific studies.

So now you and I can have a tea-time relaxation session, every single month. Together!

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Organic Cream Earl Grey - All the luxury of cream and sugar without the harmful side effects (+USD $11.11 per item)
Organic Lavender White - The Rare Tea I Love for Sleep and Peace (+USD $10.48 per item)
Masala Chai Tea Blend - Reducing my ache with the sweetness of cinnamon (+USD $10.49 per item)
Peppermint Ginger Green - LITERALLY Tingly Tea (+USD $10.49 per item)
Blooming Tea - Hand-sewn edible art for focus and breathing, 6 blossoms (+USD $14.69 per item)
Lapsang Souchong - The smoky, rich tea only adventurers understand (+USD $10.49 per item)
Pu-erh - The ancient fermented tea once sold for more than its weight in gold (+USD $10.24 per item)
Organic Jasmine Green Tea - A calming elixir that brings romance to my heart (+USD $11.99 per item)
Organic Green Matcha - Meditation tea from my heritage to increase my brain power (+USD $15.81 per item)
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Each box of rest subscription also includes:

  • The Tea-Time With Dragons: Welcome Packet,
  • The Wellness Project ($200 Value), which includes:
    • Access to a community geared SOLELY towards productive S.M.A.R.T goals
    • Access to over 5 years of research and experience, with the opportunity to glean from over 200 pages of evidence-based hand-outs and self-care I've gathered from clinics I've worked over the years ($5k value)
    • Accountability timers to keep you on track, with email support from me should you get stuck
    • Opportunities to earn courses and hidden content by progressing towards your goals
  • One Health Research Coaching Session ($200 Value)
  • A Monthly Moment ($99/month Value) - an evidence-based guided exercise sourced from modalities like Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or military resilience programs for you to try on yourself, delivered in mp3 and videoYour third month you get a consultation with me.
  • You get to pick an audio-art ASMR BONUS GIFT, too!

Overwhelmed with choice? Learn each tea's story here below! If you just want to try a tea one time, first, click HERE.

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I’m a mixed race Asian-American, so I’m used to taking my tea without sugar. But when a health crisis sent me home back to the States, in pain and exhausted from my medical practice in Korea, I spent some time studying the art of the tea sommelier under the Canadian Tea Association.

Western tea tradition involves a lot of sugar.

Unfortunately, sugar doesn’t do great things for your peripheral blood vessels. Or your pancreas. Or your waistline.

So I was thrilled as a physician when I discovered this amazing, naturally sweet Cream Earl Grey. It makes me feel like royalty, and it tastes exactly as it sounds: robust, classic Earl Grey with a delicious sweet cream flavor, one of the best selling blends from our supplier. Their secret natural flavoring process requires NO added sugar.

Earl Grey on its own is also just really good for you because of bergamot, the natural flavor used to treat the black tea for that special Earl Grey taste. While I haven’t seen any enormous randomized controlled trials, I was excited to discover the Journal of Phytomedicine did a great piece on a 

Organic Cream Earl Grey - All the luxury of cream and sugar without the harmful side effects

number of studies showing bergamot helped improve dyslipidemia (high cholesterol), and apparently it even decreased anxiety in rats!

Simple, and beautiful:

  • Ingredients: Black tea, osmanthus petals, gluten free natural flavor
  • Origin: Sri Lanka
  • Antioxidant Level: Medium
  • Caffeine Level: Medium

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Global Tea 2017 Championship Bronze Medalist.

AND
Voted  #1 White Tea at the 2017 Toronto Tea Festival!

This award winning hand-blended combination is light and floral, refreshing with a smooth, fresh mouth feel.

Rare white tea, prized throughout ancient China, is hand-plucked while still soft and fuzzy on the
bush, before the leaves have matured to green tea, and carefully protected from oxidation. This treasured liquid gold comes only in small 20g and 40g packages. Second only to yellow tea for royalty, this is a perfect gift to show a special someone they are worth the rare things in life.

