24 Jan
2017

By Definition

Loose-leaf Chamomile Tea
It is interesting to me to note that herbal tea is in a class all its own.  Herbal teas are properly referred to as “tisane,” and are distinguished from “true teas” that contain caffeine.  Tisane teas are made from any combination of dried herbs, spices or other suitable plant material, while true teas are comprised of the cured leaves of the tea plant.

Why Herbal Teas are Suitable for You

Herbs have been used for centuries around the world to support health and aid in the correction of a multitude of ailments.  Trained herbalists are well-versed in diagnosing health conditions and prescribing full-strength herbal tinctures or supplements.  Herbal teas are much more dilute than any tincture a trained herbalist would recommend which is why they are available to the public and very safe to use, though there are some contra-indications to use with certain conditions and medications.  Be sure to read the labels carefully to be safe.

The number of herbs and herb blends is very long and would be a website all its own so I will not attempt to address that here.  I will say, however, that if you are looking for home remedies for any number of health ailments, at the top of my list of recommendations would be herbal teas.  For every over-the-counter medication, there is at least one herb or herb blend that will offer the same benefits without the side-effects.

Dang Shen
Another consideration when using herbs is to look for both Western and Eastern herbs.  Tisane teas available over-the-counter are primarily Western herbs, while Eastern herbs are used by Chinese and Japanese practitioners.  If you have ever visited a Chinese Medicine practitioner, they sometimes keep raw herbs on hand to blend their own teas for their patients to use at home.  Many of these herbs are available only through practitioners but they have amazing healing abilities, making it prudent to schedule a visit with your local practitioner.

Health Benefits of Tisane Teas

The health benefits of herbal teas are practically endless!  Suffice it to say that, if you shop at a natural foods store, you have seen the variety of teas available for a large number of health conditions.  While there is no guarantee of the level of benefit you will receive from adding an herbal tea to your daily routine, some individuals experience almost complete relief with the use of the appropriate tea.

You will find one to several blends of teas for detox, digestion, laxative effects, hormonal balance, stress relief, anti-inflammatory and many other needs.  There are even teas to improve lactation for pregnant women!  Be sure to keep reading to find places where you can purchase these teas.

When shopping for an herbal tea, if you have any medical conditions that require medication consult your physician to ensure that you will not be using something that is contra-indicated with your medication.  Licorice root is a great example, because if you have blood pressure imbalance licorice may be something you will want to avoid.

GMO in tea?

PLA spiral pre-tea bag
Yes, it is a possibility your tea might contain genetically modified food products.  Many companies include modified corn starch and soy lecithin in their tea products, both of which are made from crops that are more than 95% genetically modified in the U.S.

Another potential source is those lovely little sachets of tea that are soft and silky between your fingers.  Those are made of PLA, short for polylactic acid, comprised of a corn-based tea bag material.  Because it is made from corn I would take steps to avoid tea that is sold in these bags.

 

Where to Buy GMO-Free Tisane Tea

Visit my herbal tea review blog to find out!

Tell me, how has herbal tea improved your health?

 

21 Nov
2016

You would be correct in wondering what this has to do with GMO foods, and honestly it really doesn’t.  But I am not beyond sharing complimentary items to your non-GMO diet that I find unique and attractive!

Most tea companies produce their own tea infusers and other products that you can purchase at the same time as your tea.  I found Libre Tea and couldn’t help but share these unique glasses.

The concept of on-the-go, fresh-brewed tea is very attractive to me and these glasses deliver on that.  And they are stylish!  I also appreciate that Libre glasses are not exclusive to tea; you can use them for fruit-infused water or even just plain water or juice.  When you buy one you can use it for every other beverage you drink as well.

One other concept I like about drinking out of a glass container instead of just a drinking glass is that I can keep better track of how much fluid I am consuming in a day.  I have a terrible habit of not drinking enough fluid, but if I can fill a container and set it beside me I do better.  As a general rule of thumb, one should drink the same number of ounces of water in a day as half of their body weight in pounds.  If you aren’t reaching that rest assured you are not alone!  An attractive Libre glass might very well help you with that too!

 

9 Nov
2016

Why is Tulsi different than other teas?

The list is long and quite incredible actually.  Tulsi tea is comprised of holy basil, the most prized and sacred herb in India, and for good reason.  The list of benefits is highly desirable:

  • Respiratory aid with infections, improve lung function with both acute and chronic conditions, and to help to relieve congestion
  • Cardiovascular support via the magnesium content and presence of antioxidants
  • Immune support by combating infections with anti-microbial factors
  • Help manage stress by modulating cortisol levels
  • Anti-oxidants improve overall health and help you look and feel healthy and radiant
  • Increase metabolism to help you reach your weight loss goals
  • Improve liver function
  • Improve digestion
  • Kidney detoxification and health
  • Increase energy and endurance
  • and many others!

 

My favorite tulsi tea is Organic India.  The ingredients in all of their teas are sustainably grown with the highest quality in mind.  With 26 varieties of tea, each flavor is designed with Ayurvedic health benefits to balance and restore.

Complimenting the flavored teas are blends specific to relieving certain conditions.  You will find blends to improve sleep, digestion and relief of digestive ailments and detox support for the liver and kidney.

I strongly suggest that everyone add Organic India tea to their daily routine because tulsi has such a wide variety of benefits.  Who do you know that doesn’t need stress relief right?!?  And Organic India is Non-GMO Project Verified so you can be guaranteed you are doing right for your body.

You can find the most popular flavors of Organic India at Thrive Market to go with the rest of your non-GMO shopping, or shop for Organic India Tulsi Tea on Amazon to find more variety.

Leave a comment with your favorite Tulsi flavor!