The Tea Blog – News & Notes from The Republic of Tea

The World’s Rarest Teas

Here at The Republic of Tea, we know better than anyone the lasting appeal of a perfect Earl Grey or Green Loose Leaf tea, but there’s something to be said for rare teas. Rare teas are the showstoppers and conversation-starters.

Often when people think of rare tea, Pu-erh tea is what comes to mind. This is because Pu-erh is produced in small batches and aged in precise conditions that encourage natural bacterial fermentation, similar to a fine red wine. The process may not sound appetizing, but trust us when we say that Pu-erh tea delivers hauntingly delicious flavor, each sip an echo back in time to the town in the Yunnan Province of China from which it gets its name.

But there are other teas that are rarer. Here’s a rundown of some of the world’s most unique teas:

A Taste of Gold…

Most people enjoy and appreciate gold – it is a metal that makes for a nice wedding ring or anniversary necklace – but few would consider drinking tea made from gold-painted leaves. If you really want to impress your guests, you might stock up on Yellow Gold Tea Buds, a rare tea from Singapore that is actually painted in real gold. Or you could simply serve one of our most popular teas to win rave reviews without having to put metal in your mouth!

Da Hong Pao – Oolong Winner

This Wuyi oolong tea commands top dollar at the tea auctions in part because of its rich history that dates back to the Ming Dynasty. According to legend, a Ming emperor’s mother was cured of an illness by drinking this Da Hong Pao tea, and three of the original bushes from which the curative tea originated still exist. The tea is steeped in ancient legend, and we all know that a good story always makes for better-tasting tea!

For a tea that tastes like a million bucks but only costs a few, take a look at our Wuyi Oolong full-leaf tea.

Gyokuro – A Sensational Sencha

This expensive Japanese tea is shaded for up to three weeks before harvesting, which results in a sweet flavor and distinct aroma. Gyokuro is a sencha tea made from leaves that are pampered from seedling to cultivation, and this premium tea sells for $65 per 100 grams. Try our delicious Sencha Kyoto Full-Leaf – a steal at only $18.50 for 50 cups!

The Republic of Tea’s Rare Teas

Although you will not find gold-leaf tea in our catalog, we do have a collection of rare teas that we’re quite proud of. Take, for example, our poetically-named Sky Between the Branches, a pure green tea harvested on the banks of Qiushiu River in the Wuyi Mountains of China. The poetry does not stop with the name – when you take your first sip of our Gu Zhang Mao Jian Tea you’ll taste the rhythm and meter of chestnut mingling with delicate grassy undertones, and maybe even a slant rhyme of silver.

To experience a rare 100% white tea, try our Silver Rain White Full-Leaf. Tea lovers will appreciate the gentle and delicate flavor of this silver needle white tea from China’s China’s Fujian Province.

Craving smoke and chocolate? You’ll find hints of both, as well as a touch of complex mystery, in our Keemun 1110 Full-Leaf rare tea.  This tea is a proud winner in the North American Tea Championship Keemun Tea category.

We hope you enjoyed our brief glimpse into the top echelons of the tea world! Here at The Republic of Tea, we make it our mission to bring you the world’s best tea at a fair price so that you can enjoy cup after cup, day after day. After all, teatime is one of life’s great pleasures, and opportunities for pleasure in life should never be rare.

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How to Experience the Japanese Tea Ceremony for Yourself

A Matcha Made in Heaven…

Can you imagine a tea ceremony so ancient and treasured that it is precisely orchestrated down to the tiniest detail? A ceremony that has been performed exactly the same way – with great solemnity and respect – for centuries?  You can tap into the spirit of Japanese culture by having your own version of the Japanese tea ceremony at home. Here’s how:

What is the Japanese Tea Ceremony?

Also called The Way of Tea, the Japanese Tea Ceremony revolves around glorious green matcha tea. Matcha is different from other types of tea in that it is a fine-ground powder made from Japanese green tea leaves. The bright green matcha powder is whisked in a bowl with hot water to form a frothy, nutrient-rich beverage. During the tea ceremony, the host meticulously cleans the tea tools, prepares the tea, and then shares the tea with guests before cleaning the tools again. The Japanese Tea Ceremony is rooted in respect and reflection – watch one here.

