Monday, March 14, 2011
Healing Power of Plants - Sacred Rose® Organic Herbal Teas
March 27, 2011 6:30pm
$20 includes a Macrobiotic meal
Gurney's Inn Montauk, New York
Learn about the Healing Power of Plants and the Natural World
Documentary, Dinner, and Complimentary Sacred Rose® Tea Tasting
Movie: Numen - The Nature of Plants
Is your healthcare safe? Is it effective? Is it sustainable? Herbalism is our oldest system of healing on the planet.
Founder Sacred Rose® Organic Herbal Tea. Renowned visionary and skilled metaphysician. Maria will discuss the healing properties of flower elixirs and herbal teas.
Phyllis Lomitola and Ken Walles
Co-founders, created Personal Cure to expand awareness of the incredible healing power of diet and lifestyle
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Sunday, March 13, 2011
Review: Sacred Rose Matri
Alfalfa Tea, Ginger Tea, Herbal Tea, Lemon Tea, Nettle Tea, Rose Tea, Sacred Rose Add comments
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Thumbs up! "Each of their herbal tisanes is blended to have a specific vibrational power, and is accompanied by a short invocation. Whether you believe in all this or not, their products are sustainable, organic, and eco-friendly, which is all to the good. "
Lynn’s Teaview: 9/10
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Sacred Rose has a unique philosophy: “Sacred Rose® Organic Herbal Tea is enthusiastic about raising the vibrational frequency of humanity one cup of tea at a time. Herbs are the living medicine of the Earth. They are effective because of their natural affinity with the energetic and dense human body. Sacred Rose® Organic Herbal Teas stimulate the energy body's innate ability to heal. Each Sacred Rose® blend facilitates an inner alchemy within the matrix of the body mind opening the gateway for a change in consciousness. Sacred Rose® is committed to providing products which sustain our creative life force and our planet. Our herbal tisanes are enjoyed as beverages and also utilized as vibrational remedies.”
Each of their herbal tisanes is blended to have a specific vibrational power, and is accompanied by a short invocation. Whether you believe in all this or not, their products are sustainable, organic, and eco-friendly, which is all to the good.
“Matri” (a registered trademark) comes from the Latin for "mother," mater and appears at the front of words like matriarch. According to the website this blend “breathes women in birth in the most high and loving way. This tea mineralizes the physical body. Metaphysically it activates the frequency of manifestation; concept into fruition assisting those who often procrastinate in life.” I’m long past birthing anyone, but I do procrastinate and so this one appealed to me. A little mineralizing probably wouldn’t hurt, either.
The Matri tisane is crafted from nettles, red raspberry, rose hips, alfalfa, dandelion, lemon & ginger. If I remember my herb lore correctly, nettles and dandelion are often used to purify, and red raspberry is used to help with various women’s reproductive system issues. It’s an interesting-looking mix, with lots of alfalfa, which looks like dry grass, rose petals, and even a few rose buds. I didn’t see any rose hips, and wonder if that was a misprint? It had a strong sweet aroma composed of powerful notes of rose, with a citrus and ginger background.
I steeped a generous teaspoonful in 8 oz. of 208F water for 4 minutes in my favorite hand-thrown porcelain cup. The liquor was a medium yellow and softly redolent of lemon, rose, and ginger. The flavor was, smooth and mouth filling, and naturally sweet. (I wouldn’t even add honey to this.) As it rolled over my tongue I tasted rose, lemon, ginger, and an underlying herbiness that must have been the mélange of the remaining ingredients. Altogether it was quite delicious and left my tongue tingling a little. Whether that was the ginger or its vibrational power, I can’t say, but it was nice. I’ve very picky about herbal tisanes, but this one is delicious!
I tried a second 4 minute infusion. The aroma was still strong, and a bit more lemony this time. The flavor was not quite as strong, but still nicely complex with rose leading the way and a gingery finish.
Whether or not you subscribe to the metaphysical claims for this tisane, it is undeniably delicious! Now if it will just help with my procrastination. Highly recommended!
— To purchase Sacred Rose Matri, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular blend, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
Teaviews Member: Lynn Lynn
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
Sacred Rose Dreamtime Thumbs up! "Chamomile dominated, followed by a woody middle and a wild mint-like finish."
Review: Sacred Rose Dreamtime
Chamomile Tea, Sacred Rose, Skullcap Tea, Valerian Root Tea Add comments
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Thumbs up! "Chamomile dominated, followed by a woody middle and a wild mint-like finish."
Geoff’s Teaview: 8/10
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Sacred Rose® (LTD) is an outfit that has an interesting if "out there" mission statement. The goal of their herbal blends are to - and I quote - raise "the vibrational frequency of humanity one cup of tea at a time." Yeah. You can't get any New Age-ier than that, folks. I don't mean that as a slight, rather a statement of awe. That would have to be the boldest esoteric tea claim I've heard in quite some time. Now, I've done my fair share of research regarding "human vibration frequencies", particularly on the Law of Attraction side. (I.e. The happier you are, the more likely you are to attract happy happenstances based upon your happy...uh...stance. In other words, b.s. from The Secret.) I, actually, consider myself a bit of an amateur New Age enthusiast. I personally noticed the better my day was if my mood reflected it.
