Herbals for What Ails You

By Heather Edwards

As tea lovers, you know that "true tea" comes from a varietal of the Camellia sinensis plant. However, any plant part (leaf, bark, flower, root) infused in water can be called a "tea" although the true moniker is



herbal infusion

. So why drink them?
  • they're delicious
  • they keep you healthy
  • they may cure temporary discomforts.

As a beverage, these herbals benefit digestion and reduce pain when used as a tea. As a wash or paste, they ease a number of mild medical concerns from laryngitis to foot fungus.

To brew,... Read more >

Rub-a-Dub-Dub, Tea in the Tub

By Missy Sheehan

If you read last week's TeaMuse post, you already know that tea isn't just for sipping anymore. The world's second most popular beverage is becoming increasingly popular as an ingredient in bath and body care products thanks to its numerous benefits for the skin.

According to an article published in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology in 2009, "the complex polyphenolic compounds in tea provide the same protective effect for the skin as for internal organs." While black and white teas have been shown to offer some benefits for the skin, green tea, which has the highest... Read more >

Brew-it-Yourself Winter Skin Treatment

By Natasha Nesic

During the chill of wintery months--or pre-wintery months, as we're off into November--our skin starts clamoring for attention. It gets dry and whiny, begging you to start ransacking the nearest Sephora, where you might spend anywhere from $20 to over $100 on facial products just to get through the season. (Same goes for Lush, Sabon, etc. Your wallet doesn't know the difference.)

If you have tea, however, you can outwit your skin and your wallet with a nifty little scrub--no name brand required.

DIY Tea Scrub Ingredients:

Fright Night Freestyle-Tea Style

By Natasha Nesic

Hermits, I don't care what kind of hole you're in this Halloween. Even if you're by your onesie, there's still room to throw a Halloween party.

All it takes is a playlist.

A horrifically good playlist. (And, of course, the tea to go with it.)

After you've finished terrorizing the children in your zombie getup, slip into something more comfortable for the afterparty. Try out your slick new alter ego: TeaJay Gyoku-Roshi, master DJ sommelier.

Fright Night Freestyle!

1. MS MR: Bones
Yunnan Noir
This song first gained popularity when... Read more >

All Hallow's TEAve

By Lindsay Jawor

Are you still looking for more ways to include tea in your Halloween celebrations this year? Keep wondering - we'll keep churning out ideas!

The coolest thing we've seen this year is skull-shaped sugar cubes. The concept of sugar skulls goes back to the Dia de los Muertos celebrations in Mexico, and we're seeing more and more of the designs in everyday life. What better way to enjoy your tea this Halloween than with a teaspoon of sugar in the shape of a skull? We've also seen some amazing tea cozies worthy of your favorite teapot, and a teapot you can make from scratch!

Two... Read more >