And floral lavender may benefit those who struggle to find night-time peace: a randomized control trial in 2015 found that lavender improved sleep for college students compared to sleep hygiene alone. Better, a large meta-analysis in 2019 found that while there isn’t good evidence for aromatherapy, oral administration of lavender did decrease anxiety across multiple studies. You can watch our relaxing breakdown of other studies for lavender here (in ASMR style).

Organic Lavender White - The Rare Tea I Love for Sleep and Peace

  • Ingredients: Organic white tea, organic wild lavender
  • Origin: Fujian, China
  • Antioxidant Level: Very High
  • Caffeine Level: Low

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As a fibromyalgia sufferer, I deal with a lot of random pain and nausea. After that physical attack, there’s a mental ache and discouragement that falls like a heavy fog over my entire existence.

So I like a tea that attacks both angles: something that’s evidence-based and good for my body, but also comforting for my mind. Like a winter holiday embrace, or a flannel blanket, for my soul.

That’s this masala chai.

Full bodied black tea enhances South Indian masala spices with cinnamon, cardamom notes and lively ginger. Used by sages for ages, the chai blend continues to maintain popularity for its natural, almost Christmas-y sweetness.

It’s also good for that wellness you crave when seeking out ASMR: cinnamon and cardamom have been found to lower cholesterol, while ginger is consistently used to reduce nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. A healthy body often leads to a more relaxed mind, and in our quest for tingles, that’s never a bad thing.

Masala Chai Tea Blend - Reducing my ache with the sweetness of cinnamon

  • Ingredients: Black tea, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon,clove, black Pepper+ white pepper, nutmeg
  • Origin: India, Kenya
  • Antioxidant Level: High
  • Caffeine Level: Medium

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TOP 10 Tea-lovers’ Choice at the 2016 Toronto Tea Festival (3Teas)

I enjoy ASMR and – as someone with a high fibromyalgia somatic symptom score – I DON’T enjoy nausea. I chose my supplier’s unique blend of soothing peppermint and lively ginger green tea for both reasons.

Peppermint has been used for everything from nausea to pain relief (it’s in Tiger Balm) to even soothing nipple sensitivity during breast feeding. Ginger is consistently used to reduce nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, and even for things like seasickness. Both compounds are known for the tingly effect they have on the tongue and skin, and combined with the relaxing effect of green tea, they are THE perfect compound for preparation while you listen to ASMR.Peppermint Ginger Green - LITERALLY Tingly Tea

  • Ingredients: Luxury green tea, Natural dried ginger, Natural dried calendula and sunflower petals, Peppermint
  • Origin: Kenya, Japan, Thailand, USA
  • Antioxidant Level: High
  • Caffeine Level: Low

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I first discovered this tea while walking beside someone I love. I remember tip-toeing through the fruity lillikoi scent of a Hawaiian tea store just begging my nearly-empty pocketbook to let me share this magical flower with my mother who’s been through so much loss…

Perfect for meditation, this tea literally blooms in your clear glass, unfolding into a vibrant sun-like flower with a beautiful trailing center. Its taste blossoms on the tongue as well, as a smooth peach character unfolds into hints of jasmine and lily.

It’s such a beautiful gift–the moment a blossom, or a person, opens up to you.

Our health survey finds this tea high in antioxidants. There are innumerable studies about the health benefits of green tea, with research reviewers touting its anti-inflammatory action to the point of cancer prevention, and even claiming it can prevent infectious disease. Everyone’s mileage will vary, but who doesn’t want to drink something known for improving cognition? If it’s brain food, it’s gotta be good for stimulating ASMR, too. Watch the video here where we dig into the Pubmed database together to see the research beyond the hype on green tea. We’ll be following up soon with data on chrystanthemum and lilly!Blooming Tea - Hand-sewn edible art for focus and breathing

  • Ingredients: Green tea, chrysanthemum, lilly+jasmine+osmanthus blossoms
  • Origin: China
  • Antioxidant Level: Very High
  • Caffeine Level: Medium

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When I traveled to Texas for my first military hospital job, I found a lot of things didn’t live up to my imagination, especially when it came to the health system that broke my heart.

