Parents never want to see their children in any form of pain. They naturally look for remedies to relieve their kids of their distress and that let a Baltimore father to creating his own tea brand when his son could not consume the ones on the market to treat his ADHD.
Herbal teas are known for their healing properties so when Quentin Vennie’s son, Jayden’s neurologist recommended alternative medication like teas or meditations for his severe ADHD, they quickly jumped unto it.
Little did he know, that his son who has been struggling with concentrating in class would reject the tea option — green tea to be precise — because he did not like how it tasted.
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Vennie then put on his thinking cap and formulated a special blend for his son and when he saw how effective the tea was, he decided to turn it into a business venture so others could benefit from the tea.
This cup is no ordinary cup of tea for Jayden because for the first time in his life he was able to complete a whole semester and even make it to the honor roll after he had struggled in school for years.
“I wanted to create something that was more palatable for him, and once I realized that it actually worked for him, I felt it was necessary to make it accessible to the public,” Vennie said.
“For the first time in his life, he’s just finished his sixth grade online first semester and is on the roll of honor,” he added.
Today, the Vennie family are owners of the Greenhouse Tea Company in northwest Baltimore under their already existing brand, Our Human Home. Vennie runs his new company with his wife Erin, and although operations started barely a month ago, the startup has eight different tea blends that have unique health benefits.
The pair saved up to start their tea company and although the current COVID-19 pandemic brought about challenges to the launch, it was a blessing in disguise. It allowed ample time for the teas to be carefully curated to meet the highest of standards and quality.
“The entire process took close to a year to complete. There were a lot of things we didn’t know when we started but we learned along the way,” he said.
“Launching our business during the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t as challenging as I initially expected, primarily because we use all dry ingredients that are minimally processed and everything is sold online.”
Interestingly, the blend of herbal teas has helped Vennie himself who has struggled with prescription drug addiction for years and anxiety. Other popular people like Tia Mowry and Gwyneth Paltrow also say they love the tea blend.