One of the best things about travelling is truly embracing the culture of the country you’re in and what’s even better is if that newly acquired way of thinking stays with you long after the trip ends….and then enhances your life for years to come!
If you’ve travelled to India you will probably know what I’m talking about. India’s rich culture and traditions set it apart from rest of the world – a country layered with literally thousands of spiritual, and meditation centres and the abode of numerous gods, religious shrines, a plethora of festivities and intriguing rituals and rites. It’s a country that makes you think about the true meaning and how to achieve a complete peace of mind, body and spirit (even if it had never even crossed your mind before)! It’s also a place where several ancient life-giving practices like Yoga and Ayurveda originated.
I’ve always had an interest in Ayurveda, especially after a few bouts of illness, and my travels through Asia couldn’t help but enhance and reinforce my interest. Developed more than 3,000 years ago, it’s based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit and the holistic approach especially by emphasizing diet, herbal remedies, exercise, meditation, breathing, and physical therapy. I found the herbs used in Ayurveda especially effective, and they are used are used all over the world to cleanse, nourish and restore balance in the body.
The little piece of Indian holistic practices stays with me in the form a kitchen shelf filled with Yogi Tea! I’d love to say I’m a fanatical yoga or meditation fan but alas I’m not, so for me this is almost the next best thing! A well respected and well-loved 40-year-old brand, it uses the Ayurvedic principles to formulate the teas for well
I became addicted to their Sweet Chai Tea many years ago – a cleansing, caffeine-free, stomach-calming, antioxidant-rich deliciously sweet infusion of herbs and spices including anise, fennel, liquorice and clove. Yogi Tea found out about my love for their teas and sent me some more to indulge in – from their new White Tea with Aloe Vera to their adorably named ‘Heartwarming’ blend which is delicately infused with the aromatic herb, basil and the heady spices of cinnamon, ginger and cardamom, chili and black pepper to literally warm the body as well as adding ‘strength and vitality’.
They also challenged me to participate me to their #7minuteschallenge. Apparently, a cup of Yogi Tea develops its full aroma in an average of seven minutes, and then it’s ready to be enjoyed. So while waiting for your perfectly infused, life-enhancing brew, Yogi Tea are encouraging their tea fans to put this time to good use, especially in today’s crazily hectic world where no one ever seems to have time for anything!
So with endless emails and thinking about what to write about next, it was a once a new year’s resolution to rest, switch off more and delve into the practice of mindfulness. Now it’s sadly lapsed. It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – which apparently can improve your mental wellbeing. So with the help of a mindfulness app downloaded onto my iPhone7, that’s how I spent my spare 7 minutes…and yes I believe my wellbeing is thanking me for it already!
So as well as bringing a little of India’s holistic wonderfulness into your home, long after your travels have ended, the teas also have many reported benefits to your health and wellbeing. Here are the teas I sampled…
Wellbeing – This was the first tea I tried. A blend of aromatic sage and warming cinnamon, lemongrass, cardamom and liquorice enhances this unique tea. The essence of this tea is: ‘Find time for yourself’.
Inner Harmony – the fast-paced nature of a day sometimes throws us into turmoil and the Inner Harmony tea blend was composed to meet the rhythm of the day in a relaxed way. It contains soothing ingredients such as gentle lemon balm, fragrant lavender blossoms and sweet cinnamon which aims to gives us all a little time out – at any time of the day that you feel like drinking it!
White Tea Aloe Vera This is a white tea blended with organic herbs and ayurvedic spices combined with Aloe Vera, mild-spicy turmeric and delicate-scented daisy flowers which seek to regenerate and restore inner energies. It has an aromatic and warming slightly sweet taste.
Relax – This is the calming one of course and something we could all probably need a bit more of. This is an exclusive blend based on time-tested Ayurvedic herbs that help ease stress and tension and encourage a state of relaxed alertness without drowsiness. Calming chamomile is, of course, used but also Lemongrass and Gotu Kola which have been used traditionally to support the nervous system. Liquorice and English Lavender add pleasant naturally sweet flavour which also makes it very delicious!
Immune Support – This one is my favourite, especially with the winter coming up. It makes the ideal preparation for winter months and is packed full of Vitamin C from acerola cherry, elderberry and rose hips. Healing bliss in a cup!