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OrganicIndiaTea

Over the past few years, I have learned so much about eating healthy, local and organic and we feel so much better! I am always on the lookout for USDA organic products that I can trust to nourish myself and my family. Recently, as a member of Moms Meet  (greenmomsmeet.com), I received samples to try out from ORGANIC INDIA.

As a tea lover, I was very excited to see the USDA logo on some delicious sounding teas! ORGANIC INDIA makes their trademark product, Tulsi (Holy Basil) tea in over 20 flavors, and I tried out:

Tulsi (Holy Basil) Original
Tulsi (Holy Basil) Green
Tulsi (Holy Basil) Moringa
Tulsi (Holy Basil) Cinnamon Rose
I later bought the Tulsi (Holy Basil) Lemon Ginger

My favorite may be the original Tulsi. I started with that one and just love it. The flavor is light and delicate, but seems to have a more robust flavor to me than a green tea, for example. I did not feel I needed to add lemon or honey to enjoy it, and it was not too strong or dense a tea flavor either. I was happy that I did not have to talk my family into trying our Organic India items. On the contrary, I had to share more than I wanted to! MY husband loved the Tulsi (Holy Basil) Moringa, and pretty much used the whole box. My one daughter enjoyed the Tulsi (Holy Basil) Cinnamon Rose, and I was thrilled when she would choose that over something like hot chocolate. Seriously.

cup of tea

When I ran out of all my teas, I got the Tulsi (Holy Basil) Lemon Ginger, and I like that as well. It has a definite ginger bit of spiciness to it. My least favorite would be the Tulsi (Holy Basil) Green, that just did not taste enough for me. The teas are organic, caffeine free and just as much a herbal supplement as a cup of tea. The Holy Basil is noted for its stress relieving properties. Organic India website mentions that “modern research has classified Tulsi as an adaptogenic herb. Adaptogens have been shown to support the body’s natural immune system while relieving the body’s negative reaction to stress.

Support for the immune system
Increased stamina and endurance
Relief and protection from everyday stress
Abundant antioxidants”

video on tulsi:

Other tea flavors add additional properties, but after drinking the Tulsi teas for over a month, I agree they are stress relieving and I really look forward to my cup of tea.

I also realized that Organic India offers all kinds of organically grown herbal supplements. I began to try out several supplements that came in capsule form as well as a neat product, Moringa Leaf Powder.

As we enjoy smoothies very often, the Moringa Leaf Powder was easy to incorporate into our diet. I simply added a 1/2 teaspoon whenever I made a smoothie. I also would sprinkle it into stews and soups, occassionally pasta sauce. I think it gave my family some benefit. Research supports that it definitely can. I can say that my kids stayed healthy during a nasty round of colds and flu going around!

smoothie with moringa

Here are some details on Moringa:

  • Moringa is considered one of the most complete, nutrient-dense plants on Earth, containing over 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants, and abundant minerals.
  • Moringa leaves have been eaten for thousands of years as a superfood nutritional supplement, and are often used to combat malnutrition in impoverished countries.
  • Daily use of Moringa as a dietary supplement can help restore nutritional imbalances.
  • This concentrated superfood is both alkalizing and energizing, and is abundant in vitamins, minerals and complex amino acids.
  • ORGANIC INDIA Moringa is USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher and Halal certified, gluten-free, and vegan.
  • One 8 oz. canister of Moringa Leaf Powder retails for $22.99, and 90 capsules of Moringa retails for $19.99.

How will you enjoy your daily dose of Moringa? You can sprinkle it in soups, smoothies, and over salads, or combine it with almost anything to create a power-packed punch of nutrition. Moringa can be mixed in with mac-and-cheese or other children’s foods to add a serving of the green superfood to kids’ diets as well.

The herbal supplements I tried include:

Moringa (in capsule form) -help to restore your imbalances, add concentrated superfood nutrition to your diet and help you to consume the recommended 6-10 servings of vegetables per day.

