"Tea is hot and getting hotter. From iced to spiced, from austere black tea to sweetened and milky chai, from a flowery pick-me-up to a healing herbal, no other beverage has such a place in the heart of every civilization. No wonder it is the most popular beverage in the world, next to water."
- Sara Perry, The New Tea Book

Friday, March 2, 2012

Spring Cleaning!

As Spring rapidly approaches, many of us are already considering yet another disciplined 3 to 30 day Cleanse &/or Fast, and in general, just feeling an impending need to spend more time outdoors & start "detoxing" (whatever that means!) LOL! And it's a very good instinct, in fact, that is what Spring & spring herbs are for... for activation! and amplification! and detoxification! "Out with the Old, In with the New!" our bodies cry! And as an experienced detoxer and amateur herbalist, I do think we should heed this call, maybe 2 to 3 times a year when a small or lengthy cleanse would benefit the body; but I also feel it's vitally important to remember that every body, every person is different and so, before starting any online fad diet or trying a new chinese herb, we must each consider what will make our detox process personal & practical, in addition to being spiritual and truly transformative?!

Detoxing for weight loss, chronic inflammation, adrenal support, drug & alcohol abuse, PTSD, Diabetes, immune boosting and other longterm health issues needs to be considered carefully and a patient & purposeful plan should be drafted with the guidance of trusted healthcare providers. Ultiamtely, the detox process can neither be rushed nor terminated w/o negative consequence. There's no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to mind, body & spiritual detoxing! Rome was not built in a day nor has its consequent havoc been fully cleaned up since!! Whatever toxins we've put in over the years (including undigested foods, sugars, caffeine, Candidas yeast, alcohol, and of course, the biggest toxin of all: Stress!) at some point must be cleansed & the body allowed to rest & repair (sometimes for upwards of 6 months to 2 years if necessary depending on sensitivity & toxicity levels!) Haphazard detoxes can cause more harm than good, however; without detoxification, inevitable organ damage and chronic fatigue issues will escalate & then must be dealt with more drastic measures, such as surgery and medication.

So, not to scare you, but FYI, it really is worthwhile to do some research and ask around, (feel free to FB me anytime!) as well as meditate & really intuit what YOUR body & mind and life really need to feel truly healed + alive! Who do you want to see in the mirror? And why? And what small but important changes can you make today that will start benefitting you immediately?

I've come to learn that it is not Superfoods or Herbal Teas or alternative practicioners that heal us, only Nature heals. Only Love heals. Only Time heals. If your digestion is slow, you won't be able to break down and absorb the vital nutrients from the Super expensive Superfoods you just ordered online! But you can go outside and sit in the grass with your barefeet and catch a few rays and breathe deep and listen to birds and stretch and relax and meditate and sip some tea and write a poem and call a friend and laugh and nap and most likely, even after just 10 minutes, you will already start feeling better!

And with the addition of an intelligent & intuitive individualized detox plan with kind support from loved ones & wellness practioners, you really can make some wonderfully dramatic & lifelong changes fairly quickly! Please note that in my limited opinion, there's no such thing as "one size fits all" kind of how-to for detoxing. *Every meal plan, herbal treatment, symptom/reaction (physical &/or emotional) should be assessed as you go to determine the ideal length of detox and make necessary adjustments!

But with all that in mind, I wish you all a truly Happy Spring!
And Happy Detox!

And of course, for any help with tea or herb recommendations,
feel free to e-mail us directly or find us on Facebook!

BACK ON TRACK: Herbal Tea for Digestive Regulation

We Also Have Our Delicious Loose Leaf
Spring Cleaning!

A Nutrient-Rich and Gentle Spring Detox


Ingredients and Reasons for Inclusion:

Spearmint -
Soothing to the nerves, good for sore throats, used to clear sinuses, regulate acid/alkaline balance, freshen breath and to cleanse and tone the spleen.

Dandelion Root -
This popular spring tonic cools and cleans the liver, flushes wastes, recharges digestion, relieves water retention and removes toxic substances, which helps improve everything from mood swings to inflammation.

Nettle Leaf -
A blood tonic, rich in chlorophyll with a healthy reserve of vitamins and minerals, that stimulates circulation and helps fight infections and increase mobility after injury. A good herb to take for respiratory weakness and to strengthen and energize the liver, gallbladder and kidneys.

Raspberry Leaf-
A nutrient-rich herb, particularly beneficial to women, that strengthens the gums, kidneys, urinary and digestive tracts and helps ease stomach complaints.

Lemon Balm -
Often called nature's antihistamine, this aromatic herb soothes the entire digestive tract and helps relieve tension and aids respiratory healing. Also great for promoting calm and tempering stress-related disorders.

Oatstraw -
A full-bodied tonic to strengthen immunity and build energy. Helps to stabilize thyroid function, regulate blood sugar, relieve inflammation, reduce cholesterol levels, soothe skin and enrich the nervous system with nutrients for health and harmony.

Rosemary -
For centuries, rosemary has been used internally and externally to boost circulation & metabolism and to treat a variety of symptoms, including arthritis, headaches, stomach upset, cuts and bruises, hair loss and stress relief. Specifically during a detox, rosemary can help alleviate skin flare ups and relieve intestinal cramping due to bloating & gas by stimulating the release of bile to cleanse digestive tract and breakdown fats.

2 oz. Loose Leaf Blend
Packaged in a 100% Compostable Recycled Kraft Paper Bag
(lined with PLA-plastic derived from corn!)

*Allow yourself plenty of time for rest during detoxification.

**Contact us directly before using if pregnant or nursing or dealing with progressive liver or kidney issues.


Prepare 1 tsp. of herbs for every 8 oz. of hot water.
Cover and steep for 20-30 minutes.
Drink 2 x a day for 1-2 weeks. Make sure to drink plenty of water each day.