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In our recent workshop we learned just how important nutrition is to a safe and effective cleansing program. If we undertake an effort to eliminate toxins without giving the body what it needs to facilitate this great work, we can quickly end up in trouble.

Along with a cleansing program our tea blend could and should be used on an everyday basis to build and maintain health. There are many ways to consume herbs and they all depend on what type of response we are looking for. When we are trying to draw out nutrients from herbs we rely heavily on the traditional use of infusions, or more commonly called teas. Using these same herbs in the form of tinctures would yield a much different effect and would be more useful for illness/disease treatments.

To make a tea, simple bring some pure water to a boil, remove from heat.  Place your herb blend into a tea press pour the very hot water over it.  Allow to sit for about 15 minutes and press it out.  Serve as you wish.  While this method has become my favorite, you can also use a tea ball or cloth tea bag in much the same way.  The ratios are roughly 1 Tbs. of herb formula per 8 oz. of water.  Drink often!

We made some yummy tea blends.  While you can use any number of different herbs to make up your blend, some of them offer more nutrition then others.  God created each plant to offer some unique benefits to us. We choose to use: Nettles, Alfalfa, Oatstraw, Moringa, Holy Basil Vana, Gymnema and lastly Spearmint. Upon a closer look at these plants you will be able to see their wonderful benefits.

So here is a brief summary of their nutrition profiles for you. With this information you can easily mix together a blend to satisfy your particular needs.

Nettles: Urtica dioica

High in Calcium, Chromium Magnesium, Zinc.  Also contains a fair amount of:  Vit. C, A, Thiamine. Silicon, Riboflavin, Protein, Potassium, Phospherus, Manganese, Cobalt.  Nettles has many other nutrients in esser values as well.

Alfalfa: Medicago sativa

High in Cobalt, good fats, Niacin, Protein, Riboflavin, Vit. A and C . Also contains a fair amount of: Potassium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Iron, Dietary and Crude Fiber, Cobalt, Chromium, Carbs, Calcium, Ash and Aluminum. Again, these are only the higher value nutrients

Oatstraw: Avena sativa

High in Chromium, Magnesium, Silicon, Sodium, Vit. A and C. Thiamine, Selenium, Riboflavin, Phosphorus, Niacin, Iron, Fiber, Ash. And others to lesser degrees.

Moringa: Moringa oleifera

High in Potassium, Vit. B1, B2, A, Zinc, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Iron, Copper, Fats, Proteins, Calcium and others to lesser degrees.

Holy Basil Vana: Tulsi, Ocimum sp.

High in Vit. C and A, Calcium, Iron, Selenium, Zinc, Manganese, Sodium and other trace elements

Gymnema: Gymnema sylvestre

High in Chromuim, Iron, Selenium, Sodium, Vit. C and to lesser degrees, Vit. A, Silicon, Protein, Potassium, Phosphorus, Ash and others

Spearmint: Mentha spicata

High in Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Protein, Riboflavin, Sodium, Thiamine, Vit. A

So now you can mix these herbs in an equal ratio or you can customize them for your own needs. If you are dealing with Diabetes you may want extra Chromium. Likewise some people could greatly benefit from extra iron and so on. You get the idea, this formula is completely flexible. That is because we are wanting more, more, more nutrition for the world we live in and everyone has their own unique situation. The key is to up the level of nutrients in all your foods and this tea can certainly be a great aid!

Drink freely, drink everyday, switch it up from time to time. Add fresh juices to your teas, sweeten with honey, serve it to your family hot or cold. Freeze it for ice cubes, there really is no end to the ways you can enjoy this. Write in and tell me about your experiences, I love to hear from you all!