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The Cobbler (Organic)

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Country of Origin:   Varied (Blended by Neat Jane’s Tea House)

Grade:   Super Fine, Grade A

Manufacture Type:  Field grown, sundried, machine milled, Coarse Cut

Cup Characteristics:  We threw everything but the kitchen sink into this blend. Wonderfully blended with many herbs to remedy many different ailments. It is surprisingly delicious and has many health benefits, full of essential vitamins and minerals.

Infusion:  Tending bright yellow

Ingredients:  Dandelion root roasted, Ginger root, Chamomile, Rosehip Shells, Liquorice root, Hibiscus, Damiana, Lemon grass, Raspberry leaf, Hawthorn leaf & flowers, Calendula petals, Peppermint

Description:   This blend is wonderful to drink with many herbs to remedy many ailments. Like many teas The Cobbler should be consumed without the addition of milk but this does not preclude additives such as honey, lime, lemon, cinnamon etc.

Liquorice Root has an impressive list of well documented uses and is probably one of the most over-looked of all herbal remedies. It is used for many ailments including asthma, athlete’s foot, baldness, body odour, bursitis, canker sores, chronic fatigue, depression, colds and flu, coughs, dandruff, emphysema, gingivitis

and tooth decay, gout, heartburn, HIV, viral infections, fungal infections, ulcers, liver problems, Lyme disease, menopause, psoriasis, shingles, sore throat, tendinitis, tuberculosis, ulcers, yeast infections, prostate enlargement and arthritis.
Licorice root contains many anti-depressant compounds and is an excellent alternative to St. John’s Wort.

Hundreds of potentially healing substances have been identified in licorice as well, including compounds called flavonoids and various plant estrogens (phytoestrogens). The herb’s key therapeutic compound, glycyrrhizin (which is 50 times sweeter than sugar) exerts numerous beneficial effects on the body, making
licorice a valuable herb for treating a host of ailments. It seems to prevent the breakdown of adrenal hormones such as cortisol (the body’s primary stress-fighting adrenal hormone), making these hormones more available to the body.

It has a well-documented reputation for healing ulcers. It can lower stomach acid levels, relieve heartburn and indigestion and acts as a mild laxative.
It can also be used for irritation, inflammation and spasm in the digestive tract.

Through its beneficial action on the liver, it increases bile flow and lowers cholesterol levels.
Licorice also appears to enhance immunity by boosting levels of interferon, a key immune system chemical that fights off attacking viruses. It also contains powerful antioxidants as well as certain phytoestrogens that can perform some of the functions of the body’s natural estrogens; very helpful during the menopause.
Glycyrrhizinic acid also seems to stop the growth of many bacteria and of viruses such as influenza A.

In the respiratory system it has a similarly soothing and healing action, reducing irritation and inflammation and has an expectorant effect, useful in irritating coughs, asthma and chest infections.
It has an aspirin-like action and is helpful in relieving fevers and soothing pain such as headaches. Its antiallergenic effect is very useful for hay fever, allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis and bronchial asthma.

Possibly by its action on the adrenal glands, licorice has the ability to improve resistance to stress. It should be thought of during times of both physical and emotional stress, after surgery or during convalescence, or when feeling
tired and run down.

Dandelion Root:  For many people, the thought of eating and drinking common lawn weeds is curious at best, but while Western society may not be known for eating and drinking herbs and plants, people have been doing so for thousands of years for their medicinal properties. The dandelion herb is one such useful plant, and its benefits have been utilized for generations to treat a variety of illnesses and promote organ health.

While many natural remedies utilize only one part of the plant (such as only the root) the dandelion is much more versatile in that dandelion leaves, the root, and even the flowering head can be used. It can be bitter tasting, which many people thoroughly enjoy. While the flavor can provide a unique beverage experience, most people enjoy dandelion tea benefits more than the tang of the tea. You may be very surprised to find out how very effective this tiny wild plant can be.

Starting with the liver, dandelion tea benefits can include both increased bile production (a great way to remove toxins from the body) and the manufacture in the liver of glycogen, which is great for diabetics. It also produces compounds that can help with constipation and other digestive organ health. This is why dandelion is considered useful for herbal colon cleanse regimens. An added bonus is that its nutritional contents are as high as some of the very best vegetables, meaning that essentials are not lost as rapidly through cleansing.

You’ll find dandelion tea benefits also include diuretic properties. This is because it stimulates the kidney function and can increase urine flow and output. Another added kidney bonus? If you have trouble with kidney stones, you may find that dandelion tea benefits can also include helping you pass the little buggers.

