***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
It's no secret that I am a bit of a hippie. At least that's what I am told every single day. I don't mind, though. I love my tie-dye accessories, classic rock, attachment parenting, homeopathic remedies, and organic and sustainably sourced products. If that all makes me a hippie, than I am thrilled to be among the ranks of the enlightened.
Part of the reason I have adopted a pretty crunchy lifestyle is for the health of my family. (I say "pretty crunchy" because I am not 100% there...I am not a vegan or vegetarian, and I don't drive a hybrid. While the majority of what you'll find in my home is organic, not everything is. Hey. Just being honest here.)
While trying to conceive my youngest babies, I spent copious hours researching everything from ingredients in food and household products, vaccinations, and everything else a parent could possibly worry about. What I found terrified me....There is SO much poison being pumped into our lives, from the foods we eat to the clothes we wear to the shampoo we use to wash our hair.
One of my biggest concerns is definitely the use of GMO's. (Genetically Modified Organisms.) GMO's are typically found in food, in drinks, and even in the cotton used to make clothing. Why is this a bad thing? Well, for one, I don't want to feed my kids "RoundUp Ready" produce. I also don't want their diets to be full of hormones, pesticides and other potentially hazardous substances.
So when I learned that the folks over at one of my favorite holistic retailers, ORGANIC INDIA, had just received their Non-GMO Project Certification, I was over the moon with excitement.
About Organic India :
True Wellness is the guiding principle of ORGANIC INDIA. We embrace the fundamental truth that everything, and all of us are interconnected. We understand that in order for True Wellness to be, it must include All: All beings; the whole earth; the visible and the invisible. True Wellness is our guiding light, so that we can be loving, respectful and compassionate towards all beings, while caring for, and serving Mother Nature.
ORGANIC INDIA offers over 50 premium, high potency herbal teas, supplements and personal products. Most products feature the key ingredient Tulsi (Holy Basil, “Queen of Herbs”), an adaptogen that supports the immune system, stress management and enhances the functional properties of other ingredients. Since 1999, ORGANIC INDIA has worked directly with thousands of marginalized family farmers in India, creating sustainable communities through fair-market agriculture, access to healthcare, education and gender equality and empowerment programs. ORGANIC INDIA products are certified organic and wildcrafted on over half a million acres of traditional and converted farmland throughout India. For more information on ORGANIC INDIA USA, or its 2,000 retailers, visit www.OrganicIndiaUSA.com
SOme Great Organic India Products :
I received a great assortment of products from the generous folks at ORGANIC INDIA to try for myself. Included were some amazing Tulsi Teas, as well as some wonderful supplements.
When my teen saw the Tulsi Teas, he tried to claim them as his own. Kyle absolutely loves a nice cup of hot tea, and he also really supports choosing products that are organic. (Yep. I am totally raising a mini-me here. I'm very proud!)
My favorite Tulsi tea would have to be the Lemon Ginger. It's light and refreshing, and is also very calming. This is a go-to tea after a long, stressful day. It actually contains Holy Basil, which does wonders for stress relief. I love the lemony flavor with a hint of ginger spice, and I also love the fact that since this has no caffeine, it doesn't leave me with the jitters.
Kyle's favorite is definitely the Peppermint. This, too, contains Holy Basil, and is also caffeine-free. This tea has a very light, peppermint flavor that complements the tea very well without being overwhelming.
I also received 3 supplements: Joy!, Trikatu, and Triphala.
The Joy! is pretty self-explanatory. It is a special blend of certified organic herbs that help to elevate mood. This came in especially handy during that time of the month, if you know what I mean. My husband was pleasantly surprised by how much more mellow I was after taking this supplement. Here's more info about how Joy! works:
Both Brahmis, Bacopa monieri and Centella asiatica, as well as Ashwagandha and Shankpushpi are amongst the world’s most powerful adaptogenic herbs. They are neuroprotective, helping replenish and nourish the nervous system while positively interacting with the adrenergic, dopaminergic, and serotonergic systems.
