Lingonberries Health Benefits


Why Are Scandinavian Women So Beautiful – Could The Answer Be Hidden In A Lingonberry?

While some believe that Scandinavian beauty is all about gens, others speculate that it might have to do something with the clean soil, fresh air, sparkling clear water or simply Scandinavian food such as lingonberry.

If you wander what it is all about a stunning Scandinavian women having beautiful skin, you are not alone. For years, many questioned, how come the Scandinavian women can look up to 15 years younger without plastic surgery, some look almost ageless.

Finland is a small Scandinavian Santa Clause land, cold and dark in winter yet beautiful and colorful in summer with thousands of lakes, enormous amount of forests enjoyed by reindeer and bears. There are also small Islands that surrounds this Nordic country and old castles filled with Viking old stories. When it comes to nutrition or beauty secrets, Finnish forests might be just what you need to hear.

Finnish forests account for 86% of Finnish land area, especially famous for wild berries: strawberries, raspberries, bilberries, cranberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, gooseberry, red currant, cloudberries, white currant, rowanberries, rose-hip, blackberries and juniper berries.

And as you can guess, these berries are not only satisfying bears or reindeer tummies rather, they are a great part of almost every healthy Finnish diet.

As you know berries are otherwise not only tasty but also nutritionally rich and healthy. In Finland, berries are eaten almost every day for breakfast or as a dessert, mixed in shakes, added to pies, soups or jams.

During summer season, berries are picked by many Finnish families or individuals and enjoyed “at the very spot”, or picked and stored for the cold and dark winter. And, everyone, from a small child to a cheerful senior love berries in Finland.

Lingonberry Benefits

Next to all those berries mentioned above, there is a berry Dr Oz talks about in his show which until recently not only Americans were not aware of, but even Dr Oz himself did not know anything about it, yet Scandinavians especially Finns have been enjoying benefits from it for years. The berry is called Lingonberry(in Finnish Puolukka)!

According to Dr Oz, lingonberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) are new super foods to be put on your next shopping list. Lingonberries have high concentration of antioxidants, even higher than the blueberries. They also:

  • Have a significant amount of vitamin E, Vitamin C, manganese
  • Good source of fiber
  • Kills bacteria
  • Fight cancer

With low in energy and no saturated fat, lingonberries have great anti-aging properties.

In Dr Oz show, it was suggested to eat lingonberry jam mixed with ice and almond milk as a morning nutritious shake. In Finland lingonberry has been used traditionally as an accompaniment to meat dishes, porridges, and baked foods. Here is how Finns are using lingonberries:

Good to know: as lingonberries contain natural shelf-life of pro benzoic acid, you can crash your lingonberries and it will store without extra conservative chemicals.

Whether or not lingonberries are the key to the famous Scandinavian beautiful skin, it is something yet to be discovered by you. Anyhow, it is worth trying. Start enjoying lingonberries as often as you can, they are healthy and tasty.

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Iced Tea for hot summer day’s

iced tea

Iced tea is a refreshing beverage that is the most popular in the heat of summer. Whether you want to substitute your hot tea for some cool iced tea, or have an iced tea party for your friends, iced tea is always a welcome treat. It does require some advanced preparation, so you’ll need to follow these steps to learn how to make your own refreshing iced tea.

There are a few ways to make iced tea.

First, you can brew hot tea per normal* and chill it in the refrigerator, or just cool it fast by pouring it into a glass over ice. You could also make sun tea by adding looseleaf tea to water in a glass jar, and setting it outside on a hot day; the heat of the sun will slowly brew the tea. Once it has steeped to your liking, strain out the tea. Finally, you could go for the cold-brew method: let it steep slowly in the fridge overnight. Sweeten with honey or maple syrup. Garnish your iced tea with a slice of lemon or sprig of mint for the perfect glass of cool, refreshing iced tea.

And there you have it. A nice refreshing glass of summer iced tea.

* Double the amount of loose tea used in a regular brew.

