Frequently asked questions
What are the benefits of CBD?
Cannabidiol or CBD is a non-psychoactive phyto-chemical found in cannabis, hemp and a other select botanicals. It has therapeutic properties that continue to be discovered. It is used currently for reducing inflammation, calming nerves, with skin concerns and to help increase an overall sense of well being.
What are the benefits of the different herbs in your extracts?
Blue vervain is a cool bitter herb that is considered a nervine sedative. It brings the energy down form the head and into the body and can help uplift the spirit in cases of depression and melancholy. It has an affinity for the liver and thus is good for nervous system complaints associated with liver stagnation.
California Poppy has a long history of use as a sedative, hypnotic, and analgesic herb and as a reliable treatment for sleep disorders especially when there is an overstimulated mind. CA poppy has a cooling effect on the body along with anti-spasmodic properties especially when there is muscular tension. It has shown success as a pain reliever by binding with opiate receptors in the body.
Chamomile is a well loved herb that is known to be a mild sedative. It soothes restlessness, promotes sleep and is considered a bitter that can be used for gastrointestinal issues.
Corydalis is related to opium poppy and is used in Chinese medicine for its pain relieving and sedative properties. It is a strong and reliable analgesic, and can be used for headaches, lumbar, abdominal, joint and menstrual pain. Alcohol and vinegar extractions are most common.
Frankincense is used in Ayurvedic, Middle Eastern, Chinese and Western botanical medicine. It is indicated for inflammatory disorders and had been used to improve pain related to tendons and joints. It combines well with turmeric and lecithin. It is also known as Boswellia.
Ginger is considered a great addition to blends for its warming dispersing nature. It is used for increasing circulation, a digestive stimulant, a diaphoretic, and an anti-spasmodic.
Hops is considered a hypnotic herb used for sleep disturbances, restlessness and as a sedative. It is a cooling bitter herb that can be used in bitter formulas to promote gastric secretions. It is a primary ingredient in beer.
Kava is an anti-spasmodic herb and can be used for pain issues related to nervous tension and spasms. It is used as a short term mood elevator and is considered calming to the nerves. It has shown success in treating anxiety related sleep disorders
Lavender is a cooling relaxant herb that is used for conditions involving nerves, muscles and psychological tension. It is used for digestive upsets, to ease headaches, and to relieve anxiety, tension and stress. It is also a useful anti-septic herb.
Lemon balm gently calms the nervous system without causing drowsiness. It is a cooling herb that can promote calm clarity and helps bring the mind down to a place of centeredness. It may help replenish, rebuild and strengthen a depleted and burned out nervous system. Lemon balm also has carminative, diaphoretic, anti-spasmodic and anti-viral properties.
Meadowsweet contains aspirin like salicylic acid and can be used as a mild alternative to aspirin. Salicylic acid is an anti-inflammatory agent that reduces muscle and joint inflammation. Meadowsweet has been used to treat headaches, fevers, sore muscles and rheumatic joints.
Passion flower is a gentle cooling sedative to calm a racing mind and to treat tension and restlessness. It is a great remedy for excessive thinking by helping cut out the internal chatter. It is used for anxiety, fatigue and insomnia and it is great for people who are chronic worriers.
Skullcap is a favorite cooling herb that can help reduce anxiety. It is great for people with nervous fear, irritability and agitation. It has a nervine quality and is helpful in insomnia when someone has an overactive mind.
Turmeric has been used for centuries as a warming pungent spice in cooking. It is a great anti-inflammatory herb and also has antioxidant, anti-arthritic, and cardio-protective properties along with having an affinity for the liver and gall bladder.
Valerian is considered one of the best hypnotic herbs in western botanical medicine. It has a long history of use for insomnia and other sleep disturbances, nervous tension, stress, hyperactivity, and muscle spasms.
How do I brew the best cup of tea?
For teas with mostly leaves and flowers (infusion):
Place 1-3 TBS of herbs to a tea cup or tea ball. Heat 8oz of water to a boil. Pour the water over the herbs in the tea cup or place the tea ball in the cup of boiled water. Let the herbs steep 15 minutes to one hour depending on the strength of the brew desired. Strain the herbs and enjoy.
For blends with mostly roots, bark and seeds, (decoction): [Redwood Chai & Root 66]
Place 3-4 TBS of herbs in a small sauce pan. Cover the herbs with a quart of cold water. Slowly heat the water to a simmer and cover. Allow the herbs to gently simmer covered for 15-30 minutes. Strain the herbs and add milk and honey to taste.
Can the teas be made into iced tea?
Yes, all of the teas are delicious hot or iced! Strain the herbs out of the tea first before refrigeration.
Where do you source your herbs?
I source my herbs from Monterey Bay Spice Company, Mountain Rose Herbs, Starwest Botanicals, Pacific Botanicals and my garden in Santa Cruz, CA. All fresh herbs for the extracts are from Pacific Botanicals or my garden.
Are the teas organic?
I try to use the highest quality herbs available. Most of the herbs are organic or wildcrafted but some are not, either due to availability or cost.
Are the herbs used in the extracts organic?
The herbs used in the extracts are organic with the exception of Corydalis (in the Ease formula) which is not organic, but sourced from a company that tests all of their herbs for chemicals and pesticides.
How soon will my order ship?
If all of the items are in stock I will try to ship the order out within 5 days.
Can I buy your teas in bulk?
Yes, send me an email and I can send you the details.
Can I buy your teas and extracts wholesale?
Yes, if you are a store going to resell my products, or brew my tea in a store, cafe or yoga studio. I do have minimum orders for wholesale. Please send me an email for details.
How much does each package of tea make?
For the leafy teas, each bag will make approximately 20-30 cups of tea.
For the Redwood Chai and Root 66, each package of tea will make 15-20 cups of tea
Do you make custom blends?
Yes, I love to make custom blends for your personal needs or for your cafe! There is a minimum amount that I will blend however, and the cost will vary depending on the herbs used. Please send me an email for more details.
Are your teas safe for children and pregnant and/or nursing mothers?
Yes, my teas are formulated to be enjoyed by everyone. It is always good to check in with your health care provider if you are pregnant and/or nursing before using any of my products.
Are your teas caffeine free? Gluten Free?
My teas are all caffeine free. The Root 66 Tea contains crystalized barley malt which contains gluten.
Where do you source your CBD?
Our CBD is grown without the use of chemicals and pesticides in Colorado and processed into CBD oil in Humbolt, CA.The CBD oil has a full range of cannabinoids and is considered full spectrum. It is not an isolate. There are also added terpenes to the finished product.
Are your CBD products psychoactive?
No, the CBD used in the products is extracted from whole plant cannabis bred to be high in CBD. It contains a low level of THC, .3%, which is the legal limit for over the counter CBD products. This level of THC is considered non-psychoactive.
Do your products expire?
I always think that it is best to drink the tea within 1 year of purchase. The extracts should also be used within 1 year of purchase. The products don't "go bad", they will just be fresher if used within the first year. Both the teas and the extracts should be kept away from heat and light to extend the shelf life.