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Iced Tea, Ya'll!

iced tea time, ya'll, in the apothecary!

I was raised on family stories of not-so-law-abiding ancestors who lived fast, and in some cases, died young.  Having now lived for a short while in Austin, I’ve come to appreciate one of my ancestors, the wild west train robber and outlaw, Sam Bass.  My Uncle Sam’s death is re-enacted annually just a half-hour from our home on the 4th of July which is a strange experience for me, but an altogether Texas way of celebrating the 4th.  He was an interesting character, whose appearance was said to be gentler than the typical rough-and-tumble outlaw.  I imagine that if Sam were alive today we’d sit in the Apothecary’s backyard drinking iced tea and planning our next direct-action protest (I figure that I could direct his wild west energies into more social justice oriented activities and less train robbing).  So in honor of my outlaw ancestry and in an attempt to love the heat, our newest creation in the Apothecary is an iced tea.

Our Watering Hole Iced Tea Blend is lightly caffeinated and bursting with red color but promising coolness.  Our Iced Tea is slightly sweet, slightly sour and completely delicious.  A great post-workout drink and for when you’re feeling overheated, heat-cranky or wanting to lure friends and family away from their busy schedules for some sweet and easy conversation, Watering Hole Iced Tea Blend is here for you.

ROOIBOS Aspalanthus linearis: Righteous, red bush Rooibos (pronounced roy-bus) comes to us from the western region of South Africa’s Cape Region.  Rooibos is an herb rich in antioxidants and restorative properties used in the treatment of such conditions such as allergies, eczema, indigestion, headache and tension.  Rooibos is naturally caffeine-free and cooling to the body.

HIBISCUS Hibiscus sabdariffa: Another name for the beautiful red Hibiscus flower is sour-sour which aptly describes its cooling flavor.  Hibiscus is especially rehydrating with its electrolyte content and is also rich in vitamins A and C as well as beta-carotene.

YERBA MATE Ilex paraguariensis: Blood cleansing, lightly caffeinated, and stimulating to the mind, Yerba Mate helps us to tolerate the hot weather that brings us to drinking iced tea in the first place!  Improve your memory, cleanse your body and stress less all while keeping it cool – nice.

JASMINE Jasminum officinale: We included fragrant white Jasmine flowers in our blend because of their harmonizing effect on the mind, body and spirit.  Dream-inducing, Jasmine helps us dwell more deeply in beauty, transforming the heat of exhaustion into the fires of passion.

Visit our S H O P to enjoy our Watering Hole Iced Tea Blend and many other fine herbal concoctions!

More Stars for More Merriment

As with any part of the year, whether you are tired, invigorated, flabbergasted, illuminated, joyful, disgruntled or bursting with any other exuberant expression of emotional being-ness, we hope that you'll always have time to drink deep the incredible (tea)cup of life that we're all experiencing.

All that said, we are simply tea-sellers at the end of the day and we would like you to know that we've more stars to light your way.  Our Star of Yule Tea Blend is now available in our standard 3 ounce size in our little online shop. You can still find it in our Winter Remedy Kits, too, in a smart-looking 1 ounce tin (who doesn't want to look clever?).

Tea to soothe, to calm, to sing a song...

When I was working at a local café here in Portland, I had the opportunity to create custom teas for our customers.  In the process of creating blends for the café, I asked many of our customers not only what kind of teas they liked, but why they drank tea.  Many responses included drinking tea because it was “soothing" and “de-stressing," as well as a time to be still and mindful.  Sounds pretty good to me! I know I enjoy walking into a café, a friend’s kitchen or backyard and having the opportunity to sit down with a cuppa.  It’s not only the tea that centers me but also the environment I’m in, the way the tea is served, its scent, color, and, of course, its taste.  I love especially seeing the tea before it is brewed and I often choose teas by sight, attracted to its particular colors and texture.  Beauty, in its multitude of manifestations, soothes the soul, and with that in mind I created Flower Song as a tea that inhabits the realm of beauty quite comfortably.

An uplifting yet calming blend that sings directly to the soul, Flower Song promotes circulation, digestion, and relieves stress, nervousness, and anxiety while opening the heart to gentleness.  A delicate tea with soft flavor and a light amber color, Flower Song can be enjoyed morning, noon, and night.

Flower Song, as its name implies, is made entirely of flowers giving it an especially ethereal quality that we often encounter when venturing into the realm of flowers.  The following flowers are used in the blend:

CALENDULA Calendula officinalis: A wonderfully healing herb, Calendula is antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, eases indigestion, and strengthens the body’s restorative processes.

CHAMOMILE Matricaria recutita: Nervine that directly addresses feelings of irritability and anxiety.  Calming to the stomach, Chamomile is especially useful after meals.

LAVENDER Lavandula officinalis: Treats exhaustion, headaches, and unease.  Helps the body, mind, and spirit to settle and relax.

JASMINE Jasminum officinale: Restores self-confidence and relieves depression.

ROSE Rosa damascena: A lovely, calming tonic that opens the heart.

RED CLOVER Trifolium pratense: Purifying the blood and lymph nodes, Red Clover helps clear the body of congestion.

Flower Song can be purchased at the Worts & Cunning Apothecary shop on etsy.

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