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Spearmint 1 oz

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SPEARMINT (Mentha spicata – Caffeine Free Herbal Tea) Country of Origin: USA Region: Washington State Shipping Port: Seattle Altitude: 2500 – 4500 feet above sea level Grade: Whole Leaf, Cut (2nd Cut – best cut) and Sifted Manufacture Type: Field grown, sun dried, machine milled Cup Characteristics: Pungent, Cool, Fresh - Literally takes your breath away Infusion: Tending greenish with bright green infused leaf Information: Mint has an amazing variety of colors, aspects and aromas. The basic odor is fresh, piquant and peppery, but can vary with each type of mint. All the varieties of mint belong to the same botanical family, Labiatae, and their lavender or rose-colored flowers blossom all summer long. In an early Greek myth, Persephone, the queen of the underworld became angry with her husband’s wandering eye, especially when Hades noticed a young nymph names Minthe. One day, in a fit of jealousy, she turned the lovely woman into mint. Armed with this story, Hippocrates warned men to use mint cautiously. Spearmint, mentha spicata, also known as garden mint, balm mint, or Notre-Dame mint, is one of the most well known and commonly found varieties. It’s narrow leaves are deep green and its flowers are grouped together in pointed ‘spearhead’ formation. 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 - The Taste of Morocco, 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 begin ‘taking it’ for medicinal reasons, you should do so in tandem with a doctor’s consultation. Mint is lovely when blended with lime, but also works marvelously with balm, green anise, vervain, orange blossom and licorice. Mint is a traditional drink in North Africa and the Middle East and is always served to welcome friends, family or visitors from afar. It is very often prepared using green tea - generally gunpowder tea. RECIPE FOR MOROCCAN MINT TEA Place 2 or 3 tsp. of green gunpowder or black tea into a teapot and add boiling water. Allow tea to steep for 3 minutes. Add a small handful of spearmint and let stand for 1 minute. Add sugar (about 1 tsp. per serving), and serve very hot in small glasses. Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1/2 to 1 teaspoons of spearmint for each cup into 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 flavor). Pour into your cup. Milk or sugar is not generally added to the cup. Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced peppermint is to double the strength of the hot brew since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.

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Rosehip 1 oz

$2.00

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ROSE HIP (a.k.a. Sweetbriar or Eglantine- Caffeine Free Blending Ingredient) Country of Origin: Germany Region: Black Forest region Shipping Port: Bremen Altitude: Below 2000 feet Grade: First grade Manufacture Type: Dried Rosehip buds Cup Characteristics: Mild and fruity with slight pungency (tangy) and sweet pear notes Infusion: Tending pink with light rosy notes Information: 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 concentrated 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. In Germany, rose hip tea or Hagenblut is a national institution. The pink infusion is a common and popular tea and is sold everywhere. 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 to 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 consider 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 the produces the hips. Wild rose hips are generally more flavorful than the hips of any domestic rose plants. Tea uses - Rose hips are commonly used as a base for herb and fruit infusions. When blended with hibiscus petals and various other dried fruits the resulting drink is lively, fruity and Vitamin C healthy. If you are using rose hips in a tea and you intend to add milk to the tea, keep the ratio of rose hips to tea low as rose hips can curdle milk. If tea shops want to create their own signature blends, Rose Hips can make your blend distinctive and a blend that only ‘you’ can create. A special blend helps build loyalty amongst your customers and is well worth the effort. Hot tea brewing method: To prepare as an infusion, use 1 teaspoon (for a stronger infusion use 2 teaspoons) per cup of tea (about 8 ounces). put into your teapot and add boiling water. let steep for 5 minutes and then pour. It is not necessary to strain the rose hips as they sink to the bottom of the teapot and are not easily ‘stirred up’. For additional flavor add a large slice of orange or lemon or three slices of fresh juicy peaches. Sweet to taste.

