Spicy, Zesty Rooibos Chai Tea

It’s Chai Tea Friday

We have a wonder Chai tea blend that we get from our vendor but every so often I decide to do something completely off the wall and make up a special blend of Chai that is spicy, sweet, tangy, and delicious.

When you want spicy use Thai chilies

Thai ChiliesThat is right I spiced up this blend with just a little part of a Thai chili pepper.  These peppers add wonderful heat and taste to Thai dishes and they don’t disappoint with our Chai.

Chili peppers, in general, have wonderful health benefits that we should all be taking advantage of, among them are blood pressure regulation, pain relief, clears sinuses, boosts the immune system, and more.

A Recipe for Flavor Explosion

Spicy, Zesty Rooibos Chai TeaOkay, enough of me going on about health benefits and the such as I am sure you are wondering what else we put in here besides peppers and Rooibos tea.  Here is the recipe which we brewed three times in our 16 oz French press:

  • 3 tsp. Rooibos tea
  • 1 tsp. Coriander
  • 1.5″ Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Star Anise seeds
  • 2 Cardamom pods
  • 1/4 Thai Chili pepper
  • 3/4 tsp. Stevia leaf
  • 1/2 tsp. Galangal root
  • 1/4 tsp. Cumin
  • 2 strips of fresh Lemon peel

Add the Rooibos, Thai chili, Stevia leaf, Galangal root, and Lemon peel to the French press.
Put the Coriander, Cinnamon, Star Anise seeds, Cardamom pods, and Cumin in your mortar and pestle and lightly mash them until they are broken up, then add them to the French press.
Add water that has been brought up to about 80 degrees Celsius, let this steep for about 5 minutes before pressing.

We hope you have a fantastic weekend and if you are coming out to the beach be sure to stop by Westport for their Weekend with the Fleet event.  We will be there with our lotions, sunscreen, essential oils, and more.

Gateway to the Olympics Expo – Day 2

We are open for the Gateway to the Olympics Expo

Normally we are not open on Sundays but today is special as it is the second day of the Gateway to the Olympics Expo.  There are a lot of really great vendors here along with other shops that are open today.

Sample tea of the day

Tea of the DayWe always love coming up with inventive combinations for our sample tea of the day.  Today we combined Darjeeling, Rosebuds, Galangal, and Stevia for a crisp and refreshing tea.

We have all the herbs and spices to make this and many more combinations.  We recently started carrying press and seal tea bags that you can fill up and seal with an iron, we use a mini hair straightener,  If you don’t want to assemble them yourself we would be happy to fill and seal the bags with your choice of teas, herbs, and spices.

Tippy the Owl

Tippy the OwlHave you read this great children’s book from Erica Corban?  This is a wonderful story with a great lesson and fantastiillustrationsns.

This book makes a great anytime gift for parents and little ones alike.  We only have four copies on our shelf but will definitely be ordering more once these are sold.

Beeswax candles from Gathered Sunlight

Gathered SunlightYesterday we lit one of the small votive candles from Gathered Sunlight that we carry.  This little candle provided such a wonderful atmosphere in our store and it burned for over seven hours, we were told that this is longer than most emergency candles that are full chemicals.

We have a wide variety of candles and you don’t have to light them if you don’t want to.

Bulk Lotions and Sunscreen

We have been moving our lotions and other products into bulk dispensing containers to help reduce the waste going into our landfills and allow you to bring in your own favorite container and fill it up, though we ask that you allow us to fill it for you.

Bulk Lotions

Bulk LotionWe have our Nude and Bay Breeze lotions available right now.  Nude is just our lotion base with no scents added but does have a slight chocolate note from the cocoa butter we use.  Bay Breeze harnesses tangerine and laurel bay essential oils for this brisk scent that is very reminiscent of the ocean.

All of our lotions are created from scratch by us using high-quality oils and additives.  We never use harsh synthetic chemicals, petroleum by-products, and toxic preservatives.

