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justwannabe2010-07-05 01:03:57 +0000 #1
the herbs that GNC sells are very processed and probably have lost much of their value. I have been reading in a yoga book on herbs that the process can strip them of much value

so what is a good form to get herbs in for tea, are teas like Yogi tea processed in a way that is aware of these things?
Nichole2010-07-05 01:08:01 +0000 #2
Tubeseeker,

I am in agreement with your opinion on the herbs sold at GNC.

I am fortunate because where live, I can buy organic, Ayurvedic and Chinese herbs in bulk from several markets in town and make my own teas and tisanes. I feel very grateful for this luxury. Perhaps you have this in your area too? If not, here are a couple of the companies that I use regularly for my family and clients:

Banyan Botanicals and Organic Ayurveda : www.banyanbotanicals.com and Maharishi Ayurveda: www.mapi.com . Bayan, especially, offers gorgeous, prana-filled herbs. Perhaps you can encourage your local natural-goods store to carry these products.

Working in a tea shop was one of the many ways that I paid for university, so I'll share a little on that too. For tisanes and herbals, you should use water no hotter than 70º C to avoid scorching your brew. This also helps you retain the desired therapeutic effect of your brew. Some of the more-fragile white teas need it even a tad cooler. Loose teas are almost always more potent because their leaves are not crushed. Tea bags also limit the ability of the tea to expand properly. It is my opinion that loose teas are generally superior products with more prana than prebagged teas.

Wishing you a lovely cup of tea,
Nichole2010-07-05 01:53:36 +0000 #3
This is another good source, especially for tulsi (holy basil) Organic India: www.organicindia.com/organic-products.php

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