CNSM Celebrates Black History Month: Marlena Jayatilake Spices it Up Again! | Chicago North Shore Moms

Marlena Jayatilake is an Evanston resident of two children and owner of Love That Spice in Highland Park since 2013! Inspired by a passion for wellness, Marlena brings together the phenomenal health benefits of spices and herbs with exceptional quality and taste. She states: “The goal of Love that Spice is to continue to share the health benefits of spices and herbs and the range of boosters as well as bold flavors it can add to traditional and non-traditional cuisine no to mention a fantastic cup of tea!” Get to know a day in the life of Marlena and stop by her shop to spice up your own life!

The Guiding Hand by Marlena Jayatilake

Cry, moan, groan and the hysterical laughter that occurs when I’m home on a much deserved off day. My children, my husband, and the feast we put on our table every Sunday – oh what good times to be had, and in the moment. The overwhelming desire to make others feel well, the itch that gets scratched whenever someone feels better after drinking one of my many concoctions… all of this is what moves me. It’s the “a-ha moment” when once unapproachable herbs and roots become part of everyday life because you married that genius who introduced you to these little miracles. The guiding hand in the universe that shows you what the future looks like for you and me only too willing to follow.

I am Marlena, Marlena Jayatilake, mom to 2 amazing children and a phenomenal husband who still sees me after almost 20 years of marriage. I am the proud owner of Love That Spice, a wellness-focused tea & spice company. I am an herbal goddess, blending all things wellness into a warm hug in a cup. What started as a little dream or seedling has taken root, and has grown to reality that I can do all things. I stand on the shoulders of my ancestors who gave their very lives so that I could be here today and say “I AM.”

About Marlena: Born and raised on the south side of Chicago and now an Evanston implant (for 20 years), I made Highland Park my second home 10 years ago where I humbly operate my spice and tea store. I pride myself on being “not your average tea shop,” meaning my focus is on being well and fueling the body with all things good. My organic tea and/or spice blends are made right here in my store….grinding and hand-blending until I create a blend that gives your body just what it needs, at the right time. From a tummy ache to gut health to liver health we have a tea for that!

Visit Love That Spice at 1893 Sheridan Road Highland Park, IL 60035 and reach out at 847-780-4658.

Want to know more about Marlena? Read our Meet a Mom feature of her from a few years back.


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