Tea Lifestyle & Wellness

Health & Well-Being

The Tea Spot – Flu Fighter and Covid-19 Donation

The Tea Spot – Flu Fighter and Covid-19 Donation

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...

Creative Alignment: A New Purpose for Tea

Creative Alignment: A New Purpose for Tea

Guest Contribution by: Ashley Fleischer The power of tea never ceases to surprise! Well-known as the world’s first medicine, there’s no time like the present to keep it on call and working for the people who so passionately drink it; but why not give this versatile...

Five Ways That Green Tea May Help With Acne

Five Ways That Green Tea May Help With Acne

It seems like every health article goes on and on about how green tea can work wonders for a whole range of conditions from improving blood flow, digestive issues, reducing cholesterol and blood pressure, to even helping prevent Alzheimer’s plaques from forming.At...

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 Places

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...

Hollywood Bowl’s Tea Room

Hollywood Bowl’s Tea Room

Although Hollywood Bowl’s Tea Room had existed for decades after its 1939 grand opening, there is not one single photo of its interior online.  My research is not thorough.  Perhaps the tea room was so unimpressive that no visitor had ever wished to record the...

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe

“So a reservation is required to enter the tea room?  We can’t take a look?” These were the questions I overheard a patriarch asking the hostess of Hello Kitty Grand Café while I was entering the Bow Room behind the guarded white door.  As the café is a Japanese...

Tea in K-Town and KCON

Tea in K-Town and KCON

In 2012, the first KCON USA -- a Korean Wave festival -- was held as a one-day event at SoCal’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.  It has since grown to last five days with programs in both New York City and Los Angeles.  This year, KCON LA’s exhibitors,...

Uyghur Tea

Uyghur Tea

ABC Nightline’s recent report “Families of Muslims allegedly detained by Chinese government speak out” interviewed Uyghur expatriates who have relatives believed to be imprisoned in interment camps.  Those of us who follow international affairs are surely aware...

Spirituality

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...

Chanoyu: History and Philosophy – Part 1

Chanoyu: History and Philosophy – Part 1

In recent articles (Chanoyu, Temae, and Chadogu and Essential Low-Ranking Chadogu for Ceremony of Tea), I mentioned the traditional green tea ceremony, called “Chanoyu” and “The Way of Tea”.  Since those blogs, many of you have asked that I explain it in a bit more...

How Much Gratitude Is There in a Simple Cup of Tea?

How Much Gratitude Is There in a Simple Cup of Tea?

It began to snow at 2 PM on Tuesday and didn’t stop. We accumulated eight inches at my house but much more a little way up the hill. And it was somewhere up there that the snow load broke a branch that downed an electrical line and exploded a transformer that took out...

Our Routines and Our Rituals

Our Routines and Our Rituals

Routines give us stability — rituals provide us with sanctuary. We are taught routines at a very young age, and they are believed to be notably beneficial for children because they provide a sense of security and surety. Most of us hold fast to our routines in...

Buddhism and Tea

Buddhism and Tea

I’ve recently broken form and written about a different subject in my tea blog, about my son becoming a samanane, or Thai Buddhist novice monk.  That was for a special two-week program, covered him ordaining (here), and also how it worked out (here). People tend to...

Green Tea: Healing And Serenity In A Cup

Green Tea: Healing And Serenity In A Cup

Freelance Contribution by: Lucy Wyndham Aaron Fisher in his book - The Way of Tea: Reflections on a Life with Tea, notes - “Tea’s ability to both stimulate our awareness and calm us down at the same time makes it the ideal center for a natural and spontaneous meeting...

Cooking With Tea

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...

Homemade Tea Gifts in Jars (Chai Spice “Kit”)

Homemade Tea Gifts in Jars (Chai Spice “Kit”)

Finalist in the 2019 Writers Contest – Cooking With Tea Category See the Writers Contest rules and full ongoing list of finalists The winter holiday season is my favorite excuse to hang out in the kitchen, where it’s warm and filled with enticing aromatics. Last...