The Power of Herbs:
We all need friends. Life’s ups and downs keep us on our toes. It is great to have herbal solutions for the whole family to help keep you healthy and strong day after day, year after year. Some herbs can help to wake you up, some can help you sleep, or some even relieve an occasional upset stomach. The power of herbs have been trusted and used for thousands of years for a good reason and that is because they often really help humans thrive and survive.
How do you find the best herb or herbal combination for you? Listen to your body. Smell a tea after it has steeped and observe its aroma. Is this aroma appealing to you? When you taste your cup of tea, does the herb in it feel good to you? Not every herb is right for everybody. Notice if you like spicy tastes or more sweet and bitter ones. Our taste palate is really satisfied when it is met with a balanced combination of sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, salty, and astringent. Not too spicy or too sweet, but just right. The wrong herbal choice can also make someone feel not super-great, too. Have you ever eaten too much garlic or hot chili?!? Like a plant, each person is unique. Each season is unique. Our body is meant to crave and experience different foods and herbs for different seasons. Be sure to switch up your herbal teas from day to day, and month to month. Just like mother nature, our body and mind thrives on diversity.
What is a Botanical name? Most people are familiar with the common names of plants, however plants have a Latin name, also known as a “scientific” or “botanical” name. This Latin name is used to identify and name the plant as it appears around the planet. It is usually written in a particular formal style such as, “Matricaria chamomilla” (chamomile). The botanical name helps professional herbalists and botanists identify plants correctly, as plants can vary within a species and contain different constituents in relation to habitat and environmental stressors.
Tadin Herbal Ally List:
What is an herbal ally? An ally is a friend—someone or something that has your back. Drinking a cup of tea or coffee is how many people already experience herbal allies as part of a pleasurable daily ritual. A plant that you enjoy and that helps you feel better is truly a trusted friend. Coffee, green tea, chamomile flowers, rose petals, hibiscus flowers, chocolate, wine, beer, liquor, tobacco, and sugar are all examples of plant-based products that humans have sought after and consumed for thousands of years to bring about a state of pleasure. Herbs like the chamomile flower have been used for thousands of years to bring calm to the mind, body and spirit. When we inhale the aroma from a warm cup of tea, it invites and inspires our minds to take a journey with the herb and allow the healing nature of plants to soothe or enliven our senses. So with that said, let’s go over a few herbal allies to know more about their benefits and properties.
Chamomile (botanical name Matricaria Chamomilla) is the courageous small flower that can calm a range of characters, from the toughest giant, to a grouchy mom, to a frustrated child. Chamomile, or Manzanilla, as it is called by Spanish speakers, has been relied by upon as a consistent companion by young and old for easing upset stomachs; cooling irritated minds and skin; calming the body before a test or big performance; relieving spasms of menstrual cramps; soothing irritated gums for little ones; and even for lightening and brightening hair. So let our Organic Chamomile be your herbal ally when you want to feel as cool as a cucumber morning or night.
Flavor/aroma/feeling: Sweet and bitter, floral, cool, bright, green, reliable, refreshing, up-lifting, & restorative.
Additions: Chamomile tea is traditionally used topically to soothe the skin and is useful to add in baths to calm the mind and body.
Chamomile is a power flower for chilling. It has your back when you’re feeling like down. These tiny flowers are packed with the power to calm big people and little ones. For generations it has been used around the globe for mellowing out and also brightening the spirits when life throws a harsh curve. You can trust chamomile to be an ally, it’s always there when you need a good cuppa.
Hibiscus (botanical name Hibiscus rosa- sinensis) is a beautiful flower that creates a flavor-filled and colorful cup of magic to drink. It’s refreshingly sour yet sweet taste is delicious any time of day to lift your spirits. The deep magenta color of hibiscus is known to be rich in naturally occurring vitamin C. Delicious hot or cold, hibiscus is your go-to ally when you need a caffeine-free pick me up, or to help those young and old feel refreshed and invigorated. Try our delicious Hibiscus Cleanse™ with a sprig of fresh mint and a lemon slice.*
Flavor/aroma/feeling: Fruity, sour, sweet, juicy, vibrant, restorative, & nourishing.
Additions: Hibiscus tea is delicious with honey and a spring of fresh mint —hot or cold.
Adults- only: Experience juicy sweetness with a splash of gin and tonic and a lime wedge if you’d like to indulge and feel inspired by the tang!
Hibiscus is a sexy sweet red flower that keeps you refreshed, healthy, passionate, and smart. Its ruby red color is your powerful “flavor color” and kids love it with honey when they feel grouchy or hot.
Peppermint (botanical name Mentha piperata) is a well-known and delicious uplifting little leaf with big power to bring you up and revitalize you. Enjoy a cup of this tea hot or cold and experience its versatility and fresh fun flavor. Peppermint is a wonderful herb to aid in digestion and help with the off-feeling of an upset stomach and a tired and foggy mind. The revitalizing green energy of our Organic Peppermint will serve you well through your whole day—as a morning up-lifter or as an end of day soothing come-down.
Peppermint is your herbal ally when you want to feel refreshed and restored.
Flavor/aroma/feeling: menthol, cooling, herbaceous, green, fresh, uplifting, focusing, & regulating.
