Category Archives: herbal tea

New Herbal Tea Blend!

I sold out of this new tea blend last weekend and hopefully have enough to keep me going for the next few markets. It looks and smells beautiful, and tastes even better – a very calming, tasty blend of chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, and spearmint.

 

Dream – My latest herbal tea blend

 

Dream tea

Time for tea?

I am a huge fan of tea. HUGE. Stopping to brew a cup of tea is, I believe, one of the hallmarks of civilized life. I love the tea plant itself, Camelia sinensis, and find green tea a perfect, subtle pick me up when needed and what  a bonus  that it is such a healthy, nutrient and antioxidant rich choice.

But herbal teas are my mainstay and I really don’t find  commercially available herbal teas measure up. They are usually stale tasting and lifeless, so I’ve always blended my own with the whole herb, either growing the herbs myself or sourcing  the best organically grown herbs available .  I also don’t like the run of the mill blends you see over and over again and find herbs like hibiscus overused because of the colour it imparts, despite the fact it tastes and smells like soap.

A top quality herbal tisane should smell aromatic and have strong vibrant colours like my Blossom blend photographed here. Herbs should be whole, not pulverized into the dusty substance found in most commercial tea bags – the more broken down the herbs, the sooner they go stale and lose their robust flavour while their health supporting compounds diminish

I blend my teas for freshness, quality, flavour and an overall warming, satisfying, peace-inducing, health supporting tea drinking experience.

. . . . and I am now offering these teas for sale at the Quesnel Farmers’ Market!

Available loose . . .

. . . or bagged

Awaken

A light, thirst-quenching blend to brighten your day and awaken your senses. Excellent iced.

Ingredients*:  Basil, Lemon Verbena, Lemon Peel, Ginger.  *all ingredients certified organic

Awaken Blend

Blossom

Aglow with the buds and blossoms of calendula, lavender and roses, this is a very pretty nutrient rich blend featuring the traditional tonic herbs of raspberry leaf, nettle, and oats.

Ingredients:  Raspberry leaf*, nettle leaf*, oat straw*, oat tops*, spearmint leaf*, Calendula blossoms**, lavender buds*, pink and red rose petals*.
*Certified organic, **Grown without chemicals

Blossom Blend

Chamomile Chai

A flavourful and gently warming caffeine-free blend. Mellow chamomile is counterbalanced by piquant ginger. Cinnamon and Cardamom add richness and depth.

Ingredients:  Chamomile Flower*, Ginger Root*, Cardamom Seed*, True Cinnamon (Cinnamon zylenicum) Bark*.  *all ingredients certified organic

Chamomile Chai – a spicy, flavourful caffeine free alternative to black tea chais

Double Mint Delight Blend

A lively, palate-pleasing, tummy-taming blend,  perfect any time, especially after a meal, with dessert, or for a fresh start to the day.

Ingredients*:  Spearmint leaf, Peppermint leaf, Anise Seed, Fennel Seed, Licorice Root, Orange Peel   *all ingredients certified organic

Double Mint Blend

Peace

Restore your inner peace with this relaxing blend. Perfect in the midst of a hectic day or upon retiring for the evening.

Ingredients*:  Lemongrass, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Catnip, Oat Straw,

Passionflower, Orange Peel, True Cinnamon (Cinnamon zylenicum),  red and pink roses  *all ingredients certified organic

Peace Blend – Mellow passionflower and catnip with the relaxing lemony-ness of lemon balm, lemon verbena, and lemon grass, and some pink and red roses sprinkled in for the beauty and pleasure only roses can give

 

And though I’ve shared these thoughts on tea before at my Forest Garden blog, I will leave you with these fine words from Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog:

 

As we breathe in the fragrance of the tea, savor it, lower our cups, serve more, and sip again: every gesture has the bright aura of rebirth . . . Moments like this act as magical interludes, placing our hearts at the edge of our souls: fleetingly, yet intensely, a fragment of eternity has come to enrich time. Elsewhere the world may be blustering or sleeping, wars are fought, people live and die, some nations disintegrate, while others are born, soon to be swallowed up in turn – and in all this sound and fury, amidst eruptions and undertows, while the world goes its merry way, bursts into flames, tears itself apart and is reborn: human life continues to throb.

So, let us drink a cup of tea.

. . . tea is no minor beverage. When tea becomes a ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?

Tea . . . accession to simple, authentic and refined sensations, a license given to all, at little cost, to become aristocrats of taste, because tea is the beverage of the of the wealthy and of the poor . . . the tea ritual, therefore, has the extraordinary virtue of introducing into the absurdity of our lives an aperture of serene harmony. Yes, the world may aspire to vacuousness, lost souls mourn beauty, insignificance surrounds us. Then let us drink a cup of tea. Silence descends, one hears the wind outside, autumn leaves rustle and take flight, the cat sleeps in a warm pool of light. And, with each swallow, time is sublimed.

 – from Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog