How do you take your Tea?
Tess Walker – the visionary behind West End Tea Co. – has spent her professional life concocting and consuming tea.
While studying Naturopathy at the Endeavour College of Natural Health—an alternative medicine practice that calls upon the use of natural remedies—an assignment tasked her to create a medicinal remedy in the form of a tincture, cream, or herbal tea. She chose tea.
“I had a little moment where I realized that there were benefits from tea that went far beyond the actual act of drinking it,” she recalls. “The art of blending herbs together to create different flavor profiles while also delivering a medicinal benefit kind of blew my mind.”
After the assignment came to a close, Tess kept at it. First it was “somewhat of a hobby”, where she would blend up different concoctions on the side for friends, family, and neighbors. But when she fell into what she eloquently describes as “an absolute crescendo of making teas”, she realized that her hobby had turned into an obsession worthy of lifelong pursuit.
And so she made the harrowing, unpredictable decision to drop out of school and devote herself entirely to the practice of blending and selling tea.