Highland Honey (Longmont, Colorado)
Produced from Boulder County, Colorado, apiaries, Highland Honey’s Wildflower Honey is raw and unheated – meaning it’s never heated above the maximum natural temperature found in hives – and the honey is creamed to ensure it will not further crystallize.
Ignite with Schisandra
Taproot Adaptogen Teas (Boulder, Colorado)
Prized in traditional Chinese medicine as a longevity tonic, schisandra is fondly referred to as Wu Wei Zi, the “five-flavored berry.” Experience its delicious complexity and challenge yourself to find sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and pungent. For a balanced brew, steep 1 tablespoon in 8 to 12 ounces of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. This tea isn’t intended to prevent or treat disease. Pregnant or nursing women should consult their healthcare practitioner before consuming.
Ingredients: Organic schisandra berry, organic lemon verbena, organic rosehips, organic cinnamon, organic licorice.
Uber Herbal (Grants Pass, Oregon)
The 1-ounce jar brews approximately 28 servings.
Uber Herbal’s Chocolate Chai combines the company’s powdered organic Heartsong Chai (allspice, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, black tea, star anise, clove, and black pepper) with Balinese drinking chocolate. At first sip, it’s a lovely tea; by last gulp, it’s a decadent spiced hot cocoa. To use, add 1/2 teaspoon of tea to 16 ounces of hot water, sweeten as you wish, splash with milk or milk alternative, and drink up.
Healing Herbal Teas: Learn to Blend 101 Specially Formulated Teas for Stress Management, Common Ailments, Seasonal Health, and Immune Support
Sarah Farr (Seattle, Washington)
Published by Storey Publishing
In Healing Herbal Teas, master herbalist and author Sarah Farr serves up 101 original recipes that not only offer health advantages but also taste great. Formulations to benefit each body system and promote well-being include Daily Adrenal Support, Inflammation Reduction, and Digestive Tonic. Additional recipes that address seasonal needs such as allergy relief or immune support will attune you to the cycles of nature, while instruction on the art of tea blending will teach you how to develop your own signature mixtures to give your body exactly what it needs. Use this book as your guide to blending and brewing power-packed herbal teas at home.
Photo credit: Kirsten Boyer
Elizabeth Bretko, Uber Herbal
Elizabeth opened Uber Herbal in 2012, selling her herbal concoctions at the local farmers market. Then, in April 2015, she opened a tea shop, tea bar, and production kitchen in downtown Grants Pass after a successful Kickstarter campaign. At Uber Herbal, a small, but growing operation, Elizabeth wears every hat. Continue reading –>
Tim Brod, Highland Honey
Probably anyone who’s been to Boulder, Colorado’s farmers market knows Tim Brod, owner of Highland Honey Bees. He lends his larger-than-life personality to the cause of the bee and doles out sweet dollops of honey and wisdom to the passersby. He’s a lover of bees, with a lifetime of experience, and very clear ideas about how to properly care for buzzing beauties and their honey. I caught up with Tim over herbal tea (with lots of honey) and a shot of moonshine at his honey-processing headquarters in Longmont, Colorado. I asked about his passion and tried to gain some wisdom about how to buy great honey and what we can all do to protect and nurture the essential honeybee. Continue reading –>
Jess Selby and Heather McPherson, Taproot Adaptogen Tea
Taproot Adaptogen Tea is a small tea company that blends a special class of herbs that build vitality and increase the body’s adaptive power. The tea provides stable, caffeine-free energy that also tastes delicious. Jess Selby and Heather McPherson co-own the business, but Jess manages the day-to-day operations.
Jess studied biology, chemistry, and philosophy in college, and developed a deep appreciation for the natural world and the attempts of humans to understand it. After graduating with dreams of homesteading, Jess turned her focus from understanding how the world works to understanding how to work with nature, especially plants. This led her to the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism in Boulder, Colorado, which introduced her to the use of herbs as allies to support well-being. Surrounded by a network of great herbalists, she met Ben LeVine (founder of Taproot Adaptogen Tea), who was ready to sell his business. Jess and her partner Heather saw a propitious opportunity and bought the company. They currently operate from a small mountain town outside of Boulder and have dreams of sharing their tea nationwide.
Jess and Heather believe that responsible, organic sources of herbs are the only option. Jess explains: “Herbal tradition connects us back to our roots. When we use herbs medicinally, we see how humans are survivors and wild creatures of the earth. When we use herbs free of GMOs and pesticides, we understand that in our history, organic was the only way. We see the appreciation and patience our ancestors had with plants, soil, and the land, and realize this is our truth, and should be our future.”
Sarah Farr, Healing Herbal Teas
Sarah Farr is the author of Healing Herbal Teas. She operates two herbal tea businesses in the Pacific Northwest — Harbor Herbalist and Bird’s Eye Tea — where she creates tea blends that are delicious as well as effective. A student of herbalism, Farr grows and wildcrafts most of the herbs she uses in her blends and owns her own farm, Orchard Botanicals.