Seeds

Holy Basil seed.

Holy Basil seed.

I still find it quite magical that I can plant a few seeds, each one barely the size of the point of a pen, and come back a few months later to harvest a wagon full of tasty and nutritious herbs packed with healing potential. Ideas are like seeds in this way. They start as a thought, can extend outward in our actions and have the potential to affect those in our community and beyond. This is exactly how Oma began. Just a thoughtA thought to make locally grown medicinal herbs more widely available to the local area. Now in our third season, our root system is sturdy and we are branching out. As our actions ripple outward, it is always our intention to make the highest quality, responsibly grown herbs and offer them up to you as a form of good will. At the root of it all, we aspire to share our good vibes and promote health and healing. 

This season we will have new mixes, more events, and more herbs to keep you happy and healthy. We are also beginning our Herbal Tea CSA.  We are offering a 6 month and 12 month share. You may sign up anytime and will begin receiving your tea with the next month's shipment. Included in this CSA will be some of our classic tea offerings and some mixes that we will blend exclusively for members of the CSA.  Whatever way you decide to buy your tea this season, whether it is one bag or a 12 month CSA subscription, we hope the herbs make your day a touch better and that you feel the warmth of our good intentions with each cup you brew. 

Upcoming Events:

Philly Farm and Food Fest
PA Convention Center
Saturday April 8th 11-4pm

Floral and Hardy
Mother/Daughter Tea Tasting
Skippack, PA
June 25th 2-3pm

 

MOYO and Winter Markets

We are happy to announce that our teas are now available at MOYO Yoga Studio in Schwenksville, PA. MOYO has a beautiful studio and a relaxing vibe certainly worth checking out. What could be a better addition to your day than a cup of tea following a great yoga session?

We are also excited to head out to two upcoming winter farmer's markets. The first is Saturday December 10th at Chestnut Hill and the 2nd is Saturday December 17th in Rittenhouse Square. Click here to get more info on hours and locations. See you there.

**Due to winter weather, we will be attending the rittenhouse square market on Saturday Dec. 24th.

Baby Bump Tea

Our new pregnancy tea, Baby Bump, is now mixed and available for purchase. This mix features Red Raspberry leaf (Rubus spp.), Stinging Nettles (Urtica Dioica), and Oat Straw (Avena Sativa), all tonic herbs which are meant for regular use and high in vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, selenium, and manganese. A tonic herb is one whose nutrients and chemical constituents are said to fortify and strengthen body tissue and organs. Red Raspberry leaf is a tonic herb targeting the reproductive system making it ideal for labor preparation.  This mix also features a variety of Mints (Mentha spp.), a tried and true herb, said to ease digestive upset.

 

This year we will also be donating $1 for every bag of Baby Bump tea sold to the Fistula Foundation to help bring relief to women living with obstetric fistula. We are blessed to have many of the modern medical amenities here to help women deal with the pain of childbirth and speed up the process if medically necessary. Women in countries without these medical amenities can labor for days on end. This can lead to a condition called fistula which leaves them incontinent, often causing them to be ostracized. If you would like to know more about the Fistula Foundation, it’s mission and projects, click here

 
 

Autumn Equinox

Happy Autumn Equinox! We are finally bagging up tea mixes and they are available again at the Fair Food Farmstand at Reading Terminal Market! The mixes make for great hot and cold teas.

Just because it is officially fall does not necessarily mean the herbs are slowing just yet. The drying room has been jam packed for the last few months and likely will continue to be for the next few weeks. We thought we’d share a bit about our drying process with you as it is one of the most crucial parts of making great tea. Oma herbs are dried at relatively low temperatures (between 85 and 105 degrees) to preserve bioactive compounds and keep the herbs looking as much like their fresh, vibrant counterparts as possible. Drying time depends on the herb (generally 3-10 days depending on the plant) and all of the drying takes place in our drying shed which keeps the herbs out of direct sunlight.  Commercial tea producers tend to dry their herbs at a higher temperature in an effort to expedite the process however, many of the chemical constituents and oils that make the herbs medicinal and flavorful are lost at these high temperatures. This results in herbs that have a sallow, brownish hue which make for a lackluster tea without much healing value. We hope you notice the difference when you sit down for next cup of tea. 

Smooth Sailing

First of all, we are pleased to announce that our teas will now be served at Steel City Coffee House in Phoenixville! Steel City is a wonderful local music venue that also hosts a very lively and welcoming open mic on Thursdays. Stop by for some great local music and a cup of tea.

In other Oma news, we now have our new Smooth Sailing tea mix available. It is a mint based mix, perfect for making into an iced tea on a hot, steamy summer day. The tea features a variety of mints including peppermint, known for its ability to aid digestion. Also in the mix is bee balm (wild bergamot), a native plant with spiky purple blooms, highly attractive to pollinators and used by Native Americans, also for digestion. The smooth in Smooth Sailing comes from the milky oats. These are from the same plant that your oatmeal comes from however, they are harvested before the oat heads set seed, when they contain a milky latex and are at their peak medicinal value. At this stage, they are said to be an outstanding nervine, rejuvenating a fatigued nervous system and helping to combat exhaustion and anxiety.

We have been busy here moving cart loads of herbs from the garden to the drying shed that will hopefully find their way to your favorite mug. Our other mixes will become available within the next few weeks. We will keep you posted on when and where to find them. 

Back at it!

Oma is putting down new roots this season. We’ve packed up our seeding trays and moved from wonderful rented land in Chester County to our very own space in Montgomery County, PA. Seeds are sprouting, roots are spreading, tiny kingdoms of soil organisms are ready to assist our plants in achieving their full, flavorful and healing potential. We hope to have begin having tea mixes available again by summer, including some new and tasty flavors yet to be brewed. Stop back for more 2016 updates on when and where to find our teas!