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Tea Descriptions/Herbs (36-50)

Black Chai – Herbal Tea

An ideal tea for Chai lovers made with the king of tea – Ceylon black tea from Sri Lanka. Our Black Chai is warming and refreshing with the rich flavours of cinnamon and Licorice root and subtle under-tones of cloves and cardamom. Enjoy it as a tea or mixed as a chai latte.

Ingredients: Certified organic Ceylon black tea, Aniseed, Ginger, Cinnamon, Licorice root, Cardamon pods, Caraway, Pepper & Cloves.

Herbalists Tips:  Of the 3 Chai teas in our range, the Black chai is the most stimulating. Because it’s main ingredient is Black tea, it does contain caffeine.  Like the other Chai teas in the range, it can be made with milk to make a latte.  Health wise, Chai teas a digestive, with the warming Ginger root, sweet Licorice root and cinnamon, which can regulate blood sugar.

Sellers Tips:  Customers will often ask what are the therapeutic benefits of Chai teas and I explain that the spices are digestive, that’s why people in India drink a chai tea with their meals. Chai teas are versatile, made as a tea, a latte, and even cooking with the tea to poach apples and pears to make a dessert.

Essiac (the original recipe) – Herbal Tea

Top of FormBottom of FormEssiac tea has an interesting history dating back to the early 1920’s in Canada.

Rene Cassie was a nurse who, following the advice from an old Native American Indian medicine man, formulated a tea that she dispensed from a cancer clinic in Ontario.

She had support from the medical profession, in particular Dr Frederick Banting, the co-discoverer of insulin.

Essiac tea has become widely known for its remarkable ability to boost the immune system and detoxify the body.

I have followed the original recipe and used Burdock root, which is an effective blood purifier that neutralizes and eliminates poisons from the body.

Sheep Sorrel contains a natural substance that research has shown to have significant anti-leukemic activity. I have used the weed as the Sheep Sorrel root is not available.

Slippery Elm is well known for its soothing and healing properties and Turkey rhubarb root has been shown in research to have anti-tumour activity. It is diuretic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.

Ingredients: Burdock root, Sheep Sorrel, Slippery Elm powder & Turkey rhubarb.

Herbalists Tips: In blending the organic herbs to the original Essiac recipe I have used the milled roots of Burdock, Slippery Elm and Turkey Rhubarb to enable you to make the tea as an infusion rather than boiling it as a decoction.
That means you can make my blend by adding a teaspoon of the herbs to a teapot and pouring over boiling water. It makes it very easy to manage. Milling the roots does not detract from the potency so you can be assured that the organic herbs used in the Essiac tea you purchase are just as potent whether boiled as a decoction or brewed as an infusion.
An infusion is what you make when you put a tea bag in a cup with hot water. This tends to extract vitamins and volatile oils from leaves and flowers. A decoction is a boiling method used to extract these components from hard materials such as roots, bark or seeds and then allowing herbs to steep for several hours.

Sellers Tips: Customers being treated for cancer will often seek out this tea but it is a useful blend for anyone who is immune suppressed or who just want to drink it as a detoxifying, immune boosting tea. This blend can also be mixed with other tea blends – for example, adding some of the herbs to Lemongrass & Ginger tea or the Tummy tea. I blended the milled herbs rather than the hard roots to make is easier for people who are ill to make a tea brew and get the therapeutic benefits from these herbs without having to go through the process of boiling, straining, steeping etc, especially when they are very unwell. Customers have told me that this tea has been helpful when undergoing chemotherapy as they have not been as nauseous. Others have told me they just feel better when drinking the tea. I tell customers that it can be a good addition to whatever treatment they are undergoing. It is not a cure for any disease or illness and should never been promoted as such.

Further Information about Essiac tea

Essiac herbal formula has an interesting history dating back to the early 1920’s in Canada.

Nurse, Rene Caisse formulated the herbal blend based on a recipe from an old Indian medicine man.

In 1922, Rene Caisse happened to notice some scar tissue on the breast of an elderly English woman. The woman said that doctors have diagnosed her with breast cancer years before. However, she didn’t want to risk surgery nor did she have the money for it. The English woman had met an old Indian medicine man in the 1890s that gave her the herbal tea.