Joy! -uplifts mood, boosts energy and vitality, and reduces emotional tension and stress

Turmeric Formula -supports important blood and liver functions, healthy joints and overall well-being, which is ultimately reflected in a radiant, supple skin.

My husband has been using the Moringa and says he feels better when he takes it. I take the Joy! and Turmeric and I feel that they have helped keep me reasonably healthy during a hard winter. I love knowing that the supplements are USDA certified, that makes me more confident in their ability to work.

Video on supplements:

ORGANIC INDIA describes its mission as “To provide true wellness for all by offering 100% organic, pure, and natural products.” ORGANIC INDIA also strives to create a sustainable global environment by working with thousands of family farmers in India on tens of thousands of acres of certified organic farmland. The company actively promotes sustainable agriculture and pays these farmers premium prices for their crops.

So far, I am very impressed with these products. The teas and supplements we tried are tasty and I feel they are of good quality. I like that the Organic India USA website offers ALL kinds of detailed information on their products, even videos explaining the health benefits of the various supplements. Try out their Organic India Herb Finder! #momsmeet

As well as online, I can find the teas in many of my local stores including Vitamin Shoppe and my local Food Co-op.

I really recommend these products. Check them out for yourself, and Save 20% on Organic India products by using the code kiwi20. This code is for one-time use only.

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*I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

Vintage Remedies for Guys

Heather —  December 18, 2011

Oh, wow. If you have any interest in living a healthier, more natural, green lifestyle, you definitely should check out the website for Vintage Remedies. While this review pertains to a particular curriculum on the site, Vintage Remedies for Guys, I find the overall site to be an amazing wealth of information on the basics of creating a natural and healthy lifestyle for yourself and your family.

Vintage Remedies has online tutorials and lessons and all sorts of things! Right now, though, I want to share about their workbook lessons/curriculum for kids. They have four books specifically for children. You can get one for little ones, or one for Girls ages 7-13, Guys ages 7-13…and even a new one for Tweens in general.

Nick and I (and sometimes Em) are working through the book for Guys. This is a spiral bound 201 page worktext, geared for introducing wellness concepts to boys. Included you will find chapters on nutrition, wellness, hygiene, herbal medicine, immunity, conservation and green living.

The course is formatted more like a book, where your son (and you) can read about certain issues such as what is healthy food, or daily hygiene or colds. Then, the author proceeds to show you how to create something to help with the topic for yourself, be it trying out some recipes for food or homemade skin care items, even medicinal herb preparations.

As an organic mom, I love this book! Since we have gone organic I am always feeling rushed to hurry and find healthier options for my kids for foods and toiletries and cold meds…things like that. Being able to work on this with the kids (and having a leader, through the author) is making my life easier!

Rather than standing in the kitchen, saying, oooh, I read something about a way to make herbal candies that might help your sore throat, let me figure that out, go to the store, then create it…(you get the picture). Anyway, now we can do these things together, before they are needed and my kids get to feel like the heroes!

The book is divided into three main units, then chapters. The three main sections are, Nutrition and Culinary Skills, Health and Body and Natural Living. We went directly to Health and Body when we got this book, as Nick and I have already done a lot of work regarding culinary habits and I wanted to let him dive right into using healthier things for his own body care.

So far, we really like this. I love having so many good recipes for items at my fingertips and Nick is impressed that we can create so many things from Herbs and such. I hope he is doing more healthy selfcare. At least this book brought up some discussion with specific answers.

Vintage Remedies for Guys retails for $45. See the site for more information and other options for purchase.

Also, go to the site for free coloring sheets for little ones with healthy food pictures as well as the link to buy Kitchen Herbal (a nice little gift to get someone). I also received Kitchen Herbal as a gift and I love this little book. Again, it is such a nice resource tool.

See what my crewmates have to say about Vintage Remedies.

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I received Vintage Remedies for Guys through the TOS Crew for review purposes. I have given my honest opinion.