Iced Tea Syrups

It’s one of summer’s perennial questions: How do you get sugar to dissolve in a cold glass of tea? Stop stirring, and instead sweeten your tea with syrups infused with mint or lemon, flavoring your brew at the same time. For mint, you will need 1/2 cup packed fresh mint; for lemon, the zest and juice of 2 lemons. In a small sauce pan, combine mint leaves or lemon zest and juice with 1 cup sugar and 1 1/2 cups water; bring to a boil, let the sugar dissolve, and remove the pan from the heat. Let liquid cool; strain through a fine sieve. Use about 4 teaspoons of syrup per tall glass of tea. Syrups will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

We are offering a selection of Forsman Teas for you to savour on ice in order to feel refreshed, keep hydrated, and stock up on antioxidants all summer round.

House Blend.
A blend of Indian Black tea and Chinese green sencha spiced with oils of apricot, strawberry and peach. Orange, papaya, pineapple and lemon pieces in addition.

Rooibos Cream of Desert.
Rooibos spiced with strawberry bits, cream and daisy petals. An undisputed favorite flavour. A terrific ice tea!

Pina Colada.
Few aromas convey the feeling of vacation quite like coconut. India-Ceylon tea spiced with pineapple and rum oils with added coconut crush and marigold.  The enchanting sound of waves and a cup of Pina Colada tea: a guarantee for the most relaxing journey.

With this choice of iced teas, you can rest assured that the summer will be fresh, and full of sun and fun.

Enjoy your holidays!


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Skull Tea Infuser – new product!

Make a tea with a scary skull! This creepy tea steeper is just what you need to have a spook-tacular morning. People may think that there’s trouble a brewing. Nope, it’s just your favorite tea!

Skull Tea Infuser

TEA BONES – tea infuser the creepy tea steeper – This tea infuser will give you the creeps while it steeps! After you’re done brewing, rest the skull on the handy crossbones. Ahhh, there’ s nothing like a nice, hot cup of macabre. Teabones is molded from pure, food-safe silicone.


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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemon Tea


One of the many ways of enjoying tea is to add the juice of a lemon to the beverage. There are a lot of health benefits of drinking tea with lemon as well. But today we want to share with you a collection of “When life gives / hands /throws you lemons, … “ quotes we found. All this sayings can be condensed to “If something bad happens in your life, make the best out of it, in the end, it is your life!

