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February 5, 2013

Giveaway: Traditional Medicinals Tea Sampler

I’ve always liked tea—a nice cup of English Breakfast or cozy chamomile when I can’t sleep—but I’ve never loved tea. Then the Great Detox took caffeine and alcohol off the table and I started turning to other forms of liquid courage: . coconut water, green smoothies, and lots and lots of herbal tea. At first they were simply something warm and filling. Now they’re an important part of my diet and my day, a ritual I look forward to. I credit my herbalist, Lise Wolff, with introducing me to the power of plants, and Traditional Medicinals with introducing me to beauty of herbal teas.

Before Western medicine, humans used plants for health and well-being. This wisdom and these traditions have been passed down for centuries, codifying the right parts of the right plants for the right purpose. Burdock root promotes kidney and skin health. Fennel soothes and supports digestion. Roasted dandelion root stimulates the liver—and has a nutty flavor that staves off my coffee cravings. And then there’s Smooth Move, my secret weapon in the regularity department. The benefits of these teas are endless and many—like Weightless, which I’m dying to put to task on my water weight—are downright magical.

I won’t get on my soap box about how herbs were the original drug before big business took over and replaced them with chemicals, but I will tell you that the more I learn and experience the benefits of herbs, the more empowered and healthier I feel. Plants just make sense to me. If you’re curious and open-minded or simply in need a winter warmup, then get involved in this sweet giveaway from Traditional Medicinals:

*Super Plants Sampler Box
*TM Mug (serious steeping powers)
*One box each Organic Peppermint, Organic Fennel, Organic Lemon Balm, Organic Hibiscus and Everyday Detox with Lemon

To qualify, leave your name, email address, and which super plants or teas you’re curious about—or already using to cure what ails you. We’ll announce a winner on Friday . . . good luck!  UPDATE: Congrats to our winner, Heather S.! 


November 23, 2012

The Lazy Girl’s Holiday Detox

Happy Thanksgiving y’all! Hope it was filled with family, free-range turkey, and plenty of crunchy stuffing bits on top. Instead of inundating you with sales and coupon codes today, I’m going to get down to business. If you buy one thing this Black Friday or Cyber Monday, let it be this:

It’s nothing to be embarrassed about.

Everybody poops. Just not always as often as they’d like. Especially after a plateful of stuffing and gravy. Or what will henceforth be a diet of cheese and champagne until January 1. If you’re still squeamish about this bodily function, then focus on the beauty aspect. Clear, glowing skin is often a direct reflection of digestive health. And the fastest, most natural way to get back on, erm, track is to drink a cup of this bad boy. By tomorrow at this time you’ll be right as rain.

Smooth Move tea has become somewhat of an evening ritual. A couple nights a week makes me feels like I’m doing something really good for my body instead mindlessly snacking while watching The Daily Show (pretty sure Jon Stewart would have choice words for this). Senna leaf, a traditional medicinal herb, is the move in Smooth Move. Combined with fennel, orange peel, cinnamon and ginger to prevent cramping (v. important), it tastes spicy, warm and citrusy. You can expect to receive your “gift” in 6-12 hours without any fanfare. Unless, of course, you consume more than one cup, which could result in having to excuse yourself from a meeting.

Bottoms up! And don’t be sheepish about reporting back—I’m clearly not.


p.s. Smooth Move is available at Target, most grocery and drugstore store chains. 

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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