Bad Yogi Tea Cabinet Low-Down

Bad Yogi Tea Cabinet Low-Down

Iโ€™m a HUGE tea drinker. I love loose teas, Yogi Tea, random exotic teas I find in TJ Maxx, and pretty much any other kind you can think of. Tea is to my afternoon snacks as a glass of cabernet is to my dinner; itโ€™s all about balance, am I right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Any time I can fix a small ailment with natural remedies, I have to give myself a pat on the back and count that as a small victory. It just feels so cool to have some control over minor aches, right?

Hereโ€™s what my little tea apothecary looks likeโ€ฆ

For โ€œthat timeโ€ of the month:
TMI ALERT! Ladies: This stuff really does work when it comes to easing cramps. Iโ€™ll drink two strongly brewed cups in the days leading up to that time as well as the first day, and I notice a significant difference. A lot of times I can even skip the ibuprofen, which is awesome!
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EDIT: If you read the comments, you may have caught an important disclaimer about this one. Check out this little PSA from a fellow bad yogi:ย 

“Just a psa that raspberry leaf is one of of several herbs that are known to sometimes interfere with hormonal birth control methods. To be on the safe side, I would not advise consuming it if you are simultaneously on hormonal birth control to prevent pregnancy.

‘common herbs that are known for promoting ovulation. They include โ€œRed Clover Flower, False Unicorn Root, Kelp, Nettle Leaves, Red Raspberry Leaves, Black Cohosh, Don Quai Root, Wild Yams, Pumpkin Seeds, Saw Palmetto Berry and Sarsaparilla Root.โ€ Many of these ingredients are found in your internal body cleanse products. Unfortunately, the lack of tests done on these herbal interactions with birth control pills, and also the interaction of phytoestrogens, estrogen hormone-resembling chemicals found in plants, especially in soy, have left people who take birth control pills with limited information at their exposal. Even with the limited amount of sources out there, care should still be taken when mixing herbs with birth control pills. Having one stimulating menstruation while another is trying to prevent it may have negative consequences for those wishing to avoid pregnancy.’

Read more: http://www.aviva.ca/article.asp?articleid=147#ixzz3SJcHtE00โ€œ

 

For stomach upsets:
Straight ginger or peppermint tea. Nausea, digestive upsets or just a general post-meal drink, I hit these teas first. They always seem to do the trick, even if itโ€™s for flu-like stomach aches. Plus, I LOVE spicey ginger stuff, so this tea in particular is my current fave.
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To calm down:
Chamomile with Lavender. This one is a little more subjective, but I love the floral smellย and the calming nature of chamomileย in this because itโ€™s so cozy and warm. It just makes me want to snuggle on the couch in sweatpants and super soft socks while watching DVRโ€™d shows.
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To just have a cuppa:
I’m kind of a sucker for any tea that’s peach flavored, so whenever I just want to have a glass of iced tea on a summer day, or am in the mood to warm up after being outside this winter, I usually reach for this one. Tasty, refreshing, and mild.
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Over to you: any little tricks in your kitchen cabinets for random aches and pains? Are you a tea drinker? What’s your favorite?!

68 Comments

  1. I love ginger teas for stomach upsets too!
    Earl grey tea is my favorite (best in a London Fog). The smell is a bit perfumey, but lovely.
    For colds I ALWAYS use Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea extra. They rebranded their Echinacea tea to combine it with their sleepytime formula, but I find that if I use it at the first signs of “not feeling so great” I can usually reduce the duration and severity of symptoms, plus I find that it tastes great and I love the idea of using something natural instead of popping a bunch of OTC cold meds.

    Also, Teavana has beautiful blooming flower teas. If you have a vase or clear glass kettle, a small ball of tea leaves blooms into a large flower as it steeps. Very nice.

    Thanks for the post!

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    • Earl Grey is one of my favorites too! I absolutely LOVE the smell. I have a few bergamot candles so my whole house smells like that ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’ll have to pick up some more of the Celestial Seasonings Echinacea version for cold season!

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      • I’ve also found that the Celestial Seasonings Echinacea tea with honey, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar has greatly helped my husband and I greatly to either stay healthy or to get over a cold a bit better!

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        • ooo, adding apple cider vinegar… good idea!!

