Traditional Medicinals

We all have our go to treatments when we’re feeling under the weather. This is one of mine. This company was born in the 70s and has continued to be a great support for wellness over the years. While we focus mainly on the tea and tisanes for this blog I would also like to point out that they have lozenges that are made with great ingredients. Please be sure to give them a try!

Websitehttps://www.traditionalmedicinals.com/

Location Headquarters: Sebastopol, CA, USA

Company Focus:

  • Responsibly sourced, medicinal herbal teas

Most Popular Company Teas:

Does the Company name have a meaning?

  • In any great story, chance plays a vital role. In the late 60s, the stars aligned when herbalist Rosemary Gladstar met community activist and environmentalist Drake Sadler. Entrenched in the spirit of the age, and their pursuit of healthful alternatives to the mainstream — lifestyle, natural foods, and herbal remedies — they planted the seeds for their shared vision of a new kind of herbalism. In 1974, they founded Traditional Medicinals to build on Rosemary’s knowledge of traditional herbal remedies and share that with the world. Their vision was to share everyday traditional herbal knowledge by sourcing quality herbs and creating accessible products for people to turn to.  

Do you participate in any charities?

  • We have 5 nonprofit partners that our employees selected to support the community where we work and live: The Botanical Bus, Sonoma County Community Action Partnership, Ceres Community Project, Landpaths, Redwood Empire Food Bank. We also partner with nonprofits in our sourcing communities where we fund community-led projects around health, access to water, economic diversification, and agricultural trainings. 
  • In addition, through Shopping Gives on our website any purchase gives a percentage back to these nonprofit partners: 
    • WomenServe®– a US nonprofit unlocking the potential of women and girls in Western Rajasthan, India by increasing access to water, education, health, hygiene, and economic empowerment. 
    • Botanical Bus- a bilingual mobile herb clinic in Sonoma County empowering holistic health by-and-for Latinx and Indigenous people. 
    • Conservation International- empowering society to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, and for the well-being of humanity.  

What is your and/or your co-workers’ favorite tea? 

  • With a selection of over 60 teas, there are lots of team favorites! Given that most of our teas are formulated with a health benefit in mind, everyone’s tea cabinet is unique and tailored to their personal wellness needs.
  • One morning classic to get things flowing and wake up our liver in the morning is our Roasted Dandelion Root tea. Dark, robust and slightly bitter, its taste is reminiscent of coffee, and makes for a perfect morning ritual, especially with added creamer and sweetener of choice! For that afternoon slump, many of us may reach for one of our herbal green tea blends to deliver a gently caffeinated lift. At the end of the day, Chamomile and Lavender or Cup of Calm® make for wonderful relaxers to wind down, topped off with a cup of Nighty Night tea 20 minutes before bed to ease into sleep.

What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry? 

  • The most important aspect of our business is relationships, which is also the best way to have true transparency into your supply web. We look for suppliers who can either sustainably collect or cultivate herbs that meet the quality standards we need. This can often take years of development. By fostering long-term relationships and paying a fair wage (through programs like Fair Trade, FairWild®, and the efforts of the Traditional Medicinals Foundation), we incentivize our farmers and collectors to create high-quality products. These relationships have been so successful that we’ve been working with some of our suppliers for more than 30 years.
  • The botanical herb trade is complex and there is a finite amount of herbs available at the medicinal and quality level we need to meet the standards for our medicinal tea blends. In addition to our standards for quality, we also procure 97% certified organic herbs and, when possible, we source fair trade-certified herbs. We are looking to grow the percentage of fair herbs to 80% by 2030 and we are currently in the process of becoming Fair for Life Certified. Social and environmental certifications like organic, fair, and B-Corp®, help to not only ensure we are meeting the standards to care for people, plants, and the planet, but also provide the opportunity for transparency and accountability and is the best way for our company to continue to challenge ourselves to do better. It’s also the way we can help push the industry forward as we share this knowledge with our consumers, so they can demand for more from the industry. Together with our organic farmers, wild collectors, and our conscious consumers, we are making a difference in the world.  


What role does tea play in our lives? 

  • High-quality herbal teas are one of the simplest and most accessible ways to care for oneself. Humans and plants have evolved together, and the apothecary of the plant world offers a wide range of solutions to some of our most common health needs. From immune support to digestion, relaxation, heart health, and beyond, herbs are there for us, and with a little hot water, we can tap into ancient traditions and unlock these benefits one comforting mugful at a time.

