Sleep Tied to Memory and Learning

Nov '14

By Diana Rosen


What really happens inside our brains when we sleep? How are learning and memory connected? Can a good night's sleep help both mind and body? These questions have intrigued scientists for generations, however a new study published in the journal Science may have provided the most specific answers yet to why sleep is important to learning and retention of memory. Using advanced microscopy to examine the brain, the study uncovered the specific mechanisms of memory. There are connections between brain cells that form while we sleep, and these brain cells (synapses) need rest to retain what we have... Read more >

Temper Mild Depression with Rooibos and Chamomile

Oct '14

By Diana Rosen


Depression affects millions of people in the United States alone. The Center for Disease Control estimates that one in ten adults suffer from depression. Even mild depression can be debilitating and while anti-depressants work for many they don't work for everyone. Many studies show that herbal teas like rooibos and chamomile and traditional black and green teas can help relieve not only depression but its related symptoms as well. Best of all, tea is accessible, economical, delicious and nearly immediately effective in making you feel a whole lot better. Rooibos Rooibos is made from... Read more >

Want a Strong Immune System? Drink Tea!

Aug '14

By Diana Rosen


Your immune system is the gatekeeper to good health, and keeping it strong and vital means you'll experience fewer illnesses and you'll benefit from quicker recovery when, or if, you become ill. So, what is an immune system and why is it so important? It is the human body's unique design to resist the millions of fungi, microbes and viruses, toxins and parasites and bacteria and germs to which we are exposed every single day. As conscientious as we might be, we cannot avoid being exposed to bacteria and viruses. What we can do is build up our bodies' immune system so that it can prevent... Read more >

The AnTEAdote to Stress

Jul '14

By Diana Rosen


One of the hallmarks of recent times is the increase in stress. We're busier than ever despite all the "time-saving" gadgets, and, as a culture, we Americans find it difficult to say no to invitations to volunteer, stay overtime at work, go the extra mile for friends, neighbors and our business or employer. While learning how to prioritize your time enough to understand when it's okay to say no to another obligation, it isn't always easy. So, what's a 21st century person to do? Establish a tea ritual! The ritual for preparing tea to de-stress is purposeful, personal and, most importantly,... Read more >

Stock Up on Teas & Tisanes for Sinus Season

Jun '14

By Diana Rosen


It's such a treat to see the first flowers of spring, however, for allergy sufferers or those sensitive to sinus congestion, spring is one reason to take to the bed! We've created a whole series of recipes using either tea or herbal infusions to help you get through any spring or other season where temperature, flora, dander, dust or other allergens are prevalent. Instead of medicinal histamines, you might want to consider the natural teas' ability to act as histamines to calm allergic reactions, ease symptoms and make breathing easier and deeper. Here are some ideas: Rooibos, whether... Read more >

Secret to Healthy Aging is in the Cup... of Tea

May '14

By Diana Rosen


We'd like to bust a few myths about aging. Good genes are important, but they're not as important as exercise, a good diet and a well-rounded life that includes work you like and people you enjoy. You're not destined to be frail, forgetful or lacking stamina, either. In fact, old age can be a most delightful chapter in your life, full of activity and, with a little preparation, vibrant health. One key to that is including healthful, antioxidant-rich tea in your diet, your hygiene routines and in your social life as often as you can. Here are a few ways that tea can make aging more comfortable... Read more >

Unsweetened Green Tea Excellent for Dental Health

Apr '14

By Diana Rosen


Want to have cleaner, fresher breath? Healthier gums and teeth? Keep your teeth a lifetime? Recent studies from China, Japan and the U.S. all confirm that drinking unsweetened green tea will give you all that, and more. The common thread in all these studies is the recognition that powerful antioxidants are the "good guys"that are especially good for oral health. Those powerful antioxidants include polyphenols also abundant in fruits and vegetables but tea has eight to ten times as many of these disease fighters than produce. And, with 50 to 150 types of polyphenols present in green tea from... Read more >

Plan Ahead for Earth Day, April 1

Mar '14

By Diana Rosen


No foolin' readers, Earth Day is serious fun and, we think, should be celebrated every day. We're delighted there's a national push for Earth Day to honor our planet, protect our resources and learn how to use (and reuse) natural products. Whether you have a window box of flowers, some pots of tomato plants on the balcony or the luxury of a full-bore vegetable garden, your plants will benefit from great compost. Perhaps the most welcomed addition to a compost pile is spent tea leaves because worms love tea and worms make the richest, nutrient-filled compost. Our very clever ingenuiTEA... Read more >

