Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A time for detox

January and February are usually months we spend adjusting to bristly winter weather while our bodies recover from the habit of indulging over the holidays. Thus, it is important to consume foods and beverages that not only nourish and heal our bodies, but also keep us warm and energized. With this in mind, I want to suggest that my fellow tea drinkers try the following blends:

Herbal Detox: My herbal detox formula contains milk thistle seed, burdock, dandelion root, and calendula petals blended with vanilla rooibos to create a healing tea with a pleasant taste. Milk thistle greatly improves liver function, while working as an anti-inflammatory. Burdock is known as a 'blood purifier' and is used to treat colds and sore throats in Chinese medicine. Dandelion root facilitates digestion, regulates blood sugar levels and strengthens the liver. Calendula petals have both a mild anti-microbial and an anti-inflammatory effect. Finally, rooibos is naturally caffeine free and rich in the minerals iron, zinc, maganese, and potassium. Plus, it contains far more antioxidants than green tea, making it an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.

Organic Sleepy Time: This blend is the perfect caffeine free beverage to warm you up from the inside out while calming your nerves and digestive system. It is an exquisite blend of organic Egyptian chamomile, organic Tibetan wild lavender, and a hint of organic peppermint and works beautifully to send the restive mind off to dreamland.

Matcha: Matcha comes from gyokuro leaves that have been steamed and dried. All stems and veins are then removed from the leaves before they are stone ground into a superfine powder. It is not only a delicious source of energy, it also has numerous health benefits. True matcha contains caffeine (making it ideal for those who are switching from coffee to tea), but it also contains a considerable amount of L-theanine, which relaxes the mind, thus providing a kind of calm alert energy to the consumer. Furthermore, one cup of matcha contains ten times the antioxidants found in one cup of regular green tea and is particularly rich in catechins, the most potent cancer fighting antioxidants. Drink to your health!

I recommend whisking up your matcha with a little bit of hot water and a generous amount of almond milk, then adding a dash of agave for the perfect green tea latte.