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Healing and Wellness
Some herbs help you to relax, some herbs help you to get well, and
some herbs help you to have energy. Please take a look at the
detailed pages for these herbs to see what they are known to help.
Bee Pollinating Herbal Flower
The wild growing peppermint, one of the innumberable mint varieties, can only be found in Central and Southern Europe. Peppermint has a pure, refreshing, menthol character.
Spearmint is traditional drink and can be drank any time of the year. Both hot and cold, the infusion is a real thirst quencher with no fruity notes but with a delicious and vitalizing spearmint taste.
Being mild and caffeine, this dried blossom makes a very appropriate drink in every season. We are offering a VERY high quality chamomile. The typical chamomile character of this infusion is particularly intense.
Rose Hip Peel Herb
The Rose Hip peel is dried in wood-burning stoves and reaches us in big bags. Rose Hip peels are especially suitable as a single fruit for a delicious, and thirst-quenching infusion.
The Calendula Petals are dried and infused to make a hot beverage but they have also been used to make a healthy broth, make a salad more visually appealing and surprisingly have also been used in the manufacture of marigold cheese. The special properties of Calendula as suggested in home remedies are as follows: calendula tea can be used for gastritis and a warm gargle has been used to soothe canker sores. The tea has also been recommended for women with painful menstruation or menopausal problems. For a stimulating bath, try adding calendula petals. Some hair stylists use a Calendula infusion as a hair rinse to bring out the highlights in brunette or blond hair.
One of our favorite spices. Cardamom is a fruit that has a lively candy-like opening.
Excellent clean ginger notes with a refreshing ginger hot finish. Clean lingering character. Both India and China think very highly of ginger for both its use as a food ingredient and for its purported medicinal properties. Its beneficial uses in this regard were thought to cover a veritable grocery list of common human ailments ranging from indigestion, to lack of appetite, the common cold, nausea, morning sickness related to pregnancy, leprosy, even restoring a low sex drive!
Ginkgo Leaves Herb
In addition to its ability to heal itself, Ginkgo is prized by herbalists and traditional medicine practitioners as a great way to heal the body. Consuming ginkgo products is said to help blood circulation, improve sight and hearing, even assist with cognitive functions in the brain, leading some to believe it may slow Alzheimer’s. For a tree with such an impressive resume, it isn’t too surprising to learn that the leaves of the tree also produce an easy-going, thoroughly enjoyable tisane. We’ve sourced these luxury ginkgo leaves from one of the world’s premier suppliers, located in France. When brewed, it produces a lightish cup with a delicate floral fragrance and a smooth, long finish.
Initially the taste is mildly grassy but soon a natural sweetness fills your mouth with a lightly astringent finish. Widely consumed in Southern China for energy and long life. In the remote villages near Fanjing Mountain in Guizhou province, inhabitants routinely drink Gynostemma tea instead of traditional Chinese green tea. They believe that a cup in the morning invigorates them for the day ahead and a cup after work helps them unwind. Now here’s the amazing part – the people of these villages routinely live to be more than 100 years old. In the 1960s, a team of Chinese medicinal practitioners and herbalists researched the phenomena and made some interesting discoveries. They found that the herb was very high in antioxidants and functioned as a powerful adaptogen, an herb that increases the body’s resistance to trauma, anxiety and fatigue.
Hibiscus means grace and beauty. There are more than 200 species of hibiscus. The type used for tea is Abelmoschus or Sabdariffa. Hibiscus is rich in Vitamin A and C and beta-carotene making it a good antioxidant. Many purport that its health benefits are:
- Replaces electrolytes and quenches thirst during and after athletic endeavors.
- Eases symptoms of colds, flu and coughs
Tea uses - Hibiscus petals are commonly used as a base for herb and fruit infusions. When blended with rosehips and various other dried fruits the resulting drink is lively, fruity and Vitamin C and A healthy.
A sweet lemon taste profile. Often used in teas to impart a lemon character without the tangy flavor. Lemongrass is a perennial herb, native to Southeast Asia is noted for its lemony scent and ginger undertones. Its lemon character is due to a high concentration of citral, its main biological component. While lemongrass is commercially grown from China to Paraguay, our offering comes from Thailand, the country which it is most commonly associated with. Aside from its myriad uses as a culinary ingredient, the people of Thailand have for centuries prized the plant for its many purported medicinal uses. Thai folk remedies for ailments ranging from fevers to muscle cramp all use the herb as a base ingredient. As well, in Thailand, tea made from the plant is thought to calm the nerves, and restore the spirit. In our experience lemongrass can be brewed on its own, or used as an excellent additive to other blended teas.
