We're seeing matcha pop up everywhere! From fancy lattes and pastries to energy drinks and facial masks, this extraordinary green tea is trending thanks to its delicious flavor and many health benefits. So…what is matcha? This revered tea has been prepared, served, and enjoyed during traditional tea ceremonies in Japan for centuries. To produce this delicacy, the most tender young green tea leaves (Camellia sinensis) are harvested, dried, and ground to a fine powder. When you drink matcha, you consume the entire green tea leaf, which is alive with antioxidants and a nice kick of caffeine. Whether whisked hot in the traditional preparation or combined with milk and honey poured over ice, matcha offers a truly remarkable sipping experience. Enjoy the video! Where to buy: Certified Organic Matcha Tea Powder Bamboo Matcha Whisk Bamboo Matcha Spoon Matcha Recipes: Matcha Shortbread Cookies Green Tea Ice Cream Green Tea & Lavender Facial Cleansing Grains Click here to watch the video!
With the days and nights slowly achieving equilibrium, we are grateful for the balance that exists in nature. With the theme of balance in mind, we are happy to introduce a new tea that is sure to please both black and green tea aficionados… Organic Light Oolong Tea This certified organic Indonesian tea is mellow and well-balanced making it an excellent choice for those who don't care for the astringency that's typical of many green teas. Light Oolong Tea undergoes a shorter, partial fermentation process, and the finished product contains a stunning array of green to black leaves. This tea is mild and refreshing, and has a wonderfully smooth aftertaste. Enjoy! Browse the entire collection of organic green teas in our online shop!
Swoooon…check out that gorgeous color! Turmeric is a tropical perennial plant in the same family as ginger, native to India, and cultivated throughout the tropics. Growing to a height of about three feet, it has beautiful lance-shaped leaves on alternate sides of the stem. At the base of the stem, there is a knobby rhizome somewhat resembling ginger with a vibrant orange glow. Turmeric root can be prepared as a tincture, encapsulated, added to tea blends and fire cider, or made into a topical paste. Boasting many benefits, turmeric has become very popular as an herb to help support normal joint mobility.* You can cook with it too! A wonderful ingredient in many savory dishes including stocks, sauces, curries, and spice blends, its distinct fragrance is mildly hot and gingery. The dried powder is most commonly used in the kitchen and gives mustard and curry powder their gorgeous golden hue. Because of its vivid color, it's also used as […]
We've been crafting herbal teas for nearly 30 years, and 5th Chakra has become one of our most beloved blends. Especially wonderful this time of year, the sweet citrus and warming spices combined with Echinacea for immune support* and soothing marshmallow root make this tea the perfect base for a seasonal syrup. I love how the thickness of the honey and natural mucilage from the marshmallow root and cinnamon coats, soothes, and moistens irritated mucous membranes in the respiratory tract. Such a delicious remedy! Let's make a batch to have on hand all season long. You can also create syrups at home using other tea blends. Some great choices would be Echinacea & Roots, Forests Tea, Happy Man Tea, Winter Spice Tea, or Holy Basil Chai. Imagine a beautiful little gift basket of freshly bottled herbal syrups to give to friends and family! Sweet holiday preparations… 5th Chakra Syrup Recipe Ingredients ½ cup loose organic 5th Chakra Tea Blend raw local honey 1 part brandy or […]
When I'm working on a project that begs for minimal interruption, it is nice to make a pot of tea instead of just one cup. It's also nice to have recipes for full pots of tea to share with loved ones or company at tea time! This recipe is made up of some of my favorite nutritive herbs. I like these plants when I don't need any caffiene, but I want to stay alert, focused, and bright-eyed. The additional squirt or two of rhodiola extract gives an extra burst of adaptogen properties to make this the perfect tea for a project or a stimulating chat… Daily Provisions Tea–by the Pot 1 Tablespoon organic Borage 1 Tablespoon organic Chickweed 1 Tablespoon organic Nettle leaf 1 Tablespoon organic Lemon peel 1 Tablespoon organic Red Clover blossoms 1-2 droppers of Rhodiola extract Honey to taste, optional Combine all the herbs in […]
How is the autumn weather shaping up where you are? While we have had a bit of lingering summer here in the Pacific Northwest, the nights are getting cooler and the mornings have a bit of a crisp nip in the air. As the season changes, cool fall mornings call for a spicy, warming tea. This tea recipe has the added benefit of being full of good-for-you herbs like Elderberries and Cinnamon! Cold Morning Tea 1 teaspoon organic dried Orange Peel 1 teaspoon organic Cinammon Chips 1 teaspoon organic dried Elderberries 1/2 organic Vanilla Bean (cut bean in half, split and scrape seeds) 1/2 teaspoon organic Anise Seed 1/2 teaspoon organic Ginger Root 1/2 teaspoon organic whole Black Peppercorns Honey and lemon, if desired Combine all the herbs in a tea infuser, bag, or nest. Pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups of boiling water over and allow […]
The days are getting shorter here in the Willamette Valley, and Jack Frost is beginning to stir from his summer-long hibernation. As the seasons change, so do our favorite brews. Right now, we're especially loving the Winter Spice Tea. This festive blend features earthy undertones with roasted Dandelion and Chicory, soothing botanicals Astragalus, Eleuthero, and Licorice to help ease your body, mind, and spirit into the changing of the seasons, all dressed up with Orange Peel, Ginger, Cinnamon, Cloves, and Cardamom that imparts a spicy, warming aftertaste. We find this tea to be perfect as you begin your journey inward, honoring the waning influence of the sun. Pleae visit our online shop to view all of our house-blended herbal teas.