Valentine's Day Teas Bloomin' with Flavor

Feb '14

By Diana Rosen


The creative minds at Adagio have developed what may very well be the ultimate gift of love, the exclusive, exotic, exciting collection called Love Petals. It's a set of three beautifully-blended teas that will surely please your sweetheart (and everyone else you love!) Love Petals loose leaf teas and pyramid teabags each are packaged in gorgeous, reusable tins, so no rushing around for gift boxes, wrapping and ribbons. And, did we mention they're modestly priced? And, that the teas are such high quality that second infusions are the norm? Great tea, great value, great gift. Here are the... Read more >

Try Tea for First Aid, Beauty

Jan '14

By Diana Rosen


Many of you may already know that a chilled spent tea bag may be used as a balm over an insect bite or to refresh eyes for a big party. But did you know there are many other reasons to use tea in your skin health and first aid? It's easy to be at the ready. Anytime you use unflavored tea bags, don't toss them when you're done. Instead, keep them covered and chilled in the fridge, up to three days. Use as necessary. One bag, several uses, now that's recycling. (True tea is more helpful than flavored ones or tisanes which might irritate those folks with plant or flower allergies.) Tan without... Read more >

Tales & Tea Leaves Map Out a Tolkien Journey

Jan '14

By Diana Rosen


A box without hinges, key, or lid,yet golden treasure inside is hid. Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" are legion, so it's no wonder that one of our most popular collections is Tales & Tea Leaves, spectacular teas in six reusable tins in a terrific 9"x9"x1.5" shadow box you can hang on your office wall or place on the kitchen counter. "Where there's life there's hope, and need of vittles." Naturally, we think the most important "vittles" are a full cupboard of teas. You already know that a great cup of tea can warm your heart and your body... Read more >

New Year's Resolutions? Let's Take Another Look

Dec '13

By Diana Rosen


Who hasn't thought to save more money, lose those pesky pounds, eat better and exercise? We don't need to repeat these oft posted - and usually broken- resolutions. Instead, we've come up with 12 resolutions, one for each month, which are easy or fun or inexpensive and, best of all, really make a difference for you and everyone around you. Remember, these are just suggestions, however, we hope you'll consider them as inspiration. Be grateful. No matter what your situation is, somebody's got it worse. Be grateful for the friends, family, health, work, wealth you DO have, not wistful for... Read more >

Remember the Kids (& Kids at Heart) this Season

Dec '13

By Diana Rosen


One of the most cherished memories for many of us is remembering how we were read to, be it bedtime stories, ghost stories around a campfire or in a library or schoolroom. Stories can enchant and delight, inform and instruct, make us laugh or cry. That's why books are perfect gifts, timeless and enduring. And, what's more exciting than adventure stories or classic fairytales from the brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson, the adventures of Madeline or Babar, Jungle Jim or Just So Stories, Tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Treasure Island or R.L.... Read more >

Enjoying Thanksgivukkah Without the 5-Pound Gain

Nov '13

By Diana Rosen


Whatever it's called during this significant year, the Jewish Festival of Lights, Chanukah, has the unique position to begin Wednesday, November 27, and end December 5, making the first day of this holiday the same as American Thanksgiving Day, November 28. So, the dilemmas begin: latkes (potato pancakes) instead of stuffing? Donuts instead of pumpkin pie? Or, have them all? As you can tell already, this is not a low-cal decision so it's probably significant to know this combo of feasts won't occur again until 2070. Mom's apple pie. Aunt Sherry's awesome latkes. Dad's turkey! It's all so inviting,... Read more >

Caldron Favorites

Oct '13

By Diana Rosen


You don't have to be a warlock or witch to scare up some great beverages for Halloween or other fall celebrations. Either of these could calm the nerves of any ghost-fearing guest...or you! Vegan Pumpkin Chai Lots of folks are dining vegetarian or vegan these days, and this pumpkin chai is perfect because it doesn't contain any animal products yet it is full of flavor. Even carnivores love it. This is a tea-less beverage. If you want to add tea, use a black Assam or Ceylon and add during the last five minutes of boiling the spices. Although it's quite spicy, it's suitable for sharing with... Read more >

Tricks and Teas for Halloween

Oct '13

By Diana Rosen


It's autumn, and that means it will soon be time to create a costume, host a Halloween party and create yummy treats for trick-or-treat guests. However you spend this year's All Hallows' Eve, here are two recipes to try at home. They're easy, delicious and pair fantastically with tea. Or if you're feeling a little daring, each recipe may be modified to incorporate tea as an ingredient. Scary Fingers This recipe is super easy and looks soooo scary. Served best alongside Dragon Well, Gyokuro, Matcha or Sencha as these teas will complement the white chocolate. Ing48... Read more >

Stay Sharp in the Office and Classroom

Sep '13

By Diana Rosen


Whether you're sending your child off to college for the first time, or preparing for the classroom or office yourself, a little preparation and some tea can make study or work easier and much more enjoyable. While nothing aids success in studies or work more than concentrated effort, we think an occasional cup of high-quality tea will steer you in the right direction. Feeling overwhelmed and need a calming cup? Check out Adagio's herbal teas, from chamomile to raspberry patch. Need an energy boost? Nothing will get the job done as well as black teas, from black dragon pearls to Earl Grey.... Read more >

Want to be Alert and Clear Headed? Drink Tea!