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Rooibos 1 oz

$2.25

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ROOIBOS (HERBAL TEA - Rooibos means RED BUSH in Afrikaans) Country of Origin: South Africa Region: Cedarberg Shipping Port: Cape Town Grade: Grade #1 Altitude: 1500-2500 feet above sea level Manufacture Type: Fermentation turns the leaves from green to deep red and gives a slightly sweet note. Cup Characteristics: Fruity with sweet notes. Infusion: Reddish orange to full color (depends on brewing time and quantity used) Information: The story of Rooibos starts around the turn of the century in South Africa’s beautiful Cedarberg region. It was the locals of the area who first discovered that the fine needle like leaves of the wild “Aspalathus Linearis” plant made a tasty aromatic tea. It was they who first harvested the plants, chopped them with axes and bruised them with hammers leaving them to ferment before drying in the sun. Rooibos is a herb that contains no caffeine. Those that consume Rooibos have claimed that it has a soothing effect on headaches, disturbed sleeping patterns and digestive problems. Rooibos seeds are planted during February and March. They are tended for 18 months after which they are harvested. Cut Rooibos is bound and milled to a uniform length then bruised between rollers to trigger the fermentation process, which results in the characteristic flavor and sweet aroma. 200 ml (about 7 ounces) of brewed Rooibos contains the following nutrients: Nutrient Function in the Body per 200 ml Iron (Fe) Essential for transport of oxygen in the blood 0.07 mg Potassium (K) Assists certain metabolic functions 7.12 mg Calcium (Ca) Necessary for strong teeth and bones 1.09 mg Copper (Cu) Assists certain metabolic processes 0.07 mg Zinc (Zn) Necessary for normal growth and development of healthy skin 0.04 mg Magnesium (Mg) Assists a healthy nervous system and other metabolic processes 1.57 mg Fluoride (F) Necessary for strong teeth and bones 0.22 mg Manganese (Mn) Assists metabolic processes and bone growth and development 0.04 mg Sodium (Na) Necessary for fluid and acid-base balance 6.16 mg Hot Brewing Method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of Rooibos for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the pot, cover and let steep for 2-4 minutes. Pour into your cup, add milk and sugar to taste. Cold Brewing Method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 teaspoons of Rooibos into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the Rooibos. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the Rooibos into the serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.

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Raspberry Leaves, 1 oz

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Raspberry Leaf Also known as- Rubus idaeus, Red Raspberry, Raspberry, and Wild Raspberry. Introduction Raspberry leaves are among the most pleasant-tasting of all the herbal remedies, with a taste much like black tea, without the caffeine. Teas of raspberry leaf tea were given to women of the Cherokee, Iroquois, and Mohawk nations in North America, and have earned approval of the authoritative British Herbal Compendium. Constituents Flavonoids, tannins, and elagic acid. Parts Used Dried leaf. Raspberry leaves gathered in spring before the plant flowers have the highest antioxidant content. Typical Preparations Tea. To make raspberry leaf tea, pour 1 cup (240 ml) of boiling water over 1 or 2 teaspoons (3-5 grams) of dried leaf. Close the teapot and allow to stand for 10 minutes, then sweeten to taste. During pregnancy, drink 2 to 3 cups daily. Drink warm. Raspberry leaf tea can be mixed with slippery elm powder to make a soothing poultice for minor burns and skin infection. Some herbalists make tinctures of raspberry leaf with Partridgeberry for use by expectant mothers. Many herbal teas include raspberry to "stabilize" the other ingredients. May also be taken as a capsule, though rare. Summary Raspberry leaf tea has been used for centuries as a folk medicine to treat canker sores, cold sores, and gingivitis in persons of all ages and anemia, leg cramps, diarrhea, and morning sickness in pregnant women, and as a uterine relaxant. Commentators frequently state that recent scientific research found no benefit in raspberry tea for expectant mothers, but this is not correct. The study published in the Journal of Midwifery and WomenÍs Health in 2001 found that women who drank raspberry leaf tea had shorter labor, and fewer of their babies were delivered by forceps. The other study, published in the Australian College of Midwives Journal, cited in The Natural Pharmacist as saying there was "no" benefit to the herb for pregnant women, actually stated: "The findings also suggest ingestion of the drug might decrease the likelihood of pre and post-term gestation. An unexpected finding in this study seems to indicate that women who ingest raspberry leaf might be less likely to receive an artificial rupture of their membranes, or require a caesarean section, forceps or vacuum birth than the women in the control group." In other words, scientific studies show that drinking raspberry tea actually is beneficial during pregnancy. Precautions Safe dosages for children under the age of 6 and for persons with liver or kidney disease have not been established.

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Peppermint 1 oz

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PEPPERMINT Toast of the Willamette Valley (Caffeine Free Herbal Tea) Country of Origin: USA Region: Washington State Shipping Port Seattle Grade: Whole leaf, Cut (2nd Cut – best Cut) and Sifted Manufacture Type: Field grown, sun dried, machine milled Cup Characteristics: Pungent, cool, fresh, menthol Infusion: Tending yellowish green with a bright green infused leaf Information: The best peppermint comes from the northwestern United States. The pure, moist mountain air of the spring and early summer growing season gives this peppermint some of the highest volatile oil counts of any member of the mint family. Generally (dependent upon weather patterns) the second cut (takes place during mid/end August) is the most flavorful, coolest and most pungent, (literally takes your breath away and makes your eyes water). 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 flavor, 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. Peppermint is used extensively is various recipes. One our favorites for 2 people are: Banana Mint Slush. 1 ripe Banana, 1 teaspoon of Peppermint leaves, Grated peel of 1 lime, 1 cup of skim milk, 5 ice cubes Place the banana in a blender and puree until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until slushy. Serve immediately. [Less than 100 calories) Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1/2 to 1 teaspoons of peppermint for each cup into 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 flavor). Pour into your cup. Milk or sugar is not generally added to the cup. Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced peppermint is to double the strength of the hot brew since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.

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