Our Story

Humble Beginnings

A passionate gardener, our Founder, DeLaine had been pulling pesky nettle plants from her Whidbey Island property for years. That is, until one day she discovered nettle tea was traditionally used as an herbal remedy for common ailments. DeLaine soon acquired several dehydrators and started blending dried nettle leaves with other ingredients to make delicious tea for her family. Friends and local markets quickly discovered her blends, encouraging DeLaine to recruit her daughter in building a small business. Our Founder’s Blend, Chamomile Mint, is still the original recipe DeLaine created in the kitchen of her Whidbey Island home.

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Our Animal Artwork

In every culture, animals carry special meanings, which we have embraced at Whidbey Tea. We have partnered with world-renowned Native American artist, Marvin E Oliver, to design a totem animal whose meaning is symbolic of the flavor profile and essence of each blend.

Leave it better than you found it

We believe it is our responsibility to protect the planet for future generations. As such, our tea bags and envelopes are 100% biodegradable. Our biodegradable tea bags do not contain microplastics and therefore do not risk shedding nano plastics in your favorite cup of Whidbey tea. Our tea bags are made out of 100% PLA mesh, which the yarn is made from corn. Our cartons and gift boxes are made with sustainable materials. Our tins are recyclable, made in the USA and we encourage our customers to reuse their tins through our refill program. As opportunities arise, we will continue to prioritize a reduction in our environmental footprint. Additionally, we are crafting at least one blend that will contribute proceeds to environmental efforts.