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What’s in My Cup? Lemon Verbena!

Lemon Verbena

Health comes in a wonderful array of flavors — admittedly, some of these flavors are less than palatable, but such is the sacrifice we make for wellness!  On the other hand, some foods make living a healthier lifestyle nothing less than a treat.  The lemon verbena herb is a prime example of a healthful and delectable nourishment.

Lemon verbena originates from western South America and was introduced to the global market in the 1700s. This herb has a history as rich as its scent—it was hailed in antiquity as a sacred and medicinal plant and used in drinks and teas for festive parties and parades.  In France during the 1850s  it became the main ingredient in many colognes of that era.

Most importantly to us here at The Teaologist, lemon verbena makes for an especially amazing tisane! In addition to the tangy essence, lemon verbena features an impressive range of health benefits.  It is known to help reduce anxiety, ease fevers and asthma, and relax muscles.  It is also highly regarded as a tonic for the nervous system, and is a mood-booster that helps eliminate stress.

Take advantage of the virtuous lemon verbena herb and try one of our featured blends: Lemon Verbena Peppermint, and the tea cocktail version, created by Owl’s Brew:

Lemon Verbena Peppermint: A caffeine-free blend, this tisane is perfect for the morning, as its components are naturally energizing.

Lemon Verbena Peppermint

Lemon Verbena Peppermint Tea Mojito by Owl’s Brew: A grown-up spin on the energizing tisane, this blend, when paired with lime juice, club soda, mint, agave and rum, is a great late afternoon refresher or evening sipper.

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What’s in My Cup? Rooibos!

Honey Bear

Honey Bear Blend by The Teaologist

Rooibos. It’s a word that doesn’t easily roll off the tongue, with properties and benefits that are much less known than its pronunciation. Those navigating the health-kick arena may recognize rooibos  as the ‘red bush’ (hence, it’s alternative moniker rotbusch), with its characteristic reddish brown stems.  Though only grown in the northern, mountainous regions of Cape Town, South Africa, rooibos is turning out to be quite an international sensation.

Rooibos is sometimes fittingly referred to as a “coffee drinker’s tea,” in relation to its nutty, hickory-like palatable quality.  More so, the bold tisane is repeatedly hailed for its high infusion of antioxidants, which is strongly believed to treat high blood pressure and allergen-related diseases. Rooibos is said to maintain even more antioxidant flavanoids than green and white teas, which certainly helps add to the herb’s growing repertoire! Aside from its antioxidant capacity, rooibos is naturally caffeine-free and provides essential electrolytes–making it and ultra-hydrating beverage, perfect for the active tea drinker.

The Teaologist features a wide selection of teas and tisanes that feature and highlight the remarkable taste and health qualities of rooibos, such as the popular berry rooibos blend, The Camus, the fragrant mixture of our Spring Trellis tea, and the heart warming Honey Bear blend.

The Camus

The Camus

Spring Trellis

Spring Trellis

Visit theteaologist.com for more from our rooibos and tisane selections!

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What’s in My Cup? Chamomile!

The age-old adage says if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right? With an extensive history that boasts thousands of years of use in medicines, balms, tinctures and teas, chamomile is an all-natural powerhouse that requires little to no enhancement to prove itself worthy of mention.

Best known as a mild sedative and stomach neutralizer, chamomile is also touted as an agent of relief for ailments including heartburn, migraines, nausea, anxiety and skin irritation. While this wonder herb is utilized in oils and creams for its healing and soothing properties, chamomile is most useful in the simplest of its modified forms – tea!

Chamomile tea in its natural form (boiled in water, steeped and consumed plainly) maintains benefits that could replace almost half of your medicine cabinet. From reducing dark circles around the eyes using chamomile teabags, to directly treating the most troublesome of cramps, to even being proven as effective in the treatment of skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, chickenpox and diaper rash, the capabilities of chamomile are endless.

Here at The Teaologist, we have recognized the chamomile flower for the superstar that it is, making it the feature of two of our popular signature blends:

chamomile lavender

Chamomile Lavender: A balance of two fragrant herbs, this blend is the ultimate stress-reducer. One cup is the perfect way to unwind after a long workday!

chamomile peppermint

Chamomile Peppermint: In another herbal blend, chamomile retains its soothing qualities with a hint of minty freshness that is perfect for starting your day off.

During the warmer months, you’ll find it essential to have these blends on hand for a soothing iced tea. Simply double your portions for cold brewing—two teaspoons per 8oz cup—and sweeten to your liking with a bit of honey or agave nectar. Toss in a couple of ice cubes, and prepare for relaxation.

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What’s in My Cup? Strawberries!

Although March in NYC has felt awfully winter-like, springtime has officially started. This means warmer weather, spring flowers and local produce will soon be drawing us outdoors. Strawberries–one of the OWL’s favorite fruits–happens to be in  peak season just around the corner starting in April and going through June. As the most cultivated berry in the U.S., our adoration of this delectable, natural treat is not uncommon.

For as far back as ancient Roman times, the strawberry has been noted for its medicinal use, and the fruit has not fallen out of favor over the centuries. Today, we see the modern strawberry in desserts and savory dishes alike. Bright and aromatic, strawberries are delicious when freshly picked, preserved in jams or baked in pies. Another creative way to take advantage of the rich flavor in strawberries is by adding them to beverages–tea in particular!

The Teaologist tea blends only include whole dried fruit (no added flavoring) for a reason: to optimize the nutritional benefits and flavors of the ingredients.

Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, flavonoids and many other nutrients. Adding whole, dried strawberries to a tea blend can work to soften harsh or bitter flavors, or boost a sweeter flavor profile.

Below are two of our favorite blends that incorporate the strawberry. For the moment at least, these blends may be brewed hot, but soon enough you’ll be enjoying an iced glass under the sun.

The Berry Bunch blend is fruit-forward and includes both dried strawberries and strawberry leaves as well as rose petals, blueberries, cherries, rosehips, blue mallow blossom and raspberry leaves.

berry bunch

A tea twist on the classic, the Arnold Palmer blend features white tea, strawberry, strawberry leaf and rose petals.

arnold-palmer

Happy Spring!

xox,

The Sunshine OWL

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