When life gives you lemons…

  • As life hands you lemons, be grateful you received something.
  • If life deals you lemons, make lemonade.
  • If life doesn’t give you sugar and water together with the lemons, your lemonade is gonna be very sour!
  • If life gives you a lemon, find someone else who has one and combine resources so you still have a lemon after all your expenses.
  • If life gives you lemons, ask for the receipt so you can exchange them for oranges.
  • If life gives you lemons, ask why it can’t give you money instead?
  • If life gives you lemons, grow a lemon tree. When that tree gives you more lemons, make a lemon orchard. When that orchard gives you more lemons, sell them and become rich. Then next time you see life, you can say, “Thanks for the lemons!” Life hates people who are grateful for its lemons.
  • If life gives you lemons, keep them, because, hey: Free Lemons!
  • If life gives you lemons, mail them to God and ask for apples.
  • If life gives you lemons, make a lemon pie and send me a piece.
  • If life gives you lemons, throw them at life and see if life will make the same mistake again.
  • If life gives you two lemons, find someone whom you love and give one to them.
  • If life hand you lemons, don’t make lemonade, squirt them on lobsters.
  • If life hands you lemons, take a permanent marker, write “pass it on” on each one, and mail them to complete strangers.
  • If life hands you lemons, throw them back and yell “I WANTED CHOCOLATE!”
  • Life gave me lemons, but I am allergic to lemons, does that mean life hates me?
  • Life gave you lemons? Ha! I got strawberries!
  • Life gave you lemons? Life didn’t give me anything!
  • When life comes up with lemons, see if there is another direction for the lemons to go.
  • When life DOESN’T give you lemons, you’ll soon find that you miss them.
  • When life give you lemons, don’t forget to ask it for salt and a Corona.
  • When life give you lemons, eat them, they are good for you – life knows best.
  • When life give you lemons, throw them back and say ‘I wanted …!’
  • When life gives me lemons, I am happy, I love lemons.
  • When life gives you apples say: Oi! What happened to the lemons?
  • When life gives you lemons, invite your friends and ask them to bring salt and tequila.
  • When life gives you lemons and for some reason you can’t make lemonade, find a recipe for a lemon cake. The secret is to turn bitter into sweet and darkness into light.
  • When Life gives you lemons find someone who wants them and trade.
  • When life gives you lemons say, ‘I like lemons. Please, can I have more?’
  • When life gives you lemons, ask for a refund.
  • When life gives you lemons, ask for something else, unless you like lemons.
  • When life gives you lemons, ask why not limes?
  • When life gives you lemons, ask why you didn’t get apples.
  • When life gives you lemons, ask why you got lemons and not vodka.
  • When life gives you lemons, be glad, it could have given you nothing.
  • When life gives you lemons, collect them, one day life will stop and you will have the only lemons in the world.
  • When life gives you lemons, complain about it.
  • When life gives you lemons, convince everyone that having lemons is the best thing possible.
  • When life gives you Lemons, do something with them, don’t just let them sit there, that’s wasteful.
  • When life gives you lemons, do what we all do with unwanted gifts: Thank the giver, then regift it to someone else.
  • When Life gives you lemons, don’t forget to say Thank You 🙂
  • When life gives you lemons, dress up like life and hand them on to someone else.
  • When life gives you lemons, drop them, then you will have lemon drops.
  • When life gives you lemons, eat all lemons without peeling them, because all the vitamins are in the skin!
  • When life gives you lemons, enjoy the Vitamin C!
  • When life gives you lemons, enjoy your lemon juice or lemonade.
  • When life gives you lemons, fake a british accent and say, “Please, sir! May I have some more?”
  • When life gives you lemons, find a new life that is willing to supply also vodka.
  • When life gives you lemons, find a new life!
  • When life gives you lemons, find someone who life has given fish and chips and enjoy.
  • When life gives you lemons, find someone whose life has given the gin and have a party.
  • When life gives you lemons, give them back and ask for limes!
  • When life gives you lemons, give them to me, I love free stuff!
  • When life gives you lemons, go get yourself some salmon and some sushi rice. It’s lunchtime 😉
  • When life gives you lemons, go shopping for some lobster.
  • When Life gives you lemons, grow an orchard and start a lemon business making millions.
  • When life gives you lemons, hide the lemons and, when life turns its back, claim you never got your lemons. Repeat until satisfied. Open a business, sell lemons, and make money.
  • When life gives you lemons, it’s ok to re-gift them.
  • When life gives you lemons, just shut up and eat your lemons, they are good for you.
  • When life gives you lemons, make grape juice, sit back, and watch the world wonder how you did it.
  • When life gives you lemons, pretend they’re oranges and hope nobody notices.
  • When life gives you lemons, run away, your not supposed to take things from strangers.
  • When life gives you lemons, when no one is looking, throw them through life’s window and run away.
  • When life gives you lemons, you have lemons.
  • When life gives you lemons, you’ve got potential for a lemon quote.
  • When life hands you lemons, ask it for a cup of tea.
  • When life hands you lemons, blame Adam and Eve for eating all the good fruit.
  • When life hands you lemons, blog about it!
  • When life hands you lemons, just say, ‘Hey, thanks, what else do you have for me?’

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How to Make a Valentines Day Gift Basket for the Tea Drinker



If you think about what the love of your life enjoys, it is not difficult to come up with creative ideas for a Valentines Day gift basket. Making a Valentines Day gift basket, for the tea drinker does not have to be complicated.

Choose a basket and line it with a colorful tea towel. For Valentines Day, we suggest a red and white tea towel with hearts or checks, perhaps. You can also add some red cloth napkins to the basket. You could keep one aside to cover your gift when you finish putting the basket together.

Place a teapot in the center of the basket. There are many different styles, shapes and colors of teapots to choose from. There are whimsical teapots, teapots that sit on top of teacups, teapots with floral patterns, large teapots and small teapots. Choose a teapot that fits your tea drinker’s personality and drinking needs.

If your tea drinker uses loose-leaf teas, you can add a tea ball to the basket. This is handy for straining and steeping the loose leaves.

