Local Love- Sub Rosa Tea

FIT Staff
Jul 8, 2013

Sub Rosa Tea is one of my favorite businesses in the area! I met owner Joy Skarupa at a little get together called Manifest last summer.

I am a coffee drinker. Have been since I was younger than I care to mention- 6am swim practice is really early for a teenager! So tea, while I enjoyed it occasionally, was not really my thing. I bought a gift box for my mom- assorted teas, cookies, and the disposable filter papers. My mother was into tea- she could drink it and she did.

She got a cool cast iron tea pot. It had a tiger on it. She started collecting yummy smelling tea with names like 'Peace of Mind', 'Spiced Mexican Chocolate' and 'Green Caramel'. Joy came out to Harvest Happenings and then provided tea at Erie MetroParks Dining Out programs. I started drinking it. And drinking it. I bought an electric tea kettle for work. I bought a little brew basket to make individual cups. Then Joy came out with her mate tea! Papaya Mango and Pistachio Lime- enough said.  

I still drink coffee but I drink more tea these days. And with all the options and health benefits, you'd be crazy not to give tea a chance! Let's break down some types of tea.

Black tea is one of the most widely drank types of tea across the globe. It is made from the same plant as green, white, and oolong tea: Camellia sinensis. Black tea is grown aross the world but the largest production takes place in China and India. Regardless, tea will vary due to climate change, seasons, and age of plants. What makes black tea different from other tea is how much it is oxidized after it is harvested. It features a higher caffeine content than other tea made with the Camellia sinensis plant and also has stronger flavors.
 
The antioxidants in tea have helped it to become a leader in beneficial beverages. Health benefits of tea include an increased efficiency in immune health, heart health, stress reduction, and increased hydration. The benefits to health, however, are still rather unknown because of insufficient research or emphasis. Regardless, the flavors in tea make it more enjoyable to drink than just water. With no calories, black tea can be perfect for those looking to shed a few pounds and stay awake at the same time!
 
On to one of my favorite types of tea- Rooibos. Rooibos is a plant that is found only in South Africa and has been used for centuries to cure ailments and to enjoy as a drink. Because of its caffeine free qualities, this tea has been imported by many countries for sale.  Similar to rooibos is honeybush, another South African plant that is naturally caffeine free. Health claims for rooibos tea vary but generally include reduction of inflammation and reduction of insomnia. It also has been used traditionally to help reduce an upset stomach, similar to how ginger is used.
 
A tisane is any tea that is not made from the Camellia sinensis plant which makes the green, white, black, and oolong tea. It may include herbs or flowers that have various flavors and properties that have been used as remedies and cures long before modern medicine. Chamomile is a popular tisane. It is primarily used as a bedtime tea due to its lack of caffeine and ability to promote relaxation and sleepiness.  Another popular tea is peppermint, with its ability to open up the nasal passage, soothe upset stomachs and fight bad breath.
 
Generally, tisanes and rooibos have a longer steeping time than regular tea. This helps to release the antioxidants and beneficial ingredients of the tea. A longer steeping time is not desired for regular tea because it has tannin in it that, when brewed too long, is released into the tea and creates a bitter taste.

Regardless of your favorite tea, heck out all that Sub Rosa Tea has to offer at www.subrosatea.com.
Sub Rosa Tea is a company that is quickly growing throughout the state of Ohio. Their tea can be purchased online and at local farmers’ markets in Vermilion, Fremont, the Frostville market in Olmsted Falls, Tremont, Bowling Green and Perrysburg. They will also be attending Art Festivals in the surrounding Cleveland, Toledo and Columbus areas throughout the year. Their tea is served in several restaurants in northern Ohio and is for sale in multiple retail shops, including Simply Vague in Columbus. Their full calendar and locations are available on their website!

Upcoming Classes & Events

Meditation- Tuesdays, 7-8:15 p.m., Converging Paths Meditation Center

Park PALS- Summer Play! Monday, July 8, 2 p.m., Ages 3-6. The Frost Center, Osborn MetroPark. Let's take a walk and play in the summer sun! Dress for the weather - we'll be outside looking for flowers, amphibians & birds. Registration Required.

Enchanted Yoga- Wednesdays, July 10- August 21, 2013, 6-7 p.m. The Enchanted Cottage, East Sandusky Bay MetroPark, 4011 Cleveland Road. Bring a mat or blanket- no experience necessary! We will be outside on the deck when the weather is warm or perhaps take a winding, walking meditation through the meadows! $10/class

Nature Camp- Recycled Crafts! Tuesday, July 9 9 a.m. -3 p.m., ages 7-13. Osborn MetroPark. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Explore what being green is all about! Make a recycled craft, clean up a park, and learn where your trash goes! Enrollment: 10 minimum, 20 maximum, Fee: Erie County Residents $20, Non- Resident $25. NO REFUNDS.

Nature Camp- Water Navigation & Extended Paddle! Thursday, July 11 9 a.m. -3 p.m., ages 12-17. The Coupling MetroPark. Come learn about water navigation as we take an extended paddle down the Huron River! Pack a lunch in a water tight bag and be prepared to get wet as we explore the riverside! Paddling experience necessary. Enrollment: 10 minimum,20 maximum Fee: Erie County Residents $20, Non-residents $25 NO REFUNDS. This is a Youth Adventure Club (YAC) club event.

