Thursday, January 13, 2011

Yogi Tea Review...

We recently had the chance to review 2 wonderful teas from Yogi Tea just in time for cold and flu season.
About Yogi Tea:
"Our story begins in 1969 when Yogi Bhajan, an inspired and inspiring teacher of holistic living, started teaching yoga in America. He shared the wisdom and knowledge of Ayurveda and healthy living that he had mastered in India with his students while serving a specially spiced tea, which they affectionately named "Yogi Tea." The recipe contained five traditional Ayurvedic spices: cardamom seed, cinnamon bark, clove bud, ginger root and black pepper. When blended and brewed, these delicious spices leave you feeling vibrant and alive, while boosting overall well-being. Intrigued by the complex flavor and inherent health benefits of this unique combination of spices, it wasn't long before several of the yogi's students were inspired to brew their own "Yogi Tea."
In 1984 this grassroots endeavor blossomed into the Yogi Tea Company. Packages of the rough, dried spices began to appear in natural foods stores throughout Southern California. As demand increased, the spices were more finely ground, packaged and sealed into individual tea bags. By 1986, Yogi Tea was distributed nationwide in three flavors.
Yogi has continued to expand and evolve our tea offerings to address specific health needs by creating specialized herbal formulas, blended for both flavor and purpose. Today, Yogi has nearly 60 tea blends, many of which are created using the five original Yogi spices.
Yogi's expertise in sensual well-being has inspired our newest offering, Yogi cereals. As with our teas, Yogi cereals are created with purpose and blended to enhance the health of mind, body and spirit, while enlivening your senses with delightful flavors.
Whether you need to jump start the day, recover from physical activity, calm your mind and clarify thoughts, or revive the spirit and reflect, there's a Yogi tea or cereal to meet your specific needs.
The holistic teachings of Ayurveda and healthy living are the inspiration behind Yogi. These teachings continue to inform how we develop our products, and we honor and reflect them through the Yogi Principles.

Yogi Principles
Tasting great is essential, but it isn't enough. If what we make doesn't taste great and leave you feeling great, we won't make it.
We think before we blend or bake. How will our recipes work with body and mind?
Health is found in nature. We work with what nature already offers rather than trying to concoct it. We don't have laboratories, we have kitchens.
Creative combinations can optimize what nature has to offer. Ever added Goji Berry to Ginger? They work together to produce a remarkably fresh and innovative taste... and a remarkable level of energy.
Whenever possible, we work with wholes, not parts. We don't add vitamin C. We add Indian Gooseberry, which is naturally rich in vitamin C."

Echinacea Immune Support:
"Health practitioners for centuries have respected the powers of echinacea. Our exclusive combination of three varieties of echinacea root provides a full spectrum of traditional herbal support for the immune system. We complement this herb with European elderberry and soothing organic mullein leaf to aid respiratory function. Astragalus root, considered a superior herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine, helps boost energy. Cinnamon and rose hip add a light fragrant essence. Echinacea Immune Support is sure to become an all-season favorite when your immune system needs support.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease."

Kava Stress Relief:
"When stress has a hold on you, take a break and brew a cup of Kava Stress Relief®. Native to Oceania and the South Pacific Islands, kava has traditionally been cultivated for its power to calm the body and mind and encourage a good night’s sleep. Kava is also recognized for its ability to promote a state of relaxed awareness without compromising mental functions. Yogi’s Kava Stress Relief tea combines this relaxing herb with cinnamon and sarsaparilla to add warmth and spice, and carob pod for rich flavor. Relax and find tranquility with a warm soothing cup of Kava Stress Relief. "

What we thought: This tea review came just in time:) We have had sickness circulating through our family for what seems like forever now. As soon as I opened our Yogi Tea package I heated up a cup of water and steeped an Echinacea Immune Support tea bag. Just the aroma of this tea was soothing. The cinnamon and rosehip blended beautifully and I think inhaling the steam helped as much as drinking the tea itself:) If you are a fan of anise or licorice, you will love this tea. The Kava Stress Relief was a lovely way to wind down the evening. It really was soothing and relaxing and a pleasant way to decompress after a long day of chasing the kiddos around:) This was a rich tea and the cinnamon and sarsaparilla really stood out. Both teas we tried were of excellent quality and seemed to live up to their claims. If you are looking to build your immunity to the germs this season or de-stress and unwind, we definitely recommend chilling out with a hot cup of Yogi Tea! ABCD Diaries gives Yogi Tea an A+!

Buy It: Find Yogi Tea at grocers, health food stores and mass merchandisers nationwide!!

Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given 2 boxes of tea for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.

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