Sometime later, Rene Caisse was walking with a retired doctor who pointed to a common weed and stated “Nurse Caisse, if people would use this weed there would be little cancer in the world.” It happened to be one of the herbs named as an ingredient of the Indian medicine men’s tea.

The weed was sheep sorrel. Rene Caisse’s formula, which she tested on laboratory mice and human cancer patients included sheep sorrel, burdock root, slippery elm and Turkey rhubarb.

Under the supervision of doctors, Nurse Caisse operated a cancer clinic in Ontario, Canada, where she treated hundreds of cancer sufferers.

She had support from members of the medical profession including Dr Frederick Banting, the co-discoverer of insulin who became interested in Essiac and even offered Nurse Caisse research facilities to test it.

Essiac has become widely known for its remarkable ability to boost the immune system and detoxify the body. Burdock, for example has a well-established reputation for detoxification and support of the liver and organs of elimination. It is an effective blood purifier that neutralizes and eliminates poisons from the body. Burdock contains niacin, which is known to help eliminate radiation from the body.

Sheep Sorrel contains aloe emodin, a natural substance that shows significant anti-leukemic activity.

Slippery Elm is well known for its soothing and healing properties. It reduces inflammation such as sore throat, diarrhoea and urinary problems. Slippery Elm contains beta-sitosterol and a polysaccharide, both which have shown anti-cancer activity.

Turkey rhubarb root has been shown to have anti-tumor activity. It is diuretic, anti-inflammatory, anti=bacterial and has been used to relieve constipation. It is medicinally more potent that garden rhubarb root.

These are the four ingredients in the original recipe that I have used for the Essiac herbal blend you have purchased.

In blending the organic herbs to the original Essiac recipe I have used the milled root to enable you to make the tea as an infusion rather than boiling it as a decoction.

On the back of the packet I have given you the original directions, which you can follow if you choose. Some Essiac users have made my blend as an infusion by adding a teaspoon of the herbs to a teapot and pouring over boiling water. They have found that to be easier to manage.

Milling the root does not detract from the potency so you can be assured that the organic herbs used in the Essiac tea you purchased are just as potent whether boiled as a decoction or brewed as an infusion.

Fatigue – Herbal Tea

Do you wake up in the morning still feeling tired? Exhausted at the end of the day? Feeling weary all the time? The FATIGUE tea has been designed to help with customers who are suffering from adrenal exhaustion and chronic fatigue, that very deep-seated tiredness that sleeping doesn’t help and lack of energy

Formulated with Siberian Ginseng and Licorice root to nourish the adrenal glands, with Red Clover, Hawthorn berries and Alfalfa, this is a tea that will help with weariness and may restore that “get up and go” feeling. You will feel energised, have more stamina and endurance and ready to face the day.

Ingredients: Siberian ginseng, Liquorice root, Hawthorn berries, Red Clover & Alfalfa.

Herbalist Tips: There is a very lengthy list of reasons why people may suffer from abnormal tiredness and lethargy. Most common ones are iron deficiency and anemia, nutritional, constipation and low blood pressure. Fatigue is not a disease or illness per se, but a symptom and you can see that the list of causes is long and complex.  What is often underlying is excessive caffeine, either from coffee, black tea or energy drinks. When a customer is addicted to caffeine and suffers from fatigue, then they are depleting their adrenaline, exhausting their adrenal glands (which sit on top of the kidneys) and their energy disapates.

Selling Tips: When a customer tells you they are constantly tired, they wake up feeling exhausted, feel tired all the time or are feeling exhausted at the end of the day, the FATIGUE tea is the herbal blend to recommend. I explain to customers that this tea is not like a “caffeine hit” , it will have a subtle effect as it’s intent is to nourish the adrenal glands and help to clear  the lymphatic system. Chronic fatigue may be caused by an accumulation of toxins in the lymphatic system and that is why the herbs used are intended to target that as well as the Licorice root and Siberian Ginseng which will gently nourish the adrenal glands.