Well...today wasn't one of those days. A tension headache made short work of my good mood for most of the day. Ibuprofen wasn't helping. I even stayed away from my engorged tea collection for fear of making the imaginary skull-vise worse. It was kept relatively in check with frequent snacking, constant glasses of water, and a general policy of "calm-the-f-word-down". The night prior, I researched herbal concoctions that might help with it. Three kept popping up in my online perusal - chamomile, valerian root and skullcap. It just so happened that one of Sacred Rose's blends - one I'd request to review, the one I'm writing about now - had all three, as well as dashes of passion flower.
I guess I must've been vibrating something fierce to will that kinda luck. Their Dreamtime® blend - also coincidentally - was specifically designed to coincide with aligning the Sixth Chakra, also known as "Ajna"; the Brow Chakra, The Third Eye, right in the middling of my head. Awesome. My Third Eye was angry about whatever and needed something hot and beverage-y to calm it's...uh...Ajna-ness down.
What to say about the blend on first impression: Well, it smelled like medicine. Foul, foul medicine. The aroma reminded me of something a fantasy genre-borne apothecary would concoct to remove a curse. Most of the blame rests in the blend, not the blender. Chamomile naturally smells like medicine and buttery blossoms - kinda neutral - whereas valerian root has the fragrant consistency of wet socks and weeds. Or weeds in wet socks, not pleasant. Appearance-wise, the blend fared better in its lovely bouquet of greens and yellows, resembling contents of a "faery" garden.
There were brewing instructions on the Sacred site, but that didn't matter much. These were herbs, strong-willed ones at that. Typical approach: 1 heaping tablespoon of leaves/blossoms in 8oz of freshly boiled water, steeped for six minutes. My headache didn't allow for much deviation from that, so I stuck with what worked before.
After the allotted time, the infusion colored to a pale green-gold. The aroma was thankfully more chamomile medicinal than valerian woodiness. A citrus and mint profile were also there somewhere; odd since there weren't any of either in the herbal pastiche. The taste reflected the aroma. Chamomile dominated, followed by a woody middle and a wild mint-like finish. It resembled chamomile blends I've had before, but had a better balance to it. I've even attempted some on my own with similar ingredients to only passable success.
This definitely isn't an inexpensive item. It's available as a 3oz package, and that's it. Some folks versed in herbs could easily pick up their own ingredients in bulk and blend it themselves for cheaper. However, the time for trial and error to match the balance on this dreamtime blend would probably not be worth it. My headache also alleviated a tad. Sacred Rose - for good vibrations or bad - know what they're doing.
— To purchase Sacred Rose Dreamtime, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular blend, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
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Saturday, March 5, 2011
Thumbs up! "The fact that it also looked like a rose wine just made it scream, "PASSION!""
Geoff’s Teaview: 9.1/10
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An actual dialogue I had with my mother, paraphrased and abridged slightly:
Mom: "We picked up this tea for you in Cabo. It's a cactus tea!"
Me: "That's great!...Wait...it's not 'damiana', is it?"
Mom: "That's it."
Me: "Mom...that's an aphrodisiac."
I only know this because I'm no stranger to the stuff. Damiana is an unassuming shrub native to Texas, Mexico, Central and South America, and parts of the Caribbean. It's historical and medicinal use has primarily been in strengthening the libidos of both women and men. And - oh boy - does it work. I learned that by accident. No, I will not relate how I know that. Totally not PG.
Which brings us to Sacred Rose's Beloved blend, a "consummate alchemy aphrodisiac of damiana leaf, jasmine, hibiscus, hawthorn, pomegranate and wild cherry bark, blended under the Law of Resonance of the One Sacred Heart of the Creational Flame." Yes, that is verbatim from the tisane's profile.
Visually, this was a very striking blend. Bulbs/buds of some sort were the most prominent presence. Hibiscus strands and cherry pieces came in close second. Last were the various green herbs I couldn't identify on sight. Aromatically, the damiana was quite strong; it possessed a naturally woody/mint nose. Rounding out the scent were tart hibiscus and sharp jasmine. A very herbal-smelling blend.
Brewing instructions weren't present on the Sacred Rose site, but with herbal infusions that never mattered. A six-minute steep in boiling water did the trick. I did that with 1 tsp in an 8oz cup.
The liquor infused to a transparent but bold red, a clear mark of the hibiscus presence. The smell was like straight pomegranate juice - heated, of course. The flavor of this was shockingly pleasant. I was expecting a mouthful o' medicine but got a lovely berry taste. Sure, the hibiscus was quite tart, but the cherry and pomegranate added a bit of robust sweetness to the occasion. The fact that it also looked like a rose wine just made it scream, "PASSION!"
While I don't have much of a frame of reference, this was the best damn damiana-based blend I've ever tried. You hardly taste the woody leaf amidst the berrysplosion of taste. It also sweetens well, further adding to the juicy comparison. I'm not sure that's what the Sacred Rose folks were aiming for, but it's a good faux tea to have by candlelight...before breaking out the Barry White.
(Note: To add even further to the absurdity, I was taste-testing this on Valentine's Day.)
— To purchase Sacred Rose Beloved: The Twin Souls, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular blend, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
Teaviews Member: Geoff Geoff