The waysides are unfurling beautifully with red flowering currants, Salmonberry flowers and Elderberry shrubs. Elder is awakening from her slumber in fragrant, pollen-rich bundles of blossoms.
Forager & Herbalist
Spring Tips foraging of Douglas Fir ( Pseudotsuga Menziesii) arrived at last to replenish my winter tarnished body and soul.
My mother taught me that respecting the plant and the forest, is just as important as respecting your next door neighbor. Living on this earth comes with the responsibility of treating it was the same respect, and generosity that it gives us.
Licorice mint Moss? Whistler woman forages along the Sea-to-Sky corridor to create teas and sodas.
"What's cool about Whistler is that ... in every direction you can find a forest service road and you're out in the forest; you're in the mountains ... it's very beautiful, [and] there's a lot of variety of things that grow at different elevations."
Fizzy Drinks made in BC by Story: Meagan Albrechtson
Currently Namasthé’s apothecary sodas are offered in two flavours: Pemberton Cola and Sassafras Soda, the latter of which is comparable to root beer. “It’s really fun to be able to do something that’s created out of a tea base with herbs and spices, and doesn’t have any preservatives added,” says Ranger.
Makes a Gallon of Foraged Spring Nettle Beer All Grain Beer:
I was foraging Stinging Nettles with our sons last week. My body craves Nettles each spring to get a shot of vitamins, nourish the blood, bones, liver and skin after a long winter.Full of nourishing, digestive, immune boosting, detox properties that is perfect for a beautiful wild spring brew. To your health! Slainte!
Since we launched this amazing new healthful brew it has become a crowd fav from Vancouver Tea Festival to online and all around town! Get your rich golden Turmeric X Ginger X Black Pepper boost in a delicious tisane loaded with lemony herbals that are great for colds, flus, digestives and anti-inflammatory properties used for centuries.
Photo : radio-Canada/Evelyne Charuest
The second Vancouver Tea Festival held in Vancouver by the Vancouver Tea Society was attended by many Tea Lovers seeking unique, new and ancient tea rituals to broaden experiences in their cups. We had a lovely surprise interview in french with Evelyne Charuest of Radio-Canada about the unique foraged BC Thérroir, mushrooms in tea, growing tea culture in Vancouver and our daily foraging ritual. To hear Stéphanie Roberts of Vancouver Tea Festival, our friends at Wise Monkey with coffee leaf infusions, Tea Sparrow subscription and Isabelle Ranger of Namasthé Tea Co. sharing about foraging for wild ingredients! Listen Here
I love this time of year! Warm woolens,mushrooms, foraging,tea, knitting and cozy home time with family. We are launching our new Fall collection with some amazing fall staples to cozy up with, stay healthy in this transition season and to boost immunity.Here are some fall tea staples to stay warm as we add more medicinals to our growing line-up!
Feel good bag of tea
Our new compostable 0.9 mil bio lined bags made of recycled Kraft paper are approved for home, industrial composting, recycling and if they end up in the landfill they will also breakdown. No special treatment or headaches which means peace of mind and assurance you are part of the sustainable solution. So all earth's creatures can breathe easy!
Our friend's border collie Treebeard in the bog foraging.
Do you know what’s in your tea? Even if it’s natural, organic, or prepared by commercial blending houses, go through your cupboards and take a closer look. Most tea manufacturers use the same catchwords as the food industry, leading many tea lovers to believe that organic “all natural” flavours are a good thing. But if your tea contains natural flavourings, it is already not in its purest form.
Tea with Kids: guest post from Isabelle Ranger
Bottom line is kids see us engage in stimulating, soothing and sharing actions, over cups of tea, as our ancestors have communed for millenia, so naturally they also want to partake in their own ritual. Try these safe and simple herbals for kids tea.
by Isabelle Ranger
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