"Tea is hot and getting hotter. From iced to spiced, from austere black tea to sweetened and milky chai, from a flowery pick-me-up to a healing herbal, no other beverage has such a place in the heart of every civilization. No wonder it is the most popular beverage in the world, next to water."
- Sara Perry, The New Tea Book

Sunday, October 24, 2010

YD @ 2nd Annual Health & Wellness Expo Photo Slideshow

Just last year, this Free Community Health & Wellness Expo- hosted by local church group, Light of Glory, was our 1st ever tea event!

It was great to see new & familiar faces gathering in the hopes of promoting and educating about more environmentally-friendly & health-conscious LOCAL products, services and lifestyles... and of course, to celebrate how far we've come in such a short time!

Click Here to See Last Year's Photos!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Attention Everyone!

Attention Everyone, I am about to go gung ho with Lavender! (bet that's a phrase you've never heard before!)

This lavishly, lovely purple plant is just so power-packed - even the smell of its perfumed promise is enough to relax even the wildest of sorts! And that oh-so familiar, yes come closer, but not too close, striking and sensuous aroma that is the trademark of the Lavendula family is a natural miracle that no science will truly ever understand. And with the added benefit of consumption, the aromatherapy effects of this gorgeous strand of violet explosion compound into an actually cellular metamorphosis within!

Mmm, mmm, mmm, yes indeed- this potent plant is a treasure beyond measure and deserves a place in every garden, every home, every cup of tea! So, to honor this love I have for the plant medicine that is Lavender, Yera Dé Herbal Teas will be expanding its product line to include, not only our already popular stress remedy tea, Chrysanthemum Lavender, but a whole slew of fun, unique and what I consider necessary purple additions!

1) Let's start with Early Girl, the perfect brew for the early morning on-the-goer who wants to be up but just a bit slower than the typical buzz of black tea. With it's gorgeous layering of Bergamot and Lavender, this scrumptious citrus/floral duo will surely disappear sip by sip by sip as you greet your morning, only to be re-steeped almost immediately upon finishing!

2) And who can deny the intrigue of Lavender Mint. I mean, what better combo is out there to remedy not only the ailments caused by, but the actual activation of stress! With this delicious herbal double and its Peppermint tingle & Lavender calm, the mind and body will instantly receive the message that it's time to get well soon! Safe for nearly everyone, short of pregnant and nursing mothers, luscious Lavender is shockingly a member of the Mint family; and indeed when combined, these contradictory cousins, work together to simultaneously stimulate and alleviate; each in its own way activating the body's own healing potential!

And just as a lil sneak peak for all you die-hard Yera Dé fans- let it be known that I plan to expand way past tea and eventually add tea foods & liquors & crafts, spa products, herbal honeys and tea baths to my repertoire; so, be sure to be on the lookout for some Lavender Mint infusion tools sometime on the horizon!!

3) And then we have The DayDreamer, in honor of a dear friend, in fact, many- who never cease to see ever more beautiful possibilities! This loose leaf herbal blend will combine the magic of Damiana, a brilliant and subtle sedative with the lure of Lavender and the freshness of Fennel, sprinkled with a hint of Spearmint. This is a tea that frees the mind from the shackles of worry and infuses the heart with a teaspoon of hope! This is for all the amazing humanitarians who are helping me to Heal the World One Tea Bag at a Time.

4) And last, but certainly not least... Sweet Dreamzzz (are made of these!) A tea that still surprises even me, the tea lady! I am so freakin pleased to have been blessed with this ability to collect, combine and intuitively collage the flavor and the function of a myriad of leaf, root, fruit and herb into this harmonious liquid lullaby. Yes, I must confess, at this stage of the game, this 7-herb blend encapsulates the epitome of my interest in herbal medicine and tea.

Including plants from nearly every continent, each imbued with an extensive history of physical and metaphysical uses, Sweet Dreamzzz is designed as a drink-before-bed-blend; yet, it contains none of the moderately dangerous nervines (plant compounds that act therapeutically upon the nerves, particularly in the sense of a sedative) that I see in many blends that populate the tea section of nearly every grocery store.

Nope, one of the things I vowed to do in starting this organic herbal tea company was to use the wisdom of the ages, both the science and the spirit of past and present to present teas made with herbs I, and the majority of expert herbologists & healers out there, agree are generally safe for regular consumption. So, on that note, let me just say that the Blueberry Licorice Lavender goodness that is the core of our soon-to-be released sleepy-time tea is, in this tea blogger's mouth, a veritably worthwhile cup of tea! And as per request from a number of customers, this sleep blend contains no chamomile.

Alas, this concludes my little Lavender exposé! Thanks for tuning in! And be sure to keep a look out for all of these new blends on our website www.YeraDeHerbalTeas.com and for sale at The Good Earth Natural Foods Co., Blue Wind Gourmet and at our tea tables at The Maker's Market @ Anne Marie Gardens (1st Sat. of every month from 9am - noon) and in the Campus Center at St. Mary's College. *Check our LOCAL Updates link for more details!

Until next time, my friends,
Make Every Day a Yera Dé.

Jaime Frodyma (soon-to-be Krouk!)

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Just a Quick Update!

Hey all you tea-lovers!! Sorry for the long stretch of silence... we've been busy preparing new teas and restocking our inventory full to the brim to help keep you warm all winter long!!

Stock up on all of your favorite YD original blends and check back with us soon for the official release of our new Afternoon Delight, Poet's Corner, African Sunset, Early Girl, Sweet Dreamzzz, Maté Bliss, Breakfast in Bed, Honey Buzz and more!!!!

Plus stay tuned for some awesome holiday gift sets and many more exciting tea events soon!!

Healing the World One Tea Bag at a Time.