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          • You can also do the echinacea with the lemon and honey (local raw works best) with a little cayenne pepper. It adds a little heat and helps you to unstuff. I’ve tried the apple cider vinegar and it’s great! I haven’t tried the vinegar and cayenne together, but it might be my next plan ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I love to drink tea! I drink some every morning because coffee really upsets my stomach. My regulars are Yogi blueberry Green Tea which is delicious, Yogi Kombucha, and Tazo Zen. I’m traveling now and just found Harney and Sons Organic Green Tea and Peppermint which I fell in love with!

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    • Interesting! I also have the Yogi Blueberry tea on hand too but it didn’t make it in to the post this time ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Harney and Sons is GREAT!

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  3. Thanks so much for your tea information – I too love my tea time (and wine time ๐Ÿ™‚ ) Thanks for sharing the Raspberry tea – as a mother of a 13 year old with cramps – i will definitely try it to ease her misery …Have a great weekend!!

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    • Oh yes! Another thing that helped even more is evening primrose oil. I take 2500 mg daily but checking with her Dr. for proper dosage might be worthwhile if you want to give that a shot too! Seriously, once I started taking the EP oil, I pretty much have zero cramps.

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      • Do you take it every night or just during that time of the month? Also, I drank red raspberry leaf tea when I was trying to regulate my cycles to get pregnant with my third. I ovulated for the first time in months when I started drinking it (wait, is that tmi? sorry!) And not only did I get pregnant after months of trying but I’m actually expecting identical twins!

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        • not TMI at all! i just started learning about the FAM method, so i’m fascinated by this stuff. i started taking it spread over 3x per day, now i take that approx every other day. also… AMAZING story! wow!

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      • That’s a great tip. I’m the queen of terrible cramps. I pretty much die once a month. I need all the tips I can get. I have raspberry leaf, I cant wait to try it around that time of the month! Thanks, Erin.

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  4. I am not much of a tea drinker, but I always use papaya enzyme capsules for upset stomachs. You can get them in the vitamin section pretty much anywhere, and they always work for me. My grandmother always gave them to my mom when she was a kid.

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    • amen to papaya enzymes! we’re always stocked with those too!

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    • that double bergamot sounds amazing! must try! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Yogi Teas has some amazing digestive teas, also ginger based!

    As someone who has to talk a lot at my job, I also swear by Throat Coat tea.

    And also, as an IBS sufferer, my tea cabinet is not complete unless I have some straight peppermint tea, preferably Heather’s.

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  6. Erin, how do you make iced tea from that peach one you mentioned? When I lived in Venezuela there was an amazing cafe with all kinds of loose leaf teas – you could choose any and they would make it hot or cold. I’ve been trying ever since then to make iced tea out of “real” tea and still haven’t perfected the method! It always gets too watered down. Share your secret please!

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    • i use two tea bags and let it cool for 10 minutes before adding to a bunch of ice ๐Ÿ™‚ also, if you like it sweetened, be sure to add the sugar before it gets cool!

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      • Thanks!!

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  7. Sydni to make ice tea from losse leaf tea use twice as much tea and half the water. Once steeped about twice the length as normal, poor over glass full of ice.

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  8. I will definitely have to try the Peachy Green Tazo as I am also a sucker for anything peach! If you like Earl Grey you should also give Twinings Lady Grey a try. It is an Earl Grey tea with some citrus flavours in it.

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    • sucker for citrus, too. thanks for the tip!

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  9. I love tea! I’m going to find that raspberry tea! I have horrible cramps! My very favorite tea is Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Sunset! And I just tried Teavana’s Marshmallow Macaron and it did not disappoint! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Good recommendations! However, must say that when it comes to ginger (which btw always helps me when i’m coming down with a cold!), I prefer a “tea” made with an actual piece of ginger. It’s stronger and seems to “work” better… it’s also great for any kind of travelling sickness.
    For regular drinking I love good old english breakfast with lemon and honey or green tea (Chelton is my fave brand at the moment) ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • so true! we buy ginger root for that exact reason. plus, i like it extra spicey, and you can make it really well with the fresh stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. I LOVEEEE tea as well Erin! My favorites in the morning are earl gray and green tea. For stomachaches ginger tea is the way to go (I like Yogi) and peppermint is my post dinner tea. To relax and unwind my favorite is Yogi Kava Stress Relief… So good!!

