Hrista’s Herbs: Herbal infusions: Drinking to your health never tasted so good
By Lena Hunter | Photos: Melanie Rose
It’s common knowledge that herbs are bursting with health benefits, from soothing digestion to aiding sleep. At online boutique Hrista’s Herbs, the natural teas and body soaps are made from botanicals of the highest quality, and every herb is specially selected for its outstanding flavour and aroma.
Hrista’s Herbs sources its botanicals from the fertile soils of Bulgaria, where the favourable climate results in plants with high concentrations of bio-active substances. “The health of the plants is where it all starts. We only use quality organic herbs. Then, we dry them naturally in the shade. It’s the best way to preserve their properties, colours and aromas,” explains Hrista’s Herbs founder Hrista Angelova.
The herbs in the nine loose-leaf teas and the natural ingredients in the six soaps are selected first and foremost for their taste and scent. “Every tea has positive effects on wellness, but I don’t actively choose strong medicinal herbs. These are infusions you can drink daily, and which are specially chosen for their delicious flavours,” says Hrista.
Everyday mindful moments
“The Mountain Tea is very popular. It’s an ancient infusion of a flowering plant called Sideritis. It has a beautiful flavour, and is a powerful immune-booster and anti-inflammatory,” says Hrista. “But my favourite is the Linden Blossom. I love its natural sweetness.”
Others in the collection include aromatic Pine Needle packed with vitamins and antibacterial essential oils, the distinctive and delicious Rose Tea, and premium classics like Mint and Lemon Balm. Every tea comes with individual brewing instructions for a rich and restorative infusion, mindfully nurtured from the earth right to the cup.
For the body, mind and planet
Meanwhile, the complementary range of handmade organic soaps nourish from the outside in. Just like the teas, the ingredients in the soaps are selected for their sensual qualities. The range includes Cocoa Goat Milk & Honey, Nettle & Yoghurt, and Lavender & Poppy Seed. “I love the Pumpkin, Cinnamon & Ginger soap. The scent is irresistible,” says Hrista.
The bars are wrapped in felted antibacterial and hypoallergenic wool for easy lathering, while ingredients such as shea and cocoa butter, olive oil and beeswax hydrate and protect dry winter skin. With a portion of Hrista’s Herbs profits going to non-governmental tree-planting projects in Finland and Bulgaria, this is true feel-good indulgence – good for the conscience and the planet, as well as the body.
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