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?Read More›
On the new moon of January 28th, the year of the Fire Rooster begins. This year is going to be passionate and action-packed, and is an opportunity to focus on your personal development in your inner world as well as the world at large. Though there will be lots to bring into balance this year, it’s also an amazing year for truly following your heart’s desire. This is a time to invest in your own strength and vitality. Those who focus with determination and endurance will surely see the fruits of their labor.
Pat Lewis, a landscaper from Portland Maine, is a friend of ours who always gives us a unique gift: wild-crafted chaga mushroom. Working in the wilds of Maine, he often comes across this highly medicinal mushroom. The first time he gave us some pieces of of this dark, wood-like mushroom, we had never seen it before, and didn’t quite know what to do with it. However, after researching and experimenting, chaga tea has become a beloved medicine in our home.Read More›
Lately we’ve been wild about our version of the Oh She Glows Superseed Almond Butter. We’ve given this amazing recipe an Arogya twist, adjusting a few of the ingredients to our liking. It’s the best almond butter we’ve ever tasted, hands down, and definitely worth the effort. This incredibly nutritious nut butter is perfect to spread on toast, and with jam takes the humble nut-butter-and-jelly sandwich to a whole new level. Have fun with this homemade almond butter recipe, and experiment with adding different varieties of nuts, or your favorite superfoods. We think you’ll love this recipe!Read More›
To Arogya founder and tea master Wei Huang Bertram, creating a tea blend is a delicate, engaging, and multi-phased art. The end result of this patient process is a delicious and intricately balanced brew that’s neither too strong nor too subtle, or too bitter or too sweet.
With the desire to create a tea that captures the essence of true love, Wei formulated Love Blend. True love is weightless and pure; it’s stable and strong, while also being beautifully subtle and peaceful. Love Blend embodies these qualities, with its soothing jasmine silver needle white tea and rosebuds. This delightful blend invokes the feeling of love in our hearts, and makes a perfect Valentine’s Day tea.Read More›
As the director of Arogya Holistic Healing and Arogya Tea for the last 19 years, I’ve had the blessing to pursue and share my creativity with the greater Fairfield County community. One of my long time passions has been natural perfumery. This year has culminated in a reformulation of my four signature scents, as well as two new roll-on perfumes. I am proud to present these 100% natural perfumes, free of any synthetic chemicals, to the community, and to the world via our online store. Today I’d like to share a little bit about becoming a natural perfumer, and the beauty and power of natural perfumes.Read More›
My deep appreciation for tea began when I was a child growing up in China. There tea has been an integral part of everyday life for centuries. My parents would drink tea throughout the day, taking pause to savor each cup. My father’s favorite tea has always been classic dragon well green tea, while my mother prefers jasmine green. Jasmine also holds a special place in my heart. I love its aroma and the story of how the flower’s blossoms are infused with green or white tea leaves many times to receive the most potent flavor yet without any other additives. Jasmine’s aroma opens one’s sensesRead More›
I’ll never forget the first time I enjoyed a cup of classic masala chai tea. I was 20 years old and had just embarked on what would be the first of many trips to India in the decade that followed. It was about 5:00 in the morning and the overnight bus I was aboard from Delhi to the northern city of Dharamsala pulled over on the side of a road in a tiny town nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas.Read More›
As the days darken and our shadows grow, this time of year calls on us to reconnect with the intuitive, receptive and yielding (yin) aspects of ourselves to balance out the more vigorous and vibrant energies (yang) that permeate in the summer. With its enchanting leaves and crisp winds, autumn serves as a guide for us to shift our attention inward and restore balance within ourselves to sustain our vitality as we prepare for the rooting, resting and quietude that the world of winter brings.Read More›
Just over a week before my son Silas was born, I ventured to my Aunt Martha’s farm in Katonah, New York to go apple picking with Wei and her daughter Rose. It was one of the last balmy days of summer and we found ourselves dreaming of the crisp autumn days that have since arrived.Read More›