Hangover – Herbal Tea

There’s nothing like a big celebration to leave you feeling a little washed out the next morning. The HANGOVER tea has just the right ingredients to help your customer deal with the after-effects of a big night out. The herbs Aniseed and Raspberry leaf can settle nausea, Licorice root will help to break down sugars (alcohol is high in sugar) and Dandelion leaf will support your liver. Suggest the customer makes a brew and gently sip. Your customer will be surprised how much better they feel. But then, you don’t have to be feeling seedy to enjoy this delicious tea with a subtle taste of Aniseed. It can be enjoyed with a leisurely Sunday breakfast.

Ingredients: Aniseed, Raspberry leaf, Licorice root, Dandelion leaf

Herbalist Tips:  This might seem like a frivolous herbal brew but it does have therapeutic benefits as well. In fact, it can also be helpful for Menopausal women to drink if they like the taste of licorice as Raspberry leaf is a good herb for tightening and toning the ligaments of the uterus so may help to prevent prolapse of the uterus. But I digress.  I used the herb Raspberry leaf in this blend because it is useful for nausea as that can be a serious after-effect of excessive alcohol consumption.  The Aniseed and Licorice root add to the subtle taste while Dandelion leaf, a digestive herb, can help with liver issues.

Sellers Tips: Yes, we have a tea for everything. This is a tea that always attracts customers attention and I comment, “well, hangovers are a health issue too.”  Customers who like the taste of Licorice will enjoy this tea. It’s a good novelty gift idea when customers are looking for something different.

Immune – Herbal Tea

The four herbal ingredients in this herbal tea are immune boosting and stimulating. Echinacea, Cat’s Claw, Astragalus and Olive leaf can be beneficial during the winter season and also ideal after an operation or illness to help with recovery. Making this tea a habit during winter months can mean your customers don’t have to suffer with ongoing colds or the debilitating effects of influenza.

Cat’s claw is a woody vine that grows wild in the Amazon rainforest and other tropical areas of Central and South America. Its thorns resemble a cat’s claws. This herb can effectively fight infection and will boost the immune system.

Echinacea is a North American plant of the daisy family, that is used in herbal medicine for its antibiotic and wound-healing properties.
Olive leaf is the extract from the leaves of the olive tree and it is used in herbal medicine because it is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is an ideal herb for immune strengthening. It has broad spectrum uses and can help with multitude of health conditions including various viral infections, herpes and candida ablicans. It is also anti-inflammatory and can help to regulate blood pressure.

Ingredients: Cat’s Claw, Astragalus, Echinacea & Olive leaf.

Herbalists Tips: Boosting the immune system is probably the most effective way to treat colds, flu and sore throats. Although there is a multitude of symptoms and many factors involved, maintaining a health immune system enables our body to combat the causes and minimise the impact. This tea is also helpful for anyone needing to improve their immune system for other reasons like preparing for an operation, recovering from illness or maintenance during the cold winter months.

Sellers Tips: Customers usually recognise the need for this tea and seem to resonate with it. It is an easy tea to add to any other teas to drink, I often suggest adding a pinch of the herbs to another brew like Spearmint and Licorice root or their preferred tea. Customers can also add honey to sweeten if they have an issue with the taste or are giving it to children.

Kidney & Gout Ease – Herbal Tea

The herbs in the Kidney & Gout Ease tea are blood cleansing so they can help to support the kidneys and help to remove uric acid build up that causes the intense pain which is symptomatic of the condition of Gout. Nettle is an important ingredient in this tea because of its blood cleansing properties and its diuretic action that can neutralise uric acid in the blood and help to prevent painful inflammation.

Brewing the tea when a bout of gout occurs can be beneficial.
Yarrow is traditionally used for fevers and inflammatory conditions and can help to eliminate toxins. This herb is also ideal for relieving the symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism. Yarrow has an interesting history as it was called the “Soldiers herb” in the British army until the First World War as it was used as an infusion and poultice to help with wound healing.
The herb Couch Grass has a gentle and soothing effect on the kidneys as a diuretic.
A customer testimonial about this tea came from a woman from Philip Island (Vic) who told me she had suffered from Gout for many years and noticed a significant improvement in this painful condition after she started drinking the tea. She had been taking medication for many years for Gout and decided to try our herbal tea. She wrote: “I am really pleased that I have reduced and then stopped taking the medication to avoid it’s side effects. I am feeling so much better. I wish I had had the tea years ago.”
Drinking plenty of filtered water (min 2 litres for adults per day) and minimise caffeine consumption is beneficial when suffering from Gout or a kidney condition.

