Posts filed under ‘Tea’
I have been making one quart of red raspberry leaf tea every day to tone my uterus for labor…woooooo hoooo! This particular blend is from The Compleat Mother. It took me awhile to figure out the best way to make a large batch of it…but this is working perfectly for me now. I fill a tea bag with the leaves, tape it to a skewer, and let it sit for 2-4 hours. Then I put into the fridge to chill it. I tend to drink a lot more of it if it’s cold…I drink it with all of my meals and in between for refreshment.
So what’s the big deal about RRL tea? Here is why I love it so much…
Red Raspberry Leaf: the best known and quintessential herb for pregnancy. Brewed as a tea or as an infusion, it contains fragrine, an alkaloid, which gives tone to the muscles of the pelvis and uterus. The benefits of this toning action include: prevention of miscarriage and false labor, reduction of pain during and after birth, production of more effective contractions during labor and therefore a faster birth, and prevention of postpartum hemorrhage or bleeding. Red Raspberry is also an rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and E, as well as the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. These nutrients make it an excellent prevention and treatment for anemia and leg cramps, as well as a beneficial remedy for the reduction of morning sickness. The high mineral content also assists in the production of breast milk. (info from Birth Junkie)
Yay for herbs!
As you know, I am a tea fanatic. One of my favorite teas of all time is Pacific Breeze from Gong Fu in Des Moines. However, when I’m on the road, I can’t always wait for them to ship it to me. So, I had to find a stand in. Enter Rishi Citron Oolong. It’s sooooo yummy. Organic yummy. Citrus yummy. It makes me want to get out of bed in the morning yummy.
So what’s in it? 100% Organic Oolong Tealeaves, 100% Organic Jasmine Flowers, 100% Organic Lemon Myrtle and Natural Essential Orange Oil, 100% Organic Osthmanthus Flowers. Can it be any more delightful? Oh, and it’s fair trade!
Here is their other blurb about it: Citron Oolong is an artisanal blend of high-grown oolong tea, rare blossoms and succulent citrus designed to refresh and rejuvenate. The choice of connoisseurs, oolong tea is known as well as its ability to reduce cholesterol and aid in weight loss. Oolong teas pair well with any cuisine and are typically enjoyed throughout the day. The refreshing flavor of green oolong with accents of lilac, orange blossom and rare citrus make a great hot or iced tea.
Another reason to love oolong…you can brew it up to 4-5 times and still enjoy the flavors. You cannot do this with all teas. I usually brew a cup in the morning…and that first cup has the richest flavor. I leave the leaves in my strainer all day and just refill it at least 4 times. You won’t get at many citrus notes with the subsequent steepings, but the flavor change is really nice.
This is a really high quality tea…the leaves are full and intact when they open in the water and the flowers are huge! Clearly, I love it. Won’t you try it too?
This is my new favorite by Yogi Tea…it’s super yummy: rooibos (red tea) with cinnamon, coconut, butterscotch, and a hint of stevia. If they don’t carry it at your local health food store…request it! Rooibos is also the number ONE anti-aging tea for women…so drink up!
We went to Gong Fu Tea today with my family…and my dad bought me some tea for my birthday! Yippeeee! Here is the run down:
Pacific Breeze: My all-time favorite. This is what I drink everyday. It makes me infinitely happy. It smells so amazing. Here is their description: We can only describe this extraordinary blend as “eye-popping”! This tea is an exotic mélange of only the finest organic ingredients – Oolong tea leaves, wild roses, jasmine blossoms, lemon myrtle and natural citrus oils that come together to produce a beautiful, dry, and flavorful brew that will linger on the palate. This tea is an experience that must be tried.
Blue Spring Oolong: I got this one because it has a unique look to it…kind of like little turds. hee hee! The owner’s wife said it’s her favorite…so I just had to try it out. I love oolong tea. Description: The leaves for this oolong are grown at high elevations in Fujian Province, China — amidst a landscape that is home to the ideal breezes and humidity for producing quality teas. The partially oxidized leaves are hand-rolled in a licorice powder, causing them to take on the appearance of small pebbles. When brewed, the liquor emits a delicately sweet aroma and provides a pleasantly peculiar, lingering finish. This is perhaps the most unique oolong tea we have ever experienced.
Gobi Green with Citron: This delicate green tea with a hint of citrus and orange flowers will provide a gentle awakening to the new day. After a few cups of this unique blend, you will find your adventurous spirit exploring paths that are often less traveled.
Yum! Does anyone want to come have a cup of tea with me?!
I love tea. It has so many qualities…refreshing, healing, cleansing, warming, cooling. I prefer loose leaf teas…but I have found several “full leaf” bagged teas that I enjoy. If you’ve never tried loose leaf…you’re missing out!
The teas that I drink the most are:
One of my favorite summer teas is Passion Tea by Tazo. You can get it at Starbucks (they make it daily). If you want to get a little wild, try their Passion Tea Lemonade. Yum. Tea is where it’s at.