Lots of goodness in each cup.
Medicine for the body and soul.
Slowing down...counting breaths...deep breaths...and enjoying every second.
Here is a delicious mineral-rich loose leaf tea combo I have come up with to share... Nettles- Nettles strengthen and support the whole body. They are used as a spring tonic and general detoxifying remedy. Nettles are rich in iron, minerals and are an excellent blood purifier. Nettles are a perfect base leaf for any tea and have a rich flavor. Lavender- Is calming, soothing, an anti-depressant and emotionally balancing. It has antiseptic, antibacterial and pain killing properties. It lowers blood pressure, prevents and eases digestive distress and indigestion. Tension, stress, headaches and depression all respond well with lavender's soothing properties. Tulsi (Holy Basil)- In Ayurvedic tradition it is known as "the elixir of life". It reduces stress and inflammation and has been used to build the immune system as well as a medicine for the common cold and stomach ailments. It is rich in minerals and helps build up your immune system with high antioxidant levels. It also helps relieve stress and tension in the body. You mix 1 part nettles, 1 part lavender, and 1 part Tulsi Leaves
To serve one:use 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of each herbput in a organic cotton or paper re-useable tea bag for oneand brew for 5-15 minutes in a large cup of boiling water
To serve 4 in a average french press pot:mix 1 TB of each herb leafput in a quart-sized tea or coffee french press potbrew for 5-15 minutes and then serve in cups
For additional flavor add:1-2 cinnamon sticks to the brewing process1-2 slices of fresh ginger For more information regarding herbs consult an herbalist or reference book such as, Healing Remedies by C. Norman Shealy MD. PhD. I use this book often as a reference for teas and herbs that may be helpful in certain times or ailments.
If you are a local reader you should most definitely check out these shops for a variety of dried herbs for teas. Plus, lots of information and resources: Global Infusion Tea Shop, Grand Rapids, MI.
Elder and Sage, Herbs and Natural Remedies, Grand Rapids, MI.
Harvest Health Foods, Grand Rapids, MI .
If you are looking for buy some loose leave teas online I recommend: Great Lakes Tea and Spice Co.
Mountain Rose Herbs Co.
Adding loose leave teas and herbs to your life can be a great hope and goal for 2012. It will add countless health and wellness to your life without much effort. It will also help you avoid caffeine, sugars and other troublesome foods. Just reach for a cup of goodness and serve it up with a cinnamon stick, hemp milk and stevia. Or if you prefer a TB of raw honey or splash of lemon too. And don't forget to sit, take deep breaths and enjoy it too. I know that is one of my goals for this year!
I hope and wish for you a fabulous start to 2012 and look forward to sharing the next year of food, life and healing with you. May God grant you peace and hope as we collectively whisper our ambitions and reach for a fresh start.
Much love and light to you!