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  12. I have a whole shelf full of teas! Black, green, white! In the afternoons we enjoy a cup of good black tea for a pick-me-up but I usually put a small amount of honey and a tablespoon of coconut oil in as well! The coconut oil is also very tasty in my green tea peach and is very comforting. I agree with everyone about the ginger……we alternate using ginger tea with sometimes just chopping up fresh ginger and adding it to a tea. We drink a ton of it during cold/flu season and it helps to keep the system washed out!

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    • coconut oil! never thought of adding that! will have to try ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. I really got into tea about 3 years ago. I’m a total junkie and could probably use a support group.

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    • haha!! stay out of teavana! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Just a psa that raspberry leaf is one of of several herbs that are known to sometimes interfere with hormonal birth control methods. To be on the safe side, I would not advise consuming it if you are simultaneously on hormonal birth control to prevent pregnancy.

    “common herbs that are known for promoting ovulation. They include โ€œRed Clover Flower, False Unicorn Root, Kelp, Nettle Leaves, Red Raspberry Leaves, Black Cohosh, Don Quai Root, Wild Yams, Pumpkin Seeds, Saw Palmetto Berry and Sarsaparilla Root.โ€ Many of these ingredients are found in your internal body cleanse products. Unfortunately, the lack of tests done on these herbal interactions with birth control pills, and also the interaction of phytoestrogens, estrogen hormone-resembling chemicals found in plants, especially in soy, have left people who take birth control pills with limited information at their exposal. Even with the limited amount of sources out there, care should still be taken when mixing herbs with birth control pills. Having one stimulating menstruation while another is trying to prevent it may have negative consequences for those wishing to avoid pregnancy.

    Read more: http://www.aviva.ca/article.asp?articleid=147#ixzz3SJcHtE00

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    • ^^^ WOW! great to know!!! i’m going to add this to the post!

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  15. I just sat down to check my emails and get some “Warrior Goddess In Training” reading time in with a cup of Earl Grey! I love my teas and I am always looking for new ones to try! Great blog!

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  16. I just bought some chocolate tea from the republic of tea website. They come in all kinds of flavors- chocolate coconut, strawberry, red velvet…they totally give me that chocolate fix and I find myself reaching for a tea bag instead of a Hershey kiss! They also have a great mate chocolate tea as well.
    I drink green tea every morning with lemon and it’s so rejuvenating.

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  17. If anyone reading this lives in Buffalo, NY or specifically the Williamsville area and LOVES tea, especially loose-leaf tea, then I highly recommend TeaLeafs on Main Street in Williamsville. They have the MOST variety of loose leaf and bagged teas I’ve ever seen — over 220 different blends of loose-leaf tea — they’re basically like a local, better Teavana. You can even order online if you don’t live in Buffalo and they do free shipping for orders over $75. The owner, Sydney, is a tea lover and expert, and she can give you 10 suggestions for whatever you’re looking for, whether it’s for a certain ailment or just a flavor you’re searching for. http://www.tealeafswny.com/ My favorite is her vanilla bourbon blend with her bourbon infused organic honey.

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    • sounds incredible! jealous. ever since teavana got bought out by starbucks, they mostly hound you to buy stuff now. so annoying and insincere.

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      • I completely agree, Erin. That’s why when I’m in the mall and pass one I purposely go try every tea sample in their store then just go “thanks!” and leave right away, haha.

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    • Lori, I will have to check out that tea shop! I live in the Hudson Valley now, but I grew up in Olean, NY, and always went to Buffalo because their mall is WAY better than Olean’s. I love tea, and don’t drink it as much as I should. I collect Yogi teas, especially those for cold-like symptoms, and they have helped me so much! I have also tried the raspberry leaf and have had great success with it. Speaking of, I should restock for next month because this month was one of the worst times with cramps and total fatigue I’ve had in a long time.

      Fun Fact: The Harney and Sons teas are made in Millerton, NY, about an hour and a half from where I live now. A family I worked with works at the factory and always gave me free tea ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • That’s awesome Jen! The best part is Sydney understand not everyone is a traditional “tea” drinker, and she has teas for people who don’t even like tea! She has one that I swear tastes just like coffee. My husband loves it and he isn’t the biggest tea drinker. I swear some of her blends taste like candy. But then she has all the traditional kind of teas too, and traditional teas with some cool little twist to it.

