Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Perfect Time for a Tea Party

What better time of year to have a tea party than the present? You work hard all year long and spend your evenings running to kid's activities, making dinner, or doing housework--now is the perfect time to host a holiday tea party and sit back and enjoy the company of your friends and family.

There are several different ways you can host your tea party. The following are some ideas you might want to give a try:

You can do all of the work yourself by doing some decorating, putting out the holiday tea set, and baking your favorite cookies and cakes.
You can ease up on yourself a bit and share the dessert making. Have each guest bring their favorite baked goods or you can even do an exchange.
You don't just have to exchange desserts; you can also do a tea swap. Have each guest bring their favorite flavor of loose leaf tea to exchange. The easiest way to do this would be to put one teaspoon in a baggy for each person. You can have fun with this and dress the bags up for the season and add a decorative tag with the tea flavor on it.
Another idea is to host a gourmet loose leaf tea tasting party. You can make several pots of various flavored loose teas for your guests to try. If you really want to have some fun, you can eliminate the names of the teas and see if your guests can guess the ingredients of the tea.

Regardless of how you decide to host your party, loose leaf tea is always a good way to warm up during the holiday season. With so many different flavored loose teas you can find combinations that suit the holidays, such as cinnamon and spice combinations, teas that contain mint, or a mulberry flavor.

All of these loose leaf teas as well as a wide array of other flavors can be found online at So, take some time to relax this holiday season and host a party that is a little different than all the rest. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Do You Have the Wintertime Sniffles?

We are all well aware that when old man winter strikes, so do the illnesses. If we don't have the sniffles, coughs, sneezes, or wheezes ourselves, it seems as though someone around us always does throughout the entire winter, and we are continuously trying to ward off the germs. When the germs happen to get the best of us, it's not pretty!

This winter, try a little something different--some loose leaf wellness tea. Yes, that's right…tea! The following are some ingredients used in various blends of loose leaf tea that are known to soothe the symptoms of a cold and all the doldrums that come with it:
  • Echinacea: Echinacea is known to be an anti-bacterial. Immune constituents of Echinacea activate cell eaters in our body which trap viral or bacterial infected cells and clear them from the body.
  • Ginger: Ginger is known to be an anti-viral. Ginger root contains anti-inflammatory gingerols and shaogals which help relieve an irritated throat, and ginger also kills rhinoviruses which are the culprit of the common cold.
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon is just about an anti-everything; it acts as an anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and an anti-fungal. It is also known to eliminate nausea or vomiting.
  • Clove: Cloves can help with pain, as well as fighting infections. It is known to be an anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and an anti-oxidant.
  • Sage: Sage is known to be an anti-bacterial and antiseptic. It can assist in soothing a sore throat.
  • Lemon: Lemon is a great source of vitamin C and is known to help with coughs, colds, headaches, flu, and the chills.
  • Lemongrass: Lemongrass is another natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. It helps relieve coughs and colds, but will also help with relaxation so that you can get a good night's sleep, which is also needed when you are trying to get healthy.
These are just a few of the ingredients that can help keep you healthier this winter. A variety of wellness loose leaf teas that include these beneficial ingredients are available online from    

Thursday, November 6, 2014

What Are You Serving for Thanksgiving?  

We wait all year long to enjoy all of the Thanksgiving trimmings--the juicy turkey, buttery mashed potatoes, cranberries, pumpkin pie, and all the other traditional family servings. It's funny, when you hear all the talk about the Thanksgiving holiday, it usually revolves around the food and desserts that will be served; but most fail to mention what they will be serving to drink.

Why not shake things up a little bit this year and serve something completely unexpected, like some savory, gourmet loose leaf tea. There are many varieties that pair well with the Thanksgiving meal and pumpkin pie. Some of the fall favorites include a blend of spices, such as ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, or cloves. Fruit flavored teas are another light, after-dinner favorite. These might include one or a combination of apple, peach, raspberry, apricot, orange, lemon, and more. Many flavored and gourmet loose leaf teas have an elegant and delectable blend of both, fruit and spice.

Imagine how impressed your guests will be when you bring out a beautiful tray of tea cups and a tea pot; or better yet, make several different flavors for your guests to try. There are several other ways to impress your guests as well; one being by making a refreshing after-dinner loose leaf tea infused cocktail. The following is one recipe you can experiment with:

Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktail

Ingredients:  6 cups of water, 5 teaspoons of loose black tea, 1/4 cup of agave or honey, depending on the potency you are looking for, use 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of bourbon, about 6 slices of orange rounds, 6 sprigs of mint, and ice.