They prevent accumulation of lipid and protein damage and promote increased circulation to the brain and increase energy without stimulating the adrenals. Brahmi contains approximately 10% phenols, which are powerful antioxidants supporting antiaging properties. Joy! optimizes your physiological terrain to be suitable for the neurochemistry of joy!
Trikatu, made from Long Pepper, Ginger and Black Pepper, is traditionally used to support digestion and the overall gastric function. It stimulates digestive enzymes and promotes rapid absorption of nutrients, while optimizing metabolic function. Trikatu's pungent qualities clear excess mucus from the body, which aids digestion and supports respiratory function.
One of the reasons that Ayurveda developed was to take great care of royalty, so the science of creating antidotes to poisons arose in order to counter the guile of assassination attempts. Trikatu is one of the formulas used to “digest” toxins and poisons, not to mention meals. Modern science has confirmed that antioxidants are the typically the best way to neutralize poisons and that Trikatu is burgeoning with potent ones.
Also realize that high quality tissue can arise only from high quality food offered to a high quality digestive process.Trikatu, with Turmeric and Tulsi-Holy Basil, is one of your best allies to attain your optimal weight and state of fitness.
I absolutely love this supplement as well. I had to have emergency surgery to remove my gall-bladder in November. I had horrible pain, and pancreatitis. It turns out, I had an abundance of gall-stones and they were working their way free, irritating my pancreas. It was horrible, and if I had waited even 48 hours to go to the ER, I could have died since my electrolytes and potassium levels were dangerously low. So now, I am trying to take as many supplements that I can that deal with digestion, liver or kidney health. Trikatu is a great place to start, since it helps rid the body of toxins.
The Ayurvedic Triphala formula parallels the actions of: Probiotics, herbal laxatives, digestive and liver cleansers.
Taken daily, your body will experience the great benefits of Triphala on multiple levels-and due to its high vitamin content, ORGANIC INDIA's Triphala formula works well as a food supplement to your diet. Used for thousands of years in India, Ayurvedic Triphala has established itself among natural healers. If your system is in need of rebalancing, this is an excellent remedy: the three fruits that make up Triphala are said to address the three humors of the body, creating internal harmony. And of course, all Triphala capsules in every bottle are filled with 100% organic herbs, harvested with respect for Mother Earth. Buy Triphala today to start feeling healthy, regular, and light as a feather!
Again, this is a supplement that I was interested in due to the fact that it aids digestion, helps clear out the system, and cleanses the liver. Without a gall-bladder, my liver has to work harder to keep my body healthy. I do have to say....This is a gentle laxative. It's non-habit forming, and doesn't leave you with horrid stomach cramps the way many traditional laxatives can. But if you take this supplement, it will make you head to the bathroom eventually. This is a GOOD thing, though, since the bowel can accumulate all kinds of funkiness, and cleansing can help purge the body of these residual toxins.
Overall, I absolutely love the wide variety of organic, Ayurvedic products offered by ORGANIC INDIA. They're effective, organic, and safe to take. I actually prefer Ayurvedic remedies over pharmaceuticals and have had great success with them. I don't know if I've ever told you all, but it was an Indian Ayurvedic supplement that helped us conceive our daughter after years of trying. We tried prescription medications, poking and prodding, and the ONLY thing that worked was a completely natural supplement out of India. So of course, I am a strong believer in the healing powers that nature has to offer, and I will definitely be ordering many more supplements and teas from ORGANIC INDIA in the future.
How to COnnect :
You can check out the awesomeness that is ORGANIC INDIA on their website.
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Enter to Win :
I am thrilled to announce that one lucky reader will receive an ORGANIC INDIA Prize Package containing the following products:
1 Bottle of Organic Ghee
1 Box Tulsi Original Tea
1 Box Tulsi Green Jasmine Tea
1 Box Tulsi Lemon Ginger Tea
How cool is that?!
This giveaway is open to US residents 18+ until 11:59PM April 25, 2014. No PO Boxes. Winners will be drawn using Rafflecopter's Random Number Generator. All entries will be verified, so play fair! I will notify winner via e-mail and they will have 48 hours to reply before I am forced to redraw winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This contest is not affiliated with Facebook in any way. Thanks for entering, and Good Luck!
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