Winter in Chinese Medicine

With the changing of the seasons, we forget that like our furry friends that hibernate in the colder months, we should be taking the time to relax and conserve our energies as well. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, winter is a time to nourish our bodies, to sleep more, and to reflect on our spirituality, our relation- ships with people and indeed, our relationships with ourselves. Although the holiday season is busy, we can also take this time to celebrate and give thanks. This is also a time when we want to incorporate more “warming” foods in our diets to help …

Breakfast Tea Collection

Irish Breakfast tea is a popular tea found in many tea cupboards. Most “breakfast teas” are made by blending different types of black teas together. Tea leaves from different areas such as India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Sumatra, China and Java are blended to create the perfect blend. These teas tend to have more of a […]

Mighty Matcha!

March is the time to go green! Lots of people have discovered the great taste and health benefits of green tea, but fewer have ventured into the realm of matcha. Matcha is a powdered form of green tea. The tea, mostly cultivated in Japan, is grown under special canopies to encourage the tea to produce […]

Cinnamon

Although cinnamon is a common holiday baking spice seen everywhere from baked apples to the Christmas pudding, it is actually an exotic native of India, Sri Lanka, the West Indies, and South America. In Chinese Medicine, it is considered one of the “hottest” herbs and it is often prescribed for people that feel “chilly”, have poor circulation, low energy, and slow metabolism.

Infusing Vinegar With Tea

One can infuse vinegar with tea to make delicious salad dressings. Warm up 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar just until boiling. Remove from heat and stir in 2 Tbsp. of tea of your choice. Steep until cool. Strain out the tea and whisk in the remaining ingredients in your salad dressing recipe. Good quality plain teas like Fog Mountain Green or an Oolong Tea will add great flavour.