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Mariners Brew Herbal Tea

This tea is NOT a sleepy time tea. It has been formulated to help with the physical exhaustion of outdoor endurance, such as sailing, hiking and camping, or even moving house!!! This is a hearty spicy chai style brew that helps with the stamina to continue the trail ahead against all odds, battling with the elements of Mother Nature.This infusion is warming and can help with of being chilled to the bone, for when you are exhausted after pushing yourself to the limit. This brew helps with sea sickness, and, can keep you alert, focused and awake at the helm or with a long trek ahead. The volatile oils in the herbs and spices are formulated to help with inflammation, antioxidants and polyphenols for repair after gruelling physical workouts. An excellent digestive tonic, with many health benefits.

This tea tastes delicious, can be brewed like a traditional chai tea, or with milk and honey.

Can be consumed hot or cold with a shot of rum as a sailor’s delight.

As with all herbal infusions, there is a range of health benefits due to the phytonutrients, volatile oils, minerals and the energetics of the plants both singularly and combined in this formulation.

References cited on website www.herbalteasmedicinalbotanix.com

Warning: these herbal infusions are a superfood in the rawest form. They are not to replace prescription medication from a medical professional. Please seek medical advice for any ongoing health conditions.

Ingredients

Assam black tea

Camellia sinensis ver. assamica; (leaves) India Cert Org

Black Tea

Black tea, is the most widely consumed beverage in the world after water. Many cultural ceremonies have developed with its consumption.  It contains several unique plant compounds including antioxidants, such as theaflavins, catechins, tannins including polyphenols, which may act like probiotics in the digestive tract, flavonoids, fats and vitamin C. The caffeine content is about 40-60mg per cup, half that of coffee, however caffeine is a naturally occurring compound found from over 60 different plant sources. It does act like a stimulant, activating the central nervous system, however, can improve alertness, concentration and focus and has been attributed with positive effects on the brain.

Assam black tea has a particularly malty flavour, and a rich savoury aroma due to its unique fermentation process. This is a highly evolved practice, of between two to seven steps, which involves enzymatic oxidation, whereby the chemical constituents and enzymes in the plant react to atmospheric oxygen. The region of Assam has a tropical climate of extreme humidity and heat, which contributes to the unique malty taste.

In Auverdic medicine black tea has been used as a nerve tonic and the high astringency makes it useful for sunburn, burns, stings swellings and irritated eye lids.

Actions; Increases alertness, focus and concentration, improves muscle strength and power, increases metabolic rate burning fat more effectively, antioxidant, anti-aging, and astringent.

May be used topically on burns, especially sunburn. The bags may be used on irritated eyes. If the feet are soaked in black tea, it will reduce swelling and is an excellent cure for smelly feet.

Chicory root

Chicory (Roasted root) Cichorium intybus Aust Cert Org

Chicory

Chicory root is native to Europe. The root contains up to 58% of inulin, which has been found to be an excellent prebiotic which promotes microbiome health in the intestines. There is also evidence that the root can protect the liver from damage. Traditionally used as a mild bitter tonic to stimulate the digestion, this also acts as a mild laxative. The root support the actions of the stomach and liver, and is cleansing to the urinary tract.

Actions

Mild bitter tonic, liver tonic, Cleansing to urinary tract, prebiotic (, supporting the healthy microbiome), mildly laxative.

Cloves

Syzgium aromaticum; (buds) Egypt Cert Org

Cloves

Cloves are native to the Molucca Islands (Indonesia). One of the earliest spices to be traded. Eugenol is the highest component of volatile oil within the clove bud and has been used for centuries as an antiseptic, with strongly anaesthetic qualities. So strong it is still used to numb a toothache, applied locally. The antispasmotic action aids in digestive discomfort, such as wind/colic. In Asia the antiseptic qualities make this herbal medicine useful for treating viral conditions, infections, and parasites such as scabies.  Cloves have been used as a stimulant for the body and mind (improving memory). They also make a strong insect repellent, especially against mosquitos and as a clothes moth repellent.

Actions

Antiseptic, prevents vomiting, Anaesthetic (numbs pain), calms digestive spasms, stimulant for body and mind, eliminates parasites.

