Modern life, in many ways, is toxic. We take for granted that much of our day-to-day isn’t always great for the body, spirit and mind. From air pollution to alcohol, processed food to smartphones, our bodies are bombarded by negative inputs every time we leave the house. No wonder the news is filled with stories about people stepping back to go on a cleanse – our brains and bodies need a break!
To do our part, we’ve crafted Cleanse & Refresh, an herbal tea with detoxification in mind. Borrowing from the ancient practices of Ayurveda, Native American remedies and sacred herbology, we’ve sourced a list of ingredients that reads like a what’s what of detoxifying herbs. Let’s examine a few of them.
Tulsi, commonly known as holy basil, is not only a source of Vitamin K, important for transporting calcium through the body, it is also said to aid the digestive system and promote weight loss. Licorice is also said to relieve digestive issues, along with ginger and Burdock root, considered by some natural health practitioners, to function as twin powerhouses when it comes to easing nausea. Additionally, Cleanse & Refresh also incorporates a selection of antioxidant rich flower petals, including Dandelion, said to aid in cleansing the liver.
Need to slow down and detoxify? You’ve found your tea. (Naturally caffeine-free.)
Hot Tea: Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of herbal tea for each 7-9oz/200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 5-10 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time, the better the flavor as more fruit and herb flavor is extracted). Garnish and sweeten to taste..
Iced Tea (1 L/Qt): Place 12 slightly heaping teaspoons of herbal tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 1¼ cups/315ml over the herbal tea. Steep for 5-10 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the tea or removing the tea bags. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced herb & fruit tea is to increase the strength of hot brew since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.