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Mother's Day Gifting Ideas for the Special Women in Our Lives

Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away and gives us a dedicated day to celebrate the moms, aunts, grandmothers, godmothers and other important women in our lives. Besides this, Winnipeg spring is here, and beautiful weather has finally arrived and decided to stay!

In honour of Mother’s Day, we have also specially created the Cornelia Mother's Day tea blend. It is a caffeine-free herbal and rooibos tea, full of apple bits, hibiscus, date pieces, raspberries, beetroot, orange, pear, rose petals, sunflower and cornflower blossoms, and lemongrass. We’ve blended a limited quantity so be sure to try a bag before it’s gone. This tea also makes a delicious iced tea now that warmer weather is here.

Cornelia Bean also has three customizable gift packages for tea and coffee lovers. The “Coffee Fanatic” gift package features an Aeropress with extra filters, 1lb Private Reserve or Kona, a Cornelia Bean coffee mug and sugar sticks. The “Contemporary” gift package features the Cornelia Mother's Day tea blend, a 330ml Wall Cup and a tea scoop. Finally, the “Old School” package has a 22oz Beehouse teapot, 2 teacups, mini pecan biscotti and John Russell Honey. All gift packages are customizable but may be limited by availability of colours and flavours. If you have your own ideas for a gift package, please come by the store and we can help you create exactly what you’re looking for!

In the spirit of Mother’s Day, congratulations to all the moms-to-be and new moms! While we know that pregnant women eliminate or reduce caffeine intake and that most herbal teas are safe in moderation, we are often asked about what herbs to AVOID while pregnant or breastfeeding. The list below outlines some common suggestions about which herbs to skip:

Alfalfa

Yarrow

Saw palmetto

Comfrey

St John’s Wort

Vetiver

Kava

Licorice root

Nettle leaf

Ginseng

Yerba mate

Labrador


We have detailed ingredient lists and can review them with you before you try any new herbal teas during this exciting chapter in your life. The “Cornelia” Mother's Day tea blend mentioned above would be a lovely option though for all the moms-to-be and new moms in your life.

While we love sharing knowledge about tea, the information provided here is merely information - not advice. Please always consult a doctor or other appropriate medical professional first.

Sleepy Time Habits to Start this Spring

Oh, sleep! We are learning more every day about its hidden health benefits and know it is something that we can’t live without, but many of us just can’t seem to get enough of it every night….

Developing healthy sleeping habits is becoming more important in our fast-paced and plugged-in world where almost all of us carry a cell phone and are constantly online. Unplugging before bed is now something we need to train ourselves to do. Luckily, there are some simple strategies you can try to develop a routine for more satisfying sleeps and health.

  1. Avoid caffeine before bed and start a routine of drinking herbal tea. We recommend using the Wall cup to brew a small cup of Peace tea before sleeping. Peace Tea is one of several wildcrafted tea blends we carry that are harvested from Canada’s boreal forest. Its traditional uses include sedative, anti-depressant, sleep aid, irritability, and nervous exhaustion. It is a beautiful earthy blend of blue vervain, organic lemon balm, organic catnip, organic oat straw, red bergamot, organic chamomile, organic hops, organic motherwort, organic valerian, organic skullcap, organic St. John's wort.

Other herbal teas such as Rooibos blends, Calming moon, Nirvana, Soul's Harmony, Balance, Fountain of Youth, and Keep Well are great before bedtime as they encourage a calming of the nervous system and are high in antioxidants.

  1. Limit heavy meals and exercise close to bed. Being physically active during the day will help you fall asleep, but doing it right before bed, may overstimulate your body. The same goes for eating—stick to light snacks close to bedtime. 
  1. Maintain your bedroom as a sleep-only space. Avoid using electronics or doing work so that your body only associates that space for sleep.
  1. Limit exposure to phones, laptops, and tablets an hour before bed. Reading for a few minutes in bed or listening to a guided meditation can be options for winding down a few minutes before you go to sleep.
  1. If you have worries on your mind, write out a list of these worries before bed so that you can spend less time and energy focusing on them. This is another opportunity to listen to a guided meditation app (such as Insight or Headspace).

There is no magic pill or secret fix, but developing a healthy nighttime routine can have major benefits for your sleep patterns and overall health!

Celebrating the Month of Love

For many people, February means Valentine’s Day and while you may celebrate this as a romantic holiday, there are lots of other ways to celebrate the month of love. Celebrating love doesn’t only mean a romantic significant other – there are friends, family members, co-workers, pets, and yourself to celebrate too! This February, Cornelia Bean wants you to celebrate the entire month of love! And no better way to do that than with a cup of tea. This month, we’re excited to introduce you to the King and Queen of herbal teas.

