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 and author Holly Bellebuono who has been formulating herbs into tasty and healthy blends for nearly two decades. 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 herbs in water gives richer flavor and greater nutritional quality, and because it creates less packaging waste. Compare our minimal and efficient packaging with mass-produced, high-waste teas that include bags, strings, staples, plastic envelopes, boxes, and outer cellophane wraps. Instead, our teas are hand-packed loose into reusable and recyclable tins. Each packed tin of loose-leaf herbs brews 35-40 delicious cups of tea. Our teas contain NO added flavorings, whether natural or synthetic. They are pure-leaf herbal and black teas you can trust.
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. Our blends Wise Woman Tea and Up-Island Herbal can be steeped overnight for a strong, mineral-rich beverage.
For our Moroccan GREEN Tea, steep EXACTLY 3 minutes to avoid excessive bitterness. Use a timer!
For our BLACK TEA, 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 85-90% of the herbs in Vineyard Herbs tinctures, syrups, vinegars, spritzers, 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 operate a drying facility. Our teas, however, are very high quality, often certified organic, and the blends are formulated from scratch by Holly and hand-blended in small batches.