  • Boil water.
  • Remove water from heat source, add black tea, and steep for 3-minutes
  • Strain the tea and pour into a pitcher.
  • Refrigerate tea until cool.
  • Mix the agave or honey, bourbon, oranges, and mint in a separate bowl.
  • Muddle the ingredients with the back of the spoon.
  • Mix the ingredients from the bowl with the cooled tea.
  • Serve over ice.

This recipe will provide a tantalizing fragrance that will wake you from your turkey coma. Research and experiment with one of the many varieties of loose leaf tea available online at Share your special recipe here so others can try it as well.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Is there a Tea that Can Help with Sleeplessness?

After a long, stressful day there is nothing better than getting a good night's sleep. Although this sounds fantastic, this isn't always the way it goes. When you have too much on your mind, it's hard to shut down at night and we often lay awake with everything stirring in our heads. Not only is this frustrating, but it also makes the next day awfully long.

Several studies have shown that the lack of sleep can cause our bodies to go into a state of stress. When this happens, stress hormones are released, blood pressure can increase, and the increase in stress hormones can make it more difficult to fall asleep at night. As you can see, stress and the lack of sleep can have a cyclical effect on the body; therefore, making it that much more important to break the cycle and get a good night's rest.

There are natural ways of remedying sleeplessness, such as taking some time to wind down before bed and drinking a soothing cup of loose leaf tea. Of course, you will want to be sure that you are drinking a loose leaf tea that is non-caffeinated and full of just the right ingredients to relax your mind and allow your body a good night sleep. The following are some the soothing ingredients to look for: 

  • Chamomile - This is an herb that resembles a daisy and has been used for years in traditional and folk medicine. Chamomile has mild sedative effects and can assist with a better night's sleep.
  • Passion flower - The passion flower plant is said to be effective for many symptoms, such as restlessness, anxiety, and insomnia. It has a calming effect, as well as being able to induce sleep and relieve muscle spasms.
  • Valerian root - The root of the valerian plant is said to help with and be used to treat anxiety, stress, headaches, migraines, and insomnia, among other symptoms. Valerian root is an ingredient that can be found in loose leaf teas for a calming effect and hopefully help with getting better sleep at night.
  • Lavender - The lavender plant has been used for hundreds of years for medicinal purposes, such as headaches, depression and insomnia; as well as cleaning the mind, spirit, and body. The scent of lavender alone is enough to give calming effects.

There are, of course, other ingredients that can assist with calming effects. The bottom line is, there is no need to suffer from sleepless nights; your comfort is just a cup of tea away. has some options to get you started on the road to a better night's sleep; try one of the following teas and explore all of the other options to buy some of the best loose leaf tea online:
  • Nighttime Treat Loose Leaf Tea - Sit back and relax a little more with each sip of this valerian root, lemon balm leaf, and passion flower herb combination.
  • Good Night Loose Leaf Tea - This blend of cardamom, fennel seeds, ginger root, saffron, licorice root, rosebuds, and lemon grass is sure to give you some inner peace as well as a few more z's at night.
  • Very Berry Chamomile Loose Leaf Tea - This sweet combination of orange peel, hibiscus, raspberry leaves, berry flavor, and safflower infused with chamomile tea is just the right balance to soothe and advocate a well-rested night.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

What is the Difference Between a Tea Kettle and a Teapot? 

When some people hear the words tea kettle and teapot, they don't think there is a difference between the two. This couldn't be further from the truth; a tea kettle and teapot each serve different purposes. There are, however, some similarities too. They both hold water, they look similar, and both are used in the loose leaf tea brewing process.

Now, let's take a look at the differences:

Tea Kettle: A tea kettle's main purpose in the tea brewing process is to heat the water, that will be used in the tea, to a boil. A kettle is designed in a way that allows it to be directly exposed to an open fire; this includes placing it on a stove top that is gas or electric, or an open fire. Once water comes to a boil, most tea kettles create a whistling noise when the steam comes out of the spout. 

Prior to the 20th century, tea kettles were an important small appliance in any kitchen. Before cooking pans came about, kettles were a means to heating water for dinners, soups, cleaning, making tea and coffee, and
much more. Once pans became more popular, a kettle's main use was for tea or coffee.
Most modern tea kettles are now made of metal; however, they can also be made of heavy stoneware. Although they can come in many different designs and colors, the basic structure of a tea kettle includes a lid, which can be removed to fill the kettle with water, a handle, and a spout for pouring the water out of the kettle.

