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Abacus-cadabacus, Focus Pocus! 🔮 📚

It’s back to school time and whether you’re doing your classes in person or virtually, you’ll probably need a little mental pick-me-up! To help you out with this, we’re featuring Focus Pocus as our Wellness Tea of the Month! Our brain-fog busting blend of powerful organic adaptogenic herbs; Ashwaganda, Tulsi, Brahmi, and Yerba Maté, give you the boost and peace of mind needed when those classes start up again! 

Focus Pocus contains caffeine from Yerba Maté. Yerba Maté has the strength of coffee and the health benefits of tea! Scientific studies (on animals) show that Yerba Maté improves short-term memory, enhances cognitive function and delivers a megadose of nutrition to your brain! Yerba Maté leaves contain 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, and an abundance of antioxidants, no other plant in the world has a higher nutritional value!

Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi, is another herb you may be familiar with, it is one of the most widely-known adaptogenic herbs on the market. An adaptogen is a natural substance that helps your body adapt to stress and promotes mental balance. Scientific studies shows that holy basil has pharmacological properties that help your mind cope with many types of stress, exhaustion, sleep problems and forgetfulness. According to studies done by the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, Holy Basil has antidepressant and anti-anxiety properties comparable to diazepam and other antidepressant drugs. These studies found that people who took Holy Basil as a supplement felt less anxious, stressed, depressed, and alternatively more social!

Brahmi, also known as bacopa, water hyssop, and herb of grace, has been used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic medicine as a memory and learning enhancer. Brahmi enhances the three aspects of memory which include long term memory, short term memory and retaining capacity. It has a positive effect on the hippocampus part of the brain that is responsible for intelligence, concentration and memory. Interestingly, the Brahmi leaf is shaped like a cerebellum, the part of the brain which helps in controlling concentration and memory.  Brahmi decreases the levels of cortisol, which is known as the stress hormone.  Research has also shown that Brahmi may help reduce ADHD symptoms; two studies in children found that supplementation of Brahmi significantly reduced ADHD symptoms, such as restlessness, poor self-control, inattention, and impulsivity in 85% of the test group! Other studies have proven Brahmi to be effective at lowering cortisol levels, thus reducing stress and anxiety.

A rising star on the herbal adaptogenic scene, Ashwaganda nourishes adrenal fatigue and a tapped-out nervous system. Ashwaganda root helps balance the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, or HPA axis, the central part of the stress response system, reducing cortisol levels, improving our ability to deal with stress, and improving sleep patterns! Anxiety is one of the main causes of insomnia and disruptive sleep cycles, so Ashwagandha is superb for those who are chronically tired and suffering from stress-related exhaustion.

Though not the main ingredients in this blend, cacao and peppermint add to the brain boosting effects of this tea! Regularly eating cacao was linked to improvements in working memory and visual information processing. Polyphenols in cacao were also found to increase calmness and contentedness and the flavanols could also enhance normal cognitive functioning and have a protective role on cognitive performance. Peppermint is shown to stimulate the hippocampus and increase oxygen saturation thus increasing alertness, memory, and enhancing cognitive functions. These two ingredients also adds a light mint-chocolatey taste that complements the Yerba Maté base!

Pair this with our Cinnamon Honey for an extra serotonin and dopamine boost!

Grab a bag of Focus Pocus for the student in your life, on sale through September 15th for $8!

Antioxidants & the Spirit of Life!

 

Like traditional teas, herbal infusions are very often rich in antioxidants, and this month's Wellness Tea of the Month is no exception! What makes Spirit of Life so special is the type of antioxidants it contains, glutathione and aspalathin.

Aspalathin, which is found only in rooibos tea, has anti-diabetic properties, meaning it helps people with diabetes reduce their risk of vascular inflammation and atherosclerosis.

Glutathione, a powerful antioxidant, is one of the most protective molecules in the human body and has been shown to protect against inflammation, toxins, free radicals and pathogens. Think of it as your body’s own natural detoxifier. Without adequate levels of glutathione, you are at increased risk of some of the most serious health conditions, including stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and heart disease. When levels are adequate or high, you’ll not only have protection from the conditions above, but you’ll have amazing energy, glowing skin, healthy detoxification, and stronger heart and brain function.