Sunscreen

Bulk SunscreenHave you seen the reports about chemical sunscreens and how they are killing off the coral reefs in Hawaii?  The toxic chemical laden sunscreens that you get off the shelf are the reason we created our own using oils that have natural SPF value as well as a touch of zinc oxide that provides a mineral sunblock as well.

We also have our sunscreen with bug repellent in it that we call Sunny Day Skeeter Salve.  We tested this at multiple locations to make sure it had great sun protection and repels insects.

Bulk Sunscreen and More

More products in bulk

Yesterday our container order arrived which included the bottles and pumps we will be using for bulk dispensing of our products.  We are sure this will make it easier and more affordable for you.

Sunscreen

Bulk PumpsWe have two sunscreens available, one with our non-toxic insect repellent and one without.  We have tested these sunscreens on our selves, friends, and family to ensure they do what they should, protect your skin from the sun without harming you or the environment.
The sunscreen alone is 15 cents per gram ($4.30 per ounce) and the sunscreen with insect repellent is 20 cents per gram ($5.72 per ounce).

Bulk Oils and Hydrosols

We also have bulk oils and hydrosols, including our own distilled Witch Hazel, available.  We know there are a lot of you who like to make your own fantastic stuff so we have the same oils we use in our products available for you to purchase in small or large quantities.

 

Your container or ours

We encourage you to bring your own container, be sure to sterilize it as much as possible first, and we can fill them for you.  If you need a container we have many different styles to choose from.

Packaging for all your needs

We now have packaging available

If you are making your own products or need something to put any of our bulk products in we have the containers and packaging to suit your needs.

On the A-Frame

We revamped our A-frame display to hold most of our containers, don’t worry we still have soap but it is on the wall now.

Bottles, Jars and MoreOn one side we have 4 oz cylinders with red caps, 2 oz amber boston round PET bottles, 2 and 4 oz PET clear jars, 16 oz amber boston round glass bottles, white and amber 8 oz. PET bottles with foamer tops, clear 2 oz PET bottle with foamer top, 5 and 15 ml pumps, 30 and 50 ml airless bottles with treatment pump tops, blue and green PET bottles with flip top caps, blue 4 oz glass bottles with lotion pumps, and 16 oz amber boston round bottles with lotion pumps.

Bottles, Jars, and MoreOn the other side of the A-frame we have deodorant tubes, 5 and 15 ml sprayers, 1 oz amber PET boston round bottle with sprayer, 2 oz purple boston round bottle with treatment pump, 4 oz blue cosmo bottle with fine mist sprayer top, 1/2 oz white tottle top, .15 oz lip balm tubes, 3 and 5 gram PET clear jars, and 1 oz metal tins with screw on tops.

Bottles, Jars and MoreIn our essential oil and remedy display area, we have 2 oz amber and blue glass boston round bottles, 15cc apothecary jars, 5 and 10 ml amber bottles with euro style dropper inserts, 10 ml clear glass roll-on bottles, and screw on dropper tops that fit the 2 oz bottles.

 

Bulk personal care products coming soon

This week we will be hard at work getting products made and into our bulk dispensing containers.  We will have our lotions, sunscreens, and soap base available as well as our hydrosols and witch hazel.

If you are planning on coming to the expo this weekend be sure to stop in and see all the great changes and additions we are making.

 

New Arrivals

We have some new arrivals that are sure to please

Our latest order of herbs, spices, and teas has arrived and with it some amazing new items.

Press-n-Brew Tea Bags

We have some fantastic paper press and brew tea bags, put your tea in them and seal it with an iron, or a mini hair straightening iron like we do.
These bags are fantastic for making your own blends ready to brew when you want them, making gifts for friends and family, and more.

Let us fill them for you

We also are offering an assembly service where we will fill and seal the bags with up to 3 ingredients of your choosing, we can do other custom orders as well, just ask.
For 15 bags filled and sealed it will be $10.00 and additional bags after 15 will be $0.75 each.

