Cool Down With: Pineapple Breathing Space* Popsicles

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Perfect for picnics in the park, sunny beach days, or enjoying at home. These minty, tropical treats come with an extra boost of immunity supporting herbs like echinacea, elderflower, and eucalyptus to help fight summer allergies.*

 Pineapple Breathing Space* Popsicles

Ingredients:
– 2 Breathing Space* tea bags- 1/2 cup water
– 1/3-1/2 cup sugar
– 1 Tbsp mint leaves
– 1/4 cup mint leaves
– 3 1/2 cups chopped pineapple

Instructions:
1. Bring water, 1 Tbsp mint leaves and sugar to a boil, stir until sugar is dissolved.2. Add tea bags and steep tea for 10 minutes.
3. Combine 1/4 cup mint leaves, pineapple, and mint/sugar/tea liquid in a blender.
4. Blend until smooth.
5. Pour into popsicle molds or cups and add popsicle sticks.
6. Freeze for 5 hours or until completely frozen.
Enjoy!
Makes approximately ten popsicles.

Recipe inspired by http://thecornerkitchenblog.com/pineapple-mint-popsicles/

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Wellness Iced Tea: Cranberry Lime Detox

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Cranberry Lime Detox Iced Tea

Ingredients:
– 2 cups water
5 tea bags of Simply Detox Wellness Tea*
Juice of 3 limes
1 cup cranberry juice
3 Tbsp
honey (or to taste, less if using sweetened cranberry juice)
– 1 cup sparkling water
– ice

Instructions:
1. Begin by boiling fresh, filtered water.
2. Place tea bags in heat safe measuring cup.
3. Pour 1 cup of boiled water over tea bags.
4. Steep tea for 5-10 minutes and then remove the tea bags.
5. Add honey to the hot tea and stir to dissolve.
6. Add 1 cup of cool water to tea and honey mixture.
7. In a pitcher or serving container pour in tea mixture, cranberry juice, lime juice, sparkling water, and stir.
9. Add ice to pitcher to chill.
10. Serve over ice with a lime wedge and mint as garnish.
Makes approximately four 8oz servings.

We hope you’ve been making tasty iced teas with us this Iced Tea Month. Check back next week for another iced tea recipe featuring our White Peony!

Learn how to make the best iced tea from tea bags and loose leaf with our guide here.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Self Care Pledge Week 4: Mental Health & Happiness

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After learning useful ways to handle stress, creating good habits for restful sleep and energy, and exploring the importance of healthy eating, we move on to our final self care topic: Mental Health & Happiness.

Here are some of our favorite self care actions that can make a big difference in staying positive, focusing on your goals, and overcoming life’s challenges, large and small.

Mental Health & Happiness:

  • Write down one thing you’re grateful for in your life, and place the paper somewhere you’ll see every day. We often forget to appreciate the things we have during times of stress and chaos and having this list handy can be a quick way to remind yourself of the important things in your life.
  • Try yoga poses for relaxation and meditation. Have you ever tried pairing yoga poses with tea?
  • Have tea time with a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while (or give them a call if they’re far away).
  • Pat yourself on the back (literally, if you want!), and compliment yourself on a recent accomplishment. No need to be humble!
  • Break up the monotony by planning a weekend getaway, take a walk somewhere unfamiliar, try a new restaurant or recipe, or volunteer. A change of pace can help relieve feelings of stagnation.

May might be coming to an end, but practicing self care should be a year ’round routine. Focusing regularly on your personal well-being can keep you positive, successful, and fulfilled, resulting in a healthier, happier you.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Recipe: Hibiscus Mocktails

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Whether you’re celebrating alone, with friends, or with your partner, these Hibiscus Mocktails are perfect for Valentine’s Day. With its bright red hue and sweet-tart taste, you won’t even miss the alcohol (but vodka would be an easy addition, if you did want to imbibe!).

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/3 cup honey (or to taste)
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • 6 tea bags of Hibiscus Heart (our Blackberry Hibiscus would work well, too)
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • Ice
  • Homemade Lemon-Lime Soda:
    • Juice of ½ lime
    • Juice of ½ lemon
    • 1 ½ cups club soda or tonic water

Instructions:
Bring honey and water to a boil in a saucepan, stir and dissolve the honey. Remove the honey and water mixture from the heat and add the tea bags. Steep the tea for five minutes, remove the tea bags and let the mixture cool completely.