The Tools of the Trade

You can get a taste for the Japanese Tea Ceremony by investing in a few simple matcha accessories. Here at The Republic of Tea, we have everything you need to make beautiful and delicious matcha tea the authentic way.

For starters, you will need to decide what kind of matcha to make. Our matcha powder comes to you directly from the tea gardens of Japan, where the finest green tea leaves are ground to a soft powder at the peak of freshness. We offer premium quality matcha tea bags like Organic Double Green, organic matcha powder as well as exciting variations like U-Matcha Yuzu, and U-Matcha Ginger.

Once you have your matcha powder, you only need three simple tools to make authentic matcha at home – a bowl, a spoon, and a whisk. The preparation is easy – just spoon your matcha powder into the bowl, add hot (just short of boiling) water, and whisk until a nice foam forms on the surface. The resulting tea will be vibrant green in color with a healthful and refreshing taste.

Even if you do not own a kimono, you can still experience the tranquility of a Japanese Tea Ceremony in your own home – you simply need to carve out time to reflect and appreciate every moment as you carefully prepare your matcha tea.

Where Can I Find a Real Japanese Tea Ceremony?

Here in the United States, it can be hard to find an authentic tea ceremony. They do exist, though, and true matcha tea lovers will find it well worth the effort to seek them out.  Generally speaking, museums and embassies are a good place to start. If you’re on the East Coast, be sure to look up Urasenke Philadelphia. On the West Coast, Hakone is a beautiful destination that celebrates Japanese tea and culture.  One of our favorites is Japan House located at the University of Illinois.  If you know of any wonderful tea gardens in between, be sure to share your favorites with us!

Because of the growing Western interest in ancient Eastern tea rituals, The American Tea Masters Association has developed an American Tea Ceremony that is modeled on the ancient Japanese and Chinese practices. It’s fascinating to see how the ceremony has been adapted to suit modern tea drinkers, while maintaining a strong tie to the past.

Thanks for taking the time to learn a bit about the Japanese Tea Ceremony and how to perform your own at home.

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Tea Professions – 5 Fascinating Jobs for the Tea-Obsessed

Passionate tea drinkers like us can never have enough. Even when we’re not drinking tea, we often find ourselves thinking about it – eagerly anticipating that next delicious cup and the pure happiness it elicits.

Tea is a sophisticated and varied beverage, as you know from browsing the hundreds of green, black, white, oolong, and herbal teas we offer. Just like there are many different types of tea, there are many different career options available to tea lovers all around the world. Let’s take a look at a few of the more interesting tea jobs out there:

Tea Taster – What a Job!

We have these men and women – and their discerning taste buds – to thank for the premium quality teas we steep at home. Tea tasters spend years cultivating a taste for the perfect tea flavors, seeking out crops that provide the ideal blend of color, aroma, texture, and flavor profile. Depending on the type of tea tasted, words like “earthy”, “vegetal”, “smoky”, “deep”, “sweet”, “subtle”, “light”, and “bright” might be used to describe its taste. You can count on the tea tasters from the world’s largest tea gardens to tease out the best of any crop.

Plantation Worker – Green Thumbs Up!

These are the people who plant, grow, and nurture the tea plants. They strive to create ideal conditions for the plants to thrive and then pluck the tea leaves when the time is right. Tea and Herb plantations abound in India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, South Africa, and many other areas of the world.

Factory ManagerFrom Field to Cup

The folks who serve as factory managers develop an intimate relationship with the tea they oversee. From planting to harvesting to packaging for auction houses, factory managers are in charge of ensuring quality standards are met at each stage of the production process.

Tea Broker – Giving Tea a Grade

Tea brokers (a.k.a. tea auctioneers) are industry insiders who play a valuable role in the buying and selling of tea. They test and grade samples that come to auction from the world’s tea gardens, use their connections and background knowledge to facilitate trades, monitor tea warehouses, and do additional marketing and research as required.

Tea Scholar – Studying Tea in the World

If you enjoy taking your tea with a generous side of history, you just might have what it takes to be a tea scholar. Tea experts like Roy Fong have built careers on their extensive knowledge of tea – from its history in various parts of the world to the proper way to serve tea to guests.

So there you have it! Five jobs that revolve around the drink we love best.