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TeaTiff Picks: Throat Coat & Mother’s Milk. Before we talk about my choices I want to first say thank you to the staff over at Traditional Medicinals for sending over samples. That was really touching for me to receive. This is my go to company when I’m not feeling good. Throat Coat is great in taste but also is soothing. I am not currently breastfeeding but Mother’s Milk was something that I found to help increase my supply. Every woman is so different in this area and it can be nerve wracking when your milk isn’t doing what it seems like everyone else’s is. I found this tisane to be calming.

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A.C. Perch’s Thehandel

A tea friend of mine went overseas and stopped by one of her favorite tea shops. She was kind enough to send some samples for me to try. Considering the fact that they have been around for over 150 years I was surprised I had not heard of them before.

Websitehttps://perchs.dk/

Location Headquarters: Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm

Company Focus:

  • Since day one our ambition has been to sell the best teas from all over the world, with quality, authenticity, and service as our core values.

Most popular company tea(s)?

  • White Temple
    – This is our absolute best seller and it has tried to be copied for
    several years by other Danish tea shops. Perch’s White Temple Tea
    is a blend consisting of green and white tea, candied fruit, and
    berries. This tea is a full-bodied and sweet tea with fresh notes of
    pineapple and orange that have a soft and round aftertaste. The
    tea can also be enjoyed as an iced tea during the summer period.
  • Earl Grey
    – Perch’s Earl Grey is made from a soft black Chinese Keemun, which makes a nice
    golden color in the cup. The black tea is delightfully matched by bergamot, which
    adds a refreshing aroma to the tea.
  • Cool Herbal
    – Cool Herbal is a fresh herbal tea with lemongrass, peppermint, apple, grapefruit, and liquorice root. The licorice root adds a sweetness to this herbal tea which can be enjoyed hot or cold. It has become a favorite among many of our customers and it is often the preferred choice during winter time.

Does the company name have a meaning?

  • The company was founded in April 1835, when Niels Brock Perch opened the small shop in Kronprinsensgade 5 in the center of Copenhagen, where the tea shop is still located today. The, and business is named after Niels’s third-oldest son, Axel Christian Perch, whose legacy remains in the company name A.C. Perch’s Thehandel.

Do you participate in any charities?

  • We are continuously donating tea that is close to its expiry date to different social institutions and organizations in Denmark.

What is your and/or your co-workers’ favorite tea?  

  • Green Rooibos Sea Buckthorn and Kenya PF

What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry?

  • We are a proud member of the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP); a non-profit organization that cooperates with tea companies, development agencies, governmental and non-governmental; organizations to improve the lives of communities in the tea sector. We work in collaboration to tackle the deep-rooted issues that hamper the sustainability of the tea sector. These include: improving incomes and the welfare of farmers and workers; to improve life; relationships and nutrition; to improve life and opportunities for women and young people in tea communities and reduction of gender-based violence; improve resilience to climate change.

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TeaTiff Picks: Afternoon Tea. Generally, I prefer pure tea. Just give me my Camellia Sinensis without any fluff. But like all good tea adventurers, I can’t resist trying new things. This is a wonderful blend with the perfect amount of fruity notes balances with the depth and woody notes of the black tea. The white tea helps to round it out nicely.

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Advent Calendars!

In the community of tea drinkers, nothing excites quite like an advent calendar. Especially in the Steepster community! If you haven’t joined Steepster yet you definitely should! Here is a link straight to the discussion page there talking about advent calendars.

But before you go did you know I made six calendars? Yes, I did! You can check them out below. I originally tried to sell them at a craft fair, but unfortunately, not enough people around here appreciate tea, so none of them sold. =( Luckily for you though, now I get the opportunity to see if my readers want to purchase any. You get the board, a tea magnet, free shipping, and tea from six different companies!!!

Harney & Sons

Since 1983 Harney & Sons has provided tea to generations of tea drinkers. It is a gateway into the deep world of tea and yet keeps a firm placement in your cupboard with its quality. I, honestly, would be deeply surprised if this post is your introduction to this wonderful company. Thank you, Emeric Harney, for your insights!