Dandelion tea benefits go way beyond these two vital organs, however, maintaining liver and kidney health will also have a domino effect on other organs and processes that benefit from the proper health and functioning of these two biologic powerhouses.

Ginger Root:   Ginger, (Latin: Zingiber officinale)  the tart knotty root spice, is probably the world’s most commonly used flavor additive. The root serves as the base of recipes in the cuisines of almost every culture in every corner of the globe, and has done so since at least the 12th century BC.

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 both its use as a food ingredient and for its purported 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!

As previously mentioned, widespread use of ginger was not limited solely to the ancient East but spanned the globe. For the Romans, Greeks, Moroccans, and other historic cultures of the Mediterranean, ginger root also held a valuable place in every household.

Interestingly it was in these communities that dried ginger  –  like the one we are offering here –  began its rise in popularity. The reason for this method of consumption was born out of necessity as the root was transported along the ancient caravan routes from the Far East.

Fresh ginger would spoil during the long trip; so enterprising merchants devised methods for drying the raw root. As time wore on, fresh ginger became available in the West as the root came to be grown in parts of Europe and Africa. Even so, many cultures continued to use the dried variety.

Chamomile:   There are several varieties and countries of origin of Chamomile – sometimes referred to as bachelor buttons because of the shape of the flower heads  – but the best quality comes from Egypt.

The sandy loam and nutrients from the Nile create perfect  growing conditions. Chamomile flowers have a yellow center and white petals – they almost look like a daisy. Essential oils in the flowers produce a soothing pleasant aroma and a fruity character. In some parts of Europe, particularly southern France, chamomile plants have been strewn on floors or pathways to give the area a good scent.

Chamomile can be made into a pleasant aromatic tea which is slightly bitter but with a fruity flavor. It is often sipped for relief of health problems ranging from toothache to nervousness. Chamomile has also been noted as beneficial for soothing  headaches and is a natural relaxing herb known to assist the restless and those suffering from insomnia. In many circles Chamomile is called nighty night tea or sleepy tea on account of its natural properties, which promote restfulness and drowsiness. It is also known to assist digestive disorders by settling the stomach and calming the nerves.

The plant’s botanical name  Matricaria, is derived from the Latin term for womb because it was once used as an herb to treat female troubles.  Chamomile is derived from ancient Greek and translates as “Ground Apple” in reference to the fruity aroma.

Hibiscus:   In history every herb and flower has a symbolic meaning. Hibiscus means grace and beauty. Hibiscus  (hibiscus abelmoschus and hibiscus sabdariffa ) a native to Africa is related to a bushy ornamental shrub that decorates many tropical  gardens has become a  popular showy houseplant in Europe and North America and is a flowery accessory to many young women in the tropics.

The calyces (often referred to as the hibiscus flower itself), which form the outer covering of the flower buds, are  dried and used to make a rosy citrus flavored tea.

There are more than 200 species of hibiscus. The type used for tea is Abelmoschus or Sabdariffa. Hibiscus is rich in Vitamin  A and C and beta-carotene making it a good antioxidant. Many purport that its health benefits are:

– Replaces electrolytes and quenches thirst during and after athletic endeavors.

– Eases symptoms of colds, flu and coughs

Hibiscus petals are commonly used as a base for herb and fruit infusions. When blended with rosehips and various other dried fruits the resulting drink is lively, fruity and Vitamin C and A healthy.

If you are using hibiscus petals in a tea and you intend to add milk to the tea, keep the ratio of hibiscus to tea low, as hibiscus will curdle milk.

Rosehip Shells:    Rose hip tea with honey was recommended in Bancke’s Herbal of 1525 for the feeble, sick and choleric person. Even though the reason for the health benefit of the beverage was not discovered until recently, it is now known that one ounce of concentrate rose hip contains about as much Vitamin C as a dozen or two oranges.During World War II, rose hip jelly was an important substitute for citrus fruits while international shipping lanes were disrupted. It has also been determined that rose hips provide B-complex, vitamins A, D, and E, are high in organic iron and calcium and contain measurable amounts of potassium, sulphur, silica and zinc, as well as fructose and tannins.

The red berries (rose hips) appear on the otherwise naked branches of the bushes in the autumn. Sweetbriar often grows along country roads and can form impenetrable thickets where birds love to nest. The plant’s botanical name is rosa canina, meaning “dog rose”. The name came about in antiquity, when the roots and berries were thought to cure rabies. The bush flowers in May and June and after the bloom dies, the rose hips form and are collected. Collection occurs when they are ripe, generally after the first autumn frosts – but one has to get there before the birds, as they love the red berries.

Rose hips are mainly used for infusions but as noted previously they also make a delicious red/orange colored jam or jelly.

