Speciality Tea & Your Health
Many polyphenols occur naturally in tea. Flavonoids and tannins are beneficial to health. Below is some information on some of the associated health benefits with our range of 12 Speciality Teas. These natural health benefits are purported benefits assocated with these teas but are not recognised as actual medicinal cures.
Peppermint Tea: “A whole-leaf peppermint tea in the Swiss-German tradition. Originally developed as a digestive tincture, these strong-flavoured mint teas offer a refreshing taste and pleasantly zesty aroma”
Health Highlight: Peppermint tea has traditionally been good for settling stomachs and it is recommended that peppermint tea be drunk after meals. However, it has also been reported that peppermint tea seems to help relieve the symptoms of head-colds.
Wild berry Infusion: “A flavoured fruit infusion with fresh raspberry and cherry flavours. This fruit blend consists of hibiscus flowers from Sudan (giving the characteristic red colour), apple from Germany, and rose-hip peels from Chile. Allow 7-10 minutes brewing time”
Health Highlight: Rosehip is beneficial for colds and influenza and has been beneficial in the relief of Osteoarthritis. Due to their soothing (demulcent) and astringent properties, the flowers and leaves of the hibiscus have been traditionally used to treat conditions such as cancer and gallbladder attacks, to lower blood pressure, to relieve dry coughs, and to treat skin infections.
Rooibos Vanilla Tea: “A flavoured Rooibos tea from South Africa with a taste of vanilla and cream. Rooibos is a bush that exclusively grows in South Africa. It has needle-like leaves which are harvested and fermented to release superb anti-oxidants once brewed.
Health Highlight: Various scientific researches have found it contains a flavonoid called Aspalathin, which can be used to treat skin & circulatory disorders. Rooibos tea also contains trace elements of fluoride (important for strong, healthy teeth), calcium (for maintaining bones) and maganese. Rooibos contains oligosaccharides, a sugar compound that may aid the immune system in fighting viral infections. The following benefits haven't been yet supported through scientific studies but have been reported by some drinkers of the Tea: Anti-inflammatory properties. Anti-allergic properties, making it beneficial for hay fever & asthma sufferers. Relaxing properties, aiding sufferers of insomnia & nervous tension. Relief of digestive problems such as constipation, stomach cramps & colic in infants; easing of skin conditions such as acne, eczema and nappy rash.
Yunnan Green Tea: “A traditional green tea from the Yunnan mountain area in China, offering a sweet scent with a light and fine taste
Health Highlight: Green tea can be helpful in the prevention of cancer. It contains an antioxidant called polyphenols (or tannin) which is known to prevent damage to cells. Tannin is known for its ability to help DNA cells reproduce accurately. It is also known to decrease cholesterol - thus protecting the drinker from high blood pressure and heart problems
Camillo: "A refreshing infusion of chamomile flowers, citrus peels, rosehip and orange flowers. A soothing herbal tea".
Health Highlight: This Chamomile herbal tea has been known to encourage relaxation and aid sleep; improves digestion; useful as a remedy for bladder infections, colds, asthma, colitis, diverticulosis, fever, headaches, hemorrhoids, muscle cramps and pain; often recommended for people with rheumatism, arthritis, worms or jaundice.
Lemon Green Tea: “A flavoured tea that offers a hint of yoghurt and lemon to the palate. Created from a blend of premium Chinese green teas”
Health Highlight: Lemon is a fruit known for its therapeutic properties for generations. It is also a root of any home remedy and is normally used to help the stomach (because they have special cleansing effect) Lemon is one of the fruits that would strengthen your immune system. If you have flu or colds, try drinking lemon juice. It will relieve the symptoms as well as halt the progress of most infection. Why? Because of its antibacterial and antiviral properties. This teamed up with the natural benefits of the antioxidant properties of green tea make a refreshing drink if you have a cold.
Breakfast Tea: “A blend of black teas from Kenya, Assam in India and Ceylon in Sri Lanka that offers a full-bodied and strong flavour - a classic pick-me-up”
Health Highlight: The study, published in the journal Psychopharmacology, found that people who drank tea were able to de-stress more quickly than those who drank a fake tea substitute. The study participants - who drank a black tea concoction four times a day for 6 weeks - were found to have lower levels of stress hormone cortisol in their blood after a stressful event, compared with a control group who drank the pacebo tea for the same period of time.
Earl Grey: “A flavoured black tea with a fine taste of bergamot, blended from Ceylon and China teas. An elegant black tea to be enjoyed at all times of the day.
