Country of Origin: Varied (Blended by Neat Jane’s Tea House)
Grade: Grade A
Manufacture Type: Field grown, sun dried, machine milled, Coarse Cut
Cup Characteristics: Wonderfully blended with many herbs to remedy many different ailments. A superdrink. It is surprisingly delicious and has many health benefits, full of essential vitamins and minerals.
Infusion: Tending bright orange
Ingredients: Turmeric Root, Ginger root, Clove Buds, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Lemon Myrtle
Description: This blend is wonderful to drink with many herbs to remedy many ailments. Like many herbal teas Turmeric should be consumed without the addition of milk, though not exclusive in this instance, but this does not preclude additives such as honey.
Inflammation runs wild in our bodies nowadays, leading to all kinds of disconnected symptoms, from joint pain to digestive troubles.
Turmerics active ingredient curcumin is one of natures most powerful anti-inflammatory herbs. A member of the ginger family, turmeric has long been used as a culinary spice in Asian cooking as well as a colouring agent. Since recent research has gone far to further bolster its reputation as a healing superstar. Although it has been used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine, western science has only recently jumped on the bandwagon and deemed it effective for treating osteoarthiritis.
Early research indicates its potential for treating various ailments surrounding dementia, eye inflammation, colorectal cancer, heart attack after bypass surgery, crohns disease, diabetes, stomach upset, gum disease, stomach ulcers, skin rash, itchy skin, kidney inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, skin wounds due to cancer, surgery recovery, tuberculosis and ulcerative colitis.
Turmeric is an antioxidant where curcumin has the ability to quench free radicals that cause mutation in our DNA. The cancer causing effects of cigarette smoke and smoke of any kind are suppressed by curcumin. Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory powers are as effective as anti-inflammatory drugs including effective as phenylbutazone and cortizone without the side effects.
Curcumin has been shown to have protective effect on the liver and is incredibly effective at increasing bile which helps fat digestion. The natural antiseptic and ant bacterial properties to keep infection away from cuts and burns. Curcumin greatly reduces the rate of mental decline. It may also prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain. Curcumin has anti-microbial properties that fight microbes such as Clostridium, Streptococcus, Entamoeba histolytica and many other pathogenic fungi. It helps reduce sensations of chronic pain. Curcumin promotes weight loss and aids in fat metabolism. It helps reduce ill mood in depression. It also helps internally and topically with psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
Cardamom: Cardamom is well known as a spice used in Indian cooking, and is one of the primary constituents of Garam Masala. What many people don’t realize is that cardamom is also medicinal, and helps relieve digestive problems induced by garlic and onion, making it more than merely an aromatic addition to the stomach challenging cuisine it accompanies. Cardamomis considered one of the most valuable spices in the world due to its rich aroma and therapeutic properties.
Many varieties of cardamom exist, but there are two genera which include cardamom plants. The first, known scientifically as Eiiataria and commonly referred to as green or true cardamom, is found mainly in India. Cardamom grown in Asia is part of the genus Arnomum, and goes by an assortment of common names, such as brown cardamom, Java cardamom, Bengal cardamom, Kravan, white cardamom, Siamese cardamom, and red cardamom.
Cardamom is farmed in only a few places in the world, including Sri Lanka, China, Laos, Nepal, Vietnam, pockets of India, and Guatemala. It grows uncultivated more rarely, limited to the rich, dense soils of certain South Asian forests. Despite these limitations, the ground seeds of cardamom, as well as intact seeds often within pods, are widely available for purchase. As a member of the ginger family, cardamom grows perennially and produces vast fleshy root structures known as rhizomes. It has large leaves, green white flowers, an edible but slightly bitter fruit, and large seeds. The seeds of the cardamom plant contain a variety of important minerals such as calcium, sulfur, and phosphorus. They also contain volatile oil composed of acetic and formic acids. This volatile oil, which makes up about 5 percent of the seed’s mass, has aromatic and medicinal properties, and it is what makes cardamom so valuable.
