Warm, Spicy Aroma of Cinnamon

The warm, spicy aroma of cinnamon wafting from baked goods and hot apple cider is one of the first and welcome signs of autumn. An ancient and beloved spice, we have long valued cinnamon to enliven cuisine, create exotic perfumes, and as a staple spice rack remedy. Though many species of cinnamon exist, the most … Continue reading Warm, Spicy Aroma of Cinnamon

Hemp Extract Benefits: Get Calm, Sleep Better, and More

Suddenly, hemp is everywhere! Thousands of new hemp products have flooded the market seemingly overnight, and you might be wondering what the excitement is about. Hemp products offer an astonishing number of health benefits, from boosting your mood and calming stress to easing joint discomfort. Hemp can also bring restful sleep, which helps you stay … Continue reading Hemp Extract Benefits: Get Calm, Sleep Better, and More

Plant Medicine: CBD

Depending on where you live, you may have started to see "CBD" products - capsules, tinctures, salves - pop up in your natural food stores or even at the supermarket. And if you're "canna-curious," you may have questions about the health benefits of this non-psychotropic medicinal as well as its different forms and delivery methods. … Continue reading Plant Medicine: CBD

The Magic of Chamomile

German Chamomile - Matricaria chamomilla Roman Chamomile - Anthemis nobilis The chamomile herb is another well-known plant, used in making effective herbal remedies for the treatment of a variety of illnesses. The herb has a great relaxant action on the nervous system and the digestive system. The herbal remedies made from this plant are considered … Continue reading The Magic of Chamomile

The Health Benefits of Butterfly Pea Flowers – The Republic of Tea

Right now, this is my favorite tea...In the lush, tropical equatorial regions of Southeast Asia, the Butterfly Pea plant—a flowering vine known for its vibrant blooms—has long been cultivated and revered. The flowers have a striking sapphire color, and the petals are flecked with streaks of yellow and white. Origins of Butterfly Pea Flowers In … Continue reading The Health Benefits of Butterfly Pea Flowers – The Republic of Tea

The Red and the White of Clover

Red Clover {Trifolium pratense} Family: Fabaceae This all-around wellness herb and blood purifier is a key ingredient in herbal blends popularized during the early 1900s and used in cancer treatment, including Essiac, Dr. Christopher's Red Clover Combination, and the Hoxsey formula. Red clover has been an Old World symbol for luck and abundance since ancient … Continue reading The Red and the White of Clover

Living Well During the Holidays

Make your own healthy cocktails for days like today! When you're mixing drinks at a party or at home, and want something easy, natural and elevating. All you have to do is mix some plant medicines, a fizzy base like sparkling water or kombucha and maybe some good quality spirits (or not even!) If you are a … Continue reading Living Well During the Holidays

Tea Time: Thyme to Drink Your Tea

Thyme, botanically known as Thymus vulgaris, is a perennial garden herb that has been employed since ancient times for medicinal and culinary uses. The World's Healthiest Foods notes that thyme has traditionally been associated with courage, with medieval women giving sprigs of thyme to knights going into battle; it has also been used as a … Continue reading Tea Time: Thyme to Drink Your Tea

Green Tea: Health Benefits

Green tea, native to China and India, has been consumed and hailed for its health benefits for centuries globally but has only recently gained popularity in the United States.Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world behind water. However, 78 percent of the tea consumed worldwide is black and only about 20 percent is green. … Continue reading Green Tea: Health Benefits

Tea Chemistry: Health & Caffeine

Throughout tea's history, it has been associated with significant health benefits beyond its delicious taste and aroma. Modern studies indicate that these healing properties may have a scientific basis, as consumption of tea appears to: Enhancing immune function Decrease LDL cholesterol levels/increase HDL cholesterol levels Lower blood pressure Lessen risk of heart attack Lower risk … Continue reading Tea Chemistry: Health & Caffeine