Serving Bel Air, Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills. Brentwood, Laurel Canyon, Los Feliz, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Melrose, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Topanga, Canyon, Westwood & Hollywood Hills.



facebook Canyon News twitter Canyon News

Canyon News

Bel Air News

Beverly Hills News

Brentwood News

Hollywood Hills News

Laurel Canyon News

Los Angeles News

Los Feliz News

Malibu News

Melrose News

Pacific Palisades News

Santa Monica News

Sherman Oaks News

Studio City News

Topanga Canyon News

West Hollywood News

Westwood News

Woodland Hills

Celebrity News

State News

National News

World Headlines

Deaf News





On the Industry

Star Gazing

St. John's Confidential File

Theatrical Musings

Life & Style

Event Listings

Tech Talk

Looking Good For Lots Less

Spirit & Creativity

Miller Time


View from the Hill


Chrystal's Recipe Corner

Career and Life Coaching

Gardening With Tony

Life According To Lenson

Real Estate Realities



Marathon Running

Keeping It Bruin: A Look Into UCLA Athletics






Vi's Corner

Pet Tips

Point of View

John Armor

Message to America

Critic At Large... Ruta Lee

Labor Week


10 Degrees Cooler

McConnors corner

Edge of the west

The Physics Wizard


Kyle's Kars


Susan Michelle's Compass


Ask Deanna

Dear Lily

Ask Oona


Dancing with Earthquakes


Sports Schedules

Traveling Beyond the Canyon

Edge of the West

Law Man

Ask Us

Nathan Tabor

The Angry Economist

Truth Probe

As I See It


Truth Conquers

The Live Wire

Notes from Exile

Letters to the Editor

Dog Training by Anthony

Canyon Mews



America's Most Wanted Dogs

World Recipes

Vegetarian Lifestyle


News Briefs

Local News



Canyon Fodder

Bad Movie Night

Critical Projection

Ed's on the Town

Fitness Quests

Flashback Films

Stories of the Strange

Gourmet Grandma

He Said/She Said

Home Matters with Yvonne

L.A. Etch-a-Sketch

L.A. Ruminations

McConnor's Corner

Mommy Minute

Musically Speaking

My Back Pages

Publisher's Pages


Scene and Heard in L.A.

Silly...But Wise!

Sunset Diaries

Table Options

The Paws Cause

TV Stuff

Cartoon of the Week


CYH Teas A Great Place To Visit
Posted by Tony Tomeo on Apr 6, 2013 - 8:04:51 AM

LOS ANGELES—Black and white are opposites. So are red and green. Yet, all four are different types of tea, made by various processing techniques from tender young foliage of the tea camellia, Camellia sinensis. Mixed together in various proportions, and with other teas and herbs, they make countless tea blends. Many of the herbs popularly blended with teas do not necessarily need the help of teas to be made into herbal teas. Like tea made from Camellia sinensis, herbs can be combined into countless blends of herbal tea.


The difference between teas known simply as “tea” and those known as “herbal tea” is that “tea” is made from the tea camellia with or without other herbs, and “herbal tea” is made exclusively from herbs without any tea from the tea camellia. Herbal tea can be enjoyed by those who should abstain from caffeine, or simply do not want caffeine in a hot beverage.


The various herbs that can be made into herbal tea or blended with tea are useful for much more than flavor. For example, eucalyptus can help with respiratory ailments. Yucca root has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant characteristics, and may help to decrease cholesterol. Elder berry and elder flower can enhance the function the immune system. These herbs are safer and gentler options to potentially riskier, more expensive, and obviously less enjoyable pharmaceuticals that might otherwise be used.



More flavorful herbs and teas are useful in conjunction with some of the more medicinal herbs that may not have such good flavor alone. For example, white willow bark taken as an anti-inflammatory is rather bitter alone, so is typically blended with herbs with richer flavor as an anti-inflammatory blend. Silver birch taken to help with detoxification is likewise generally blended with other herbs, both for flavor, as well as to take advantage of the healing qualities of other herbs that may also help with the process of detoxification.


Of course, herbs are not limited to use as herbal teas. Several, like mint and ginger, have culinary appeal. Others, like lavender and rose petals, are used for aromatherapy, or can be added to potpourri. Calendula and a few other herbs can be made into salve.


Well, all this is probably more information than most of us need to know about tea and herbal tea, but is some of what I learned when I stopped by the Create Your Health Healing Teas and Herbs Store, known more simply as CYH Teas in Silver Lake. I was hoping, but certainly not expecting to find some simple elder berry, since I have been neglecting the garden where I grow my own herbs for the past few years. Not only did I find elder berry, but I also found several other herbs that I had previously thought were available only from my own garden, as well as a few that I could not grow in my garden if I tried. I also learned more than I thought I needed to know about every herb I asked about. Really, it was so fascinating that I could not stop asking!


More than fifty teas and sixty herbs can be found at CYH Teas. These teas and herbs can be blended in any combination for flavor or for particular ailments. The store staff is remarkably knowledgeable about the various teas and herbs, so are very qualified to recommend teas, herbs and any sort of blend in between. There are so many choices though, that it is difficult to refrain from trying something new and perhaps completely different from what one expected to find before visiting the Store!


CYH teas is located at 3821 West Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake (Los Angeles), and is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 to 7:00, and on Sunday from noon to 5:00. More information can be found online at Create Your Health is all about sharing knowledge about alternatives to contemporary medicine, so is more than pleased to share information about the healing qualities of herbs and teas.


Cliffside Malibu




Serving Bel Air, Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills. Brentwood, Laurel Canyon, Los Feliz, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Melrose, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Topanga, Canyon, Westwood & Hollywood Hills.