Ingredients: Nettle, Yarrow & Speedwell.

Herbalist Tips: When fluid balance in the body is overworked, which is usually the case with dehydration and excessive caffeine intake, blood pressure rises and toxins start to accumulate in the kidneys. High blood pressure and Gout are symptoms of this water imbalance and is reflected in the kidneys inability to maintain proper function.  Like any of the teas, good hydration enables everything to work efficiently and especially with these conditions. Kidneys are the bodies water filter system and must be maintained with good hydration and these herbs in this tea will help to nourish the kidneys enabling them to work efficiently.

Sellers Tips: Gout is a very common problem, mostly with men but also with women these days.  The cause is not red meat and alcohol, they are just the triggers or the tipping point when a persons kidneys are under stress.

Depending on whether the gout is chronic (constantly inflamed & painful) or acute ( intermittent bouts) customers can either drink the tea each day as a preventative and keep their kidneys function well or make a pot and drink it along with water when a acute bout hits. Often I find that customers are so accustomed to drinking coffee that they are adverse to the taste (or will say they only drink coffee and nothing else) so using the herbs in food is an option. One customer told me she mixes the herbs into a gravy to put on her husband’s food as he refuses to drink it. For a blood pressure issue, (high or low) I would recommend the BLOOD BALANCE tea which they can combine with the KIDNEY & GOUT tea if they wish.

Gunpowder Green Tea

Gunpowder green tea derives its name from the tightly rolled green leaves which resemble gunpowder pellets. This organic green tea has a distinct smoky, earthy flavour. Gunpowder green tea is prepared slightly different to other rolled green tea leaves as it is rolled into tight, small pellets and it has a slightly higher caffeine levels than other green teas.

Just like all varieties of green tea, Gunpowder green tea also comes from the Camellia Sinesis plant and the leaves are rolled into small pellets that expand when steeped to release the flavour and nutrients.

Ingredients: Organic Green Tea

Herbalists Tips: the original name of Gunpowder green tea was pearl tea and it’s a zero-calorie tea makes it an ideal option for people wanting to lose weight. It has a different taste than the Sencha Green tea.

Sellers Tips: Customers are often intrigued by this tea but I suggest they can drink it like any tea, including with milk if preferred. Apparently, it is a delicious iced tea.  Customers like the look of this tea as the leaves unfurl when hot water is added. Gunpowder green tea is another option for customers looking for a tea that resembles black tea.

Libido Tea

This tea has been designed to increase sexual desire and appetite combining herbs that are reputed to have aphrodisiac properties. This tea may help to improve relationships, ease any stress in life and increase libido level. Changes to lifestyle and diet can also help to enhance a customers’ sex life and adding a herbal tea is a good place to start.

Ingredients: Horny Goat Weed, Damiana, Saw Palmetto & Passionflower.

Herbalist Tips: Horny Goat Weed has traditionally been prescribed in Chinese Medicine for low libido and erectile dysfunction for centuries. The flowering plant is believed to stimulate male and female hormones to improve sexual function and arousal.

According to folklore, the plant’s aphrodisiac qualities were discovered when a Chinese goatherd noticed increased sexual activity among his flock after they ate the plant!

Because testosterone plays a role in both men and women’s sex drive and is linked to fertility because it affects the production of both sperm and eggs, adding the Saw Palmetto berries helps to increase the testosterone levels. This berry can help them experience an increased libido or a greater desire for sex.

Damiana has historically been known as a natural aphrodisiac because it’s said to improve sexual arousal and blood flow to the genital area. Damiana can help improve energy levels and reduce the effects of stress – stress is one of the biggest killers of libido – and can improve stamina.

I added a little Passionflower to help with any nervous tension. This tea can be helpful for both men and women.

Sellers Tips: This is a very personal issue for many customers and they will usually ask “does it work?” Because there are many causes for diminished sex drive, (anything from medications, diet, lifestyle, nutritional deficiency, alcohol consumption, emotional issues, depression, even over the counter medications like antacids can affect testosterone levels) there is no definitive answer. However, I find it best to refer them to the herbs used in the tea as they have been selected for their aphrodisiac properties and the feedback from customers. Here’s a comment from a therapist in South Australia -. ”A client called in this morning to buy a second packet of Libido tea. He is absolutely thrilled with how effective it has been for him. He admitted he was a little sceptical when he purchased his first packet but now is a convert.”

