Bespoke Herbal Teas

With the overwhelming success of the launch of Tribe Skincare’s pre-formulated herbal teas for eczema and sensitive skin in November 2017 (two of which became the best selling herbal teas on Amazon in the first two weeks – Organic Colon Detox Herbal Tea and Organic Lung Detox Herbal Tea with Organic Immune System Balancing Herbal Tea winning International Beauty Shortlist ‘Finalist’ Award in March 2018), we received multiple requests from our customers to create more herbal remedies for other ailments that are specific to the individual.

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Prescription drugs and your health

Today, the deadly consequences of a modern and artificial age are apparent to all of us, including medical professionals. The evidence that people are deserting modern medicine and seeking preventative medicine is all around us. It is of little surprise that people have been looking into ways to heal themselves without the use of drugs so frequently handed out by doctors. It has long been reported that the side-effects of these pills and creams outweigh the supposed benefits, when in fact this does not take into consideration the harm that these drugs cause to the body and its natural immune response. Drugs only cover up the symptoms, while your body works on healing itself. The only way to get over chronic health problems is to stop doing the things that cause disease and start helping your body use its own natural resources in order to heal itself from the inside out. Healing is very different from curing – it is the act of ridding your body of the conditions that create and support disease.We are constantly told that we must use synthetic drugs to fix our bodies without really understanding much about what these ‘medicines’ are doing to us.

In today’s reality, we live in a polluted world (a radical change to the natural way of living) and therefore we are in a constant state of detox. Unfortunately, our world has also become one of instant gratification. We want everything now and have been sold the idea that taking pills for a fortnight will stop our decades-long illness, or that a weekend fast has the ability to completely fix our bodies. Whilst it is true that giving our digestive systems a break during a fast can give your body the breathing space that it needs in order to begin a thorough detoxification process, we are not warned about how dangerous it can be for some people to forgo food for 2 days in the first place (i.e. diabetics, during pregnancy, those with liver or kidney problems). On the same note, it is also true that in a case of serious infection, taking a course of antibiotics will help to kill bacteria but it will also kill the good bacteria our bodies need to properly function. We have long been overexposed to antibiotics – we consume them when we eat meat or fish due to factory farming methods, when we have a virus against which antibiotics are not effective and when we have a minor infection which our body could have dealt with itself had we given it rest, plenty of hydration and powerful, medicinal herbs to help it along the way.

Paradoxically, freedom comes from obedience to the natural order.

John Heider

The loss of the holistic approach

Currently, approximately 25% of modern drugs used in USA have been derived from plants (roughly 7000 medical compounds).(Fabricant DS, Farnsworth NR (March 2001). “The value of plants used in traditional medicine for drug discovery”). The approach to medicine since the 1940s has been to isolate the active ingredient from the plant/herb and discard the rest, as if the other components of the plant are inactive and lack anything of value. The truth is that nature produces everything in perfect balance and indeed, the whole is much more than the sum of its parts. As an example, if an apple is juiced rather than eaten whole, it loses the benefits of the carotenoids, flavonoids and other nutrients found on the skin, as well as the fibre in the pulp which we often lack in our diets. This means the juice raises blood sugar levels more quickly than the whole fruit because it lacks the supportive nutrients that we need in order to digest and metabolise it properly.

Considered the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates taught that the body must be treated as a whole by correcting imbalances of its constituent parts. Today, these teachings are overlooked and the focus is put on cure rather than prevention. Modern western medicine has become very technical and specialised; there is more emphasis on treating the diseased part and less emphasis on treating the person. Efforts are directed toward determining the causative agent of the disease in the affected body part and attacking it with high-tech agents (Ethne Barnes, ‘Diseases and Human Evolution’)

Pharmaceutical companies isolate chemicals, so they can produce a “pure” concentrate, acquire a patent, and reap large profits. Modern medicine has fooled us into believing that each disease is its own independent and standalone entity, which can be categorised and labelled. In reality, it comes from within. This is why when a person is sick with a virus (such as the flu), it will not be passed on to everyone that has been around them. Only those with compromised immunity will get sick. Lack of sleep, lack of exercise, improper nutrition and stress are the primary cause of disease as they all lower immunity.

