Saturday, July 23, 2011

Fairy Celebration!

Celebrating Fairy Magic:

We are celebrating summer sun and new art work on our Fairy Celebration Tea!  join us and enter a chance to win one. Tell us some fairy magic in your life, enter your comment below. Entries will close Tuesday, July 26th EST, winner will be selected via random number generator.

About the art :

After a very exhausting day, I sat down to relax and have some long awaited space to paint, here's what I came up with.....

Come walk with me into the magical and enchanted fairy world. Amidst the tall, green grass is a glistening world.  Tall, curling ferns lead the way up to the brilliant blue sky. The world is alive with color;  glistening sliver, pink, yellow and gold. Sliver clouds dance above, star seeds sparkle with joy, plant life radiates.  Fairy Magic is all around!

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And the winner  (chosen from random number generator is) :  Valerie, please e-mail us so we can send your tea!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Teething Tea: Tiger Power!

This is a gentle and supportive tea, to help ease the pain and discomfort associated with teething.

About the art ;

When I first sat down to feel out what would be appropriate for this label, I had few animals that came to mind, but one that I kept coming back to was the Tiger.  I was also reflecting on some things in my personal life, like the journey of mothering and my tea business: holding my ground and voicing up my power.  One animal that really stood out to me, was the Tiger.

  "The Tiger power"

The tiger represents power, force, and the nurturing /gentle aspect of  mothering and tending to cubs.  The tiger is strong and very powerful,  they are able to be still and calm, carry through chaos and be fierce when she needs to defend her cubs and or her territory.

As a mother of 4 little ones, I can't count how many sleepless nights I've spent awake easing and supporting my children through teething.

Teething can make a baby howl, moan and most mama's feel like this after a couple straight nights of being sleep deprived!

Eastern culture is filled with myth and legends associated with tiger lore. I found this except very interesting, especially pertaining to my life and even applied to a new babe teething!

 From the book Animal Speaks by Ted Andrews

"When a tiger has entered your life, you can expect new adventures. It will awaken new passion and power within. Expect it to begin within 6-8 weeks and last for a year and a half. If the Tiger has shown up in your life, there will begin to manifest new adventures and renewed devotion and passion for life"

This tea is especially relaxing for mama as well.  I've made my self many cups of this blend to relax and be more calm.  And if you are nursing, your babe will also get the benefits of this tea through your milk :)

Let the adventures begin!

Click here to order some Tiger Teething Power

Friday, July 8, 2011

Could the common tea bag be hazardous to your health?

The Potential Toxicity of Tea Bags:

By Kristie Leong MD
Although tea appears to have a variety of health benefits, the same can’t be said for some of the tea bags used to hold it. Here’s what you need to know about the health risks of tea bags made of paper.

If you enjoy sipping a hot cup of tea, you’re not alone. Tea has a long history of being enjoyed for its pleasing taste and aroma. Not only is tea a tasty drink to enjoy, the health benefits are being increasingly recognized. The catechin polyphenols found in green and white teas, are being studied for their potential to not only reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases, but also as a metabolism booster. While a cup of black, white, or green tea provides a healthy alternative to soft drinks, there may be good reason to brew your next cup of tea from loose leaf tea leaves rather than tea bags. Why? It appears that the paper used in the manufacture of commercial tea bags may be a source of a cancer causing chemical known as epichlorohydrin.

The Potential Toxicity of Tea Bags:

Many people choose to brew their own tea from loose leaf tea leaves simply because it produces a better tasting cup of tea. The tea leaves packed into commercial tea bags are usually tea fragments and dustings of inferior quality and produce a cup of tea that lacks the full-bodied taste of tea produced from loose leaves. Not only is the taste compromised when tea bags are used, but the health benefits may be reduced by the toxicity of the bag itself.
Many tea bags made of paper are manufactured with a chemical known as epichlorohydrin, a compound used in the manufacture of plastics and used as an insecticide. When this chemical comes into contact with water it forms a chemical called 3-MCPD, a known cancer causing agent. Not only is epichlorohydrin found in paper tea bags, it’s also used in the manufacture of paper coffee filters. While this chemical in and of itself is troubling, when it comes into contact with water as when steeping tea, it becomes of even greater concern because of the cancer causing 3-MCPD it produces.

How to Avoid Epichlorohydrin

While not all tea bags made of paper contain epichlorohydrin, many of them do. The best way to find out if your particular brand of tea uses tea bags manufactured with epichlorohydrin is to call and ask. One tea company that states that they don’t is Bigelow Tea Company. Hopefully, in the future, other tea manufacturers will also eliminate this harmful chemical from their tea bags so that the health benefits of tea can be enjoyed without exposure to cancer causing chemicals. Until then, it may be best to enjoy tea in its loose leaf form.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Annoucing Our NEW Organic Mango Tea!

Our New Organic Mango tea is simply delightful!

Organic, fair-trade black tea is infused with the fruity essence of natural mango.

This tea is super iced!