You will want to add a small package of sugar cookies or teacakes. They go great with a cup of hot tea. To sweeten the tea, you could add a small jar of local honey and a honey dipper.

Now it is time to choose the teas. There are so many teas and tea blends to choose from. You can order blended teas online for the discriminating tea drinker.

Scatter a loose sampling of the bagged teas around the teapot and cookies. This will make a beautiful presentation of your thoughtful gift.

No matter which teas you choose your tea drinker will enjoy exploring the flavors whether the tastes are some they already have or something new to try.

Don’t forget to look for a blend of  First Kiss – India-Ceylon tea spiced with litchi oil, jasmine and peony petals and Good night kiss – Green Chinese Sencha spiced with jasmine, lychee, plum and peony.



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New year resolution – Try new tea and Stay organized

After consuming two months’ worth of drink and a month’s worth of food within one week, it is not surprising that after the New Year and Christmas period we all swear to lose weight and be healthier over the coming year. But how many of us do it and how many of us can’t stick to our resolutions? One of the easily achievable New Year’s resolutions is drinking herbal tea. For example, green tea is believed to aid weight loss, and the antioxidants can protect your heart and blood vessels and help improve your skin.
But what should you resolve if you’re already a tea drinker?
Do not stuck on the same few teas you cycle through. This year mix it up a little more; keep the variety in your tea drinking this year.
New Year resolution idea – To try at least one new tea each month.

Stay Organized
Try and keep your teas organized according to a system that makes sense to you.  An unorganized pile of tea bags is not ideal storage. Without organization, you won’t know what you have, or when you purchased it. An organized tea shelf helps you quickly identify your options and make choices based both on your taste preferences of the day, and on what is freshest. Depending on the space you have in the kitchen you can have a dedicated tea drawer, tea stand, tea shelf or even a tea station.

tea shelf

Tea Wall

Make the Most of Wall Space. The combination of metal shelving and a magnetic board corrals spices, tea, mugs, pictures, and recipes all in one easy-to-reach place.

tea drawer

Tea Drawer

If you prefer not to have your items out on display, an organized drawer will store things nicely. Fill your tea drawer with tea, both bags and loose leaf, strainers, tea balls, honey dippers all in one drawer.

tea cabinet

Tea cabinet

Fill the bins with tea, sweeteners, honey collection, have space for tea makers. You can keep organized your loose leaf teas with lazy susan. It is easy to find which tea you want.

Overall, the best way to store tea is in a tea tins. Away from odors, moisture, light, and air, tea will remain fresh for months. If you reuse the tins, be sure to let them air out completely before refilling with a different tea to avoid transferring scent. When properly stored, your favorite loose-leaf teas can remain untainted, fresh, and enjoyable.

Shop our tea storing tins.

tea tins

175g Tea tin with air tight lid with dry erase label sticker. Write With Dry erase marker what kind of tea you have now and change it later for a new name.

50g Metal tin with chalkboard labels sticker. Write With Chalk what kind of tea you have now and change it later for a new name.


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No Tricks – Just A Sweet Treat From Dream Tea Boutique


Get  25% off from your purchase over $25 or more – use coupon code “treat25”  before Monday – Nov, 3 2014.


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Hostess gift ideas for Thanksgiving

As you arrive at the home of family and friends, with greetings of “Happy Thanksgiving!,” what gift do you hand to your host or hostess? Or, if you’re the one hosting the big meal, what do you enjoy receiving? Do you have a clever, go-to present that’s a little off the beaten path, yet always a hit?

And while a bottle of wine gets you a checkmark, why not go for full marks and give something special. Here are a few gift ideas for Thanksgiving your host will certainly be thankful for.

Roses Bouquet


A fresh bouquet of flowers is always a lovely gift, especially if you know what the hostess’ favorite color and flower is. Cut and arrange the flowers in a vase, tie with a pretty bow, and give the whole thing to the hostess. This way she won’t have to find a vase, fill it with water, and cut the flowers in the middle of her party.

herb bouquet

Herb bouquet

In a twist on the usual hostess gift of flowers, give herb bouquets in pretty, little vases. You can find packages of fresh herbs in most grocery stores. Arrange them nicely in a small vase. You can use one variety or make a bouquet of several kinds of herbs. Rosemary, basil, sage and mint work beautifully. Your hostess doesn’t have to take time out to find a container and can enjoy the aroma and sparkle that fresh herbs give to meals for up to two weeks.


