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Show a student some loves!

September is love a student month here at Nature Notes. For a limited time there are tea sampler care packages available. Who doesn’t love to get a care package?! Each sampler pack contains one of each of the following:

  • Brahms Lullaby (15g)
  • Sickie Babe (20g)
  • Russell Estate Blend (25g)
  • Rooibis Chai (30g)
  • Aria in D+ (25g)

These teas were selected by students FOR students. Here is a quick sum up of the ingredients that are contained in the blends, and why they are useful. It goes without saying that they taste delicious…

Special feature tea: Russell Estate Blend

Backstory on the blend– This is a black tea, featuring cornflowers grown on site, grown in an organic method for harvest and drying for use in tea blends created by Nature Notes. These flowers are such as brilliant blue, they attract a LOT of bees, something we were ecstatic about! I enjoyed watching the bees doing their jobs pollinating and was careful to not interrupt their very important task. There was so much bee activity in the flowers that I decided to include “bee loves” on the ingredient list. This is a limited edition tea blend, and it’s included in this care package.

Here’s a brief summary of ingredients found in many teas, including the ones featured in the care package tea sampler: (available in Canada for $23 plus shipping and handling)

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Peppermint: digestive aid, settles upset tummy, helps clear sinuses and relieve congestion due to colds. Peppermint is a decongestant and analgesic, and can be used to treat stress headaches. Peppermint has a cooling effect. Cautions: pregnant women should drink peppermint tea more diluted if at all due to its potency.

Lavender: history indicates that lavender was considered a purifier for both the mind and the body. Lavender is used extensively for anxiety and stress and insomnia. It aids digestion and eases PMS symptoms. There is even some evidence to suggest anticancer activity. Lavender is also useful for tension headaches and lowering blood pressure.

Dandelion leaf: helpful for PMS, stimulates bile production, natural diuretic, high in beta carotene and vitamin C and is a natural source of protein. Dandelion promotes liver function. Cautions: avoid if you have allergies to ragweed.

Hibiscus flowers: immune boosting, high in vitamin C, lowers blood pressure, adds natural color to beverages.

Rosehips/Roses: high in vitamin C, good for stress and anxiety. Sedative, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, helps reduce cholesterol.

Lemongrass: has been used for treating fever, colds and flu. Used to alleviate stress, high blood pressure, headaches, indigestion and nervousness. High in vitamins A and C. Relaxing to nervous system, tonic.

Rooibos: high in antioxidants and polyphenols, helps to reduce blood pressure, reduces premature aging. Helps maintain bone and teeth health. Helps promote a good sleep.

Cinnamon: powerful antiseptic, used for sinus problems, digestive aid, kills bacteria, lowers blood sugar levels.

Ginger root: good for nausea and motion sickness, tummy upsets including cramps, immune system boost to fight cold and flu. Ginger is a warming spice, lowers blood pressure and prevents blood clots that cause stroke. Cautions: Since ginger is an anticoagulant you should be aware of interactions with blood thinning medications.

Cardamom: excellent digestive aid, and one of the main ingredients in a chai beverage.

Black tea: contains about half the amount of caffeine as coffee, providing alertness without the buzz (unless you drink too much tea!), and helps to improve cognitive function. Tea is useful for treating colds and headaches has antioxidant properties and may prevent heart disease and stroke.

Cornflowers: nervine tonic (good for stress), enhances immunity, settles tummy, eases anxiety. Adds a brilliant pop of color to any tea blend.

Yarrow: related botanically to dandelion. Yarrow is useful for treating stress, anxiety and insomnia. Helps to reduce fevers Used as a digestive aid and muscle relaxant (including use for period cramps). Cautions: avoid if you have allergies to ragweed, avoid during pregnancy.

Blackberry leaf: high in antioxidants, helps to prevent and reverse cellular damage, helps to control diarrhea, helps soothe sore throat, possible diabetes management. Cautions: avoid if you have stomach cancer, avoid during pregnancy.

Marshmallow root: mostly used for respiratory problems and sore throat, and as a cough suppressant. It is also used for upset tummy. Marshmallow helps increase immunity via fighter white blood cells. Cautions: generally very safe but due to lack of research for this herb it would be wise for expectant and nursing mothers to avoid using it.

Lemon balm: has a high antiviral component, useful for treating cold sores. Lemon balm is used to treat insomnia and anxiety and mild depression. Relaxing and restorative to nervous system. Cautions: lemon balm should be avoided by expectant and nursing mothers, and avoided if you have an under active thyroid.

Hyssop leaf: soothing to coughs and colds due to its expectorant qualities. (Take during the early stages of cold and flu to encourage sweating). It has also been used to treat varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Cautions: expectant and nursing mothers should not use hyssop, and should not be given to children under age 2.

Licorice root: licorice is naturally sweet, so is often used as a natural sweetener. It is extensively used to treat cough and colds and sore throats. It helps to prevent cavities. It helps treat inflammation and arthritic pain. It is a blood cleanser and overall tonic. Cautions: licorice root is not for long term use. Using large amounts may raise blood pressure and cause complications for people who have high blood pressure and related conditions such as stroke, glaucoma and diabetes. Licorice root should be avoided by expectant and nursing mothers.

Using herbs safely:

  • Consult with your healthcare provider about using herbs if you have a medical condition, including pregnancy or allergies, or are taking any medications.
  • Don’t use herbs excessively or overdose yourself.
  • Don’t use herbs on children under age 2.
  • Take note of any allergic reactions you may have, and stop using the herb.
  • Take note of any indication of toxicity or overdose in your body, and call poison control if necessary.
  • Use herbs respectfully- do your own research before you start using a new herb.

Special note: This content is intended for information use only and should not be used to diagnose or replace medical treatment. You are ultimately responsible for your health.

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