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Herbal, Black, Green, and Citrus Teas
Delicious! Our nourishing and tasty loose-leaf herbal, black and green teas make excellent gifts and are handsomely packaged in tall tin canisters with tight-fitting lids and colorful original photography of Vineyard scenes. Our blends are original formulas by herbalist Holly Bellebuono who has been formulating herbs into tasty and healthy blends for nearly 18 years. Many teas and tisanes are traditionally used to address digestion, nausea, calcium loss, menopause, and pregnancy.
Why loose-leaf teas? For two reasons: because brewing loose herbal matter in water allows for richer flavor and greater nutritional quality, and because it creates much less packaging waste. Please compare our minimal and efficient packaging with mass-produced, high-waste teas that include bags, strings, staples, plastic envelopes, boxes, and outer cellophane wraps. That's a LOT of needless packaging that will end up in the landfill. Instead, our teas are hand-packed loose into reusable and recyclable tins. No excess packaing, and we literally stuff a large quantity of tea into each tin--in fact, each packed tin of loose-leaf herbs brews 35-40 delicious cups of tea, much more than you'll get from a wasteful box of commercial tea.
Click here for wholesale information to be emailed to you. We provide our tea blends in tins or by the pound for restaurants.
For our herbal tisanes, brew 1 teaspoon per cup of boiling water 5-8 minutes for a light brew, 8-12 minutes for a richer brew.
Steep our Moroccan Green Tea EXACTLY 3 minutes to avoid excessive bitterness. Use a timer!
Steep our black teas (Chai, English Breakfast and Earl Grey) 5-8 minutes or until desired richness and strength is reached, keeping in mind that the longer they steep the more they will develop their characteristic bitter flavors.
How We Source Our Herbs
Holly Bellebuono practices the ancient skill of wild-crafting, whereby she locates wild plants, identifies them, harvests the medicinal part, and prepares them in formulas. She also grows a few herbs organically, and she barters with local gardeners for what she doesn't grow or wild-craft. Roughly 85% of the herbs in Vineyard Herbs tinctures, syrup, liniments, and salves are grown or harvested by Holly. We also purchase dried herbs from reputable sources for our teas, for the simple reason that we do not own or operate a drying facility, and without such a facility all the herbs will mold when the attempt is made to dry them. Our teas, however, are very high quality, often certified organic, and the blends are formulated from scratch by Holly and prepared in small batches.
Holly learned how to wildcraft by following around elderly mountaineers in the deep woods of rural Appalachia, especially in the North Carolina mountains. Older men and women who had grown up with wild plants and wild medicines showed Holly how to identify plants and collect their roots, berries, bark, leaves and flowers, and what to do with them. Many of these traditions are being lost, but young herbalists who are dedicated to preserving these old ways (and this valuable knowledge) do well by listening to these "old-timers" and making a point to remember and record this vast quantity of botanical knowledge.