Here at The Republic of Tea, we are in the business of finding the world’s best tea and sharing it with you. We invite you to browse our current open Minister positions for other career options for the tea-obsessed. We hope you have enjoyed our brief run-down of tea jobs, and we hope that your profession, whatever it is, brings you as much joy and satisfaction as a fine cup of tea.

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Tea and Yoga – Meditation in Two Acts

What do tea and yoga have in common?

Drinking tea and practicing yoga are ancient practices steeped in history, both have been used for centuries as natural positive mood enhancers, and they each make you feel relaxed and present in your body.

It’s no surprise that many yoga studios serve tea to students after class – you are full of positive evergy, and a cup of tea enjoyed in the company of your fellow practitioners when you feel so refreshed is a beautiful thing.

Even if you do not belong to a yoga studio, you can reap the benefits of pairing yoga with tea from the comfort of your home. Not sure what to steep? Here are some suggestions from the resident yogis at The Republic of Tea.

1. Be Caffeine-Conscious – If your yoga session is in the morning, you can feel free to recharge with a healthful cup of matcha or green tea, or a full-flavored spiced chai tea. For most yogis, having caffeine in the morning is not an issue, so your options are wide open. Later in the day, you will need to be careful to limit your caffeine intake so as not to undo the relaxing benefits of your yoga practice! A calming herbal tea is a smart drink to enjoy after an evening yoga class – sip and reflect on your glowing wellness.

2. Incorporate Ayurvedic Spices - Up for a DIY project? You can make your own “yogi tea” at home – with or without caffeine – by simply combining black tea with traditional Ayurvedic spices such as cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, and ginger. This spice tea is usually sweetened with honey and served with milk. Find a basic recipe here.

3. Turn to Rooibos – We offer a collection of Be Active teas that pair beautifully with yoga and Pilates. Try Get Limber – Herb Tea for Flexibility or Get Restored – Herb Tea for Recovery to experience the power of green rooibos carefully combined with delicious fruit and herbal ingredients.

Tea drinkers and yoga practitioners alike know how relaxing and meditative it feels to sip a good cuppa hot tea.  Both tea and yoga have the ability to enrich your life, causing you to savor each moment just a little bit more. So the next time you emerge from Savasana pose, bright-eyed with your heart open wide, reach for a cup of tea and add some “Mmm…” to your “OM…”!

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Sip for Clean Water

On part of World Water Day celebrations, we’d like to emphasize the strong connection between clean water and nutrition. Access to clean water is critical for human beings to survive and to maintain nutrition in areas where a threat of waterborne diseases like Cholera are an everyday reality. Globally, nearly a billion people lack access to clean water, which results in millions of deaths each year that are 100% preventable.

The Republic of Tea’s nonprofit partner, Action Against Hunger, is a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger, working in more than 40 countries to save the lives of malnourished children while ensuring families have sustainable access to safe water and long-term solutions to hunger.

Action Against Hunger gets water and sanitation services to vulnerable communities around the world faced with unsafe drinking sources, water scarcity, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene while training and teaching these communities on how to care for it properly for long-term solutions to malnutrition. They install and decontaminate wells, install hand pumps, protect natural springs, pipe water into villages and rehabilitate damaged infrastructure to support lasting effects and save lives. Just recently, Action Against Hunger installed a comprehensive filtration and pumping system in Ziwani Village, located in Tana River County, Kenya.

Because of The Republic of Tea’s connection to the vital importance of clean water, we are proud to partner with Action Against Hunger through the development of our Sip for Clean Water initiative with Hibiscus Watermelon Tea Bags and Hibiscus Watermelon Iced Tea One Cuppa™. After all, water is essential to life and for making a cup of tea. We strive to encourage our Citizens (customers) to live life Sip by Sip and to lend a hand to those in need because we depend on one another for the wellbeing of the whole.

Sip by Sip Rather Than Gulp by Gulp….

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Tea for Hydration

We all know that we should be drinking more water. It seems like everyone – from health experts to personal trainers – wants us to drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay properly hydrated.

But that can be hard to accomplish, even for the most health-conscious individuals. Whether you get too busy, forget your water bottle at home while you run errands, or simply have a hard time enjoying the taste of water, there are challenges that prevent many of us from drinking the recommended daily amount of H2O.

Here’s the good news: tea counts as water! The beverage we all love so much – whether it’s green tea, black tea , or even herb tea – helps us stay hydrated and counts toward our eight-glass total.

