Founder of Sweet Spirits Tea
ITEI Certified Tea Master
ITEI Certified Tea Blending Professional
Francelle holds a doctorate in history from Rice University, with a background in university-level teaching, research, and academic and documentary editing. Dr. Blum is published academically and has written and illustrated creative works as well. She is a certified Reiki Master, with training in Aromatherapy and an interest in gardening and holistic approaches to healthful living. Her role as a tea educator includes Tea History, Water for Tea, and the Personalization of one’s tea experience in the Modern World.
Tea has been an ever-present companion for Francelle, be it in academic or creative pursuits. It is has been a guide through every life phase and an inspiration for every accomplishment. Topics researched, books written, flowers harvested, or kittens cuddled—they have all been done with a cup of tea at hand. Francelle now brings her knowledge and work experience in the fields of History, Energy Awareness, and the Creative and Literary Arts to inspire others on their own tea journeys.
Francelle sees the tea path as ideal for a graceful blending of our intellectual and creative sides. Through tea, we explore not only the sensations of the body, but our mental, emotional, and spiritual sides as well. Her approach to the tea profession and to tea education is one of creative discovery, personal growth, and connectivity, with a strong emphasis on the continually evolving role of tea in history and culture. Simply put, we do not drink tea. We experience tea!