Assortment of various herbs and flowers used for making tea.

Herbal Teas

What are the Benefits of Drinking Sage Tea?

What are the Benefits of Drinking Sage Tea?

Since ancient times, sage (Salvia officinalis) has been associated with good health. The herb’s Latin name, Salvia, translates into “to be saved.” In Chinese, Indian, and North American herbal practices, tea made from sage leaves has been used as a soothing, cooling digestive aid [and] produces a peppery fragrance with a mildly astringent flavor.

Interview: Olive Leaf Tea

Interview: Olive Leaf Tea

We recently got the chance to learn a little bit about olive leaf tea from Barbara Hare, co-owner of Baroness Olive Oil. Please enjoy! ( Please note that interviews do not necessarily reflect the opinions of T Ching, nor do we either agree or disagree with any...

The Blue Butterfly Pea Flower

The Blue Butterfly Pea Flower

Flower Power — it's still alive and well and super impressive! I have mentioned the Clitoria ternatea plant in a previous post (Ave Tea), and I'm having so much fun with it that I wanted to share a bit more about it because I've since discovered and used the powdered...

Violet Leaf Tisane

Violet Leaf Tisane

After receiving a notification that a package had been delivered, I decided that since it was a sunny day I would walk the quarter-mile to the end of our driveway in order to retrieve it. I was very happy I’d done so, as to my great surprise I found wild violets...

Tea and the Immune System

Tea and the Immune System

But did you know that simply drinking tea on a daily basis will help boost your immune system? It turns out there are studies that show certain components found in tea – specifically EGCG and L-theanine – that help strengthen the immune system by priming T cell activity.

Best Teas For Inflammation

Best Teas For Inflammation

What is Inflammation? If you’ve ever twisted your knee, cut your finger, or been stung by an insect, you have firsthand experience with inflammation. The familiar sensations of pain, redness, swelling, and heat that result from an injury or infection are hallmarks of...

Lettuce Leaf Tea……..?

Lettuce Leaf Tea……..?

Every once in a while I come across something new, and lettuce leaf tea is a good example. I've never heard of it before. I found a few resources that give information about the amazing health benefits of this leaf, and when it's organic it's even better. So join me...

Rose Hip Tisane

Rose Hip Tisane

A few weeks back, my husband went for a walk in a forested area and brought me back a surprise: Freshly-picked rose hips! He knows that I’m always excited to receive ingredients to use for medicinal purposes, and rose hips are a powerhouse of healthful benefits. Rose...

Ginger – A Health Wonder

Ginger – A Health Wonder

I have been interested in health and wellness for decades. It was that interest that helped shift me away from soda and begin my love affair with green tea. My husband is an herbalist so I've learned, over the years, about the amazing health benefits of countless...

Zobo Tea

Zobo Tea

I recently came across an article about a tea which is known as "Zobo" in Nigeria and apparently "Roselle" in other regions. For Americans, it's a vibrant tisane know as Hibiscus. Earlier this year I returned to my second home in Southern Spain and much to my delight,...

Tea at Night

Tea at Night

Return to T Ching Classics: Tea and Sleep Inspired by Michelle's post about tea and health, I thought I would write about the one time I absolutely never drink tea: Late at night. A regular sufferer of insomnia, I have learned through experience that I can't have...

Drink To Fight Inflammation

Drink To Fight Inflammation

Inflammation has gotten a lot of attention in recent years because of the health implications. Inflammation is the body’s immune system response. This article will give you a basic understanding of inflammation and how tea can be used as a tool to combat it. TWO...

The Olive Tea

The Olive Tea

Move over, Matcha! There's another tea coming to town. The Olive Tree has a rich history, not just as far back as the Bible, but even much further. Once known as the "king of trees" and also said to be the "tree of life" in the Garden of Eden; in North America, we...

Colds and Flus and Tea

Colds and Flus and Tea

Winter brings with it the festivities and holidays, but also can be a dreaded time of year for some because of colds, flu or other associated sicknesses. With a little planning, you can get through the season with barely more than a sniffle,  even while people around...

Probiotic tea

Probiotic tea

There are a lot of food labels that have been used by companies over the decades. Some informative, some deceptive. Some terms are regulated, while some are not. Other companies use trending labels for a product that has little to do with nutrition. For example, candy...

Refreshing Hibiscus Tea

Refreshing Hibiscus Tea

The flowers and leaves of the hibiscus plant are widely known to have an abundance of benefits for the skin and hair. In fact, at home in India, we often make a concoction of coconut oil simmered with hibiscus flowers and curry leaves to apply on the hair. Having...

Tea drinking culture in Australia

Tea drinking culture in Australia

Britain’s younger sibling Australia has taken a lot after her big sister; even though they haven’t been on such good terms for a while now, Australia’s language, some of its culture and a few customs (the dominant one being tea drinking) is ample proof that the apple...

The Benefits of Holy Basil

The Benefits of Holy Basil

Ginger spiked tea with a few leaves of Holy Basil added to it is something I distinctly remember as a part of those days during my growing-up years when I could sense the beginning of an irritating cough or needed an urgent relief to the blocked nasal passage. In...