“There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.” - Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living
Are there plastics in Traditional Tea Bags?
- Traditional paper tea bags often use petroleum-based plastic called polypropylene to seal them.
- They don't fully decompose, leaching harmful chemicals
- Nylon pyramid tea bags can release up to11.6 billion micro-plastics into each cup of tea - Researched by McGill University
Common herbs used for tea
- Stinging Nettles
- Lemon Balm
Tea for Colds or Flu
The menthol in the peppermint leaves can have a slight anaesthetic effect on your throat, suppressing your cough.
It has been found to have significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities.
Take the stalks, mash them a bit, add boiling water and away you go. More steeping, more benefits.
Small, dark berries, very high in antioxidants, sip as a fruity tea.
High in anti-inflammatory benefits & is a potent mucolytic agent, thinning and loosening mucus.
Liz's Flu Buster
This is always in the fridge. Add it to hot water, stir fries or soups. Just get it into you and your family!
TO MAKE : In a blender or Nutribullet blend 3 cloves garlic, fresh ginger, fresh tumeric root, Manuka honey.
Blend to form a paste. Keep in a jar in the fridge and add a teaspoon or two to boiling water every day.
Tea for Better Sleep
The dried flowers of chamomile have been used for centuries to help lull you to sleep — flavonoids from the plant have a tranquilizing effect.
Magnolia Bark Tea
Made from the dried bark, buds, and stems of the magnolia plant, magnolia tea is often used as a natural sleep aid in many forms of traditional medicine.
The plant contains honokiol and magnolol, two compounds that have sedative effects
Made by brewing the buds of the lavender flower in water, creating a vibrant purple beverage with a distinct flavor & aroma.
Not only is it often enjoyed as a soothing bedtime tea, but some research also supports that lavender could promote relaxation and enhance sleep quality.
The dried roots of the plant are used to make valerian tea, which is sometimes used as a natural sleep aid and it’s thought to boost levels of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which reduces anxiety
Tea for Energy and Focus
Ginseng is a well-known herb that’s often used in various energy drinks for its energy-boosting properties.
Spearmint contains antioxidant polyphenols that may help boost new brain cell growth, improve your working memory, encourage restful sleep, and support overall healthy cognitive function.
For added health benefits, the antioxidant power of spearmint can also help protect your brain against free radical damage.
Lion’s mane is a medicinal mushroom found naturally in parts of Europe, China, North America, and India.
A special fungus for brain health, lion’s mane mushroom is known throughout traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for its ability to help support brain health.
Studies show that lion’s mane mushroom may stimulate your brain’s natural production of Nerve Growth Factor which is important for focus, alertness, memory, and well-rounded mental health.
Add some lion’s mane mushroom extract powder to your favorite loose leaf tea – it’s like giving your brain a hug!
Favourite Homemade Looseleaf Teas
- Equal parts lavender & chamomile-for my nerves, to rest, and to calm your soul ready for slumber
- 2 parts chamomile, 2 parts rose petals, 1 part hawthorn berries- to calm you aching heart
- 3 parts peppermint, 1 part rosemary, 1 part thyme, 1 part lemon peel- to soothe your sore throat
- 1 part yarrow flower (or leaf), 1 part elder flower, 1 part peppermint leaf, 1 part sage- to help heal your cold
- 1 part basil leaf, 1 part lemon balm, 1 part chamomile, 1 part lavender- for your headache
- 3 parts dried apples, 1 part thyme, 1 part lemon balm, and a stick of cinnamon- to remind you that there are always things to be grateful for