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Our Story


Hippocrateas began somewhat by chance and very much out of necessity well over 30 years ago. You see, I was struggling with health issues, and no matter which doctor I saw or what they provided, it didn't help.  I was still grieving the loss of both parents to cancer, and honestly didn't have much faith in doctors or western medicine at the time. 

As a last resort, and inspired by William Dufty's amazing book, Sugar Blues,  I went to the only health food store I could find in the 'yellow pages' and bought a whole bunch of organically grown food. For the first time in a long time, I started feeling better, so I ended up working there. This turned out to be one of the most life changing experiences of my life!


Everything fell into place. Naturally, the store had a wonderful bulk section of organic herbs, so to expand my healing I began experimenting with making my own herbal tea recipes and continue still to this day.


Since that time I've been writing books on the connection between our health and the environment as well as studying wholistic nutrition and healing pathways. New clients are always welcome. If you're interested in transforming your health naturally give me a ring. 



The Green Earth grocery store
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It was at the Green Earth that I first became aware of Hippocrates ever-so-true words, "Let Food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." Perhaps no better guidance has ever been spoken.

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."

Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine

The Green Handbook, Earth + Health


Discover the secrets the food industry has been hiding for decades--secrets that impact Your Health!

The vision for this book came to me that summer I was working at the Green Earth. As I was uncovering the incredible ways the right food and natural medicine can turn people's health around, I had a series of dreams with my late mom where I realized that I was to share this information with everyone by writing this book! 


Learn how to outsmart toxins and the Food Industry with SOLUTIONS that help you, your family, and the Planet.

Get your Book Here!:)


We donate 10% to helping Bees survive.

Bees and pollinators are in great danger! 
Bees and pollinators make food possible, make health possible. The greatest threat to their survival comes from
chemicals used in agriculture. That's why we only use 100% organic ingredients in our products. 
 Let's all grow abundant food in union with nature rather than at war with it. It's not only the bees' health that depends on it.
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Exclusive Recipes

our recipes are designed in house-- unique, original, and not available anywhere else.

100% Organic

All our teas are made with only organic ingredients, no sugar and nothing artificial added.


We are passionate about wholistic organic nutrition and herbal medicine. We've been committed to organic farming since 1990.

All Natural

We care about your health. Protecting your health equates with protecting the earth as well. Our teas contain no additives and nothing artificial, no sugar, no artificial flavors.

You and Nature

Nature can change your life. Hippocrateas brings nature to you in a most nourishing way, through herbal tea infusions.

5% to Save the Bees

5% of our profits go to helping save the bees and pollinators. To proect people, this is crucial. Saving pollinators will save the natural food supply.  Bees and pollinators are dying primarily from exposure to toxins found in farming & gardening: chemical pesticides, synthetic harmful fertilizers, and fungicides.

With You and the Earth in Mind

Our teas are created with your health and the wellness of our planet in mind.


We collaborate with like-minded people and organizations who have    your's, your family and the earth's best interest at heart.

Help us reach our goal to get our first tea truck so we can provide free hot tea to the homeless in Chicago.


We are the most sustainable tea company anywhere. 

All our teas, wrapping and packaging is biodegradable, compostable, and nontoxic. 

Small Business with a Purpose

We are a small business with a purpose to help humanity and the planet as a whole. Every cup you drink helps us help everyone. Thank you.


Hippocrateas creates small batch, hand crafted

organic herbal infusions designed to restore,

nourish, and protect. All of our herbal recipes are unique and designed in house, and not found anywhere else.

We also now provide organic fair trade certified 

traditional teas, many with special herbal notes added. 

Our teas are 100% organic, free of GMOs and never with any sugar added or anything artificial, just 100% goodness.

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Hippocrateas English Breakfast Tea


Packaging matters. That's why our teas are provided in glass mason jars that are reusable and collectible. We don't use any toxic materials in any step of our processing. Our labels are designed with recycled kraft paper and nontoxic glue. We've actually moved away from labeling the jars to save even more paper,

so just the lids will have the label. 


And if you wish to have your tea in tea bags we only use unbleached biodegradable tea bags free of glue, adhesives and plastic! Our teabags may not be fancy like some of the nylon ones you'll find by other commercial tea brands, but we care more about doing right by the environment than looking fancy. We keep it simple and natural, good for you good for bees!  To us, if it doesn't biodegrade and isn't compostable we won't use it.  To us, every step matters; we don't overlook even the basics. We are committed to your health as well as the health of all creatures on this planet. 


Hippocrateas will always only be made with plants grown as nature intended. Our teas will never contain hazardous synthetic chemicals found in fertilizer or pesticides, nor anything artificial, no added sugar, and definitely no GMOs. 


We're dedicated to providing you and your family with teas and herbal infusions created from the best ingredients available.  The best cannot be compromised, and the farming methods and entire process must be sustainable, organic and free of pesticides. Until we have our own organic farm,

we will continue to use plants from farms

and growers we trust.  

Say NO to Pesticides means saying no to GMOs. 

Learn more about Mountain


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Hippocrateas Loves Bees, Loves You


Hippocrateas donates 5% of our profits to protect people

and planet from disease causing substances.

We're especially concerned with bees and pollinator survival.

               Through protecting the planet, we protect ourselves. 

Organizations we support include:

  • Gilda's Club of Chicago, The Rachel Carson Council

  • The Pesticide Action Network, The V Foundation

  • Organic Consumers Association

  • Natural Resources Defense Council, The Sierra Club



Because we all encounter toxins in this modern world and are at risk of various health challenges, everything we can do to help nourish and strengthen our immune system is valid.

Through Hippocrateas we offer the gifts from nature to you safely and soundly.

Tea Kitchen @ Hippie Teas
Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine



 "Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food."   Known throughout the world as the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates is perhaps best known for believing in the power of nutrition to heal disease and illness. 


The Hippocratic Oath of 'thou shall do no harm,' is named after him for a reason.

"It was Hippocrates who finally freed medicine from the shackles of magic, superstition, and the supernatural. Hippocrates collected data and conducted experiments to show that disease was a natural process; that the signs and symptoms of a disease were caused by the natural reactions of the body to the disease process; and that the chief role of the physician was to aid the natural resistance of the body to overcome the metabolic imbalance and restore health and harmony to the organism.  Hippocrates was born on the island of Cos, off the southwest coast of Asia Minor, or present-day Turkey, around 460 B.C.  


Painting located in Paris, Bibliothèque nationale

Contact Me

Chicago, IL  

Tel: 1312 714-5244

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