four teas to promote wellness during the worst flu season recorded

Four Teas for Flu Season

four teas to promote wellness during the worst flu season recorded

This year’s flu season has been the most widespread on record since health officials began keeping track 13 years ago (Washington Post).

To prevent the flu: wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough, and do not to go into public if you’re starting to feel sick.

When you have the flu: Drink Tea!

At Happy Lucky’s Teahouse, we want to help you stay healthy and happy, so we’re going to tell you about four magical brews you the season of sickness.

 Four Teas for Flu Season

1. Be Well Herbal Blend:  

This is the tea you should already be drinking. It’s a blend of immune boosting herbs, flowers, roots and peels that are designed to help you fight off impending doom. If you’re starting to feel slight symptoms or you notice others around you beginning to sniffle, brew up some Be Well.  The soothing power of ginger root and the white blood cell boosting ability of echinacea (WebMD) are just a few ingredients that promote wellness in this lovely herbal blend.

2. VitaliTea Herbal Blend:

Another blend to fortify the immune system during cold and flu season. This Happy Lucky’s blend is a great combo of health-boosting herbs and well-balanced flavor. Rose hips to hibiscus, this is an all-around healthy tea for revitalizing and rejuvenating the body and mind.

3. Cosmic Cold Herbal Blend:

Already sick? When the symptoms hit, Cosmic Cold is the brew for you. It has a slight bitter taste, but the herbal blend of chamomile, yarrow, feverfew, elder berry, elder flower, red clover, rose hips, hibiscus, yerba santa, cinnamon and lemon peel is known to cut flu time in half and assist the body in relieving cold symptoms. But if you’re already sick, the slight medicinal flavor won’t bother you!  If it does,  a little honey does wonders for this tea. “Drink it until you can taste it,” says Kari Grossman, Happy Lucky’s co-owner, “That’s how you know it’s working.

4. Koala Bear Nasal Care:

After your symptoms are starting to settle down and you can smell fresh air again, you’ll probably experience some nasty nasal draining. Never fear! Koala Bear is here! This herbal blend is great for “…when your nose is running off your face,” remarks Kari. Breathe it in – this tea’s aroma is as beneficial as the brew. The flavor has some mentho-lyptus action with notes of citrus and licorice.

Rotate all FOUR herbal blends throughout the day for superstar immunity power. Take care of your body, and Nourish Your Happy.

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Don’t Go Too Long without Oolong

Experience Oolong at Happy Lucky’s Teahouse 

Last week we talked about the scientific evidence connecting Oolong tea to supporting a healthy lifestyle. This week we want to just focus on how delicious it is! Did you know that there is a HUGE spectrum of flavor and aromas within this ONE type of tea? You’re going to want to try them all after learning about these scrumptious teas.

Here are three of our favorite Oolong teas, and why we love them so much:

Taiwan Tung ting “Frozen Summit”

“I love the Tung Ting because you can steep it all day,” said Leafster Sean. Taiwan Tung Ting, or “Frozen Summit” Oolong tea is one of Taiwan’s most renowned teas. Only the newly sprouted leaves are plucked and withered in the sun. The process of rolling and roasting is repeated, creating layers of nutty, floral and buttery aromas with balanced sweet floral notes.

Taiwan Tung Ting Oolong
Taiwan Tung Ting “Frozen Summit” Oolong Tea

Because it’s so tightly rolled, you can get anywhere from 5 to 10 steepings out of this tea. “The flavor improves as you brew it because the leaves slowly open up,” explained Andy, our in-house Master Tea Blender. From flavor to health benefits, this tea gives and gives and gives. Or as Sean puts it: “it just keeps giving love”. 

China Da Hong Pao “Big Red Robe”

Andy described this tea as “deep and roasty”. Da Hong Pao is on the more extreme end of oxidation (80-90%), meaning it has a deep, rich, scotch-like peatiness. If you peek into the tin you’ll notice that it is quite dark, and you might mistake it for a black tea. But that’s just how it looks after the oxidation process. The twisted leaves will give you 3-6 steepings, so it’s still worth sitting down and taking your time to sip.

China Da Hong Pao "Big Red Robe" Oolong Tea
China Da Hong Pao “Big Red Robe” Oolong Tea

 

Taiwan Wenshan Baozhong Oolong

From the high mountains of the Wen Mountain district in Northern Taiwan, this authentic Oolong makes for a sweet silky brew that anyone is sure to love. The leaves of this tea are greener than “Big Red Robe”, which mirrors the clean “clean fresh spring-like aroma,” as Andy put it. If you don’t want to waste a tightly rolled Oolong that is begging for multiple steepings, but you need that tea fix, this is the Oolong for you! The strip style leaves mean less complexity comes out of later steepings, but it also means that the first few steepings highlight the best flavors, according to Andy. So if you’re in a rush, or just want to savor one sweet cup, brew up some Wenshan Baozhong.

