The pores of our skin are the largest organ of assimilation and readily absorb the wonderful healing & therapeutic properties of these special herbal blends. It's like bathing in a giant cup of fragrant tea. You can create the ambiance with some mood music, candles and fresh flowers if you wish.
Place your herbal sachet in a glass or ceramic jug and pour over hot water. Let the herbs steep for about 10 minutes to release the fragrance and therapeutic properties. Then add the liquid to your bath, and place the sachet in, too. Or, you can simply add the dry sachet straight in your bath. Step in the warm, aromatic water .... and let the cares of the world drift away......
Herbs have been used to enhance health and wellness since ancient times. These days we are seeing a return to the wholistic approach to health. There is wisdom in appreciating that we are body-soul-spirit beings. One aspect of our being cannot be affected without the other aspects being affected.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers isolate certain chemicals from plants that are believed to be the most active ingredients, and these are processed and concentrated. The chemicals or vitamins are isolated and synthesised, and when the same concentrated drugs are given to people, side effects are common.
With herbal teas and products, the whole plant is used. The enzymes and nutrients work synergistically and meet the need or deficiency occurring in the body. In this way, the herbs adjust to whatever lack or need is occurring in the body, with a restorative and nurturing effect, and with far fewer side effects or risks than with concentrated pharmaceuticals.
Herbs encourage the body's natural healing process by promoting the elimination of toxins and revitalising the systems and organs of the body. They are gentle enough to use alongside orthodox medicines and can often help to gradually reduce reliance on other medicines. For example, anti-rheumatic herbs may decrease the need for anti-inflammatory drugs used to relieve the symptoms of arthritis. (However, in the event of any ill health, please do not self-medicate but always consult your chosen health care practitioner.)
The effect of herbs is more gentle, gradual and cumulative, so while you won't experience a "magic" instant cure, you will see gradual steady improvement over the weeks as the herbs, rich in nutrients and therapeutic properties, build up what is lacking, heal what is damaged and balance out what is imbalanced.
Herbal teas are made usually with the flowers or leaves of the plant, which have been dried and sometimes cut or crumbled.
Use about a teaspoonful (about 2g) of loose herbs per cup of tea. Place the herbs in your chosen jug or pot (an empty jam jar works fine). Heat can also reduce the quality of the vitamins, so when you make your infusion, pour water that has just off the boil over your herbs. Let the herbs steep for at least 5 minutes, to bring out the delicate flavours and therapeutic nutrients. It's even fine to let your tea steep all day! If you have a lid on top of your cup, this can minimise the loss of the volatile oils.
Avoid using a metal mesh strainer to strain your tea, or a metal spoon to add honey or to stir your tea. Use plastic or better still, wooden implements, such as the Long handled teaspoon and Bamboo Tea Strainer
It is best to store and prepare your herbs in non-metallic containers. This prevents the herbs from picking up any impurities in the metal and prevents the breakdown of the vitamins and essential oils - which can occur as a result of contact with metal. Blissful Herbs uses the freshest organic and wild-crafted herbs, including some that are lovingly grown in the rain and sunshine of Warburton by Julie Bell (founder of Blissful Herbs).
Your Blissful Herbs are packaged in eco-friendly, post consumer recycled 100% compostable packaging, and heat-sealed for your protection.
Store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight and your herbs will preserve their potency for at least 12 months - or even longer! You can tell if herbs are too old, because they lose their vibrancy of colour and their vitality, like a pot plant that hasn't been watered.
There's no need to add table sugar to herbal teas. If a sweetener is needed, use pure, raw honey. Active Manuka honey is also a natural antibiotic. Refined sugars are unhealthy for the digestive systems, and can actually interfere with the effectiveness of many herbs, as well as aggravate disease. If you are allergic to honey and other bee products, you can substitute stevia or natural Maple Syrup. (Do not give honey to babies under 12 months old as they don't yet have the enzyme needed to metabolise honey).
You may also like to add a twist of lemon or lime to your tea!
Take your tea on an empty stomach if your purpose is cleansing, detox or the relief of symptoms; and if your tea is for energy, stamina, vitality or nutrition, it is best to have it with meals.
Herbal tea is versatile. You can drink it hot or warm. so comforting on a cold day. You can let it sit and steep in the pot all day if you want, and just strain the concentrated cold tea and top it up with more hot water. Or put it in the fridge and chill it for a glass of iced tea - add a lemon or lime slice - mmmm!