Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, popular for its vivid colors and trumpet-shaped flowers. Hibiscus sabdariffa, sometimes known as roselle, is one variety used to add a red color and flavor to herbal teas. While the deep red variety of hibiscus is the most widely known, there are other colors of hibiscus varieties, ranging from beige to rose to yellow. While the flavors are mostly similar, varieties of lighter colors tend to be more tart, while the varieties of darker varieties are fuller and more robust.
Organic Orange Peel:
Though often discarded before enjoying the fruit, orange peels contain polyphenols – showing to provide more than the fruit of an orange itself – which are well known for their antioxidant properties.
Organic Fennel Seed:
Native to the southern Mediterranean region, fennel is a perennial herb with yellow flowers and feathery leaves whose aromatic seeds are harvested for a variety of uses. Fennel seeds are a versatile spice with a distinct flavor profile that is often compared to licorice.
Of approximately 100 different Rosa species, some rose bushes produce ripe, dried receptacles (hips) that contain the plant’s pseudo fruits and seeds. Rosehips are typically left on the bush and not harvested until after the first frost of the fall or winter season, allowing them to soften and their red color to brighten. Rosehips contain the carotenoid astaxanthin, which may contribute to skin health.
Organic Licorice Root:
The main active compound of licorice root is glycyrrhizin, which is responsible for its sweet taste and antioxidant properties, and is valued for its ability to help support the body’s natural response to physical, chemical and emotional stressors. Licorice root may contribute to digestive health.
Organic Nettle Leaf:
Nettle is an herbaceous perennial flowering plant native to Europe, Asia, North America and North Africa that has been used for centuries. Although Urtica dioica is considered a weed, its seeds, leaves and even roots are used as in many countries, as it contains natura levels of polysaccharides.
Organic Lemon Balm:
Melissa officinalis, or lemon balm, is a perennial, lemon-scented herb native to mountainous areas of southern Europe and North Africa. Sometimes referred to as bee balm, lemon balm has been used for centuries to attract bees – thus its genus name Melissa, meaning “honeybee.” Interestingly enough, lemon balm is not related to lemon, lemon eucalyptus, or lemongrass, but rather it is a plant in the mint family. Its edible leaves are often added to foods and teas for its refreshing, bright and citrusy taste.
Organic Dandelion Root:
Dandelion root is popularly known for its concentrations of inulin. Inulin is a type of soluble fiber that supports the maintenance of healthy gut bacteria in the digestive tract. Oligofructans, such as inulin, are used as food sources by beneficial intestinal bacteria. Inulin has also been shown to help support bowel regularity, as it supports the movement of food through the digestive system.
Lemongrass is given its name for its lemony scent within the grass family. It is grown in tropical climates and is popular in Thai cuisine and teas for its bright lemon flavor with a hint of ginger. Though both lemongrass and lemon balm provide lemon aromas and tastes, lemongrass has a richer flavor. Lemongrass is frequently used in alterative and adaptogenic tea blends.
Organic Olive Leaf: A staple of the Mediterranean diet, applicable parts of the olive tree include its oils, the fruits and the leaves. Olive leaves contain an active ingredient known as oleuropein. Oleuropein is a phenolic compound which, like many phenolic compounds, have shown antioxidant activity.
Organic Marshmallow Root:
Marshmallow is a perennial herb that is native to Europe and parts of Asia that has been used for over 2,000 years. The mucilage rich roots are thought to be responsible for many of the beneficial effects of marshmallow. Researchers suggest that mucilage and flavonoids from marshmallow may form a protective layer over the gastric mucosa.
Organic Decorticated Cardamon Seeds:
Native to India, cardamom is an herb that grows up to 4 meters in height and produces green pods that contain seeds. Decorticated simply means that the seeds of cardamom have been removed from their pods. Cardamom is a close relative to ginger and turmeric, and its spice is a staple in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines. Cardamom has a distinct aroma and flavor that is used in both sweet and savory dishes.
Organic Amla Berries:
Amla berries, also commonly known as Indian gooseberries, are native to India and the Middle East, but are now also grown in other countries with cool and humid climates. Amla berries contain concentrations of antioxidants which may help support the immune system.