Taiwan Wenshan Baozhong Oolong Tea
Taiwan Wenshan Baozhong Oolong Tea

 


Oolong is an experience, and we want you to get everything you can out of it. The best way to enjoy Oolong is short steepings over multiple brews. So come to Happy Lucky’s Teahouse and experience the world of Oolong.

 

Tea takes time. Luckily we can offer you an additional hour of free parking in these three garages if you want to come downtown! What are you waiting for?  

If you can’t make it in, order online!

Tea: A Gateway Drug to a Healthy Lifestyle

Tea: a gateway drug to a healthy lifestyle

Tea is kind of like a gateway drug into a healthy lifestyle.

At Happy Lucky’s, we’re all about helping support your healthy lifestyle goals. Since eating healthier and losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, how can tea help?

If weight loss is one of your goals, starting and ending each day with a warm cup of Oolong tea can help. Why? Because scientific studies show that Oolong tea can boost your metabolism, lower cholesterol, aid in digestion, and can help stabilize blood sugar (2, 3, 4).

Oolong is special because of a unique antioxidant called catechin and caffeine combo that puts your body into fat-burning mode. It also contains polyphenols that help block fat-building enzymes. (1,5)

“The value of Oolong tea to weight loss has three basic components,” says evolutionary biologist and neurogeneticist Dr. Sharon Moalem, MD, Phd, author of The DNA Restart: Unlock Your Personal Genetic Code to Eat for Your Genes, Lose Weight, and Reverse Aging.

“Oolong tea kicks up your basal metabolic rate, helping you burn through calories painlessly; it contains compounds that bind to the fats in our gut and help them pass through us; laboratory results show specific polyphenols that help melt off belly fat,” Dr. Moalem says. (1)

If drinking Oolong tea, in tandem with healthy eating and exercise, can help you achieve your optimal weight and health goals, then Happy Lucky’s is here to help with 18 different Oolong teas to choose from, each one with a delicious complex flavor and sweet fragrance.

 

Oolong is the most difficult type of tea to manufacture with many steps often over several days. After the leaves become pliable from withering, they are gently rolled or twisted to release leaf juices and begin oxidization. At the appropriate time, they are lightly heated, arresting further oxidation. These consecutive steps are repeated nonstop for up to 48 hours. Oxidation levels are usually between 20%-90%. One could say oolongs “walk the middle path” between green and black tea.

Another study done in 2003 found that drinking Oolong tea can help regulate the amount of blood sugar and insulin in one’s bloodstream. This, along with other supplementary drugs, has been used to treat type-2 diabetic disorders (4).

Oolong may also help improve bone health. According to studies done that looked at long-term health of habitual tea drinkers, tea drinking is correlated with retention of minerals in the body. This helps protect your teeth against decay, strengthens your bone structure, and can prevent osteoporosis (5). 

If stress is holding you back from being the healthiest version of you, then start managing it — WITH OOLONG. In a study done in Japan, Oolong’s natural polyphenols were directly connected to reducing stress levels. Decreased stress can help you focus on what matters most to you, and it can help you focus on more mindful interaction with the world and yourself (6).

Drinking tea, in general, is a great companion for a healthy lifestyle. You’ll begin to feel energized and glowing after a few cups (maybe that’s the caffeine). That feeling can lead to eating better, exercising more, being mindful, and being an overall healthier person. It’s up to you, but tea is always there to help you along the way. If you pair your daily cup with healthy eating and moderate exercise, you’re well on your way to being a healthier happier human.  Tea: the magical elixir that gives our bodies yummy antioxidants, focused energy, and pure comfort. It can help support our overall health goals, and it tastes fantastic.