Green Cardamom,

Elettaria cardamomum;  (pods) Guatemala Org

Cardamom

Cardamom is native to Southern India, Sri Lanka and Guatemala, where it grows abundantly in forests. The pods are loaded with volatile oil, such as, (borneol, camphor, pinene, carvone, terpinene). This plant has been widely valued as an aromatic spice and as a medicinal herb for centuries. Known in Greece in the 4th Century BC.  The main medicinal actions have been for digestive problems, such as spasming, colic, easing stomach pain, and indigestion. In Auverdic medicine it is used for debility and to increase Vata, however, in Chinese herbal medicine it is used to help with urinary incontinence and as a tonic.

Actions

Antispasmotic, eases stomach pain, digestive tonic, reflux, urinary incontinence.

 Star anise

Illicium verum; (pods) China Cert Org

Star Anise

Star anise is native to Vietnam, India and China. The fruit of the tree is loaded with volatile oils; anethole, methyl-chavicol, thymole, terpineol and safrole. Originally used as a remedy for hernias to reduce spasms and relax the organs muscle. It is now mainly used for digestive issues. Star anise can also be used for toothache and has anti-bacterial qualities.

According to Wikipedia, 90% of the worlds crop is used for the extraction of Shikimic acid, a chemical precursor used in the synthesis of Tamiflu, the anti influenza medication. The delicious flavour of star anise is used in the production of the liqueur Galliano, also the French mulled wine, ‘vin chaud’ hot wine.

Actions

Antiviral, Digestive tonic, relaxant to organs, stimulant, carminative, analgesic, antibacterial.

Ginger

Zingiber officinale; (root) Sri Lanka Cert Org

Ginger

This is a tropical plant and the volatile oils (zingiberene) have been shown to be a highly anti-emetic remedy for nausea of origin. The antiseptic qualities are valued for gastrointestinal infections. Ginger increases circulation and helps to reduce body temperature.

Relieves flatulence, prevents vomiting, peripheral circulatory stimulant, reduces spasms, anti-inflammatory, prevents blood clots from forming and growing, reduces sweating, digestive stimulate, pungent.

It is used for morning sickness, motion sickness, and for pre and post-operative procedures, under supervision in European hospitals.

Dandelion leaf and root are considered to have similar actions; bitter tonic, increasing the amount of bile released from the liver, as well as the amount of solids excreted, diuretic (especially the leaf), mild laxative, and anti-rheumatic.

Peppercorns

Piper nigrum; (corns) Sri Lanka Cert Org

Peppercorns

Pepper is native to South-western India and is now grown widely in tropical zones. It is the world’s highest trading spice with a long history.  Containing 9% of alkaloids, piperine and many other terpenes; camphene, beta-bisabolene.

Piperine is under research analysis for its ability to increase the absorption of turmeric (curcumin), Selenium, B12, and Beta-carotene. Commonly taken to warm the body, it has traditionally been used to ease rheumatism, toothache, and has reputed antibacterial and antiseptic qualities.

Actions

Stimulant, warming, improves digestive absorption, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antibacterial, circulatory stimulant.

Cinnamon

 Cinnamon aromaticum Vietnam Cert Org

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka. It is the inner bark which is used, and has volatile oils; cinnamaldehyde, eugenol, cinnamic aldehyde. These bark extracts are thought to have antibacterial and antifungal actions. One of the major areas of research is the ability of the herb to reduce blood sugar levels, by reducing insulin resistance.  Recent studies have suggested that cinnamon also reduces bad cholesterol, (LDL) . these are both key factors for heart disease. The antioxidant levels of cinnamon are so high it is every used as a natural food preservative.

This highly aromatic and delicious spice is linked to many health benefits.

Actions

Antifungal, Antibacterial, Antiviral, Reducing blood sugar levels, improving insulin resistance, reducing LDL cholesterol, Antispasmodic, gentle warming digestive tonic.

References:

A Clinical Guide to Blending Liquid Herbs: Herbal Formulations for the Individual Patient” 2003 Kerry Bone Elservier Science (USA)

A Modern Herbal; 1994 Mrs M. Grieve F.R.H.S. First published in 1931 by Johnathan Cape Ltd. Great Britain. A Cresset Press Book

E/S/C/O/P Monographs Second Edition supplement 2009

The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants, 2001 Andrew Chevallier, Dorling Kindersley Pty Ltd


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