Most of the tea we drink in North America comes from east Asia, specifically China. So when you drink a cup of green tea, matcha, black tea, Earl Grey, or oolong, chances are that tea came from China. The problem is the high levels of air pollution in China because they use coal burning to fuel industry and power plants. The result is that high levels of lead, cadmium, arsenic, and aluminum get absorbed from the air by the tea leaves, and we end up drinking them. Opting for organic tea does not make a difference because it is still the same air. In addition to that, there are high levels of unregulated pesticide use which also makes its way into the teas. For more information about high levels of contamination, you can read the following articles:
Many teas contain enough lead to be dangerous for pregnant and nursing women National Post Lead Contamination of Tea Dr. Michael Greger The unwanted extra ingredients hidden in rice and green tea Financial Times Is Chinese tea safe from pollution? World of Tea
The Greek Solution
At Therapitea, the herbs we use in our teas are specialized herbs that are indiginous to Greece. I, Cris Kourousis, chief herbalist at Therapitea, grew up in a traditional Greek family surrounded by its values and culture. Ever since I was young, we have been drinking various teas made with traditional herbs from Greece. For generations, the women in my family have used these herbal teas for various remedies and passed them down to me through my grandmother, mother, and aunts. We do not just drink tea. We drink wellness. It is these teas that I trust with my family's health, and it is these same teas I offer you.
All the herbs we offer grow in their natural habitat in the hot, dry, sun-drenched mountains of Greece. That is why they are so potent and effective. Every summer, I travel to Greece from my home in Canada to select the best herbs I can find. I know their sources, I know who grows them, and I know they are clean and fresh. When you smell the tea leaves, you will know right away how fresh and potent they are.
While the tea industry is focused mostly on the traditional tea leaf that comes from Asia (Camellia sinensis), the Greek herbs are much more potent and specialized. The most common Greek tea is the Greek Mountain Tea (Sideritis). Not only does it taste much better that regular tea, and has the same amount of anti-oxidants as green tea, it also contains polyphenols, flavonoids, and various other phyto-nutrients that boost the immune system, help fight colds and respiratory infections, and enhances memory. Every tea I offer on this website has an important and specialized role to play in your health and wellness. That is the beauty of Greek teas ... they really improve your health and wellbeing.
To learn more about the Greek teas we offer at Therapitea, you can browse our Greek herbal tea guide and learn more about various health benefits of herbs like Greek Mountain Tea, the Greek variety of Lemon Verbena, Tilio, and Greek Olive Leaves.
Cris is a hoot, bright, energetic and fun to chat with. Plus full of good information or uses of her products.
- Greg, November 26, 2017
Cris at Soula's Tea Garden has brought a delightful feel to her shop with an engaging smile when you walk through the door. She has a large variety of loose leaf teas as well as Greek homemade pastries, scones and a daily lunch menu. Eat in or take out. There are always new products available from local vendors and artisans. You just never know who you'll meet there.
- Marie Kreamer November 8, 2017
Soula's Tea Garden shop is the cutest little tea shop that I know. The owner Cris her expertise, warmth and the fact that she is so welcoming makes the experience memorable. The zen experience that I get shopping there just puts a smile on my face every time. You feel at home when you go to Soula's Tea Garden shop. I live in Montreal and visit family often in Ontario. Every time I go down to see my family, I stop in Soula's Tea Garden shop and it's always refreshing and they always have new and exciting tea products. You have to try it.
- Nathalie K., Montreal, November 8, 2017
The only place I buy my tea. Cris shares with her customers a wealth of knowledge about the various tea and their health benefits. With the newly added tea selection directly from Greece one feels like there in the Mediterranean. The Greek pastries are also worth the visit, they are delicious.
- Eleni , Ottawa, November 7, 2017
I first entered Soula's Tea Garden in the fall of 2012, and from the owner Cris I received my introduction to the Greek Mountain Tea. I have been a satisfied customer ever since, and can honestly say that regular consumption of the Greek Mountain Tea has prevented a cold or flu from developing inside me. I rely on her knowledge of Greek herbal teas to help me stay healthy.
- Neil Aldworth, Sept. 28, 2017
I go to Soula's Tea Garden because Cris the owner is very knowledgeable and always helps me when I need it. She is very generous and has a good heart.
- Eleni, October 6, 2017
Cris the owner of Soula's Tea Garden is fearless, nothing deters her. She has no fixed agenda and is interested in how everything works, she captors and perseveres.
- Russ October 28, 2017
A wide variety of interesting cultural delights as well as the best Greek coffee by far. Always a welcome break to any day plus a friendly place to just visit and chat.
- Andrew Cann, July 29, 2017
Enjoyed a cup of hot tea infused apple cider today. My husband likes his Chai tea. The Tea Garden a charming little place where Cris, the owner, shares her knowledge of tea when you are having trouble deciding which one to try!
- Cathy Loudon, November 14, 2015
Amazing variety of teas! Wonderful customer service! We are so lucky to have this little gem in our community!
- Xo Angela Rideout, September 26, 2014
Soula's Tea Garden is a great place to sit, relax and enjoy life while having a homemade Greek pastry or cookie with my favorite tea. Love the passion Cris brings. Great knowledge on all the different teas,and a huge variety at fair and reasonable prices. Love being able to experiment with different teas once in a while too.
- Ted, Toronto, September 10, 2013