Jasmine: A Tea for Love

Jasmine, Jasminum officinale or Jasminum sambac, is a flower famous and well-loved for its wonderful fragrance and often enjoyed when it is paired with Green Tea, or sometimes Black tea or Oolong tea, from the Camellia sinensis plant.  It is part of many traditional Asian and Middle Eastern tea cultures, including China, Japan, Vietnam, and Iran, but has made its way into Western tea culture of the modern day and to our some of our uplifting tea blends at Arogya.

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Staying Healthy and Vibrant During Late Summer

As the summer sun continues to shine and the summer squash in our gardens become overly abundant, we find ourselves in a special time of the year.  In the Chinese system, late summer or sometimes called Indian summer, is a brief but important time.  Each one of the seasons is associated with an element and the late summer season is associated with the Earth Element. Late summer is a time to celebrate the beginning of the harvest and the richness of earth’s bounties as we prepare for the autumn.  As this is a transition period, it is very important to stay centered in one’s self and grounded to the earth.  

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Tea 201: What Makes a Tea Unique?

Picking up from where Part 1 left off, today’s post will discuss tea harvesting. Read on to learn the different methods by which traditional and modern teas are harvested, as well as how seasons influence the tea we drink and what “first flush” actually means. 

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Coffee to Tea Signature Cleanse

We, at Arogya, have created a comprehensive and holistic Coffee-to-Tea Signature Cleanse to help you make the transition from coffee to tea, reduce your caffeine consumption, and help your body revitalize its natural balance and bring your body, mind, and spirit to a place of harmony and restoration.  Each day, you will start with a caffeinated tea and as the weeks progress, the caffeine concentrations will decrease.

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12 Easy Steps to Reduce Food-Related Waste

Over the past few months, I have been challenging myself to minimize the amount of food and inorganic material waste that my family and I create.  Though I have been composting since 2013, I’ve become humbly aware of how much single-use plastic and paper products we dispose of on a regular basis.  From produce bags and food packaging to straws at restaurants to take-out drink/food containers when traveling… It’s mindboggling how much waste we can create and unflinchingly consume.  By making a few small changes in my life, however, I’ve been able to significantly reduce the amount of waste we create as a household and while I’m on-the-go.  Below are 12 easy yet impactful steps you and your family can take today to reduce food-related waste.

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The 101 on DIY Tick Repellents Using Essential Oils

Like our entire team at Arogya, I feel blessed to live nearby the lush forests of Connecticut. I’m grateful for the ability to enjoy well-preserved trails, forage for edible gifts such as ramps and thimbleberries, and to simply breathe in the diverse flora and fauna. At the same time, living amongst nature also means existing side by side with ticks, including Ixodes scapularis. This hard-bodied arthropod, commonly referred to as the blacklegged or deer tick, is responsible for the spread of Lyme Disease, as well as the malaria-like parasitic disease babesiosis and two rarer, potentially fatal conditions: Human granulocytic anaplasmosis (which has only been reported in Wisconsin and Minnesota) and Powassan Virus (one case has been reported in Connecticut).

You’ve probably heard (or might have noticed) that 2017 is an especially prolific year for deer ticks.

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Tea 201: What Makes a Tea Unique?

Have you ever wondered how one plant (Camellia sinensis) can be crafted into a near infinite number of varieties of tea? Or have you found yourself curious about tea culture prior to the English teapot and beyond today’s ubiquitous tea bags?

We hope you enjoy this first chapter of our current work-in-progress: an educational series exploring and demystifying Chinese teas, as well as the rich culture behind them. This post will begin with an introduction to the plant, examining its cultivation as well as how terroir influences the final product. Future posts will examine harvesting, processing, and eventually take us on a complete journey through the subtle differences between each type of tea and their known benefits.

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Golden Milk (Mylk)

I am a turmeric enthusiast. This yellow spice, celebrated for its powerful anti-inflammatory and detoxing properties, finds its way into many of the meals I cook for my family.  We also enjoy supping ample amounts of Arogya’s Turmeric Ginger Healing Blend.  Recently, I felt inspired to dress up this nourishing tea with coconut milk, turmeric power, cinnamon, vanilla extract, nutmeg, and raw honey.  The result was this pleasantly zesty version of golden milk. 

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Happy Chinese New Year

Welcome to the Year of Rooster! This celebration of new beginnings, and of spring to come, is a special time of year. While January 1st is a good post-holiday wake up call, Chinese New Year, for me, has more depth because it is tied to the greater cycles of nature and tradition. I still remember the excitement of wearing new clothes and finding the special red envelopes under my pillow. But I ask myself: how we can maintain a sense of everyday gratitude when we buy clothes and receive money all year round? How do we preserve our connection to nature if we are inside all the time?

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