As I’m writing this, it is a beautiful Imbolc morning and I’m having a cup of the Green Goddess blend from Tibo Teas. Seems appropriate, as today is a goddess celebration day, although I have been having this blend almost everyday for a couple months now.
As a person with a growing interest in learning about wild edibles and medicinals in my area, Tibo Teas was a great find. Their blends are made all with herbs and edibles right from the Canadian wild.
I really want to be able to forage my own plants and add local herbs to my daily diet, but I’m not currently in a lifestyle situation where I can easily do that, so these teas are perfect for me right now.
The Green Goddess tea contains herbs that I have heard are beneficial for women’s reproductive health. Particularly, I have been wanting to try having red clover and raspberry leaf to help deal with cramps and hormonal balance.
Well this blend has both of those and many more, all which I have been wanting to try as well. Here is the ingredient list.
Along with the Green Goddess, (which I’m on my second package now) I have the “Coureur de Bois” which is a woodland blend with white pine and juniper.
I’ve heard its important to have wild foods in your diet, because agricultured foods, even if they are organic, do not have the same mineral and vitamin content. Perhaps we are mostly deficient and that’s why we get sick all the time.
On the front label it says “tea is food, tea is ceremony, tea is life”, a reminder that our ancestors would probably drink herbal teas frequently, and this wisdom was passed down inter-generationally through the women – something we have sadly lost a connection with.
I love that this is a sustainable herbal option since there is no agriculture involved and it is local (to me anyways). It doesn’t involve ingredients that were shipped from all over the world.
I am infatuated with the Canadian forests and I love feeling like I’m drinking from them. Especially when I have the “Coureur de Bois” blend, which has helped me on days where I have tried fasting.
Tibo Teas does not have a website (I think it is a very small operation) but here is their Facebook Page. I purchase their teas from the Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto.
I think there is something special about taking in plants from the land on which you live. Learning about plants in your area and how to use them helps to lend to a life that is a little bit less dependent the ever-destructive global food market.
Often people think they are being ethical by being vegan and only consuming fruits and vegetables which they get from the grocery store. But when you place a demand on the system that you want produce shipped to you all the way from a foreign country, you are in fact contributing to a huge, dire environmental problem.
The earth offers nutrition in our own local environments. Interacting with and learning about the land that you live on is probably way more “ethical”, natural and healthy than say, living in a Northern country and consuming tropical fruits everyday.