Sep '13

By Diana Rosen


Tea is all over the news. It seems like nearly every week another study is released that proves the efficacy of tea as a beverage that can help fend off disease, increase brain activity, help bones and teeth, foster alertness, and add fire to physical performance. Many of these studies are done on relatively few people (10-50) and hardly any use high-quality tea; instead, they employ teabags of fannings or dust. Still, the results are very impressive and hold out great hope for applications for disease prevention, particularly those with cognitive malfunction. This is of particular importance... Read more >

Summer Tea Stand: Nostalgia & Great Teaching Tool!

Aug '13

By Diana Rosen


Did you have a lemonade stand when you were a kid? If you have children, nieces or nephews, or work with kids, reviving the lemonade stand as a TEA STAND could be both a trip down nostalgia lane and a low-tech capitalism project! A summertime tea stand is a great learning experience and a lot of fun, as both children and teens can learn business skills like how to create a product, sell it, and figure out what to do with the profits! This business model can be replicated many times in the future, and is great for those eight-years-old and older. First, what to sell? Naturally, we think a... Read more >

Delicious Recipes for Summer Desserts and Drinks

Aug '13

By Diana Rosen


Iced Tea Popsicles: A Sensational Alternative The iced tea popsicle is so simple to make and, with all the choices of ice cube shapes and sizes, you can really have fun with this. But first, you are going to need a popsicle mold. The best choices are made from silicone. Craft or culinary shops have a wide selection of these molds with ready-made handles. In addition, they carry ready-made sticks, so stock up, because everyone's gonna love these! You can use flavored teas, plain teas of all types, or combine the teas with fresh berries or cut up fruits for a pretty look and yummy taste.... Read more >

Tea to the Rescue!

Aug '12

By Diana Rosen


Sometimes, the pure joy of water sports takes us to that special state where time is forgotten along with everyday cares. Whether you like to waterski, sail, swim or just be lazy on the beach with a great summer read, remember to use a hat, when possible; apply sunscreen every 20-30 minutes; and take shelter in the shade as often as you can. Should time get by you, the result can often be painful sunburn. If you're blistering or if the burn looks particularly severe, get someone to take you to the clinic or an emergency care center immediately. If, however, it seems like a more typical case... Read more >

Traveling and Tea: Have a Great Cup Anywhere

Aug '12

By Diana Rosen


Anywhere in the world that you could travel, you'll find tea: tea rooms, cafes in museums, tea shops, farms that grow tea in the countries that grow tea (even in the U.S. - Hawaii, Oregon and on Wadmalaw Island off the coast of South Carolina), and museums dedicated to tea. TEA IN FOREIGN LANDS You've been backpacking for days, viewed breathtaking mountains and swum in beautiful rivers and now it's time for a little urban pleasure. You'll find it in the nearest multi-star hotel where you can order a cup of tea served to you in the lobby or in the hotel restaurant. The Taj hotels in India,... Read more >

Cool Tea Ideas for Hot Summer Parties

Jul '12

By Diana Rosen


Whether it's Independence Day, birthdays, or "just because it's summer", nothing is easier or more delicious than iced tea to accompany barbecues, elegant picnics or family celebrations. Iced tea gained its largest audience among the 20 million visitors who passed through the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. From then on, iced tea became the most popular way Americans drink tea and that's been the same for 108 years. Southerners love it as "sweet tea", pre-sweetened and English-Breakfast-black brisk. Southwesterners love their "sun tea" made with Ceylon-style black tea teabags floating in a clean... Read more >

Graduation Day: Celebrating the Grad in Your Life

Jun '12

By Diana Rosen


Classic Care Package: Pack a few home-made goodies, some delicious Adagio teas and coupons for discounts at places they love. Add some inspiration with a jar stuffed with quotes that you have written or typed onto pieces of paper. Fold these papers in half and stuff them into a box or jar. (Add a few family favorite jokes or comments or the most inspiring three words ever (I love you!) and your grad will definitely be inspired to keep working hard at school or at work. Send once a semester or once a month and stand back for the kudos! Keep 'em Healthy: Whether it's a gym membership... Read more >