Lime Leaves Herb/Tea
Deliciously musky with sweet and strong citrus notes. In Thailand, every meal features the complete spectrum of flavors - spicy and sweet, sour and tangy, hot and cold. The lime and its leaves with their sweetly balanced profile, have the ability to integrate seamlessly with the full range. Soups, salad rolls, grilled meats, curries, noodles and any dish you can imagine use the pungent and aromatic leaves to add balanced layers of sweetness to the intricate flavors. According to the Thai people, the benefits of consuming lime leaves extend beyond their flavoring abilities. They also believe that natural properties in the leaves make them an excellent digestive aid. What’s more, they believe the leaves have the ability to cleanse the mind, erase negativity!
Sweet and lightly spicy. Memories of fresh cinnamon on warm buttered toast. Thousands of rice paddies, groves of tropical fruit and cinnamon farms, among others, line the banks, drawing on its fresh water for irrigation and nutrient rich soil. Is it the result of Naga river that the Mekong riverbank happens to provide the perfect conditions for growing cinnamon? Could be. All we know for sure is that Mekong Cinnamon exhibits the perfect balance of sweet and heat, making it an excellent addition to our teas. Naturally dried using an age-old sun drying technique, Mekong Cinnamon can be used to create your own tea and herbal blends, or as a natural additive to brewed tea for a sweetly scented treat. May the power of Naga be with you.
Passion Flowers Herb/Tea
A straw-like opening with a mild licorice finish. Passion Flowers are grown around the world but in our view, the finest specimens are grown in France. Herbalists and practitioners of traditional medicine in the country believe that a tisane made from the flower has sleep inducing qualities, making it an excellent before-bed beverage for insomniacs, or for people whose passion for life has led them to party on till the wee hours.
Rose Bud Petals
Light floral notes and pleasant lingering finish. Rose petals are commonly used to make a tea blend or infusion colorful and visually appealing. If teashops want to create their own signature blends, rose petals and buds can make your blend distinctive and a blend that only ‘you’ can create. Rose petals and buds were used by women to enhance the beauty of their hair and skin. Not surprising, knowing that following the rose blooming a rose hip develops, and a rose hip contains a multitude of vitamins which have properties that enhance one’s skin amongst its other properties.
Super Blue Lavender
Mild with slight pungent and a distinctive floral perfume character. Lavender is know for its calming characteristics. According to spiritualists and practitioners of stone meditation, (in which precious gems are used to enhance the body’s connection to the spirit world) sapphire stone has the ability to calm and focus the mind, release mental tension and clear away unwanted thoughts. Overall, it is said to restore balance within the body and create a general feeling of well-being. When we examine the qualities and benefits of the stone vs. this tisane, we find that the similarities are remarkable.
Cold BGone Wellness Tea
While we can’t profess to have a bonafide cure for the common cold, (trust us, if we did we’d have moved to warmer climates ages ago) we are pleased to offer this fabulous blend of ginger, orange peel, cinnamon and our own Montebello Spice herbal tea. Capitalizing on folkloric belief in the curative power of ginger and vitamin boost of citrus, Cold BGone serves as a barrier between your body and nasopharyngitis, coryza, or however you wish to describe what’s ailing you. In addition to giving your body a nutrient boost, Cold BGone is also an exceedingly rich and delicious herbal tea. With hints ofspice, ginger and fruit, the cup is round and exceptionally full-bodied for an herbal tea – the perfect beverage for relaxing in front of a roaring fire, or sitting up in bed dreaming of a healthier tomorrow. Speaking of bed, we’ve blended Cold BGone to be caffeine free, so it won’t stop you from getting the proper rest you need to fight off the symptoms coming your way.
Road to Recovery Wellness Tea
Even after the common cold, the road to recovery can last days, as the body’s natural immune system works its way back into fighting form. What can be done to ease this bumpy road? Drink more tea. Road to Recovery Wellness tea draws on the power of citrus to help restore strength and nutrients to the body. According to practitioners of Ayurveda, India’s traditional medicine, citrus fruits can help the liver, cure fevers and restore acidic balance in the body. The next time you’re feeling under the weather, whether self-imposed or otherwise, we hope you’ll fire up the kettle and brew yourself a trip on the Road to Recovery.
Red Rooibos Tea
A high-quality Rooibos tea can be identified by its ruby color and the soft, sweet, characteristic, aromatic taste. (Organic)
The wild growing plants thrive exclusively on small mountain ranges in the Longkloof District. In the 1990s Honeybush was re-discovered and is cultivated today for commercial purposes in 35 different locations. (Organic)
The stinging nettle itself is only one variety of the plant, which is collectively named “nettle plant”. In Europe, approximately 45 varieties of this plant can be found. The qualities of the soil as well as the nettle variety are very important factors for the cultivation of the stinging nettle. The different varieties grow between 10 and 250 cm tall. A lot of different types of butterflies use the stinging nettle as nourishment when they are still caterpillars.
