It’s that season where it seems like you and everyone you know is feeling under the weather. Discover how these herbal teas may give your body and mind the boost you need!
According to WebMD, peppermint has been used for centuries to treat nausea. Try mint tea next time you have an upset stomach and see how it may come to your rescue!
Licorice is considered to be the James Bond of fighting off viral ailments such as bronchitis and the common cold. Although there is no real cure to the common cold, this “James Bond” root may come in handy when needing to fight the big bad cold!
Sip a calming cup of this chamomile infusion when you are having trouble sleeping. It can act like a sedative and has strong anti-anxiety qualities, which should help you rest your head at night.
Rooibos is high in Vitamin C and renowned for its antioxidant properties. As an added bonus, rooibos is credited with helping ward off signs of aging. I’m sold!
Ginger is said to aid digestion, and like peppermint, is believed to help soothe feelings of nausea and upset stomach. Buy fresh ginger at your local grocery store, peel, slice thinly and simmer in boiling water 8-10 minutes.
So what are you waiting for? Give them a try and leave a comment below with your results! Click on the links for recommended teas and infusions.
February 27th, 2014
A changing climate, competition for resources and unfair labor practices are just some of the biggest challenges facing the worldwide tea trade. As demand grows across the world, the strain on producers is greater than ever to churn out a great product and keep up with the world’s thirst for tea while trying to ensure a sustainable and ethical chain of supply.
Realizing that the issues facing the tea industry are far too complex for one company to take on alone, a coalition of some of the biggest players in the trade have come together to create a roadmap for the next fifteen years. Their report is called “The Future of Tea: A Hero Crop for 2030” and is part of a larger initiative called Forum for the Future, an independent nonprofit organization engaged in promoting ideas for a more sustainable future.
One of the key ideas of the report is that tea is a “hero crop.” What exactly does that mean? Beyond its daily value to consumers, the report outlines the ability that tea has to empower producers, boost local economies, improve social connections between consumers and producers, and provide models for greener modes of production.
What’s brewing for the future of tea? According to the report, there are a few potential outcomes brewing. Although it’s impossible to predict the future, this panel of experts pooled their knowledge of the industry to project four distinct scenarios for the way the tea industry could evolve from now until 2030:
Scenario 3: Green Leaf in which all products, including tea, must demonstrate their sustainability credentials to consumers, who demand high standards; and
There’s some interesting food for thought in these roadmaps, particularly the idea that 3D printing could seriously disrupt the way tea drinkers think about and consume their favorite beverage.
Aside from establishing resilient chains of supply that can deal with resource shortages and erratic climate patterns, the report emphasizes the role of consumers in creating a more sustainable industry. After all, engaged customers have the power to drive big suppliers to do better when it comes to greener production and ethical labor practices.
Interested in learning more about Tea 2030? Read the full report here. Looking for organic and fair trade teas from the Tea Smith? Make sure to check out our online store.
February 20th, 2014
Valentine’s Day is here and if you’re one of the unlucky few caught without a present, you don’t have to resign yourself to an endless series of mea culpas. Instead of begging for forgiveness, get in the kitchen as soon as possible and start baking up a storm! It’s a tried and true notion that some of the best gifts are the ones you make yourself. Besides, no one can stay angry for too long when baked goods enter the equation–especially if they involve delicious loose leaf tea.
Bakers have known it for a while: premium loose leaf tea is an easy way of putting a gourmet twist on your favorite treats. What’s more, loose leaf teas exist in so many varieties that you can experiment endlessly. If you want to add a spicy kick to your favorite cookie, add some chai. Take your favorite cupcakes and add some floral notes with a tasty tisane. If you’re used to infusing your baked goods with vanilla flavor, but want to try a natural alternative to syrups, try a vanilla bean rooibos.
Chefs Mix has a comprehensive rundown on everything you should know when it comes to baking with tea. The trick? Incorporating loose leaf tea into butter so you can fully combine it into your favorite recipes. Another creative way to use loose leaf tea is to create a simple, flavored glaze to drizzle over your baked creations. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious (or particularly repentant for forgetting your sweetie on Valentine’s Day), try both.
Is your mouth watering yet? Dust off your favorite recipe for cookies, cupcakes or cake and give it a try. If you’re feeling stumped, you can get inspiration from one these Valentine’s Day baked good recipes at Yummly.
Whatever you end up doing to celebrate today, we hope love is brewing for you somewhere. Happy Valentine’s Day from The Tea Smith.
February 13th, 2014
Can you believe Valentine’s Day is just around the corner? If you’re stumped on what you should get for that special someone in your life, don’t fret. Love is brewing in the air and at our online store, where there’s still time to find the perfect gift for your sweet tea.
But first, here’s some truly heart warming news that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day. Did you know that tea can help improve your cardiovascular health? A recent study found that regular consumption of tea can help “reduce the ‘stiffness’ in arteries, keeping them younger and more elastic and speeding up circulation.” Sometimes the best gift for your loved one is taking care of yourself, so drink up and stay healthy!
Looking for the perfect love potion to brew up next week? Here are some suggestions for gifts you that are sure to score you some brownie points this year. Looking for something extra special? You can personalize your gifts by giving us a call at 1-877-330-7033. Don’t forget that all orders $75 and up receive free shipping.
You might not make it to the City of Light in time for Valentine’s Day, but this tea set is the next best thing. Enjoy your favorite blend while you daydream of picnicking along the Seine. Bagettes and berets sold separately.
This is a perfectly sweet gift to show someone they’re on your mind. It includes some great blends like Sweet Serenade White Tea, Finest Lady Grey, and Sweet Pomegranate Green Tea as well as our Inside Heart Cup.
Originally published in 1906, this is the perfect tome for the book worm who loves to read while they enjoy their favorite brew. Impress your friends when you drop some millenary wisdom at your next tea party.
Tea for Two at Tea 101
For the couple that loves to learn together, make sure you check out our upcoming Tea 101 classes focused on green tea. We’ll be hosting two events: one on February 15th and one on February 16th. You’ll enjoy some fine brews, debunk common myths and steep yourself in the culture and history of one of the world’s oldest drinks.
How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day? If your plans fall through, don’t be afraid to pop in for a warm cup of Fall in Love Rooibos. Who knows, you might just find yourself making new friends before you know it.
February 6th, 2014
It’s still National Hot Tea Month for one more day, but there’s always time for a cool, loose-leaf treat–especially when it’s this good. If you’ve resolved to be healthier this year, drink more tea, and get your mornings jump started the right way, here’s an easy-to-make smoothie that’ll help you do just that.
This recipe, originally from A Harmony Healing, packs a nutritious punch, serves two people, and can easily incorporate your favorite green tea. In fact, if you’re feeling like experimenting in the kitchen, you could even pick up a handy green tea sampler and easily set yourself up for a week’s worth of tasty variations on this recipe.
If you’re a big green tea fan already (or just starting to discover it), stay tuned for information about a Tea 101 event in February that’ll center specifically on green tea. In the meantime, try out this smoothie recipe and enjoy a healthy energy boost.
(from A Harmony Healing)
2 cups chilled green tea
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 cups cubed mango
1 organic banana
3 cups organic baby spinach
1/8 teaspoon green stevia or 1 packet stevia
Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy immediately.
January 30th, 2014