May 2017- "Tulsi Citrus Soother" Feature

Happy May!

Look inside for:

-Tea of the Month (with staff recipe!)
-Updated Tea Class information
-Updated "Special Events"
-New "What's in Bloom" Summer Series

We have so much to celebrate at Light of Day Organics! We were fortunate that "May Day" fell on our first day of peak season! "May Day" harkens back to a time when agricultural rituals took place to ensure a plentiful crop, and the "Festival of Flora" celebrated the Roman goddess of flowers. We are thankful to share the start of our peak season hours with such a perfect partner! On May 1st, we returned to our six-day weekly schedule: Monday-Saturday 10-5pm.

In addition to May Days' agricultural roots, May Day is also associated with labor unions fighting for fair work practices. Light of Day prides ourselves on our Fair Trade agreements with our vendors from around the world. With tea being the most labor-intensive crop known to man, requiring hand-harvesting of each tea leaf, we also pride ourselves on 60% of our raw ingredients being grown and processed right on our farm, supporting our local labor force. We recently reached 1500 tea plants, right at our own farm!

Featured Tea of the Month:
Tulsi Citrus Soother!

100% Certified Organic Ingredients: Tulsi herb, Green Rooibos, Pink Peppercorns, Cardamom, Lemongrass, Orange, Ginger, Green Tea Gunpowder Pearls, Calendula Petals

Blender's Notes: This tea captures the essence of India itself with staple medicinal herbs and spices from this land. A pleasantly spicy throat-soother with a warm finish. Mildly citrus.

What our clients say about Tulsi Citrus Soother:

"I tried (and bought) this today. Usually, the tannins in tea bother me. This did not bother me at all and it tastes great! I’m traveling right now and I can’t wait for my next opportunity to brew a cup of this tea!" ~Kim, LOD website review

"This tea is so flavorful. We used it during a family reunion for iced tea and we found is so refreshing for the summer! This has such an unusual blend of warm spices and tang that is just goes down easy. Love it!" ~Mary, LOD website review

Click on this link to order today! (tin or by the pound)

~Ingredient Education~

  • Tulsi Herb: Also referred to as "Holy Basil", Tulsi has been revered for its medicinal value for thousands of years. Ayurvedic writings describe Holy Basil as a pillar of holistic herbal medicine and a goddess incarnated in plant form (the mother medicine of nature). Holy Basil remains one of the most cherished of India's sacred healing plants. We use a blend of Krishna, Rama, and Vana varieties; all belong to the mint family and are cousins of a Michigan annual, Sweet Basil.
  • Green Rooibos: Naturally caffeine-free, this herb is high in antioxidants. Green Rooibos, moreso than Red Rooibos, is preserved during processing, hence, giving it more antioxidants, nutrients, and minerals than other types of Rooibos. Rooibos is being studied for its help in reducing allergic reactions.
  • Pink Peppercorn: chosen to "raise the throat heat" in this blend and to aid in the absorption of other component properties. Visual appeal.
  • Cardamom: These pods are the fruit of a tropical plant closely related to Ginger, and is among the word's most expensive spices (after Vanilla and Saffron) due to its labor-intensity. It is said that Cardamom can be used to aide digestion and promote clear breathing. It is an internationally-used spice that has a cool, minty aroma and flavor. 
  • Lemongrass: This plant is rich in potassium, anti-oxidants, Vitamins A and C, as well as Citral, which has strong antimicrobial qualities
  • Orange: Loaded with enzymes, numerous flavonoids (over 60!), phyto-nutrients, plus Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, Choline, Folic Acid, d-limonene, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, aldehydes, and other minerals and vitamins.
  • Ginger: The root or stem (known as the rhizome) is packed with phenolic compounds that help improve digestion. High levels of antioxidants  (gingerol, curcumin, and zingerone) improve memory, attention, and cognitive function
  • Green Tea Gunpowder Pearls: Green Tea, know for its unique antioxidant and cognitive function support, continues to gain momentum as scientists prove the many speculated benefits of this beloved Camellia sinensis leaf.
  • Calendula Petals (seen in picture above): This herb is used for a number of things, including cosmetic and culinary uses, a fiber dye plant, and for its healing properties. It is a soothing antiseptic, and an excellent skin healer as well as digestive aid. We like how it gives a "creamy" effect on the palate and just one of the reasons we grow annually and use in many of our products!

Monthly Recipe:

Tulsi Citrus Soother Soup

2 cups Tulsi Citrus Soother tea (the prepared liquid)
1 can Coconut milk
1 clove (or more!) Garlic
1 tsp Ginger, fresh shredded
2 medium sweet potatoes OR 1 butternut squash, cubed, peeled
Tulsi Citrus Soother tea, ground
pinch of Salt
1 tsp (or more!) Curry

Add all ingredients and simmer until sweet potatoes or squash is cooked.

Enjoy! ~Staff Educator, Tami <3

Updated 2017 Tea Class Offerings!

Our 2017 Tea Class Offerings are plentiful! Our Staff Educator, Tami, will be offering WEEKLY Tea 101 classes on Thursday afternoons, and Light of Day Organics founder/owner, Angela Macke, will be offering Tea Wellness classes every other Saturday!

Click here to view a description of the classes, view our schedule, and register for a class! Gather your tea-loving friends and family to take a class together! 

Click here to view our "Special Events", including:
-Essential Oils classes
-Meditation Offerings
-Yoga classes at the farm

Follow our new social media series,                                                 "What's in Bloom?"
Stay tuned to our Instagram (Lightofdayorganics) and Facebook pages to view our beautiful blooms!
We will be featuring our blooms from around the tea farm and  discussing their purpose in our tea-making process (besides filling our lives with joy and happiness, just by blooming their beautiful blooms!).
With over 250 different varietals on our grounds, we have some tough choices ahead of us!     We are excited to share our happy blooms with you!