Let’s put an old myth out to pasture before we proceed: People used to believe that caffeinated drinks, such as tea and coffee, actually stripped the body of water and therefore led to dehydration. This myth has been refuted by reputable sources such as WebMD and Huffington Post and we now know that the high water content in these drinks helps keep you hydrated.

Are you an herbal tea lover? These caffeine-free teas are wonderfully hydrating and endlessly interesting for your taste buds. With varieties like rooibos and chamomile, they make drinking more water a very enjoyable to-do to check off your list! In fact, we even have an herbal tea called Get Hydrated – Herb Tea for Refreshment – this popular tea contains refreshing hibiscus as well as natural electrolyte minerals to replenish lost fluids.

But there is no need to limit yourself to caffeine-free teas in order to stay hydrated. Even caffeinated varieties, from low-caffeine white tea to our new HiCAF™ strong teas, contribute much-needed water to your body.

So now you can put a tea kettle on and sip away with a smile knowing that you are doing your body a favor. Don’t you wish that all health goals were this easy (and delicious!) to reach?

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High Tea vs. Afternoon Tea – A Lesson in British Tea Terms

Precision matters. Whether it’s the careful cultivation of tea leaves, the timed-to-the-second steeping of a cup of green tea, or even the words we use to describe tea time, it’s important to get the details right.

After all, tea lovers care about the finer things, and they know that perfection is achieved through close attention to detail.

In the spirit of precision, let’s look at two different terms that we tend to use interchangeably on this side of the pond – “high tea” and “afternoon tea”.  While both occasions involve drinking tea, the similarities end there; in British society, there are significant differences between the two.

Afternoon Tea – A Classy Affair

Anyone who’s seen Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest or the ever-popular Downton Abbey has seen an afternoon tea. The delightful custom originated amongst the British upper class in the 1840s, and it is defined as a light meal taken between 4 and 6pm that consists of tea served with fancy delicacies like cucumber sandwiches, smoked salmon, scones, and little cakes. (You might also find a healthy portion of gossip on the menu!)

The middle class and working class adopted a version of afternoon tea as well for practical reasons: the sugar and caffeine in the tea helped to propel them through the rest of their workday, and the simple food (such as a small sandwich or baked scone) they chose to eat alongside their tea offered fortification.

High Tea – Would You Like Some Meat with That?

Also known as “meat tea”, high tea is another name for working class dinner. A far cry from tiny pastries and pinkies out, high tea is the meal that occurs between 5 and 7pm. This evening meal was first referred to as “high tea” in the 1800s to differentiate it from afternoon tea (“high” refers to the high dining tables on which this tea is served, and it also indicates that the meal occurs later in the day).

A typical high tea meal starts with a hot dish and is followed by cakes and bread with butter and jam.  Working class families, as well as middle-to upper-class children, finish their day with high tea.

There you have it. Afternoon tea is the fancy one and high tea is the meat-and-potatoes one. Tea underpins both occasions and gives everyone around the table, regardless of class or time of day, a reason to smile. Precisely!

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The Republic of Tea Debuts Innovative New Teas at Natural Products Expo West 2014

The Republic of Tea, leading purveyor of premium teas, will exhibit at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California March 7-9, 2014. The Republic of Tea will debut a new collection of BIODYNAMIC® TEAS and a brand new GET CLEAN STACKABLE TIN. They will also showcase many other new tea collections including: HICAF™ TEAS, ONE CUPPA™ TEAS and ICED TEA, DOWNTON ABBEY® TEAS and CUPPA CAKE™ TEAS. These and other fine teas from The Republic of Tea, including a new JACKFRUIT HONEY BLACK TEA, SUPERHERB™ TEA and two new ICED TEA LARGE TEA POUCHES, will be available at Booth #3938.

BIODYNAMIC® TEAS

The new line of 100% Biodynamic teas includes BIODYNAMIC ORGANIC HEIRLOOM CHAMOMILE and BIODYNAMIC ORGANIC DARJEELING. To receive Biodynamic certification, farms must meet the following standards: agronomic guidelines, greenhouse management, structural components, livestock guidelines, and post harvest handling and processing procedures. The Biodynamic Heirloom Chamomile Tea is grown on a small, 100-acre certified Biodynamic® garden at the base of the Italian Alps, and is harvested at night when the essential oils are at their peak. Biodynamic Organic Darjeeling comes from a multi-generational tea garden in northern India.

