Morning Tea

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What's your morning routine? It's time to take advantage of the bright and sunny mornings of the summer season. Early morning sunlight is essential for awakening our minds to start the day, and in helping to set our circadian clocks for better, more restful sleep at night. There are many fantastic morning routines out there these days, from cycling and ice cold showers to breathing exercises and meditation. Drinking tea while looking outside may seem too simple or leisurely a thing to make time for, but it can be very helpful.  Taking just 10-20 minutes to have some green tea while focusing your eyes on the...

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Green Tea on the Mind

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Part I Among the many benefits of green tea we will get into this year, we wanted to start with how it affects one of the biggest growing challenges we face today: mental health. Some conditions are genetic, some are caused by external factors, and sometimes, we just need a little help with our memory or mood. Regardless, there are some basic actions we can take to help face these challenges and even improve them over time. For starters, how can drinking green tea help combat and protect us from mental health issues? *Short on time? Here are 5 quick takeaways. Drink Away Dementia As we age, our ability...

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5 Resolutions for a Healthy New Year

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Don't worry, we only listed doable things. 1. Sleep better Proper sleep is fundamental for good health. To improve your sleep, get 5-10 minutes of morning sunlight outside within 1 hour of waking up (if it's still dark, do it as soon as it's bright). Do this again within 1 hour before sunset. Make sure you get the sunlight directly outside, not through a window. Try to do this at least four times a week. Also: Dim all your lights at night, stop looking at any devices about an hour before bed, and try to go to bed by 11p.m. See more tips on...

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SLEEP

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We try to maintain or improve our health primarily through eating right, exercising, taking supplements and, for some of us, drinking green tea. Yet, we often overlook sleep as an important factor in our overall health. In fact, sleep is not only important, it is the foundation of good health. To overlook sleep is like overlooking oxygen. It is so basic, and yet it directly and fundamentally affects all of our major mechanisms including metabolism, heart health, the immune system, brain function and mental health. Why do we sleep at night? At some point you may have heard the term circadian rhythm. A circadian...

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A Truly Wild Orchard

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In our last post, we covered Regenerative Agriculture, what it is and why it matters. Today we get into how it is directly reflected in our name, Wild Orchard Green Tea. *Photo above: Wild deer amidst green tea trees & other native plants on Wild Orchard's partner farm. Wild Orchard teas have been grown regeneratively since long before the term "regenerative agriculture" was in circulation. As we learned how the green tea trees were planted and grown on our partner farm, we came to understand just how thoroughly they were protected from artificial inputs, grown in nurtured soil and encouraged to be taken over by nature as much as...

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Regenerative Agriculture

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By now we all know the term Organic. But what is Regenerative Agriculture? And why does it matter? Healthy Soil While there is no singular definition, the main focus of regenerative farming is soil health. Basically it means growing crops in healthy soil by: Not tilling. Tilling or plowing can destroy the natural structure of soil, causing it to lose its healthy microbes and rendering it barren. Leaving it alone allows for better water absorption and a richer organic environment to develop within the soil which supports strong, healthy plants. Keeping the soil covered. Because soil’s essential nutrients lie in the topsoil, if you keep...

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