Nice, Affordable Glass Teapots

I have been looking for nice, quality teaware made out of glass so I can see the leaves infusing (and the strength of the tea). I have wanted a teapot that is not too expensive, so I wouldn’t feel bad about replacing it if I break it. I thought I would share the results of my research with you.

I have found three glass teapots which are nice sizes and that while being quailty and good looking, they won’t break the bank! They all have little metal screens that are designed to keep the tea leaves in the teapot when you pour (so they won’t go into your cup).

Click the images of each teapot to see it on Amazon.com

Tea is really such a beautiful art, and having nice teaware really feels good.

Daydream 24oz teapot

24oz glass teapot, $23

Duo 16oz teapot

16oz glass teapot, $17

Tea for One 12oz teapot

12oz glass teapot, $13

Looking for a travel mug for tea? Check this one out:

Travel Mug - Eco Tumbler 15oz

15oz Travel Mug – Eco Tumbler, $18

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Maca Magic

My local Whole Foods Market recently ran a sale for Navitas Naturals Raw Organic Maca Powder for $18.50. That same maca can be had on Amazon.com any day of the week (or time of the night!) for less than that (and Amazon will get it to you in 48 hours!). Is that competition or what?

My fridge has been empty of maca for almost 6 months, because I had been holding off paying almost $20/lb for something that is not my favorite superfood (or so I thought!). I had been surviving on raw cacao! ;) This past week I decided to take the plunge, and I bought myself a fresh batch of organic maca from Amazon.com.

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I just got this new maca in the mail from Divine Organics. It’s a 2lb bag!

I used to buy navitas maca.

The Divine Organics Maca smells stronger and tastes fresher than navitas maca (or at least is on par for same level of quality). But, the price of Divine Organics maca is $12.5/lb — a much more attractive price point than Navitas Maca (about $17.5/lb) and, for that matter… anything that you can find at Whole Foods Market!

Maca is native to the Andes and Peru.

Maca has been used by people in the mountains for centuries.

It is a medicinal herb and supposed aphrodisiac. Maca’s has great nutrtional value, with a high concentration of nutrients. It is rich in minerals and trace elements. The general composition of maca is: 60-75% carbohydrates, 10-14% protein, 8.5% dietary fiber, and 2.2% fats.

WebMD says maca is possibly effective for “enhancing sexual desire in men”. Maca may prove to show potential in aiding the human “detoxification mechanism”. Maca can create an energy boost, and may be a good substitute for caffeine.

Maca may play a role in balancing hormones. Hormones “regulate many things including mood, growth, sexual development, and tissue function.” That our hormones be in balance is very important!

Maca is the Incan superfood for energy, balance and vitality!

Maca has a delicious “malty”, slightly nutty flavor. I tend to use it a lot in smoothies and on top of oatmeal or chia porridge. You can also bake with maca. Substitute flour for maca.

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I highly recommend Divine Organics Maca.

This Shilajit is Legit

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Himalayan shilajit is produced over several million years from plants and organic matter trapped by layers of rocks in mountainous regions of India, China and Tibet. The pressure from the weight of the mountains and the hot / cold weather cycle causes the plants and organic matter to be transformed into a rich mineral mass that flows out of the rocks. Genuine shilajit takes millions of years and perfect conditions to produce. It is found flowing out of rock cliffs in very high altitudes and remote regions of the Himalayas.

Shilajit is a Sanskrit word meaning “rock-invincible”, “conqueror of mountains”, or “destroyer of weakness”. Shilajit is an ancient traditional Ayurvedic medicine. It has been used for centuries as a rejuvenator and anti-aging compound and for treating a number of disease conditions. Ancient texts refer to shilajit as the “elixir of evergreen life”. In the traditional Indian system of medicine, Ayurveda, shilajit is considered to be a Rayasana (“rejuvenation”) herb as well as an adaptogen, or a natural herb that increases the body’s natural resistance to stress or trauma. It has traditionally been used by many Ayuvedic practitioners as a catalyst to boost the effectiveness of other herbal supplements.

Because of its legendary benefits, many cultures have used shilajit for healing and rejuvenation. This has resulted in the amazing substance having many names: shilajeet, silajit, salajeet, shilajita mumiyo, mumijo, momia, moomiyoshilajitu, mineral pitch, asphaltum punjabianum, black asphaltum, to name a few.
From “Shilajit: An Ancient Panacea“: 

Shilajit is a pale-brown to blackish–brown exudates obtained from layer of rocks in  many mountain ranges (especially the Himalayan ranges of the Indian subcontinent) of the world. Its curative potentials were found documented in ancient books and were used to treat many ailments since antiquity days. Major portion of Shilajit was found to consist of humic substances.

There is a wealth of scientific evidence which demonstrates shilajit’s anti-aging and health benefits. Shilajit is said to have certain traditional functions:

  •         Jing tonic – Tones the sexual organs, supports sexual energy and stamina (traditionally considered to be an “aphrodisiac”), supports healthy prostate function
  •         Qi tonic – Enhances energy and stamina
  •         Shen tonic – Enhances spiritual power
  •         Enhances bioavailability and action of other herbs
  •         Detoxifying – huge high-valence surface area collects debris and free radicals, cleansing the blood and tissues of the body
  •         A carrier – binds to herbal constituents and minerals, delivering them to their targets
  •         A catalyst – promotes the activity of minerals and organic constituents
  •         Supports urinary functions  Supports healthy microcirculation
  •         Supports healthy menstrual functions
  •         Supports the immune system
  •         Supports healthy fat metabolism
  •         Supports lung functions
  •         Used for general fortification and tonification of the entire body.

Shilajit is extremely rich in plant-source ‘organic’ minerals. Shilajit is a humic substance, humus being the natural material that is formed when soil microorganisms decompose organic material into elements usable by plants. Shilajit is astoundingly rich in nutrients, antioxidants, amino acids, and phytochemicals.

The main active component in Shilajit, to our knowledge, are macromolecules known as fulvic acids. Shilajit is extremely rich in fulvicacids. Fulvic acids are one of nature’s most astounding and miraculous molecular substances.

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Taken as an organic mineral supplement, the purified resin contains over 85 minerals and trace elements that the human body needs to function optimally and fulvic acid which helps the body absorb these minerals at a cellular level.

  • Considered by traditional Ayurvedic medicine to increase the central energy (Ojas, the essence of energy) which is responsible for your sexual and spiritual power. A potent aphrodisiac for both men and women.
  • Has been consumed to raise the immunity of the body to fight against external agents that are responsible for causing disease.
  • Has been effective in reducing or relieving symptoms of depression, anxiety, and mental agitation.
  • Provides a natural organic way to maintain health and increase athletic performance.

Shilajit is a homogeneous brown-black paste-like substance, with a glossy surface, a peculiar smell and bitter taste. It has a plastic-like behavior, at a temperature lower than 20°C/68°F it will solidify and will soften when warmed. It easily dissolves in water without leaving any residue, and it will soften when worked between the fingers. Pure shilajit has an unlimited shelf life.

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References:

Dragon Herbs

Wikipedia – Shilajit

Lotus Blooming Herbs

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Here’s an idea…

Save the parts from greens that you might otherwise discard, get yourself a Green Star Juicer and make juice!

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It’s cheaper than buying a $10 bottle of juice; that’s for sure! :D

About Green Star Juicer:

Independent laboratory tests confirm that the Green Star‘s Twin Gear Press extracts a substantially higher quantity of minerals than “leading” juicers. Concentrations of essential minerals, like calcium, iron, and zinc are 50%-200% higher in juice from the Green Star than from other name brands juicers. Now, your commitment to drinking raw juice can really begin to pay off!

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To your health!
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Superfoods Series – Adaptogentic Tonic/Healing Herbs – Rehmannia, Goji, He Shou Wu

Rehmannia, Lycium, He Shou Wu

Prepared Rehmannia root

From Alive & Well:

It is a fundamental Kidney tonic in Chinese tonic herbalism and is considered to be a primary longevity herb. It is found in a great many common “anti-aging” formulations. It is considered rejuvenating and life lengthening.
…There are two fundamental varieties of Rehmannia used in Chinese herbalism: prepared and raw. Raw Rehmannia has simply been dried. It has a cold nature and is not particularly tonic (its tonic nature has not been activated). Raw Rehmannia is used primarily in medicinal herbalism to cool down inflammatory conditions. Prepared Rehmannia is highly tonic. It has been prepared by soaking in a special blend of wine (which itself has been specially prepared with Amomi and Tangerine peel) and then steaming and sun drying. The Rehmannia becomes deep black, soft and sticky. It is sold in slices in most markets for easy handling. Most Prepared Rehmannia sold in America is of high quality. It may be tasted raw. It will be soft, easily chewed, fine in texture and very sweet.

