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.

 

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.

 

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.

Alternative to OTC Cold Relief

We previously posted a couple of natural throat and cough relief infusions and today we have one to help get that nasty mucous out of your lungs and bring you some relief.
There are a few over the counter (OTC) pills you can get that do this but they have any number of side effects, a very frightening one is that they can increase mental depression.  As if your cold wasn’t bad enough the treatment is going to make you feel bad about it?  I don’t think so.

Enter the herbal power houses of Horehound, Mullein, and Thyme.  Horehound is a gentle stimulating expectorant, Mullein helps sooth your cough and Thyme is an amazing antimicrobial, antispasmodic and bronchial relaxant.  In short it will gently encourage mucous to be expelled from your lungs while soothing your throat and lungs and helping your body to heal itself to get over the cold.

Another benefit to this treatment is that it is a fraction of the cost of an OTC pill.  You simply add 3 grams of each herb to 2 cups of water and boil it for 15 minutes.  After the boiling is finished thoroughly strain it into a sealable jar, great use for empty jelly jars, and take a tablespoon multiple times throught the day.

We will be making an infusion of this tomorrow morning that you can come and try.  We can also measure the herbs out for you and combine them into serving size bags.

Cough Remedy and Immune Booster

When our herbs arrived I needed to test out a few things like our scale, bags, and measuring devices.  To accomplish this I decided to make a blend that would hopefully help with our daughters seemingly non-stop cough, you know that one we all get this time of year and none of the cold remedies work?

I sat down with some of our herb books and decided on 3 herbs that would make up the remedy: 2g Galangal root, 1g Mullein Leaf, and 1g Echinacea leaf.   I took this home and simmered it in 473ml of water (that’s about 2 cups) for 5 minutes and then let it rest for another 15 minutes before straining.

The resulting infusion was very pleasing to smell and our daughter gobbled up the spoonful that I gave her without any foul remarks or issues.  That night she was not coughing and when she woke up she was quite chipper.