Jasmine flowers for instance are consumed by some because they feel it imparts a soothing aroma and flavor that calms the nerves. For whatever reason, these Jasmine flowers are virtually flavor neutral and add a lovely dimension of flowers and white coloration to a tea blend without affecting the taste profiles of the tea. Ironically these same Jasmine flowers would have been used in China to make Jasmine tea, delicately scenting the fresh green tea with their ethereal character. The best Jasmine flowers become available in early May in Fujian province. During this time the aroma in the fields of Jasmine can be intoxicating and probably one of the most memorable scents to which you could be exposed. It is when these flowers become available that they are used to scent green tea - resulting in Jasmine Tea.
The chrysanthemum plant can grow up to 5 feet high and is known in the west as florist’s chrysanthemum. The wide diversity in color and style has made this flower popular in floral arrangements. This plant is native to China but is now widely cultivated throughout the world. Chinese herbal medicine has extensively used the chrysanthemum in its applications. There are reports of this flower being mentioned in ‘Divine Husbandman’s Classic of the Materia Medica’ in China during A.D.1. The white chrysanthemum is sometimes known as the sweet chrysanthemum. Chinese herbalists have claimed: - Chrysanthemum can be used by the respiratory system to clear fever and headaches associated with colds and flu. - used as a tonic for the eyes to sooth redness - ease tension and headaches.
Jasmine grows wild throughout many parts of the Himalayas, India and China. From very early times, the people living in these areas have always considered the flower to be sacred and associated it with love and devotion. In fact, in India, jasmine flowers are considered the sacred flower of the god of love, Kama. (You may have heard of the Kama-Sutra? There’s a reason the ancients considered the flower an aphrodisiac!) Now, unfortunately, love always has its downside and jasmine is no different.
Tending taste neutral but hints of light woodiness. Finishes with mild astringency.
Red Cornflower Petals
According to modern herbalists and natural health practitioners, ingesting cornflower, or tisanes made from cornflower, may help treat fevers, chest congestion and vaginal yeast infection - quite the flower. (Please note that Tea Composer can't substantiate these claims.) We recommend using these delicate petals to add colourful flair to your own tea and herbal blends.
Modern herbalists consider Linden to be an antispasmodic, a sedative remedy that can relieve tension and sinus pressure. The plant contains tannins, volatile oils and flavanoids that help improve circulation. It also has a mildly tranquilizing effect and During WWII became popular with soldiers as a tea. In many parts of Europe, particularly Eastern, Linden tea is still regularly served after meals. There are so many reasons to fall in love with linden. Which one will you choose?
In many other parts of the ancient world, the power and wisdom of the sunflower was said to ward of evil thoughts. Some believed that placing sunflower petals under their pillow at night would help get to the truth of any matter and encourage a long life. Others believed that sunflower petals in the bath would clear away sorrow. Still others believed sunflowers represented love, even going so far as to write odes and sonnets to the flower. Sunflower petals can be enjoyed on their own as a tisane, or as a mellow addition to custom tea blends.
In ancient China, Safflowers held an important place in Chinese medicine. They were given to patients to ease sore joints, cleanse wounds and interestingly, treat the measles. Chinese Doctors also believed that Safflower tea could induce heavy sweating, and as such prescribed it as a remedy against the common cold. This, interestingly, brings us very abruptly to the 19th century in North America. Anecdotal evidence in the new world suggests that, like the Chinese, early Americans believed Safflower could be used to treat measles and induce sweating to fight off a cold.
Butterfly Blue Pea Flowers
The petals of the Blue Pea Flower, (Latin: Clitoria ternatea), have been used since time immemorial to add colour to celebratory drinks in various locales around the world. Thailand, the country where we‟ve sourced this luxury grade dried Blue Pea Flower. For centuries, the Thai people have had a love affair with a syrupy beverage known as nam dok anchan. This fabulous beverage made with dried flowers, lime juice and sugar is as delicious as it is easy to prepare. According to India’s traditional medicine, Blue Pea Flower has been in use for centuries as an antidepressant, anticonvulsant, sedative and memory enhancer. Amazing.
Lemon Balm has nothing to do with lemons, other than its scent, which hints gently of the citrus fruit. The herb is actually a per ennial in the mint family Lamiaceae and is native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean. For more than two millennia Lemon Palm has been valued as a natural remedy for all manner of afflictions. Lemon Balm with its delicate lemon character makes a delicious herbal tisane or exotic addition to a custom tea blend.
Hua Mei Bamboo
Now we know why Pandas make such a fuss over bamboo. Smooth and full bodied with baked herbaceous notes.
According to medical researchers, a tisane of rosemary has shown promise in supporting blood circulation to the brain, and may even help prevent Alzheimer‟s. Thanks to its antioxidant count, it may also help with heart disease and cancer. A truly amazing herb with a long, long history!
