January Tea

Happy New Year everyone! January. It’s the time to reflect on the past year to see how far you have come but also to see how far you need to go. The year 2017 was one of the best years of my life. A few things that made it so amazing are, graduating college, marrying the man of my dreams, and starting our own business. Aside from reflecting on the past year, January is the time of resolutions. We have designed this tea box to motivate you and help you get through this flu season!

Old Town Spice and Tea Merchants: Nightcap

Tea: Herbal Blend (non-caffeinated)

Contains: Sage, rosemary, chamomile, mint, and hops

Good For: Relaxation, sleep, flu symptoms

Steeping: 1-2 tsp for 2-3min.

Nightcap is an herbal blend that will help those nasty flu symptoms everyone is experiencing this time of year. Another great perk from this tea is that it’s a sleep aid. It is so important to take good care of your body during this time and sleep is one of the most important ways. So, when you make a cup of nightcap, you know you are taking good care of yourself!

This tea and spice shop is located in Temecula, CA and has the most amazing tea blends and spices you didn’t even know you needed. As you walk in the front door you can’t help but take a deep breath to smell everything. They have been open since 2008 and have provided teas and spices to local restaurants and bars. It is located in Old Town which is a such a cute town and I recommend spending a whole day going through all the antique shops. Make sure to stop in Old Town Spice and Tea Merchants for an afternoon tea while you are there.


Teaism: Keemun:

Tea: Black Tea

Good For: Speed metabolism, healthy heart, fights against some cancers

Steeping: 1 tsp for 2 min.

Keemun tea is one of China’s favorite black teas because of its many health benefits and its fragrance. This tea helps speed metabolism and burning fat. It is also knowns to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Unlike some black teas, keemun has a fruity flavor and has a reddish tint. Personally, black tea has never been my go-to tea but this one is one of my favorites and I find myself craving it often. The flavor is unlike any other and I understand why it’s such a hit in China.

Michelle Brown and Linda Neumann started the first teaism in June of 1996 in Washington D.C. and have been growing ever since. If you are ever in D.C., go check them out!


Smij: Tonique

Tea: Herbal (non-caffeinated)

Contains: Turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, red clover, burdock, yucca, nettle, fenugreek, pepper, flax

Good For: anti-inflammatory

Steeping: 1 tsp for 5-7 min.  

Tonique is an herbal blend tea that is mostly turmeric. I’m sure you have all heard about the health benefits of turmeric so I will make this simple. Turmeric has been used in India for many years as a spice and a medicine. It is the spice that makes curry yellow. Turmeric contains curcumin which is the most beneficial part of turmeric. Unfortunately, curcumin does not absorb well into the bloodstream, so it is best to have it with pepper because it helps you absorb the curcumin.

Smij is a new company that specializes in tea and spices. They study what makes the tea taste better and what makes it the most healthy. They have specialty blends for pretty much anything you need. They will even make a blend just for you! They sell their products at a few cute farmer’s markets in San Diego.

Happy Steeping and Sipping

Beans N’ Leaves | Annie Poore

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Peggy Poore says:

    Loving this month’s selections! And so nice to have your blog fill me in on the “back story.”


    1. beansleaves says:

      Thank you! Glad you enjoy it! 🙂


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