Ingredients: Horny Goat Weed, Damiana, Saw Palmetto & Passionflower.

Prostate – Herbal Tea

This herbal tea may assist with a range of urinary issues, including prostate disorders. The Epilobium soothes the bladder, Pau D’Arco is anti-fungal and anti-septic and the Saw Palmetto and Siberian Ginseng can soothe the kidneys. This tea may be helpful for urinary urgency and to reduce frequent night-time bathroom visits.
The main ingredient I have used in the Prostate tea blend is Epilobium which has a very interesting story. When I designed this tea blend, I took the lead from renowned Australian herbalist, Hilde Hemmes.
It was through a German herbal book that Hilde made the connection between the herb Epilobium and prostate issues suffered by many men.
The prostate gland is found only in men and by the age of 50 years it is estimated that nearly a third of men will experience some symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
Prostate enlargement is the most common prostate disorder but when this develops into prostatitis, which is inflammation, it can become a very serious health issue.
A great endorsement for this herb is by some very prominent Australians who have used it and sung its praise, including Bob Jane, the motoring magnate, Pro Hart, a renowned artist and best of all, Smoky Dawson, one of Australia’s living legends, who wrote a song extolling the efficacy of Epilobium.
Other ingredients in this tea are Saw Palmetto, a berry that can help with decreasing the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. This herb is often referred to as “the men’s herb.”
Pau D’Arco, an anti-fungal herb, which is also anti-inflammatory and helps to boost the immune system. Siberian Ginseng is a gentle ginseng and it can help to soothe inflammation in the glandular system, including the prostate gland.
Replacing caffeinated drinks with this tea and drink it once a day will make a significant difference.

Ingredients: Organic Epilobium (Willow Herb), Pau D’Arco, Saw Palmetto, & Siberian Ginseng.

Herbalist Tips: Epilobium is not just an effective medicinal herb for prostate issues but it has shown to have no adverse side effects. German studies have confirmed that epilobium contains the active ingredients beta-sistosterol, a plant hormone that shrinks enlarged prostates! Saw Palmetto also has a long history as a treatment for the relief of prostate disorders. The berry has been extensively researched in Europe and clinical trials have shown a dramatically reduction in the size of the prostate and associated symptoms. Also, no toxic effects haven been shown.

Sellers Tips: When enlarged, the prostate pinches off the flow of urine, causing the characteristic symptoms of urinary frequency, urgency and the classic sign is waking frequently during the night to go to the toilet. As explained, the herbs used in this tea will help to diminish the frequency and allow a more comfortable lifestyle and better sleep at night. This tea can also be recommended to customers at any stage of prostate disorder, including prostate cancer. I always recommend they tell their doctor or ask their doctors advice. Interestingly, I had a customer in Tasmania tell me his doctor always recommends Epilobium and Saw Palmetto to his patients with prostate issues.

Sencha Green Organic Tea – Herbal Tea

A delicious and nutritive organic Sencha Green tea is a favourite for green tea lovers.
Green tea has less caffeine than black tea and can help to stimulate the metabolism. That’s why many people enjoy green tea to assist in their weight loss endeavours.

Green tea is a type of tea that is made from Camellia sinesis leaves and buds that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation process used to make oolong teas and black teas.

Sencha is a type tea (cha means tea) which is prepared by infusing the whole tea leaves in hot water.

In Asia, this differentiates from Matcha green tea which is the dried green tea leaves pulverised into a powder then mixed with hot water. The leaf is included in the Matcha rather than discarding the leaves when making Sencha Green tea.

Green tea is usually harvested in the Spring when it is at its most nutrient.

Ingredients: Organic rolled Sencha Green tea leaves.

Herbalist Tips: Green tea, Black tea and White tea all originate from the same plant, Camellia Sinesis so there is caffeine in these teas. However, Green Tea has less than Black tea, which is roasted leaves.

Reputed to help stimulate metabolism, I have used this same Sencha Green tea in the WEIGHT tea.

