In ancient China, tea was regarded as one of the seven daily necessities of life; for many Japanese it has served as a ritual element in the quest for enlightenment; and in the Middle East, North Africa and of course, England, it has acted as a sign of hospitality that holds an immutable place in the heart of many.
By far the most common use of tea though, is as an ancient health remedy. No, unfortunately this does not apply to most of the commercial teas. This is because some commercial tea bags use leftover herb parts in the manufacturing process, whereas medicinal herbal teas use the whole plant extract and therefore yield a more therapeutic action.
Today, our Naturopath Tessa made a tea blend rich in antioxidants to provide balance to systems which can often become disrupted in day to day life. The Balance Tea is good for:
- Relieving anxiety
- Assisting sleep patterns
- Resolving mood imbalances
- Supporting blood sugar control
- Assisting gentle detoxification
What she used:
Dandelion root: a plant which is commonly viewed as a weed, but which supports and promotes healthy livers and gallbladder functions (because it stores bile, which is required for fat metabolism, and thus the absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K), providing essential vitamins and minerals to the body. Boasting a slightly bitter flavor, both its leaves and root are used medicinally in teas.
Lemon balm: also know as Melissa , is an aromatic mint herb commonly known for its calming action. It is particularly good for soothing upset digestion which is caused by stress. It is often used for managing nervousness and anxiety, poor sleep, and any symptoms related to spasms of muscles (whether they be menstrual, urinary and/or stomach cramps).
Cinnamon: in particular cinnamon bark, has a sweet scent and flavour. It boasts warming properties which help to promote circulation, and also acts as an antioxidant, an anti-bacterial, an anti-viral and an anti-fungal agent. If included into your daily diet, cinnamon can also support healthy blood sugar regulation. Rose-hip: literally the fruit of the rose, has a sweet and sour taste which is mildly astringent. It is a great source vitamin C; in fact, rose-hip has roughly 50% more Vitamin C than an orange. As such, they are fantastic for the immune and nervous systems, and connective tissue (skin and cartilage).
Passionflower: named after its unique and beautiful appearance, it is said to remind the Spanish explorers of the passion of Christ. Traditionally Passionflowers were used in Northern and Central American herbal traditions for their sedative and tranquilising actions, which help to provide relief from disturbed sleep patterns. For that reason it is used today for anxiety and associated symptoms such as poor sleep and irritability.
How to enjoy: Customise your own blend of tea, or try the Balance Tea for $15 per 100 grams. The entire mix (if made) can be kept for 1-2 days in the refrigerator and can be enjoyed as a cool drink with raw honey and lemon, or alternatively can be reheated on the stove.
If however, you want your mix to last longer, you can scoop one rounded teaspoon into each cup of tea.
We recommend that you brew your blend for three-five minutes depending on your preferred strength of tea, and that you ensure the mix is covered as this helps keep the essential oils of the herbs in the tea.