Behind the scent: Shanghai 1935

Many ask about this scent when they visit Arogya in Westport…

Shanghai 1935 is the cornerstone of Arogya Scents created by Wei Huang Bertram. It is a blend of Rose, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Geranium, Frankincense, and Myrrh essential oils. This scent is now available as a perfume (full size and travel), candle, and soap from our line of handmade lifestyle products.

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Bancha Hojicha

Bancha Hojicha is the perfect tea for the season!

Hojicha is unique among Japanese teas because it is roasted in a porcelain pot over charcoal, whereas most Japanese teas are steamed.

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What is Acupuncture?

Healing through acupuncture @ Arogya in Westport, Connecticut.

Acupuncture is an affective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have used this non-invasive healing method to help millions of people around the world.

Acupuncture promotes natural healing ability and it can enhance recuperative immune system, support physical and mental health, and improve overall well-being.

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The Journey of Our Tea

We are proud to share this video, “The Journey of Our Tea.”
You can also watch it from our Arogya Facebook page!

Learn about our unique selection of teas from Arogya Director, Wei Huang Bertram, as she shares the story of Arogya as well as footage from her most recent trip to choose tea during the Spring Harvest.

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Green Tea 101

I will always remember those misty Shanghai mornings as a young girl, when I entered our little kitchen after getting out of bed, and seeing my father make his ritual cup of Long Jing Dragon Well Green Tea. He carefully dropped a large pinch of thick emerald green tea leaves into the belly of his Gaiwan (traditional Chinese teacup), before meditatively pouring steaming hot water over them.

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Art of Tisane

Having grown up in China, I was exposed to a wide array of medicinal and culinary herbs on a regular daily basis. As I think back to my childhood, I am flooded with memories of “Ba Bao Cha”, reverently known as the “eight treasure tea”, my mom made for me each morning. This delightful and uplifting concoction is a blend of eight common ingredients found within Chinese cuisine and herbal medicine: Chrysanthemum, Goji Berry, Honeysuckle, Licorice, Red Date, Hawthorn Berry, Dried Tangerine Rind, and Brown Sugar.

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Buckwheat Tea at Arogya

The story of Dark Buckwheat Tea is one of intrigue and romance, as it originates from the unpolluted high mountains of southwestern China, home to the fascinating Yi people, whose hearty livelihood is steeped in simplicity and pristine health. The Yi ‘s long relationship with the many varietals of Buckwheat has spanned for thousands of years, as they have incorporated the buckwheat plant into their daily life of farming, eating, trading…and drinking it’s impressively savory brew, which recently has been proven to be a nutritional powerhouse.

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Green, Oolong, Black, White – Tea Education 101

In the world of tea, there are so many varieties to choose from – and so little of the wisdom of teas is known by the public.

Chamomile and Mint for example, although delicious, are not actually tea.

Technically tea only comes from the camellia sinensis plant, so chamomile and mint would technically be herbal teas, which we commonly use to mean any plant that is boiled in water and then consumed.

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