References

  1. Video with Dr. Sharon: http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/regimen-only-plan-you-ll-need-improve-your-health?video_id=5125372081001
  2. “The effects of catechin rich teas and caffeine on energy expenditure and fat oxidation: a Meta-analysis”. PubMed, 2011.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21366839
  3. “Oolong tea increases metabolic rate and fat oxidation in men”. PubMed, 2001.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11694607
  4. “Antihyperglycemic Effect of Oolong Tea in Type 2 Diabetes”. American Diabetes Association, 2003.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11694607
  5. “Epidemiological Evidence of Increased Bone Mineral Density in Habitual Tea Drinkers”. JAMA Internal Medicine, 2002. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/211409
  6. “ l-Theanine reduces psychological and physiological stress responses”. Elsevier, 2007. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301051106001451

5 Ways to Celebrate National Hot Tea Month

5-ways-to-celebrate-blogJanuary is National Hot Tea month. If you’ve made a resolution to get off coffee, this is the month to start! Join the savvy sippers of the world and raise your cup (or mug, or gaiwan, or chawan) to celebrate one of our new favorite national holidays. Tea has been around for thousands of years, originating from the lush countrysides of China. But now the love of tea has spread across the globe and enticed people from all walks of life.

The U.S. is the third largest importer of tea in the world, after Russia and Pakistan, according to statistics from ITC (International Tea Committee),  so it makes sense that we would come together as a nation to celebrate the beauty of tea. From health benefits to sublime flavors, tea has something for everyone.

Here are 5 ways to celebrate National Hot Tea Month:

1. Drink Globally

Try switching up your tea drinking habits by experiencing different cultures through your brewing. Have a proper cuppa English Breakfast Black Tea by adding milk and sugar to your black tea. Or spice things up and pour yourself some Masala Chai to connect to the Indian way of sipping tea (for a classic blend, try Mahatma Masala).

2. Drink Locally

Come down to Happy Lucky’s Teahouse and share a pot of your favorite tea with some of your favorite people! Our cozy teahouse on Walnut Street is a great place to meet a friend in Downtown Fort Collins. And while you’re there, checkout our Shop Walnut neighbors. If you’re further south, check out our Front Range Village location

3. Try Tea Meditation

It’s like regular meditation, but with tea. Use tea as a tool to calm the mind and focus inward. It’s the easy way to quickly achieve an aware state of profound relaxation and focused calm that alludes so many who try to meditate. The tea meditation process is a simple mindfulness exercise; anyone can do it!

4. Steep and Sit

Make tea time thee time. Take a moment to sit back and relax with your favorite cup of hot tea. Grab a book, put on your slippers, and zen out.  This can be done in the comfort of your own home, and works best with a cozy sweatshirt and a happy cat or dog on your lap. 

 

5.  Have a Tea Party

Why not? Children and adults alike can appreciate a good tea party. Dust off your favorite teaware, make some scrumptious tea-infused treats, and invite your friends!

How are you celebrating #NationalHotTea month? Come to Happy Lucky’s Teahouse and tell us all about your tea tales, and be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Instagram!

Teas That Give Back

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Supporting Our Community #GivingTuesday

It’s part of our mission at Happy Lucky’s Teahouse to support nonprofit organizations and social progress initiatives in our communities that demonstrate innovative programs in education, international development, civil rights and environmental conservation.

Our teas are sustainably sourced, fairly traded, and custom blended. We share our knowledge and passion for tea with customers, we support charity in our community, and we contribute to the betterment of our world.

That’s why we love Giving Tuesday. #GivingTuesday is a global phenomenon that has helped and connected people to a greater mission. It’s a way to and a way to celebrate and support giving and philanthropy during the holiday season. It was created by a team from the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y in 2012.

We want to help support communities around the world, and that is why we carry Teas That Give Back.

Nepali Tea Traders

Nepal is a special tea growing region. With rich soil and the perfect climate, the tea grown here distinctive characteristics. Because of the altitude, soil and growing conditions, Nepalese teas have high concentrations of flavor and antioxidants. This makes it highly sought after, but the demand can cause problematic tea sourcing. Enter The Nepali Tea Traders: helping Nepali farmers build independent, global brand awareness.

“Our mission is to bring Nepal’s remarkable teas to the growing Western markets (North America and Europe)  in order to help the tea farmers and workers improve their lives. We purchase tea from a farmer co-op in Ilam, paying fair prices that help to build a sustainable tea economy. More income means families can afford to send children to school, and communities can provide better education and healthcare, helping break a cycle of poverty” (from The Nepali Tea Traders website).

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Every purchase of tea will also support the Nepal Youth Foundation. The organization was founded by Olga Murray when she traveled to Nepal in 1984 and observed the many serious needs in a country that is among the world’s poorest.

When we purchase through Nepali Tea Traders, we are ensuring ethically sourced, high-quality tea.

