April is Stress Awareness Month

April is stress awareness month. With all the new beginnings in spring, it also brings along a few stresses too, such as new after school/work activities for the kids and yourself, spring cleaning and house maintenance, and of course spring also brings along more yard work :-)

The best way to handle stress is to recognize it when it begins and learn stress relieving techniques or activities.

ekr quoteDe- stressing can come in many forms:

  • go for a walk in the park and breathe in the fresh spring air
  • take a book outside and read under a tree
  • watch a comedy, laughter is a great mood lifter.
  • deep breathing techniques, Yoga and/or meditation
  • start a flower or vegetable garden, which can be quite relaxing and grounding for some
  • grab a few friends for a game of bocce ball
  • share a tea moment or two with friends or with a favourite book or your journal
  • listening to your favourite music, turn it up and sing or dance along :-)

And the benefits are many – here are just a few ways a time out from stress can improve your health:

  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Improves your immune system, helping to fight against cold and flus
  • Lowers inflammation, helping with asthma & arthritis symptoms
  • Helps with irritable bowel syndrome symptoms
  • Aids the healing process
  • Reduces skin flare ups

salad water 3Relaxation can be anything that you enjoy that takes your mind away from your stressful situations.

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Yogis take your yoga practice outdoor

Yoga is a great way to exercise, reconnect with your core and create a healthier you. So why not take your yoga practice outdoors for even more health benefits.

yoga outside 3Yoga was originally an outdoor practice, done in a beautiful peaceful environment. If you’ve never tried yoga outside, you will notice many distractions such as passersbys, dogs barking, planes overhead, robins singing, uneven ground….. Here the distraction, then let it go, breathe deeply and continue your practice.

There’s also the satisfying solidity of the earth beneath your feet, the green grass between your toes, the sun to warm you, the fresh breeze on your skin, and the mesmerizing sky above.

Here are a few tips on having an outdoor yoga practice:

  • Pick a spot with partial shade or go early in the morning or later in the afternoon when the sun is not the hottest
  • To get the most out of your outdoor surroundings and really connect with them, choose a spot with as natural a view as possible, even if it’s only gathering of trees, your garden or balcony with some lovely potted plants.
  • Leave your yoga mat at home and enjoy the feeling of the grass and dirt beneath your feet, while you connect with
  • Focus your practice being in the moment, be aware, breathe deeply, and practice stillness. Feel the warmth from the sun, the cool breeze blowing and the various new smells, such as the ocean, pine trees, grass, flowers….

yoga outside 2Yoga is for all ages and can be adapted to most health conditions. Our Libre Leading Light Steffany Moonaz is a Yoga Therapist who has created and evaluated a yoga program for individuals with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.  Steffany Moonaz is the Founder of Yoga for Arthritis. Libre Leading Light Helena Zera-Axelrod founder of Vyana Yoga has written an informative article on Arthritis and how Yoga can be beneficial.

Libre Tea glasses are perfect to take with you for your outdoor yoga practice. They’ll keep your water cool and your tea warm as you enjoy your outdoor yoga session.

For a few more outdoor yoga ideas you may want to check out these sites:

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2015 Libre Winners

We love sharing #teamoments! Here is a list of our 2015 Giveaway Winners

Watch as it grows!

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Facebook – Tea Moments January 6th – Elaine Lindsey-Paek

Connect with your inner self, your true desires - Deborah P.

Facebook – Tea Moments January 13th – Jessica Margaret Price

I woke up with that crazy bubbly feeling . . –  Ken

Facebook – Tea Moments January 20th – Judy Lipcsak

Give the Gift of Time on Valentine’s Day – Raine

Facebook – Tea Moments January 27th – Heather Adkins

Love Thyself – Vilma Pacheco

Facebook – Tea Moments February 4th – Peter Tusa

Change your Lid, Change your Life – Claudia Ellis

Facebook – Tea Moments February 10th – Lori Baker

Love is in the Air - Megan C

Facebook – Tea Tuesday February 17th – Sharon Bauer

Cheerful Berry Infusion - amy bavier bartley

Facebook – Tea Tuesday February 24th – Amy L. Norman

Energize with Lemon Water – Suzane

Facebook – Tea Tuesday March 3rd – Stacy Scott

Hot Matcha for Health and Warmth – joanna reed

Facebook – Tea Tuesday March 10th – Cindy Graf

Enjoy Green Herb Infusions – Amy C.

Facebook – Tea Tuesday March 17th – Rene Beaubien

Salad Water Infusion - Sally John

Facebook – Tea Tuesday March 24th – Anita Oh

Energize with Cold Matcha – Melissa

Facebook – Tea Tuesday March 31st – Mary Rutter

Share a Tea Moment Outing with Family – Clare Tea

Facebook – Tea Tuesday April 7th – Filipa Vale-Hockley

Share a Tea Moment Outing with Family

Spring time is a wonderful time to explore the new beginnings outdoors.  Going on family outdoor field trips to see nature blossoming before us with new plants bursting through the ground and on the trees can be a wonderful experience.