From Mountain Rose Herbs:

Constituents: Alanine, Arginine, Aspartic-acid, Aucubin, Beta-sitosterol, Calcium, Catalpol, Copper, D-fructose, D-galactose, D-glucose, Gaba, Glucosamine, Glutamic- acid, Glycine, Histidine, Iron, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Magnesium, Manganese, Manninotriose, Mannitol, Melittoside, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Phosphoric-acid, Potassium, Proline, Raffinose, Rehmaglutins, Rehmanniosides, Serine, Stachyose, Sucrose, Threonine, Tyrosine, Valine, Verbascose, Zinc, Vitamins A, B, C, D, amino acids, cerebroside, dammelittoside

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Goji

Lycium Fruit

From Dragon Herbs:

This delicious fruit is very widely used as an excellent Yin Jing and blood tonic. Regular consumption of Lycium is traditionally believed to lead to a long and happy life. It is said that prolonged consumption of Lycium will promote cheerfulness and vitality. Lycium is also said to brighten the eyes and improve vision. It is said that Lycium strengthens the legs and enhances sexual function. Lycium fruit contains polysaccharides that have been demonstrated to strongly fortify the immune system. Lycium is also very rich in vitamin C and in B vitamins. Furthermore, it is the richest source of carotenoids, including beta carotene, of all known plants on earth and is thus a powerful antioxidant.

From Alive & Well:

It is one of the most popular herbs in the world. Regular consumption of Goji is traditionally believed to lead to a long, vigorous and happy life. It is said that prolonged consumption of Goji will promote cheerfulness and vitality.

Goji fruit contains polysaccharides which have been demonstrated to strongly fortify the immune system. Goji is also very rich in vitamin C and B vitamins. Furthermore, it is the richest source of carotenoids, including beta carotene, of all known plants on earth and is thus a powerful antioxidant. It is believed to fortify the system against disease and to provide the energy to overcome difficult obstacles.

Goji fruit is widely believed to increase sexual fluids and enhance fertility.

Goji has long been used as a longevity herb. It is one of the premier anti-aging herbs of Asian herbalism and is believed to fortify the system against disease and to provide the energy to overcome difficult obstacles.

From Dragon Herbs:

Sun Si-Miao (581-682 A.D.)
Sun is also known as the Herb King. Sun lived to be 101 years of age. He was born with a very weak constitution and was very sickly in his childhood. His family was almost bankrupted with his medical expenses.

Sun devoted his lifetime to the art of medicine. His monumental books, “Prescriptions Worth a Thousand Pieces of Gold” and “Supplement to Prescriptions Worth a Thousand Pieces of Gold,” have been regarded as compilation of China’s medical achievements up to the 7th century. Sun believed if his work could save a single life, it would surpass the benefaction of a thousand pieces of gold. He wrote his first book at the age of 71, and he finished his “Supplement” book at the age of 100. A year after that book’s completion, he died peacefully. This is not just longevity, this is vigor at an advanced age.

Because of his weak constitution, Sun Si-Miao was a very disciplined practitioner of the art of life preservation and consumed Goji every morning and every night throughout his entire life. He was as famous for his longevity as he was for his work. His secrets for achieving centenarian status 1500 years ago remain an active topic even today.

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He Shou Wu

Polygonum Root – Fo Ti

From Alive & Well:

Primary Traditional Functions:
As a tonic to the kidney and liver functions, toning up the vital essence and blood, fortifying the muscles, tendons and bones, and to prevent premature aging, maintaining the youthful condition and color of the hair, strengthening sperm and ova, fortifying the back and knees and as the premier longevity herb of Chinese Tonic herbalism.

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