Kenyan Ajiri

The Ajiri Foundation focuses on helping Kenyan women and children alleviate poverty through education and entrepreneurship. We purchase premium African teas from this organization to support the noble cause of empowerment and education.  The word “Ajiri” means “to employ” in Swahili. The foundation employs women in Kenya to handcraft tea boxes from dried banana tree bark.

Ajiri-tea
Ajiri Tea is sold at Happy Lucky’s Teahouse

With 100% of profits going back to the community, the Ajiri Foundation has found a way to make a real difference in these people’s lives. They have given them a steady source of income rather than throwing money at an issue and hoping it goes away.

Elephant Friendly Assam

Our Elephant Friendly Assam is another way to support the greater good through tea. The profits from this tea go towards helping maintain elephant habitat in India’s tea growing region through Twin Trunks Tea Company, which is certified Elephant Friendly through The Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network.

 The Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network is dedicated to conserving threatened wildlife while contributing to the economic vitality of rural communities. They focus on creating sustainable partnerships with herders, planters, and ranchers around the world to make sure that endangered species still have a place to live and thrive.

Elephant Friendly Assam

Serving Our Community

We do our part to better our world by supporting these tea traders and communities. When you buy that tea, it goes back to them too. Let’s work together to create a better world through tea: nourish a warm feeling that goes beyond the cup and into our hearts. 

Give the gift of generosity this holiday season, and create real change to better lives around the world for #GivingTuesday.

Thanksgiving Teas with a Twist

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Tea is perfect for warming our bodies and our soul during these cold, autumn months. We’d like to spread a little extra joy this holiday to keep you warm this year by sharing our favorite holiday teas.

To keep the Thanksgiving theme going, we’ve selected the perfect Thanksgiving blends to keep you warm and nourish your happy during the holidays. And as an added bonus, we’re pairing our fall favorites with alcohol, because why not?

Thanksgiving Tea Cocktails

Cranberry Orange Herbal Blend

What would a Thanksgiving feast be without cranberry sauce? This uplifting blend brews into the perfect cup of fall. Made with dried, lightly sweetened cranberries, hibiscus flower petals, chamomile flowers, orange peel and natural orange essence, this tea makes a delectable iced tea providing a sweet brew with a subtle, refreshing tartness.

Try pairing it with vodka for a crisp fall cocktail. Garnish with an orange slice,  a sprig of rosemary and a sugared rim for full fall effect.

Peppermint Pat-Tea Herbal Blend

We’ve already raved about the magical tummy taming properties of Peppermint Pat-Tea, so it’s no surprise that this chocolate peppermint potion makes a perfect holiday treat. The chocolate and peppermint are the stars of the show, but wouldn’t have made it to the scene without the addition of ginger, slippery elm bark and marshmallow root. This is a great tea to drink right after you slip off your skis and snuggle up by the fire as the turkey is slowly roasting in the oven.
Try pairing it with Bailey’s Irish Cream (Bailey’s Almande Liqueur if you’re dairy-free). The rich, creamy beverage is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. No need for those mittens, Bailey and Pat-Tea will warm you right up!

Rooibos Cinnamon and Orange Herbal Blend

Fall and cinnamon go together like Calvin and Hobbes: a pair that’s meant to be. Since cinnamon makes an appearance in numerous Thanksgiving dishes, from sweet potato casseroles to pumpkin pie, why not have it in your tea? This powerful blend mixes Rooibos, cinnamon, and bitter orange to achieve a warm, balancing flavor.
A powerful tea calls for a powerful liquor. Try adding your favorite whiskey to a hot cup of Rooibos Cinnamon and Orange tea.

Roasted Maté Joy

Take a trip to a warmer climate with a hot cup of Roasted Maté Joy. This nutty brew combines classic holiday flavors like chocolate, ginger, and almond, with a cousin from the tropics: coconut! The delicious blend of maté and almond black tea create a decadent holiday tea.

Joy to the World, we’ve found a way to mellow out maté: Amaretto and Bailey’s.  The toasty almond black tea in Roasted Maté Joy is a perfect companion to the sweet, almond-flavored, Italian liqueur. Since we’re on the decadent train, we decided to add some Bailey’s as well. This may be a little nutty, but you won’t think we’re so crazy when you try it.

