How to make and drink Materre Tropics botanical supplement powder blend:
Shake 2 tablespoons in a 16oz bottle of water or juice. Enjoy!
Dissolve 1 tablespoons in 8oz of hot water and enjoy.
Add a dash to sparkling water for a fizzy cocktail.
Materre Tropics is our taste friendly version of a plant-based blood transfusion… It's the borscht-making auntie who moved to Bermuda. She’s still there to take care of you, but she’ll do it with some fun.
“The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.
Slavic peoples get their physical characteristics from potatoes, their smoldering inquietude from radishes, their seriousness from beets.
The beet is the melancholy vegetable, the one most willing to suffer. You can't squeeze blood out of a turnip…
The beet is the murderer returned to the scene of the crime. The beet is what happens when the cherry finishes with the carrot. The beet is the ancient ancestor of the autumn moon, bearded, buried, all but fossilized; the dark green sales of the grounded moon-boat stitched with veins of primordial plasma; the kite string that once connected the moon to the earth now a muddy whisker drilling desperately for rubies.
The beet was Rasputin's favorite vegetable. You can see it in his eyes.
Of course there are white beets, beets that use sugar water instead of blood, but it is the red beet with which we are concerned.
An old Ukrainian proverb warns, a tale that begins with a beet, will end with the devil. That is a risk we have to take.”
This is most of the first chapter of Tom Robbins' book Jitterbug Perfume… and my favorite part of my favorite book. And even though I promise our Tropics blend won’t end with a red horned character… there is something beautifully sacrificial to me about a beet.
Imagine a vegetable that grows full with human-like blood … a true tonic, when we are low on iron, nutrition and immuno-energy, the altruistic beet is there for us like an ancient ancestor or plant-based blood transfusion.
Beets are loaded with vitamins and minerals and low in calories and fat. They also contain inorganic nitrates, pigments, and antioxidants. People have been feeling and documenting the health benefits of beets since Roman times! Beet is only one of the five ingredients which make up this recipe.
In the Tropics blend, the beet combines well with pomegranate, hibiscus, licorice root, and ginger to create our loving blood tonic!
Low on iron? Drink me.
Low on vitamin C? Drink me.
High cholesterol? Drink me.
High blood pressure? Drink me.
Want to lose weight? Drink me.
Train to be an athlete? Drink me.
Want to do some sexercise and be an athlete between the sheets? Yes, that’s right, this blend is even beneficial for your sexual health!
Speaking of life, death, and rebirth…
Enter Queen Pomegranate
A classical symbol of feminine mystique in many religions and cultures, the pomegranate is packed with health benefits.
Pomegranates are one of the healthiest foods on the planet, considered a superfood, packed with nutrients and powerful plant compounds, they contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. As a rich source of nitrates, Pomegranate juice has been shown to help increase blood flow and erectile response in rabbits and may improve exercise performance. (Source) It also has antibacterial and antiviral properties which may be useful against common gum diseases and yeast infections. (Source) So please, make yourself a cup of Tropics… and go frolic like bunnies.
And just a little more sacred symbology for you here… the best way to cut a pomegranate is to follow its innate lines… which divide it into 5 sections… in essence the number five is associated with all Love Goddesses (Aphrodite, Venus, Oshun for examples). The goddess of 10,000 names shows up even in our fruit. The sacred number 5 contains all primary elements: water, earth, air, fire, spirit. No wonder it can aid curing in erectile dysfunction and prostate cancer… gents this blend is for you!
Hibiscus, not just ‘cuz
Hibiscus is rich in powerful antioxidant molecules that help fight compounds called free radicals that the body produces as a reaction to environmental and other pressures which cause damage to your cells. Too many of them roaming around our bodies can lead to wrinkles, cancer, and many other degenerative diseases. Antioxidants can prevent or slow damage to cells and are sometimes called “free-radical scavengers.”
Hibiscus contains flavonoids that reduce the absorption of fats. And along with the digestive power of ginger in this blend, it’s the perfect after-dinner digestive. If you sip on a cup after dinner, your body won't be so quick to cling to the unwanted fats from your hearty meal.
The finishing touch of this blend is some licorice root powder to sweeten the flavor naturally.
Tropics is rich in nutrients, refreshing whether served hot or cold, and is a powerful aid in your wellbeing. Guilt free goodness through and through… maybe even Goddesslyness!
your sisters at Goddess Breath