Allergy and Cold Relief

Did you wake up today with a scratchy throat or allergy symptoms that just won’t go away?  We had a combination of these so today we brewed up a tea to help soothe your throat and naturally treat your allergies.
We combined our Rooibos tea which has great anti-inflammatory and allergy relief properties with Slippery Elm which helps soothe scratchy throats, Peppermint which helps relieve coughing as well as headaches and digestive issues, and lastly a bit of Stevia leaf to help sweeten it all up.

This time of year is horrid for those of us that suffer from allergies, chronic headaches, and other ailments that are susceptible to changes in our weather.  For that reason, we have made sure to keep in stock herbs, teas, and other remedies that are effective in treating these without causing harmful side effects or simply masking the symptoms in hopes that they go away.

Body Wash Has Arrived!

For a little over two years, we have been working on perfecting a liquid Castille soap base which we have successfully made facial soap and last night we perfected a recipe for moisturizing body wash.
Our body wash uses our soap base which is made with olive oil, babassu oil, and shea butter and we combined it with apricot kernel oil, shea butter, argan oil, and organic emulsifying wax.  This is a very tricky process and after much trial and error, we have finished our liquid body wash recipe which has come out to be rich and creamy and produces a very nice lather.

Once we have the labeling done we will be introducing this as Bay Breeze Body Wash which will have Tangerine and Bay essential oils.  We are very excited and will let you know when this is available.

Foragers Wanted!

Good morning, I hope everyone got to work/school and the such safely.  Today’s tea is Darjeeling with Hibiscus, Galangal, and Stevia which will give you a little caffeine kick with a nice citrus and ginger finish.  We really like to use stevia leaf in our blends as it adds natural sweetness without calories and is very easy to control in its leaf form.

We are also looking for Foragers to help provide some local medicinal herbs to our store.  If you have access to land that you commonly forage and there are no pesticides or other contamination we would like to talk to you.  We are working on a verification system to ensure we are getting quality ingredients that were harvested in a sustainable manner and with proper permissions.

We Have Tippy the Owl on Our Shelves

We had a visit yesterday from the amazing Ericka Corban and she dropped off 15 copies of her book “Tippy the Owl”.  This book is a whimsical story about a little owl that just can’t stay in his bed and how he and his friend solved the problem.  Along with a fantastic story the illustrations are delightful and make the book an entire experience.  We are very happy to have this as our first book for sale in our store.

For our tea today we prepared Earl Grey with mandarin peel.  We found that the mandarin accents the bergamot in Earl Grey tea beautifully.  We can also serve you a 12oz cup of tea that you can customize by choosing any of our base teas and adding onto it using any of the herbs and spices on our shelves.

Have a great Saturday and be sure to visit the Shoppes at Riverside mall.

Happy Friday, It’s Time For Some Chai!

Our tradition continues with our great Chai tea blend, mandarin peel, and lemongrass.  We love the combination of Chai and mandarin, in case you couldn’t tell, and today decided to add lemongrass to enhance the health benefits of our tea.

If you want more than a sample we can prepare a cup for you at our new tea service, just ask for the tea of the day.  We are also happy to have some new 12oz French presses that are perfect for brewing tea or coffee at home.

Breathe Easy Get You Through the Day Tea

Today’s tea features Nilgiri, Peppermint, Lemongrass, and Stevia.  We all know how great peppermint is at relieving those stuffed up sinuses and soothing sore throats.  We teamed it up with lemongrass which has great antibacterial and antifungal properties, among others, that makes this a great immune system booster.
The Nilgiri tea and stevia bring everything together for a very pleasant cup of tea that will perk you up and keep you going throughout the day.

This is just one of many combinations that we can brew in a larger 12oz size for you, or you can get the bulk ingredients to take home and brew it in your favorite teapot or infuser cup.

Tea of the Day and New Service

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Good morning, we hope everyone was safe yesterday and got to have some fun in the snow.  We are back in the store and have a fresh hot pot of tea for you to sample.  Today’s tea is made with Bancha, Keemun Congou, Lemon Verbena, and Galangal which has a very rich slightly sweet and minty with a citrus finish.

We also have our new tea service set up so you can come in and get your own custom cup of tea for just $3.00.  Take your pick from any of our premium base teas and add onto it from our selection of herbs, spices, and teas for just $0.10 per add-on, limited to 4 add-ons.  We will combine these for you into a compostable tea bag and add it to a cup of perfectly heated water.
When you are all done with your cup of tea the cup, sleeve, and bag can all be composted and the lid can be put into your plastic recycling container.

While you are enjoying your tea be sure to have a look at our other items and visit the other stores in the mall.

New Arrivals: Cups and Presses

We have been getting a lot of requests to sell cups of tea instead of just offering samples.  After doing research into what permits and equipment we may need to accomplish this I am happy to say we got the first order of cups, lids, sleeves, straws, and fillable tea bags.
Starting this week we will start selling 12oz cups of tea for $3.00 each which includes one serving of any of our base teas.  You will be allowed to add any of our herbs or spices to your tea for $0.10 each.  If you bring your own cup we will take $0.20 off your order but please only bring cups no larger than 16oz.

 

We also got our first 12oz French Press in.  These can be used to brew tea or coffee and are a great alternative to using other brewing methods.  We will continue to carry infuser balls and muslin bags as well.

Anxiety Relief Tea

Our tea today is inspired by a good friend that suffers from anxiety and we wanted to help her out a bit.  We combined Earl Grey with Valerian Root, Dong Quai, and Raspberry Leaf which came out as a very nice earthy tea with that nice back note of bergamot you get from Earl Grey.

There are many things that can cause us to be anxious and confronting them can be very difficult.  This blend of tea and herbs helps create balance in your system and relieve other issues that could be preventing you and your body from fully dealing with the issues causing anxiety so I hope you will try it where ever you may be.

Herbal Keemun Congou Blend

Good morning!
It is a whopping 1 degree Celsius, that is 33.8 Fahrenheit, or in other words really really cold.  To warm you up we combined our Keemun Congou with Hibiscus, Lemon Verbena, Galangal and Stevia leaf.  This is sure to give you a little pick me up, warm you up, and even do your immune system some good.

Please remember that it is absolutely okay to experiment with your teas and make new and enjoyable combinations.  Don’t limit yourself to preblended teas that are stale before you even pour water over them.  We have 11 base teas and over 40 herbs and spices that you can use to various effect.