We have a special gift for you! Over the last few years, folks have asked us to create a book featuring our favorite herbal recipes from the blog. Your wish has been granted! We're so excited to offer this collection of recipes covering natural body care, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, homemade cleaning formulas, and healthy snacks for FREE. You will find so many wonderful inspirations for creating herbal gifts and easy tips for natural healing within these pages. Soon your cupboards will be well-stocked with herbal goodness! To make it super easy for you to find the supplies you need, we've included links to all of the ingredients, tools, and container options within these recipes – all you need to do it click on the listed ingredients on each page. We hope you enjoy the e-book and look forward to creating these botanical formulas for your very own home apothecary. Click here to download our free e-book!
It's starting to get a little chilly at night here in the Willamette Valley, which means that warm tea season is almost upon us! This being the case, we are pleased to introduce our new Ceramic Tea Set with a gorgeous tray. This stately tea set makes it easy to serve the tea of your choice to your friends and family in a most resplendent way. The simple, Zen-like design of this set is sure to impress. Made of high-quality ceramic, each set comes with a teapot that holds 27.2 oz of your favorite infused beverage, a stainless steel infuser, four 4.3 oz cups as well as a bamboo tray. This set makes a great gift for the tea lover in your life, and is the perfect way to bring sweet ritual to the act of drinking tea. Please click here for more information about our teas, tea pots, and tea accessories.
Do you ever have those days when life requires you to stay revved up and focused for hours on end? On days like that, I find it can be challenging to let it all go at the end of the day and quiet myself down in the evening. It's like my mind and body are so tuned in to the need to be "on" that I can physically feel the tension and buzzy-ness in my muscles and brain! At times like those, I need to focus on bringing myself back to a calm, stable, more normal state. I think of it as bringing my adrenals back to room temperature. A nice walk, some time working in the garden, and a cup of this tea all help me to let the hyped up needs of the day go, so I can start to feel grounded once again… Unwind & […]
A few weeks ago, I spent some time at my mother's home in the foothills of the coast range in Southern Oregon. While the hillside has changed much since I was growing up, I still love to visit – especially when the seasons change. I enjoy bearing witness to those natural patterns as the years pass. We spent the weekend harvesting hundreds of apples, prunes, and plums from the many trees in the orchard she and my late father planted back in the seventies. I also managed to do a little "wildharvesting" and came home with enough ripe elderberries to make about a half-gallon of fresh elderberry cordial! One of the most bittersweet parts of visiting "home" is to notice how the trees change. My huge beloved White Oak tree has been replaced with a yellow plum, but many of the mammoth creaking cedars that swayed when the wind moved down the mountain in […]
My grown kids like to tease me about my lack of bedside manner. Their version of childhood ailments is that I'd respond to everything with four basic questions and suggestions: 1. Have you been drinking enough water? 2. Have you been to the bathroom? 3. How about a nap? 4. How about a warm bath? Honestly, I still think those four strategies are perfect for most of life's ordinary wellness challenges! I do have one more little strategy, however, for the tummy upset. You know that bloated, sour or topsy-turvy feeling that comes from eating too much of a very good thing? I love the Happy Tummy tea blend available in our shop if you'd rather not make your own, but if you're faced with a bellyache, this tea recipe is a good choice to get you on the road to recovery: Better Belly Tea 1 teaspoon organic Fennel seed 1 teaspoon […]