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Are Greenhouse Gases Making More Powerful Herbs?

Our planet is remarkably resilient. Planet Earth has built in feedback systems that allow it, within reason to heal itself and maintain the global climate in the optimal zone to support life. Greenhouse gasses are a case in point. When CO2 levels rise, plant life flourishes. The increased plant biomass, through the process of photosynthesis, converts the CO2 to oxygen. Oxygen levels rise CO2 levels are brought back to normal. This “Carbon Cycle” maintains the earth over millennia in a remarkable stable zone. Most scientists...

The Craft Tea Producer's Dilemna: Sell or not to sell.

Dragon Well tea is a great example of the craft tea producer’s dilemma. The traditional home of Dragon Well tea, the area around West Lake in Zhejiang Province, is now almost entirely owned by large commercial operators. Machine harvesting, chemical fertilizers and oven roasting have all become the norm.   Furthermore, West Lake is quite close to what is now a major Chinese industrial city. Greater metropolitan Hangzhou is China’s 20th largest city and home to over 20 million people. Consequently the West Lake area...

The Custom of Guanxi and What It Means to You.

Repeated from email - Three years ago I was in a small teashop in Hangzhou. The shop was one that probably doesn’t get a lot of foreign visitors. The shopkeeper took one look at me and assumed I wasn’t too bright and had money to burn.  So he was busy brewing samples of 3rd rate teas for me while I played a game I like to call, “bring out the good stuff.”  Our game was interrupted when I heard a car pull up out front....

Managing Blood Pressure Without Prescription Drugs

Yesterday I talked about the problem of misdiagnosis of high blood pressure. I want to be perfectly clear. Many people do have high blood pressure. It is a serious, even life threatening condition. For some people, prescription medications are the difference between life and death.   THE TREATMENT MAY BE WORSE FOR YOU THAN THE DISEASE But a 2003 study in the UK found that 97% of people taking blood pressure medications suffer one or more serious side effects during their treatment.[1] Think about that...

How to brew the perfect cup of tea!

There is no one right answer.One of the most personally satisfying aspects of my tea business is empowering people to take charge of their own health. One key is listening to your body. That includes listening to what your body is saying every time you brew a cup of tea. How much you enjoy that cup of tea will be directly proportional to how well it meets the needs your body is expressing right then. Make sense? The BasicsThe best I can do is provide...

New Research Indicates Some Traditional Herbal Remedies May Be Effective for Treating The Root Cause of Type 2 Diabetes.

Most Diabetes Medications Are Aimed At Managing Symptoms If you are one of the estimated 29 million Americans with Type 2 Diabetes you can probably rattle off the top ten diabetes medications off the top of your head. However, all these medications have one thing in common. They help manage the symptoms of diabetes not the cause. Most are designed to either supplement insulin production, reduce sugar absorption or support pancreatic health. The causes of diabetes are complex and not completely understood. However, for many...