New Harlem tea shop heals the community, customers say

Harlemites wouldn’t give up their new favorite shop for all the tea in Africa.

Serengeti Teas and Spices, which opened two weeks ago on Frederick Douglass Blvd. near W. 123rd St., has not only become instantly popular — it’s also being credited with curing the sick.

“This shop is great,” said Henry Mattox, 51, who claims a bubbling mix of hibiscus and rooibos, a South African red leaf, reduced his 4-year-old son’s 103-degree fever in hours.

“It broke his fever,” Mattox said. “I know it was because of the tea. I’m a believer in it.” Shop owner Caranda Martin, a Liberian native, opened Serengeti Teas to offer hundreds of blends, many from Africa, just to name a few.

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