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Bears, groundhogs and squirrels are crawling out of their winter homes to explore the woods around them with all the new sights and smells. The calves, lambs, foals, bunnies and chicks enjoy the sunshine and warmer weather as much as we do.

Here are some Spring time actives you and your family might enjoy:

  • Go on a nature walk and count crocuses, tulips and snowdrops
  • Visit a local farm or petting zoo to see the new baby animals
  • Plant some veggie seeds or flowers in your garden
  • Go on a picnic and scavenger hunt
  • Watch or play a game of softball or tag

 

Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.  Gustav Mahler

Libre glasses are great to take with you and your family on all your spring time outings. They fit into your backpack, stroller cup holders and diaper bags. You don’t have to worry about spills, burns or stains if knocked when the lid is on. Perfect for all your hot and cold beverages.


lemon and tulipsWhat is your favourite spring time family outing to enjoy the new and emerging spring?

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Energize with Cold Matcha

Needing a little more energy? Then Matcha is the tea for you! Matcha tea is high in caffeine, however it is released into the bloodstream slowly as the catechins are broken down giving a sustained energy rather than short bursts of energy followed by dropped energy.

How to Make Cold Matcha in your Libre Tea glass

matcha steps

Step 1: 1 tsp on matcha on filter

Step 2: use spoon to move matcha around and sieve through the filter

Step 3: pour liquid – water, juice, milk – then shake up and down and side to side and turn upside down to get all matcha off the bottom and give one last shake

Step 4: drink and enjoy and a healthy perk-up treat mid afternoon or morning

Temperature matters when making matcha. Heat brings out the bitter flavors in matcha. Where cold water will bring out the sweetness and the rich creamy feel unique to matcha.

If you are using water instead of Almond or Coconut Milk the ideal temperature is 65 – 85 degrees Celsius (150 – 180 degrees Fahrenheit).

Domatcha 5How to Make Slow Brewed Iced Matcha

  • 2 tsp Matcha, slightly heaping, into a glass pitcher.
  • Fill with ice.
  • Let sit for several hours.
  • Pour over ice and enjoy.
  • Sweeten if desired

 

When you make Cold Matcha, what’s your favourite liquid to use?
– water, milk, juice…?

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Salad Water Infusions

Salad Water Infusions, as well as, fruit infusions are great ways to stay hydrated throughout the day. We just recently heard about Salad Infusions and thought we’d give it a try in our Libre Infuser. Here we have tomato, spinach, cucumber and celery.

salad water 2Vegetables to add to your Salad Infusions:

  • Celery
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Peppers
  • Tomato
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Beets

 

To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” ~William Londen

Easy to make:

Pick and choose which veggies, fruits and herbs you want to use.

Wash, slice and place in Large Libre or Water Pitcher

Add water to cover and let sit 2-4 hours, add more water until your infusion tastes just right. Enjoy!

For a switch make with coconut water.

Salad water was so popular in Japan that in 2004 Coca-Cola made their own canned version. Pepsi came out with Ice Cucumber in 2007.

What vegetables would you include in your water infusion?

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World Water Day is March 22nd!

This year the theme for World Water Day is ‘Water and Sustainable Development’. It’s about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want.

World Water Day Sale

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Save 20% off Libre Starburst Infusers

Ends March 22nd, 2015

Enjoy Green Herb Infusions

March is a month of green…with spring flowers popping up, new green leaves decorating the trees and St. Patrick’s Day coming we are finding inspiration in this beautiful & grounding theme. Here we have dandelion with orange and mint with cucumber together for fresh Libre herb infusions.          

The Eclectic Element          original mint with cucumber

 

Adding herbs to your infusions not only adds flavour but health benefits too!

Here are a few green herbs and their benefits for you to try with your next cup of tea:

Mint – high in antioxidants, natural decongestant and aids indigestion

Dandelion – helps to detoxify the liver, decrease joint and muscle pain

Thyme – is a natural anti – fungal and antibiotic, great for respiratory support

Basil – reduces blood glucose levels, lowers cholesterol and reduces asthma symptoms

Oregano – a natural histamine reducer and helps with nasal and respiratory congestion

Nettle – Helps with coughs, asthma, muscle & joint problems, allergies

Rosemary – Helps with headaches and fevers, poor circulation

 

Steeping fresh herbs are always best for taste and health benefits, but dried herbs can be used if fresh are not available.

health and healing

 

What unique herb infusions have you tried?

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Hot Matcha for Health and Warmth

Matcha (Ma = powdered, Cha + tea). is one of the healthiest drinks around and a favourite here in the office. It’s perfect for a tea moment!

