Medicinal Herbs and Teas

Medicinal Herbs and Teas

Medicinal Herbs and Teas

Herbal beverages, commonly known as teas, have gained popularity among health conscious consumers. They have penetrated into an emerging niche market along with other popular beverages such as tea, coffee and cocoa which are also prepared using plant materials. In addition, a rapidly growing segment of the population uses herbal beverages for slimming, weight loss and a number of other cosmetic purposes.

In general, herbal teas are prepared from natural ingredients of different morphological plant parts, namely leaves, stems, roots, fruits, buds and flowers. Herbal teas are rich sources of natural bioactive compounds such as carotenoids, phenolic acids, flavonoids, coumarins, alkaloids, polyacetylenes, saponins and terpenoids, among others. Scientific evidence shows that these bioactive compounds render a myriad of biological effects, such as antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, antiinflammatory, antiallergic, antithrombotic and vasodilatory action, as well as antimutagenicity, anticarcinogenicity and antiaging effects, among others. 

The table below shows some examples of commonly used herbal teas with proven clinical benefits:

 

Local name Scientific name Family Plant part Health benefits
         
Indian Sarasaparilla, Iramusu Hemidesmus indicus Asclepiadaceae Dried whole plant Antioxidant, antithrobotic, antiplatelet aggregation
Pegaga, Indian pennywort, Gotukola Centella asiatica Apiaceae Dried whole plant Anticancer, increase the activity of antioxidant enzymes
Chamomile Matricaria chamomilla Compositae Dried flowers Antioxidant, hypocholesterolemic, anticancer, antiinlammatory
Chamaemelum nobile      
Heart leaved mooseed Tinospora cordifolia Menispermaceae Stem, roots Antidiabetic, antiinlammatory
Corriandum Coriandrum sativum Apiaceae Dried fruits Antioxidant, antibacterial, hypocholesterolemic, anticancer, antiinlammatory
Dag cayi Sideritis condensate Lamiaceae Dried aerial parts Antioxidant, antibacterial
Peppermint tea Mentha piperita Lamiaceae Dried leaves Antioxidant, antitumor
Yerba mate Ilex paraguariensis Aquifoliaceae   hypocholesterolemic,hepatoprotective, cardiovascular system protective
Sage, adacayi, minchi Salvia officinalis Lamiaceae   Increase liver antioxidant status
Rosehips Rosa canina   Fruits Antiinlammatory
Rooibos Aspalathus linearis     Antioxidant, anticancer

Reference: Herbal beverages: Bioactive compounds and their role in disease risk reduction - A review. J Tradit Complement Med. 2018 Oct; 8(4): 451–458.


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Botanical Name: Agrimonia eupatoria
 

 

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It is the herb of choice for allergic conditions, including allergenic rhinitis (itchy nose), allergenic asthma, eczema and urticaria (red blotches of the skin).

$7.98 / pack(s) *

Traditionally used as an aid to the treatment of arthritis. Alfalfa is a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals & bioflavonoids, a popular natural antacid and a mild diuretic,

$7.15 / pack(s) *

Andrographis paniculata is believed to have potent antiviral qualities of benefit in preventing and fighting the influenza viruses.

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Andrographis paniculata is an ancient medicinal herb with an extensive history in Asia. It has been used for centuries to treat upper respiratory infections, fever, herpes, sore throat, and a variety of other chronic and infectious diseases. In Scandinavian countries, it is commonly used to prevent and treat the common cold. There have been conclusive studies of its use against cancer, AIDS, and a variety of bacterial and viral diseases.The herb has a number of purported medicinal uses, although research has found evidence of its effectiveness is limited to treatment of upper respiratory infection, ulcerative colitis and rheumatic symptoms Other names: Andrographolide, Bhunimba, Bidara.

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Loose tea. A warming tonic for indigestion, gas, and colic and bronchitis. Improves blood flow to the peripheral parts of the body and it is a specific remedy for Buerger's disease, a condition of narrowed arteries of the hands and feet

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Loose Dried Organic Aniseed Seeds, Pimpinella anisum, for use in the preparation of tea. The tea of Aniseed may get rid of oily skin, improve the memory, calm a nagging cough, produce breast milk for nursing mothers and serve as a natural antacid for heartburn and indigestion.

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Australian Raw Apricot Kernels, a rich natural source of Laetrile, known as vitamin B17. Certified organic.

