Herbal Education

Ways To Prepare Tea

Simple brewing

1. Start with fresh, cold filtered water.
2. Place 1-2 teaspoons in infuser (tea bag, mesh basket, or other).
3. Pour at least 8 ounces of boiling water over tea and allow to steep for a minimum of 5 minutes or until desired strength is reached (longer steep times can be used to maximize benefits, especially for blends that have roots. Adjust for taste).
4. Cover while steeping. Steeping extracts antioxidants, caffeine, flavors, and aromas from tea.
5. Add natural sweetener if desired. (Black teas and chai are often enjoyed with milk/milk substitute or cream. Be creative!)

Decoctions
Decoctions are simmered teas/herbs good for extracting the nutrients and properties of roots, berries, barks, and seeds.

1. Measure out approximately 1 ounce (1/2 cup) of dried herbs per quart of water.
2. Place herbs in a pot and pour fresh, filtered cold water over them. Bring to a boil.
3. Stir, cover, and reduce heat to simmer.
4. Simmer for 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the strength and flavor of the herbs. For very hard or woody herbs, longer time recommended.
5. Strain.
6. You can add delicate leafy herbs for an additional 10-15 minutes and pour additional hot water over herbs prior to discarding herbs.
7. Add natural sweetener if desired.

Cold infusion

1. Place loose herbs in jar or pitcher (e.g., 1 ounce tea for one quart), or use cloth bag. Fill with filtered cold water and cover. Adjust amount to taste.
2. Allow to infuse overnight.
3. Strain herbs out and enjoy.

Iced Tea

1. Place about ~6 teaspoons of loose leaf tea in pitcher (use infuser or loose).
2. Pour 1 ½ cups boiling water over tea.
3. Steep for 5-10 minutes. Remove tea.
4. Pour fresh, filtered cold water into pitcher. Add ice.
5. Add natural sweetener if desired. Adjust amount of tea for taste.


Best to store tea in dry, cool area away from direct light. Tea has a long shelf life.

Price transparency: How is the cost calculated? The luxury-grade quality of our tea leaves produce a unique crop-to-cup experience. We source teas from producers during peak seasonal crop times on tea estates known for quality, social equity, and environmental sustainability. Quality is in the top 5% of global luxury standards. This is what sets us apart from other companies. You pay for what you get!

In addition, blends that contain certain roots or plants that are in higher demand or more challenging to source may have a higher price tag.

 

Tea types

All varieties of tea are made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Plants we call “herbal tea” – chamomile, rooibos, peppermint, etc. – are not from the Camellia sinensis plant. Simply put, the differences between the types of tea are mainly due to how they are processed after the leaves are picked. Teas that have less exposure to oxygen (through a chemical process called oxidation) are able to retain most of its natural color and nutrient content. Teas exposed to more oxygen have more flavor and aroma.

The basic categories of tea include (from least to most oxidized): white tea, green tea, oolong tea, black tea, pu-erh tea. All teas share the common property of being rich in antioxidants, which help protect cells from damage from free radicals (which can lead to conditions such as heart disease and cancer).

