Happy Organic Harvest Month!
The USDA defines organic as “an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles, and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain, or enhance ecological harmony. The primary goal of organic agriculture is to optimize the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people.”
As a manufacturer of consumable goods, it is of the utmost importance that our product is safe and the highest quality available. This is why, since 1989, we have been committed to sourcing only certified organic teas and herbs for our products.
Throughout September we’ll be celebrating Organic Harvest Month by sharing our top reasons to consume and support organic agriculture and live an organic lifestyle.
Here are some of our favorite health benefits of organic:
- No pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or chemical fertilizers are used. Organic ensures that foods are grown without the use of these harmful substances, some of which are known to cause cancer.
- Organic farming reduces long time exposure to pesticides and chemical fertilizers, for farmers, workers, and consumers which can affect the body’s ability to eliminate toxins.
- Tea workers in India.
- Organic food is free of artificial colors, preservatives, flavors, trans fats, enhancers, stabilizers, fillers, sweeteners or other additives.
- Studies show that organic foods are more nutritious and higher in antioxidants because they are grown on more nutrient rich soil.
- Eating organic fruits and vegetables could increase your antioxidant intake by 20-40%.
- Organic farming ensures that food is not subject to any artificial human intervention or genetic modification.
- Diseases, pests, and weeds are managed through good soil health for natural plant resistance, selection for stronger plants, crop rotation, natural predators, and beneficial insects.
- Organic food cannot be irradiated. Irradiation causes changes to both macro and micronutrients in foods and creates free radicals.
- Unlike conventional methods, antibiotics, pathogens, or hormones are used in raising livestock. Organic livestock have higher animal welfare standards which lower levels of pathogens present in meat.
Are you an aspiring yogi? Maybe you’re looking for new ways to enhance your practice? We’ve got a great guide to pairing some of your favorite poses with delicious Choice Organic Teas to make the most of your yoga session.
Mountain Pose – this is often the first standing pose in many yoga practices, and brings the yogi to a calming place, feet firmly planted, eyes closed, palms touching. Bancha Hojicha, a toasted green tea with earthy notes that are refreshing and renewing, is an ideal tea for grounding and centering the mind and body as one begins his or her practice.
Sun Salutation – a very active flow or vinyasa pose that blends standing in mountain pose, forward bend, downward facing dog, and upward facing dog in one smooth flow. A stimulating tea such as Energy Boost from the Wellness Teas* line pairs well with sun salutations.Half Moon Pose – an extension of the triangle pose, the half moon pose adds a little more “heat” to the practice, requiring balance and strength. A spicy tea like Masala Chai pairs well with this pose.
The Tree Pose, perfect with a cup of Chamomile tea.
Tree Pose – also a balancing, grounding pose in a standing position. Chamomile for calming or Genmaicha for nourishing would pair well with this pose.
Cat/Cow Pose – an active pose from table position (on hands and knees) alternating arching and rounding the back just like a cat or a cow. Classic Earl Grey with just a touch of caffeine is perfect for relishing this pose.
Pranayama – Uddiyana Bandha, is a method done on the pause after the exhalation where the lower abdomen and diaphragm are then drawn upwards. Uddiyana Bandha is cleansing for the organs, a massage and an exercise for the diaphragm, and a bonus for the digestive and nervous systems. Enjoy this cleansing breath with Simply Detox from the Wellness Teas* line with its purifying qualities.
And last, the most restful of poses…
Child’s Pose – this is a great mid-practice pose as a rest between strenuous poses or a brief pause between sets of poses. Lemon Lavender Mint enhances well-being and has just enough soothing energy but enough zing to move back into the practice.
The Northwest Tea Festival, the region’s premiere festival celebrating the world’s most popular beverage is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever with more presenters, an additional tea tasting booth, more vendors, a Tea Garden Café with food provided by the Essential Baking Company, and certification classes through STI 2 days before the show. Choice Organic Teas is proud to be a sponsoring vendor again this year and when you visit our booth you will be one of the first to try our five new teas we are launching this fall supporting the Jane Goodall Institute.
You will find us in the Seattle Center’s Northwest Rooms at the corner of Republican St. and Warren St. There is a $5 donation, which gets you a goody bag with a ceramic tasting cup to take home. It’s perfect for sampling all the great tea the tasting areas and the vendors will be offering.
It’ll be a great weekend for tea drinkers of all ages and levels If you’re just discovering teas or are a devotee (or anywhere in between), the Northwest Tea Festival is for you.