Rooibos: Why You Should be Drinking More!

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South African red bush tea “Rooibos” with the addition of vanilla creates a sweet, almost dessert-like cup of tea.

 

Rooibos tea was discovered over 300 years ago in the Cederberg region of South Africa. Red bush tea comes from the plant Aspalathus Linearis, which is generally hand harvested, cut, then left to ‘sweat’ (enzymatic oxidation during fermentation, which is where the brilliant red color comes from), and finally laid out to dry in the heat of the sun.

During World War II, Rooibos tea became popular substitute for tea, as regular tea  became increasingly difficult to import. Despite having a low profile around the globe, Rooibos is packed full of vitamins and minerals, with a ton of interesting benefits. It’s a wonderful alternative to actual tea, having absolutely no caffeine and more of a sweet, aromatic taste.

Rooibos contains minerals such as potassium, copper, magnesium, and manganese which are all essential for metabolic processes, as well as calcium, and fluoride which are necessary for healthy bones and teeth. Rooibos tea also contains iron, zinc, and sodium.

 

 

Rooibos tea blood orange

One of our top sellers – Rooibos is such a versatile tea that it goes well with almost anything. In this one we’ve added natural orange to enhance it’s flavour for an even more enjoyable cup.

 

BENEFITS

There are many wonderful benefits to drinking Rooibos tea. Aside from this tea being deliciously tasty, Rooibos tea is naturally caffeine free which makes it easy to drink all day long. One study which took place in Tokyo’s Juntendo University School of Medicine back in 2009 showed that Rooibos tea may even prevent DNA damage and inflammation by its anti-oxidative activity and high antioxidant properties.

 

Better Skin

Studies have shown that Rooibos can help with skin disorders such as acne and eczema by drinking the tea often or applying it directly to the problem areas. Rooibos also contains a brilliant anti-aging enzyme called superoxide dismutase. The enzyme is necessary for producing healthy skin cells, and it fights wrinkles by neutralizing the free radicals that cause them. Rooibos is great for sensitive skin as well, as it is hypoallergenic and suitable for most skin and hair types.

 

Headaches & Insomnia

If you’re having trouble sleeping, try having a cup of Rooibos before bed. Rooibos is great for helping to calm you, as it’s caffeine free and keeps your body’s cortisol (anti-stress hormone) levels low. As Rooibos contains magnesium, drinking Rooibos can help to ease headaches by increasing your brain’s blood flow and may reduce the chances of future headaches and lower the severity of migraines.

 

Other benefits for Rooibos are:

✔ Keeping asthma under control

✔ Alleviate symptoms of allergies/hay fever

✔ Reduce risk of heart disease and cancer

✔ Improve blood pressure

 

Bonus – Rooibos is completely safe and healthy for children to drink!

 

Along with the no caffeine part of Rooibos, Red Bush tea is a popular choice for parents around the world as it is well known that Rooibos can help to sooth colic in babies. Rooibos can also help babies with troubled sleep, tummy problems (nausea, cramps, vomiting), and food allergies.

 

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5 Ways to Use Matcha Green Tea

 

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5 ways to use Matcha

If you’re not drinking Matcha yet, you should be! Made from the shade-grown Camellia sinensis plant, Matcha green tea is hand-picked, steamed, dried then stone ground, all while being hidden from any and all sunlight to prevent any loss on it’s magnificent green color (that comes from the high chlorophyll content). Matcha is also considered to be one of the most powerful and wholesome super foods out there, due to it’s amazing benefits. One cup of Matcha has 10 times the amount of antioxidants than a typical green tea!

That’s right – 10 times!

Matcha green tea was discovered over 800 years ago by a Buddhist Monk. The Japanese Monks began to drink Matcha everyday to keep their focus during long periods of meditation, as the tea was able to give them a boost of lasting energy. After that, Matcha became an essential part of Japanese culture, and even today has become a worldwide desirable tea to enjoy.