Giza Ground Lemon
Luckily, as dry as the Giza plateau may be, its outer border tapers off into lush farmland lining the banks of the Nile. One of the more popular crops here is the lemon, which like most things Egyptian has a long documented history. In fact, the first literary reference to lemon groves can be found way back in the work of Nasir-I-Khusraw, a Persian traveler and poet who wrote an account of life in Egypt from 1035-1094 AD. The organic peel we offer here is from lemons that were grown in essentially the same way they were thousands of years ago. Use them to make a thirst quenching lemonade by infusing the pieces in water, or add them as a component in your custom tea blends. Either way, a superb lemony flavor awaits.
Organic Licorice Root
Tending somewhat herbaceous and woody but with an enchanting sweet licorice lightly spice finish. Licorice root pieces* *Organic Certified Organic by Pro-Cert Organic Systems.
Anise, (Latin: Pimpinella anisum), is one of the older spices in the world still in common use. Western consumption of the licorice-flavored spice dates back at least as far as the days of Ancient Rome. Now as we all know, history has shown that the Romans were generally not known for exercising restraint at meal times. This, as you can well imagine led to an awful lot of indigestion. One of these Roman cooks developed a small cake made of the spice that could be served after meals. The cake was a success and hastened the end of the dietary justice being meted out on overeaters by their own stomachs. While the end of the Roman Empire was also not far behind, the popularity of the spice grew over the ensuing centuries. Aside from its dietary benefits, anise is a delicious addition to recipes of all varieties in many cultures. Appetizers, mains, desert and yes, even beverages can be flavored with the spice. Depending on the quantity used, the result is either a subtle layer or dazzling panoply of black licorice intertwined with notes of fresh pepper, faint touches of cinnamon and delicate hints of sweetness.
Memories of Asian curry with a smooth licorice finish. Perfect as an after dinner digestive. Organic Certified Organic by Pro-Cert Organic Systems.
Honeysuckle… ancient symbol of undying love… a refreshing tea….and…flu-fighter? Yes… if reports from China are to be believed. Researchers at China‟s Nanjing University discovered that a single molecule in honeysuckle, MIR2911, may act as a “viral penicillin” in helping ward off influenza. The researchers found that the molecule directly targets the virus, despite flu‟s ability to evolve and resist vaccines. These same tests, published in the journal Cell Research, also appear to suggest that honeysuckle tea might help fight ebola. (We can‟t say we are interested in proving that one!) It all boils down to some confirmation for Chinese traditional medicine that has long maintained that a cup of honeysuckle tea has healing properties. Celebrate this miraculous plant with a cup of honeysuckle tea today. Brew it on its own, or in tandem with your favorite green tea. Honeysuckle has a very mild with slight floral notes reminiscent of gardenias.
For thousands of years, cultures around the world have believed that ingesting sage can enhance clarity of both the mind and spirit. This is borne out in a number of ways. For starters, consider the meaning of the word “sage” itself - an old, wise person. Next, factor in that adherents of Ayurveda believe that amongst its many ayurvedic actions, sage has the power of Medhya, a tonic for the brain. Sage has fantastic flavour. Fragrant, slightly astringent and warm, sage is used to enhance everything from meats to pickles and cheeses the world over.
Infusions made from the leaves of Raspberry bushes, (Latin: Rubus idaeus) have been consumed for millenia for reasons ranging from the soothing of throat infections to easing leg cramps. Archaeologists studying the ancient cultures of North America discovered evidence that the women of the ancient Cherokee, Iroquois, and Mohawk nations took advantage of the plant's abundance and regularly consuming it during pregnancy. They believed that drinking raspberry leaf tea helped to ease discomfort during childbirth. In fact, these ancient peoples believed that the Raspberry bush was a gift from the Great Spirit, put on earth to aid in the propagation of the human race. Recent science indicates that there may be some truth to the ancients' claim since raspberry leaves contain fragrine, an alkaloid that helps tone the pelvis and uterus. Raspberry leaf also contains high quantities of Vitamins A, B Complex, C, and E, as well as many essential minerals, and high levels of tannin. Leaves carry a neutral flavor tending towards a grassy character. Caffeine free.
Green Rooibos Tea
The original taste sensation offers a fresh lively taste with a slightly tangy flavor. The aroma is light and elegant. Caffeine free.
Ayurvedic Yoga Tea
Yoga tea is the classic among the Ayurvedic tea varieties. In our blend you will find hawthorne leaves in addition to the classical, spicy ingredients. This is a vitalizing warm drink on cold days and pleasant at any time. Give it a try with a dash of added milk. cinnamon pieces, ginger, stinging nettle leaves, cloves, sweet blackberry leaves, cardamom seeds, white pepper. You can also add a little black tea to make a stronger Yoga tea. Caffeine free.