Note card

A great way to tell a host or hostess how much you appreciate their thoughtfulness is a simple note card describing how much you appreciate having them in your life. You can also include a gift card to their favorite coffee shop or store.


Homemade cinnamon rolls and specialty tea

Pair plate of homemade cinnamon rolls and a bag of specialty tea. When handing it to the hostess before Thanksgiving dinner,you can say: “you’ve cooked enough for a while — breakfast is on me”.


Wine glass tags

Hostess and guests will be happy you gifted these wine glass tags when they know exactly whose drink is whose. You can purchase wine glass charms or make wine glass tags yourself.

DIY tea bag

Custom Tea Bags

Most everyone loves hot tea and your host or hostess will likely enjoy a cup after all the guests have left. Make it more enjoyable by creating a custom blend of loose teas in homemade tea bags. Check out ideas on our Pinterest DIY tea bags board.

Make it a point to learn what you can about the recipient before you select their gift. If you’re already good friends, this is easy. But if you’re attending a party with people you don’t know well, choose some of the more generic gifts. Remember, a host or hostess gift should delight the recipient – not the gift giver.


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Teacup as Fall Centerpiece Decoration

Its autumn and time for a series of holidays that will keep your family busy throughout the next few months. Thanksgiving is on the horizon which will lead into Halloween just few weeks later.

Here, a few simple table decoration ideas using teacup as a centerpiece.

Things that you can dig out from your china cabinet are always fun.  A few fresh flowers and some tea lights and voila. A thanksgiving centerpiece by Mydreamcanvas.


Next is – Fall tea cup holds acorns gathered from a trip to the mountains, tiny pinecones, star anise, small sprays of berry beads, a waxed leaf, a faux leaf and a little round faux orangestudded with real cloves and a star anise crown. Bagatelle – “A Little Nothing” by Stonegable.

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Greet your friends and guests with this teapot & teacup centerpiece decorated with all of autumn’s treats! AUTUMN HARVEST Stacked Teapot & Teacup with Pumpkins, Acorns and Pine Cones made by EdieSChicCrafts


Looking for a unique gift for a special teacher? Pick up a vintage teacup, glue the cup to the saucer, add a block of florist’s foam, and make mini flower arrangements! These could also make adorable centerpieces for a tea party, or even for a vintage wedding!  Fall Teacup Bouquets by Yellowbrickroad




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The healthy Drink for Kids

A child’s health is of prime importance to the mother. Mothers are always on the lookout for better food and drink options. Children do not usually eat properly and leave their mothers exasperated. If any product is valued as healthy and at the same time fun, both mothers and kids will love it

Selecting Teas for Your Child

Selecting tea is part of the pleasure of drinking tea.  You can have tea that calms you, tea that wakes you up, tea that soothes a sore throat or an upset tummy, or tea that just tastes good.  You can select tea for your children in much the same way.

Preparing Tea for Kids

Making a cup of tea for a child is very similar to preparing it for an adult, with a couple of simple adjustments.

  • Children often prefer a weaker tea.  Adults should steep tea for between 4 and 6 minutes (depending on the type of tea and personal preference).  For children steep the tea for only 2 to 4 minutes.  If the tea is too strong, add extra water to dilute the strength (this is also a good way to quickly cool the tea!).
  • The temperature of tea to be served to a child should be considerably cooler.  We suggest serving children’s tea chilled, at room temperature or lukewarm (the same temperature used for baby bottles or formula – around 26-36oC).

Teas for Health

Anxiety – studies show that more and more children are experiencing anxiety, and at younger and younger ages.  If your child has anxiety associated with school, friends, separation or for any other reason try giving them a tea to help calm their nervous system.  Teas for anxiety include chamomile, oat straw, passionflower (for children over four), and skullcap (for children over six).  Prepare a cup of tea and enjoy it together in the evening or before stressful events.