Additions: Peppermint tea’s fresh green aroma is a helpful cooling nasal inhalant. While tea is steeping, inhale the steam through the nose at a safe but near enough distance to help sooth clogged and irritated nasal passages. When the tea cools down some, sip and be well! This invigorating tea makes a cool hair rinse on a hot summer day!
Ginger (botanical name Zingiber officinale) is a powerful and zingy-tasting root to have as an ally. Known the world over as a primo digestive aid, ginger is a special spice that will wow you with its versatility and stimulating properties. Our Organic Ginger™ tea is delicious hot or cold and great as a morning up-lifter or as a stomach-soothing post-dinner aperitif. People of all ages love ginger tea and enjoy its relaxing and refreshing zesty character. Ginger tea feels good if your tummy feels “off”. It’s also a great tea for the afternoon slump as it’s stimulating fresh flavor creates a feeling of focus in the mind.
Flavor/aroma/feeling: warming, spicy, zesty, invigorating, & uplifting.
Additions: Ginger tea is an especially soothing drink paired with honey and a slice of lemon when you’re feeling a scratchy throat, run down, or when you just want a very intense and satisfying and tasty cuppa!
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) Strengthens your body’s response to minor inflammation, maintains and protects healthy liver functions, promotes sinus and respiratory health, purifies and promotes healthy blood and circulation.
Key words: Rich in antioxidants, warming, bitter, moving, a panacea herb, strengthens the body’s ability to respond to occasional inflammation, & nourishing.
Flavor/aroma: Bitter, spicy, aromatic, uplifting, yellow and staining.
Plant part used: Rhizome (stem of the plant/root).
Additions: Turmeric is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory root. Do to its rich properties, we have created three tea blends that will strengthen and revitalize well-being.*
- Turmeric Immunity Now™ is formulated to create optimum immunity. Powerful turmeric and celebrated Tulsi Holy -Basil promote greater immunity and stamina to take care of your body all day long. Potent and warming chai like spices will warm you up leaving you feeling more protected. This delightful herbal combination is delicious served with milk or dairy alternatives and as a coffee substitute.*
- Turmeric Detox Balance™ is formulated to create optimum well-being. Supporting the body’s natural process of gentle detoxification can be part of a healthy lifestyle. Turmeric promotes healthy liver function and protects whole body well-being. Nourishing nettle is mineral rich and has mild diuretic actions leaving you feeling less bloated. Invigorating mint and spices will uplift your senses and digestion.*
- Turmeric Slim Chai™ is formulated to create optimum digestion to promote weight health. Clarifying turmeric and energizing pu-erh promote inspiration to take care of your body all day long. Uplifting spices and the renowed tulsi holy-basil encourage energy, strength, and inspired metabolism.* This delightful herbal combination is delicious served with milk or dairy alternatives and as a coffee substitute.
Best Turmeric tea practices to enhance the healing and nourishing benefits of turmeric based teas: Use 1 or more tea bags and steep for 10 minutes with a lid on the cup. Add 1 tablespoon of ghee (clarified butter), butter or coconut oil with local honey if sweet is desired, and milk or a milk alternative. Many of the health benefits of turmeric are highly fat soluble. By adding additional healthy fats to your tea, you’re increasing the herbal benefits to your body. That means more herbal goodness for you! Healthy fats also play a role in promoting longevity, healthy mental focus, promoting a healthy response to stress, promoting weight balance and are needed by every cell in the body. Healthy fats promote robust immunity and increased vitality.
Time-Tested Organic Chamomile Tips: Chamomile chills you out in many ways—it’s not only a delicious drink, it’s a perfect way to elevate a bath and unwind at any time of day. Simply pour 16 oz of boiling water over 3-4 tea bags into a heat stable container like a glass Mason jar or ceramic vessel (avoid plastic). Steep covered for 5-10 minutes and gently squeeze the tea bags to deliver the maximum herbal benefits. Let the tea cool slightly, then remove the tea bags and add to your bath. While soaking in your bath, try also sipping on a cup of Easy Slumber™ or Organic Chamomile™ tea and inhale the soothing aromas as you relax.
Time-honored Organic Green Tea Tips: Green Tea can taste very different depending on brewing methods. Try brewing Green Tea with one tea bag, or two; try brewing with boiling water, but only leave a tea bag in for 30 seconds—or maybe brew with cooler water for a longer period of time. [this sentence is a little hard to understand] Use a glass teapot for brewing, or metal or ceramic, but do use not plastic, as some plastics add a chemical flavor to your tea. (Use a glass, metal, or ceramic teapot, but do not use…) Seek out fresh spring water for you to brew, rather than water that comes out of the tap. Try out these different brewing techniques with friends and discuss the aromas and flavors you experience; the true nature of tea enjoyment is meant to be shared with friends.
Ginger Adoration Tips: This spicy herbal ally is celebrated around the globe for its many culinary and therapeutic benefits. Ginger’s warming energy is a boon on days when you over-did your favorite dance move, or when feeling the oppressive challenge of menstrual cramps. Ginger is a versatile sweet and savory kitchen staple. This zingy friend is a delicious addition to baked goods or sauteed with greens, onions and garlic as an exotic and healthy side dish. Get creatively spicy with it!*