Tea Goes to College: Campus Tea Clubs

Apr '12

By Tiffany Picard

It's a typical day in class at The University of California, Berkeley... except the instructor is a junior in college. Also the 25 students are gathered at a local teashop, rather than in a classroom. And rather than scribbling in notebooks, students are sniffing, scooping, and brewing tea using Chinese gongfu tea sets. The class is part of Berkeley's DeCal program, which allows students to enroll in semester-long classes facilitated by students. Sam Mansfield, the co-facilitator of "TeaCal", explained that the class is really popular, and they had to turn away many of the 80 students... Read more >

Herbal Teas for Healthy Skin

Mar '12

By Tiffany Picard

For many of us, the cold winter air leaves our skin dry and itchy. In a past edition of TeaMuse, we explored how tea can help your skin. If your skin could use some TLC this season, here are a few herbals to nourish your skin from the inside out: Chamomile Many people think of chamomile as a good snoozy time tea, but it's oh-so-much more. Chamomile has been long appreciated as a medicinal plant, dating as far back as the ancient Egyptians, who dedicated chamomile to their gods as a cure for fever. Chamomile, which is related to the daisy, has natural anti-inflammatory properties--great... Read more >

Have Tea, Will Travel

Nov '11

By Tiffany Picard

With the holidays approaching, many of us will be trekking across land or sea to visit our loved ones. Travel can be fun, but it's often hard to leave the comforts of home--especially your tea cupboard! Tea drinkers may be hard-pressed to find a decent cuppa while on the road, whether it's because of lukewarm restaurant teas, less-than-delicious café teabags, or coffee-flavored hotel water. But you don't have to compromise your tea standards just because you're in transit; here are a few tips to make it through your holiday travels with tea in hand. First, a quality travel mug is a must-have.... Read more >