Tea of the Week: Aniseed Blend

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Another warm weather brew. This is a delightfully delicious day time tea. Goes well with our lemon tofu cheesecake.

All certified organic ingredients are –

Aniseed.  A member of the carrot family. Throughout history, people have used aniseed to treat a variety of ailments. The greenish seeds of the Pimpinella anisum were a highly-prized commodity in ancient Greece and Rome, and the seeds were so valuable in the East that they were often used to pay taxes.

Today, the seeds continue to help people around the world with ailments ranging from digestive issues to low libido. Aniseeds are delightfully fragrant due to their high concentration of anethole, an essential oil. The B-complex vitamins found in aniseed are essential to overall health. Loaded with riboflavin, pyridoxine, niacin and thiamin, the seeds can contribute to healthy levels of neuro-chemicals in the brain.

Star Anise. Star anise is commonly used to treat digestive ailments, such as bloating, abdominal cramps, gas, indigestion and constipation. Star anise tea is effective in treating stomach ailments because it activates the body's digestive enzymes.

Liquorice. Of all herbal teas, licorice tea is arguably one of the most beneficial yet under-appreciated. It has anti-infammatory properties that relieve the pain of arthritis, it protects the stomach lining and can help in treating bronchial disorders, it is used to treat low blood pressure.

Fennel. Since ancient Roman and Egyptian times, fennel has been regarded as a powerful digestive aid. Fennel is an aromatic plant used widely for both culinary and medicinal purposes. The seeds of the fennel plant have an aniselike aroma and often feature in Indian and Middle Eastern cooking. Fennel is used to improve digestion, relieve flatulence, treat hypertension, increase milk production in breast-feeding mothers, and treat respiratory and gastrointestinal disorders. 

Lemon Grass. Reported to have innumerable therapeutic and other health benefits.  It is widely used to alleviate respiratory conditions, including sore throats.  It has antipyretic properties which reduces high fevers.

Hibiscus.  A traditional use of Hibiscus Tea is for reducing blood viscosity. In modern terms, that would mean a reduction in cholesterol levels. Although research has shown mixed results, several studies have indicated that Hibiscus Tea can help lower or maintain cholesterol levels. 

Blue Mallow Flower. In previous centuries, Blue Mallow Flower Tea was found to be cooling and soothing and was said to promote spiritual healing and peace. It not only relives stress but promotes a more peaceful and restful night’s sleep.

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