Dye Your Easter Eggs with Choice Organic Teas

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Did you know that tea can provide great, unique colors for dyeing eggs? Using tea is a fun way to use what you’ve got in your pantry and avoid food coloring or other dyes.

Here’s what you’ll need for each cup of dye:
– 3 tea bags
– Hot Water
– 1 1/2 Tbsp Vinegar
– Approximately 2 hours

Here are the teas we used for the various colors:
Brown: Masala Chai
Yellow: Premium Japanese Green and Breathing Space
Grey: Blackberry Hibiscus and Hibiscus Heart

easteregg1What do to:
– Place three tea bags of desired color in each cup
– Pour hot water over the tea bags and steep the tea
– Add 2 Tbsp of vinegar in each cup
– Put one hard-boiled egg in each cup for up to 2 hours to achieve desired color.

Try something a bit different:
– Immediately after removing the egg from the tea, apply a damp sponge to add texture to the color.
– Experiment and adding blueberries or blackberries to some of your teas to create purples and blues.
– Dip in vegetable oil to add a light sheen.

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Did you try it? Be sure to take a photo and share it with us on Instagram and Facebook (@ChoiceOrganicTeas) or Twitter (@ChoiceOrganicT)!

Yoga+Tea = The Perfect Pair

Are you an aspiring yogi? Maybe you’re looking for new ways to enhance your practice? We’ve got a great guide to pairing some of your favorite poses with delicious Choice Organic Teas to make the most of your yoga session.

yogawellness4Mountain Pose – this is often the first standing pose in many yoga practices, and brings the yogi to a calming place, feet firmly planted, eyes closed, palms touching. Bancha Hojicha, a toasted green tea with earthy notes that are refreshing and renewing, is an ideal tea for grounding and centering the mind and body as one begins his or her practice.

Sun Salutation – a very active flow or vinyasa pose that blends standing in mountain pose, forward bend, downward facing dog, and upward facing dog in one smooth flow. A stimulating tea such as Energy Boost from the Wellness Teas* line pairs well with sun salutations.masalachaiyogaHalf Moon Pose – an extension of the triangle pose, the half moon pose adds a little more “heat” to the practice, requiring balance and strength. A spicy tea like Masala Chai pairs well with this pose.

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The Tree Pose, perfect with a cup of Chamomile tea.

Tree Pose – also a balancing, grounding pose in a standing position. Chamomile for calming or Genmaicha for nourishing would pair well with this pose.

Cat/Cow Pose – an active pose from table position (on hands and knees) alternating arching and rounding the back just like a cat or a cow. Classic Earl Grey with just a touch of caffeine is perfect for relishing this pose.

Pranayama – Uddiyana Bandha, is a method done on the pause after the exhalation where the lower abdomen and diaphragm are then drawn upwards. Uddiyana Bandha is cleansing for the organs, a massage and an exercise for the diaphragm, and a bonus for the digestive and nervous systems. Enjoy this cleansing breath with Simply Detox from the Wellness Teas* line with its purifying qualities.

And last, the most restful of poses…
Child’s Pose – this is a great mid-practice pose as a rest between strenuous poses or a brief pause between sets of poses. Lemon Lavender Mint enhances well-being and has just enough soothing energy but enough zing to move back into the practice.

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Why Tea Bags Aren’t Necessarily Lower Quality Than Loose Leaf Teas

One commonly held belief in the tea world is that loose leaf teas are always superior in quality and flavor to their tea bag counterparts. While this may be true in many cases, it is not a hard-and-fast rule. If you’ve always thought this was the case, we hope the following explanation will give you a better picture of what’s really inside your tea bag or loose tea container.

The quality and flavor of your tea boils down to the quality and flavor of the leaves, not the format and cut they are. And the way the teas are grown and processed determines their quality, not the size of the leaf pieces themselves.  While some companies do camouflage low quality teas or “tea dust” in their bags, what’s most important is the sourcing and handling of the teas, and each company chooses the quality of teas that they sell either bagged or loose.

In fact, as far as flavor is concerned, tea bag cut teas often deliver stronger flavors and brew faster, since the smaller particles offer more surface area of tea leaves being steeped compared to fewer, larger pieces.

We pride ourselves on sourcing certified organic and Fair Trade teas made from the first two leaves and bud that we sell as both loose leaf and tea bags. For that very reason, our teas are better quality than many that you’ll find in the market, whether bagged or loose leaf. With our brand, it really comes down to personal preference of which you choose to enjoy, since no matter the format, you’ll find quality, delicious teas.