Don’t get me wrong, Thanksgiving treats are one of the best parts of the meal. I don’t think anyone would complain if they were asked to have a slice of each kind of pie. But we have to get in those veggies somehow! Why not in our tea? Ginger Orange Carrot is a delightful and surprisingly pleasant way to do it. Dried orange peel, carrot, ginger, and turmeric create a sweet and savory bright yellow brew. The spicy herbal blend pairs well with the Thanksgiving flavor profile and has additional nutritional benefit thanks to turmeric, which is known to soothe heartburn, stomach pain, and inflammation (WebMD).
The bright flavors in Ginger Orange Carrot make a lovely iced tea. They also make a lovely cold cocktail with the addition of Cointreau (or another tripel sec). The orange-flavored liqueur is from the dried peels of bitter and sweet orange. Sound familiar? Maybe that’s because it shares some key ingredients to this tasty tea!

What are you waiting for? GET MIXING!

Warning: drinkers may burst out into holiday song and dance from the sheer amount of holiday cheer packed into one drink. If the affected folks begin graciously thanking you for everything you’ve ever done, and insisting on another drink so they can properly toast you, you’ve done your job well.

Happy holidays!

Digestive Teas for the Holidays

Digestive Teas for the Holidays

Tis the season of creamy mashed potatoes, pillowy dinner rolls, and gravy boats galore. Holiday joy is tantamount to festive feasts in my book. But with so much heavy (yet soul-nourishing) food, it’s easy to slip into a sluggish food coma. Enter your new BFF for the holidays: Digestive Tea. We have a variety of tummy-taming teas to join your holiday feasts so you won’t have to pass the green bean casserole without taking an extra serving for yourself.

Peppermint Pat-Tea

“Peppermint Pat-tea is about the ultimate for soothing a colic food baby,” says Master Blender Andy Boone. The perfect post-meal tea and a must have for the holidays. Brew up this tasty blend to help digestion due to its pop of peppermint and soothing ginger. The classic pairing of chocolate and peppermint is also a lovely dessert on its own if you decide to forego the pie! The ginger, slippery elm bark, and marshmallow root come together for an incredibly tasty delight. It has gained a reputation for soothing sore throats and upset stomachs as well as combating nausea.

American Roots

In this Happy Lucky’s herbal blend, cultures collide (just like your family does on Thanksgiving). Inspired by the history of root beer, this blend has a bit of a spicy Indian twist. American Roots is an herbal blend of Rooibos Vanilla, sarsaparilla root, spearmint, cinnamon, ginger root, cloves, cardamom, and nutmeg. This complex flavor has with warming and digestive qualities because of the ginger and spearmint.  According to WebMD, ginger has been a remedy for stomach trouble in many cultures for thousands of years. It treats nausea, cramping, and upset stomachs. This makes it the perfect cuppa’ to polish off a meal that may have left you feeling too full.

Lil’ Mover

The remedy is in the name of this herbal blend. Lil’ Mover is the tea to reach for when you need a lil’ extra help… you know… moving along. Consisting of several herbs with gentle laxative properties, the Lil’ Mover is composed of Rooibos Vanilla, orange peel, licorice root, chamomile, crampbark, roasted dandelion root, yellow dock root, cloves, ginger, cardamom, and lemon myrtle.

Relaxation Herbal Blend

Research shows that peppermint can help soothe indigestion and gas. That’s why this Happy Lucky’s herbal blend is a perfect way to settle your stomach after a heavy holiday meal. The calming effects of chamomile and rosebuds combined with the soothing properties of lavender and peppermint give this tea a therapeutic aroma and pleasant flavor. And let’s face it, sometimes we need a little tasty tension tamer for the holidays.

Ayurvedic Kapha

A Kapha imbalance can slow digestion, leave you congested, lethargic, and stressed. With the hectic energy of the holidays, it’s important to make sure that Kapha is in balance! When Kapha is in balance the mind is peaceful and settled, your body feels full of energy and strength. Kapha is said to be similar to clay or the elements of earth and water in Ayurvedic principles. It helps to hold our constitution together and provides structure, fluid balance, endurance, and strength. This tea contains lemon balm, dried ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and black peppercorns. Gather your balance and strength for the holidays with this grounding and soothing tea.

Ginger Orange Carrot

This delightful herbal blend of dried orange peel, carrot, ginger, and turmeric creates a sweet and savory bright yellow brew. The spicy ginger helps with post-meal digestion, but it also has some added nutrients from turmeric. This peppery spice may leave a yellow stain on your cup, but it’s well worth it for the long list of health benefits that it will bring you. High in nutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds make turmeric a powerful medicinal herb. Studies have shown it aids in cancer prevention, improves immune health, improves Crohn’s disease, and much more. The holidays may bring joy, but they also bring flu season. So get that extra immune boost into your system by sipping some Ginger Orange Carrot tea.