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I've always struggled a bit with winter. Particularly the gray, bleakness that seems to just go on and on accompanied by the frigid bitter cold that just settles into my bones for about 4 months...which is actually relatively painful over a long period of time. (And I live in the South, too.) Maybe it's my slight frame, my Vata predominance or feeling like spring will never come, but winter is just a struggle for me. I feel like my inner Eeyore comes out about 4 weeks in, and just rages on and on until the first warm breeze of spring. This tea is my tribute, and my ally, to those winter months. When I first started drinking Holy Basil in 2009 or so, I felt like that warm, spiritually uplifting liquid just dissolved any trace of that grumpy Eeyore and kept him away until I could bid farewell to winter. Then I combined it with the tantalizingly peppery damiana and YES. Perfect combo for the winter blues. Add a dash of rose and peppermint and this is a blend that I ALWAYS have with me when any form of sadness, cold, grumpy, blue or depressive state rolls around. 

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Given my somewhat unpleasant experiences with multiple winters, an herbal tea formulated for the winter blues and inner raging Eeyore was essential for me. This tea formula is designed to uplift the heart space, lighten the gloom, warm the body to the bones and get rid of that emotional or spiritual murkiness that may come with seemingly endless gray, winter months. Personally...I've always felt like Holy Basil tea was like a portable hug in a cup. And that's what this tea blend is like for me. 

Holy Basil - Also known as Tulsi, this has been a traditionally warming, uplifting and moving herbal medicine with a long history of use as a highly spiritual herb in India. The entire Holy Basil plant is highly revered in India, and many people will keep a Tulsi plant in their home or on their alters. In Western herbal medicine, this is an ideal herb for the despondent, uninspired or sluggish person with maybe some weakened adrenal function or just general malaise. It is also a mild anti-inflammatory and protevtive of liver function. It has an aromatic, delicious flavor...it tastes to me like a hug in a cup - every time.

Damiana - A more uncommonly used herb, this is one of the most subtly stimulating herbs for the whole body, and has a delicious, peppery and vibrant flavor. I like to rely on this herb in place of coffee in the morning sometimes, or as a tasty afternoon pick me up. This is the herb I often recommend for folks who are just generally lazy or sleepy or mentally sluggish. Perfect for the person who wants to hibernate when they can't (like all winter for 4 months...). 

Rose - Because the subtle beauty and flavor of rose petals is PERFECT when combined with holy basil and damiana together. 

Peppermint - Both damiana and holy basil have the slightest bitter flavor, and the aromatic and sweet flavor of peppermint balances bitter so nicely. It's also cooling to balance the warmth of damiana and holy basil while overall clearing the headspace and supporting the digestive tract through the winter months of heavier eating. 

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