Talk about the Spirit of LifeAlmost all of the ingredients, including ginger, cinnamon, lemongrass and cardamom, have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, as well as diuretic and detoxifying effects! It seems that whatever ails you or has you dragging a bit, this tisane can help! It really covers so many bases and is the epitome of a wellness tea!

We love Spirit of Life paired with our Orange Blossom Honey for a bigger antioxidant boost! Read more about the "Surprisingly Sweet Side Effect of Raw Honey" on your health here!


*On Sale from July 15th- August 12th*
$12 a bag or $2.50 at the bar!

Catch Some Seriously Sweet Sleep with this Honey Hack! 😴

 

Lucky are those who sleep well for 8 hours straight. For some, getting a proper night’s sleep is near impossible and for many this involves midnight trips to the fridge. Dealing with insomnia can be really frustrating and being unable to sleep well for several nights in a row affects everyday life and performance. Fortunately there is an easy (and tasty!) remedy that can help you get a smooth and sound night’s sleep. And it works like magic!

This trick, backed by science will help you fall asleep almost instantly, dramatically improve the quality and length of your sleep and wake up refreshed and energetic everyday!

Thirty minutes before going to bed, take a teaspoon of your favorite raw honey with a sprinkle of sea salt and let it dissolve under your tongue. These two ingredients help prepare the body to rest throughout the whole night. The sugar contained in honey elevates the levels of insulin in the blood slightly, which then releases serotonin. When we are in a dark room, serotonin converts to melatonin which promotes restorative sleep. Honey also contains an adequate amount of glucose which the liver converts to glycogen for the brain. If there isn’t enough glycogen to provide fuel for the brain, the adrenal glands dump more stress hormones, namely, adrenaline and cortisol. And high amounts of these hormones contribute to disrupted sleep and consequently low energy in your hours awake.

The other ingredient in this magic mixture is sea salt. Sea salt can also help lower stress hormones, such as cortisol. Low levels of sodium can cause blood volume to decrease. The sympathetic nervous system responds by activating adrenaline and triggering the fight or flight response that then makes it difficult to get to sleep, and also remain asleep. Salt also helps in the production of energy so it will be sustained throughout the night. This, in addition to raw honey, reduces the impact of spikes in stress hormones, like cortisol that make you wake up in the middle of the night.

So tonight, grab your favorite jar of Saratoga Tea & Honey mono-floral or infused honey, get a nice spoonful and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and look forward to bedtime knowing that within moments you will be quickly drifting off into (and remaining in) a deep, restorative sleep!


For extra help, try our Field of Dreams herbal tisane! We also sell a sweet Field of Dreams Gift Basket with our Spanish Lavender Honey and a Moonspoon cherry wood tea infuser and honey dipper!

Strengthen your Immuni-tea!

Now more than ever, we all seem to be making a more conscious effort to keep our immune systems strong and healthy to help our bodies fight the nasties we may come in contact with. While we will not promise any miracle cures or preventatives, we do promise you the best tasting, organic herbal tisanes to add to your wellness routine! 

This month our featured wellness tisane is Flu Shot ®,  one of our most popular herbals in our “medicine cabinet.” This house blend of citrus and spices is loaded with immune-strengthening herbs, roots and spices and it is so delicious!  Our customers will testify, it just makes you feel better and have a happier day! Who doesn’t need that these days? Keep reading for the health benefits of the ingredients that make up our beloved blend.

Our Flu Shot ® tisane is crafted with the perfect combination of sweet and spice. The citrusy notes from lemongrass, lemon verbena and lemon peel compliment the sweetness of ceylon cinnamon and sarsaparilla, and soften the astringency and spice from turmeric, ginger and black pepper. 

