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Over 350 articles about the ways that tea can improve your health and well-being

How do You Explain the Unique Qualities of Tea?

How do You Explain the Unique Qualities of Tea?

A huge part of my job as a tea importer trying to establish Chinese tea service as a cultural practice in America is drawing analogies. This is quite easy when it comes to the tea itself – good tea, like good wine, beer, chocolate, coffee, liquor, or pretty much

Exploring the Meaning of Tea 6; Tea is an Act of Kindness

Exploring the Meaning of Tea 6; Tea is an Act of Kindness

There is no mastery in self-service. In this tradition we don’t learn to make tea but to serve tea. True mastery must be in the service of mankind. As we progress, we come to understand that we serve the evolution of consciousness itself, and that the growth and

Exploring the Meaning of Tea 5; Tea is Friendship

Exploring the Meaning of Tea 5; Tea is Friendship

Tea has always been the emblem of civilization and peace. “Through tea make friends” is an old proverb expressing the sentiments we share with tea. Tea isn’t always deep and transcendent; it is sometimes a time/space of calm joy, where we can celebrate old friends and make new ones.

Exploring the Meaning of Tea 4; Tea is Heart and Spirit

Exploring the Meaning of Tea 4; Tea is Heart and Spirit

Tea is a spiritual path, a Dao. In living a life of tea we realize that in all we do, we are preparing tea. What we eat affects our tea, as does the way we treat people. One of our masters always says, “If you want to learn to make tea, you must first learn to be a person.” That’s easier said than done.

Exploring the Meaning of Tea 3; Tea is Medicine

Exploring the Meaning of Tea 3; Tea is Medicine

Learning to revere tea as medicine is important to us. Tea is a great healer, of body, mind and spirit. The earliest encyclopedia of Chinese herbs to mention tea stated that it “brightens the eyes.” This is a powerful expression of why Shen Nong,

Exploring the Meaning of Tea 2; Tea is Nature

Exploring the Meaning of Tea 2; Tea is Nature

These leaves are earth, soil and rock, wind and water. Through them we drink in the weather. And they are also an expression of what is beyond our planet, absorbing sun, moon and starlight in photosynthesis. Plants don’t have a feeling of separation or

Exploring The Meaning of Tea 1; Its Five-Fold Essence

Exploring The Meaning of Tea 1; Its Five-Fold Essence

The true meaning of this Way of Tea is only hinted at by words, as much adumbrated by them, and we can but hope to catch a dappled glimpse of it through the leaves we write and say. If there is a Way, a Path of Tea to be walked and lived it is surely in the growing,

Cleaning Teaware:  the Tea Master”Bathing the Immortals”

Cleaning Teaware: the Tea Master”Bathing the Immortals”

You can tell a lot about artisans by how they care for their tools. The same can be said of a musician and her instruments, or a chef and his knives. Just as a master of any skill or craft can be distinguished from an amateur by that singular, effortless grace known to the Chinese as gong fu,

How Tea Nourishes; Body and Spirit

How Tea Nourishes; Body and Spirit

Nourishing The Body Recognition of tea's health-supporting, mind-alerting, body-calming and spirit-soothing qualities are now making 'news' - as...

Omotenashi in the Japanese Tea Ceremony

Omotenashi in the Japanese Tea Ceremony

When you enter any place as a customer or guest in Japan, you’ll quickly notice that everyone seems to be at your service. It almost makes you feel that you have done them a favor just by visiting!

Tea for Romance

Tea for Romance

there are many different categories of substances named after the Greek Goddess of love, Aphrodite.

The Benefits of Buying Organic Tea

The Benefits of Buying Organic Tea

When you buy organic tea you support the organic tea movement. Full stop. What is it that you’re supporting? Your purchase supports organic farmers who have the integrity of the earth in mind.

Tiguanyin; A Cup of Compassion

Tiguanyin; A Cup of Compassion

In the face of what on some days seems like a crumbling world, a planet in total chaos, we find ourselves retracting and hiding rather than...

Best Teas for Joint Pain Management

Best Teas for Joint Pain Management

Joint pain is quick to hinder our mobility as well as decrease our fervor in life. It manifests as inflammation, which is usually characterized by swollen joints, redness, loss of joint function and stiffness.

Using Tea to Quit Smoking

Using Tea to Quit Smoking

You may be surprised by how many ways the simple, affordable, and delicious use of tea to quit smoking can make a big difference managing the complex issue of addition to nicotine.

What’s Your Rocky Mountain High?

What’s Your Rocky Mountain High?

The media’s exploding with news tidbits surrounding the progressive marijuana legislation in our mile-high state of Colorado. Food pairings, cooking with weed, herbal infusion blends – are all topics which you see in the headlines in our local papers.

Tea Gratitude

Tea Gratitude

I find myself thinking about gratitude. So I wrote a tea meditation for my Thanksgiving article.

Does tea make you pee more?

Does tea make you pee more?

Rumor has it that drinking tea makes you pee more and that this can cause dehydration. Many of us also have first-hand experience. We drink tea and then we have to pee.

Is the Tea Ceremony Romantic?

Is the Tea Ceremony Romantic?

One member of my Tea Dharma Club asked me: “Is the tea ceremony romantic?” I was surprised by this question, so I checked an English dictionary to find what the word “romantic” means.

A Very Brief History of Iranian Tea

A Very Brief History of Iranian Tea

In recent months I came across two Iranian films: “A Separation”, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, and a film entitled, “This Is Not a Film.”