Today we’d like to introduce you to Debbie Dotson.
Hi Debbie, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
I can always remember waking up by the creeks when I was younger with my siblings and enjoying the peace of nature. Everything I could see was singing its own song. The bees buzzing inside the flower petals was music to my ears. I always felt right at home where life began and that’s close to the earth. This is how Debbie’s Got the Tea began
Throughout my life, I’ve leaned heavily toward set care awareness. I started my well-being journey over 10 years ago. The goal was to redirect my life to a happier more peaceful place. I was able to do that using a gift God gave me to formulate blends of herbs, flowers, and minerals that have helped to give myself, and others, a better quality of life. I call them well-being alternatives.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Debbie’s Got the Tea started by accident. What I mean is every product and service I offer, I was using for my own personal use. That changed 4 years ago when I was asked to put a hot tea blend together for a friend. Long story short, she like the results and she told someone. Then that person told someone and word of mouth spread about the hot teas I was making.
The challenges have been ongoing. After the word spread I had to come up with a name, buy additional products to meet the demand and so much more. I had zero dollars in my pocket and a small demand for products I was making in my kitchen by hand. I share that because this happened a few years before COVID.
Before COVID it was taboo to be in your kitchen mixing up herbs, making elderberry syrup, formulating immune shots, extracting oil from pine bark, and more. That in itself was a challenge. Before COVID less than 80% of Americans were interested in health and well-being from a holistic standpoint.
I can say that COVID helped to shed light on the benefits of in some instances, choosing a more plant-based option. No, the road hasn’t been smooth, and after almost 5 years, there are many obstacles. Nevertheless, I continue to figure out what’s best practice for myself, my family, and our loyal customer base.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
We specialize in 100 % plant-based well-being options. We offer herbal drinks for energy, weight loss, cognitive support, mood, and more. You can create a smoothie based on your needs for the day. What sets the store apart from others is most every product in the store I personally use for my well-being. When you come to make a purchase, you get to talk to the person that created, researched, and tested the product.
We offer cold drinks, hot drinks, customized teas, SeaMoss, smoothies, detox water, hydration water, elderberry options, wellness shots, and more. A few of our product lines are weight loss, hair care, skin care, lymphatic/detox care, stress, sleep, thyroid care, anxiety, depression, libido support for men & women, hyperactivity options, and everything in between.
What sets us apart is we use everything we make. Our vendor products are also used by me. I only put products in the store that we can give an honest review about because we’ve used the products ourselves. Our products are free from additives, GMOs, synthetics, sugar, or fillers. That’s what we’d like people to know about Debbie’s Got the Tea, LLC
We are a family-run business… My daughters (Kiara, and Dominique) work closely with me on marketing, research, product ideas, and product availability.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Graduate of McDuffie High School. Debbie is a licensed cosmetologist and a graduate of Southern Wesleyan University. Debbie is a former pharmacy technician and a recruitment & retention manager.
We are not just tea you can drink. Tea is a play on words. When someone says “tell me the tea”, it means tell me what’s the news, or what’s going on. We provide our customers with information on the latest happening in the area, and what’s going on in the Heart of the community. We are all about the tea.
We offer wood therapy for lymphatic care. We offer grounding courses and breathing classes. We offer DIY classes on essential oils & herbs, and flower uses. Organic Pilates class available once a month
- Website: www.debbiesgotthetea.com
- Instagram: @Debbies got the tea
- Facebook: @Debbie’s Got the Tea, LLC