Nature Camp- Stream Stomp! Tuesday, July 18 9 a.m. -3 p.m., ages 7-11. James McBride Arboretum. Learn about plant and animal life at Sawmill Creek and then catch and release water critters.Enrollment: 10 minimum, 20 maximum Fee: Erie County Residents $20, Non-residents $25 NO REFUNDS.

Kayak Float- Friday, July 19, 2013, 6 p.m. The Coupling MetroPark. Meet at the equipment shed for an evening paddle down the Huron River. All participants age 12 and older will be charged a $5.00 maintenance fee. No Refunds. Pre-registration for MetroParks kayaks is required. Paddlers must be 12 years or older and accompanied by an adult. Those who own their own paddle craft are welcome to attend. Please register under Evening Kayak Float - Privately Owned Watercraft.

Full Moon Canoe Float- Monday, July 22, 2013, 10:30 p.m. The Coupling MetroPark. Meet at the Coupling equipment shed for a paddle on the Huron River under a full moon. Experience the sights and sounds of the river after dark. All participants age 12 and older will be charged a $5.00 maintenance fee. No Refunds. Pre-registration for MetroParks canoes is required. CANOE PADDLERS ARE TO REGISTER SEPARATELY under Full Moon Canoe Float - For Paddlers. Water craft owners welcome; please register under Full Moon Canoe Float - Privately Owned Watercraft.

Full Moon Night Hike- Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 9 p.m. Castalia Quarry MetroPark. Join the Naturalist for a beautiful night hike on each month's full moon! Please leave flashlights at home; the moon will light our way. Family, friends, and friendly canine companions are always welcome! Hikes will last about an hour, registration appreciated.

Kirtan- Chanting for Peace- Saturday, July 27, 2013, 7 p.m. House of Yin Yoga Studio. Come join kirtan group Enchanted Hearts! Enchanted Hearts is composed of 7 members and hails from the Cleveland-Akron-Canton area. Please bring your own mat or pillow to sit on. $10 admission. Contact Larry Smith with questions at 419-602-1556 or lsmithdog@aol.com

Intro to Kayaking- Sunday, July 28, 2013, 1-5 p.m. The Coupling MetroPark. Participants will be learning all the basic skills of kayaking from basic strokes to assisted and self-rescues. Come dressed appropriately as you will be in the Huron River practicing the rescues. NO FLIP-FLOPS PLEASE! This is a very physical class.

Morning Canoe Float- Saturday, August 3, 2013, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. The Coupling MetroPark.
Meet at the Coupling equipment shed for a morning canoe trip on the Huron River. See the wild life along the river as it wakes up. All participants age 12 and older will be charge a $5.00 maintenance fee. No Refunds. Pre-registration for MetroParks canoes is required. CANOE PADDLERS ARE TO REGISTER SEPARATELY under Morning Canoe Float - For Paddlers. Water craft owners welcome; please register under Morning Canoe Float - Privately Owned Watercraft.

Park PALS- Wildlife as Symbols- Monday, August 12, 2 p.m. & Saturday, Aug 17, 10 a.m. The Frost Center, Osborn MetroPark. Do you know the symbol for the United States? Let's explore how wildlife are used as common symbols for a variety of things. Registration Required.

How Animals Eat- Saturday, Aug 17, 2013, 12 p.m. The Frost Center, Osborn MetroPark. What do animals eat? Join us as we feed our animals and learn about how and what exactly they eat. we have snakes, frogs, toads, turtles, and salamanders! Registration Required.

Full Moon Night Hike- Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Edison Woods MetroPark. Join the Naturalist for a beautiful night hike on each month's full moon! Please leave flashlights at home; the moon will light our way. Family, friends, and friendly canine companions are always welcome! Hikes will last about an hour, registration appreciated.

Park PALS- Hiding in Plain Sight - Saturday, Aug 24, 10 a.m. & Monday, August 26, 2 p.m. The Enchanted Cottage, East Sandusky Bay MetroPark. Many animals are specially adapted to survive in their environment. Let's play a game of hide and seek to illustrate some of these adaptations! Registration required.

Park PALS- Bird Beak Buffet- Saturday, Sep 7, 10 a.m. & Monday, Sep 9, 2 p.m. The Frost Center, Osborn MetroPark. All birds have some sort of a beak specialized to eat certain types of food. Come learn who eats what. We'll explore the difference between a pelican, eagle, hummingbird, heron and more! Registration Required.

Bats in the Park- Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013, 8 p.m. Edison Woods MetroPark. Learn about the furry little misunderstood creatures that fly, and go on a bat hunt. Registration appreciated.

Full Moon Night Hike- Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013, 7:30 p.m. The Enchanted Cottage, East Sandusky Bay MetroPark. Join the Naturalist for a beautiful night hike on each month's full moon! Please leave flashlights at home; the moon will light our way. Family, friends, and friendly canine companions are always welcome! Hikes will last about an hour, registration appreciated.

Park PALS- Looking at Leaves- Saturday, Sep 28, 10am & Monday, Sep 30, 2pm. The Enchanted Cottage, East Sandusky Bay MetroPark. There are almost 1000 species of trees in North America! We will compare leaves from various trees at Stockdale Arboretum to see if we can identify them! Registration Required.