Your body is a self-healing organism, we should not ignore its natural self-repair process and hand all power over to a doctor. The body has innate self-repair mechanisms that kill cancer cells every day, fight infectious agents, repair broken proteins, keep coronary arteries open and fight free radicals that cause the aging process. We must connect more with our own bodies and take ownership of the healing process. Once you start listening and then understanding what your body is trying to tell you, your intuition of when something feels right/wrong becomes something you can trust fully. We are not as ill-informed as we are made to believe – after all, our bodies are our own.

The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.

Sir William Osler

What is health?

Living in harmony with nature (eating natural foods, moderation in all activities, adequate rest and exercise etc.) promotes health, and deviation from this promote the accumulations of toxins in the body (“toxemia”) and reduced nerve energy (“enervation”). The toxins, and more importantly, the body’s attempt to eliminate them, produce the disease symptoms that most people experience. (Humbart Santillo, ‘Natural Healing with Herbs’)

In Chinese Traditional Medicine or Ayurveda principles, every single person and every disease or ailment is individual and therefore must be dealt with in accordance to this rule. Eating salad, though touted as healthy, is not healthy for everyone. Juicing is not healthy for everyone. Over-exercising is not healthy for everyone. Drinking too much water is not healthy for everyone. This is why a personalized approach is best.

Health is defined as a “state of optimal physical, mental and social well-being” (WHO) and it is dis-harmony that creates dis-ease. Even Hippocrates was unaware of specific disease-causing micro-organisms. He interpreted disease as an imbalance within the body and with nature. Man, as part of nature, was susceptible to disease whenever disharmony prevailed, upsetting the balance of the essential qualities of the body. Using this theory, he was able to heal people. Herbal remedies put more emphasis on the individual than on biomedicine and the mixture of herbs is designed on a case-by-case basis to bring balance back to allow self-healing. This increased attention in itself is a source of comfort which is said to have curative or psychological value (Goldstein, 1999).

Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage.

Okakura Kakuzō

What is the alternative?

Herbal infusions have been consumed for medicinal reasons for thousands of years and remain one of the most popular ways to use herbs for long-term imbalances. They gently give the body a push in the right direction by strengthening and enhancing vitality. It is essential to remember that your body has everything it needs to heal itself. The beneficial properties of the plant world have also been used traditionally to relieve immediate symptoms and to open the mind for spiritual insights. The consumption of herbal infusions for the enjoyment of the taste is a very recent phenomenon, but nonetheless, it helps to enjoy the taste of health!

Even the ritual of preparing and sipping a cup of tea is a relaxing and peaceful practice. The simple act of making a cup of tea feels like therapy for the nerves and for the senses. Even if for five minutes, it is a mediation. This meditation gives you some breathing space and through the intention, you are able to bring the body’s innate ability to self-heal to the surface.

A blend that is specific to your ailments and provides the comfort of tastes that you know and love is a certain way to success. As the saying goes; tea is always a good idea. Before bed, first thing in the morning, all throughout the day; it revives, it calms, and by having your own bespoke blend, it allows you to recognize, appreciate and most importantly address what your body is trying to tell you.

Our commitment to you

We communicate with you to best understand your needs.

Your blend will be carefully crafted and delivered to your door.

 We hand package each and every tea order to ensure that your tea is of the highest quality.

 We use organic, wild harvested and sustainably sourced ingredients as much as possible.

You are able to choose a natural flavour to add to your infusion. We only use dried berries and fruits, blossoms, roots and spices in order to achieve the right flavour profile.

We give you an option to select whether to have any caffeine in your blend – strong, mild or none.

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