This tea is high in vitamins, minerals and has a wide variety of flavonoids containing a range of antioxidants which have been specially blended to get the body functioning effectively again. If you suffer from conditions such as gastrointestinal issues (IBS, bloating, cramps, indigestion), kidney and bladder ailments, cell degeneration (premature ageing, hyper pigmentation or wrinkles), suffer a weak immune system or skin conditions such as Eczema or acne, then you will find a lot of benefit from drinking this tea.
Drink regularly to gain maximum nutritional effect
1-2 teaspoons per cup
Rosehip, Anise, Raspberry, Nettle, Licorice, Cardamom, Rooibos, Clove, Calendula and Safflower Petals.
Maipo Vally (Chile), Nile Maipo Vally (Chile), Nile Delta, (Egypt), Sing Buri (Thailand), Cederberg (South Africa), Genoa (Italy)
Various up to 2500ft above sea level
Coarse cut herbs and fruit
Wonderful blend of fruit and light spices
BAG 60g NET
Makes 20 - 40 standard cups of tea depending on personal strength of brew
Makes 5 - 10 standard cups of tea depending on personal strength of brew
+ High in antioxidants, vitamin A and C
+ Contains thymol, terpineol and anethole used for colds & flu treatment
+ Improves digestion, alleviate cramps and reduce nausea
+ Relieves gastrointestinal problems like bloating, gas, indigestion and constipation
+ Aphrodisiac properties
Antioxidants in Tea
Antioxidants are chemicals that naturally help fight the harmful oxidation effects of unstable molecules in your body called free radicals that occurs naturally in the body when you are exposed to harmful environmental factors. Free radicals have extra electrons around them that bombard the molecules of cell membranes which leads to cell damage. Antioxidants take up these extra electrons so that your cells don’t have to. Free radicals may come from environmental contaminants such as radiation, pollution and exposure to toxins; but they also form as a result of normal bodily processes such as breathing oxygen.
There are three primary types of antioxidants found in nature. These include phytochemicals, vitamins, and enzymes. Although black tea has high levels of some essential antioxidant enzymes and vitamins such as Magnesium and Folate is it the Phytochemicals in tea that make them so powerful.
Phytochemicals are the antioxidants that are naturally used by plants to protect themselves against free radicals . Studies show that humans who eat sources of phytochemicals also benefit from the antioxidant properties of the plant. Phytochemicals are broken down into the following categories:
• Allyl sulfides
Main flavonoids of a living tea leaf
Flavonoids are secondary metabolites (a group of naturally occurring biochemicals) that help a plant to grow strong and attain its various biological characters, such as its smell, colour or self-defense. The amount and varieties differ in different plants and in different parts and growing stages of a plant. The most predominant flavonoids in a growing young tea leaf are:
Catechins in tea
• Catechin, Epigallocatechin (EGC)
• Epigallocatechin 3-gallate (EGCG)
• Epicatechin (EC)
• Epicatechin 3-gallate (ECg, or ECG, or EC3G)
Catechins protect cell DNA. They are anti-mutagenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-pathogenic all delivered in a cup of tea.
Of all the catechins, EGCG, is a unique catechin in tea, has repeatedly demonstrated itself as the most potent health contributive factor in tea. It accounts for 50~75% of the catechins in green teas.
Once a tea leaf is plucked, its flavonoids very slowly undergo a process of enzyme triggered oxidation that cause them, in particular the catechins, to transform into various substances, some are other forms of flavonoids, some yet other substances that may influence the taste and aroma of the final product. The production of various categories of tea is largely based on the control of this oxidation phenomenon. This oxidation of catechins is called “fermentation” in the tea production process.
Flavonols in tea
Acts as an antioxidant by reducing oxidative stress. Anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anticancer, cardioprotective, neuroprotective, antidiabetic, antiosteoporotic, estrogenic/antiestrogenic, anxiolytic, analgesic, and antiallergic activities. It has been linked with many sucessful anti-cancer treatments and and it is currently under consideration as a possible cancer treatment.
Myricetin works by disrupting cellular pathways. It interacts with enzymes and suppresses their activities (enzyme inhibition). Myricetin, is an anti-inflammatory, prevents blood clots, has many anti-cancer properties, increases glucose uptake thus helping manage diabetes, slows the progression of Alzheimers disease, protects the heart, controls fat deposition and helps prevent weight gain, anti-microbial, helps protect the skin against UV radiation and prevents skin wrinkles, protects eyesight and increases bone mass, Myricetin also increases iodine uptake as well as iodine retention by thyroid cells.