Sencha green tea contains antioxidants, beta-carotene, calcium, catechins, folic acid, phosphorus, potassium and vitamin C that may only be found in nutrient-dense leaves. Its lower caffeine content also makes it a healthier alternative to coffee.

Sellers Tips:  Green tea seems to have increased in popularity over the last couple of decades and it is the most popular tea in Asia. This is a good tea to offer customers looking for an alternative to excessive black tea and coffee. It is great value because these rolled leaves are very potent and flavoursome. I often get asked by customers what temperature the water should be to make Green tea and historically, boiling water or just off the boil was used. It is difficult to be precise about water temperature and I think that is something for a customers’ own discretion.

Serenity – Herbal Tea

Designed to relieve stress and tension, the SERENITY tea is a feel-good tea. The herbs Vervain and Damiana are both mood elevators and considered to be anti-depressive.

Combined with the calming Lemon Balm and creamy Calendula, Serenity is a happy tea that helps you feel calm and ready to face life’s challenges.

Ingredients: Damiana, Vervain, Lemon balm, Calendula.

Herbalist Tips: Damiana is a Mexican shrub that gained popularity in the 1960s as a “Happy Hippie herb” claiming it induced a legal high. Because there are no known interactions with anti-depressive medications, it was an obvious choice to use for people who may be experiencing low level depression. The herb Vervain has a long history of medicinal use for depression, anxiety and insomnia issues caused by stress.

Lemon Balm is a member of the mint family and has a lovely lemon flavour and the ability to gently calm the nerves and lift one’s mood.

Calendula, from the marigold plant, has a host of wound healing properties. Although used extensively in skin creams and ointments, I have added it for its flavour and its action of cleansing the liver.

Sellers Tips: This is the tea to recommend to people people who suffer from anxiety and depression. The mood elevating herbs can have a subtle effect and it combines well with the Stress Head tea when anxiety is taking its toll and causing adrenal exhaustion.

Please note: This tea will not interact with depression medications. I have not used St Johns Wort which can have the effect of “double dosing” when a customer takes depression medications. Damiana, although an anti-depressant, works in a different way to St Johns Wort and there are no known interactions with depression medications and Damiana. If not sure, suggest the customer consult with their doctor.

Sport & Recovery – Herbal Tea

There are many situations where this herbal tea can be beneficial. It can be used during an illness, after an operation or before and after a sports event or workout. Because there are many ways to put our body out of balance this herbal tea is a blend of herbs that helps to restore the body’s equilibrium. This blend combines the mineral rich herbs of Hawthorn (which can help to regulate blood pressure and circulation), Nettle (an excellent blood cleanser), Calendula (the wound healing herb) combined with Horsetail (which is very high in the mineral silica). Make it as a recovery drink after sports or a workout. Or a warm brew during illness or after an operation.

Ingredients: Organic Hawthorn leaf, Nettle, Calendula & Horsetail

Herbalist Tips:  This is a mineral rich tea with herbs to help recovery from anything that can afflict a person in their daily life. Hawthorn is an excellent herb for the heart and has a toning effect. Nettle (Stinging Nettle) is highly nutritive and rich in iron, calcium. magnesium, sodium, potassium and vitamins. This herb is considered the best blood building and blood cleansing herb. Externally and internally, the Calendula flower is a healing herb and can help with digestive complaints like gastric ulcers and inflammations.  Horsetail is another herb that is rich in minerals, especially silica. This herb helps to encourage the absorption and use of calcium in the body.

Sellers Tips: This is a great tea to offer customers who have been ill or are recovering from an operation. Its broad-spectrum benefits make it ideal if you are unsure of what to offer when a customer is undecided. Its bland taste means adding some raw honey or lemon juice or combining with another tea is always an option. For sports people, this is perfect for after a workout, sport game or event or when recovering from injury – Hawthorn to tone the heart, Nettle and Horsetail are rich in minerals and vitamins and Calendula for healing and repair of the body.