Website: https://www.harney.com/

Company Headquarters: Millerton, NY, USA

Most popular company tea(s)?

Does the company name have a meaning?

  • The company name speaks to our tradition of heritage, one that has been passed down from John Harney to his sons Mike & Paul, and now onto his grandsons Emeric & Alex. We are master tea blenders, focusing on quality teas and blends to make our customers smile. 

Do you participate in any charities?

  • We participate in quite a few, but the most notable and highly contributed one is 1% For the Planet
  • You can check out the many other organizations they help here.

What is your and/or your co-workers’ favorite tea? 

  • My favorite tea is Scent of Mountains Sencha. It’s got a wonderfully sweet aroma and a pleasant, vegetal cup. 

What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry?

  • I hope that we continue to offer more transparency in the tea industry, from where our teas come from to how purchasing tea continues to improve lives around the world. I hope that transparency will continue to push for better working conditions for tea workers everywhere. 

What role does tea play in our lives?

  • To everyone, tea can play a multitude of roles. It can relax us, it can invigorate us. It can be our escape from reality or bring fond memories of realities past. It can be a part of a new healthful regime or that guilty pleasure with cream, sugar, and maybe a nibble of a cookie. 

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TeaTiff Picks: Black Currant. Once upon a time, back in college I went to New Zealand and fell in love with Black Currant teas. Upon my return I did my best to find one that was suitable to what I tasted there and this was the one I settled on. If you have yet to try a black currant tea do yourself a favor and start with a good one.

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Osada Tea Japan

I think that tea made with a “gentle and organic heart” full of perseverance and joy for nature is the best way to go about it.

– Natsumi Osada

The deeper you dive into the world of tea the thicker the liquor becomes. I discovered Yamabuki Nadeshiko tea through Zerama in 2021 and instantly fell in love with it. What I didn’t realize at the time was that this is a unique tea produced only by Osada Tea which I discovered through World Tea News (read the article it’s awesome!). Osada-san and HIRO-san were extremely kind to allow me to interview them over Google Meets. We had a wonderful talk and now I am happy to share it with you all below!

Website https://osadateajapan.com/en

Location(s) Headquarters:  Shizuoka, Japan.

Company Focus:

  • Organic Japanese Tea. Though the organic label is not required domestically, this is mainly for international consumers.

Most popular company tea(s)?

Does the company name have a meaning?

  • Named after the owner, Natsumi Osada, who is the fifth generation of a line of tea producers. This is a family business.

Do you participate in any charities?  

  • Not currently listed on the website but will be added soon.
  • Shuchi Noein Farm – Many older farmers are at risk of losing their fields that they can no longer farm. Shuchi Noein comes in to help them while still allowing the original farmer to keep his fields. You won’t be able to find any mention online but HIRO mentioned this amazing farm and I want you all to know about it too.
  • TeaTiff also wants to add that the work OSADA Tea does to support producers that wish to go organic and keep supporting them speaks volumes. Japanese tea farming is becoming harder with older farmers and with not many of the younger generation wanting to join in because of the hard work. Supporting the farmers is incredibly important.

What is your and/or your co-workers’ favorite tea?  

  • We drink Yamabuki Nadeshiko every day! HIRO – Koshin oolong cultivar.

What are your thoughts on transparency in the tea industry?  

  • It is important for us to know where the tea is coming from and the farmers who grow the tea. In order to grow good tea we have to make sure the farmer’s needs are met. We also need to understand consumer wants and needs. Do they like the tea and how do they feel about it?

What role does tea play in our lives?

  • It is a little hard to explain but we see it as a triangle. A cycle where each point is important: farmer, customer, us (Osada). The tea industry develops to become better with organic relationships.

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This company created Yamabuki Nadeshiko!!

TeaTiff Picks: Yamabuki Nadeshiko. If you enjoy dark tea you won’t want to miss trying this tea. Actually, I don’t care what type of tea you like, just try this tea. This one-of-a-kind tea was made by Natsumi Osada in a unique manufacturing method you can read more about here. Yes, it is a dark tea. And yes it does have notes that are reminiscent of a dark tea with musty and earthy tones but it also has intense woody and minimal varnish notes, barely any astringency, and some unique very dark chocolate aftertaste flavors. I also get a slight sensation of a homemade waffle cone as it slides down my throat.

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