But one thing did live up to the legends: melt in your mouth, rich, tongue-tingling brisket. I don’t think it’s even just the meat. I used to be a vegetarian, years ago, and I’m convinced smoking and roasting makes everything better.

Some ancient Chinese sages agree with me.

A savory tea that pairs well with beef, lamb, gouda cheeses, and mushroom dishes, lapsang souchong undergoes a rigorous smoking process after oxidation. Our unique lapsang souchong offers a rich astringency with the heady aroma of an oak fire–perfect for the distinguished fan who enjoys beard care videos and adventures with brigands.

This pure product contains only one ingredient: powerful, smoked black tea.Lapsang Souchong - The smoky, rich tea only adventurers understand

  • Ingredients: Smoked black tea
  • Origin: Fujian, China
  • Antioxidant Level: Low
  • Caffeine Level: Medium

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The first time I tried anything similar to pu-erh tea I believe was in Korea, sampling the ferment of a volcanic mountain tea. That twinge of taste adventure on my tongue–it spurred a sense of curiosity, wide-eyed accomplishment, even.

That’s what happens when you try something new, of course. It’s good for the soul.

So I investigated the ancient roots of tea fermentation, and discovered ancient tea from China that sometimes sells for more than its weight in gold, at thousands of dollars–an ancient tea once reserved for emperors only.

Pu-erh tea must be extremely carefully crafted: there’s a big difference, but a fine line, between fermentation, and tea going bad, and only the most careful experts, like those who craft high-end wines and heritage cheeses, know how to create this product.

So what’s it like? Pu-erh is a savory, musty tea that pairs well with sharp cheeses and mushroom dishes, undergoing a rigorous fermentation process after oxidation. Toasted bread highlights simmer under elemental and earthly notes. My tea is lovingly guarded for three years, sourced from some of the purest places in China–and, lucky for you, not priced at emperor-level prices.

This pure product contains only one ingredient: powerful fermented black tea.Pu-ehr - The ancient fermented tea once sold for more than its weight in gold

  • Ingredients: Fermented black tea
  • Origin: Fujian, China
  • Antioxidant Level: Low
  • Caffeine Level: Medium

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For some reason, this one always makes me think of my husband.

I’ve had jasmine tea all over the world, from a tiny, ancient tea shop in Korea, to the urban smoothie hut in a Texas strip mall, and every time, a deep inhale transports me. No matter where I am, I’m now holding his muscular, rough hand and sighing with contentment. The sweet, captivating floral fragrance says love to me more than any rose, and the gentle, but robust, green tea body woos my tongue…

You’re missing out if you haven’t shared jasmine tea with someone you love.

Both jasmine and the green tea plant, contain compounds that induce relaxation–great for ASMR and meditation. You can see the video here on this page to learn more about the benefits of green tea; as for jasmine, while there is definitely more research needed into this plant, I was pleased to discover that jasmine improved wound healing of oral ulcers in rats–definitely a good thing for someone like me with sensitive tissues. Another small study compared massage therapy with and without jasmine, and found that jasmine significantly improved mood and blood flow. And finally, a couple small studies even found that jasmine lowers prolactin, which means it may help fix the side effects of unwanted lactation that can come with anti-psychotic medications or certain body piercings. (This also means that perhaps jasmine isn’t the best flower for women who are pregnant or lactating) It’s a fascinating, natural solution that’s calming and healing for people like me who crave, and need, balance.

Organic Jasmine Green Tea - A calming elixir that brings romance to my heart

It’s also just a very romantic and sweet gift. My tea:

  • Ingredients: Green tea, Jasmine flowers
  • Origin: Fujian, China
  • Antioxidant Level: High
  • Caffeine Level: Low

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I’m part Japanese. I remember my first real Japanese tea ceremony, in all its elegance and pain. I remember sweating in full kimono, in a small room I had to crawl to enter, the folds on the tatami mat pressing against my knees as I shifted the smooth ceramic bowl in my palms to admire its hand-painted, Kokinshu-inspired hibiscus, before lifting the dark green elixir to my lips…

There’s a Japanese aesthetic in the tea ceremony, where we focus infinitely on every single movement, every tiny detail, knowing that this moment will never be repeated. You’ve felt this aesthetic when the cherry blossoms or fall leaves flutter around you, or maybe while watching an elegant, mesmerizing motion in an ASMR video.

