Best Herbal Iced Teas for Summer

PRO TIPS FOR MAKING ICED TEA: Brew your iced tea a little stronger than you would if you were going to enjoy it hot since the ice will water down the tea infusion and its flavor. Some heat is required for the initial brewing, and this can be done either on the stovetop or as … Continue reading Best Herbal Iced Teas for Summer

A Joyful Cup

With our non-stop, busy lives, it's hard to find a quiet moment to relax and recharge. But even the practice of pouring a cup of tea can bring peace of mind - especially with the right herbs. Whether you take your tea at high noon or prefer a bedtime brew, these garden herbs provide the … Continue reading A Joyful Cup

Holiday Egg Dyeing with Herbs – Traditional Medicinals

As herbalists, we are naturally intrigued by all plants – for their historical use as traditional medicine, but also for art and creativity. We mark the passage of time with the growing and blooming of the plants we love, and with spring in our midst, we feel the natural urge to be more creative and … Continue reading Holiday Egg Dyeing with Herbs – Traditional Medicinals

Flower Power Beats High Blood Pressure

Drinking a tea made from hibiscus flowers may help lower blood pressure, adding another tool to the chest of natural treatments for this common and serious condition. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. A blood pressure reading of more than 140/90 is considered high, while pre-hypertension ranges … Continue reading Flower Power Beats High Blood Pressure

GIFTING WITH INTENTION: HERBAL DIY

So much of the holidays get lost behind the buying and gifting that it's easy to lose sight of the fact that this time of year is about love, family, and doing good in the world. Gifting with intention has been our goal when it comes to thinking about the holidays, and it seems especially … Continue reading GIFTING WITH INTENTION: HERBAL DIY

Teas for Autumn and Winter

The cool, dry winds, unsettled weather, and decreasing daylight hours that we experience as the season transitions into autumn and winter can be difficult for our bodies and minds. While some of us welcome this rhythmic seasonal change and the downward movement of energy back to the earth and others dread it, we can all … Continue reading Teas for Autumn and Winter

Heart Tonics, Naturally, Healthy, and Herbal

Herbs can help keep your heart and cardiovascular system functioning optimally. Your heart is the capital city at the center of your body, with an intricate network of blood vessels branching out in the form of superhighways (arteries), routes (arterioles), and winding, narrow backroads (capillaries), with your veins serving as the return route. Together, these … Continue reading Heart Tonics, Naturally, Healthy, and Herbal

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

Why Buy Tea that is Organic or Fair Trade?

Today's research on tea reveals therapeutic properties for almost every type of condition from arthritis, heart disease, cancer and liver disease, to asthma, tooth decay, stress, and weight control. The results of these studies are exciting and indicative of potential benefits from such a natural source – the Camellia sinensis plant, a perennial evergreen shrub … Continue reading Why Buy Tea that is Organic or Fair Trade?

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