Contaminated or Adulterated Tea? It Still Happens

Buying a product—any product, including tea—is based in trust. Trust that the product is what it's advertised to be. Trust that it's safe. So how safe is our tea? Is our trust sometimes misplaced? Perhaps, but luckily, we have plenty of people who have our backs! And they aren't just looking out for dangerous contaminants. Turns … Continue reading Contaminated or Adulterated Tea? It Still Happens

Is Tea Helpful after Heart Attack or Stroke?

Research is exciting! It's also generally very slow. Although the incredibly fast development of the COVID-19 vaccination may lead us to believe that science moves quickly—and it certainly did in this case—the usual course is far more plodding. Take the studies into how and/or whether drinking tea produces tangible and measurable health benefits. This sort … Continue reading Is Tea Helpful after Heart Attack or Stroke?

All About Mint Teas!

For mint lovers, a potent mint tea is a delight! That blast of coolness is like nothing else—so much so that it's even hard to describe the experience of mint without using the word "mint"! Native to many regions of the world, this herb has been valued for centuries for its heady scent and invigorating … Continue reading All About Mint Teas!

What Can a Vintage Imported Teapot Tell Us?

Give my husband some old milk bottle and he'll spend hours looking up its history. It's amazing what interesting—albeit esoteric—information you can dig up online. Except when I tried searching for info on this teapot that once belonged to my grandmother. I found a lot of these posted on eBay, all of them called "vintage" and … Continue reading What Can a Vintage Imported Teapot Tell Us?

Tea, Chocolate, and Chili Peppers (divine combined!)

There were, in the early 1600s, women who "by the use of chocolate had correspondence with the devil." Riiiight. But this claim, as related by A. Saint-Arroman in his 1852 book, Coffee, Tea and Chocolate: Their Influence Upon the Health, the Intellect, and the Moral Health of Man, vividly illustrates how a seemingly innocuous choice to drink … Continue reading Tea, Chocolate, and Chili Peppers (divine combined!)

Reviewing “The Wellness Tea” (with an objective look at health claims)

My late mother-in-law chided me for being skeptical, a trait I attributed to:  –my science background (must be data-driven and reproducible!) –the fact that my mother was an auditor (look for misrepresentations or falsified info!) –my years as an editor (identify all errors and weak arguments!) but my MIL was correct: I tend to start … Continue reading Reviewing “The Wellness Tea” (with an objective look at health claims)

Used Tea Leaves and Tea Waste: Repurposed

I love to watch tightly rolled tea leaves open up as they brew! And I definitely re-brew certain loose teas, especially those with intact leaves, because they'll continue to release flavor (along with caffeine, polyphenols, etc.). But when we've wrung as much drinkable tea out of these leaves as possible, what can be done with … Continue reading Used Tea Leaves and Tea Waste: Repurposed

January 2021 Update: Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

The pandemic has passed its one-year anniversary as many of us still hunker down, venturing into public places only when necessary. Unprecedented numbers of us are working from home, and in lieu of gathering round the office coffeepot, are making our own beverages. And discovering that we want the indulgence of high quality and taste. … Continue reading January 2021 Update: Coronavirus Impact on the Tea Industry

The Role of Tea and Caffeine in Headaches and Migraine

The Question You have an excruciating headache. Someone tells you to have a cup of tea. Do you want to comply or do you want to throw the kettle at them? Well, anyone who's had a really bad headache might try something as simple as having tea. It may, after all, alleviate the pain. But … Continue reading The Role of Tea and Caffeine in Headaches and Migraine

Saying Goodbye to 2020, with a Look at Tea from Vietnam

My recent posting frequency hasn't been stellar as of late. Along with many of you, I'm weary. Of loss. Of grief. Of the long winter stretch ahead of me, with little to motivate. The holidays, such as they were, are behind. And ahead? Anything? Anything at all? Some nights it seems there is little incentive … Continue reading Saying Goodbye to 2020, with a Look at Tea from Vietnam