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Smokable Herbal Tea: For People Who Take Life Too Seriously (Video)

02/29/2012 02:50 pm ET | Updated Apr 30, 2012
  • Liza de Guia Founder and Chief Storyteller, food. curated., www.foodcurated.com

"The ingredients, the elements of the products I make, have been in use for thousands of years. They're safety tested by our ancestors..."

Meet Liz Neves, the founder of Raganella's Botanical Solutions, an all-natural, ethical body care company that hand blends organic, sustainable, smokable tea and other herbal products in her kitchen in Brooklyn, New York. Liz sees herself as a "caretaker". She left her 9-5 job in advertising to fulfill her calling to pursue something more ecological and healthy - starting her own body care company because she was fed up with synthetic, brand name products in the marketplace touting solutions to problems, but using ingredients that weren't actually healthy for your body or the environment. As she dug deeper, she realized that "simple is good" that "the Earth is an abundant place; that it provides" and that healing plants were the solution to her problems and the answer to her own career riddle. So, Liz launched her company and started developing "solutions" for everyday issues in her life, and now, a year later, has over 30 handmade, plant-based products to help people heal in a more humane way; which, of course, brings me to her all-natural tea line and her #1 selling product: smokable tea.

Now, I'm sure many of you drink tea, occasionally, as a herbal remedy or a sleep aid, but have any of you ever smoked it? Probably not. It was a first for me too. Well, for you curious and interested folks reading this, here's your chance:

Liz calls her smokable tea blend: Vivid Visions - a blend she learned about from herbalist Robin Rose Bennett. It's her #1 selling product on Etsy, with many, many repeat customers. It's legal, it's under the radar, and, according to Liz, it's perfect for anyone who takes life too seriously and needs a way to relax AND dream better. You don't need a lot of it to feel the effects and benefits. And it works. I've been drinking it and smoking it over the past few weeks: it's different, it's interesting and it definitely chills me out in a way I feel immediately. There's much more information in the video story. So enjoy! I hope you try it along with a handful of her other recommended solutions.

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