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  18. Thank you for this post! I am tea fiend! Following your recommendation for the Raspberry Leaf Yogi Tea, it is now on my grocery list. Must try! I drink across the gamut with teas. I like Yogi Teas’ Vanilla Spice Energy. Mint tea is a favorite with peptic issues. ‘Tea’ made with slices of ginger, lemon and honey is a favorite when I have a cold. I love making “home made chai” with black tea and cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, ginger, honey, and whatever other whole spice that takes my fancy. Tazo Zen is my go-to daytime tea. Some kind of Chamomile is my go-to evening tea (I will have to try the lavender one you mention when my sleepytime is gone!). I love Teavana’s Jade Citrus Mint (and not just because we share a first name). Love PG tips for straight-up black tea. And, maybe because it takes me back to college, I still love Celestial Seasons Tension Tamer. Yay tea!

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  19. I love tea, and I’m especially a sucker for DAVIDsTEA! Cold 911 is my BFF for cold season, and Organic Detox is amazing for stomach aches. I also love Midsummer Night’s Dream for a calming, peaceful effect…and Salted Caramel for when I want dessert but am trying to be good (though sometimes I just drink it with dessert, because #badyogi ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • haha yes! i have this chocolate truffle tea from teavana that someone bought me for christmas, and i had every intention of using it to dissuade me from eating actual chocolate. turns out it just amplifies my need for cookies, lol!

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  20. Celestial seasonings sleepytime and tension tamer! At work I enjoy brewing loose leaf tea, makes a chaotic day as an AP have a briefly calm moment.

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  21. I’m a huge tea drinker! And I always go to the extreme, after a herbalist course, I got pregnant of my lovely daughter. Unfortunately, I couldn’t work anymore… so I decided to study “Tea Sommelier’ and 8 months later… I have my own little tea shop. #addict

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    • oh my gosh, that’s the coolest!

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  22. My favorite is the one with the bear in the sleeping outfit, Sleepytime from Celestial Seasonings

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    • We have been drinking “sleepy teddy” tea for years. When our daughter was real small sometimes she needed a little help relaxing before bed. A small mug of sleepy teddy was perfect and she loves (and still does) the box!

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  23. Something I recently discovered is Rooibos tea from South Africa. It has a wonderfully unique taste but you can also find it worth various flavors. It helps with stomach aches, blood pressure, and falling asleep. I love it with a bit of honey or buy itself!

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    • Agree! In the tea house I work in we have the best rooibos ever – with orange, pistachio, almond and red pepper. And, what’s an important thing – it does not contain cofeine at all so everybody can drink it.

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  24. I love Republic of Tea – get clean for detox – this was my first herbal tea that i really loved – before i was just searching and tasting but never finding one that stuck – tasty ๐Ÿ™‚ – sometimes i add a tiny bit of organic sugar, but it’s pleasant without

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  25. Awesome post! Red raspberry leaf tea is an awesome uterine toner – some say to avoid it during the 1st trimester if you are higher risk for miscarriage, but it’s great to get your body ready for labor. I’m a tea snob that can’t drink caffeine. My favorite right now is a Ruby Red Chai. I also drink a loose leaf mix of RRL, dandelion, stinging nettle, oat tops and red clover – an herbalist recommended it to me during pg, it’s loaded with nutrients, I still drink it now even though my little one is 3 years old ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • you’re hardcore! i can’t handle dandelion tea— the taste is just not enjoyable at all, haha. also good to know about the raspberry leaf tea in the first trimester!

