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Health & Well-Being

Green Tea For Beautiful Hair

Green Tea For Beautiful Hair

The discovery in 2007 that green tea boosts the production of detoxifying enzymes is just one of many that have come to establish this beverage and leaf as an ally to human health and beauty. These days, health buffs are just as likely to sip on a cup of tea every day...

Tea! It’s Not Just a Drink … It’s a Memory

Tea! It’s Not Just a Drink … It’s a Memory

Freelance contribution by: Mercedes WadkinsYou know when you smell a certain scent that brings up a memory?   Maybe it’s cotton candy to remind you of the fair or a perfume that grandma wore and brings back all those wonderful sensations that went along with it!  Tea...

Soothing Teas To Use For Toothaches

Soothing Teas To Use For Toothaches

Freelance contribution by: Lucy WyndhamToothaches are one of the most common dental problems in the world, with a whopping 88% of people experiencing a toothache in their lifetime. It can be caused by decay and cavities, but many people also experience tooth pain due...

Tea During Pregnancy

Tea During Pregnancy

Freelance contribution by: Jenny Silverstone Should you think twice about making your favorite cup of tea while pregnant? There are many benefits to drinking tea while pregnant, such as: It can help keep you hydrated, it can combat morning sickness, and tea has vital...

Why Do You, um, Pee so Much With Green Tea?

Why Do You, um, Pee so Much With Green Tea?

Let’s be honest, most people notice a significant increase in urination when they start consuming green tea. It’s a question and a giggle that I get from people all the time. So much so that I thought it would be worth looking into. Here’s what I found in simple...

Get Merry With Matcha This Holiday

Get Merry With Matcha This Holiday

Finalist in the 2019 Writers Contest - Health & Well-Being Category See the Writers Contest rules and full ongoing list of finalists Are you struggling with the proverbial question of ‘should you be naughty or nice’ this holiday when it comes to how much you can...

Tea Places

Unexpected Places for Tea Cultivation

Unexpected Places for Tea Cultivation

Guest contribution by: Dan Moser Although the natural habitat of Camellia sinensis is areas with tropical and subtropical climates, its adaptability has made this plant grow and thrive in very different places. Today we'll talk about the cultivation and production of...

Virtual Japanese Green Tea Tour – Part 3

Virtual Japanese Green Tea Tour – Part 3

Continued from Virtual Japanese Green Tea Tour - Part 2 A Wonderful Tour for Both Introverts and Extroverts As you may know, I am an extreme introvert. Shyness impacts some of my decisions when congregating with others.  On any bus tour, I am the one who sits at the...

Virtual Japanese Green Tea Tour – Part 2

Virtual Japanese Green Tea Tour – Part 2

Continued from Virtual Japanese Green Tea Tour - Part 1Who Created This Tour? - About Arigato Food TourIn fact, Arigato Food Tours has been providing all kinds of tours throughout various parts of Japan and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise for those curious...

Virtual Japanese Green Tea Tour – Part 1

Virtual Japanese Green Tea Tour – Part 1

Virtual Japanese Green Tea Tour - What is it?I was so excited to be one of the first people to join the Virtual Green Tea Tour, a new and magical tour offered by Arigato Japan that has been the pioneer for English-speaking Japanese tours for many years, featured by...

Fairhope Tea Plantation

Fairhope Tea Plantation

Guest Contribution by: Donnie Barrett The summer of 2020 finds us very busy at the Fairhope Tea Plantation here in south Alabama.  We are picking, processing, and packaging tea almost every day.  The spring flush was quite plentiful and the summer season is seeing...

How Are They Different?

How Are They Different?

In some notable ways, SoCal tea operations COMEBUYTEA and Café Maji are different from other tea entities. Founded in 2002 and being yet another Taiwan tea chain, COMEBUYTEA recognized the tremendous importance of conducting thorough market research prior to launching...