Well, organic Green Matcha, the powdered version of the Japanese Great Tea, or Ocha, makes that high tea ceremony aesthetic accessible to your kitchen, starting with the aesthetic of honoring this fleeting moment with graceful details.

Just as every motion we make will never be repeated, the little things matter, and so the little things–like luxury grade purity and healthy catechins–make this the perfect powder to add to your smoothie, your milk, your cream cheese, or even your ice cream for a boost of antioxidants and vibrant, lively, complex flavor for a smooth, satisfying cup.

One of the worst things about my fibromyalgia is the fog that falls over everything–it makes me think slower and feel slower, partly because of the depression that comes with it, and partly because the brain can’t process as well when it’s constantly in pain.

As a physician, this means I have to watch myself, and be careful about what days I give people advice–and that’s why having studies, and an evidence base is so important to me.

The elixir of my ancestors, fortunately, comes with that modern evidence and a brain-power boost. There are innumerable studies about the health benefits of green tea, with research reviewers touting its anti-inflammatory action to the point of cancer prevention, and even claiming it can prevent infectious disease. Everyone’s mileage will vary, but who doesn’t want to drink something known for improving cognition?

Organic Green Matcha - Meditation tea from my heritage to increase my brain power

This pure product contains only one ingredient: Organic Matcha.

  • Ingredients: Organic Matcha
  • Origin: Kagoshima and Kyoto Japan
  • Antioxidant Level: Very High
  • Caffeine Level: Medium

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What about price? Is it worth it?

Look, in specialty shops, one tiny pouch of the kind of tea I source–the kind that wins awards–can sometimes cost $25 or more. It’s at least $5 a cup at somewhere like Starbucks, and I remember sampling a fermented tea in Korea that cost over $50 a box. On top of that, people pay easily $120 per hour for the kind of meditation sessions I’ve organized–shoot, people pay $200 to just get a physician to pay attention to them for half an hour. You’d be looking at over $200 per month!

But with me, you don’t pay $200 per month. You don’t even pay $50, unless you want to.

Seriously, pick your teas and see what price you get when you go to check out. I won’t tell if you put a bundle of rest in the cart and then don’t buy. I used to go into stores and try on dresses I couldn’t buy, and as I see it, there’s no harm in imagining. Imagining what it might be like to cradle a warm, fragrant cup and let your mind wash away in tingles, sound, and soft thoughts…I think we all need that. And I’d like you to imagine what it would feel like to give that to yourself.

So go ahead–put down your sword. Try on the silks. Let the dragon fear your rested self.

What goes into your box of rest, adventurer?

(Don’t forget the free bonus gift for yourself AND a special creator)

Still not sure what to pick?

You can let my lovely little tea droid ask you some questions so it can recommend you something that fits your particular relaxation style.

My supplier, 3Teas, sources the best teas from around the world–I can literally trace every tea back to its organic, humane origin! They are on a mission to show people that you don’t need sugar and chemicals to have great taste. Quality and ethical business is reflected in the shipping price, which ranges from $10 to $15 for most of the US and Canada: I use humane shipping options such as the Canada post, instead of rushed warehouses with alleged human rights violations, shipping from exotic and beautiful international locations. I believe you can taste the difference in quality, and that it’s worth paying for.

We use recyclable/reusable stainless steel tins (made in USA) which keep tea fresh for up to 2 years. You may also choose to use white stand up pouches if you prefer, which are cheaper given the rising price of steel, but less environmentally-conscious. For maximum tingles, check out the ASMR video on YouTube that corresponds to your tea! The tins are lovely for tapping, and the pouches make a great crinkly sound.

And don’t forget to pick up a mug with your tea! Check out my 
husband’s amazing handmade ceramics and get 10 percent off your tea

Done browsing? Still not sure?

That’s fine! Take a look at the bonuses available–just for looking at them, I’ll send you a free relaxation science gift. Here.

Rest adventurously,

Jen