Tea-Based Cocktails for Summer Barbecues

By Sara Shacket


As the temperatures climb, it's time to fire up the barbecue for outdoor gatherings. Whether you are having 2 or 20 people over for a summer get-together, don't forget to add in a few tea cocktails for a festive and refreshing way to enhance your summertime fun.

Pimm's Iced Tea Cup

One of my all-time favorite cocktails is a Pimm's Cup. This summer staple uses Pimm's No. 1 Cup, a British liqueur created in the mid-1800s by James Pimm, who marketed his namesake herbaceous elixir as a health tonic. This gin-based liqueur grew wildly popular in the UK, and the cocktail is still popular... Read more >

The Benefits of Tea: Pleasure AND Health

By Heather Edwards


The pleasures of tea are immediate, satisfying, and unusual. What other drink stimulates the brain while it relaxes the body? What other beverage offers such a wide range of flavor, fragrance, and delicious taste for the palate to enjoy? These are reasons enough to drink tea on a regular basis, but is it good for our health?

The answer is pretty much yes, and in a few cases, maybe no.

Modest quantities of true tea (Camellia sinensis) are indeed healthful for most people. Drinking anywhere from one to four small cups (4 oz.) of tea per day is an ideal way to keep our minds alert... Read more >

Reading Tea Leaves: An Ancient Art Form

By Samantha Albala


Tea leaf reading is a tradition that likely began soon after the discovery of tea by Chinese Emperor Shen Nun in 2737 BC. Once a cup of tea is enjoyed, a ritual is performed involving tapping into the subconscious and letting the tea leaves left at the bottom of the cup tell a story about the tea drinker's present life and upcoming future. It is speculated that before the discovery of tea, Chinese monks analyzed the designs and cracks that formed on the inside of bells for similar purposes.

One origin story suggests that after sharing a pot of tea, a group of friends discussed their... Read more >

Alice in Camellialand: Part Two

By Shane L. Braverman


(This is Part 2 of a two-part series.
Check out Part 1 here!)

Welcome back, my fellow Camellialand ambassadors!

Last I checked, your "Alices" had jumped anxiously down the rabbit hole and were beginning to tentatively enjoy themselves at the (hopefully not-too-intimidating) tea party. Chewy, grassy, they're learning that it doesn't matter!

As your own "Alice" relaxes and begins to enjoy her tea, her anxiety level over knowing how to enjoy the tea will lower. It is at this point that her curiosity will start to emerge unhindered. She begins to realize that there is... Read more >

Yoga Break 2: Formosa Oolong & The Downward Dog

By Natasha Nesic


For today's Yoga Break, we're getting down and doggy with it.*


Downward Dog, aka Adho Mukha Svanasana is an excellent breaktime pose. First, it loosens up your shoulders. Then, that nice rush of blood flowing to your head provides stress relief.

Chances are if you're reading this, then your head is craning forward, your chin is tucked, and all that resulting jaw tension is pulling your pecs in and causing your shoulders to hunch forward like Severus Snape. (Yes, the image is necessary.) By pressing back into Downward Dog, it takes the shoulders into retraction, lifting... Read more >