Congratulations - we finally made it to April! I think it's pretty safe to say at this point that 2020 is definitely taking us on a trip that we will not forget! But fear not - hopefully this email will give you a moment of positive relief from the crazy world around us, and maybe give you something to look forward to trying from OBTC! Read below and learn about our tea, spice, and essential oil of the month!
Hello March! Have any of you seen the memes expressing that January lasted a year and February lasted a week?? Because I feel that! OBTC ended the month of February with a staff retreat filled with lots of learning and TEA(m) bonding, and on behalf of OBTC, I am feeling refreshed and motivation to sling some tea this Spring! Read below and learn about our tea, spice, and essential oil of the month!
Tea of the Month: Guayusa & Berry
Guayusa grows in the Amazon Rainforest and is lesser known across the world. Guayusa is nutrient dense, rich in amino acids, and high in antioxidants. When drinking Guayusa, you may notice your energy levels rising, along with a feeling of relaxation. This is because the caffeine in Guayusa is counter-balanced by the amino acid, L-theanine, which moderates the release of caffeine so you don't get the spike associated with coffee consumption. Drinking Guayusa regularly may promote longevity, as Guayusa has twice the amount of antioxidants as green tea. Antioxidants fight free radicals, which cause pre-mature aging and disease. Guayusa is also an anti-inflammatory and promotes healthy digestion.
Our Berry herbal tisane is a blend of natural forrest berries, blueberries, hibiscus flowers, cranberries, rose hips and natural flavors. This tea is very antioxidant rich! The dried hibiscus flowers in this blend add Vitamin C, and helps lower high blood pressure and bad cholesterol!
Try this blend iced, with a dash of honey!
Spice of the Month: Vietnamese Cinnamon
Of the different types of cinnamon, Vietnamese, or Saigon, Cinnamon is surprisingly sweet, strong, and robustly spicy in aroma and flavor. It is known to have insulin enhancing properties for type 2 diabetes, helps lower bad cholesterol, is anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, relieves asthma symptoms, is a cancer preventative, is anti-fungal and helps lower the risk of disease. We love adding Vietnamese Cinnamon to our teas (it is amazing blended in a hot cup of Matcha!) and we love to bake with it! Check out the recipes below!
Essential Oil of the Month: Lemongrass
Lemongrass Essential Oil has a cool, sweet and uplifting aroma. It is frequently used as a natural deodorizer, stress reducer, and to support the immune system. Lemongrass is also beneficial for lymphatic drainage, lactose intolerance, and to soothe sore muscles! Last week at our staff retreat, we made The Perfect Lip Balm, featuring the Lemongrass and Peppermint Essential Oils! Check out the recipe below!
We hope your March is blossoming with growth and wellness, while enjoying a moment with a daily cup of tea, either with the company of yourself or with great friends and family.
Maggie & the OBTC Family
Ringing in a new year means new beginnings and endings for many. It's the beginning of a new year, and this year it is the beginning of a new decade as well! We have a lot of great things planned for our little family tea company in 2020, and hope that you'll be excited to participate with us in all of our new adventures, and that you take our teas and other products on some of yours! Read below and learn about our tea, spice, and essential oil of the month!
The month of November seems to fly by for me! Fall is in full swing - the days are getting shorter, leaves are in the process of changing colors and piling up on the ground, and the holidays are right around the corner! We have lots of festive teas and recipes to keep up with the changing seasons! Read more below!
September is finally over! Did it seem like a long month for you?? Fall is officially here - the leaves are changing, the temperatures are cooling down, and hello to pumpkin spiced everything, including our tea of the month, Pumpkin Pie Chai! Read more below!
Hello! My name is Maggie! I am a Marine Scientist that was moved to the New Mexican desert with my family by the Air Force! That move was never in my plan, even in my wildest dreams, and I felt lost in the desert for awhile! Meeting the founding owners of Old Barrel Tea Company and falling in love with the store allowed me to find an oasis in the desert! I had no idea what loose leaf tea was, but now I believe in this company and the product! I hope that I can extend some of the love and knowledge with all of our followers and readers!
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