TEA with AINEE
Energies await within the aromatic gifts of the Earth. What is needed is caring and living responsively with our environment. To living soundly, thus changing our lives for the better–Herbalist/ritualists.
Aromatherapy: The use of the healing properties of true essential oils.
Essential Oil: Essential Oils are fragrant, volatile substances produced by certain types of plants.
Herb: Any plant used as a medicine, seasoning.
The importance of herbs cannot be of more significance than finding a good nutritionist to help one with their plight for fitness and staying fit the natural way.
I did stumble on a nutritionist’s store in the New Hampshire area. However, I was too late with this discovery since I ended up moving away, now they are furthest from me. Anyhow, it is Main Street Nutrition; a family business practicing nutrition with the use of fine herbs and supplements.
219 Main Street * Salem, NH03079 * (603) 893-6490 * www.mainstreetnutrition.com
“Bridging the gap between the science of nutrition and the art of helping others.”
Main Street Nutrition offers complete focus on wellness, nutritional assessment, individualized approach and preventive care.
During one of my daring jaunts from Methuen, MA I attempted to venture further into New Hampshire’s Main Street and while there I took notice of this shop and decided to stop and peruse.
It looks sparse when one first enters, but as you slowly take in the shelves and realize it is not crowded, it is a big space and the shelves are fully stocked with teas: Numi Teas, Pu-erh Teas, Three Leaf Teas, Ayuverdic Teas, Yogi Teas and there is the herbs section with leaf teas in the jars for selection. The aromatherapy section and elixirs; the natural beauty section, the vitamins/supplements section and toward the back there are the bottled tea: Teas tea, Honest Tea, rice crackers, nutritional bars, ice cream, rice and soy drinks etc. As stated it is a Natural Market focusing on wellness, and their pricing seems very reasonable.
ESP Emporium, is one tea website that I love to frequent as they are a wonder in the world of selling fine loose leaf teas. I have used them as sourcing information from time to time from their blog on teas, herbs and accessories.
Their latest to do with herbal is Why buy Herbal Teas?
“A well stocked herbal tea collection should be approached just as you do when filling your closet or your kitchen; choose a variety of different options, across a few broad categories, so that you know you’ll always have something to suit your mood. Not only are herbal infusions incredibly healthy, they are available in a huge array of flavors. In fact, the choices when it comes to herbals might just be so wide that it becomes overwhelming. If you feel like there are too many options to consider, you might be tempted to stick to the one brand or blend that you know, and forgo the rest of the possibilities. But if you stick to only one herbal infusion, you’re missing out on some fantastic flavors, and some really valuable health advantages. How can you branch out and expand your herbal collection without fumbling through the tea aisle of your supermarket for an hour?” Read more … http://blog.espemporium.com/post/Why-Buy-Herbal-Tea.aspx
I did try to leave comment on their blog to say: Your site and blog is very informational and lovely. I like your posting on why buy herbal tea and the arrangements of the herbs and comparison to one’s wardrobe is justly/aptly exact as reasoning for purchasing different herbal teas. Herbs are multidimensional as the prism or the kaleidoscope depicting light source.
Well done, I may include in my blog’s section on herbs and tea. I am not as good but I try to emulate what I am presented with.—Tea with Ainee
Herbal Teas with Grace Tea Company
Herbal teas (Herbal Tisanes) this time of year is most important as it soothes and helps to comfort days ahead that may be burdensome or trying times for all.
Some of my favorite teas for this time of year:
Lemon Verbena Sweet Limonetto grows primarily in South America with Lemon Verbena having been a favorite herbal beverage in Europe since the late 18th century. Lemon Verbena has medicinal properties that make it a useful aid to digestion as well as an acting agent for a better night’s sleep.
Linden Flowers Royal Nectar has a natural sweetness and soft aroma and is great as an after dinner meal.
Rooibos South African Red Bush or Red Bush Tea is naturally caffeine free, low in tannins and high in antioxidants. When brewed tea produced is a lovely red color and tasting similarly to a mild black tea. Red Bush Tea is very mild and smooth with very little after taste.
Egyptian Camomile Earth Apple Flowers, this is a natural relaxing aid with the Camomile Flower having a distinctively fruity aroma when brewed. This tea is wonderful for calming down and for unwinding.
Stash Tea is another website I favor and I have purchased and continue to enjoy their teas. Autumn conjures spices: Cardamom, Allspice, Cinnamon, Clove, and Nutmeg… and chai teas are to be enjoyed for their many folds of warmth that is provided in cup of tea. Stash tea is offering us their traditional chai recipe:
Traditional Chai Masala
1/2 tsp ground spices (any blend of cinnamon, cardamom, clove, black peppercorns, ginger, star anise, nutmeg or red chilies)
2 tsp Assam black tea
1 pt milk, any kind
Sweetener (sugar or honey)
1. Combine the spices, tea, milk and your choice of sweetener in a saucepan or pot and bring the mixture to a boil.
2. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, being careful not to scald the milk. Take the pot off the heat and let it stand for 4 minutes.
