Achievement Unlocked: Still Standing was created because of a need for a tea that helped with pain management, but did not provoke drowsiness. The taste is a smoky black tea with hints of rose and something pleasantly earthier and greener.
Our first nerve pain tea was born out of my need for pain management combined with my history of bad luck with pharmaceutical medications. It seemed that you could not get pain relief without getting fuzzy-headed or too sleepy to actually manage to do anything. On top of that, I'm allergic to a lot of the fillers used. The idea had existed for quite some time, but interacting with a number of women with fibromyaljia made me get around to blending our Something for the Pain.
Something for the Pain was a good start, but depending on how hard you work yourself, it can cause a bit of tiredness. A bit of pain relief allows your body to realize just how much it needs sleep.
Achievement Unlocked: Still Standing was created to be a pain relief tea for the days when you have to maintain full functionality. It should not be used constantly, but it does wonders when really needed. It helps that it is also one of our tastiest medicinals.
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The After the Cut teas were blended because one of the authors of a couple of my research books suggested that since humans get hormonal support when things go wrong or change, shouldn't our pets get the same respect? I decided I agreed with him, and blended our After the Cut teas to offer options for both male and female dogs and cats.
Allerg-Ease was blended to ease the symptoms of allergies, and with regular use, gentle the strength of your response to allergens. The taste is a sweetly floral lemongrass.
The idea for the tea came from watching my partner deal with allergy medications, both pharmaceutical and some holistic and herbal preparations. It seemed they all had one primary thing in common - they tasted vile. So I decided to create a tea that would help with allergies that actually tasted good.
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Anna's AnTeaInfection combines Goldenseal, Echinacea, Ginger Root, Marjoram, and Eleuthro to create a tea that acts as an anti-viral, an antibacterial, and an anti-fungal. It also acts as an immune system booster. It tastes primarily like the Ginger and Marjoram, with a background of "herbal" that manages to avoid being strongly Echinacea and Goldenseal.
This tea came about because a friend was dealing with a very specific and rather nasty infection. After the bug was identified, I researched, and through that research, discovered that there was an herb that had performed well in trials against antiobiotic resistant strains of the bug in question (Pseudomonas.) Anna's AnTeaInfection was blended to center around that herb (Marjoram), and then to still act as both an assist to the immune system and a good "fighting thing that make you sick" tea.
AnTeaInfection was created to give an option other than antiobiotics for illness. It is an anti-bacterial tea that has some anti-viral and anti-fungal action as well. It tastes of Sage and other non-bitter green herbs.
Antibiotics have steadily become more and more of a pet peeve of mine. Both through over-prescribing and through unfinished courses getting dumped into the garbage, they are getting out into the world in amounts that are helping to slowly make basic illnesses less basic and more dangerous. I set a goal early on for developing options in herbal tea form for most basic illnesses so that we could have a first echelon of defense that didn't require pharmaceutical medications.
Aphrodite's Ambrosia is a Chocolate Rose tea with a hint of vanilla and earthy spice blended to enhance the female libido.
This tea came out of a custom request for a tea, and one that we were quite glad to see. There are some medications and some stages of life that dull mental and physical capacity to have any interest in physical intimacy. Aphrodite's Ambrosia was created to give that capacity back. It was designed for women, but would likely help men as well.
Aslan's Breath was blended after a series of request for a tea that would help with dealing with kidney stones and gallstones.
'Autumn Morning's Peace' is the third and last of the teas we created to attempt to help deal with ulcerative colitis.
This one was created specifically to help deal with chronic diarrhea and the pain associated with it.
Interestingly, it should be useful under a variety of circumstances, well beyond the condition that spawned the creation of it.
Baby & Me: Aftermath was blended to deal with many of the issues that occur post-pregnancy, whether it be one you managed to carry to term, or one that ended too soon. Miscarriage is something I am well familiar with, and I have watched friends deal with the hormones and physical issues after giving birth.
Afternath will help with what a friend calls "mommy mush brain," as well as with the depression that comes with either bearing or losing a child. It will also help the uterus to heal. It will also help with insomnia.
The taste is earthier and greener, with the Rosemary tying it together.
