Ingredients: Yerba mate, Tulsi, Bacopa (brahmi), Spearmint, and Currant
Steeping Instructions: Pour 1.5 cups hot water over 1 TBPS tea. Steep 5-7 minutes.
This energizing blend will brighten your mornings this month!
Tulsi and brahmi are prized herbs in India to support memory and focus. Tulsi and brahmi are also considered adaptogenic herbs. I have spoken about adaptogens many times before, as I feel they are a very important class of plants in todays stressful world. Adaptogens help balance the body’s response to stress, especially supporting the neuroendocrine and immune systems. They help reduce the effects of stress (physical, emotional, and environmental) on the nervous system and enhance health and well-being. Being incredibly safe, they have a positive effect on the body, many adaptogens have a cumulative effect, which means they increase a persons vitality or energy over time and with consistent use. Bacopa is a nervine (calming/nourishing to the nervous system) and promotes memory and focus. Bacopa is very similar to gotu kola which I have used in several tea blends throughout the last nine months. Tulsi (holy basil) is considered rasayana in Ayurvedic medicine, a nourishing herb that promotes a person to great health and old age. It helps increase vital energy and is commonly used for patients that feel lethargic, have cloudy thinking, and feel overall sluggish or stuck. Like other species of basil, tulsi is warming due to its essential oil content and aids in digestive complaints. Tulsi also is an anti-depressant, it is renowned for its ability to counteract “stagnant depression”.
Mate is a very popular herb in many parts of South America. It is said to have the “strength of coffee”, “benefits of green tea”, and “euphoria of chocolate” referring to concentrations of caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine found in the leaves of this tropical Holly plant (Ilex paraguariensis). Mate also contains a rich variety of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It is the national drink in Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Naturally found growing as an understory shrub/tree in subtropical forests of South America. Because Mate is not as bitter as coffee or tea it is claimed to be easier on the stomach and does not cause jitters.
Spearmint and currant simply round out the flavor of this tea. A touch of each to brings out the aromatics and fruity tones of the other herbs.
This is a really fun blend that I hope will invigorate and keep you focused during this cool dark season we are entering. I harvested the currants in this blend from wild bushes along streams and creeks in Nevada.