New Herbs and Spices

We are constantly updating our stock of herbs and spices to make sure we have what you want and need.  Here is what we just added:

  • Chaga Mushrooms cut and sifted
    • Stimulates and regulates the immune system
    • Helps fight and prevent cancer
    • Strong Anti-Inflammatory
    • Helps normalize cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Elder Berries Whole
    • Immune system booster
    • Great for fighting colds and the flu
  • Kava Kava Root
    • Pain relief
    • Sleep aid
  • Linden Leaf & Flower
    • Cold and Flu relief
    • Headaches
    • Fever relief
    • Helps regulate blood pressure
  • Orris Root peeled, cut, and sifted
    • Helps with water retention
    • Treatment for bronchitis, coughs, and sore throat
    • Liver detoxifier
  • Organic Calendula Flowers
    • When used as an oil:
      • Burn treatment
      • Stops bleeding
      • Soothes pain
      • Promotes healing of wounds
      • Treat earaches
    • When used as an infusion
      • Reduce fevers
      • Treat ulcers
      • Relieve menstrual cramps
  • Organic Hawthorn Leaf and Flower Cut and Sifted
    • Normalizes blood pressure
    • Treats insomnia
  • Organic Licorice Root cut and sifted
    • Diabetic safe sweetener
    • Liver and blood detoxifier
    • Relieves coughs and chest congestion
    • Sore throats
  • Organic Passion Flower cut and sifted
    • Relieves insomnia
    • Treats hypertension
    • Anxiety relief
  • Organic White Wilow Bark cut and sifted
    • Natural replacement to Aspirin
  • Organic Paprika Powder
    • Spice for making delicious food
  • Organic Cocoa Mix – Kylie’s Blend
    • A delicious organic cocoa mix.  Combine 2 to 3 tablespoons with 8oz hot water.
  • Organic Raw Cocoa Nibs
  • Organic Chunmee Green Tea F.T.
    • Reduces risk of hypertension
    • Regulates cholesterol
    • Helps decrease the risk of cancer
    • Overall detoxifier

Alpine Speedwell, it’s all around us

Alpine SpeedwellIt’s not always a weed or just a pretty flower

Alpine Speedwell is a member of the Figwort family and in our area, you will find it growing just about everywhere.

I happened to find some growing alongside our house this morning and I wasn’t too sure what it was or if it would be useful for anything.  When I got into our store today I started researching this in “Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast” and in a short time, I came across the entry for Alpine Speedwell (Veronica wormskjoldii).
As it turns out what appears as a simple weed is actually a wonderfully useful herb. Most commonly it has been used as an expectorant for respiratory issues and also has been useful in treating stomach ailments, migraine headaches and as a gargle for throat sores.
Alpine Speedwell has also been used topically to treat a number of skin disorders like eczema and even helps in healing wounds.

Harvesting and usage

You can harvest the herb by cutting it at the stalk while it is in full bloom, you want the flowers, leaves, and stems.   Be sure to wash them thoroughly and then dry them as you would any other herb.

Alpine Speedwell is typically made into an infusion by steeping the herb in water and taking 1 to 1.5 cups per day.

I hope you are able to forage some of this before you mow it all down and add it to your herb stocks.

 

Candles and Tea to Chase the Blues Away

Candles by Gathered Sunlight

Candle Forest FriendsThese pure beeswax candles from Gathered Sunlight use beeswax from the Pacific Northwest and when you light them they bring a nice warmth to your surroundings and help naturally ionize the air.
They come in many shapes and sizes and our favorites are the gnomes, fairies, and mushrooms as we can display them in all sorts of fun panoramas.

Blues Buster Tea

When I got up this morning my sinuses were going bonkers and no wonder with the crazy up and down weather we are having.  To help brighten things up a bit and get my body back under control I took to our shelves and came up with an herbal blend that hit the spot.
This tea has equal parts of Coriander, Galangal, Lemongrass, Nettle, Peppermint, and Stevia leaf which produces a wonderfully spicy, citrus, minty, and slightly sweet flavor and it is caffeine free.  The herbs are also a great combination to help clear the sinuses and bolster your immune system.

