Greetings fellow bloggers.

One item you may want to include in your holiday shopping, or even in your regular grocery shopping, is tea.  The great thing about tea is that you do not have to give up coffee to enjoy various teas in the afternoon.  Green tea is low in caffeine and most herbal teas are free of caffeine.

Tea has various health benefits, especially green teas.  Herbal teas offer a variety of flavors and also contain healthy ingredients.

Here is a tea that I stumbled upon recently in the supermarket tea section.  It is Stash Tea’s Licorice Spice Herbal Tea.  It is a tasty, slightly sweet blend of many ingredients including cinnamon and orange peel.  It is a great tea to have with a mid to late afternoon snack, or prior to or after dinner.

Stash Tea has been in the business since 1972, and is based in Portland, Oregon.  Many supermarkets carry at least some of their many teas.


licorice spice

A lesser known tea company, Ten Ren, specializes in teas from China and Taiwan.  It has stores in Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario), and one in Australia.  In the USA, there are tea stores in CA (several in both Bay Area and Los Angeles metro areas), IL (Chicago), MD (Rockville and College Park – DC metro area), and NY (several in NYC).

Here are the links if you are interested.  (I think the in-store prices are better than the online prices for their teas.)



Ten Ren tea

http://www.liptontea.com/product/   – a leading tea company for more than a century.



http://www.bigelowtea.com/Type.aspx?topid=36 – Bigelow teas by type, also available in most stores where tea is sold in the USA.

For those readers living in British Commonwealth nations, Twinings is a major tea company.  Visit their company website here:


There is even a book about tea, or really more about the tea ceremony in Japan.


Book of Tea

The Tao Te Ching is a timeless classic of Taoist thinking.  This work has been printed a few times in paperback form.  You might find a copy in your local library or at a used bookstore near you.  Here is an inexpensive edition:


Tao Te Ching

Sipping a hot cup of tea is a healthy way to relax.  Tea can be your stress reliever on the job as well. 

You may be interested in the below essay of ours:



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