Tea – The Ancient Elixir!


For all the tea in China …

Who hasn’t heard that statement in some form growing up?

But where did tea originate? Collections of books have been written through the ages about tea and its origins, production and traditions, but China is considered to have the earliest records of tea use in history dating back to the first millennium BCE.

Introduced by the Dutch in 1606, tea from China, and later India, was bought by the wealthy as a fashionable drink. It seems during vast ship explorations all over the world that tea seeds were brought from China by merchants of Japan, Sri Lanka and Russia. Certainly a great deal of evidence points to China as the original home of the tea tree.  Fast forward to 18th century Europe, tea was an expensive, precious and highly valued commodity. It was Carl Linnaeus – a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, known as the father of plant classification, that named the tea plant ‘thea sinensis’ China tea. Today, the largest producers of tea in order are China, India, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Turkey.


Tea is derived from the plant, camellia sinensis, which contain chemicals called polyphenols, which give tea its antioxidant properties and seems to protect cells from the DNA damage. You may have heard or even sampled the various types of teas such as black, green, white and oolong teas. They are all made from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. What makes the main four tea types different from each other is the way the leaves are prepared and how mature they are, which affects both flavor and nutritional content. Black tea is made from leaves that have been wilted (dried out) and then fully oxidized (meaning that chemicals in the leaves are modified through exposure to air). Green tea’s leaves are wilted but not oxidized. Oolong tea is wilted and then only partially oxidized, and White tea is not wilted or oxidized at all. Green tea contains an especially high amount of antioxidants—in particular, a type of polyphenol called a catechin. White Tea contains the same polyphenol antioxidants as green tea but is believed to be more beneficial to your health because it undergoes less processing.

Scented teas
, are the most delicate and fragrant. They are first-grade green teas
mixed with dried scented flowers, usually jasmine or Yulan (a kind of magnolia).

Herbal teas
, like chamomile and peppermint, are technically not considered tea as they are infusions of other plants with different nutritional characteristics. Rooibos tea is also an herbal tea. It is 100% caffeine free, and it is not made from the tea plant. Instead, it is a tea-like beverage made from a plant native to South Africa. It tends to have a rich red color and an earthy flavor that is slightly fruity.

Tea is a zero calorie beverage which also contains fluoride for strong teeth. Tea also contains numerous amino acids, as well as a variety of vitamins and minerals that are said to help stimulate the immune system, help aid digestion, help lower cholesterol and more. Teas whether they are considered trendy or traditional – why not sip your way to a sense of well-being?
We invite you to savor our collections of Arlys Aromatic Herbal Teas.

ARLYS Aromatic Herbal Teas are fine loose teas with an exotic array of custom blends using the highest quality ingredients for exciting tastes and aromas.

Tea – the ancient elixir!

‘til next time,




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Aromatherapy Support during Childbirth

Clinical Aromatherapist, Pam Conrad, shares important data on 700 aromatherapy interventions, carried out in hospitals in Indiana, USA, for the relief of childbirth and postnatal anxiety, pain and nausea.  Read her article below:


Further reading:

Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
The effects of clinical aromatherapy for anxiety and depression in the high risk postpartum woman – A pilot study and Arlys Naturals Essential Oils used in study.


About the Course:

Clinical Aromatherapy for Women’s Health Nurses,
OB Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives

Hospital North, Indianapolis, Indiana
OB Case Study Course contact info:  Pam Conrad @ conradpam@gmail.com

This evidenced based course is the foundation of all of Pam Conrad’s hospital
programs and research for the past 15 years.

It is in two parts so both classes are required and are approved by the
American Holistic Nurses Association 18 CNE.

Class #1 – Friday – December 5, 2014 – 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class #2 – Friday – February 13, 2015 – 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Course ($250.00) and the required OB Case Study Kit ($160.00) info. below:

Space is limited so registration and payment are required to secure
your spot at www.aromasforhealing.com.


Required OB Case Study Kit ($160.00, does not include shipping) is ordered separately from the Course at:  www.arlysnaturals.com.

‘til next time,


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New Year 2015 – New YOU!

New Year 2015 – New YOU!

If living a healthier lifestyle is part of your goal this year, give yourself the gift of aromatic self-care by incorporating the use of essential oils at your home or office, where appropriate. Aromatherapy is not only fun and easy, but with the start of a good book like The Aromatherapy Companion by Victoria Edwards, you can discover the many facets of aromatherapy.

Strengthening the immune system is important, especially during January, as it is one of the months where respiratory ailments such as colds, flu, asthma and bronchitis seem to thrive. You can use essential oils that are beneficial to the respiratory system, and enhance your overall immune system while at home or at the office.

Although not a comprehensive list, here are some of the most popular essential oils used to benefit the respiratory system:

Chamomile-Roman,Cinnamon Leaf, Clove, Eucalyptus, Fir, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Bay Laurel, Lavender, Lemon, Manuka, Sweet Marjoram, Myrrh, Niaouli, Peppermint, Scotch Pine, Ravensara, Ravintsara, Rosewood, Winter Mountain Savory, Spruce, Tea Tree, and Thyme.

You can use most essential oils in a diffuser, bath, or in a massage lotion, gel or oil. Don’t have time to get a full body massage? Try a foot rub instead. You can do this yourself and enjoy the benefits of the essential oils right away. Blend the following essential oils in a carrier oil such as Sweet Almond Oil and after bath or shower, rub into the soles of the feet. The feet are a quick absorption site for getting essential oils to the lungs.
Woman's body after bath
(Supportive to the Immune System)

4 drops Spruce-Hemlock
4 drops Frankincense
4 drops Rosewood
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Ravensara

Mix essential oils and add to 1 oz. carrier oil like Sweet Almond Oil or Fractionated Coconut Oil.  After bath or shower, massage oil gently over soles of feet and ankles and relax!

There are so many levels to learning about essential oils from the novice making blends and aromatic gifts for friends and family to the professional seeking a profession as an Aromatherapist. For those wanting further knowledge incorporating essential oils in a wellness, complimentary care, hospital or hospice setting, or even to start their own business, there are many places that offer Continuing Education Units (CEU’s), classes, seminars and conferences.

The aromatic journey is a lifestyle full of wonder!

‘til next time,


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Wishing you all a very Healthy and Happy New Year 2015!

Wishing you all a very Healthy and Happy New Year 2015!

Start your New Year off by staying healthy.
Arlys Naturals January Newsletter 2015.

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Arlys Naturals Holiday Schedule


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Arlys Naturals Merry Christmas

From our home to yours!


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Arlys Christmas Magic Synergy


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