For the Girls (Organic)
Ingredients From: Varied (Blended by Neat Jane’s Tea House)
Grade: Grade A
Altitude: 1– 300 m above sea level
Manufacture Type: Field grown, sundried, machine milled, Coarse Cut
Cup Characteristics: Gentle and soothing blend with the sweetness of aniseed will keep tempting you to want to drink this tea constantly. This tea has a zesty lemon taste to it making it a great everyday drink. So top up your cup as this one’s For The Girls.
Infusion: Bright, pale green to yellow, light colored cup.
Ingredients: Fennel, Aniseed, Lemon Balm, Fenugreek, Caraway Seeds
Description: This breast feeding tea is a soft blend of organic herbs created to naturally support lactation and healthy milk production in breastfeeding mothers.
Fennel, Fenugreek and caraway seeds offer therapeutic quality that have traditionally been used to support healthy lactation and ease digestion for both mother and baby.
This gentle and soothing blend is behaviour with sweet tones of aniseed.
Fenugreek: Fenugreek aids in sexual stimulation, balances blood sugar levels, and contains chlorine which aids the thinking process. Fenugreek has been the focus of several studies concerning the treatment of diabetes and the prevention of breast cancer. Its ability to balance hormone levels aids in the treating PMS and menopause. Its antioxidants slow ageing and help prevent disease.
The plant has also been employed against bronchitis, fevers, sore throats, wounds, swollen glands, skin irritations, ulcers and in the treatment of cancer. Fenugreek has also been used to promote lactation and as an aphrodisiac.
Fenugreek contains an amino acid called 4-hydroxyisoleucine, which appears to increase the body’s production of insulin when blood sugar levels are high. Higher insulin production may decrease the amounts of sugar that stay in the blood for many individuals. In some studies of animals and humans with both diabetes and high cholesterol levels, fenugreek lowered cholesterol levels as well as blood sugar levels.
Some evidence suggests that fenugreek may also have other medical uses. It may reduce the amounts of calcium oxalate in the kidneys. Calcium oxalate often contributes to kidney stones. In animal studies, fenugreek also appeared to lessen the chance of developing colon cancer by blocking the act
Fennel : Rich in phytoestrogens, Fennel is often used for colic, wind, irritable bowel, kidneys, spleen, liver, lungs, suppressing appetite, breast enlargement, promoting menstruation, improving digestive system, milk flow and increasing urine flow.
Fennel is also commonly used to treat amenhorrea, angina, asthma, anxiety, depression, heartburn, water retention, lower blood pressure, boost libido, respiratory congestion, coughs and has been indicated for high blood pressure and to boost
Fennel is a useful addition to any of the Breast Enlargement herbs and has an impressive number of other health benefits.
Fennel is also commonly used to treat amenhorrea, angina, asthma, heartburn, high blood pressure and to boost sexual desire. Fennel is a mild appetite suppressant and is used to improve the kidneys, spleen, liver and lungs.
Fennel is an effective treatment for respiratory congestion and is a common ingredient in cough remedies.
It is also used for cancer patients after radiation and chemotherapy treatments to help rebuild the digestive system. Fennel relaxes the smooth muscle lining the digestive tract (making it an antispasmodic). It also helps expel gas.
It is a tested remedy for gas, acid stomach, gout, cramps, colic and spasms.
Excellent for obesity. It increases the flow of urine. It is gargled for hoarseness and sore throats.
Fennel is a carminative (an aromatic which tends to expel wind from the alimentary canal, or to relieve colic, griping, or flatulence), Antispasmodic, Antidepressant, Promotes milk-flow in nursing mothers, Stomachic, pectoral, diuretic, diaphoretic, aromatic, Anti-microbial, Pain reducing, fever reducing.
Its many uses are Colic, Wind, Irritable bowel, Increase urine flow, Breast enlargement, Promotes menstruation, Improves digestive system, Improves milk flow, anxiety, depression, arthritis, water retention, appetite suppressant, amenhorrea, angina, asthma, heartburn, lower blood pressure, boost libido, respiratory congestion and coughs.
Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) was dedicated to the goddess Diana, and used medicinally by the Greeks some 2,000 years ago. In the Middles Ages lemon balm was used to soothe tension, to dress wounds, and as a cure for toothache, skin eruptions, mad dog bites, crooked necks, and sickness during pregnancy. It was even said to prevent baldness. As a medicinal plant, lemon balm has traditionally been employed against bronchial inflammation, earache, fever, flatulence, headaches, high blood pressure, influenza, mood disorders, palpitations, toothache and vomiting.
A tea made from Lemon balm leaves is said to soothe menstrual cramps and helps relieve PMS. The herb is used for nervous agitation, sleeping problems, functional gastrointestinal complaints, menstrua! cramps and urinary spasms. It is thought that the volatile oils in lemon balm contain chemicals that relax muscles, particularly in the bladder, stomach, and uterus, thereby relieving
cramps, gas, and nausea.
ESCOP (European How to Lose Unwanted Belly Fat scientific cooperative on Phytoiherapy) lists ‘its internal use for tenseness, restlessness, irritability, and symptomatic treatment of digestive disorders, such as minor spasms; extemaly, for herpes iabiaiis (ESCOP, 1997).
Recent evidence suggests that lemon balm has a depressant or sedative action on the central nervous systems of laboratory mice. The German Standard License for lemon balm tea approves ft for nervous disorders of sleep and of the gastrointestinal tract, and to stimulate the appetite (IMchll and Ksset, 1994).
Lemon balm may block some of thyroid hormone in the body. Therefore, it has been used in the past to treat Grave’s disease, an autoimmune condition in which the thyroid gland produces excess thyroid hormone. Although laboratory and animal studies show
that lemon balm may help decrease thyroid in the body, no human studies have yet been conducted for possible use.
Mental Clarity, Concentration and Relaxation
Lemon balm is widely used to treat anxiety and insomnia in Europe. It reduces anxiety and stress and eases sleep disorders.
Helpful for Homework
In a study of lemon balm at Northumbria University in England students were tested for weeks while using either Lemon balm
or a placebo. The students did better on the tests after taking temon balm and continued to post improved scores for up to six hours after taking the herb. The students taking Lemon balm were noted to be calmer and less stressed during the tests. (From Prevention Magazine Sept 2004)
Herpes and Antiviral Properties
Research has shown that the plant contains polyphenols, it can help significantly in the treatment of cold sores and combat the
herpes simplex virus, shingles as well as other viral afflictions. Studies have shown a significant reduction in the duration and
severity of herpes. Researchers have also rested a tremendous reduction of the frequency of recurrence.
Several studies have used Lemon balm to treat stress, anxiety and insomnia. The studies have shown improved sleep patterns and reduced stress and anxiety.
Lemon balm is approved for “nervous disorders* and “functional gastrointestinal complaints” by Commission E of the German
Federal Institute for Drugs and Devices, Commission E is the German governmental agency that evaluates the safety and effectiveness of herbal products.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Lemon balm contains volatile (essential!) oils including citronellal and citrals A and 8, which are known to have sedaftive properties.
In both animal and human studies, lemon balm taken by mouth has had calming effects. In larger doses it may promote sleep. In one study researchers found that using lemon balm improved memory and lengthened attention span in individuals suffering from Alzheimer disease.
Aniseed : 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.
The herbaceous anise plant is a member of the carrot family that can grow to heights of up to 0.9 metres. Thin, spindle-shaped roots produce grooved stems and leaves that form feathery lobes. In July and August, the plant yields umbels of dainty yellow or white flowers with a delicately sweet aroma. In late August to September, the plant produces small brown seeds known as “aniseed.” The plant is native to Egypt, Asia Minor, Crete and Greece but is now grown around the world in warm and favorable conditions.