Inflammation is the root of most diseases, and Quercetin effectively fights anti-inflammatory related diseases such as: Atherosclerosis, circulation, high cholesterol, insulin resistance and diabetes, heart disease, eye-related disorders including cataracts, allergies, asthma and hayfever, stomach ulcers, cognitive impairment, gout, viral infections, inflammation of the prostrate, bladder and ovaries, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, chronic infections of the prostrate and skin disorders
Flavones in tea
Anti-inflammatory, antidepressant-like effects, anti-cancer properties, protects the heart, prevents bone loss, stimulates brain cell generation.
Luteolin interferes with nearly all types of cancer cells.
It inhibits the growth of new blood vessels in tumors, the metabolism of carcinogens, as well as stopping the progression of the cell cycle in cancer cells. Luteolin also induces cell death in cancer cells. Luteolin is also an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, prevents UVB-induced skin aging, luteolin can be used in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, protects the brain from neurological impairments, anti-viral properties, helps prevent cataracts, Luteolin has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects which can reduce the effects of multiple sclerosis, Luteolin has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects which can reduce the effects of multiple sclerosis
Flavonoids in green tea
In the case of a fine green tea, the plucked leaf is withered very briefly for slight dehydration and then put through heat to halt the enzyme-triggered oxidation. The most original and quantity of flavonoids are thus kept. They can take up an average of 30% of the dry weight of the tea, dependent on the tea variety, pluck quality and harvest season. That means you have on average 300 mg of catechins and other flavonoids in each gram of tea leaves.
Flavonoids in black tea
When the fresh leaves are taken to produce black tea, a large proportion of these flavonoids and catechins is oxidized to become other substances, mostly flavonoids of larger molecular structures, such as:
• Theaflavins (TF)
• Thearubigins (TR)
• Theabrownins (TB)
While most of medical researches on tea’s health potential focus around green tea catechins, in particular EGCG, there are a number done on theaflavins, finding that they may also be contributive to reduction of cardiovascular diseases and prevention of diabetes. Theaflavins contribute to the yellowish orange colour of the black tea infusion. They make up on average 6% of the black tea flavonoids.
Much fewer studies have been done on theabrownins, which are a lot more abundant in post-fermented teas, but with promising results on cholesterol control resulting in a reduced risk for heart disease. The antioxidants in green, black, and oolong teas can help block the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, increase HDL (good) cholesterol and improve artery function.
Drinking a cup of tea a few times a day helps to absorb antioxidants and other nutritional plant compounds. In green-tea drinking cultures, the usual amount is three cups per day. Allow tea to steep for three to five minutes to bring out its catechins. The best way to get the catechins and other flavonoids in tea is to drink it freshly picked and freshly brewed. Decaffeinated, bottled ready-to-drink tea (bag) preparations, and instant teas have less of these compounds.
Note that tea can impede the absorption of iron from fruits and vegetables. Adding lemon or milk or drinking tea between meals will counteract this problem.
+ Relieves acute diarrhoea
+ Third highest antioxidant-rich spice (& herb)
+ Boosts immune system
+ Cinnamaldehyde, catechins & cyanids prevent oxidative stress
+ Helps prevent cancer
+ Aids weight loss
+ Improves digestion
+ Relieves gas, constipation, bloating & cramping
+ Relieves and helps prevent IBS
+ Improves cognitive speed, boost concentration and focus
+ Stimulates the growth of new neural pathways
+ Alzheimer’s and other degenerative neural conditions
+ Reduces inflammation and pain
+ Analgesic and anticoagulant effects helping with mensutal conditions
+ Has antiviral, antifungal, and antiseptic effects
+ Helps prevent coronary heart disease
+ Reduces blood sugar levels in diabetics
+ Reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels
The many health benefits of licorice root tea are due to the presence of unique organic compounds, including glycosides, flavonoids, anethole, coumarins, sterols and a number of other antioxidants, as well as certain minerals and vitamins.
Licorice root tea is recommended for people suffering from low blood pressure, arthritis, gout, indigestion, colds, coughs, respiratory infections, painful menstruation, seizures, high toxicity levels, dry skin, premature aging, hair loss, dandruff, and various other conditions.
Over time, stress can leave the adrenal gland exhausted by constantly producing adrenaline and cortisol. Licorice supplements can give the adrenal gland some relief. Licorice root extract can stimulate the adrenal gland, which promotes a healthy level of cortisol in the body.
Control blood sugar
Licorice tea extract can help the body to lower the blood sugar. The flavonoid content of licorice such as glabridin and amorfrutin have blood-glucose-lowering effects and therefore is a good choice for diabetics.
In terms of skin health, licorice root tea can help to keep your skin moisturized when used as a topical application (cold tea), but can also improve the antioxidant levels in your body, helping to minimize signs of aging. Furthermore, licorice tea can help soothe inflammatory conditions like psoriasis or eczema, and even act as a natural sunscreen, helping to block UV rays that damage the skin. Studies have also shown that licorice can decrease the skin melanin production which cause pigmentation. Licorice has been used in beauty treatment for long time. Consuming licorice tea regularly not only can brighten the skin but also protect the skin from the effect of UV light and acts as antioxidant to keep the skin young.