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  26. I’m a bit of a tea freak too. My old flatmate had many sayings about the entire shelf in the pantry dedicated to my tea ๐Ÿ˜›
    I also have a favourite shop here (New Zealand) that blend their own. They are in Wellington, so I ship them down to Christchurch. It’s called tLeaft and my favourite concoctions from them at the moment are PinaColada Green Tea (Don’t worry not the hard stuff :P), Chocochilli (black tea with cocoa and chilli) and Tummy Pearl (a beautiful smelling mix of calming and soothing bits and bobs). Plus they have the most divine Spearmint and peppermint teas too.
    Definitely one of my happy places…

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  27. I usually choose between black or white tea – I’m not the best fan of fruity teas. My favourite tea though is fresh ginger tea. Ginger is a natural painkiller (hello PMS!) and it’s great for digestion, preventing cold/flu, etc so I pretty much drink this all day. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  28. Just another recommendation (because I love Yogi teas!), if anyone has period-related breakouts or hormonal problems like PCOS causing it, Yogi Skin Detox tea is like magic. Not only does it help with the breakout, but it also leaves your skin literally glowing. Even if you don’t have breakouts, I highly recommend this tea for the glow. The taste takes some getting used to (very floral), but it definitely grows on you, and the benefits are so wonderful. I love this stuff!

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  29. Hello from France ! I’m a tea lover too.
    I love choco chai yogi tea, I find it really nice!
    I’d like to taste Yogi Blueberry tea but I don’t think they sell it here.
    Next ine i’ll buy will be raspberry ;=)
    Chamomille is good too…and, of course I appreciate a glass of wine from time to time,
    and belgian beer!!
    If you go to France you can find a tea brand called “Les jardins de Gaia” in organic stores. They’ re quite good!
    PS : thank you so much for your website, blog, and excellent videos :=)

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    • bonjour, isa! ooo, anything with “choco” in the title is an instant winner in my book ๐Ÿ˜‰ will add that to my grocery list!

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  30. LOVE jasmine tea! I also am a sucker for chai teas of all kinds.

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  31. Love me some tea! I am hooked on all teas by Numi. They are such high quality , organic and delicious. Right now I have a Earl Grey, Chai, Green Tea and Rooibos on my shelf. I also like (surprising after trying a couple of times) roasted dandelion root tea by traditional medicinals to support digestive health.

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  32. I love tea, one of my favorites is the Yogi Ginger/Lemon or Ginger/Orange. As I tend to drink not enough during work I started taking a can of tea with me and adding 1/10 of natural apple or orange juice. Spices the whole thing up and the tea is gone pretty quickly :-))

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    • interesting idea to add the juice for flavor! never would have thought of that ๐Ÿ™‚

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  33. I love tea!!! Earl gray is an all time favorite. But right now I am stuck on HT brand green coconut. So delicious.

    As for healing I use many essential oils for just about anything imaginable. Even managing chronic illness with healthy diet of real whole foods and my oils. DoTerra is my favorite brand. I love the Modern Essentials book to make up my own blends and I love sharing with others too!

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  34. I am a total tea addict! My morning ritual is put on the kettle for some tea and let it brew while I do a little yoga or meditation, then have tea and breakfast. I’ve come to loooove licorice mint tea, which is a big surprise since I hate the black licorice stuff they sell as candy but this tea has quickly become my all-time favourite!! I have to try really hard not to walk out with a new box of tea whenever I go to the organic supermarket where they sell all the yogi teas. ๐Ÿ˜€ And if I accidentally bought tea that smelled better than it tastes, I like to brew a pot combining it with one of my favourites so it won’t go to waste. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  35. OMG are you crazy ? Making a post about teas and making me discovered new ones ? I will send you a picture on twitter of my tea cabinets… You will be able to see only the loose ones because the packaged ones are in a nice box but I have no room for new teas. You’ll see my addiction! So now I have to find that ginger one in Canada! And I wouldn’t mid trying the women’s raspberry. I am a big Chai drinker. The best chai I have ever drank yet : Chai Camellia from Camellia Sinensis. Their Marie-Antoinette one is also AMAZING! Otherwise I love the Double Bergamot Earl Grey from Stash and any Ginger Lemon tea. ๐Ÿ™‚ Going to make ma a cup now.

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  36. I’ve recently discovered Tazo Passion. It is so good. i usually put a bit of honey in my tea but this doesn’t even need it. It so floral and fruity good! I also love buying teas on adagio.com b/c you can try sample sizes.

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  37. My all time favorite tea and guilty pleasure is chi tea. Love it with a little milk. In the evenings after a long day (and since I don’t like wine) decaffeinated apple cinnamon tea helps me unwind.

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  38. I love all green teas. As well as this new tea that I have found that tastes like drinking raspberry fruit juice. It’s called pomegranate and raspberry herbal tea from twinings. Super delicious.

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