Bright, slightly sweet, and herbaceous lemon verbena has long been used by herbalist as an expectorant; loosening up and removing mucus from the lungs and sinus passages, verbena can aid in providing relief from the symptoms of colds, coughs, flu, asthma, and sinus and respiratory infections. It is also helpful in reducing fever in the body. Sharp and tangy lemongrass has antibacterial properties that can help you cope with a cold, allergies or the flu. Plus, it is loaded with Vitamin C that strengthens your immunity. It also is packed with antioxidants, which means that it can lower your body’s levels of free radicals. Free radicals are essentially molecules that are out of balance, and high levels of them are believed to make us more susceptible to many diseases. The addition of lemon peel, not only adds a lovely brightness to Flu Shot ®, it also contributes an impressive nutritional boost of vitamin C, the minerals calcium and potassium and flavonoids which may stimulate your body’s immune system to protect your health!

Flu Shot ® features naturally sweet Ceylon cinnamon, the good stuff! Ceylon cinnamon contains potent antibacterial, antiviral, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as large amounts of highly potent polyphenol antioxidants.  Long used in Ayurvedic medicine to control inflammation and pain and for upper respiratory issues, turmeric contains curcumin, a compound with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Zesty and warming ginger also revered for its anti-inflammatory properties, is another ingredient that helps to break down mucus and improve circulation to the lungs.

Lastly, we’ve included both black peppercorn and sweet sarsaparilla in this blend. Both are often used in herbal mixes to act as a “synergist.” In other words, it’s thought that they increase the bioavailability and absorption of other herbs, making their health promoting properties more effective! Sarsaparilla is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and has also been studied to show activity against harmful bacteria and other microorganisms. Though surely not as effective as modern-day antibiotics, it has proven useful to help lighten the bacterial load in the body. 

As you can see Flu Shot ® contains an arsenal of “antis”, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory! Added to your daily routine, tisanes like Flu Shot ® may help to decrease inflammation in your body. While inflammation is incredibly important, as it helps your body fight infections and repair tissue damage, it is harmful if it becomes chronic. Many of the foods we like to consume combined with the stressful lives we live, can create unnecessary inflammation in our bodies. Adding ingredients like those found in our Flu Shot ® can help balance out some of those stressors. Also worth mentioning, and the note I will end this blog on, whether enjoying a hot cup of Flu Shot ® or one of our other eighty-something teas and tisanes… scientists in the UK have studied and found that preparing and enjoying hot tea reduces stress levels by up to a quarter! All the more reason to put on the kettle and prepare yourself a cuppa!

Through April 14th, Flu Shot ® is on sale for $10 a bag, you can order online to pickup in-store (sidewalk/curbside to be more specific) or shipped to your door! At this moment, we are also still preparing cups of tea to-go, just call and pay ahead and we will bring it outside to you, with a smile! By the cup, Flu Shot ® is on sale for $2.50. We so look forward to the day when we can open our doors and welcome our communiTEA back into the store to catch up and enjoy a cup together once again! We love you all and we thank you so much for supporting our small business during these trying times. Bee well and stay strong! We are all in this together <3

 

Love Your Liver ♥

 

Welcome back to another Wellness Wednesday! This month we are featuring an herbal tisane crafted specifically to detox our livers, Teatoxify

Toxins are literally everywhere; they are in our food, our air, our water, in the products we clean with and those we apply to our skin. Our livers are one of the most important organs; responsible for filtering out those toxins, neutralizing chemicals, manufacturing bile, and a variety of enzymatic processes to both break down and create compounds necessary for our bodies to function! Our livers work very VERY hard, and non-stop, and sometimes it can get overburdened and need our support. Now, don’t you want to support your liver? It tries its gosh darndest to take good care of you, so we should be diligent about protecting it from damage and keeping it functioning at its optimum best! So show your liver some love with Teatoxify, our herbal tisane blend intended to support and detoxify, so your liver can continue to do its job and do it more effectively. A healthy liver makes a healthy person!

