I generally roll my eyes at the endless made-up "holidays" that bombard us constantly. Must we really be prodded to celebrate trivial things every single day? On the other hand, proponents—including several within my own family—embrace these opportunities to pay attention. To appreciate small things, whether frivolous or those with deeper meanings. So, today is … Continue reading Reasons to Celebrate “Tea for Two Tuesday”
Health & Science
Collecting Tea and Teapots Is Good for You!
Coffee is ridiculously easy in my house. Espresso/french press, dark/light roast, demitasse/mug? Done. But tea?? The choices are staggering! Black, green, white, oolong, or pu-erh—with endless selections within each category. I consider my mood, whether I want to have the tea with food or by itself, if I have the time to savor an especially … Continue reading Collecting Tea and Teapots Is Good for You!
A Tea That Whispers of Warm Climes: Pomegranate Dragon Fruit
Anything that contains dragon fruit evokes places far from Michigan. A distant shore, where warm salty waves lap white sand, overseen by graceful palm trees. Somewhere neither gray nor dreary. Pomegranate dragon fruit is a tea that can transport. With its sweet and fruity aroma, I can envision the sun's warmth. The Tea This green … Continue reading A Tea That Whispers of Warm Climes: Pomegranate Dragon Fruit
Caffeine/Theanine Ratio in Tea: Why It Matters, and Why It’s So Hard to Measure
I recently read an online article, supposedly vetted by experts, that claimed that white tea has no caffeine. Yeah. Add that to misleading articles arguing that x tea has less—or maybe more—caffeine than y tea and you understand why people are confused about caffeine levels in tea. To be sure, discussing caffeine in tea is … Continue reading Caffeine/Theanine Ratio in Tea: Why It Matters, and Why It’s So Hard to Measure
Do Moringa Leaves and Beets Make Fruit Tea a Healthier Brew?
Fruit Teas To tea purists, fruit tea is not tea. And technically, they are correct. Actual tea is composed of Camellia sinensis whereas beverages made from other plants are tisanes or infusions. Hence, there are fruity teas (C. sinensis blended with fruit) and there are fruit "teas" (blends of fruit, herbals, and/or spices). In the … Continue reading Do Moringa Leaves and Beets Make Fruit Tea a Healthier Brew?
Is Licorice Tea Really Good for a Sore Throat?
These days, the slightest sore throat necessitates Covid testing, but beyond that, what can you do to alleviate the scratchiness and discomfort? At TeaHaus, we generally suggest a hot cup of ayurvedic Vata—a caffeine-free herbal blend of licorice, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, anise, and mallow blossoms. The thick, creamy body of this tea coats your throat, … Continue reading Is Licorice Tea Really Good for a Sore Throat?
We are bombarded with health claims about various herbal teas but, unfortunately, few of these claims have been conclusively substantiated by comprehensive research studies. However, what about fireweed? It's a fascinating plant. The Plant Native to much of North America (with related plants native to Europe), fireweed is well adapted for survival. As its name … Continue reading Fireweed Tea
Reasons for Citrus in Tea
There's a seasonality to the teas we drink—perhaps most pronounced for those of us who annually enjoy four distinct seasons. Whereas a full-bodied, steaming hot tea comforts during winter's cold, we often reach for light and sunny brews on the first precious warm days of spring. Citrus teas fulfill that need nicely, reminding us of … Continue reading Reasons for Citrus in Tea
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!