Tulsi Licorice – Herbal Tea

This is a tea for licorice lovers! Blending Tulsi (Holy Basil), which is an Ayurvedic herb, with Licorice root, Fennel and Aniseed for a delicious brew.  This is therapeutic and a very potent tea which can help with digestive issues, such as bloating and indigestion. It is also a great “go to” when the craving for something sweet hits mid-afternoon or after an evening meal. Use a little for lots of flavour

Ingredient: Tulsi, Fennel, Aniseed, Licorice root

Herbalists Tips: Tulsi is a herb used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine, the ancient medicine of India, for a range of health issues because of it’s incredible therapeutic benefits. It is known as Holy Basil (it’s from the Basil family) and is revered in India. Classified as an adaptogen, Tulsi can enhance the body’s response to physical and emotional stress, meaning it helps the body return to balance. The three herbs, Licorice root, Aniseed and Fennel all have a similar taste and are digestive herbs as well. Licorice root is valuable for digestive and respiratory complaints, Fennel counters flatulence and acidic stomach issues and Aniseed, which has antiviral and anti-bacterial properties is both flavoursome and digestive.

Sellers Tips:  Tulsi licorice is a tea for customers asking for something sweet and for licorice lovers. Tusli has a subtle licorice flavour so it adds to the overall taste and doesn’t require a lot of the herbs to make a potent brew. Because it is ideal for digestive issues, it can also have a laxative effect if a lot of it is consumed.

Urinary – Herbal Tea

This herbal tea may assist with a range of urinary issues, including UTIs and cystitis. The Epilobium soothes the bladder, Pau D’Arco is anti-fungal and anti-septic and the Nettle and Siberian Ginseng may soothe the kidneys. This tea may also help to soothe painful UTI infections and may help with incontinence issues.

Ingredients: Epilobium, Pau D’Arco, Nettle, Siberian Ginseng.

Herbalists Tips: The main herb in this tea is Epilobium which is useful for women who suffer from cystitis, chronically irritated bladder or acute inflammation of the bladder.  I have combined with this the herb Nettle as it is a good remedy for the urinary tract and Siberian Ginseng because of its action on the glandular system and helping the body’s resistance to infection. I have added Pau D’Árco for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and because it can help inhibit inflammation.

Sellers Tips: This tea is similar to the Prostate tea but with Nettle instead of Saw Palmetto. I advise customers to reduce or eliminate caffeine (coffee/black tea) as it can irritate the bladder. Ironically, some customers drink caffeine but won’t drink water because they say water makes them go to the toilet. I explain that it is the caffeine that causes this and they need to increase their water intake to help ensure their kidneys and bladder are kept functioning efficiently. For women with chronic urinary tract infections, they need to eliminate sugar from their diet as it could be a Candida Albicans issue that is causing the constant irritation. Drinking the tea instead of caffeine can be helpful to ease inflammation and reduce infection.

Yerba Mate – Organic Herbal Tea

Top of FormBottom of FormYerba Mate is a stimulating tea for increased energy and mental focus.

This traditional South American herb is said to offer the “strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate” all in one beverage. It was called “the drink of the gods” because of its energy and nutritional benefits.

Steeped in hot water to make the tea, Yerba mate is traditionally consumed from a container called a gourd and sipped with a metal straw that has a filter at its lower end to strain out the leaf fragments.

South American footballers enjoy sharing Yerba Mate from this traditional gourd and it is said to be a sign of friendship and bonding. And that is why the South American football teams make drinking it a ritual before their games.

But it’s more than just bonding, Yerba Mate is rich in antioxidants (higher than green tea) is anti-inflammatory and is believed to have cholesterol lowering properties. Yerba Mate has less caffeine than coffee but will enhance alertness and reduce fatigue without the jittery side effects of coffee. This tea is considered to be anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal.

Ingredients: Organic Yerba Mate

Herbalists Tips: Yerba Mate is a traditional South American drink that’s gaining worldwide popularity, and not just amongst sports people.

Increased energy, mental alertness and enhanced clarity and focus – these are the benefits of Yerba Mate, as a delicious “pick-me-up” or to replace caffeine.  South Americans make this tea very strong. However, because of its caffeine content and potency, it is probably best to start by steeping a teaspoon or 2 in a normal teapot.

Sellers tips: I have found that many customers recognise Yerba Mate, often from their travels, so they know about brewing and consuming it. Other customers are intrigued and enjoy hearing about elite South American footballers and their pre-game ritual.

There are absolutely no preservatives, colourings or flavourings in these herbal teas and from each 50 gram packets.

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