Not only is Matcha full of amazing health benefits, it can also be used in a variety of ways other than drinking it as a hot tea. We’ve compiled a list of different ways to use Matcha, from beverages to using it topically.

 

  • Baking With Matcha

Matcha is so versatile that you can use it in a number of different recipes that are bound you get you drooling. Not only does it give your goodies a brilliant emerald green hue, it adds a unique flavor and taste, along with some of those added benefits.

Before you get cooking, we need to know the two Matcha categories: ceremonial grade, and food-grade. Food-grade Matcha is made from lower quality leaves and is often times a lot cheaper in price, too. Though ceremonial-grade Matcha is a bit more expensive, there’s nothing wrong with using it instead of food-grade, as sometimes the lower quality Matcha can leave a bitter taste, where higher grades like ours is more smooth and flavorful.

Next time you make cookies, toss a tsp of Matcha in with your dry ingredients, or if you’re making porridge, adding some Matcha can only add to the taste. You can also try it in smoothies, soups, pudding, pancakes; the list goes on! Want something quick and easy? Try our favorite 5 Minute Matcha Mug Cake recipe below for a beautifully light, delicious snack:

 

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Matcha
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Milk
  • 1/2 tbsp Vegetable Oil

 

Directions


1. Mix flour, Matcha, baking powder, and sugar together in your favorite large microwave-safe mug. Stir in milk, then add vegetable oil and mix with a fork until the batter is smooth.
3. Microwave for 60 seconds on top of a piece of paper towel, or a plate. Remember that each microwave is different – if batter is still wet at the bottom, microwave for another 15 seconds or until the cake is moist and fluffy. Let cool for a few minutes, then enjoy! Top off with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream, or enjoy on it’s own!


 

  • Iced Matcha

Our second way to use Matcha Green Tea, is to enjoy it over ice! There are no rules on only being allowed to drink Matcha as a hot drink, so why not try something a little different?

Whisk 1/2 tsp Matcha in a bowl using a proper bamboo Matcha whisk, with about 1/3 cup hot water, until frothy and clump-free. Poor Matcha into desired glass, and top up with cold water and ice. Add a little honey and lemon for an extra twist!

 


 

  • Matcha Latte

One popular way to use Matcha is to make it into a frothy, milky latte! This can be great if you need a little pick-me-up and would prefer a cup of tea, rather than a coffee, during those afternoon drowsy times.

To make a Matcha latte, use a bamboo Matcha whisk and whisk 1 tsp of Matcha Green Tea in a bowl with a small amount of hot water. Pour into your favourite mug. Next, heat up some milk, either on the stove top or microwave, and pour over the Matcha. Sweeten if desired!

 


 

  • Matcha Face Mask

Did you know, besides consuming Matcha Green Tea, you can also use it topically? Face masks have been used for centuries to detoxify and cleanse the skin. By using natural ingredients with ingredients you may have already at home, you’ll be saving money and your skin without using any of those nasty, harsh chemicals in the face masks you buy at the store. Matcha contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is especially good for the skin to help reduce inflammation and evening out your skin tone.

Not only that, buy Matcha has been known to help with acne and breakouts. You can make a Matcha paste by mixing 1/2 tsp of Matcha with only a few drops of water. Use this on small breakouts to aid in clearing out acne.

To make a Matcha face mask, you can use any homemade recipe you find and simply add about 1/2 tsp of Matcha!

Here’s a quick and easy Matcha Facial Scrub recipe you can make at home:

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp Matcha Green Tea
  • 1 tsp Granulated Sugar
  • 5-10 Drops of Lemon Juice

 

Directions

Mix Matcha and sugar in a bowl, and add one drop at a time of lemon juice until it reaches a thick paste consistency. The sugar will help with scrubbing pores and cleaning dry skin from your face, while the Matcha detoxifies and cleanses. Apply to face, using only a small amount at a time, with the tips of your fingers in a circular motion, making sure to stay away from your eye area. Leave on for at least 15 minutes, then rinse with cold water, and bask in the glory of being Matcha‘d!