Teatoxify is composed of some incredible ingredients, some you may know very well and some you may have never heard of! One of the latter may be, Burdock Root, which is well-known for supporting your liver. It contains a large number of minerals to replenish what can be lost in the detox process, and because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, has also been shown heal liver cells from damage caused by alcohol, acetaminophen, and other liver-damaging toxins. It also increases glutathione production, the body's most powerful detoxifier! Milk Thistle Seed is another liver-loving herb, you may have heard. Similar to Burdock, it has the incredible ability to help ease inflammation and promote cell repair, healing damage inflicted onto our livers. Milk Thistle was once used to prevent death from the ingestion of poisonous plants and to this day, many poison control centers in Europe keep it on hand for such cases. Dandelion, the same weed you find all over your yard, is well-known to help maintain proper liver function by detoxifying the liver and improving the flow of bile. One of the lesser known ingredients we have in our blends is Pau d’Arco. This bark is rich in Quercetin, an antioxidant flavonol shown to neutralize toxins, therefore aiding the liver in its blood cleansing function! Last, but not least, one of our favorite superstar spices, ginger! Ginger is shown to reduce oxidative stress on the liver, decrease insulin resistance and inhibit inflammation, protecting against fatty liver disease, an increasingly common condition nearing epidemic proportions. Ginger, you never cease to amaze us...

Combined, these botanicals have a warm, comforting flavor. Stop in today to enjoy a cup or buy a bag, Teatoxify is on sale for a limited time! 

Disclaimer: You may drink up to 2 servings of this tisane daily, but as with any of our medicinal herbal blends, we recommend speaking to your doctor before consuming if you have any serious health concerns.

Introducing Wellness Wednesday!

Did you know that herbs and spices have been historically used for centuries for their antimicrobial properties to increase the safety and shelf life of food products by acting as a shield against pathogens and bacteria that would otherwise spoil the foods? Plants with antimicrobial properties have also been long used in traditional medicine as treatment for viruses and bacterial infections! Here at Tea & Honey, we like to keep things as natural as possible, so when our throats start to itch and our noses begin to get a little sniffly, we brew up a pot of one of our medicinal tisanes... and take a few teaspoons of raw honey for good measure!

We want to keep our communiTEA healthy and happy because getting sick is no fun, so we’re starting off this new year with a new special! Each month, we will feature an herbal tisane from our Wellness Collection and offer it at a discounted price by the cup and by the bag! This month we are featuring one of our newer tisanes, and one that we think will help many in our communiTEA during this cold and flu season; Inhale.

Inhale was created using only the best organic and wildcrafted ingredients known to support the respiratory system and soothe the nervous system. Who doesn’t need a little of that this time of year? You may be wondering what these magical herbs and spices are and why they are beneficial… so here’s the rundown!

The main ingredient and rockstar in Inhale is *Blue Vervain. This herb, from the Verbenaceae family, has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, and analgesic properties and has long been used to treat upper respiratory infections. Blue Vervain acts as an expectorant and can help expel mucus and phlegm that accumulate in the respiratory tracts. We’ve included peppermint to help this whole process along, by soothing the throat, opening the sinuses, and helping to break down mucus. Perhaps one of the more unexpected ingredients, licorice, is known to help relax bronchial spasms, and may provide alleviation from upper respiratory infections.

Now to spice things up! Ginger, revered for its anti-inflammatory properties, also helps to break down mucus and improve circulation to the lungs.  Fennel seeds are packed with anti-inflammatory volatile oils and antioxidants that can help keep the risk of a cold or the flu at bay. Cinnamon and cardamom, both antibacterial and antimicrobial, can help prevent a bacterial infection that could affect the lungs. They also taste pretty amazing! Cardamom has the added benefit of being analgesic, it is not only cooling and soothing but also acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory. And that’s it! As you can see, Inhale is an all natural herbal infusion made up of some pretty amazing antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Now for our little testimony… Our Queen Bee, Hayley, caught a cold when we were blending new tisanes last spring; before this hit the shelves she decided to put it to the test. She drank this infusion 3-4 times a day for a couple of days and by the third day she was feeling great! Now, we’re not saying that this tisane is going to make your sickness disappear immediately but it may help shorten the duration of your cold or flu! So, what do you think? Will you come in and enjoy a deep breath with this uplifting, purifying herbal infusion?

On sale from 1/15/20 - 2/11/20 for $2.50 by the cup and $10 for a bag!

 

* Blue Vervain is not recommended for use during pregnancy or lactation.