• Tea bud and leaves. Tea plantations, Sri Lanka
    Herbs & Ingredients

    Tea, before the cuppa

    Have you ever seen Tea (Camellia sinensis) growing? I never realized the Tea plant is an evergreen shrub (to small tree) that can be harvested for 40-100 years, depending on the variety. The young shoots, leaves and buds, are usually picked by hand as machinery is too rough on the tender leaves and may damage them. There are four basic categories of Tea- white, green, oolong, and black-  and each uses a different method of processing after harvest for its different qualities. For green Tea, the leaves are quickly heated, either steamed or pan-fried, then dried to prevent oxidation of the leaves. This allows the Tea to retain its green…

  • Herbs & Ingredients,  Natural Skin Care

    Shades of Green

    Gathering together some of the herbs used in my salve and balm (pictured left to right: Lemongrass, Green Tea, Chickweed). Aren’t they beautiful? I love all the different shades of green. The aroma is pretty plantastic too! Seems obvious, doesn’t it, that Paradise would be plant-based and full of herbs.