Small note: This may leave a green tint on your skin – not to worry! It is temporary and fades/washes off very quickly.

 


 

  • Regular cup of Tea!

 

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Matcha Tea Tools

 

Step One: Using a bamboo Matcha scoop, scoop 1-2 spoonfuls into a Matcha bowl, or a bowl wide enough to whisk and deep enough that it won’t splash.
Note: It may benefit to whisk the clumps out of the dry Matcha before adding water.

Step Two: Pour about 1/2 cup of hot water (Approx. 180° F/80° C) onto the Matcha, and whisk until Matcha is nice and frothy, with no clumps left.

Step Three: You can either add another 1 cup of hot water to your Matcha, mix, and enjoy straight from the bowl, or pour your Matcha mix into your favorite mug, and top off with the rest of your hot water.

 

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Tea Brewing Chart

 

 

 

 

 

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Remember: These are just guidelines! Tea is always steeped to personal taste. If the tea is too strong with these instructions, steep a little less long for the next brew, or add a little less tea. Tea can generally be steeped multiple times, so don’t toss your leaves! Try steeping them a minute or so longer each time you brew.

Zodiac Teas

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Different signs like different things, so we’ve done a bit of research to figure out what the perfect cup of tea is for you based on your zodiac! Click on the tea images to view the full description of each tea.

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March 21 – April 19
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Ingredients: Peppermint, Spearmint, Ginger, Pussywillow blossoms, Cactus flower, Orange peel

Aries, they like it hot. This tea is fresh and minty, with the warming tastes of peppermint and spearmint blended with ginger to give it that extra oomph. Aries tend to be high-energy and sometimes may feel like they don’t have enough time for tea, so we chose this special blend as it’s caffeine free- no worries for drinking it late at night!


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April 20 – May 20

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Ingredients: Black tea, Chocolate chips (Milk/White), Red candy sprinkles, Marigold petals, Vanilla bean, Vanilla

Taurus, the bull. They tend to have a bigger sweet-tooth more than most, so this tea is a perfect fit. Full of milk and white chocolate chips and delicious vanilla, this tea is satisfying to the last drop. With red candy sprinkles – you won’t need any extra sweetener with this one – turns this tea into a wonderful rich, red velvet taste. With a touch of any kind of milk, it’s practically dessert in a cup!


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May 22 – June 21

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Ingredients: Peppermint, Lemongrass, Lavender, Rosehips, Tulsi, Marigold, Rose petals, Hibiscus, Apple, Raisins, Cherries, Orange peel, Nettle, Strawberries

Gemini and their tea – oh my! These fun folk like to try new things, and may go back and forth with what their favorites are. As Gemini is a creative sign, we blended this tea that is filled with all sorts of different flavors and herbs, mostly heavy on the mint floral notes, with a light touch of citrus and sweet apple.


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June 22 – July 22

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Ingredients: White mistletoe, Tulsi, Spearmint, Rosehips, Rooibos, Orange peel, Nettle, Lemongrass, Lemon balm, Nettle

Cancers are known for their unique tastes in flavors. We chose one of our teas that is simple, but also full of wonderful flavors like chamomile and orange. Due to their sensitive stomach, we made this tea to be caffeine free so Cancers can enjoy this tea all day long.


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July 23 – August 21

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Ingredients: Green tea, Jasmine flowers

Only the most luxurious, classic tea for the wonderful sign Leo! Leo’s are known for trying to stick with healthy habits, so we chose the best of the best green tea packed full of anti-oxidants and vitamins, along with jasmine flowers which are great for keeping your heart happy.


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August 22 – September 23

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Ingredients: Rooibos, Vanilla, Almond pieces, Marigold petals, Natural flavors

Virgo tends to be drawn towards tastes that they are already familiar with, and don’t often like to venture too far out of the ordinary. We chose a soft, vanilla rooibos with the addition of almonds to give it just a little bit of something unique! This tea is caffeine free so it will sit well on those sensitive stomachs that many Virgos are known to have.