This particular tea was blended because our standard Allerg-Ease is not pregnancy safe. So we decided to blend a tea for allergies that would be usable while pregnant or nursing. The taste is a mix of tasty flowers.
With consistent use, this tea will decrease your sensitivity to seasonal allergens, and will help with symptoms in the short term.
Baby & Me: Baby Belly Bliss is a minty stomach settling tea.
It was designed to assist with tummy issues for both mom and baby. As with most of our Baby & Me teas, mom can use it while nursing, and baby will get some assistance too.
Baby & Me: Back to Breathing was created because our standard Back to Breathing is neither pregnancy nor nursing safe. And, as a friend stated, "There is NOTHING you can take for that safely!"
This tea focuses on the respiratory system, helping to clear congestion and infection, allowing you to breathe easier. It tastes of a faintly lemony mint.
Baby & Me: Lemony Lullabye was blended because a friend was having a rough time with life in the timeframe after she'd given birth One of the things that was happening was a special level of muscular tension, cramping, and spasming, especially in her legs. Given she was holding down a fulltime job as well as being a mom already, she really wanted some relief.
The tea tastes of lemons with herbal notes.
Baby & Me: Maggie's Fogcutter was blended becase a friend was experiencing what she calls "mommy mush brain," and our primary tea for mental acuity is neither pregnancy nor nursing safe.
Baby & Me: NighTea Night was blended to address one of the primary issues that women I knew who were pregnant, or who had just had a child had. They needed something that was safe to use while pregnant or breast feeding that would help help with the insomnia, and would help the small person whether they were drinking it or not.
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Baby & Me: Prenatal Peace was blended because a friend needed a nursing safe pain killer.
The taste is a green and clover with a touch of sweet, bit less strongly green than a green tea.
Baby & Me: Strong Start was blended because I was ill and it was suggested I take prenatal vitamins to keep my levels up.
In all my experience with medications and vitamins, I am not sure if I had ever tasted anything nastier. It wasn't just the taste, it was the smell. I overlaid my memories of morning sickness with those vitamins, and abruptly decided I was going to make a vitamin tea. I wanted there to be an option beyond those... things. I also figured it would be nicer to get your vitamins in a warm yummy cup of tea as opposed to a smelly horse pill.
Baby & Me: Teafor Toofers was blended to help with teething pain, and will also help with losing tooth pain, and with grownup tooth angst, as well. The taste is mostly Rose, with a touch of mint and herbs.
This is a set including a sample tin of each of our Baby & Me teas, and some choices to give you the tools you need to brew them.
We start with a sample tin (5 servings) of each of our Baby & Me teas: Milk Aplenty (Lactation Aid), NighTea Night (Insomnia), Teafors Toofers (Tooth Pain), Lemony Lullabye (Muscle Relaxant), Baby Belly Bliss (Colic and Indigestion), Maggie's Fogcutter (Mental Acuity), Back to Breathing (Respiratory), Strong Start (Vitamins), Aftermath (Depression and Stress Relief), and Allerg-Ease (Allergies).
We then add a tea scoop and your choice of either a tea strainer or a box or 100 Rishi teabags.
Back to Breathing was blended to combat my partner's persistent sinus infections, as well as to assist with general respiratory health. The taste is mint, with a side of a different kind of mint, with a little bit of sweet added from the clover.
My partner used to suffer from sinus infections that would culminate with heavy doses of antibiotics, ridiculous amounts of facial swelling, and a ruined world for a week or more. After watching this progression a few times, I figured there had to be a better option. The hope was that this tea would nip the infections in the bud before they got far enough to be absolutely miserable. This tea has staved them off for years now. We've also received positive reports on this as an allergy tea, and an asthma tea.
Bad Wolf combines Smokey Russian Caravan with Cinnamon and Rosehips, with a hint of vanilla to tie it all together.
The idea for the tea was born while watching Doctor Who with our godson. The words "Bad Wolf," had been scattered across space and time, and it really seemed as if they should have landed in our teas. The concept for the taste came almost immediately, but it took us time to find an organic version of the black tea we felt was most suitable.
Prior to Bad Wolf, my partner was not a fan of either Cinnamon in tea, or the smokier teas. This tea converted him to both.