Spirituality

Tao in a Teapot

Tao in a Teapot

Guest contribution by: Alexander Thomas In the first chapter of the Tao de Ching we read “The Dao that can be conceptualized is not the pristine Dao, and Dao is not its true name. The pure ground of Heaven and Earth is Nameless. It is Heaven and Earth that parent the...

My Introduction to Tea Leaf Reading – Part 2

My Introduction to Tea Leaf Reading – Part 2

Continued from My Introduction to Tea Leaf Reading – Part 1 I know that others have written about the methodology of reading the leaves, so I will share some of the things that particularly stood out to me: Vintage china works very well for reading the leaves. It’s...

My Introduction to Tea Leaf Reading – Part 1

My Introduction to Tea Leaf Reading – Part 1

With the stressors of life during times of personal and global turmoil, I suddenly realized that I never wrote about the Introduction to Tea Leaf Reading class that I took: All the way back in January!Hosted by The Jasmine Pearl Tea Company in Portland, Oregon, the...

Find Your Future In A Teacup

Find Your Future In A Teacup

Freelance contribution by: Lucy Wyndham According to recent studies, 44% of Americans find themselves unable to be optimistic about the future. In today’s rapidly changing world, sometimes it feels like we can’t even trust the weatherman to predict what tomorrow...

Curious Facts About Tea Leaf Reading

Curious Facts About Tea Leaf Reading

Freelance contribution by: Lucy Wyndham The practice of reading tea leaves is one that dates back to medieval European tradition, and recent trends indicate that people are looking to tea leaves for guidance in greater numbers than before. Lifestyle magazine...

Chanoyu: History and Philosophy – Part 2

Chanoyu: History and Philosophy – Part 2

Continued from Chanoyu: History and Philosophy – Part 1 Scroll reads: “Wa Kei Sei Jaku” – The Four Principles of Tea The Tea Master Sen Rikyu (1521-1591) Created the Tea Ceremony Practiced Today Tea ceremony principles that we celebrate today were established and...

Cooking With Tea

Celebrating the Season With Fragrant Melon and Tea

Celebrating the Season With Fragrant Melon and Tea

With seemingly  not much to celebrate in our world at the moment, Mother Nature and those who assist her (the growers, the pickers, the cultivators, the sellers) are truly sowing joy as summer has officially begun at our local farmers markets (visiting them with masks...

Creamy Tea or Is It Tea Cream?

Creamy Tea or Is It Tea Cream?

Spring has come and nearly gone with summer on its way. Iced tea season is almost upon us, though even on the hottest days a hot cuppa soothes. But what I crave at this moment is something luxurious and rich and creamy... If you guessed ice cream, guess again... Give...

Time For Tea—Tea Ice Cream, That Is

Time For Tea—Tea Ice Cream, That Is

Return to T Ching Classics: Tea Ice Cream Casting caution to the winds—with the world going to hell in a handbasket or tea caddy—and going to great pains to score some cream, milk, and marmalade (I recently made a few jars from the fruits of my backyard tree), I...

Hot Comfort For a Discomforting Time

Hot Comfort For a Discomforting Time

Tea is comfort. Tea is ritual. Tea is an escape to another place even within the confines of your own home. Easing tensions in an uncertain time, I drink tea during the day at times that I might not normally do so - even just before going to sleep. Whenever I sip,...

Crèmes de la Crème

Crèmes de la Crème

As we hunker down to the heart of winter (which nonetheless feels like spring in some parts of the country) my thoughts turn to simple desserts that can be gilded with a luxurious finishing touch—whipped cream flavored with tea. Here’s what I suggest as a pleasurable...

New Year’s Resolution: Drink Something New

New Year’s Resolution: Drink Something New

As we enter the new year, I reflect on the annual excitement I feel when leafing through the pages of any of a number of seed catalogues that fill my mailbox. With a mixture of expectancy, optimism, and even a bit of overambition I circle this variety of tomato, or...