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The Boiling Question

This week I stumbled on some research published in China on Jiaogulan. I almost overlooked it because the title was a bit misleading. The article title is “Determination of Rare Earth Elements and Active Substances in Wild Gynostemma pentaphyllum of Yongzhou and Their Releasing Law in Boiling Water”    I thought at first glance this was a study of rare earth elements in jiaogulan. While that interests me, the presence of rare earth elements in jiaogulan is very dependent on the area it is grown...

3 Herbal Hacks To Beat The Zika Virus

I have seen firsthand what it is like to live in country plagued by a mosquito borne virus. I lived and worked in Central America for several years. Central America is host to some of the most virulent mosquito borne epidemics in the world including, dengue fever and the chikungunya virus. When my team was working near local waterways and wetlands, I could count on having dozens of people down with these viruses. We took all the necessary precautions but it just wasn’t enough.  ...

Which Herb Should I Try for...

One of the questions I am asked often is something like, “Which of your wellness teas should I drink for condition X ?” where X is whatever is highest of the person’s personal health concerns.  I try my best to answer (always bearing in mind that I am not a doctor and there are a lot of you asking) but the answer is not always clear-cut because most wellness herbs have more than one benefit and synergistic effects. This is one of the reasons I’m not...

Ground-breaking research from high school student (and Immortalitea)

It’s no secret I’m a science geek. Over the years Immortalitea has participated in several formal research projects with organizations like the University of Maryland’s Food Sciences Center and The University of Louisiana’s School of Kinesiology. This week I’m proud to share with you our latest research results, regarding the antibacterial properties of White Mulberry Leaf. The researcher extracted essential oil from white mulberry leaf tea samples provided by Immortalitea. She then tested the antibacterial effects of the essential oil on the bacteria Clostridium Sordellii....

Catechins and White Tea

Today I want to share with you about something called catechins. If you’re a regular on my blog or newsletter, you’ve heard me talk about catechins before. I’m on the topic again today because of a new study that is literally hot off the press. I’ll talk about the study some more in a few minutes. But first, why should you care about catechins. Catechins are a polyphenol found in many plants. Studies have found catechins to have a number of health benefits. Catechins are...

Meet Our Old Tree Silver Needle

Meet Our Old Tree Silver Needle Tea Today I finish introducing you to our white teas. I’ve saved the best one for last, Our Old Tree Silver Needle. Silver needle tea is considered by many tea connoisseurs as the ultimate of the commonly available teas. This tea (in it’s modern form) was first developed during the Ming dynasty and is called Silver Needle White Down. (In the West we typically shorten the name to just “Sliver Needle”) “Silver needle” refers to the shape of the...

Meet Our White Peony Tea

White Peony Tea (Chinese name: Bai Mudan) First, let’s get the most frequent confusion out of the way. There are no flowers in white peony tea. It is pure white tea. It is called “white peony” because the dried leaves resemble somewhat the petals of a white peony flower. OK, whew! Got that out of the way. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve answered that question. White peony tea was first created in 1922 in Fujian, so it can’t really be called a...

What is White Tea?

Despite tea production and consumption being an art that may date back as many as 2000 years, there are remarkably few standard definitions in tea production. For centuries the specifics of tea processing were carefully kept secrets. Consequently, new entrants into the field had to replicate the results of their predecessors using trial and error. They often developed different techniques to achieve similar seeming results. Consequently, there are no hard and fast definitions of the different categories of tea. In general, producers agree that white...

Oh Hibiscus! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.. hot, cold, spicy and tipsy!

By far the most frequently asked question about our new Organic Hibiscus Flower Tea is, “How do I prepare this stuff?” So I thought I’d send a few recipes your way. Don’t be limited by these suggestions. Use this as a jumping off point for your own culinary creations. The Basic: Hot Tea: Put 2 or 3 whole dried blossoms in a teapot with filter. Add 8 ounces of boiling (or near boiling) water. Steep for 5-10 minutes. WARNING :) This will be very sour....

Top 10 Must Do's On Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is next Monday. Earlier this week I shared some fun No-Nos on Chinese New Year. But come on! The real fun is not “what you can’t do” but what you get to do! Here’s what our friends in China, and throughout most of East Asia, will be up to during the Chinese New Year. 10. See the folks – New Year's Eve in China is usually celebrated with a large family dinner. This dinner is called the Reunion Feast and is considered...