Tulsi, the Sanskrit word for holy basil, is also known as Queen of the Herbs and is one of our favourite herbal teas. Tulsi has been known for centuries in India and other southeast Asian countries for its beneficial medicinal values. In particular, the Tulsi extract found in the herbal tea is rich in magnesium, a vital nutrient for the prevention of heart disease. Like all herbal teas, Tulsi should be brewed with boiling hot water and left to steep for 10+ minutes. Tulsi is a very versatile tea and can be brewed multiple times.

Chaga, known as the King of the Mushrooms, is an anti-oxidant rich ingredient found on birch trees in the forests of northern Canada, Siberia and Alaska. Like Tulsi, chaga can improve cardiovascular and metabolic health. Chaga is most commonly enjoyed as tea and it should be infused in hot water for at least one hour before drinking. This allows for full extraction of the medicinal benefits but chaga can be brewed multiple times. If you have any specific medical questions, don’t forget to ask your physician before trying these new ingredients.

February can also be a month where we turn inward and find the resolve to make it through yet another month of winter. We can feel the spring light is on its way, but the winter cold and grey remain. Go easy on yourself this month, try Tulsi or chaga, and know that we’re all in this together and a cup of tea never hurts!

Holiday Gift Guide

While we all love to get presents, it truly is better to give than to receive. Finding the perfect gift for someone you love and cherish is its own gift and Cornelia Bean loves this heartwarming time of year. Tis the season of giving and as we always do, we have been working hard all year to bring together unique, timeless and beautiful items for everyone on your list.

The signature Cornelia Bean holiday tea tins are back this year and are even more lovely than ever. Packaged in a matte black canister with a white and gold label, these teas are a stylish and personal hostess gift, teacher’s gift, or Secret Santa surprise. These are a great option to have on hand just in case you get a last-minute party invite or need a quick stocking stuffer. We have our holiday classics in a range of herbal, rooibos, fruit, and black teas, as well as a few new blends to offer this year. The tins always fly off the shelf, so make sure you stock up on your favourite blends before they’re gone.

Cornelia Bean is heaven if you’re searching for stocking stuffers and hostess gifts. We have something for everyone – from handmade fudge to eye-catching S’well bottles to gorgeous local pottery from Mud and Stone studio and delicate china from England, in addition to our wide range of freshly roasted coffees and huge selection of teas!

Don’t forget about our new line of essential oils from Boreal Wildcraft. They make a perfect present for anyone missing the lake, needing a little winter boost, or looking to take advantage of the health benefits of these pure essential oils. Match the oils with one of the Boreal forest wildcrafted tea for the nature lover or health enthusiast in your life. 

If the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping gets overwhelming, take advantage of our offer where you can select and purchase your items in our online store and then we’ll have it ready for you to pick up in the store. You’ll be able to pop in and have your gifts ready to go at no extra cost!

From all of us at Cornelia Bean, we wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy holiday and we can’t wait to see you in the new year!

  

Immerse yourself in the Boreal Forest

We are so excited to be the exclusive carrier of Boreal Wildcraft’s line of essential oil. All essential oils are distilled in the most pristine conditions using wildcrafted, handpicked plants from the Boreal forest. If there was ever a season to begin using or expanding your essential oil collection, now is the time! The beginning of fall and promise of winter is the perfect season to experiment with the many benefits essential oils offer.

Most essential oils are created through the distillation process. Freshly harvested plants are suspended over boiling water where steam pulls the oil out of the plant and this infused steam is then collected. As the steam cools, it condenses back into water. Because water and essential oils do not mix, they then separate and the pure essential oil is collected. Boreal Wildcraft has sourced the highest quality and purest essential oil producer for their plants and it has been tested to the highest industry standards.

We carry three essential oils – they all have distinctly beautiful smells but they share the benefits of being decongesting, invigorating, and invoking the calm of being in the Boreal forest. If you’re missing lake season, this is an easy to travel to the cottage…!

Black Spruce is known for its stimulating, invigorating, and fatigue alleviating effects. Spruce oil is milder than other evergreen oils and can act as a pain reliever and decongestant. It also clarifies the lungs and eases tension in the body.

Balsam Fir is known as a powerful antidepressant and time-tested stimulant that lifts the spirits and clears the sinuses. This is also a clarifying and soothing decongestant.

Jack Pine is known to allow deeper breathing, reduced inflammation and associated redness, protect against sinus infections, clear mucus and phlegm, and fight fungal and viral infections.

You can use essential oils in an infinite amount of ways. Check out this website for some ideas and ways to experiment! If you have any questions or concerns about your personal use of essential oils, be sure to speak with your physician first.

Stay tuned for next month’s blog where we’ll be sharing the new teas on the bar and the beautiful products we’ve brought in especially for the holiday gift-giving season!