3. Strain the drink into a teapot or glasses. More sweetener can be added to taste.
For more of their teas and accessories visit www.stashtea.com for their many chai teas for this season of temperature cooling down time. Think of chai teas as a cup of warmth to welcome autumn’s coolness and lovely foliage.
The Traditional Chai Masala, made with spices, milk and sweetener. Yum!
Read the recipe on their blog: http://bit.ly/TH8qLd
Mountain Rose Herbs
They offer some of the finest botanical ingredients around. I enjoy viewing their catalog while sipping tea. I am sorry to say not their teas.
Mountain Rose Herbs has everything needed for making your own herbal teas, medicines or body care products and price wise they are very affordable. I wish they did not have shipping charge, but otherwise they are fine.
For our purpose here I wanted to discuss their herbal salves and infused oils. The herbalists at Mountain Rose Herbs use no preservatives, no petroleum products and no animal testing when making/infusing their oils.
Some of their balms on my wish list:
Herbal Vapors Balm
Helps clear congestion due to colds, allergies and sinus. Active ingredients: Essential oils of Eucalyptus, camphor, mint, wintergreen, sage, rosemary and pine olive oil and beeswax.
To be used on unbroken skin immediately after injury to prevent, relieve, and reduce swelling, bruises and pain.
This is good for inflammation rashes, and dry or sensitive skin. It can be used as a base for salves.
Mountain Rose Herbs also make lovely aroma sprays: Evening Embrace Spray, Cucumber Mist Spray, Moon Moods Spray and my favorite is their Green Tara Spray.
Green Tara Spray is a relaxing, uplifting body mist created for emotional healing and comfort. Lovely floral, lightly tropical fragrance and some of the ingredients: Sweet Marjoram, Chamomile, geranium, ylang ylang and vetiver.
I want to leave you with one of Mountain Rose Herbs‘ fun tea recipes:
Hibiscus Berry Chia Fresca
This is a twist on the traditional chia Fresca drink. This fruity drink can help to soothe and relax digestive troubles, acid reflux or ulcers.
1tbsp organic Hibiscus High Tea
1 tbsp organic hibiscus flowers, dried
1 handful fresh or frozen berries, mashed
2 tbsp raw local honey
3 to 4 tbsp organic chia seeds
Make a quart of Hibiscus High with added hibiscus flowers. Stir in the honey until completely dissolved. When your tea is cool, mash berries & stir them into the infusion. Add the chia seeds to your tea and stir well. Refrigerate overnight and allow the chia seeds to produce gel. Shake the tea before serving and enjoy cold!
Other Hibiscus coolers:
Read up some more on Hibiscus Tea, visit: http://www.herbcompanion.com/natural-home-living/the-herbal-artist-hibiscus-tea-recipe-for-your-health.aspx
News on herbal wellbeing and current upcoming seminars:
CommonwealthCenter for Herbal Medicine
HerbalAcademy of New England Located in Woburn and Bedford, MA www.herbalacademyofne.com
The Art of Home Herbalism with Brittany Nickerson of Thyme Herbal
An introduction to the practice of using medicinal herbs and whole foods to heal yourself and others.
October 2012 – April 2013: Concord & Somerville, MA
September – December 2012 Amherst, MA
I am very fortunate to be able to maintain this blog. It is not so much that I am an expert or have readership but that I am learning and doing something which at times makes me well. I pray each day to find myself with improved mood and better health all around.
Herbal Bitters are dandy and are used as tonics to stimulate the digestive system by encouraging healthy stomach secretions and improving sluggish digestion.
Mountain Rose Herbs offers Urban Moonshine Bitters in three delicious flavors:
Original Bitters, Citrus Bitters, and Maple Bitters with price ranging from $12.00 – $33.00 dollars.—————————–
I am planning to discuss Bitters and Salt in next month’s blog. So please, I implore you to tune in.
A blog about firing tea ware and brewing tea
It would not be autumn; a celebration of cooler days, longer nights with the tea kettle on and to not mention autumn as the season for such things like pumpkins. They are seen at most farmers markets and farm stands when coming upon them on the highway road of the country side.
One of my favorite artist/blogger who makes lovely tea pots uses these themes in his wares…
Petr Novák, a potter focused on creating tea ware. “My relationship to the tea culture begun long before my first clay work had seen the light of day. So I naturally came to ceramics with a focus on the ceramics used in the tea ceremony. Good pottery is as essential to the tea as much as the pure water and good company. On my journey I am searching for the links between the natural look of the wabi style and traditional European techniques. I use fire, the Phoenix, who gives my vessels character and life.”—P. Novák gave us his Patty-pan Squash Teapot, and I was amazed to see how indeed creative it was in it’s distort that I had to leave a comment on his website as to where he get his inspirations.?
