HARNESSING THE HEALING PROPERTY OF TEA, ORGANIC INDIA'S COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLE FARMING AND "TRUE WELLNESS" TRANSFORMS A SIMPLE CUPPA INTO AN EXPERIENCE IN SHARED ABUNDANCE.
Smuggling and adulteration, criminal gangs and black-market dealings — the history of tea is as complex and intriguing as its many flavor blends. Legend has it that Chinese Emperor Shen Nung discovered the very first brew quite by accident when leaves from a nearby Camellia sinensis tree flew into the water his servant was boiling. A renowned herbalist, he decided to try the infusion. The rest, as they say, is history.
Centuries on, tea has become an integral part of the cultural identity of both East and West civilizations. Today, a new generation of tea drinkers are looking beyond the ritual to the health benefits associated with various blends of tea. People now recognize the once exotic ingredients and their corresponding properties, looking beyond the exotic features to factor in the way in which they are farmed, procured and delivered. It’s one of the reasons Organic India has become such a phenomenon among conscious consumers.
Founded in the 1990s, Organic India changed the face of agriculture in northern India by implementing a holistic approach of sustainable farming, education, and shared abundance. It works with thousands of small family farmers to cultivate tens of thousands of acres of sustainable organic farmland throughout India.
Farmers and “tribal wildcrafters” are educated in organic and bio-dynamic agricultural practices, the company picking up the tab for the necessary organic certification. It then purchases the harvested crops and herbs at a premium market price.
Crop rotation is an important part of this process, and farmers grow crops on their land for themselves supporting their family with a sustainable income as well as improving their own health and environment. It’s a mission of True Wellness — one that aims to provide training and a “life of dignity” to farmers, preserving health and environmental sustainability while bringing health, happiness, and True Wellness to each Organic India drinker. OrganicIndia.com — A.R.
ORGANIC INDIA Tulsi Green Tea Face Mask and Exfoliator
Is your complexion looking a little dull? Liven it up with this easy-to-make face mask. This recipe also doubles as a skin exfoliator due to the loose leaf tea.
1 Tbsp ORGANIC INDIA Tulsi Green Tea (loose leaf)
2 drops ORGANIC INDIA Tulsi-Holy Basil Essential Oil
1 Tbsp raw honey
Mix all ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Apply the mixture to your face and let it rest for about 10 minutes. Rub the mixture in a circular motion with your fingers before rinsing it off with water.
ORGANIC INDIA Tulsi Vanilla Crème Tea Skin Scrub
If your skin took a beating during those hot summer months, this skin scrub is exactly what you need! Not only does it help remove all of those dead skin cells, it leaves your body feeling silky smooth! Try applying to your body after taking a hot shower or bath. Store the scrub in your bathroom with your other toiletries.
3 ORGANIC INDIA Tulsi Vanilla Crème Tea Bags
½ cup chunky, raw sugar (you can find this at most natural health food stores)
6 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp raw honey
Heat up ½ cup of water and brew the ORGANIC INDIA Tulsi Tea Bags for about two minutes. Let the tea bags cool to the point where you can touch them. In a medium-sized bowl, squeeze out the liquid in each tea bag and mix all ingredients until they are well blended. Store the mixture in a little BPA-free container or left-over toiletry container.