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Cozy Tea Time

Mmmmm, there’s nothing like a warm, comforting cup of tea on a winter day.

Personally, I love chai. It’s my coffee (since I don’t like coffee).

And chai spices have their medicinal benefits. Fennel, cardamom and coriander are great for digestion and black pepper and ginger are fabulous for kicking on a little fire.

I’ve been feeling a little daring lately (yes, changing my tea is about as daring as it gets right now) and decided to mix things up. If you’re down for a tea-sized adventure, here’s a version I’ve been loving. I made a cup for a friend recently and she said it was like drinking a cup of comfort.

Let me know what you think!


Tulsi Astragalus Rose Tea - aka A Cup of Comfort

Tulsi, otherwise known as Holy Basil, is an adaptogen used in Ayurvedic medicine. It supports the body against stress and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Tulsi also used as a treatment for diabetes and asthma. And it’s an herb of wonderful spiritual lore and significance.

Astragalus is a traditional Chinese herb used for all things immune boosting, like colds and ailments, as well as to fend off heart disease and diabetes.

Rose, oh rose. In addition to being sweet and delicate, rose is powerful medicine. Rose has been used for centuries to heal many diseases and ailments. Rose tea aids digestion and tummy trouble, can relieve menstrual cramps, reduce stress, boost the immune system, help with osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease and relieve urinary tract infections. Rose is also the herb/oil of beautification and is great for hair and skin.

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You can get loose herbs at your local natural foods store or order online from a reputable retailer like Mountain Rose Herbs.

How to make

tulsi tea

1 tsp tulsi
1 tsp astragalus
1 tsp dried rose
non-dairy milk
maple syrup
sprinkle of cinnamon

(Start with equal parts of the loose tea, then adapt according to your taste.)

Pour boiling water over herbs in a tea press or teapot and let steep for 10-15 minutes.

Transfer tea to small saucepan and add equal parts non dairy milk (oat milk seems to be having a moment).

Warm to your desired temperature.

Pour into mug and add maple syrup to taste.

Sprinkle some cinnamon on top.

Enjoy.

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two new workshops

Workshops in the works! Two upcoming offerings...

 

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Seasonal Care : Winter to Spring

Address the unique symptoms that can arise from the upcoming seasonal transition -- colds, mucous, sluggish energy and digestion -- using the accessible tools of Ayurveda and Yoga.

Sunday, January 28, 1-3:30 pm

Email to register.

The shift from winter to spring can be tricky for the body, digestion and sleep. In our climate, winter is cold and spring is generally wet — qualities that together can create mucous, heaviness and sluggishness in energy and digestion.

Using the tools and Yoga and Ayurveda (which has to do with what we put in and on our bodies), we can warm the chill, absorb excess dampness and keep things moving.

This workshop will include suggestions for foods and beverages appropriate for the season, tips for balancing body practices and aromatherapy.

Plus -- cold care. You'll get a take-home of my #1 oil for fending off a cold.

These seasonal workshops are a ton of fun, very popular and Include take home goodies!

Sunday, January 28, 1-3:30 pm $75
Hosted at Figure 8 Studio at 28th and S Streets
Class size is limited; register early.

 

sleeping angel

Tired of Insomnia?

Sleepy solutions based on science and real-life experience. Take home tools and samples included.

Sunday, March 11, 1-3:30 pm

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Do you have trouble falling asleep? Or do you wake in the early a.m. hours and stare at the ceiling? Insomnia not only puts you in a bad mood, it’s bad for your health. Studies show that insomnia affects everything from our immunity to our lifespan.

No doubt you have tried many remedies, maybe some with success. But if you are relying mostly on pharmaceutical drugs and luck to get a good night’s rest, there’s more you can do.

Sleeplessness becomes its own cycle of anxiety over going to bed and fear of the effects of not sleeping ("Tomorrow is going to be terrible if I don't get any sleep!"), which make the possibility of actually sleeping even less likely.

Join Michelle for a workshop full of sleepy solutions based on science and personal experience. We’ll review the basics of sleep preparation, yoga poses to help set the nervous system and tricks to get and stay asleep. 

Includes take home tools and samples.

Sunday, March 11, 1-3:30 pm $65
Hosted at Figure 8 Studio at 28th and S Streets
Class size is limited; register early.

 

Questions about either of these workshops? Just ask. To register, email me. You will receive all workshop details after registration.