The infusion is considered to be a stimulant, a diuretic and a good treatment for diarrhea. It also reinforces immunity to infectious diseases, as it is high in Vitamin C. Some sources state that this herb is a good blood purifier considered helpful against all infections especially those affecting the bladder or kidney. This herb also eases stress, battles coughs, colds, the flu and is very nourishing to the skin. A rose hip based drink is especially appreciated in winter when fatigue and colds often strike.

The bitterness of rose hip is diminished in a hot drink. Acidity varies according to the variety of sweetbriar that produces the hips. Wild rose hips are generally more flavorful than the hips of any domestic rose plants.

Damiana:  This is a small shrub with aromatic leaves found on dry, sunny, rocky hillsides in Mexico.

Damiana was recorded to be used as an aphrodisiac in the ancient Mayan civilization, as well as for “giddiness and loss of balance”. A Spanish missionary first reported that the Mexican Indians made a drink from the Damiana leaves, added sugar and drank it for its purported power to enhance lovemaking.

Damiana has a long history of use in traditional herbal medicine throughout the world. It is thought to act as an aphrodisiac, antidepressant, tonic, diurectic, cough suppressant, and mild laxative. It has been used for such conditions as depression, anxiety, sexual inadequacy, debililtation, bed wetting, menstrual irregularities, gastic ulcers and constipation. In Mexico, the plant is used for asthma, bronchitis, neurosis, diabetes, dysentery, dyspepsia, headaches, paralysis, nephrosis, spermatorrhea, stomach ache, and syphillis. Damiana first was recorded with aphrodisiac effects in scientific literature over 100 years ago.

From 1888 to 1947 damiana leaf and damiana elixirs were listed in the National formulary in the United States. For more than a century damiana’s use has been associated with improving sexual function in both males and females. The leaves are used in Germany to relieve excess mental activity and nervous debility, and as a tonic for the hormonal and central nervous systems. E.F.Steinmetz states that in Holland, damiana is renowned for its sexual enhancing qualities and its positive effects on the reproductive organs. The British Herbal pharmacopoela cites indications for the use of damiana for anxiety neurosis with a predominant sexual factor, depression, nervous dyspepsia, atonic constipation, and coital inadequacy.

Damiana is a commonly added ingredient to smoking and herbal tea blends. when smoked or drunk as a tea it has a relaxing effect.

Raspberry Leaf:     Infusions made from the leaves of Raspberry bushes, (Latin: Rubus idaeus) have been consumed for millennia for reasons ranging from the soothing of throat infections to easing leg cramps. Botanical archaeology indicates that raspberries originated in what is now Central Europe – in fact, not far from Lublin, Poland where we have sourced our offering. From there it is believed that the plants were carried either in seed or seedling form, by ancient migrants across the world.

The hardy raspberry bush came to grow wild throughout the world. Archaeologists studying the ancient cultures took advantage of the plant’s abundance and regularly consuming it during pregnancy. They believed that drinking raspberry leaf tea helped to ease discomfort during childbirth.

Recent science indicates that there may be some truth to the ancients’ claim since raspberry leaves contain fragrine, an alkaloid that helps tone the pelvis and uterus. Raspberry leaf also contains high quantities of Vitamins A, B Complex, C, and E, as well as many essential minerals, and high levels of tannin.

In order to ensure the high vitamin and mineral content, our suppliers harvest the leaves of the raspberry plant in summer before the berries ripen and flavonoid levels are high. The leaves are then dried and processed in a method similar to that of regular tea. Comparisons can also be drawn between the he robust, full bodied flavor of raspberry leaf tea, and that of traditional black tea.

Peppermint:   Peppermint is a great tea for digestive troubles as it has calmative properties. Not only does it taste great but the aroma is very uplifting.

Peppermint is an herb and contains no caffeine. Quite often peppermint is consumed after meals as the oils stimulate  the flow of bile to the stomach and helps relieve gas pains. Additionally, it has been reported and written that peppermint sweetens the breath and calms the digestive system, plus it helps heartburn, stomach ache and nausea. An interesting and tingling way to use peppermint is to place a handful of peppermint leaves in your bath water which will lower your body temperature – perfect for cooling fevered skin or after working on a hot summer’s day. Peppermint is believed to be a hybrid species that evolved from spearmint and watermint. However, peppermint has been around so long its genealogy is obscure. It has been reported as a stewing herb by ancient Hebrews and it has been found in 3000 year old Egyptian tombs. 2000 years ago the Japanese cultivated peppermint as a source of menthol. Peppermint is a primary ingredient in remedies used in the relief of gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, and local aches and pains. Because of its bright, pungent flavour, peppermint is often used to mask the unpleasant taste of various medicines. Peppermint tea is made from both the leaves and the flowers. As a hot tea it is cool and refreshing, as an iced tea the menthol content produces a pleasantly chilling taste sensation.

