Our featured teas for June are all blends - including a soothing green tea and mint mix from Morocco, an exotic black tea and fruit blend from Wisconsin, an herbal rooibos remedy with a plethora of powerful health benefits, a stress-reducing herbal concoction from India, and a Guatemalan specialty loaded with healthy vitamins. Read below to learn more about what we're sipping on this month, and be sure you're logged in to your MY SIPS profile to link over to our product pages to learn more. Don't have a MY SIPS profile? Create a free profile here to access special offers if you'd like to enjoy one of these featured teas yourself!
TEA TISLIT Sips by SAYRA
Mythology and tea are inseparable. In fact, the very inception of tea is rooted in the story of the Bodhidharma who tore off his eyebrows to prevent sleep and drowsiness from disturbing his quest for self-mastery. The eyebrows then became the very first tea tree, symbolizing its ability to harness focus and tranquility.
The same is true for this particular tea, whose name refers to the impossible love between Tislit (a young princess from Ait Ya’za) and Isli (a knight from Ait Brahim). Due to the constant struggles between these two tribes, their love was forbidden leaving them no choice but to flee to the mountain of Isslan. In their melancholic state, they cried for days and the tears that flowed down the mountain filled the two lakes that bare their name today.
Stories like these are one of the reasons SAYRA came into being. We are all connected to the stories of our ancestors and the preservation of Moroccan heritage and cultural mythologies are a driving force within Sayra’s mission. The mint tea ceremony, in particular, is an iconic symbol of hospitality and friendliness - of a simpler time where sharing, warmth, and creativity were basic truths in a vivid existence. Enter their own green tea and mint blend, Tea Tislit.
While this beverage is traditionally brewed hot, it still has an immense cooling effect. This is because menthol (an organic compound found in mint) activates an important sensory protein called TRPM8, which allows us to feel the sensation of coldness. So even though we are consuming a hot beverage, the presence of mint will trick our brain into thinking it’s cooler inside our mouths than it actually is! This is also one of the reasons mint is great for digestion, our sensation of coolness allows our stomach to find respite in the process of converting food into energy. Science!
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Photo credit: @sayrafusion
SUNNY SANGRIA BLACK TEA Sips by FAVA TEA COMPANY
The idea that spawned Fava Tea Co. occurred on a hot June evening, so it only makes sense that this particular blend is one of our June teas of the month! They are a family owned business that takes pride in ushering a new paradigm of tea - one that allows for playfulness, relaxation, and devoid of the stuffy etiquette of the past. They say it best when claiming “This isn’t your Grandmother’s tea.”
This embodies the Sunny Sangria Black Tea blend, which is a playful dance between black tea, blackberries, and exotic fruits. When tasting this tea, you are transported to a summer scene where festivities and joyfulness fill the air. There are physiological congruences to support this vision, as black tea offers many cardiovascular benefits, including the prevention of LDL Cholesterol oxidation. Also, blackberries are high in vitamin C, K, and Manganese. Talk about reasons to be joyful this summer!
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Photo credit: @favatea
ORGANIC BEAUTY ME TEA Sips by FULL LEAF TEA CO.
With Summer nearing, it’s important to be aware of how our bodies interact with the qualities of this season. Nowhere is this more apparent than with our skin. The mixture of heat with our natural oils can cause some issues including rashes, acne, and dryness. Organic Beauty Me Tea to the rescue! Not only can you enjoy a light and refreshing cup of tea, but you can do so knowing that it will enliven the qualities of your skin and hair. Check out each of these magical ingredients below:
- Organic Rooibos: an herb from South Africa boasting numerous health benefits. It has 6 times the antioxidants as green tea, is completely caffeine free, and has been shown to aid in relaxation. Also, it contains alpha hydroxy acid and zinc which are great for the skin!
- Organic Ginger Root: has numerous health benefits and is a super herb that is great for overall health. But it was chosen for the Beauty Me blend due to its flavor and its ability to help you absorb more nutrients from the other powerful herbs in this blend.
- Organic Peppermint: has numerous health benefits including digestive and respiratory health. Its flavor gives this blend a smooth and refreshing taste.