GET CLEAN STACKABLE TIN
Feeling out of sorts? The Republic of Tea is launching a two-week’s worth of cleansing teas in one tin trio, including two new flavors and the popular get clean, from its collection of BE WELL RED® teas. The tin features an AM TEA, to wake up and get clean, get clean, an ALL DAY TEA, to get clean anytime, and a PM TEA, to get clean at the end of the day. These herbal teas can be used alone or in conjunction with a cleansing program to help the body get back into balance. All three tins snap together for ease of storage or pull apart for portability. They are perfect as a gift or a trial size.

HICAF™ TEAS
The Republic of Tea is the first company to introduce a complete line of high-caffeine natural energy teas. The HiCAF Tea Collection is all-natural and Certified Gluten-Free and has almost twice the caffeine than a cup of coffee, which allows for a better buzz. The five teas in the line include Breakfast Black Tea, Caramel Black Tea, Pom-Berry Black Tea, Coconut Black Tea, and Gingermint Green Tea.

ONE CUPPA™ TEAS AND ICED TEA
This new line of environmentally friendly single-serve One Cuppa™ teas, Premium Tea without the Teapot, are compatible with most popular single serve brewing machines. One Cuppa teas are filled with only the finest quality tea, handpicked from the most prized tea gardens around the world and offer a convenient way to enjoy an authentic tea experience at home or in the office. One Cuppa teas are available in six unique and delicious flavors that are all Certified Gluten-Free: Hibiscus Watermelon Iced Tea, Ginger Peach Black Tea, British Breakfast Black Tea, Decaf Ginger Peach Black Tea, Pomegranate Green Tea and Natural Hibiscus Herb Tea.

DOWNTON ABBEY® TEAS
Inspired by the award-winning TV series that has entranced millions of viewers and become a global phenomenon, The Republic of Tea Downton Abbey® teas are all-natural, calorie-free and gluten-free. This collection is comprised of three delicious flavors: English Rose Tea, Grantham Breakfast Blend and Downton Estate Blend (exclusive to Cost Plus World Market).

CUPPA CAKE™ TEAS
Inspired by delectable cake recipes, the rich aromas of baked goods fresh from the oven and other decadent, natural flavors of Cuppa Cake™ Teas are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. This delightful, new collection is comprised of three scrumptious dessert tea flavors: Blueberry Bundt Tea, Caramel Vanilla Tea, and Lemon Chiffon Tea. Each of these teas are calorie-free and gluten-free.

The Republic of Tea will also unveil a JACKFRUIT HONEY BLACK TEA as well as new flavors in its SuperHerb Tea and Iced Tea Large Pouch Collections:

  • JACKFRUIT HONEY BLACK TEA

Adventurer’s Tea – Known as The Juicy Fruit of the Tropics, Jackfruit is bigger and heavier than melons, with flavor notes of pineapple, banana and mango. By cutting through its spiky, green exterior, you’ll find luscious pods of fruit inside. Steep a cup and capture the exotic flavor without having to search through jungles. Jackfruit Honey Black Tea is certified organic and gluten-free.

  • SUPERHERB™ TEAS

New to The Republic of Tea’s current line of fortifying SuperHerb™ Teas is ORGANIC DANDELION SUPERHERB TEA. The Organic Dandelion SuperHerb –Tea for Peak Health offers the deep, full-bodied flavor of roasted dandelion root, which has a reputation as a natural aid to digestion, and is enhanced with a touch of exotic vanilla. The Organic Dandelion tea joins Boabab, Jiaogulan and Moringa in the SuperHerb collection of teas.

  • ICED TEA LARGE POUCHES

The Republic of Tea introduces two new Iced Tea – Large Tea Pouches to its current collection of premium, large tea pouches that are perfectly portioned for easy to steep, healthy iced tea. This refreshing collection now includes six delicious flavors: Organic Strawberry Basil Green Iced Tea, Pineapple Orange Guava Green Iced Tea, Ginger Peach Black Iced Tea, Hibiscus Sangria Herbal Iced Tea, Lemon Lime Black Iced Tea and Watermelon Mint Black Iced Tea. The Republic of Tea’s Iced Tea – Large Tea Pouch Collection is all-natural and Certified Gluten-Free.

