Inspired by nature’s healing powers, Organic India works with small family farmers in India to create potent tea and supplement blends. The brand is committed to practicing sustainable, organic farming and giving back to the local community through the Organic India Foundation, which provides health care services to area farmers and villagers. The foundation also provides in-home visits for women’s health education and community-based hygiene and health awareness campaigns.
At the heart of this conscious brand’s products is Tulsi, or “Holy Basil,” an adaptogenic herb that supports the immune system and helps the body cope with stress. Ayurvedic practitioners and herbalists often refer to adaptogenic herbs as rejuvenating herbs, qi tonic herbs, rasayanas, or restorative herbs. Known as India’s “Queen of Herbs,” Tulsi is viewed by Hindus as a goddess in plant form. This antioxidant-rich tea may be consumed at least three times a day.
Organic India Tea and Supplements Review
I was recently given the opportunity to sample some of Organic India’s products, including Organic Tulsi Tea (Original), Organic Tulsi Sweet Rose Tea, and Skin Renew Supplements.
Organic Tulsi Tea
This naturally caffeine-free tea is gently energizing. With its refreshing herbal flavor, Tulsi tea is a perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up when I’m looking to clear my mind and get hydrated, sans caffeine jitters. It has a pleasant aftertaste and even leaves my mouth feeling fresh–so I wasn’t surprised when I learned that Tulsi is naturally antimicrobial and a boost to oral hygiene. Since Tulsi is loaded with antioxidants, I also consider this a true beauty tea.
Organic Tulsi Sweet Rose Tea
The base of this tea is Tulsi, so it boasts the benefits mentioned above. This particular blend is supplemented with chamomile, rose, lemon, and stevia, a combination that gives the tea a brighter flavor than Tulsi tea alone. If you love floral teas, this is a blend for you! I love that the container says that tea is “Stree-Relieving& Magical”–because what else is there to look for in an herbal tea? You can further brighten the tea (and add healthy benefits!) by squeezing in some fresh lemon juice.
Skin Renew Supplements
The supplements are designed to support the body’s detoxification processes to promote healthy, clear skin. The bright color of these supplements comes from turmeric, a well-known healing herb that’s become a bit of an “It” ingredient in Western beauty products. The curcumin in turmeric is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, turmeric is so healthful and rich in antioxidants that it is currently being tested as a cancer treatment. As you can imagine, turmeric has beauty benefits, too—its anti-inflammatory properties defend cells against free radicals, making the herb a great anti-ager. Turmeric is also used in DIY skin-brightening masks. The second ingredient in the supplement, amalaki (also know as Amla or “Indian Gooseberry”), is a superfruit native to India. This medicinal plant has been used for generations as a general health tonic. In particular, Amalaki is packed with vitamin C and provides support to the digestive tract, the arteries, and the liver. Finally, neem has been used topically for centuries to pacify skin inflammation (like acne, rosacea, and even burns) disinfect skin, and care for wounds. When consumed orally, neem supports skin clarity, oral hygiene, and the body’s immune system. (See also: Neem Essential Oil for Acne.)
Organic India Skin Renew Supplements may be taken once a day with food and water. I normally pop them with my morning vitamins.
Have you tried any Organic India Products? Do you like Tulsi tea as much as I do?
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