- Organic Dandelion Root: has been growing in popularity due to its numerous health benefits including improving liver function and overall health. It also packs a Vitamin A punch which helps improve skin health.
- Organic Holy Basil (Tulsi): highly antibiotic, a disinfectant, antibacterial and antifungal. It has been shown to even cure skin disorders!
- Organic Gotu Kola: the saponins in gotu kola have been shown to help in the appearance of your skin. It can reduce wrinkles, blemishes and more!
- Organic Burdock Root: has phytosterols that have been shown to promote hair growth and health. It is also packed with numerous vitamins and minerals which are essential to overall skin and hair health.
- Organic Rose Petals: Besides looking beautiful, rose petals have numerous health benefits including detoxifying the body and helping cool you down.
This blend is just one of many examples of teas that Full Leaf Tea Company offers for a healthier lifestyle. Their dedication to improving the health of our communities through the art of proper tea sourcing and blending is a cause for inspiration and hope.
Click here to learn more about Organic Beauty Me Tea and access a special offer from Full Leaf Tea Company!
Photo credit: @fullleaftea
TULSI MORINGA Sips by ORGANIC INDIA
Tulsi — also known as the “queen of herbs,” “holy basil,” and the “incomparable plant”— has a plethora of health benefits due to an active ingredient found in its leaves: eugenol. It also contains ursolic acid and carvacrol, both of which serve as antimicrobials, and contains many antioxidants to boost the immune system. It has been utilized as a sacred herb within Ayurveda practices for thousands of years and can also help with:
- Weight loss
- Respiratory issues
- Skin and hair issues
- Digestive system issues
- Cardiovascular issues
Moringa, also an herb from the foothills of the Himalayas, is equally as impressive. In fact, the National Institute of Health awarded it plant of the year in 2008, citing its potential to reverse multiple environmental dilemmas and provide for unmet human needs. Some of its more surprising qualities include having:
- two times the amount of protein of yogurt
- four times the amount of vitamin A as carrots
- three times the amount of potassium as bananas
- four times the amount of calcium as cow's milk
- seven times the amount of vitamin C as oranges
Together, these two potent herbs form a genuine combination in Tulsi Moringa of vibrant living and ethical farming, which is a primary mission of Organic India. Not only do they wish to be a vehicle of consciousness for the global market, but their dedication to sustainable practices allows us all to connect with mother earth as we sip on their delicious tea.
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Photo credit: @organicindiaofficial
HIBISCUS WITH PINEAPPLE Sips by TWO SISTERS TEA
Iced tea is an essential summer staple for those living in the Southern Continental United States. However, it wasn’t until two sisters (Claudia Maria and Jessica Michelle) harnessed a Guatemalan delicacy that allowed this staple to diversify in wonderful ways.
Rosa de Jamaica (Hibiscus) is a tropical flower rich in vitamin C, A, iron, calcium, and antioxidants. It can reduce stress, inflammation, and high blood pressure while also acting as a natural coolant and thirst quencher. It has a strong tart flavor that is well suited for iced brewing and combines well with the sweetness of fruit, such as a pineapple!
We love the story of Two Sisters Tea because of its simplicity. Claudia and Jessica wanted to share a childhood delicacy with their communities and offer a healthy alternative to mothers everywhere. We lift our cups to you lovely sisters!
Click here to learn more about Hibiscus With Pineapple Tea and access a special offer from Two Sisters Tea!
Photo credit: @twosisterstea
We hope you enjoy our featured June teas this month as summer is just around the corner, although it seems to have come early here in Austin! And as it’s starting to get hot, feel free to play around with some cold brewing techniques. If you’re just getting started with cold-brewing, we have a step-by-step guide to help get your creative juices flowing. It’s almost officially summer and the possibilities are endless!
This is a special transitional time, as we honor the remnants of a birthing spring and usher in the heat of a manifesting Summer. When we connect with these natural shifts, our ability to adapt and find joy in new opportunities becomes second nature. What new shifts would you like to make this summer? Are there any creative endeavors you would enjoy taking to the next level? We invite you to reflect upon these questions as you sip upon our teas this June. Also, be sure to let us know what revelations and blends made an impression on you this month - we love hearing from you!
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