Low Blood Pressure
If you suffer from hypotension, also known as low blood pressure, the stimulating nature of licorice root tea can elevate your blood pressure to normal levels, providing a boost to your energy levels and preventing dizziness and fatigue. However, if you suffer from high blood pressure, this tea can be a dangerous choice for your overall health.
By soothing the symptoms of seizure disorders and spasms of smooth muscle tissue in the body, licorice root tea can help to relieve heart palpitations, smooth digestive properties, and ensure proper muscle function throughout the body.
Licorice root tea has been traditionally used to treat the symptoms of dysmenorrhea, also known as menstrual cramps, and also improve other symptoms of PMS, such as mood swings, and hormonal fluctuations. However, when consumed in excess, this tea can have the opposite effects.
Known for its moisturizing qualities, this versatile tea can prevent dryness of the scalp and prevent dandruff, while also delivering rich antioxidants and minerals to the hair, strengthening the follicles and improving the appearance of your hair. This tea has also been praised for its ability to stop hair loss, both when consumed as a tea and when topically applied.
Cleanses your respiratory system
Licorice is recommended to treat respiratory problems. Taking licorice as an oral supplement can help the body produce healthy mucus. Increasing phlegm production may seem counterintuitive to a healthy bronchial system. However, the opposite is true. The production of clean, healthy phlegm keeps the respiratory system functioning without old, sticky mucus clogging it.
Upper respiratory infections can be persistent and difficult to get over, but licorice root tea can quickly cut through the phlegm and mucus, soothing inflammation in the throat, and giving the immune system a boost to eliminate the underlying bacteria or pathogen. The antioxidants found in this tea are also integral to the body’s defenses against illness.
By stimulating urination, licorice root tea can help detoxify the body. This has impressive effects on the liver. Urination eliminates excess salts, fats, toxins, and water from the body, relieving strain on the kidneys and bladder. However, since this tea does have diuretic and laxative effects, drinking too much can cause dehydration and other negative side effects.
Anxiety and Depression
Commonly paired with St. John’s Wort, this herbal tea is often recommended for people suffering from anxiety and depression. The soothing flavor and stimulating activity of this tea can improve mood and rebalance stress hormone levels in the body.
Licorice root is used to soothe gastrointestinal problems. In cases of food poisoning, stomach ulcers, and heartburn, licorice root extract can speed the repair of stomach lining and restore balance. This is due to the anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties of glycyrrhizic acid.
The anti-viral and anti-inflammation properties of licorice can help to maintain healthy liver. As we know that liver is an organ in human body which important in body detoxification, the pthyochemical component in licorice both protects liver and heal liver if damage occur. Damage liver will be easily infected by Hepatitis virus. Consuming licorice tea can help to cure the inflammation of liver which caused by hepatitis virus.
Licorice tea contain components called glycirrizin and liquiritigenin which have anti-allergic effect. These components can relieve IgE or Immunoglobulin E (protein which promotes allergic sympton ). This make licorice is one of home remedy to treat allergic symptom such as dermatitis and asthma.
There are a few side effects when drinking licorice root tea in excess. True licorice root tea contains a compound called glycyrrhizin, which can cause everything from headaches and fatigue to high blood pressure and heart attacks. These severe symptoms usually occur when a large amount of glycyrrhizin is consumed. Additionally, there are other risks that can affect certain groups of people depending on their medical history and present health conditions.
NOTE: Due to the powerful and potent nature of the root and the risk of toxicity, no more than 3 cups of this tea should be consumed each day for no longer than two weeks.
Licorice root should never be consumed when pregnant as the potentially toxic substances in licorice root can increase the risk of miscarriage by affecting hormone levels and stimulating menstruation. Furthermore, breastfeeding mothers should avoid the use of this tea and children should also not be given this herbal remedy.
A number of drug interactions have been reported by those using licorice root tea, including complications with antidepressants and blood pressure medications. In the former, your symptoms may worsen when combined with this herbal tea, while those using blood pressure medications may experience a build-up of potassium in the body, which can be dangerous. Women taking birth control or other oral contraceptives often experience high blood pressure when drinking this tea.
One of the most common side effects of drinking a large amount of this tea is water retention, as this is an astringent substance. This can manifest as bloating or edema in the legs, torso or ankles, and can cause inflammation, pain, and discomfort.
The hormones of both men and women can be affected by licorice root tea. In women, this can mean a higher risk of breast cancer and other estrogen-related conditions. In men, it can result in a drop in testosterone levels, infertility, and erectile dysfunction.