Studies confirm that cardamom oil acts as an analgesic and antispasmodic, producing relief and lowered distention and writhing within digestive systems reacting negatively to uncomfortable stimuli. This effect is the primary medicinal quality of cardamom, and Eastern cultures have been taking advantage of it for centuries.
Cardamom has been used to relieve the following medical problems:
Cardamom is one of the most effective remedies against halitosis. Simply chewing on the seeds eliminates bad odors. Cardamom is even used in some chewing gums because of its effectiveness, billed as a surefire cure to the most offensive breath.
Tooth, Gum, and Oral Disorders:
Cardamom is widely used in South Asia to fight tooth and gum decay and disease. It can also be used to help soothe a sore throat and relieve hoarseness of voice.
The volatile oil in cardamom has been proven to soothe the stomach and intestines, making cardamom an ideal solution for a host of digestive problems, such as constipation, dysentery, and indigestion. Cardamom can be used aromatically to increase or encourage appetite, and also assists in soothing gas and heartburn. Generally, cardamom relieves most upset stomachs. To use Cardamom for digestive problems, consume seeds alone, serve ground seed with food, or serve as a tea.
South Asians use cardamom’s relieving properties to help with the discomfort of passing gall and kidney stones. Cardamom, combined with banana leaf and alma juice, can act as a diuretic, soothing a variety of kidney, bladder, and urinary problems like nephritis, burning or painful urination, and frequent urges to urinate. The relief from uncomfortable symptoms provided through cardamom should not be considered a cure to underlying diseases and disorder
Depression and Aromatherapy:
Cardamom oils can be added to baths as a form of aromatherapy that fights depression and reduces stress. Ground Cardamom seeds can be made into a tea for similar benefits.
Cardamom contains IC3 (indole-3-carbinol) and DIM(diindolylmethane). These phytochemicals are well-known cancer fighters, helping to specifically ward off hormone responding cancers like breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and prostate cancer. Early research suggests that consuming cardamom regularly may help with preventing these forms of cancer.
In addition to these specific medicinal uses, cardamom contains an abundance of antioxidants, which protect the body against aging and stress, and fight common illnesses and bodily strife. Cardamom volatile oil has only recently come under the scrutiny of scientists curious about its therapeutic properties, but Asian and Indian cultures have reliably used it for ages as a remedy for discomfort and depression, and still rely upon it today. It is now being discovered to have amazing health benefits, and early science confirms its medicinal effectiveness.
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.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon (Dalchini) is a herb traditionally used by many ancient cultures. It is indicated for a variety of ailments including gastrointestinal problems, urinary infections, relieving symptoms of colds and flu and has remarkable anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
Some studies have shown that Cinnamon helps people with diabetes metabolise sugar better. True cinnamon, or Cinnamomum Zeylanicum, is the inner bark of a small evergreen tree native to Sri Lanka. Most therapeutic uses of Chinese cinnamon bark are rooted in its historical use as a traditional medicine and on laboratory and animal studies. German health authorities (Commission E) do approve of cinnamon bark for mild gastrointestinal spasms, stimulating appetite and relieving indigestion.
It is used in flatulent dyspepsia, dyspepsia with nausea, intestinal colic and digestive atony associated with cold & debilitated conditions. It is known to relieve nausea and vomiting, and because of its mild astringency it is particularly used for infantile diarrhea.
Cinnamon warms and stimulates the digestive system, useful in weak digestion, colic, griping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, wind and distension. The tannins have an astringent action, stemming bleeding in nosebleeds, heavy periods and resolving diarrhea and catarrhal congestion.
Soothe an upset stomach Cinnamon extracts have been used medically to treat gastrointestinal problems and to help calm the stomach. Cinnamon is a carminative, an agent that helps break up intestinal gas that has traditionally been used to combat diarrhea and morning sickness. Both test-tube and some animal studies have found that cinnamon may help to relieve mild abdominal discomfort caused by excess gas.
Clear up urinary-tract infections One German study showed that Cinnamon “suppresses completely” the cause of most urinary-tract infections (Escherichia coli bacteria) and the fungus responsible for vaginal yeast infections (Candida albicans).
Allow diabetics to use less insulin Some studies have shown that Cinnamon helps people with diabetes metabolise sugar better. In adult-onset (Type II) diabetes, the pancreas produces insulin, but the body can’t use it efficiently to break down blood sugar.
Richard Anderson at the US Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville,
Maryland found that Cinnamon enhances the ability of insulin to metabolise glucose, helping to control blood sugar levels. Cinnamon contains the anti-oxidant glutathione and a type of flavonoid called MHCP (methylhydroxy chalcone polymer). It is believed that cinnamon makes fat cells much more responsive to insulin, the hormone that regulates sugar metabolism and thus controls the level of glucose in the blood. “One-eighth of a teaspoon of cinnamon triples insulin efficiency,” say James A. Duke, Ph.D., a botanist retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and author of The CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs. Dr. Duke suggest that people with adult-onset diabetes discuss Cinnamon’s benefits with their doctor. Taking AY2 to A3/4 teaspoon of ground Cinnamon with each meal may help control blood sugar levels.
Aid digestion Cinnamon contains compounds called catechins, which help relieve nausea. The volatile oil in cinnamon bark may also help the body to process food by breaking down fats during digestion.
Relieve Pain Cinnamon is considered a pain-killer due to its prostaglandin-inhibiting action.
Relieve Colds and Flu In both India and Europe, cinnamon has been traditionally taken as a warming herb for “cold” conditions, often in combination with ginger (Zingiber officinale). The herb stimulates the circulation, especially to the fingers and toes and has been used for arthritis. Cinnamon is also a traditional remedy for aching muscles and other symptoms of viral conditions such as colds and flu.
Turmeric: Indians have known the health benefit of turmeric for thousands of years. More recent studies have proven that the people of India were right in their use of turmeric for medicinal purposes. Grown in South Asia, this herb in the Ginger family
(Zingiberaceae) was first known as Indian Saffron. The root system of turmeric boiled and dried produces a product that is often ground into a powder.
Turmeric has a peppery and somewhat bitter flavour, is deep yellowish orange in colour and is used to make curry. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin has anti-inflammatory and disinfecting properties. This explains its healing powers when applied to cuts and abrasions.
Taken orally as an anti-inflammatory, turmeric does not have the side-effects commonly associated with some modern pharmaceutical medicines. These include intestinal bleeding, ulcers,and the decrease of white blood cells. This makes turmeric a safe alternative to some non-prescription drugs.
Studies on mice and test groups of people have shown numerous benefits of using turmeric. Scientific claims prove the benefits of the
herb in the relief of digestive complications and inflammatory benefits. Studies on mice have proven successful on slowing progression and preventing various forms of cancer.
Turmeric’s detoxification qualities promote healthy digestion and may aid in weight management. Studies have shown that it helps clear LDL (bad cholesterol) from the liver and enhances liver function. Because of itsdetoxification and anti-inflammatory qualities, turmeric is used as a dietary supplement for relief from irritable bowel syndrome and stomach disorders. Benefits of turmeric consumption include the reduction of gas and bloating.
Turmeric also reduces the buildup of plaque associated with cardiovascular disease. Curcumin in turmeric lowers two inflammatory
enzymes, LOX and OOX-2. This helps stop platelets from gathering to form blood clots. Turmeric reduces blood sugar levels, a property valuable for helping those suffering, from diabetes.
Using turmeric may have effects on slowing or preventing many forms of cancer. It slows the spread of cancer cells through
elimination. Studies have produced evidence that turmeric can aid in preventing breast cancer from spreading to the lungs. It may help prevent colon cancer,and possibly aid in the prevention of pancreatic cancer.
