Ingredients With A Purpose
Organic Fair Trade Certified Green Tea, Organic lemongrass, Organic osthmanthus flowers, Organic lemon myrtle, Natural rose extract, Natural essential oils of orange, lime and tangerine, and Organic jasmine flowers.
Organic cinnamon, Organic Fair Trade Certified hibiscus, Organic currants, Organic licorice root, Natural plum flavor.
Organic Fair Trade Certified rooibos, Organic hibiscus, Organic licorice root, Natural blueberry flavor, Organic blueberries and Natural strawberry flavor
Tea has been cultivated for centuries, beginning in India and China. Today, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, second only to water. Hundreds of millions of people drink tea, and studies suggest that green tea (Camellia sinesis) in particular has many health benefits.
Green tea has important antioxidants and compounds that help in maintaining good health. Green tea’s antioxidants, called catechins, scavenge for free radicals that can damage DNA. Polyphenols contained in teas are classified as catechins. Green tea contains six primary catechin compounds: catechin, gallaogatechin, epicatechin, epigallocatechin, epicatechingallate, and apigallocatechingallate (also known as EGCG). EGCG is the most studied polyphenol component in green tea and the most active. In a freshly picked tea leaf, catechins can compose up to 30% of the dry weight. Green tea contains the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants. In fact, the antioxidant effects of polyphenols seem to be greater than vitamin C.
Green tea also contains alkaloids including caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline. They provide green tea’s stimulant effects. L-theanine, an amino acid compound found in green tea, has been studied for its calming effects on the nervous system.
Gardeners have always valued the hibiscus is for its beautiful flowers, but the plant has a very practical side as well. Traditional cultures worldwide, from China to the Americas use hibiscus for medicinal teas and natural red dye. In Jamaica it is known as sorrel, in Mexico agua de Jamaica. Believed to be native to Africa, hibiscus is often used to make herbal teas also known as infusions.
There are good reasons to add hibiscus herbal tea and tea products to your daily routine beyond the great taste, regular consumption of hibiscus may lower blood pressure, help you shed a few pounds, offer antioxidants effects and enhance cardiovascular health. Drinking hibiscus tea lowered blood pressure in a group of pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults, according to a study by the USDA.
Many herbalists regard licorice as a natural alternative to hydrocortisone and it is used in many formulations to activate and increase the effects of other herbs. It acts much like your body’s own natural corticosteroids. Licorice decreases generation of damaging molecules called free radicals at the site of inflammation and it inhibits an enzyme that’s involved in the inflammatory process. The herb’s action as a fast-acting anti-inflammatory agent is due to the compound glycyrrhizin, a compound that is chemically similar to the corticosteroids released by the body’s adrenal glands. Glycyrrhizin blocks prostaglandin production and inflammation. Although it supports the body’s release of cortisol, it also inhibits some of the more detrimental side effects of that hormone’s presence. Licorice is also aexcellent demulcent, and expectorant commonly used for throat, stomach, urinary, and intestinal irritations.
Lemongrass is a well known medicinal herb in the east, as well as being widely used in Thai, Indonesian,Vietnamese, and Caribbean cooking. Lemon grass is a mild diuretic and a digestive stimulant that promotes digestion of fats. It may also help with menstrual troubles and nausea.
The simple touch of cinnamon infuses warmth and energy throughout your body. As part of tea blends, cinnamon improves the taste of less tasty herbs, aids digestion and adds powerful antibacterial power to cold and flu remedies. Some very interesting recent research suggests that cinnamon may help diabetics control their blood sugar.
The key ingredient in lemon myrtle is the high concentration of citral in its leaves. Citral comprises 90-98% of the essential oils in lemon myrtle, as opposed to less than 10% in lemons and limes. Some of the characteristics of citral include: an anti-fungal agent, non-acidic and high in anti-oxidants.
Bluberries are a great source of vitamin C which aids in the formation of collagen and helps maintain healthy gums and capillaries. It also promotes iron absorption and a healthy immune system.
“Osmanthus” refers to a genus of more than 30 flowering trees, most of which are native to the temperate areas of Asia. The flowers grow in small bunches and emit a sweet, pungent odor. Traditionally, dried osmanthus flowers are infused in a black or green tea, but oolong and white tea bases can also be used to create different flavors. Traditional Chinese medicine claims that a cup of osmanthus tea each day can improve complexion, according to Crazyfortea.com. The basis for these claims is likely the high concentration of various compounds found in plants that have antioxidant effects in the body combined with its ability to inhibit melanin formation, leading to a lighter skin tone.
Another proposed benefit of osthmanthus flower is improvement of chronic health. The body can produce excesses of nitric oxide during infection or inflammation, which has been linked to the formation of cancer, diabetes and renal disease. A study published in “Food Chemistry” tested the usefulness of osmanthus and several other herbs as nitric oxide scavengers or suppressants. The results showed the osmanthus has potential to cleanse the body of excess nitric oxide but only minor use at a suppressor.
Because of the variety of vitamins and minerals, and the potent phtyochemical and antioxidant power, in Black Currants, they boast a fair amount of potential health benefits. Black currants are rich in vitamins and are caffeine free. Teas made with black currants will offer the benefits of this herb. Black currents are used as an ingredient in some herbal teas, including blends with raspberry leaf. Black currants contain vitamin C, potassium, antioxidants and anthocyanins, a compound found in berries that reduces inflammation. Black currants have also been used to aid the digestive process.
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The answer for those seeking to use cinnamon for a serious health problems like diabetes may be taking cinnamon in supplement form, however anyone already diagnosed with high blood sugar should seek advice on dosing from their health care provider. Duke, James. Ph.D. “The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook”,)( 2000)
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