CH’I Freedom List

A lot of what we talk about are the what we have put into our drinks – but equally as important and not mentioned on most labels is what we’ve chosen to leave out.
We like to call this our Ch’i Freedom List – ingredients often added to other branded drinks that you will never find in ours. Ever.

The Ch’i Freedom List
• No synthetic flavours
• No added colours – synthetic or natural
• No high fructose corn syrup
• No phosphoric acid
• No erythritol
• No benzoic acid
• No aspartame or other synthetic sweeteners
• No phenylanaline
• No BPAs
• No synthetic preservatives

Sure, we could make our life easier by buying completely manufactured ingredients and flavours, and mixing them in a bottling factory.
But then we wouldn’t be Ch’i. We’d be … well, you don’t need us to tell you that.

Is CH’I Herbal Sugar Free an option to help manage Diabetes?

Our Original Blend Sugar Free is completely free from sugars and has only traces of carbohydrates. This makes it potentially very useful if managing Diabetes.

The nutrition panel does state a a minuscule 10kJ (2 kCal) of energy for every 200ml portion drunk. This comes from the Vitamin C which we include to help protect the colour and flavours from oxidation. This is metabolized by our bodies and yields the tiny amount of energy.

Please always consult your Health Professional if you are considering changes in your diet to manage your Diabetes.

Is CH’I safe to drink if I am pregnant?

There are no reasons we are aware of to restrict your enjoyment of CH’I while pregnant.

The herbs in the extract we make are not in the drink at therapeutic doses.

If however you have any questions or concerns about this or any health matter while pregnant please always consult with your Health Practitioner.

Liquid Oxygen

Drinks infused with Oxygen was an idea so far advanced that its time still hasn’t come – and in all likelihood never will.

Conventional drinks wisdom is that you should eliminate all oxygen from the drink if you expect it to last longer than a few weeks. Oxygen is the enemy of flavours, delicate natural colours, and will fuel decay of plant and fruit content.

In 1999 we had celebrated our first 10 years into our journey and were looking for drinks ideas that could be as revolutionary as our Original Herbal Blend was in the late 1980’s. Someone in the team- a name that no one admits to now – had the idea of adding oxygen rather than carbon dioxide to a drink that would bubble when opened and be extra healthy. 6 months later and after a lot of head shaking from our technical advisers we had Liquid Oxygen trademarked and on the market. It was called a water buy had a little sugar and some flavours.

Our retail partners trusted us explicitly and gave this outlandish idea a chance on their shop shelves and in their drinks chillers. Anyone who knows the most basic of food technology would know it was certain to go bad – and sure enough it did. 3 months later the first production had gone brown, lost any sparkle and was undrinkable. We apologised, licked our wounds and moved onto our next big idea – All Natural Flavours.

Stevia – a 100% natural sweetener but is it safe?

Stevia is a natural herb based sweetener with no sugars, carbohydrates or calories. It’s one of the few non calorific sugar alternatives that is not synthetic.

Our taste buds perceive it to be over 200 times sweeter than sugar.

It has been rigorously assessed by the FDA in the USA, and the Australia and New Zealand Food Safety Authority, and was approved as a safe food ingredient by these Authorities in 2008.

Like virtually everything in our food supply, including water, it is probably capable of causing harm if consumed in extreme excess, but the most recent information suggested you would need to regularly consume several hundred bottles of CH’I Herbal Sugar Free a day to be approaching an unsafe level!

Read more about Stevia >> Stevia

Self compassion

Self compassion is not self pity. Cut yourself some slack and acknowledge you’re doing OK, and sometimes need to pause a bit before going forward.

Here’s some simple self compassion ideas…

Don’t weigh yourself everyday – nothing significant changes each day. Save the weigh in for once week…

Falling Water

Ingredients to make a Falling Water cocktail

  • 30mls 42 Below Feijoa Vodka
  • Long slice cucumber (cut lengthwise)

To Mix

  1. Place cucumber slice vertically in a tall glass
  2. Fill with ice
  3. Pour the vodka over the cucumber to release its flavour
  4. Top up with Ch’i ORIGINAL

How It Should Look

Our Expert From The Mix Instructs.....

The Great Lemon Hunt of 2013

Creating our Herbal Lemon Ch’i for the summer of 2013/2014 was not exactly a cake walk.

Have you ever tried negotiating with East Coast citrus growers?

Desperation Stinks, Sour Negotiations

We came to the mecca of citrus to buy fresh New Zealand lemons after a poor growing season. Lemons were in short supply and we had already promised customers more supply of our popular limited-edition Lemon CH’I for the summer.

These crafty growers could smell the desperation on us.

The Lemon growers, being astute students of market forces and the laws of supply and demand, thought they had cornered a get rich scheme. And they had.

There was a lot of hard haggling, but we managed to secure enough lemons to squeeze the juice that made that summer’s limited edition Herbal Lemon a breath taking fresh flavour.

While lemons do certainly grow on trees, they don’t do it year round and aren’t always available fresh and juicy when we need them. We sometimes can’t get the lemon juice we need, so if we are have run out of this delicious sparkling refresher, we ask for your patience. More will be coming just as soon as the lemon trees (and their farmers) cooperate.

What is the meaning of CH’I?

We often have this question, what is the ,meaning of CH’I?. In Eastern traditions, there is an ancient concept that believes ‘CH’I’ is the life force, the essential energy which flows from the Earth through every living thing, reaching and energising all of us.

CH'I pronunciation

QI (pronounced CH’eee) CH’I starts in the Earth and flows through every living thing giving the essential breath of life.

energy flow

Energy the world over

The concept of such energy is found in most of the ancient cultures of the world…

In India, it is called prana;  in China, chi; in Japan, ki;  for Native Americans, the Great Spirit. For all these cultures and others as well, the idea of life force has been central to their forms of medicine and healing.

Traditional Eastern medicine often aims to restore the right levels of Ch’i to keep the body and soul healthy. A strong life force is believed to make a human being totally alive, alert and present while a weak force results in sluggishness and fatigue. You can increase and develop your Ch’i to overcome illness, become more vibrant and enhance mental capacity

Both Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture are based on balancing and enhancing Ch’i to bring the body into a good state of health. Herbs are one of the key tools in this form of medicine.

We are not students of Eastern medicines, and make no claims for therapeutic outcomes from our herbal refreshers, but we are truly inspired by the ancient view of essential, positive energy flowing from the Earth. That it can be captured and directed to rejuvenate each of us? Is a metaphor and inspiration for the work we do in finding and handcrafting earthy, herbal ideas.

How could we not be inspired by this concept from the meaning of CH’I? We imagined what ‘CH’I’ would taste like and went from there…