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September 24 – October 23

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Ingredients: Sri Lanka black tea, Milk chocolate chips, Natural flavors

This tea for Libra is the perfect fit for another sweet-tooth sign. Libra’s love chocolate, and this tea is sweet, creamy, and everything a good cup of chocolate tea should be. With the addition of a little splash of any kind of milk, this tea turns into a drool-worthy cup of liquid dessert.


 

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October 24 – November 22

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Ingredients: Pai Mu Tan White tea, Cornflower petals, Natural blueberry flavor

Scorpio, with the strong tastes. Those born under this sign have a strong desire to stay fit and healthy, and are generally aware of all the things they are putting into their body. We chose a white tea with blueberry that’s full of anti-oxidants and caffeine to give those passionate Scorpio’s that extra boost.


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November 23 – December 22

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Ingredients: Japanese green tea, Raspberries, Strawberries, Blackberries, Rose petals, Blue mallow flowers, Natural flavors

Sagittarius loves trying new things, and this tea is a perfect fit. This sign tends to be attracted to more exotic food and drink, so we put together a high quality Japanese green tea with blackberries and rose that creates a wonderfully balanced unique taste.


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December 23 – January 20

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Ingredients: Black tea, Lemon pieces, Lemongrass, Marigold petals

Those under the sign of Capricorn -the sea goat- tend to be practical and straight to the point. With Capricorn, quality is better than quantity, so we blended a wonderfully smooth Ceylon black tea with dried lemon and lemongrass to make the perfect traditional cup of classic lemon tea.


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January 21 – February 19

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Ingredients: Hibiscus, Rosehips, Orange peel, Peaches, Apple pieces, Natural flavor

Aquarius, the humanitarian of the bunch. Aquarius knows how to enjoy everything strange, and unsual. Enjoying beverages and food is all about the experience, more than the taste for them. We blended a bunch of different fruits that gives this tea a citrus like taste that is mostly strong in peaches. Perfect for quirky Aquarius.


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February 20 – March 20

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Ingredients: Gunpowder Chinese green tea, Lemon pieces, Lemon, Marigold petals, Natural flavor

Those under the sign Pisces like to stick with what they know they like, and veer towards more traditional flavors. This tea is a perfect fit for the intuitive zodiac sign, as the base of this tea is a strong gunpowder Chinese green tea, with lovely citrus lemon notes to satisfy with every sip.

Click here to view the full list of Zodiac Teas on our Etsy store

Benefits of DeTox Tea

 

 

 

Herbal tea made from sage in glass cup standing on books, nearby lies a bundle of sage over dark wooden background. Retro toned.

Herbal tea detox tea blend

DETOX TEA
Loose tea, Herbal, Caffeine Free
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It’s All About Those Roots!

 

Licorice root, burdock root, and dandelion root. These are a few of the key ingredients in our DeTox blend – but what do they have in common? While they all have distinct flavors and benefits, there are a few fabulous reasons why we should be drinking them together:

  1. Digestion – Consuming these three teas can promote a healthy balance for your digestion. Not only can they be used as a mild laxative, they also may stimulate appetite, relieve heartburn, and balance stomach acid to aid in digestion.
  2. Cleansing – These three teas have been shown to be able to clear and remove toxins from your liver, and your blood, by purifying and sending those nasty toxins out through urine.
  3. Healing – They are also good for boosting your immune system. This is especially swell when those cold and flu seasons are going around. Root teas are rich in antioxidants and vitamins E, and C, which are essential for our health.

 

  • Ginger

For centuries, ginger has been used as a natural remedy for many ailments. While ginger has little scientific evidence to support aid in more serious illnesses, it has been shown to help with a very wide variety of problems, such as for colds, nausea, arthritis, and even cancer. Ginger has extremely high levels of antioxidants, only just behind berries and pomegranates. Feeling nauseous? Ginger has been shown to be very useful for relaxing irritated stomach muscles, and helping to neutralize stomach acids. Along with those wonderful benefits, ginger also contains anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
Don’t enjoy the taste of ginger on it’s own? Not to worry! Our DeTox tea is so full of other yummy ingredients that ginger only helps accentuate the wonderful taste this tea has to offer.