Other foods combined with turmeric boost its healing capabilities. When combined with cauliflower,turmeric may help prevent
prostate cancer.Onions may enhance the effects of turmeric on preventing colon cancer. Turmeric also helps prevent melanoma and stops the growth of new blood vessels developing in tumors.
As a natural anti-inflammatory, turmeric aids in giving relief to sufferers of arthritis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. It
may also stow the progression of multiple sclerosis.
Anti-oxidants found in turmeric remove free radicals from the body. Free radicals are known to damage cell membranes and cause cell death. They also have ill-effects on DNA.
Turmeric prevents and slows the progression of Alzheimer disease by removing amyloid plaque from the brain, it keeps amyloid a fibroid from gathering to form plaque that leads to complication of the brain.
Turmeric is sometimes used as an anti-depressant.
Cloves: Dietary herbal use of cloves can aid in the relief of a wide variety of ailments, both internal and external. As a supplement, the spice can either be used in its whole form, ground form, or reduced to its essential oil. The clove bud contains an unusual mix of compounds found in no other plant, giving this plant its unique medicinal properties. Cloves contain – among other compounds – gallotannins, triterpenes, flavonoids, and phenolic acids.
Clove use can soothe and relax the inner lining of the intestines, aiding in digestion. It can also aid in quieting upset stomach. They can help esophagus produce more phlegm and act as an expectorant, making coughs less severe and more productive. Clove has been shown to have analgesic properties. This property is particularly effective for tooth pain. hole clove can be applied directly to the gum in problem areas. The thin skinned membrane of the gums readily absorbs oil from the clove, providing topical relief from pain.
Clove can act as an antimicrobial agent, killing parasites and bacteria in the digestive tract. In appropriate dosage, it can help relieve excessive gas bloating. There is some evidence that certain compounds in clove act as antihistamines, keeping sinus passageways clear and open.
Lemon Myrtle: A wonderful thing about the citrus-scented lemon myrtle is that, in addition to being flavourful and refreshing, it has a number of health benefits. It is a powerful antioxidant that can ward off illnesses, and it can be used as an antiseptic. Its rich lemon aroma is both pleasant and soothing. Lemon myrtle is used to treat a diversity of ailments from throat disorders to gastric problems.
What is Lemon Myrtle? The lemon myrtle is a tree that grows naturally in the Australian coastal regions like Queensland and New South Wales. The tree can reach heights of 18m or more, though its average height is approximately half of that. The tree is now grown in other parts of the word, including in South Africa and the southern sections of the United States and Europe. While the tree’s flowers and fruits can both be eaten, it is the leaves that have gained a reputation for having the most uses and health benefits.
Among scientists, lemon myrtle is known by its Latin name, Backhousia citriodora. Although it is most commonly known as lemon myrtle, it is also recognized by other names, including lemon ironwood and tree verbena. Despite its citrus scent and flavour, lemon myrtle is not acidic.
What are the ingredients? The leaves of lemon myrtle are rich in essential oil, most of which is made up terpenoid aldehydes such as citral. Citral can be used medicinally in a number of ways. It is this ingredient that gives lemon myrtle many of its health benefits.
What are the health benefits? Lemon myrtle has a reputation as a powerful antiseptic and antiviral agent that can destroy disease-carrying microorganisms. It has been used to treat allergies, colds, sore throats, gastric disturbances and infections. Murray, Michael T. Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. January 7, 1999. It has further been used to alleviate headaches, fevers and muscle cramps and spasms. Shneider, Rob. Why Drink Lemon Myrtle Tea? October 18, 2011. According to Go Wild Harvest LLC at http://www.gowildaustralia.com/uploads/LemonMyrtlepresentation_1.pdf, lemon myrtle promotes a healthy immune system and can be applied topically to treat problems like warts, cold sores and acne. It is a highly potent antioxidant that can help fight diseases such as cancer. It is high in minerals like calcium, zinc and magnesium, and it has a healthy helping of vitamins A and E.
Hot Brewing Method: Use 1 teaspoon of Turmeric 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