Made to Order Blends

Have you tasted one of our samples recently and just wanted to buy some tea bags with that blend in it?  Or perhaps you have a blend in mind but you don’t want to go through the hassle of measuring out the components into your bag or infuser, you just want to put the bag in some hot water and sit down with your cup of deliciousness.
We hear you and very soon we will be offering a service to bag up your tea.  Each bag will have just the right amount of the tea of your choice and will typically brew two to three cups.

Do You DiY?

Do You Do it Yourself (DiY)?

Oils Containers and MoreIf you like to DiY then you will love our selection of bulk materials, containers and more.  Behind our counter, we have bulk oils, hydrosols, additives, and more.   We also have a lot of knowledge that we are happy to share to help you be successful in making your own creation.

Need a Container?

Foamer and other bottles and jarsYou are free to bring your own containers that we can fill for you but if you need one we have a variety of them for you to choose from.  Squirt bottles, glass apothecary jars, plastic jars, and foamer bottles.
We had a nice little surprise with our foamer bottles too as they have a twist to lock function so you can prevent it from dispensing while being transported.

Spice It Up!

Spices make your coffee better

When you go to a tea and spice shop it can be a little confusing sometimes, I mean aren’t herbs and spices just for cooking?

The simple answer is not at all, in fact, most herbs and spices have health benefits as well as making things tasty.
Take coriander for an example.  This spice is the seed of the cilantro plant but tastes nothing like cilantro.  Instead, it has a beautiful citrus flavor that aids digestion is a common ingredient in cold and flu remedies,  and has many other great health benefits.
Another favorite spice of ours is cardamom.  When you hear cardamom you probably think first of Indian food and then to Chai, as these are the most common places we encounter it.  What you may not know is that cardamom is a wonderful spice for controlling cholesterol and cancer, as well as improving blood circulation and relief from cardiovascular issues.

I have singled out the two spices above for a very specific reason.  For all you coffee drinkers out there if you add one cardamom pod and about a teaspoon of coriander to your beans and grind them all together you will wind up with an amazingly refreshing cup of coffee that will wake you up and start your day off on a healthy path.

Coriander and cardamom aren’t the only spices that can make coffee taste better and more healthy.  You can add cinnamon and clove, for instance, to get a spicy and festive cup.  Add some peppermint and vanilla next time you want a candy cane coffee instead of using chemical-laden creamers.
How about rosemary?  I haven’t tried this one but it could prove interesting.  My point is, break out of the normal cup and try something different and spice it up.

What about tea?

I know you are probably asking, aren’t you a tea shop?  Yes, we sell teas, herbs, and spices and specialize in healthy and tasty teas.  We have lots of posts about our sample tea of the day that we brew fresh each morning and the health benefits that go along with it.

Which brings me to:

Tea of the Day

Tea of the DayEvery day for the past few months I have seen another friend stating they have come down with the current crud, or have caught it again.  There are definitely some bugs making the rounds this season that are pretty harsh and one of the best ways to combat them is to bolster your immune system.
One way to help keep healthy is to increase your vitamin C and zinc levels which there are plenty of supplements, fruits, and veggies that can help with this, think blueberries and elderberries they are great on oatmeal or in a shake.
Another great way to keep healthy is to include immune boosting tea in your diet.  Today we took our Nilgiri tea and added coriander, echinacea leaf, galangal root, stevia leaf, and vervain.
You have seen us use most of these before but you might be wondering about vervain.  Vervain is a liver stimulator which helps detoxify the body, it also is a great anti-inflammatory which helps reduce pain and alleviates chest congestion.

 

Healthy Tea of the Day

Healthy Tea of the DayHow are you enjoying this fine Spring weather of ours?  If you are feeling a bit under the weather then come grab a sample, or even a full cup, of our Healthy Tea of the Day.

We combined our Bancha green tea with Echinacea and Galangal for a powerful healing combination and a little sweetness from the Stevia leaf.  All of the components have great Anti-oxidant properties, Echinacea and Galangal are powerful Anti-inflammatories and on top of everything, they taste really good together.

Please be sure to stop by each day and get a sample of our daily blend and check out the other great stores in Shoppes at Riverside.