Gadgets, Gifts and Grilling with Dad

Jun '12

By Diana Rosen


We hope your dad loves tea as much as you do. Some men erroneously think that tea is not a "manly drink." To prove those naysayers wrong, there are wonderful books on historic clipper ships, tea fables and lore or on Asian and European tea collectibles and tea art. And if your dad is already a tea lover, who wouldn't want a selection of his favorite teas or an elegant Yixing pot all to himself? GUYS LOVE GADGETS Ever notice that guys love their toys? Fortunately, tea-loving guys have plenty of gadgets and tools to choose from to enhance their tea drinking pleasures. Here's just a partial... Read more >

Honor Mom With A Delicious Gift

May '12

By Diana Rosen


Landline or cell phone, the busiest day of the year for all phone companies is the second Sunday of May. That's because it's Mother's Day: time to call Mom and tell her how special she is to us. Ever since President Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation in 1914 making the second Sunday in May a time to honor all mothers, we've been using telegram offices, telephone companies, email servers, and the good old U.S. Post Office to send messages of love and affection to dear Mom. No matter how old you are, you're still her special son or daughter, so tell her how much she means to you by stopping... Read more >

Celebrate Passover and Easter With Tea

Apr '12

By Diana Rosen


The clocks have sprung forward, Spring Equinox has passed, and the two seminal holidays of the season will soon be upon us: Passover, April 6-13 and Easter, April 8. One food they have in common is the eternal symbol of life, the egg. Cooking eggs in tea is a timeless recipe and especially applicable for the season. After infusing eggs with tea, they can be halved, served whole, or chopped for easy egg salad or additions to macaroni or tuna salads. In the spirit of the season, we suggest our Chinese Green Pekoe from Fujian for a delicate astringent taste, but traditionalists will love our... Read more >

Classics on Tea For Your Personal Library

Mar '12

By Diana Rosen


One of the charms of tea is the anecdotal storytelling that accompanies its history and presence in the cup. Love the adventure of a Patrick O'Brien novel? Then, you're sure to love the stories of the clipper ships galloping across oceans in a race to bring tea home and return to tea-growing countries with silver. Does fine teaware intrigue you? Then stories of China's pioneering porcelain manufacturing - whether blue-and-white or Yixing - to Britain's own trusty Brown Betty pots will fascinate you to no end. What about ceremony? How can any tea lover not be enthralled with the Duchess of Bedford's... Read more >

Heart Health for Your Valentine

Feb '12

By Diana Rosen


The heart has long been an icon for love, and no wonder - its gentle beating keeps us alive and breathing! February is also American Heart Month, so why not give your Valentine a fine black or green tea and a box of dark chocolates? This double-whammy of a gift offers twice the heart benefits because chocolate has high antioxidant qualities, too. Sounds like a gift your special someone will love! DARK CHOCOLATE IS A GOOD THING... Chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, has high amounts of antioxidants which fight destructive molecules implicated in heart disease and destroy free radicals... Read more >

Spice Up Your Holiday Tea Drinks!

Dec '11

By Diana Rosen


Tired of the traditional punch or eggnog for holiday celebrations? Try these new ideas for adding favorite alcoholic beverages to the teas you adore. They're easy to make, delicious to taste and your family and friends will love your innovative take on entertaining. Both true tea and herbals are good foundations for holiday drinks. Fruity tisanes or herbals make great punches with an infusion of vodka, or fruit-flavored liqueurs. Second, like all good recipes, the best ingredients make the best drinks, yet if that ultra-special oolong is truly a drink-alone selection, use a second-tier oolong... Read more >

DIY Tea Gift Baskets for the Holidays

Dec '11

By Diana Rosen


Nothing charms more than a gift basket of delectable teas and accessories for the holidays. It's a delightful way to thank a hostess for a festive meal, a more welcome gift than another tie or set of body lotions, and it can even be very kind to the budget. One caveat, spend the bulk of your holiday gift basket dollars on high-quality teas, the freshest you can afford for best flavor and fragrance whether bulk leaf or in bags. Buy in bulk, if possible, and separate quantities into decorative containers for each basket. Even one ounce of a high-quality tea will give many cups of pleasure... Read more >

The Chemistry Of Tea

Nov '11

By Diana Rosen


Part of the enigma of tea is it can both stimulate and relax the body, characteristics that the earliest patrons of tea, Buddhist monks, embraced wholeheartedly. In their efforts to meditate for long periods of time, they were greatly assisted by tea's ability to keep their bodies relaxed in meditative poses while keeping their minds alert along the path to meditative calm. From the ever-expanding understanding of chemistry, we now know the scientific reasons for tea's impact on monks...and the rest of us. Yet even the most learned of chemists cannot identify the thousands of chemical molecules... Read more >