As many of you know, I am an enrolled student with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. We are taught the importance of Primary Foods, or non-nutritional components of health like getting regular physical activity, developing a spiritual practice and finding work you love (to name a few). One habit that I love is relaxing with a cup of tea. I find it very nurturing to my body and mind. My favorite teas are those produced by a really awesome company called Organic India. They are locally based right here in Boulder. I love their company profile which highlights their commitment to “service, sanctity and integrity and to operating an ethical and sustainable business that harms none and benefits all.” Their products are 100% organic which makes me feel really good about the tea I am drinking.
Most of my friends know their tea under the Tulsi brand, but what does Tulsi mean? “In India, the herb Tulsi also called holy basil (sometimes spelled Tulasi) has been widely known for its health promoting and medicinal value for thousands of years. Commonly called sacred or holy basil, it is a principal herb of Ayurveda, the ancient traditional holistic health system of India.” – excerpt from Organic India Website.
Some of the benefits of Tulsi, which is rich in antioxidants are; stress relief, boosting immunity, and promoting a healthy metabolism (as the case with green tea). Tulsi itself has phyto-chemicals which are antibacterial, antiviral and immune enhancing
In the most current issue of Travel and Leisure Magazine, The Ku Cha House of Tea, located on Pearl Street in Boulder(1141 Pearl St.) was listed as one of the top 6 places to drink tea in America. The magazine suggested ordering the Sri Lankan tea. I went to tea there with my niece Natasha in the fall and it was a very relaxing atmosphere. It’s a small place with comfortable seating if you can get a table. We also had some yummy treats.
There is a great article on The Tea Spot website which highlights the benefits of drinking tea and health benefits , check out http://theteaspot.com/tea-health-benefits-ailments.html. Additionally, many months ago, my friend Nancy directed me to a blog called Coconut and Quinoa, http://www.coconutandquinoa.com/. The author of the blog responded to a request Nancy had regarding tea suggestions. You will find those suggestions below along with comments from Amy Chaplin.
I love most types of green teas, but sencha is my favorite. I find its refreshing grassy flavor irresistible. This tea is what gets me up in the morning.
In the afternoons and evenings I drink ginger tea. My favorite one is made by Yogi tea. It is actually a combination of black pepper, lemongrass, peppermint and ginger, but seems to taste more ginger-y than other brands. I especially love drinking this in the cooler months as ginger is warming and stimulating.
I always like to have a bag of kukicha tea on hand– whether its at home or in my handbag. Kukicha tea is alkalinizing and perfect for after a meal or when you need a savory tasting balancing tea. It is made from roasted twigs that are aged for 3 years and contains very little caffeine
Dandelion Root Tea
Dandelion is high in antioxidants and vitamin C. It is excellent for stimulating healthy liver function by increasing bile flow which helps to break down fats and remove waste. I love the toasty and bitter flavor of this tea after meals
I love that this tea doesn’t have an overly sweet flavor, like many herbal tea blends. The Sage and lavender are a lovely flavor combination and according toYogi, these herbs are traditionally used to gently elevate mood and nurture creativity.
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