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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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Bags for Tea and Soap

At long last, we have finally restocked our supply of reusable muslin tea bags.  We were out for a time as we wanted to see if we could find a higher quality bag and we were successful.  These bags are great for brewing teas that have finer leaves like Rooibos and Chai, you can also use them to brew large batches of tea with just one bag.  When you are done brewing your tea you can dump the contents, rinse it off and let it dry for your next brew.

While we were searching for tea bags we also came across these great cotton textured bags for holding soap bars.  These bags are made of organic cotton, hold a 112 gram (that’s 4 ounces) bar of soap, and gives you a nice minor abrasive that can help exfoliate your skin while you wash.

Be sure to come in and sample our tea of the day, English Breakfast with Raspberry leaf and Stevia.  English Breakfast tea is a great mental stimulator with powerful antioxidants and Raspberry leaf is great for digestive issues, cramps as well as imparting a light berry flavor to the tea.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.