Understanding Adaptogens: Herbs for Stress & Immunity

Adaptogens are herbs and plant extracts that work to counteract the harmful effects of stress in the body. While adaptogenic supplements and powders have seen increased popularity and market saturation in the last few years, many adaptogens have been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese herbal medicine.

In today’s stressed-out and overworked world, it’s no wonder that adaptogens have caught the attention of the wider public. Not only do adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms increase the body’s resilience to stress, but they also support optimal health.

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Chinese New Year 2021: Year of the Metal Ox

The Chinese New Year falls on February 12 this year, marking the beginning of the transition into a new cycle of the Chinese zodiac. It is time to bid farewell to the Year of the Rat and move forward into the Year of the Ox.

More commonly referred to as the Spring Festival in China, the Chinese New Year celebrates the beginning of a new lunar year and the beginning of spring.

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Chinese Medicine Wisdom for Winter Wellness

In traditional Chinese medicine, the natural world is observed as moving through predictable cyclical formations, reflected within all beings and environments. After the autumn harvest is exhausted and the leaves have fallen from the trees, wintertime becomes one of retreat and restoration. Nature returns to her dark depths to replenish her strength, preparing for new growth in the springtime. We could do well to follow nature’s lead, using this time to build vitality through proper rest and reflection in the months of winter.

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Chinese Medicine Wisdom for Summer Wellness

Chinese Medicines teaches us that optimum health comes with being in total harmony with the cycles of nature, so with each new season, it’s important to adapt your lifestyle in order to deeply align with the healing energies each season has to offer.

Summer wellness is important because according to Chinese medicine, this is the time we restore the reserves that keep us healthy and strong all through the winter months. If you suffer from frequent colds and winter blues, now is the time to invest in your health, and it may be easier than you think.

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Magic Butterfly Pea Blossom Tea

It’s not just the luminous hue and color-changing properties of this herbal tea that make it magical. Butterfly Pea Blossom Tea is also a medicinal herb with many beneficial properties. A native flower of Southeast Asia, butterfly pea flower has been used in traditional herbal medicine, and consumed as a daily tisane, for centuries.

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Top 5 Teas for Kids

Many children love tea, especially if it’s something they’ve grown up drinking. However, it’s never too late to introduce your kids to the world of tea. These time-tested, kid-approved teas are regularly requested by the children in our community, both at our shop and the Westport Farmer’s Market. Learn more about the taste and benefits of these wonderful teas for kids.

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Ceremonial vs. Culinary Grade Matcha

You may have been wondering about the difference between the two grades of Matcha green tea powder that we offer – Ceremonial and Culinary. Is one better than the other, and which one should you get?

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Natural Cold Remedies and Tips to Recover Quickly

Having a cold is no fun, however, there are plenty of natural cold remedies and tips that will nip a cold in the bud, or make it less severe and speed up the healing process. It’s a good idea to have these remedies on hand so you can begin treating your cold as soon as you feel like you might be getting sick.

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