When you drink Matcha you are consuming the tea leaves not just the steeped water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea, giving you a more concentrated dose of its health benefits.

matchaTop 3 Health Benefits of Match:

  1. Antioxidants – 1 serving of Matcha has over 5 times as many antioxidants as any other food. Specifically epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) – known for its cancer fighting properties
  2. Amino acid L-Theanine –helps to calm the nerves and increases memory and concentration
  3. Strengthens the immune system – as it contains high concentrations of Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein, and Calcium.

 

Why is Matcha different from most teas?

matcha 2Approximately 3 weeks before harvesting the tea leaves are covered. This helps the new shoots to bigger and thinner enriching the flavor and texture. Then the tea is harvested by hand, choosing only the smallest leaves for the best quality. Once harvested the leaves are slightly steamed to stop the fermentation, then dried, packed and allowed to age for approximately 6 months in a cold storage facility. Then the leaves are ground into a fine powder called Matcha.

When making Matcha, do not use boiling water as this will drastically lower the health benefits. The optimal temperature for matcha is roughly 175f / 80c.

An easy quick way get 175F is to boil your filtered water, and pour whatever amount you think you’ll use for the matcha into a small glass cup. Then pour that water into a second cup or Libre tea glass, and the water temp should be just right.

International Women’s Day (8 March) celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. To celebrate we are having an International Women’s Day Sale!

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Hot matcha recipes:
Matcha White Hot Chocolate
Green Tea Latte

 

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Matcha Single Packets

Enjoy that same smooth tasting Ceremonial quality matcha in easy to use, ‘On the Go’, travel friendly packs.

DoMatcha Single Packets are perfect for making a traditional matcha in hot water, or simply empty the packet straight into your water bottle and shake vigorously. Ideal for anyone needing an energy lift, mental clarity and feeling of calmness. (24 – 1.3oz packets per box)

Energize with Lemon Water

We are hearing a lot about lemon water, specifically honey lemon water. The health benefits of starting your day with a glass of warm honey lemon water are numerous.

lemon and tulipsHealth benefits of Lemon:

  • Excellent source of vitamin C
  • Contains citrate, an inhibitor of toxins
  • Stimulates the digestive system, helping to prevent constipation
  • Works as a diuretic, keeping the urinary tract free of infections
  • contains citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium
  • helps manage your PH levels, creating healthy alkalinity important for bone and muscle health
  • helps prevent colds and flus

Health benefits of raw honey:

  • has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties
  • boosts energy
  • is a great cold medicine
  • a natural source of carbohydrates
  • eliminates free radicals

 

 Honey Lemon Water Recipe

Combine:

  • Juice from ¼ to ½ of a lemon
  • 1 cup of freshly boiled, slightly cooled water (just warm enough to melt the honey, any hotter will remove the nutritional value)
  • 1 tsp of raw honey (more or less to taste)

Mix gently in your Libre glass and enjoy.

For a bit of a citrus twist try using limes, oranges or grapefruit for an afternoon refreshment.

 

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Cheerful Berry Infusion

With winter’s shorter days and all the rain and/or snow it can be difficult to stay upbeat and cheerful. Some days I’d like to hibernate like a bear. So what do we do to keep our spirits lifted? How about a creative change with inspiring and pretty fruit infused water – berries remind us of spring.

IMG_3389Fruit infused water is easy to make and a low sugar alternative – Just prepare your favourite fruits and herbs, add water and let steep for approximately 2 hours. Give a little shake and enjoy!

Tips for making Berry Infused Water:

  • Steep the berries for 1-2 hours at room temperature or in the fridge for 3-4 hours
  • Fruit infused water should be drunk the same day if not refrigerated. If it is refrigerated it will keep 3-4 days
  • Cold or room temperature water is best. Hot water may destroy the healthy benefits of the fruit infusion.
  • Use filtered water for purest taste
  • Organic Fruits and Vegetables are the best, alternately you can peel the skin off the fruit or wash with a vinegar water solution.

 

Fruit infused water not only looks lovely but is full of nutrients too!

IMG_3359Fruit and Herb Pairing Suggestions:

  • Blueberries (Vitamin K and C, Manganese) and Raspberries (Vitamins C, K, E and Folate)
  • Cranberries (Vitamins C, K, E and Copper) and Mint (Vitamin C, Manganese and Copper)
  • Strawberry (Manganese and vitamin C) and Basil (vitamins A and C)
  • Blackberries (Vitamin C, E and Fiber) and Oranges ( Vitamins C, A and Calcium)
  • Boysenberries (Vitamins K, A and Folate) and Lime (Vitamin C , Calcium and Iron)
  • Strawberries (Vitamin C, B6 and Magnesium) and Jalapenos (Vitamin B6, B2 and B3)

 

Add your favourite tea (green, chamomile, black) to your berry infusion for a delightful refreshing treat.

 

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