Pour the tea mixture into a cocktail shaker and add one cup of ice. Pour in the coconut water and lime juice, place the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously until chilled. Strain evenly into four glasses and top each off with the homemade lemon-lime soda. Serve immediately.

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Recipe inspired by and adapted from: http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/virgin-hibiscus-cosmopolitan

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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Announcing Four New Wellness Teas!

2015WellnessTeas We’re excited to announce the arrival of four new teas joining our Wellness Teas* collection! As with our original eight Wellness Teas*, these four new flavorful, functional blends were formulated for everyday health in partnership with Bastyr University, the largest accredited natural health university in the U.S. In addition to being certified organic, the four new blends are also Non-GMO Project Verified. Meet our new teas!

Beauty Detox* Encourage natural detoxification from the inside out with this fragrant blend.* Aromatic jasmine green tea supports skin health and is accompanied by burdock root, which aids liver function and promotes clear skin.* With calming chamomile, this cup is a delicious addition to any skincare regimen.*

Expecting Baby* Promote a happy, healthy pregnancy with this calming cup.* Soothing and aromatic, this tea features raspberry leaf, which supports the female reproductive system and prepares the uterus for baby.* Nourishing nettle, uplifting peppermint, and rose petals round out this gentle cup.*

Hibiscus Heart* Promote the health of your cardiovascular system with this full-bodied, tangy blend.* Hibiscus has traditionally been used to support healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels that are already within a normal range.* Hawthorn berry strengthens the heart and is a leading cardiac health herb in western herbalism.* Raise a rich, delicious cup to your heart’s health.*

Body Stress Relief* This cooling and rejuvenating blend features ashwagandha, a long-trusted Ayurvedic herb that promotes balanced hormones and a healthy immune system.* Comforting meadowsweet and turmeric, powerful elderberry, and soothing dandelion leaf and plantain complement this rich, satisfying cup.*

Shop these new teas and the entire Wellness Line* here. A portion of every purchase supports the Bastyr University Student Scholarship Fund, helping advance the research and practice of natural medicine.

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The entire Wellness Teas* line!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Visit Us at the Northwest Tea Festival October 5th & 6th!

NWTF2013The premiere tea festival in the Pacific Northwest, the Northwest Tea Festival, will delight long-time tea lovers and new fans of all ages with tea tastings, classes, lectures and great shopping with local vendors.  Just in time for the official kick-off of “Tea Season,” the festival will once again be held October 5th and 6th, 2013 in the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109.

The Northwest Tea Festival is offering products, information and seminars for more than 2,000 tea lovers and aspiring tea professionals.  The goal is to provide experiences covering all aspects of tea, from the cultural to the historical and the sensory to the scientific.

At our Choice Organic Teas booth, we’ll be serving samples of our new Wellness Teas and  selling select teas from our collection. Please note, we are only accepting cash and check for purchases.

Entry to the Northwest Tea Festival is free to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 which includes a free porcelain tasting teacup and festival bag.  Select lectures and tastings may require additional fees. Seating is limited and pre-registration is suggested and available on the festival’s website, www.nwteafestival.com. Hours for the Tea Festival are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5th and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6th.

New highlights this year will be the Tea in History Art Show, Raku Tea Bowl firing demonstrations, and a Korean Tea Ceremony performance.   Additionally, Mike & Emeric Harney of Harney & Sons and James Norwood Pratt, noted tea author, will be featured presenters.  Other sponsors this year include: Perennial Tea Room, Ito En, Harney & Sons, Choice Organic Teas, Smacha, Bunn, and Northwest Folklife.  A list of this year’s vendors may be found by clicking: http://www.nwteafestival.com/vendor13.php

Returning features of the tea festival include:

  • Appearances and teaching by James Norwood Pratt, author and world recognized authority on tea and tea lore, including “James Norwood Pratt’s NEW Tea Lover’s Treasury”
  • A full line-up of presentations and workshops on tea and related topics
  • Our perennially favorite tea tastings – try new teas and discover new favorites!
  • The Wu-wo Tea Ceremony
  • Tea and teaware vendors from the Pacific Northwest and across the country showcasing  their teas, beautiful teacups, teapots, and tea accessories

For more information on the Northwest Tea Festival visit our web site:  www.nwteafestival.com.