Colic – even young babies can benefit from tea!  A tea made from fennel, chamomile or peppermint can be very helpful in relieving colic in infants.  A breastfeeding mother can drink the tea (1 cup three times per day) or the tea can be diluted and given to the infant with a medicine dropper (1 diluted tsp three times per day).

Constipation – use a flaxseed tea (1 teaspoon flaxseed in 1 litre of water, simmered for 15 minutes) to cook oatmeal.  Prepare the tea and then use the tea instead of water to prepare oatmeal for your child to eat.  Or add ¼ cup of flaxseed tea to 4 ounces of juice and give it to your child once daily.  Constipation should resolve within 24-48 hours.

Coughs – depending on the type of cough there are several options for teas to soothe a coughing child.  For a cough with sore throat, marshmallow root or slippery elm tea can be very soothing.  For cough with congestion, licorice or coltsfoot tea are both effective.
(Note: Do not use for more than 3 days in a row.  Licorice should not be used in children with high blood pressure).
Peppermint tea is a mild cough suppressant and can be used in the evenings to help children with a persistent cough to get some sleep.

Fever – To decrease chills and increase perspiration (which will shorten the duration and intensity of the fever) try a tea with any of the following ingredients (in equal parts): lemon balm, chamomile, peppermint, licorice and elder flower.  For a child over 2 years of age ½ cup of tea can be given up to four times daily for one day.  Serve this tea as hot as your child can tolerate.
Note: Do not use licorice in a child with high blood pressure.  Fevers are commonly a sign that the body is fighting a viral or bacterial infection.  If your child’s temperature exceeds 102F (38.9oC) consider contacting a qualified healthcare provider for further guidance.

Nausea – ginger tea is very effective in decreasing nausea, vomiting, upset stomach and for soothing the digestive tract.  Giving your child tea when they are nauseous or vomiting also provides much needed hydration.  Use ½ cup of ginger tea, three times per day for the first 24 hours of nausea.  Ginger tea is also very effective for motion sickness.  Try giving your child ginger tea as needed during car trips to treat motion sickness.

Teas for Taste

There are a great variety of herbal teas available that children love.  Try fruit based herbal teas as a delicious and low calorie alternative to fruit juice.  Many of the fruit based teas are delicious served cold as an iced tea.  Try our Forsman Tea selection kids will love:

  • Rooibos Vanilla – Rooibos is naturally caffeine-free which makes it a perfect choice for enjoying in the evening, new and expecting moms and even kids. Rooibos has a delicious natural sweetness that makes it ideal for making amazing iced tea. Rooibos tea, flavoured with vanilla and coconut.
  • Honeybush Sweet Dreams –  Honeybush leaves spiced with oils of passion fruit and lemon with heather and saflor flowers. It has very low tannin content and contains no caffeine. It is therefore especially valuable for children and patients with digestive and heart problems where stimulants and tannins should be avoided.
  • Organic Rooibos – Organically cultivated Rooibos with a pinch of rose hip oil and camomilla flower. A loose tea, naturally caffeine free and deliciously sweet.  Natural sweet taste appeals to the kids and adults.You  can use rooibos tea as an ingredient in fruit shake, iced lollies, iced tea and smoothies.
  • Green Rooibos – An unfermented version of traditional Rooibos. This means the tea is cut and dried immediately, retaining its green colour and antioxidant goodness. In fact, because it is not fermented, Green Rooibos actually contains higher concentrations of antioxidants, minerals, and nutrients than plain Rooibos. When brewed it is golden, rather than red, and tastes naturally light and sweet.
  • Rooibos Chocolate – A high grade Fair Trade Rooibos from the Paardekop plantations in Southern Africa. Spiced with chocolate oil and roasted chocolate grain.

So go ahead and try serving tea to your child.  There is no reason why a tea party need only be pretend!   You may be surprised at how much your child enjoys the flavours and rituals of tea drinking.

The kiddos can join in the tea party with our Floating  Duck Tea Infuser, which is a fun way to introduce them to the joys of tea…


While we believe that tea is part of a healthy diet, Dream Tea Boutique makes no medical claims on any of our products. We do not claim that uses of our products are meant to cure or treat any medical conditions. Your physician should be consulted for professional medical advice, as necessary.


Dr. Lisa Watson – licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) practicing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


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