Patty-pan Squash Teapot
We held three ceramic workshops this summer. Rather busy time with many new people and new experiences in our house and studio. The last class was focused on making molds from products of nature as apples, pumpkins, cantaloupes…This class was the only one where an external instructor was needed. When it comes to plaster then we know just basics. Fortunately our friend Ola Hořavová has studied those techniques on ceramic high school and continued on university. She also uses molds and hendbuild techniques in her own ceramic work. She have shared her knowledge with our students for almost a week. All students worked hard (we made them to:)). Thanks to big enthusiasm of all participants we round off the week by firing of our small woodkiln.
On pictures below you can see one of patty-pan teapots I have made during my demonstration on the workshop. Body of this teapot was shaped in plaster mold. I will probably not use this technique for my own, regular production (at least, not any time soon). Nevertheless, work on teapots this way was more then interesting experience. Teaching how to make teapot I have learn not just how to work with plaster. It also help me to keep my eyes open to shapes growing around us. It is always beneficial to see your own work from another perspective and this was the case. Big thanks to Ola, and to all creative people around us!
Some more on teapots’ unusually shown here:
Alice Drew is another potter/Artist that I met while volunteering with the Society for Arts and Craft in Boston’s Back Bay/South End are (SAC). I became interested in this artist’s work for the tea pots she at times created and I was happy to come across her work for their Steampunk exhibit.
Steampunk art mixes modern ideas and technology with those from the past, namely the Victorian Age, when the Industrial Revolution was in full swing and steam was a major source of power. This conceptual idea started with literature, where science fiction and fantasy met Victorian-era scientists
The Society of Arts and Crafts
175 Newbury Street * Boston , MA 02116 *617-266-1810
The New Green Gates Pottery
53 Cave Hill Road, Leverett, MA. 01054 // 413 262 8988
TOMAS BLACK, BFA. — professional potter and ceramics teacher http://www.thenewgreengates.com thenewgreengates.com/classes.html
The New Green Gates Pottery
I met and saw some of this potter at the SoWa Antique Fair (www.sowaopenmarket.com) one Sunday in Boston, MA and I have viewed his work on Facebook.com; he is amazingly young for his craft. I am happy to display some of his latest contributions to giving back to his community in Leverett, MA.
The New Green Gates Pottery believes in the importance of building and sustaining community through local initiatives. Founded by Tomas Black in 2011, The New Green Gates strives to encourage and contribute to local community by providing an intimate, welcoming environment for community members to connect and explore the art of ceramics together.
All of the tea pots depicts the talents and character of those brewing for the preparation of a cup of tea. It is not simply the tea leaves, the water as well as the tea pots that will hold the water and the leaves for making tea.
So grab your favorite tea and tea ware and join us here at Teatime with Ainee. Until next we visit again, imploring the folks at The Republic of Tea for more tea as depicted by this advertisement:
Stash Tea— http://www.stashtea.com/Grey-Owl-Tea-Set
2 Stonewall Lane
York, ME 03909
Take a nostalgic trip with the folks at Stonewall Kitchen to the country fair with their rustic country-inspired wares and their blue ribbon products. An example is their Rooster Tea Towel…
Rooster Tea Towel is reminiscent of a good day on the farm and a basket full of fresh eggs in the morning. Bring the nostalgia into your kitchen with these beautiful tea towels. Made of 100% cotton, hand-dyed and very absorbent. Comes in sets of two; each styled slightly different but coordinating.
For some fun and relaxation while taking in a cooking/vintners event plan a visit to The Resort at Paws Up in Montana.
The Resort at Paws Up
The last best place!
40060 Paws Up Road * Greenough, Montana 59823 * 800-473-0601
Contact: Sheena Paddock, Resort Reservation Specialist
The resort is a piece of perfection that can only be found in Montana. It holds many unspoiled wilderness and offers incomparable luxury. This is a majestic ranch situated in this breathtaking area of Montana. Offerings includes a week on horseback—all in a wilderness of sanctuary; world class spas and if your interest is in cooking than plan a visit for The Master Chefs at The Resort at Paws Up weekend of September 27-30, 2012.
Montana Master Chefs is a weekend of culinary masters, world-class vintners and wilderness adventures at the breathtaking Resort at Paws Up.
For more information on The Master Chefs visit:www.montanamasterchefs.com
On line gift shop specializing in exotic teas, tea cups and fair trade based in Connecticut; frequents The Wade & Tea Fair yearly.