Flu Guard (Organic)
Country of Origin: Germany, Thailand, Nepal, Egypt
Grade: Coarse Cut, Whole Leaf cut and sifted
Manufacture Type: Field grown, sun dried, machine milled
Cup Characteristics: The earthiness of the echinacea, warmth of ginger, the zest of lemongrass and the freshness of Spearmint provides a refreshing taste
Infusion: Tending greenish with orange
Ingredients: Echinacea Tops, Lemongrass, Ginger, Spearmint
Description: This blend purifies the system and stimulates the activity of the cells responsible for fighting infection. Effective in healing of wounds and helping with acute inflammation such as sore throats that develop from cold and flu.
Echinacea should be of particular interest during the cold and flu season when you are exposed to these illnesses on a regular basis. When used correctly it is the closest thing to a cure for the common cold. Echinacea stimulates the overall activity of the cells responsible for fighting all kinds of infection.Unlike antibiotics, which directly attack bacteria, echinacea makes our own immune cells more efficient at attacking bacteria, viruses and abnormal cells, including cancer cells. It increases the number and activity of immune system cells including anti-tumour cells, promotes T-cell activation, stimulates new tissue growth for wound healing and reduces inflammation in arthritis and inflammatory skin conditions.
The most consistently proven effect of echinacea is in stimulating phagocytosis (the consumption of invading organisms by white blood cells and lymphocytes). Extracts of echinacea can increase phagocytosis by 20% to 40%.
Echinacea also stimulates the production of interferon as well as other important products of the immune system, including “Tumour Necrosis Factor”, which is important to the body’s response against cancer.
Echinacea also inhibits an enzyme (hyaluronidase) secreted by bacteria to help them gain access to healthy cells.Research in the early 1950’s showed that echinacea could completely counteract the effect of this enzyme, helping to prevent infection when used to treat wounds.
Lemongrass (Latin: Cymbopogon flexuosus) open a packet and inhale its subtle yet complex aroma. This perennial herb, native to Southeast Asia is noted for its lemony scent and ginger undertones. Its lemon character is due to a
high concentration of citral, its main biological component.
Aside from its myriad uses as a culinary ingredient, the people of South East Asia have for centuries prized the plant for its many purported medicinal uses. South East Asia folk remedies for ailments ranging from fevers to muscle cramp all use the herb as a base ingredient. As well, tea made from the plant is thought to calm the nerves, and restore the spirit.
Lemongrass is used to treat digestive tract spasms, stomach ache, high blood pressure, convulsions, pain, vomiting, cough, achy joints(rheumatism), fever, the common cold, and exhaustion.
Spearmint odour is fresh, piquant and peppery. Spearmint is highly appreciated for its digestive properties and its ability to relieve nausea especially due to motion sickness. Quite often it is also used to find relief from headaches and tension.
Inhaling the steam from a double strength infusion will help relieve nasal congestion. Mint tea can also be used in compresses to soothe itching and inflammation. In the olden days, some doctors claimed mint was an effective aphrodisiac. The book by Robert Carrier notes that mint tea is used to “cure insomnia, calm the nerves, sharpen the senses and wake up those who are drowsing”.As with any herb, if you are ‘taking it’ for medicinal reasons, you should do so in tandem with a doctor’s consultation.
Ginger, (Latin: Zingiber officinale) is a tart knotty root spice.
Way back then, according to an essay published in China later on during the 3rd century BC, Shang dynasty rulers had already pinpointed the world’s finest ginger growing in Sichuan province. In those days ginger was also being widely consumed throughout India by the ancient Hindus. Both cultures thought very highly of ginger for its use for medicinal properties.
Its beneficial uses in this regard were thought to cover a veritable grocery list of common human ailments ranging from indigestion, to lack of appetite, the common cold, nausea, morning sickness related to pregnancy, leprosy, even restoring a low sex drive!
Hot Brewing Method: Use 1 teaspoon of Flu Guard per one cup of water and place this into your teapot. Pour boiling water into pot and let it steep for 5-7 minutes.
Strain as you pour into your cup and savour one of nature’s best offerings!
Iced tea brewing method: Not Recommended
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