Having long been a fan of Chad Cornell and what he was doing for Winnipeg folks, we were excited when the opportunity arose to offer our customers his amazing blends of organic teas. Chad is our Manitoba maker being featured this month!
What inspired you to start creating tea blends?
I love tea, not just the taste of tea but the health benefits also. When I opened Hollow Reed Holistic back in 2005, I had many people coming in with specific requests and needs. Out of this came our unique selection of enjoyable and therapeutic tea blends.
Which tea is your personal favourite?
Even though I’m surrounded daily by a lot of different tea options I really love a good old-fashioned Peppermint tea which is also the main ingredient in the Manitoba Wilderness Tea – organic of course. I find it uplifting yet relaxing, it’s great for digestion and a potent anti-viral. My favourite tea blend by far is the Om Shantea blend which I find gives me strength, clarity, and a feeling of calm all at the same time.
What’s different about Hollow Reed tea?
I think it’s that we genuinely care about what we are offering and people can sense that. Our teas are also pure – organic, fresh, and effective in helping people on their journey to health and vitality. We don’t add any weird artificial flavours or colours that you often find in many other teas. They are also not made and bagged up in a factory somewhere, we hand blend them here in Winnipeg and package them ourselves. They have also been designed by a trained Master Herbalist, myself, which I think really helps – they work and they taste good!
What is your favourite way/time to enjoy tea?
I love my tea before bedtime with a book. However, I would have to say that I really benefit from drinking tea while I do private consultations with people. For this I prefer the Om Shantea or the Wize One because they both have the Indian herb Gotu Kola in them which supports a calm and clear mind.
What’s the biggest challenge you faced in creating your product?
I think our biggest challenge has been that our goal is to keep our product high in quality but low in price. However with the cost of shipping and our desire to pay local harvesters a good dollar for their efforts it’s not always easy. Fortunately we have found a market that shares the same value system as us – and the same commitment to quality.
What’s your favourite thing about Manitoba?
Hands down it’s the Boreal Forest and the people. I was born in the Canadian Shield and feel like it’s in my blood. I lived on the West Coast for years but much of the time I longed for the Boreal Forest and the ancient shield rock. We have an incredible diversity of medicinal plants here as well as an amazing diversity of people and cultures. It’s really special, and I think more people are beginning to realize that.
You can find Hollow Reed organic teas at Generation now.