Friday, August 24, 2012

Ancient Ways~ Ancient Tea + Giveaway!

The weather here in Vermont has shifted, ever so slightly, turning from the last days of summer that slip into fall- daylight becoming shorter, cool mornings rise and chilly nights have crept in. Tea is brimming full!

Come celebrate a remarkable tea, Ancient Forest.....

Within the mountains in Yunnan, China lies a very ancient tea forest-

One of the most extraordinary ancient tea plantations in the world-with tea trees spreading out to cover over 11,000 acres of mountains.  The ancient tea forest of this high mountain range is located at approximately 5,000 feet above sea level and is enshrouded in mist.

According to history, tea cultivation in this area began over 1,300 years ago. Experts have verified that most of these ancient tea trees are between 800 to 1,200 years old. It is the largest ancient tea plantation ever found in China that is still producing tea today. The tea trees in the soil rich forests have never been fertilized, sprayed with chemicals, or watered. They have been extolled as a "Natural Tea History Museum." The teas that are produced from here are true quality organic products. With its scientific and cultural heritage, it is certainly the most precious tea aspect of culture in the world.

Unique Tea Harvesting and Processing~

Picking leaves from the thousand-year-old tea trees, is an arduous process. The girls who pick the leaves must climb huge, tall trees to harvest the new buds. It is dangerous and usually the buds are not plentiful. Tea produced in this region is made using traditional methods with little variation.

Unique Characteristics and properties of this tea~

Unlike the tea harvested from tea shrubs these days, teas grown in this region are categorized in the tree family. They grow in a balanced eco-system without the use of synthetic fertilizers and chemicals. Tea made from the buds of these thousand-year-old tea trees has a special flavor that beguiles. It carries a slight sweetness that is rarely found in other teas. One sip of this miraculous organic tea will leave your mouth filled with an unforgettable aroma and the feeling that life is as everlasting as that of the thousand-year-old tea tree…

According to recent health studies, tea from these ancient tea trees contains higher levels of polyphenol (catechin/flavanoid, flavones, anthocyanin and phenolic acids) than regular bush teas. It also contains Germanium, which are not normally found in cultivated tea plants.

Tea polyphenol have shown remarkable effects on anti-oxidation, bacterial inhibition, anti-radiation, prevention of carcinogen formation, reduction of blood-lipid, removal of free radicals, and deodoring.

Germanium has long been known for its use in clinical trials and has been reported to have therapeutic health effects in prevention of many diseases, including cancer and arthritis.

Celebrate this tea and a enter to win !!

 ~Ancient Forest is a black tea, contains caffeine ~

To enter- visit the Love & Tea Facebook Fan Page, leave a comment and telling us what most appeals to you about this Ancient Forest tea. Comments will close on Aug. 30th...   The winner will be randomly selected.


Thursday, August 16, 2012


 As I sit here and write this post, holding my youngest on my lap,  I am cherishing moments I spend with my family. This week I have been taking more time then usual to enjoy the simple, magical gifts of life: savoring cup of tea,  honoring visits from a ruby throat- ted  hummingbird, savoring a hug from my little ones and watching the graceful dance of the dragonfly's.

I've also been holding my children a little closer and making moments last a little longer, cherishing our time together.

All week I have not been able to stop thinking & praying for a little child for whom I never met, but feel a heart connection to, from simply being a mother.
My thoughts and prayers go out to my friend,  Lucy and her family @ Happy Womb, who almost lost her little one, this past week. Here is her blog;

I'm pleased to announce my guest blog feature, "Nourishing The New Mama" @ the Happy Womb, please stop by and say hello

Tonight I will make some quiet space to sit, sip tea and light a candle to cherish and set my intentions for tomorrows New Moon.