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Tea Museums Around the World

Have you ever heard of tea museums? These treasured institutions celebrate the history and culture of tea, and even recreate tea gardens and teahouses so visitors can enjoy a cup of tea in an authentic environment. Here’s a list of five famous tea museums:

  1. The Tenfu Tea Museum. Located in Zhangzhou, Fujian, China, this sprawling 13-acre museum is home to a Japanese Tea House, a South Korean Tea House, and numerous exhibitions that teach visitors about the history of tea and its cultivation.
  2. Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware. A gorgeous colonial building in Hong Kong houses this museum that features a collection of tea ware artifacts as well as demonstrations, tea gatherings and lectures about tea in China.
  3. Ceylon Tea Museum. The tagline says it all – “Preserving the Heritage of Tea” is just what this museum in Hantane, Kandy, Sri Lanka strives to do. Featuring old tea production machinery as well as a tea library, a sales floor and a restaurant, this museum offers breathtaking views of Sri Lanka’s hill country.
  4. Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum. While this Boston museum is dedicated to the iconic event in American history that led to the Revolutionary War, there is a quaint tearoom where you can quench your thirst while learning about the tea brewing process. Tea Master Bruce Richardson is working to define the role of tea in this historical event, so there’s plenty of juicy information for tea lovers to savor.
  5. British Museum. This famous London museum boasts a massive collection of historical artifacts from the Rosetta Stone to Parthenon sculptures and beyond, and there is a beautiful section that recreates a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

You might think about incorporating one of these museums into your upcoming travel plans, or just take a virtual tour online while you sip your favorite tea — there’s so much to learn about the time-honored practice of preparing and enjoying tea!

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Bedtime Teas for Better Sleep

As we all know, a good night’s sleep can make all the difference: when you feel rested and recharged, you are able to tackle your to-do list with vim and vigor. But many of us struggle to get enough sleep, tossing and turning for hours. So what is a sleep-deprived citizen to do? You may consult a doctor or you could turn to tea in the evening to help you wind down to sleep the natural way.

Sleep experts advise us to unplug from technology at night and create a winding-down ritual to help our bodies and minds prepare for sleep. Calming activities such as taking a warm bath, meditating, reading, and sipping on caffeine-free herbal tea can help you relax and settle into sleep. It will come as no surprise that our favorite bedtime ritual is the evening cup of tea, which we view as the delicious reward for a hard day’s work. The comforting herbal aromas, the warmth of the mug, and the calming taste of tea work together to encourage relaxation at night.

Chamomile for a Great Rest

Chamomile has a bit of a reputation as a sleeper tea. Even its name is relaxing and can put you in a sleepy frame of mind. It comes by its reputation honestly: both fragrant and soothing, chamomile tea delights the palate while calming the mind and body. We love to wind down after a long day by making a pot of Chamomile Lemon Herbal Tea; a gourmet blend of lemon balm, orange blossoms, linden flowers, skullcap, lavender flowers, lemon juice, passion flower, and valerian root. Try our Biodynamic Heirloom Chamomile Tea which is grown on a small, 100-acre certified Biodynamic® garden at the base of the Italian Alps. These teas are a citizen’s favorites for sipping at bedtime.

For enhanced sleep benefits that come from creating a nighttime tea ritual, allow us to recommend our get some zzz’s tea. This No. 5 Herbal Tea for Rest is a caffeine-free blend that will get your body and mind ready for bed. Prepared with soothing chamomile, organic rooibos, passion flowers, and the mellowing properties of valerian, get some zzz’s is a tasty way to relax for a restful night’s sleep. The valerian can play the role of a natural sedative, but it does not interfere with REM sleep the way sleep-aids sometimes do.

No matter what your personal bedtime ritual may be, adding tea to the mix is a wonderful way to prepare the mind, body, and soul for a sound sleep at night. Tea makes us slow down and reflect – we are often more thoughtful and centered when we have a cup of tea in hand.  This tea-induced clarity can help us tie up those loose ends that otherwise have a tendency to wreak havoc on our thoughts at bedtime.

So pick your favorite herbal or decaffeinated tea and begin a nighttime ritual – you will love how the warm and tasty tea calms you and makes all of your daytime cares melt away. Sweet dreams!

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