Guest contribution by: Aaron Kiel

The Tea Spot Innovates with ‘Flu Fighter’ Tea, Supports COVID-19 First Responders

The team at Boulder, Colorado-based The Tea Spot has felt the pain and stress of the global pandemic, just like everyone; but it’s pushed Founder and CEO Maria Uspenski to think outside the box as to how her company can help empower people to support better overall wellness.

“The result of our efforts is our aromatic and medicinal Flu Fighter herbal tea, inspired by medical research,” says Uspenski, whose company is a leading producer of handcrafted whole-leaf teas and steepware.

Recently, during the pandemic, The Tea Spot launched the new Flu Fighter tea – a caffeine-free herbal blend that features functional ingredients including astragalus, honeysuckle, organic licorice root, orange peel, tangerine peel, dandelion root, mulberry leaf, red root, and organic ginger.

Photo of a tray with a cup of tea, a slice of lemon, a remote, and a pile of loose Flu Fighter tea.

The ingredients in the new Flu Fighter tea were chosen based on a recent medical report published in Military Medical Research (Volume 7, Article Number 4, February 2020), on the diagnosis and treatment of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), where a combination of herbs and roots were used to support flu-like symptoms.

According to Uspenski, “This supportive tea is intended to be used in combination with social distancing, good personal hygiene, sound diet, ample exercise and rest. And overall, it encourages wellness and facilitates calm amidst the turmoil and uncertainty that’s happening around the world.”

Photo of some medical staff smiling and holding The Tea Spot packages

Uspenski, author of Cancer Hates Tea, says many of the natural herbs in this sweet, nourishing tea were also used in ancient times to make wellness broths for recovery and building strength. And while the Flu Fighter tea is meant to be supportive and maintain wellness, it is not meant to treat, cure, or prevent any disease or ailment. “We are continually looking at innovative ways to help our customers and the tea-loving community through ideas and products like the Flu Fighter tea,” Uspenski says.

Supporting First Responders

The Tea Spot also donated more than 55,000 specialty tea sachets to first responders, doctors, and nurses at eight hospitals and clinics in some of the states most impacted by COVID-19 in the United States – including New York, California, and Texas – as a way to support wellness.

“As a team, The Tea Spot wants to recognize the commitment first responders have made to saving the lives of others during the COVID-19 global pandemic,” says Uspenski.

In total, The Tea Spot donated more than $35,000 (retail value) of tea sachets from its line of specialty teas, including: Organic Spring Dragonwell, Japanese Orchid Sencha, Rise & Chai, and Organic Natural Glow White Tea.

Photo of someone in sterilized medical coverings making a peace sign and another person in scrubs, both holding The Tea Spot packages.
Photo of a medical professional in scrubs and face mask holding a The Tea Spot package.

Jessica Kochik, CMO for The Tea Spot, says, “The Tea Spot tea sachets are a small gesture to show that we care about first responders, who are caring for us all during this unprecedented time. We’re also committed to empowering health and happiness just as much today as ever before.”

The Tea Spot’s premium, award-winning loose tea blends are micro-blended in small batches. With full-leaf teas, botanicals, and functional teas, the company has evolved age-old traditions to allow exquisite flavor and good health to collide in every cup.

To learn more about The Tea Spot, visit or email The Tea Spot’s Flu Fighter tea is available online and retails for US$25.95 per one-fourth pound bulk (50 servings), or a sample size for US$5 (five servings). The Tea Spot donates 10 percent of all profits in-kind to cancer survivors and community wellness programs.

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