+ Caffeine free
+ Contains polyphenol antioxidants including aspalathin and nothofagin
+ Safeguards against heart disease
+ Has anti-mutagenic properties, to help prevent against some cancers
+ Defends cell DNA
+ High mineral content: magnesium, calcium & manganese, zinc and iron
+ Improves circulation
+ Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
+ High levels of flavonoids, including quercetin, to help relieve numerous abdominal ailments such as cramps, diarrhoea and indigestion
+ Helps to aid absorption of iron as there are fewer tannins
+ Phenylpyretic acid relieves skin condition, which can help to improve acne, psoriasis and eczema
+ Fights free radicals and can protect against Parkinsons/Alzheimers disease
+ Encourages a restful sleep due to high mineral content
The rooibos plant grows naturally without any caffeine. This is important, as it means it does not need to undergo a chemical process to remove the caffeine. It also means that anyone can drink it, including those who do not want to drink caffeine such as children & pregnant women. The other key benefit of no caffeine is that it can be consumed in unrestricted amounts. Some South African’s will consume 5-6 cups per day.
Contains powerful antioxidants
Rooibos tea contains a wide array of antioxidants, which help to protect the body in a number of ways. Two polyphenol antioxidants called aspalathin and nothofagin are found in high concentrations in rooibos tea. These antioxidants protect the body by fighting free radicals. These are unstable cells, which attack healthy cells in order to stabilise themselves. The polyphenols also have anti-inflammatory properties and can safeguard against heart disease.
Prevents against some cancers
Some studies have demonstrated a link between consumption of rooibos tea and a reduction of cancer-causing chemicals. This is because of the high level of dominant antioxidants, some of which have anti-mutagenic (anti-cancer) properties. This means that they defend cells & DNA against damage and inhibit them from developing into cancer.
High mineral content
One of the key health benefits of rooibos tea is that it contains several minerals that are vital to health. These include magnesium (essential for the nervous system), calcium & manganese (essential for strong teeth and bones), zinc (important for metabolism) and iron (critical for helping blood & muscles distribute oxygen).
One of the many potent antioxidants in rooibos tea is called Chysoeriol. It can improve circulation by preventing the activity of the enzyme that triggers cardiovascular disease. Drinking rooibos tea also has been known to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Relieves stomach complaints
As rooibos tea contains high levels of flavonoids, especially one called quercetin. It has the ability to relieve numerous abdominal ailments such as cramps, diarrhoea and indigestion. Flavonoids are known help to reduce spasm, inflammation and allergies. It has also been widely stated that the health benefits of drinking rooibos tea extend to alleviating colic in babies, as it is totally caffeine free, it is perfectly safe for them to drink rooibos tea.
Aids absorption of iron
Unlike most black teas, which prevent the body from absorbing iron effectively because of the tannins they contain, rooibos tea benefits and supports the body in absorbing iron. It contains less than half the tannins of black tea.
Can relieve skin conditions
A recent found that rooibos tea can help you to look more beautiful! Rooibos tea contains phenylpyretic acid, which can help to improve acne, psoriasis and eczema. You can apply a freshly brewed and cooled tea bag to the affected areas and it will soothe and heal any inflammation.
Can protect against Parkinsons/Alzheimers disease
Drinking rooibos tea regularly can protect against a process known as lipid peridoxation. This occurs when free radicals damage brain cells and nerve tissue. If this is prolonged, it can lead eventually to progressive and deteriorating brain disease, such as Alzheimer’s.
Encourages restful sleep
Rooibos is unique in that it can be consumed as often as you wish and at any time of day. Many people choose to drink it before bedtime as it can help with insomnia. Due to its high mineral content and lack of caffeine, it’s known to help people to feel calm and relaxed.
+ Helps prevent cancer and other chronic diseases
+ High in flavonoids and antioxidants
+ Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
+ Applied topically combats the UV damage by the sun
+ Essential fatty acids prevent scarring and encourages skin regeneration
+ Helps treat skin pigmentation
+ Contains vitamin A that improves moisture content of the skin
+ Contains quercetin which helps prevent Melanoma
+ Enhances blood circulation
+ Improves kidney function
+ Contains phenols, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, tannins, and pectins
+ Flavanoids including tiliroside which suppresses inflammation
+ Carotenoids which decreases acceleration of some tumours
+ Contains lycopene
+ Lowers cholesterol
+ Contains 60 times the vitamin C than an orange
+ Promotes collagen production
+ Boosts immunity
+ Maintains blood vessel health
+ Helps with iron absorption
+ Contains the fatty acid GOPO (Plant version of fish oil)
+ Anti-arthritic properties
+ Lowers blood sugar levels
+ Regulates blood pressure
+ Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease