Goldenrod Tea

A Brief Look at Goldenrod Beautiful plumes of goldenrod now adorn our fields, signaling summer's ebb. Long blamed for allergies, this vibrant flower has been falsely maligned. The concurrently blooming ragweed—with unassuming green flowers—is most likely the actual culprit. Meanwhile, goldenrod's showy flowers provide nectar to butterflies (including monarchs) and both nectar and pollen to bees, … Continue reading Goldenrod Tea

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)

Can Tea Relieve Migraine? A Look at Herbal Tea

The Issue I know the season of thanks–giving probably isn't the best time to rant, but I was recently asked yet again to send someone a sample of tea with "medicinal qualities." So here goes: All tea as well as most herbals provide health benefits (unless, of course, they contain high levels of contaminants, which is why … Continue reading Can Tea Relieve Migraine? A Look at Herbal Tea

Find Your Balance with Ayurvedic Herbal Teas

Despite the fact that summer stretches a full three weeks into the month, September has long signified the start of autumn, the school year, harvest time, warmer clothing. It’s the end of vacations and the beginning of study.  It’s also the perfect time to think about bolstering our health, what with both coronavirus and this … Continue reading Find Your Balance with Ayurvedic Herbal Teas

Chamomile Tea: A Help for Sleep and Stress?

The news is impossible to ignore these days. While I wouldn't describe myself as much of a worrier normally, if I think about what's taking place outside my door, "sobering" doesn't even begin to describe it. "Terrifying" might be a more apt descriptor. Especially when my mind strays to all those dedicated health care workers, to … Continue reading Chamomile Tea: A Help for Sleep and Stress?

Herbal Tisanes, Laced with Tea?!

After a lovely dinner and as dessert is about to be served, nothing sounds so enticing as being asked if you would like any "aqueous infusions prepared from dried plants." And the authors of these poetic words continue with an equally inspiring endorsement of tea, with its "desirable physiologic activities and potential health benefits." But … Continue reading Herbal Tisanes, Laced with Tea?!

Blueberry Leaves Abound with Flavor and Antioxidants

It's well known that blueberries—loaded with antioxidants and nutrients—are particularly good for you. But what about their leaves? One study indicates that blackberry, raspberry, and strawberry leaves contain more antioxidants than the berries! Granted, I don't know if this would be true outside a lab setting, or if you'd have to eat the leaves rather … Continue reading Blueberry Leaves Abound with Flavor and Antioxidants

Tea on the Road: The Erie Canal and Locktender’s Tea

If you wander around upstate New York long enough, you're bound to come across remnants of its extensive canal system. The Erie Canal, begun in 1817, was an engineering sensation, designed by two engineers that didn't have much experience and requiring eighteen aqueducts and eighty-some locks (or lift locks). The restored 1844 aqueduct—or water-filled bridge—over … Continue reading Tea on the Road: The Erie Canal and Locktender’s Tea

What Is Hibiscus Tea?

What is hibiscus? And why might this flower be important—that is, besides their spectacularly large and showy blooms, as in this dinner-plate-sized specimen!? First off, hibiscus ranks as one of the top traded herbal products (by volume), both locally and internationally, with an estimated 60,000 metric tons produced annually, and the U.S. and Germany being … Continue reading What Is Hibiscus Tea?

“Storm in a Teacup”?

Yeah, yeah, "don't judge a book by its cover"—but in reality, that cover and that title are exactly what make us pick up and open said book! So when confronted with the Irish tea blend "Storm in a Teacup," well of course I had to pick it up and buy it. I expected a rather rousing … Continue reading “Storm in a Teacup”?