Our very own rooibos chai tea hits the shelves tomorrow and I'm so excited to share it with all of you as well as customise it as a base for delivering even more plant medicine (more on this below) ☕️
This is a 100% certified organic caffeine free blend of rooibos, anise, cinnamon, fennel, ginger, cardamom, cloves and peppercorns to soothe the nervous system and support digestion. I gave this first blend a moment in the sunshine while I bottled it up with the rosellas and kookaburras singing overhead which I think makes it even more magic!
It's really important to take a minute to address the fact that there’s so many tea companies popping up these days. It’s imperative to question where the plants are grown and stored and who is blending them for you. Tea is medicine and builds the basis of most herbalists and naturopaths practice as an invaluable tool to delivery medicinal properties and support your health. Trust a naturopath or someone experienced in herbal medicine with your tea (and not someone looking to exploit plants and/or growers or jump on the bandwagon for financial gain). For this reason we stock @loveteaofficial for their amazing pyramid bags filled with herbs blended by a naturopath along side our ever growing dispensary of loose dried herbs.
Our little herbal dispensary is growing every week and I'm here Monday-Friday to help you decide which herbs will work best for you. You can bring your own jar/bag or we can fill a paper bag for you in your choice of size which is especially great if you're experiencing a herb for the first time and just want a small amount to begin with. It also means you can adjust your blend as your needs change.
To that end, lets delve briefly into my top recommendations as herbal additions to your already medicinal chai!
☕️ For the last few months I’ve been drinking a stove top chai w/lions mane mushroom as often as possible to tonify my nervous system, balance digestion and stimulate the immune system. I've blended a caffeine free chai blend for the apothecary shelves based on rooibos and it mixes perfectly with powdered mushroom. I usually blend a little organic honey or brown rice syrup with it to sweeten the slight bitterness of the mushroom. We’re fully stocked with a variety of different medicinal mushrooms in powdered, dried, encapsulated and even chocolate covered forms so I thought I’d share some information on different mushrooms across the next few weeks.
🍄🍄 ~LIONS MANE~🍄🍄
Beautiful Lions mane grows on tree bark and logs in long tendrils, hence the name.
The powerful combo of polysaccharides, beta glucans, fatty acids, antioxidants, polypeptides, amino acids and nerve growth factors 🙋🏻♀️ in Lions mane target the brain, nervous and immune systems. This assists with increasing cognitive function, stimulating growth, regeneration and healing of neural tissue as well as balancing digestion, co-ordination, sensory responses and immunity.
Studies have also linked this mushroom with reducing anxiety and depression and increasing memory retention. This makes it the perfect choice for students and anyone struggling to remember or recall information at the same tenacity they once did. Stress plays a huge role in memory recall along with inflammation - yes BRAIN INFLAMMATION is a thing and a very real contributor to cognitive decline and mental illness.
I've struggled with anxiety in varying degrees for many years and while its mostly controlled now, I rely on herbal allies, including magic Lions mane, on a daily basis for support. Herbal support for mental health is one of my passion areas in herbal medicine so I could speak all day on that topic. We’re open from 9-5 every day this week so come talk mushrooms and herbs with me! ✨