Health Highlight: Earl Grey tea is a black tea blended with bergamot oil - a bergamot is a small, acidic orange, and the oil is extracted from the rind. Earl Grey tea has a bright, refreshing taste. A versatile tea, Earl Grey can be served hot, either by itself or with milk and sugar, and can also be used to make iced tea. Sold in over ninety countries around the world, Earl Grey is the world's most popular tea. Black tea is a rich source of antioxidants, which have been linked with cancer prevention, decreased heart disease and lowered cholesterol. Black tea is rich with antioxidants called polyphenols - or tannin - which is known to prevent damage to cells. Damage to body cells is an early sign of cancer. Tannin is known for its ability to help DNA cells reproduce accurately, thus preventing abnormalities from forming.
Decaf Black: “For those who want the true flavour of a traditional whole-leaf tea, but without the caffeine. This tea is made from premium grade Ceylon tea, naturally decaffeinated without chemicals or artificial additives.
Health Highlight: Caffeine is a stimulant that may cause sleeplessness in drinkers as it works on the central nervous system. Decaf Tea does not have the same effect and some drinkers also find it healthier. Tea made from the tea plant normally has 1.6% and 4.5% caffeine, depending on the level of fermentation. For tea to be classified as decaffeinated tea, at least 97% of the caffeine content must be removed. True decaf tea - that is, completely caffeine-free tea - only applies to herbal teas, or tea not made from the tea plant.
White Peony: “White Peony - Pai Mu Tan: A rare and precious tea, this hand produced tea has a sweet aroma”. It is only harvested during one week in April - the best time of the year. Only the young leaf buds are plucked, which is reflected in the hairy white buds shown in this tea. The tea is very high in anti-oxidants, as it is left in its utmost original stage: just plucked, slightly steamed and thereby dried, getting a curly leaf appearance. Its infusion is yellow-orange in colour. White tea is being produced by hand according to an ancient tradition and due to the small quantity available is considered as a rare and precious tea.
Health Highlight: While green and black teas are very healthy, white tea is the least processed tea and has the highest antioxidant levels. It is loaded with antioxidants (protective nutrients) which protect the body from damage. Cancer Prevention - It may have a profound power against cancer-causing cells and against many different types of cancer as flavonoids, a class of antioxidants, inhibit the growth of cancer cells and prevent the development of new ones. Lower Blood Pressure - Studies show that white tea can thin the blood and improve artery function, lowering blood pressure. Lower Cholesterol - Catechins, another group of antioxidants, have been found to reduce bad cholesterol, and white tea is teeming with them. Heart Protection- By thinning the blood, lowering blood pressure, and reducing cholesterol, white tea protects the heart and the entire circulatory system. Researchers have also discovered that people who drink 2 or more cups of tea a day are almost 50% less likely to die after suffering a heart attack. White tea is truly a remarkable heart tonic. Antibacterial & Antiviral - White tea is a natural killer of bacteria and viruses. The antioxidants so abundant in white tea tone the entire immune system, providing protection against a variety of invaders and a wide range of diseases. Its helps guard against the common cold and flu, and can ease the symptoms of HIV. Healthy Teeth and gums - White tea contains small amounts of fluoride and other nutrients which keep the teeth strong and healthy. It also kills the bacteria which cause plaque, tooth decay, and bad breath. Healthy Skin - white tea protects the skin and helps to reverse some of the damage caused from sun, stress and poor diet.
Liquorice Tea: “Ceylon and China tea infused with the sweet and pleasant liqourice root”
Health Highlight: Research in to liquorice tea shows that it can inhibit gastric secretion; as such it is beneficial to those suffering from gastric ulcers. It also stimulates the adrenal gland, which produces adrenaline. This will help to ease stress and boost energy levels, which can be beneficial to those recovering from illness. decreases spasms; The glycosides which are present in liquorice root will purge liquid from lungs and throat, it is therefore recommended to treat hypoglycemia, bronchitis, colitis, diverticulosis, gastritis, stress, colds, nausea and inflammation and chest infections. In addition, it contains natural interfon, which will help boost the immune system to prevent re-infection. In addition, liquorice has a mild laxative effect; it eases the inflammation of the intestinal tract and cleanses the stomach. As liquorice is a source of estrogen, it can be useful for women’s problems such as menstrual cramps and menopause. Caution: Liquorice should be avoided by those with high blood pressure.
Blood Orange: “Caffeine-free fruit infusion with fresh orange taste, high content of vitamin C”
Health Highlight: This caffeine-free fruit infusion with a fresh orange taste has a high content of vitamin C. It has also been reported that orange is beneficial for colds and influenza.