Smile

Smile

Uplift your perspective with scintillating citrusy deliciousness. Lemony herbs and spices from around the world traditionally used to brighten the mind, refresh the body and energize our inner radiance. Every sip is like a glistening sunlight parting the mist floating amongst the pines. Free your glow! Drink Smile!

Ingredients

Cardamom Pods

Elettaria cardamomum, a member of the tropical Zingiberaceae family, is one of several species of herbaceous plants native to India that produce the well known light green, spicy pods we know and love. While India remains the world’s largest producer of Cardamon, it is now cultivated worldwide, particularly coming from Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Guatemala.

Ginger Root

Its benefits are legendary and too numerous to list. Beneficial constituents in ginger are perfectly suited to effectively invigorate digestive processes in a highly flavorful and balanced way. The pungent aromatic oils in ginger stoke the digestive fire, regulate secretions, relax the gut, and increase circulation.

ginger
Lavender Blossom

Lavandula angustifolia, the narrow leaved or English lavender, is one of the many varieties of this famous herb family native to the Western Mediterranean, now grown worldwide. This variety is the ideal species for medicinal consumption, due to its potent properties.

lavender
Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis, a member of the Lamiaceae family, is native to Southern Europe and the Mediterranean. To the ancients, Melissa was considered a cure-all and comprehensive tonic to the system. It is a staple herb to have on the shelves of the kitchen pantry as a regular after-meal option in a plant-based, preventative lifestyle.

Lemon Myrtle

Backhousia citriodora, a member of the Myrtaceae family indigenous to the sub-tropical rainforests of Central and Southeastern Australia, has been used by Aboriginal people both as a food and medicine for thousands of years. Lemon myrtle is a medium sized tree, growing to a height of 60 feet or so, whose evergreen leaves are rich in lemon-scented aromatic oils.

Lemon Myrtle
Lemon Peel

Backhousia citriodora, a member of the Myrtaceae family indigenous to the sub-tropical rainforests of Central and Southeastern Australia, has been used by Aboriginal people both as a food and medicine for thousands of years. Lemon myrtle is a medium sized tree, growing to a height of 60 feet or so, whose evergreen leaves are rich in lemon-scented aromatic oils.

lemon peel
Lemon Verbena

Lemon Verbena is a fragrant plant in the Verbenaceae family native to Western South America where it continues to grow in the wild. It is a staple grassroots herb in South America used for all manner of ailments, much like how peppermint is to the European tradition.

Lemon Verbena
Spearmint

Mentha Spicata, a member of the Lamiaceae family, is native to Europe and Asia, and is now on the loose just about everywhere else. Spearmint is most famous, perhaps, for lending its fragrance and flavor to chewing gum and mouthwash, or as the adornment for the infamous mojito; however, there is a lot more to this unique species of mint.

Spearmint

The Formula

Smile is based on herbs that relax the “qi constraint,” excess tension and resistance restricting the flow of life energy as defined by Traditional Chinese Medicine. The aromatic oils in certain herbs and spices have traditionally been used to ease tension and smooth the flow of Qi. This is especially effective in the abdominal region which has a high concentration of nerve fibers. It’s common to accumulate tension here due to a sedentary lifestyle, emotional stagnation and poor breathing habits. The result is a blockage of vital qi flow in an area charged with orchestrating some of our core functions, including digestion. Uplifting Lemon Balm and fragrant lavender blossoms combine well with the citrusy zest of lemon verbena, lemon myrtle and are nicely balanced with a sprinkle of cooling green spearmint leaves. These aromatic all-stars have a long tradition of use worldwide as common beverages to help free blockages so we can recover our energy, assimilate our food and maintain an even keel.

Uses & Benefits

Drinking Smile everyday encourages us to enter a state of “rest and digest,” the counterbalance to the “fight or flight” nervous-system state in which we often find ourselves. It’s not possible to digest well when we are tense, so this tonic is a good choice after meals to facilitate relaxed, easeful digestion. Smile is a cool, calming, anti-spasmodic blend that is especially beneficial for those who tend to eat on the run or carry excess tension in the belly. It also helps relieve excess gas, crampy bowel disturbances and irregular appetite. Children benefit greatly from drinking Smile due to its gentle nature and their tendency to hold stress in their bellies. Drink Smile in the evening to transcend the day’s stresses, relax the body and mind, reduce restless agitation, excessive worry and encourage restful sleep.

Diffusing Essential oils around the home is one of the best ways to experience the benefits of herbs. Bedtime is a particularly good time to take advantage of these oils, as a way to create an atmosphere of relaxation and calm. Floracopeia is our favorite essential oil company. Floracopeia’s oils are exemplary for both their purity and their impact on the communities that distill them.
During the months when the fresh, aromatic herbs are available, they are perfect to enliven a pitcher of water with their bright tastes and aromas. You can make combinations with fruits like, Lavender and Blueberry, Tulsi and Watermelon, or Mint and Cucumber by stirring a bunch into a container of water, lightly crushing the contents, and chilling in the fridge. Then, enjoy!