March 25th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
The world’s most expensive tea may also be the strangest. Reuters reports that an entrepreneur from southwest China is developing a $200 cup of organic green tea that uses endangered giant panda excrement as its main source of fertilizer.
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January 24th, 2009 - Leslie Billera
Wow! Entering to win a truly amazing selection of eco goodies valued at over $4000 is as easy as posting an online comment by 1/30/09!
From great, green skincare to at-home eco accessories to eco chic fashion, this prize package truly rocks! Product highlights include:
Eco Fashion: Two pairs of kicks by Vans made of PET (postindustrial recycled polyester) and organic canvas; RVL7′s signature Dove tote and garments; eco fashion designer Lara Miller’s eco apparel and more!
Eco Skincare: A selection of organic skincare products from OSEA, the first company to sign The Compact for Global Production of Safe Health and Beauty Products in 2002; natural and organic bath, body and skincare products from She Essential Beauty; and a selection of Tarte makeup, a line of vitamin-infused cosmetics.
Gotta Getaway: Two nights at Solage Calistoga in Northern California
Back to Reality: Shaklee’s eco-friendly laundry products; Quatro Designer Retracting Clothesline for use indoor and out; the Eco 8000 by BARBAR, a blow dryer that uses only 1000 watts of energy (compared to traditional blow dryers that use 1800 Watts) but with the same drying power and hot temperature.
So take your mind off peanut butter deprivation spiked by salmonella fears and enter to win today! Go to: Lauren Barth’s GlamBuzz blog, and post a comment…just make sure you do it by 1/30/09, 12am EST!
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December 9th, 2005 - Barbara Feiner
Organic Authority’s popular Jasmine Pearl tea
“A cup of tea awakens your senses. Be present in the moment. Observe the beautiful colors and unfolding shapes of the leaves as they steep. Appearance is very much a part of the experience. Inhale the tea’s unique aroma as it rises from your steaming cup. Be mindful of all the many flavors swirling in your cup. Relish your tea to the last sip!”
These words of advice come from Nancy Raimondo and Andres Ranz, the wizards behind the Health Tea Wand. They believe that making tea should be a sensory experience: “Savor the smell of your tea leaves as the infusion cultivates,” they urge. “Drinking tea is a vacation from the tensions of life…an escape to your inner sanctuary! Tea reflects the present moment—your preferences, tastes and mood. Be creative.”
But with so many choices available, shopping for organic tea can be confusing. Which type of “delivery system” should you buy? Here are some guidelines from Nancy and Andres:
- Choose loose teas over tea bags. “Different teas have different weights,” they explain. “With lighter-weight teas, add enough leaf. Use about 4 grams of tea per 8 ounces of water.” Tea bags, upon which most Americans rely, brew the weakest cup of tea. The richness of the tea has a hard time penetrating the bag.
- Tea balls—the equivalent of strainers—are better, but we often pack leaves too tightly in them. This doesn’t allow the leaves to expand, which weakens your tea’s flavor.
- French coffee pots properly brew tea and prevent leaves from reaching your cup. You’ll enjoy flavorful tea, but everyone must settle for the same blend if you’re entertaining.
- Teapots are the best way to brew tea, note Nancy and Andres, “but you will need a filter to stop the leaves from going into your cup.” Once again, everyone must drink the same brew if you’re making tea for two (or more). This is why the “tea wizards” invented the Health Tea Wand, which allows each person to select a custom blend.
As for Nancy’s and Andres’ favorite tea combination, they enjoy a mélange of Jasmine pearls, rose petals, cinnamon, anise and green tea.
Don’t forget to visit the Organic Authority Boutique for Publisher Laura Klein’s divine line of organic teas, which make perfect holiday gifts.
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December 8th, 2005 - Barbara Feiner
On Nov. 28, I wrote about the Health Tea Wand, a unique glass straw that allows you to enjoy your organic teas and herbal infusions to their fullest. I also wanted to let everyone know that Organic Authority Publisher Laura Klein is offering a wonderful line of special organic teas that make great holiday gifts. Grab ’em while they’re hot!
No one ever taught me how to make the “perfect” cup of tea. (Alas, I wasn’t born in London.) But Nancy Raimondo and Andres Ranz, the wizards behind the Health Tea Wand, have been kind enough to offer the following advice to Organic Authority readers.
Every Tea Is Different
“Until you are familiar with a particular tea,” they note, “steep for a minute or two, then sip. When the tea tastes appetizing to you, sip and enjoy. Be mindful of taste, rather than color. Most teas are meant to be infused several times. Add additional hot water, as needed. You may want to increase steeping time for subsequent infusions.”
Practice Makes Perfect
“Feel free to experiment with water temperature, brewing time and proportion of tea to water,” Nancy and Andres explain. “There is no right or wrong way to make tea. Trust your instincts, and let your individual palate be your tea guide.”
“Start with good-tasting water,” advise Nancy and Andres. “Tap water contains chemicals that affect the taste of the tea. Try different spring waters or filtered tap water. Don’t reboil water because oxygen disappears, giving you a flat brew. Don’t use boiling water when brewing white or green tea. Overheated water cooks the leaves and destroys their flavor.”
Tune in tomorrow to learn more about brewing a flavorful cup of organic tea.
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November 28th, 2005 - Barbara Feiner
Organic Authority’s 100% organic Tangerine Ginger tea
Organic Authority sells a versatile variety of organic teas that are perfect for holiday gift-giving—from spicy Masala Chai and fruity Tangerine Ginger to rare white Snow Buds and best-selling Jasmine Pearl. We’ve also discovered a unique new device that will help you enjoy your favorite organic teas even more: the Health Tea Wand from Miami-based Wisdom Wands, which was inspired by an ancient South American tradition.
The wand is a handcrafted, heatproof glass straw that boosts flavor by filtering and brewing loose tea right in your cup through specially designed strainer holes. Simply add hot water to the tea leaves in your mug, allow the tea to steep, stir with the wand, and sip to the last drop.
The designers of the Health Tea Wand are tea connoisseurs with strong opinions about the quality of today’s teas.
The Health Tea Wand
“The optimal health benefits and superior taste of brewing whole, loose tea leaves has been sacrificed in recent years to the relative convenience of prepackaged tea bags,” they note. “High-priced, supermarket-grade tea bags generally contain poorer-quality leaves that have been chopped up to infuse more quickly and strain through the bag, which can cause a bitter brew. Brewing loose tea provides greater contact between the leaf surface and hot water, allowing for the release of more subtle flavors. Known for its potent antioxidant properties, high-quality, fresh, whole-leaf tea is up to 300% healthier than low-grade teabags and significantly more economical, with superior taste.”
The Health Tea Wand comes with a convenient carry case, with a compartment to transport loose tea. It is dishwasher-safe, and the company offers a money-back guarantee. Wisdom Wands will donate 10% of profits to Oprah’s Angel Network.
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