Key power plants used in our blends

Ashwagandha root- multiple uses. Stress adaptogen (helps body reduce physical and mental effects of stress), calms the mind, boosts energy, reduces inflammation, lowers blood pressure, helps with sleep, and may improve muscle strength.
Bilberries- eye health, blood sugar control, and tonic for the urinary and kidney system.
Brahmi- mainly used for brain health; memory, attention, focus, anxiety.
Burdock- considered a tonic herb, best known for blood-purifying and liver support properties, and diuretic (remove excess fluid from the body). Rich in vitamins and minerals and is commonly used for skin imbalances.
Chamomile- used mostly for its calming effect. Chamomile may help reduce inflammation, treat stomach pain, aid sleep, and promote calmness and muscle relaxation.
Chaste- also known as Vitex, has a stimulating effect on the pituitary gland helping to regulate and balance hormone production. Also a tonic for the reproductive system for men and women, used for symptoms of menopause, PMS, and sexual function. Special note: chaste berry may interfere with hormone therapy such as birth control pills.
Chicory- contains a prebiotic that encourages the growth of healthy gut bacteria, aids in digestion and helps relieve constipation.
Cinnamon- well-known for its flavor and has several medicinal properties, including lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Dandelion- many potential uses, including reducing stress on the liver and supports the filtering of potentially harmful chemicals. Anti-inflammatory and immunity.
Echinacea Purpurea- thought to be the most researched plant in the modern world, commonly used for treating symptoms of a common cold. Immune support.
Elderberry and flower- best known for immune-enhancing properties; antibacterial and antiviral. Commonly used for colds, flus, and upper respiratory infections.
Fenugreek- used to sooth irritated membranes, regulates blood sugar levels, increase testosterone and breast milk.
Ginger root- many benefits. Mainly, anti-inflammatory, immune-support, nausea, and digestion. Also aids in protecting the brain and heart, lowering blood sugar and anti-cancer properties.
Gingko biloba- well-studied for brain health but has many other properties. Best known uses for memory and cognitive function. Improves blood flow in vessels. Used to treat tinnitus and PMS. Special note: persons with known bleeding risk (or taking blood thinners) should be cautious about potential increased risk of bleeding.
Goldenseal- used for infections of the mucous membranes, including the mouth, sinuses, throat, the intestines, stomach, urinary tract, and vagina.
Hawthorne- best known for heart health, increases blood flow through arteries, lowers blood pressure. Also used for “broken hearts” and for anxiety and depression.
Hibiscus- may help with lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. High in vitamin C and bioflavonoids which aid in treatment of colds, bruising, and swelling.
Holy Basil (Tulsi)- adaptogenic (helps body reduce physical and mental effects of stress) used for its ability to reduce stress and benefit overall health. Has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-diabetic, anticancer, antimicrobial and radio-protective properties.
Honeybush- mainly used for cough and calming effects, menopause symptoms and digestion.
Horny Goat Weed- also known as Epimedium, commonly used as natural treatment for erectile dysfunction and low libido.
Lavender- relaxation, relieving anxiety, calming, and lifting mood. Helps to relax the muscles.
Lemon Balm- soothes nerves, calms the mind. Anti-viral & antibacterial properties.
Lemon verbena- aids in digestion, sleep.
Lemongrass- digestive discomfort, pain, and lowers cholesterol levels.
Licorice- tonic for the hormonal and reproductive systems, often used for “adrenal exhaustion”. Has anti-microbial, anti-bacterial properties. Also used for digestion, cough and other respiratory issues. Special note: persons with heart, kidney, and liver disease should use with caution and avoid prolonged use and large quantities. 
Lycii berries- also called wolfberry and goji berry, used to promote vision, nourish the liver, and invigorate the kidneys.
Moringa leaf-  known as a "superfood” due to it's nutrient-dense properties, including high levels of vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, and iron. May offer many health benefits. Also known as “the miracle tree”. Has anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-depression properties.
May be especially helpful with heart diseases, diabetes, cancer.
Motherwort- best known for treatment of menopausal and menstrual symptoms and strengthening the heart muscle and blood vessels.
Nettle- many potential health benefits. Nettle tea may help reduce the risk of heart diseases, cancer, and diabetes, and has a positive effect on blood pressure. It’s used for enlarged prostate, uterus health, seasonal allergies, and a diuretic.
Olive leaf- potential use in preventing cancer, lowering cholesterol and blood sugar, and helping with weight loss.
Panax ginseng (Red Ginseng root)- multiple uses, most commonly used to improve immunity, boost energy, lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, reduce stress, and support sexual health in men. Special note: may cause overstimulation if used with other stimulants such as caffeine.
Peppermint leaf- important benefits include stress relief, aiding digestion and soothing stomach, boosting immune system. Refreshing flavor helps with bad breath. Special note: may increase stomach reflux symptoms in people who have gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Raspberry leaf- best known as a reproductive tonic used to strengthen and provide nutrients to the uterus and the entire genitourinary system. Rich source of iron, niacin, and manganese. Used most commonly for menstruation symptoms and post-partum.
Roobois- also known as red bush tea and African red tea—is an herbal tea made using the leaves of the Aspalathus linearis plant. Rooibos means “red bush”. Rich in minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and alpha hydroxyl acid and high levels of vitamin C. Good for skin health, may reduce damage to cells and improve heart health.
Rose- rich in antioxidants and may help reduce the oxidative stress.
Rosehip- great source of vitamin C and antioxidants.
Sarsaparilla- decrease pain and swelling, treat skin conditions. May help decrease or prevent cell overgrowth (tumors).
Saw Palmetto- best known for treatment of inflammation of the prostate gland. Strengthens prostate and bladder. May boost libido and help with hair loss.
Tribulus terrestris- used most commonly to enhance sexual function. May relax blood vessels and increase blood flow and lower blood pressure. Special note: might affect blood sugar levels and blood pressure, which might interfere with blood sugar and blood pressure control during and after surgery. Recommended to stop using at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Turmeric root- strong anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer properties. May be beneficial for protecting heart, reduce skin irritation and pain.

Some of these herbs sound familiar, right? Think about the spices and herbs you cook with everyday. We've become accustomed to viewing them through the lens of taste and flavor, however, rarely consider the health benefits. Time to change the lens in how we see them!
Each plant also has multiple properties, many that are not listed here. Using plants as medicine is not a new concept. It's deeply rooted in our ancestry dating back thousands of years and crossing various cultures. However, it's important to find balance in reconnecting people with their ancestral healing practices. Contributing to any exploitation at the expense of native lands and people is not the goal. 

Please continue to read about how they may be beneficial in your wellness journey. 

As a company that strives to educate & empower, we encourage you to learn for yourself and not just take our word for it!

Books

Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health by Rosemary Gladstar
A Modern Herbal by Mrs. M. Grieve
Breverton’s Complete Herbal by Terry Breverton
Herbal Medicine for Beginners by Katja Swift and Ryn Midura
Making Plant Medicine by Richo Cech
The Story of Tea by Mary Lou Heiss & Robert J. Heiss
Tea Dictionary by James Norwood Pratt
The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo

 

Evidence-based websites:

naturalmedicinesdatabase.com

www.cochrane.org

www.naturalstandard.com

nccam.nih.gov

www.mskcc.org/aboutherbs

 

Please note: This is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to replace medical advice, diagnose, or treat. Every person is different and may react to different herbs and teas differently. Never use teas or herbs to treat serious medical conditions on your own. Seek professional medical advice.