Baker Street is a blend of 3 black teas: Russian Caravan, Keemun, and Earl Grey.
It was born our of a request and gift from a friend. I love a challenge, and I love creating new teas. There is something incredibly zen about the process, and I get a fair amount of enjoyment and peace out of the blending, whether we are speaking to the initial experimentation, or putting together a batch for an order.
My friend had mentioned a particular tea blend that she loved, and she ended up sending my some bags of it to taste. She had also been curious to see if I could make something similar, just clean and organic, with no oils or artificial flavours.
We taste tested the tea she sent, and realized that creating our own version was going to more complicated than our prior tea-for-taste work, because the foundation of it was a blend of different black teas. Mister Tea and I decided to begin by creating a blend of black teas, and work from there.
That blend of black teas made us fall in love. It has become our first choice for simple black drinking tea.
When we thought about the flavour of the tea, and the types of tea that had gone into the blending of it, we decided a nod to Holmes was in order. The combination of the darker smokey Caravan tea and the dash of bergamot from the oh-so-British Earl Grey... and our Baker Street Blend was born.
Beauxbaton's starts with a wonderful blend of three black teas: Russian Caravan, Earl Grey, and Keemun. We then add enough Elderberries and Vanilla to turn it into a rich and decadent treat of a tea.
Beauxbaton's was my first blend where I was working from a tea I had been sent by a friend. She had a tea she loved and wanted me to try, and had expressed curiosity as to whether or not I could make something similar - just clean and organic with nothing artificial added.
Mister Tea and I shared the first cup of the gifted tea, and came to the conclusion that we'd have to start with a specific mix of blacks before we could even begin to make our version. The foundational tea blend was amazing, and became a tea in its own right. (Baker Street Blend). After we'd gotten that settled, I played around with how much Elderberry and Vanilla to add to add the truly decadent element of the inspirational tea.
The name for the tea had to have a nod to France, and with our habit of combining tea and geekery - the answer seemed obvious. Beauxbaton's Blend has a bergamot and smokey black base, with the elderberry adding a lovely rich darker fruit taste, and the vanilla.... well, doing all the things that vanilla does.
This tea combines Genmaicha Green Tea with Cinnamon and Nutmeg into a wonderful tea.
Believe Impossible Things came about because I wanted to expand my tea knowledge. So with one of our restocking orders, I added a few new things to try.
Genmaicha I was a bit skeptical of. Why would you put roasted brown rice in a tea?
My first cup surprised me, but in a good way. However, the primary thought in my imind was, "Yay, this is really tasty, but it would be soooo much better if it had spices in it to make it taste kinda like a green tea rice pudding."
So I experimented a bit with ratios and amounts, and "Believe Impossible Things" was born. It is one of the only green teas I sweeten, and it is the only green tea I add dairy to.
'Big Easy Mocha' is a rich blend of dark roast coffee, cocoa powder, and chicory.
Black Lemon Frost came about, in part, because of a sense of self preservation and comfort.
It gets really hot in New Mexico. Summer can be an amazingly brutal season. I will still drink hot things, but I want something I can ice during the day, especially if I'm doing anything outisde.
I decided I wanted a black tea with lemon and mint for that particular season. It tastes lovely hot, and amazing iced, and is a wonderful refresher for mid-summer and the kind of heat that makes you think of a Shel Sivlerstein poem.
'Blackberry Soothie' was blended due to a custom request for a tea to assist with Ulcerative Colitis. After the research was done, the data I was sent added in, and the general dust had settled, I came to the conclusion that we needed three teas to handle the request appropriately.
This tea is the one specifically for the condition. It is designed to help ease inflammation in the intestines, heal prior damage, clear infection, and generally make your insides a happier place.
Bone Binder was created to act as a bone health tea. Initially intended for healing after breaks, it will also work quite well as an osteoporosis tea.
The taste is a green earthy chai.
The inspiration for this tea came from someone my partner took classes with. He had a fairly bad accident that ended with broken bones. He also ended up with liver issues from infection and antibiotic reaction, but that provoked a different tea.
When Desert Sage Natural came up in conversation, he asked if we had any teas that would help. We didn't, so I blended one.
Bonnie's Blessing is a tea that tastes of flowers and lemon that was designed to assist with insomnia and anxieety.
