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.

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

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.

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.

Chai Tea Friday

It’s Friday so that means we are brewing Chai tea today.  We decided to go a little outside the box and added some cocoa nibs along with the fresh mandarin peel.  The effect is a little unexpected as it tames the spiciness of the chai just a bit and finishes with a delightful citrus note.

We are also filling out our shelves with more bulk oils and just added some Myrrh essential oil to our collection.

Sinus Relief Tea

I woke up this morning and my sinuses were a mess so today’s theme is sinus relief.  Our tea today is a blend of Keemun Congou, Peppermint leaf, Stevia leaf, and Clove.  Peppermint and clove are both great for relieving sinus issues while the stevia provides a little sweetness and the Keemun Congou gives it that nice full bodied base with a little kick of caffeine.

In our diffuser, we have Rosemary hydrosol with lemongrass and peppermint essential oils.  This smells delightful and has my sinuses feeling better already.

Come on down whether you have sinus issues today or not and make your own discoveries.

Assam, Keemun Congou, Nilgiri Tea

Today’s tea blend features the rich nuttiness of Assam, full bodied sweetness of Keemun Congou, and the floral citrus notes of Nilgiri.  We always want you to feel comfortable making your own blend so it is really fun for us to try some new things to get those creative juices flowing.

If you come into our shop today you will be rewarded with a wonderful combination of Frankincense and Rose hydrosols as well as some lemon essential oil.  Some have asked what you can do with a hydrosol and this is one of the great uses as it will impart much more aroma from your diffuser without being over powering by potentially using too much essential oil.

Rooibos, Galangal, and Clove Tea

We always want you to feel comfortable experimenting with blending your tea with other herbs and spices to create that perfect unique cup that you will love.  For some inspiration today we took our Rooibos tea and added a little Galangal root and Clove which perks up the tea a little given that Rooibos is not stimulating.

Earl Grey with Hibiscus and Stevia

Today’s tea is our organic Earl Grey with a little Hibiscus flower and Stevia leaves.  This blend is not only delicious but Earl Grey has been shown to help fight anxiety and depression while Hibiscus helps with blood pressure, cholesterol, and is a great booster for your immune and digestive system.
As always we love sweetening our tea with just a little Stevia leaf, not extract, so you get the benefit of adding a little sugar without the calories.

Later today we will be getting another shipment which will have Nilgiri and Kukicha Twig teas.  We will also be getting in some other herbs to help you make your own unique and healthy blends.