The seeds are composed of 18 percent proteins, eight to 23 percent fatty oils, two to seven percent essential oils, five percent starch, 22 to 28 percent N-free extracts and 12 to 25 percent crude fibre. The remaining nine to 13 percent of the seed’s weight is moisture.
Aniseeds are delightfully fragrant due to their high concentration of anethole, an essential oil. The seeds also contain other important compounds like acetophenone, p-anisaldehyde, anise alcohol, estragol, limonene and pinene.
The seeds are an excellent source of minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium, manganesezinc, potassium and copper. These minerals are essential to cardiac, bone and blood health and are needed by the body to turn food into energy. 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 neurochemicals in the brain.
The seeds and the oil they produce contain thymol, terpineol and anethole, which can be used to treat pectoral affections and coughs. When used as a lozenge, aniseed is an effective expectorant. Bronchial irritation can be soothed by drinking a tea made from the seeds, and people that suffer from spasmodic asthma may also find relief from the seeds. Gargling with a tea made of the seeds can also provide relief for sore throat, laryngitis or pharyngitis.
The seeds have also been used to reduce flatulence, cure sleeplessness, aid nursing mothers with the production of milk and to stimulate appetite. Aniseed can also improve digestion, alleviate cramps and reduce nausea.
Some components of aniseed are known to have calming effects that can relieve anxiety and nervousness. These components include thymol, stigmaterol, linalol, terpineol, alpha-pineno and eugenol.
Aniseed has aphrodisiac properties that can increase libido. Drinking one glass of water infused with the
crushed seeds each night can increase one’s sex drive.
Caraway Seeds: Caraway is native to central Europe and western Asia. Nowadays, it is commonly cultivated in Eastern Europe, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, and North Africa. It grows well in meadows. Caraway is a biennial herb, which grows up to 40 to 60 cm in height. This plant somewhat looks like carrot plant.
The leaves are feathery and finely divided into thread-like divisions. The flowers are small and white to pink in color. The fruits are 2-mm long and they are crescent-shaped achenes with five slight ridges.
The seeds of caraway contain a considerable amount of carbohydrates, fat, and proteins. The caraway seeds and fruit are the plant parts that are mostly used for health benefits. However, leaves and roots are also used in some medical preparations.
The caraway seeds contain 2-7% of essential oil consisting of carvone (45-65%), smaller amounts of limonene, carveol and some other substances. Furthermore, the seeds contain around 20% fatty oil. Plants that grow in the wild usually contain more oil than plants that are cultivated and have therefore a stronger flavor.
The leaves of caraway are rich in vitamin B and C, as well as iron. Caraway has been cultivated for a very long time and it was known and described by many ancient civilizations. The seeds of the plant have been found in human settlements dating from the Stone Age and also in Egyptian tombs.
Caraway has various medicinal properties such as antihistaminic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, and vermifuge.
This medicinal herb has been utilized to get rid of toothaches and it is commonly used as a carminative. An herbal tea prepared from the seeds of caraway is used as an herbal remedy for digestive disorders, heartburn, loss of appetite, and to dispel worms.
Caraway seems to be a natural treatment for dyspepsia, hysteria, and similar disorders. Also, it is believed to be an effective stomachic. Distilled water extracted from caraway is believed to be an effective herbal remedy for flatulent colic in infants.
The leaves, roots, and seeds of caraway seem to activate the glands and they increase the functions of the kidneys. Additionally, an infusion prepared from the caraway seeds can help aid digestion, menstrual cramping, and relieve gas.
The caraway seed oil is sometimes utilized orally to get rid of halitosis, bad breath or bad taste. In addition, the oil contains an effective anthelmintic agent, especially against hookworms.
Hot Brewing Method: Bring fresh cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea for each 200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Adding milk or sugar is not recommended.
Iced tea brewing method (Pitcher) (to make 1 litre): Not generally recommended.
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