The chirping birds, the blooming flowers, and the cool breeze of Spring reminds you that it’s time for new beginnings. If the emotions evoked in the previous sentence don’t meld with your current state, you may need a little detox to cleanse the mind, body, and spirit.
Spring is the best time to start a detox regimen for many reasons. First of all, the weather is warmer, so it will be easier to stay away from warming comfort foods and the Winter habit of staying in. Spring is a time for renewal; it’s a time for reflection, but also a time to free yourself from bad habits. You’re able to spend more time outdoors to reap the therapeutic benefits of nature, and we all know that nature is better, and cheaper, than therapy.
In honour of Spring, we’ve curated some delectable detox teas to aid you in your Spring time spiritual cleansing. Traditionally you would call these tisanes, but we don’t need to worry ourselves with jargon right now, especially since most of these brands call them teas. These concoctions are absolutely delicious and will leave you feeling calm and rejuvenated.
Alongside a clean and healthy diet, these teas can help you get rid of toxins in your blood stream. Remember to use freshly boiled water when brewing and to enjoy the process. Every time you make your tea, think of it as personal ritual, a time for yourself and for relaxation. You’re doing something great for your body, so feel good about it. These teas will help you get into that positive state of mind, one that will kickstart a healthier and happier you.
Pukka Detox tea is a fragrant blend of aniseed, fennel seed, cardamon seed, and celery seed. All of these herbs join forces to relax the digestive track and aid in clearing out extra mucous in the body. You can find this delectable blend at many health food stores in Vancouver.
Synergy kombucha is my personal favourite brand of bottled kombucha. Before its popularization with North America’s counter culture in the 70’s, kombucha had its roots in China and Russia. It’s high in probiotics, amino acids, digestive enzymes, and antioxidants. It’s very delicious on warm days and is best when sipped ice-cold.
This earthy tea is similar in taste to matcha without the caffeine, and is just as good for you. It contains a compound known for its detoxifying and restorative properties. What it’s most renowned for is its ability to lower blood sugar by preventing sugars from entering your bloodstream.
Its subtle sweetness is great to curb your sugar cravings, and it can help suppress appetite. Pair a cup of mulberry tea with some fruit for a healthy alternative snack. The brand shown in the photo above is Organic Mulberry tea. It can only be purchased in the US, which would require stocking up when you take those weekend trips to Seattle. Check out the website for more details and information.
Everyday Lemon Detox tea is another refreshing blend of detoxifying herbs and spices with just a hint of lemon. It promotes healthy skin, liver and kidney function. Everyday Detox contains organic burdock root, stinging nettle, cleavers herb, dandelion root, and lemon myrtle. It’s a delicious concoction to enjoy everyday.
The combination of oolong tea with ginger makes a stellar metabolism enhancing concoction. Oolong is an antioxidant rich tea known to improve liver detoxification. Keeping your liver healthy is essential because it’s the main organ for filtering out the toxins in your body. Ginger has anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, and anti oxidative medicinal properties.
To prepare ginger oolong tea, simply add five slices of ginger to your cup while brewing the oolong leaves. Wait an extra four minutes before drinking to extract more of the ginger goodness. With all of these herbal teas, the longer you steep them the better; you’ll be extracting more the the medicinal properties when you do.
What are some of your favourite detox teas and concoctions?