This is a blend of cooling and nourishing herbs, providing extra vitamins and minerals for these active months, helping you shine to your full radiant potential. Especially now, we all need a little more nourishment and a little more light in our lives. Coronavirus time has been so demanding in so many ways: all the decisions we have to make to keep ourselves and our communities safe, all the time stuck at home away from our friends and support networks, and possibily even battling the virus itself in all its forms. Plus, now we have an enormous upsurge of unrest as we once again are confronted with the realities of racism in this country. Even if you haven’t been to a protest or read much about this pivotal time in our history, I think every person is feeling the heightened energy and intense vibration of this movment. And if you haven’t engaged yet, I highly recommend starting with self-education by checking out this link. We can all do our part in creating a world of peace, harmony and compassion for every living thing.
With all of this unpredictable shifting and accelerated momentum in our world, we need extra vitamins and minerals to support our movement into our new paradigm.
Raspberry leaf is in incredible abundance this year, lushiously covering our grape arbor and poking its spiky head in between the planks of my friend’s deck. Whenever a plant is particularly abundant in your life, it usually means that you can benefit from its healing properties or energetics. Raspberry leaf is one of the richest sources of iron, supporting a body that is anemic and low energy. It is also one of the highest herbal sources of niacin as well as manganese, which supports connective tissue health. Raspeberry leaf is used as a female reproductive tonic, supporting the healthy functioning of the entire genitourinary system. It is a superior herb during pregnancy and its astringency helps with diarrhea, dysentery and excessive menstruation.
Red clover is also more abundant this year than I’ve ever seen it. The patch we pick from at Hidden Meadow Farm in West Greenwich is thickly covered in pink puffs of color, buzzing with pollinators. This flower and its leaves are also rich in minerals, especially calcium, nitrogen and iron. Something new I learned this year is that it it is helpful in promoting healthy lung health and helping soothe various lung complaints. It is also wonderful at helping to detox and purify the blood, aiding in all manner of skin conditions.
The spearmint, lemongrass, lemon balm, hibiscus and orange peel give this blend a cool and fruity energy that’s delicious as an iced tea. Plus the hibiscus and orange peel add another important vitamin: Vitamin C! As for the cooling properties of this tea, it’s pretty well established that mint is cooling. Just think of sucking on a candy cane or a breath mint: with each breath you can feel the cold air in your mouth. It’s also uplifting, as is lemon balm. They have a cheerful quality that lifts the mood and helps your spirits soar. Plus, those lemon-flavored herbs are all powerful anti-virals that keep your body healthy.
I added just a pinch of freshly dried stevia leaves for a subtle sweetness. Even folks who don’t like the taste of concentrated stevia do like this tea.
Steep 1 Tbsp. per cup of boiling water for at least 20 minutes with a lid. The longer you steep it, the more minerals will be infused into the water, and I think the taste improves. You can even steep it overnight for the full nutrient value. And try it with cold water as a sun tea!
spearmint* raspberry leaves* lemon balm* alfalfa+ orange peel^ red clover* hibiscus+ stevia*
*grown and harvested in RI with love and without chemicals
^organic and hand-dried in RI with love +certified organic
38g of loose leaf tea blend. $12