Teapot: A teapot's main purpose is to steep the loose leaf tea and also to serve the tea. Organic loose tea leaves are placed in the bottom of the teapot and a strainer is usually placed over them. The water that was boiled in the tea kettle is poured into the teapot and then the loose leaf tea is steeped according to each individual tea's instructions.

Teapots date back to the 14th century, where they were used during the Ming Dynasty. The original teapots are thought to have been made from zisha, which is a purple clay found in Asia. Eventually, the tea craze spread through the rest of Asia and into Europe and teapots began to take on many different looks, but regardless of the look, they were all used to serve tea.

Teapots found in stores today have taken on a more modern design and can be found in plastic, ceramic, silver, porcelain, or stoneware; however, there are still so many teapots being used today that have a lot of history behind them. You might even have an old china set with a beautiful teapot that has been passed down for generations in your family.

Now that you know the difference between a tea kettle and teapot, you are ready to brew some gourmet loose leaf tea. You can buy some of the finest loose leaf tea online at

Friday, October 17, 2014

What Do I Need to Brew Loose Leaf Tea? 

When making the wise decision to switch to loose leaf tea, the brewing process is much different than brewing coffee or throwing a store-bought teabag into a tea cup of hot water. As well as learning a new brewing process, you will also need to learn the equipment that is needed for brewing loose leaf tea. With all of the right tools and instruction, brewing loose leaf gourmet tea is a cinch!

  • First of all, you will need a means to boil water for your tea. Using a microwave oven is not recommended and somewhat spoils the organic experience. A stove top tea kettle is best for heating water efficiently. Stove top tea kettles come in many styles, shapes and colors. Have fun choosing the design you like.

  • You will need a teaspoon to measure your tea. This can be just any ordinary measuring spoon found in the kitchen. A standard cup of tea is considered six ounces and one teaspoon of tea is used per six ounces of boiling water.

  • Something will be needed to strain the tea during the brewing process. There are a few different things that can be used, including a reusable tea
    filter, disposable tea sack, or a mesh ball. Of course, the instrument you use will depend on the amount of tea you are brewing--for instance, a mesh ball is probably only going to be big enough to hold enough tea for one cup. A helpful hint: Tea leaves need plenty of room to expand during the brewing process so be sure to allow for this.

  • A teapot will be needed for the final stage of the tea brewing process and for serving your tea. Tea pots are typically not made for withstanding heat from the stove or an open fire. Teapots range from very simple to very fancy and can come in ceramic, porcelain, glass, metal, stone, wood, and more. Some teapots will come with a tea strainer as an added bonus.

Once you have the necessary tools, you are ready to brew your first cup or pot of tea. Now all you have to do is choose a tea that strikes your fancy. At, the varieties are endless. Choose from your favorite flavored loose leaf tea, a simple, yet satisfying green loose leaf tea, or any number of other combinations, including black, white, oolong, and rooibos loose leaf teas.  

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fall into Good Tea Habits

Nice crisp air, the sound of the leaves rustling, the beautiful sight of red, yellow and orange, football games, the start of school--these are all the things we love about fall. There's always room to add one more thing to be in love with this fall…a good warm cup of loose leaf tea. It's the perfect season to add a little spice to your life.

When we think of fall and the flavors that come with it, we think spice, apple, cinnamon, ginger, cranberry and currant, among others. All of these favorite fall flavors can be found in a variety of the types of tea available online at If you have a favorite type of tea, have no fear, you can find a good fall mixture in any type of tea, including loose black tea, loose green tea, loose white tea, loose oolong tea, and loose rooibos tea.

The ways to enjoy fall tea are endless. You can try a spiced tea, such as a combination of cinnamon and cloves or cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, fennel and aniseed; or try a spiced tea with a blend of fruit to enhance the flavor, such as raspberries, apricots, tropical fruit, apple, orange or cranberry mixed with a variety of spices such as ginger, cloves, cardamom, and pepper or tropical fruit mixed with cinnamon, ginger, clove, fennel. If you would rather have something that will resemble hot chocolate for the cold nights at the football game or the crisp evening bonfires, try a Chocolate Mint Loose Leaf Rooibos Tea, Chocolate Cappuccino Loose Leaf Black Tea, or a Chai Loose Leaf Tea.  

You could even try livening up a spice cake with some fall flavored tea, try loose tea in place of or mixed with a hot apple cider, or make a special drink spiked with some spiced fall flavored tea for your Halloween party, Fall Festival, Thanksgiving, or a fall gathering with friends. You have a plethora of options to sample and experiment with. Share your favorites and your discoveries because always loves to hear what's happening in the tea world.