 

  • Sage

Another key ingredient to our DeTox blend, is sage. When we think of eating healthy and natural, leafy greens probably come to mind, but you may not immediately think of a little herb that often gets left behind. Full of anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants, this herb can help detoxify your blood and may also help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Another benefit of sage is that is has been known to lower blood sugar levels in diabetics.

 

  • Turmeric

Turmeric! The yellowist of yellow in the rainbow of spices, this spice is another good choice for anti-inflammatory benefits and has been used for centuries as an herbal medicine. It’s not only helpful with arthritis pain, it can also be used as a helpful aid for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) as well as Cystic Fibrosis. As another spice that is also full of antioxidants, this tea also contains high amounts of manganese, as well as fiber, vitamin B6, and iron.

 

  • Last but not least…

Black pepper, cardamom, cloves, parsley, fennel, star anise; all herbs and spices that are all beneficial to a healthy balanced diet, full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, blended together to make a beautifully tasty DeTox tea!

To make the perfect cup of our DeTox tea, use 1 level tsp in a loose tea infuser (approx. 8oz/1cup) and steep in boiling water for 4-5 minutes for full effect (or steep to taste!). Drink 2 cups a day for balanced benefits.

Eggnog Tea Latte Recipe

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Eggnog Tea Latte

2 tsp Loose eggnog tea
1 cup Boiling water
1 cup Preferred milk
(Whole, skim, almond, soy, etc…)
1 tbsp Preferred sweetener
(Honey, sugar, etc…)
Alternatively, use 1 1/3 cup hot water with
2/3 cup of real eggnog, and slightly less sweetener,
for an even more flavourful tea latte!
Step One
Pick out your favourite cozy mug from the cupboard.
Step Two
Steep the loose tea (use a loose tea steeper!)  in your mug with
the boiling water, and sweeten.
Step Three
While the tea is steeping, heat your desired milk
until it reaches just before boiling point.
Step Four
Froth and hot milk to the steeped tea. Remove tea leaves,
garnish with cinnamon, and enjoy!

The Beginning

 

Currently Sipping: Chinese Sencha Green Tea

“I was walking through the Parkland mall in Red Deer, Alberta one day, when I looked up at the skylights and said out loud, ‘I think I’ll open up a tea store in Cochrane!’ ”

And Tea Hippie was born.

It all started in 2003 when Kelly Joyner moved out to the quiet town of Cochrane to be closer to her family. The store, originally titled Tea… And Other Things, first opened up with around 70 different types of teas. The store was an instant success, and quickly grew to 200 special blends from around the world, ranging from fruity blends to rare Chinese puerhs and everything in between.

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Her passion for tea continued to grow. In 2010, the store was basically overflowing with teas that Kelly knew she needed to expand, and so they moved into a bigger store which eventually held over 450 teas. Many of them, her own blends.

With a store full of teas (and other things), Kelly wanted to spread her love for the delicious brew with even more people. Etsy.com was her first step on going online, where she began selling special blends related strictly to pop culture. It soon grew to large, and Kelly knew what the next step would be.

‘Peace, love, and eternal grooviness’ has been her personal saying since she opened in her new store. Kelly is a die hard hippie, and for anyone who has met her even briefly would say the same. Not only is she passionate about tea, she is passionate about the nature around her as well. She wanted her website to be as environmentally friendly as possible, and so it is.

 

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Tea Hippie is dedicated to keeping customers, and the earth, happy. All packaging used for TeaHippie.com is 100% recyclable and Mother Nature approved. All tea in our website is 100% fair trade, naturally flavoured, and delicious.

Thank you to all who could make our dreams come true. We would not be here today if we hadn’t had all of you sharing our love for tea!

And if you happen to live in or be passing through Cochrane, feel free to stop by our store and share a cup of tea with us!

“There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t yet met.” – William Butler Yeats