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Tea Blend Spotlight: Defense

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Calling on nature's ability to fortify our overstressed systems and enjoy restorative moments of tranquility, Tea Forté's new Wellbeing Collection introduces a quintet of teas to benefit the body and mind. For this article, we're going to focus on Defense, a balanced green tea crafted to nurture the body's natural defenses. With echinacea, the subtle zing of ginger, a juicy undercurrent of elderberry, and uplifting organic sencha, Defense offers both a protective boost to our immune systems and a soothing invitation to engage all five senses. Its comforting warmth and light hint of sweetness pairs perfectly with a touch of honey and invokes a spa-like sense of calm in every cup.

Defense Loose Tea Canister with KATI Cup
Defense: A green tea blend fortifies the body and mind with immune-boosting echinacea.

IMMUNE-BOOSTING TEA INGREDIENTS

Our Defense blend brings together some of the strongest defenders against cold and flu the natural world has to offer. Echinacea, a medicinal herb also known as coneflower, has a long history of naturopathic use during cold and flu season, thought to offer subtle regenerative support for the white blood cells we need to protect us from pathogens. Ginger contains a bioactive compound famed for calming the digestive system, soothing headaches, fighting inflammation, and behaving in much the same way aspirin does to ease pain. Elderberry boasts an abundance of vitamin C, which plays an important role in warding off germs, especially in colder weather. All ingredients in our Defense blend are USDA Organic and Kosher Certified.

Defense ingredients: Echinacea, Elderberry Ginger

SENCHA GREEN TEA

Most important of all, the Defense blend is crafted on a foundation of organic, steamed green tea leaves, also known as sencha. Green tea is one of the most well-known and rigorously-studied superfoods in existence, known for its proven array of health-forward benefits. Its bounty of antioxidants are known to guard the body against damage inflicted by the free radicals we encounter in the atmosphere every day.

DEFENSE RECIPE

Get the nutrients your body needs and the benefits it deserves with this simple winter wellness recipe.

Defense Sipping Broth

Add a scoop of Defense into your daily ritual. Sipping broths are a great way to add nutrients into your body to defend it from these harsh elements of winter.

Ingredients

  • 12 cups water
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 leek
  • 2 lemongrass stalks
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 garlic cloves 
  • 3 tbsp ginger
  • 2 tbsp Tea Forté Defense loose leaf tea
  • ½ bunch fresh parsley
  • 4 sprigs fresh mint
  • 1 tbsp whole peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp miso paste
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt


Directions

  1. Start by washing your produce. The onion, ginger and carrots can be rough chopped with skins on. Remove the tops and bottom of leek, cut in half and wash out any dirt between the layers before rough chopping. Smash the garlic to release more flavor and rough chop the celery. Cut tops and bottoms off the lemongrass, cut into small sections and pull the stalks apart with your hands into strips.
  2. Place all ingredients in a medium-sized stockpot. Bring to a boil with a lid on. Once boiling, remove lid and reduce to a simmer for 40-60 minutes.
  3. Strain broth into a bowl or blender, discarding solids.
  4. Blend in the miso paste and coconut oil either by hand with a whisk, or in a blender to emulsify.
  5. Serve hot in your favorite mug.

Pro Tip: Add a pyramid tea infuser of Defense (which you can find in our Wellbeing Collection), into your mug of sipping broth for even more spicy-ginger overtones and immune-boosting qualities.

Yield: 8-10 servings

ABOUT THE WELLBEING COLLECTION

As part of Tea Forté's new Wellbeing Collection, Defense is one of five organic tea blends curated specifically to relax, restore and revitalize, bringing the benefits of a wellness spa into each calming cup. Made with natural adaptogens meant to reduce inflammation and ward off the effects of stress, these herbal tisanes and green tea blends are carefully crafted to soothe the body, mind, and soul. Much like a menu of spa services, each blend addresses a specific aspect of wellness, from immune-boosting antioxidants to sleep-friendly compounds, and is a refreshing departure from other teas with health benefits, they feature a gorgeous balance of flavors from sweet fruits to comforting florals.

This collection is meant to meet your varying needs from dawn to dusk, supporting overall wellbeing as you move throughout the day. Whether seeking to reach a new level of focus with the Invigorate blend, nurture the immune system with the Defense blend, encourage an inner glow with the Radiance blend, opt for a reset with the Purify blend, or unwind with the Serenity blend, there's a tea perfectly designed to provide you the balance you need. Defense is the perfect blend with which to start the day, easing into the morning with the supportive lift a well-crafted green tea blend can bring.

Experience the benefits of Defense and the Wellbeing Collection for yourself.

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