Some of Peppermint tea properties are Anti-sposmadic, Antiseptic, Antiemetic, Carminature, Chalagogue, Aromatic, Diarphoretic, Nervine and Analgestic.

Hawthorn Leaf & Flowers:  Hawthorn is best  used to promote the health of the circulatory system, treat angina, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia and has been found to strengthen the heart. Hawthorn is also a powerful sedative which relaxes the nervous system. Hawthorn is widely regarded in Europe as a safe and effective treatment for the early stages of heart disease and has been used for a number of ailments including angina, myocarditis, arteriosclerosis, nervous conditions like insomnia and diarrhea. It has also been indicated  for strengthening blood vessels, vascular insufficiency and blood clots, restoring the heart muscle wall, lowering cholesterol and to aid digestion.

Hawthorn is widely regarded in Europe as a safe and effective treatment for the early stages of heart disease and is endorsed by Commission E – the branch of the German government that studies and approves herbal treatments.

It is used to promote the health of the circulatory system and has been found useful in treating angina, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia. It has been found to strengthen the heart and stabilise it against arrythmias.

Properties of Hawthorn

Astringent, Antispasmodic, Cardiotonic, Carminative, Diuretic, Sedative, Stimulant, Vasodilator.

Indicated for Valve prolapse, Angina, Congestive heart failure, Cardiac arrhythmia, Myocarditis, Arteriosclerosis. Hawthorn can normalise blood pressure by regulating heart action; extended use can lower blood pressure. Good for heart muscle weakened by age. Can help strengthen blood vessels, reduce palpitations, help prevent vascular insufficiency, blood clots (embolism, phlebitis).

Dilates coronary vessels to restore heart muscle wall. Lowers cholesterol. Good for nervous conditions like insomnia. Aids digestion. Relieves abdominal distension and diarrhea, fod stagnation, abdominal tumours and is good for dropsy.

Though non-toxic, Hawthorn can produce dizziness if taken in large doses. Avoid if colitis or ulcers are present. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use Hawthorn.

Atherosclerosis

Animal and laboratory studies demonstrate that this herb has antioxidant properties that help protect against the formation of plaques, which leads to a health problem known as atherosclerosis. Plaque buildup in the vessels that supply oxygen rich blood may cause chest pain (angina) and heart attacks while plaque buildup in the arteries that supply blood to the brain may result in stroke.

Chest Pain

Hawthorn has shown to combat chest pain (angina), a health problem caused by insufficient blood flow to the heart. In one early study, 60 angina patients were given 180mg/day of Hawthorn berry-leaf-flower extract or placebo for 3 weeks. Those who received the Hawthorn preparation experienced improved blood flow to the herat and were able to exercise for longer periods of time without suffering chest pain.

High Cholesterol

Studies using rats suggest Hawthorn tincture (made from the berries) may be powerful agent for the removal of LDL (bad) cholesterol from the bloodstream. The tincture of hawthorn berries also reduced the production of cholesterol in the liver of rats who were fed a high-cholesterol diet.

High Blood Pressure

Although Hawthorn has not been studied specifically in people with high blood pressure, considerable evidence supports the cardiovascular benefits of this herb. Studies suggest that Hawthorn can be taken by people with hypertension who are also taking blood pressure medications.

Lemongrass:  Lemongrass is used for treating digestive tract spasms, stomachache, high blood pressure, convulsions, pain, vomiting, cough, rheumatism, fever, the common cold, and exhaustion. It is also used to kill germs and as a mild astringent. It has a very strong lemon flavour.

Calendula Petals:  Traditionally used to treat conjunctivitis, blepharitis, eczema, gastritis, minor burns including sunburns, warts, and minor  injuries such as sprains and wounds. It has also been used to treat cramps, coughs, and snake bites. Calendula has a high content of flavonoids, chemicals that act as anti-oxidants in the body. Anti-oxidants are thought to protect body cells from damage caused by a chemical process called oxidation. Oxidation produces oxygen free radicals, natural chemicals that may suppress immune function.

Calendula has been considered beneficial in reducing inflammation and promoting wound healing. Calendula possesses ant-septic and anti-inflammatory effects due to its flavonoid content.  It soothes sore throat or mouth tissue. It has a bitter taste.

Hot Brewing Method: Use 1  teaspoon of The Cobbler 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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