Wise Mouth Founder & Owner Lei Nicholas hails from a long-line of traditional Chinese tea makers. In fact, Lei first leaned to cultivate her craft under the guidance of her grandparents in the mountain village of Shanzui. For centuries, the residents of Shanzui have relied on local teas made with native plants and flowers to heal the body and promote good health.
As a young girl, Lei spent her days colleting chrysanthemum leaves and drying them in the sun to be used as part of a healing tea. Lei drank her grandmother’s chrysanthemum tea every day and every day she grew a little stronger. “I remember sitting in my grandmother’s village home drinking flower tea in the light of the full moon, listening to grandfather quote Buddhist truths… Behind his voice, there was the sound of my great-grandfather’s snoring coming from our rice leaf house.”
Lei eventually moved to the USA but kept her cherished childhood memories and family recipes alive by teaching her own daughters to make the family tea. As a high school Chinese teacher outside of Boston, Lei would watch her students drink soda and energy drinks filled with preservatives and refined sugar. This broke Lei’s heart. Growing up in Shanzui, drinks were designed to repair the body, not damage it. Lei dreamed of creating an alternative beverage for her students that was 100% natural, with no concentrates, no preservatives, and no artificial sweeteners.
Lei began brewing and sharing her family tea with her students. Wise Mouth Teas was born.