This tea is one of our ChariTeas, and was created to commemorate a dear friend and family member that Mister Tea and I lost in February of 2015. Every sale of this insomnia tea will generate a donation to www.mitoaction.org
My cousin, Bonnie, had been battling mitochondrial disease for over a decade, and her courage and grace in that battle did a lot to teach me about the ways I should face my own issues with chronic illness and pain.
For more information on this tea, and on Bonnie, please visit our website.
Boo's Just Ducky was born out of a combnation of two things. The first was that once we started working with chocolate, I knew I would want to have a chocolate coconut tea. The second was knowing that if we had a chocolate coconut tea, we would have to have a chocolate coconut almond tea.
Once I had both of them made, I started pondering various geeky pairings, and a video game I used to play quite frequently came to mind. If you've experienced Baldur's Gate, you will remember Minsc and Boo... and will understand why Boo gave the name to the tea without nuts.
This tea was a natural progression from the combination our love of Firefly/Serenity and starting to use chocolate in our teas.
It is an anytime of the day tea, including the capacity to replace coffee in the morning. It energizes, but the chocolate takes the edge off. It is close to perfect for when you've been burning the candle at both ends, are considering lighting it in the middle, and aren't going to be able to take a break anytime soon.
Caprican Monk starts with a Ceylon Black tea, and then we add freeze-dried Pomegranate, Cornflowers, and Vanilla Powder. It makes a lovely and relaxing tea, stated as being a perfect tea for combining with a good book.
This tea grew out of a random conversation about tea. We were comparing likes and dislikes, and talking about teas we had known and loved. A small tea company had been eaten by a larger tea company, and the woman I was speaking with had lost one of her favorite teas in the fallout of the acquisition.
I discussed the tea with her at length, and did some research to find out more, and Caprican Monk was created to fill the void. She was more than satisfied with the result.
Caryn's MS Marvel was created to assist with the symptoms of MS, and the side-effects of some of the most common pharmaceutical medication used for it. The taste of the tea is a spicy Lemon Rose with a hint of Cardamom.
We decided to blend this tea because a woman very dear to us carries the diagnosis of MS.
Due to being able to understand bits and pieces of what that particular disease does to you, I wanted to come up with a tea that would help both with symptoms, and with some of the more common side-effects of the medication lists that often end up attached to it. We were pleasantly surprised when the blend of herbs I chose turned out to be quite a tasty mix as well.
This tea was created because a friend had a later-in-life pregnancy, and the aftermath was beyond complicated. Cat's Hopeful H(eal) O(ver) T(ime) was blended to help with as much of what was going wrong as I could manage. It has some hormonal balancing properties, will increase the speed of internal healing, has some astringency to help with the bleeding, a lot of support for general female health, and a bit of pain-killing to round it out.
This tea was blended because cancer is something my partner and I have experience with. Several people that we care about have fought the disease, and watching that fight, it was something I had to create a tea for.
Cellular PuriTea is a Green Tea with hints of Rose and Almond.
This tea gently supports the immune system, the cleansing system, and adds a bit of calming and stress relief. It has direct anti-cancer action through the green tea, the almonds, and the synergistic action of the Burdock Root and Red Clover. However, this tea was designed to be pleasantly drinkable at whatever stage of treatment an individual was in, rather than bringing out the biggest herbal guns.
Cellular PuriTea: Cleansing and Digestive came about because a customer wanted a more targeted anti-cancer tea. A lot of our specific conditions are fairly broad spectrum, to deal with many different iterations of the disease or condition. A family member was dealing with pancreatic cancer, so we blended this tea to bolster the cleansing systems of the body and assist in the fight against cancer.
It is an earthier green tea with hints of rose.
Chaimonade was blended because I was working on two other teas one day, and what I was doing to make them combined in the middle and sparked the idea for Chaimonade. It is a refreshing lemon chai, and is one of my standard summertime teas.
Chapel's Chai takes chai spices, and balances them into a blend that accents the Vanilla in a truly lovely fashion.
We blended the chocolate chai first, and then had to have a vanilla to pair with it. The salute to two strong female characters in the original Star Trek fit the pairing perfectly.