September is a wonderful midpoint between the end of summer and the start of Autumn that eases us into the colder months. As temperatures start cooling down, now is the perfect time to start transitioning from your favorite iced teas to hot teas! Our September Tea of the Month is a great transitional tea! Read more below! 👇
Tea of the Month: Bee Pollen Black & Vanilla Rooibos
Bee Pollen Black & Vanilla Rooibos is an incredible blend when served iced or hot with a spoonful of honey and a dash of cream! It tastes a little like birthday cake and cocoa! This blend is immune boosting, rich in antioxidants, a natural pain reliever, an anti-inflammatory, and it promotes neurological health! It also has bee pollen blended in, and each granule of bee pollen contains the pollen from between 2,000 and 4,000 flowers, is protein rich, and helps with seasonal allergies!

Bee Pollen Black & Vanilla Rooibos is blended with black tea, apple pieces, bee pollen, natural vanilla flavor, marigold flowers and red rooibos!
Spice of the Month: Healthy Heart Seasoning
Heathy Heart Seasoning is an all purpose, salt-free seasoning! It is blended with cayenne, chervil, coriander, dill, fennel, garlic, onion, and paprika.

Read about how each ingredient in this blend benefits your heart here​, and check out this Healthy Heart Biscuit Recipe!
ChariTea of the Month: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (the American Cancer Society) and Lisa
The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks raise awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. Each event is a noncompetitive 3 to 5 mile walk that brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer. The events raise money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and to help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it's most treatable.

From the opening ceremony to the post-walk entertainment, a Making Strides event is a celebration of survivors and opportunity to remember loved-ones lost. It's a day that shouldn't be missed and won't be forgotten.
On November 21, 2018, Lisa got engaged to her now fiancé, Erik, while on a trip to Asheville, NC. Close to the completion of a second major (and still working full time), she was excited to settle into her new career in Accounting, begin planning a wedding, and eventually starting her own family.

Shortly after Thanksgiving, Lisa noticed a lump in her right breast. It was big, completely foreign, and because of its odd “edges,” Lisa referred to it as shaped like a Lego. She immediately made an appointment with her doctor. After a long waiting period through the holidays, that nerve-wracking appointment on January 18, 2019, finally arrived. The doctor did find a lump about an inch and a half thick, and that very next Monday, she went in for a biopsy. By the end of that week, it was confirmed. Invasive ductal carcinoma. In two short months, she was diagnosed with Stage II Breast Cancer at the age of 29. With so many things to look forward to, everything came to a halt.

Lisa has always been strong willed and independent. She is so proud of her accomplishments (as are her family and friends) and has done them mostly on her own. When it came to beating a disease that she didn’t ask for, she didn’t think twice. Once again, she would do this on her own. When faced with a challenge, Lisa wouldn’t think to bother those around her, even if she rightly deserves the help. But now, she needs all the support she can get. Friends and family have been in Lisa’s corner since she first found a sign, but now is a time when we’re asking others to offer help so that she does not carry the burden alone.

The reality of how expensive this journey is going to be has set in, and with the help of her closest friends and family, we are inviting you to offer any support that you can because every little bit helps. 

We hope September is a safe and productive changing of seasons for you! As you make your way throughout the month, we encourage you to remember to be kind.

"Kindness: One of the greatest gifts you can bestow upon another. If someone is in need, lend them a helping hand. Do not wait for a thank you. True kindness lies within the act of giving without the expectation of something in return." 

🌱 Maggie & the OBTC family

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