Herbal Health Ltd, our small family-run business, was created in 1997 after founder, Joe d’Armenia, read a book on the health properties of green tea: ‘Green Tea: The Natural Secret to a Healthier Life'.Inspired by this research, he embarked on a voyage of discovery to China, and from here Qi Teas were born.
There are over one thousand tea gardens in China producing an even greater number of green tea varieties - Joe searched for organically certified tea gardens producing teas which were rich in taste and aroma. His search took him to the Yellow Mountain region of China, an area of outstanding natural beauty and from here, he introduced the first Organic China Green Tea to the UK.
A special partnership
From the time our company was established, we have enjoyed a special, long-standing relationship with the communities who grow and prepare our tea. We are proud to work directly with a co-operative of small independent farmers with long traditions in the preparation of high quality teas, and buy our tea directly from them.
In 2006 we opened our own blending and packing facility in the area of the tea gardens. Operating to high international standards with ISO certification, it provides employment for many of the local community. By doing everything ourselves, we have the ability to directly control the whole process, from the tea harvest, right through to the final product which means we can guarantee that the teas we produce are the highest quality, and have full traceability.
What Qi is
Qi teas are inspired by the ancient teachings of the Chinese who have for centuries used natural plants and herbs for healthy living. They taught that Qi is the life-force - the natural energy of life.
Qi energy drives all aspects of life - the environment and community we live in, the food we eat, and the exercise we take. Qi energy drives our thoughts and our mental well being.
Qi energy is strong when all these aspects of life are well balanced and in harmony with each other – this is the inspiration for our teas.