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Asparagus or Shatavari, Research indicates that eating asparagus can help control diabetes, act as a diuretic, prevent kidney stones, and reduce the risk of neural tube defects in babies. 

 

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Botanical Name: Astragalus membranaceus. Astragalus is an important herbal medicine in ayurvedic and traditional chinese medicine. The herbal tea and extract may have antiviral and antimicrobial properties and offer some benefits in autoimmune disorders.

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This is a loose herbal tea containing the following dry herbs: MISTLETOE, HAWTHORN BERRIES, COUCH GRASS, KNOTGRASS, and YARROW

 

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Botanical Name: Bacopa monnieri.This herb is often recommended as an alternative treatment for ADHD today and used is a brain tonic, memory enhancer and to facilitate learning. Also used by traditional healers to reduce inflammation and in epilepsy.

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 Bedstraw promotes the lymphatic flow and the kidneys, aiding the elimination of toxins.

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Barberry root bark from Berberis vulgaris. Origin: imported 

 

 

Bilberry contains blood sugar lowering compounds (glucoquinones) and chromium and is rich in vitamin C and bioflavonoid antioxidants, contributing to better blood sugar control in diabetes, better vision, and improved circulation

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The leaves and berries of the Bilberry plant contains glucoquinones and chromium and are rich in vitamin C and bioflavonoid antioxidants, contributing to better blood sugar control , better vision, and improved circulation

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Bitter and astringent, birch leaves promote digestion and the tea makes an effective mouthwash and gargle for sore gums, mouth or throat or used as a topical solution to areas of psoriasis and eczema.

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Botanical Name: Cimicifuga racemosa The traditional use of Black cohosh  indicates a significant anti-inflammatory effect in arthritis and rheumatism. Native Americans have traditionally used the black cohosh for treating menstrual pain and menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes and mood swings. In Europe, Black cohosh is highly praised for bringing symptoms' relief in menopause and PMT.

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Black seed, Nigella sativa, from organic farms.

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Blackberries have a delightful flavor and are rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and C.

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A blend of organically grown medicinal herbs, traditionally used to clear infections through specific antiseptic and detoxifying properties.

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Newtons Diabetes Tea is a blend of medicinal herbs, traditionally used to help manage diabetes.

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Blue cohosh is an uterine tonic, bringing relief from uterine and ovarian pain and helping to improve menstrual blood flow. Blue cohosh should not be taken during pregnancy since it is also an uterine stimulant. However, it is traditionally used to ease child birth during labor and to reduce inflammation in arthritic and rheumatic condition.

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Iris versicolor spp. Stimulates liver metabolism, bile production, the lymphatic flow and  elimination of toxins, thus helps digestion and constipation.

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Dried Floweing Tops. Broom is known to slow down the heart and help relieve fluid retention and it is traditionally used in conditions of fast and irregular heart beat. 

$12.00 / pack(s) *

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Buchu originates from Africa. Buchu's main traditional uses are for urinary tract infection, prostate inflammation, candida and other yeast infections and sexually transmitted disease. The above uses are justified by Buchu's antiseptic properties.

$21.55 / pack(s) *

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Arctium lappa Root, Burdock is one of the best blood purifying herbs 

- used for skin infections, including staph and impetigo, for hives, eczema, acne and dermatitis. Recent medical evidence supports its use for tumors.

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California poppy, Eschscholzia Californica,  is used for trouble sleeping (insomnia), aches, nervous agitation, bed-wetting in children, and diseases of the bladder and liver. It is also used to promote relaxation. In combination with other herbs, California poppy is used for depression, long-term mental and physical tiredness (neurasthenia), nerve pain, various psychiatric conditions, blood vessel problems, sensitivity to weather changes, and sedation

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A Peruvian plant, used as a general tonic and an immune and vitality booster. Cat's claw has marked anti-inflammatory effect and is believed to stimulate one's immunity against cancer cells by increasing immunoglobulin counts.

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Catnep tea is known traditionally to calm down the nerves and to relax the muscles, to promote restful sleep and induce perspiration during fever, making it the beverage of choice in the presence of colds and restless nights. 

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Botanical Name: Chelidonium majus. The extract , applied topically in creams and ointments,  is a safe and natural traditional way to get rid of warts.  Celandine tea is also known to be used traditionally as an eye wash to help remove specks from the cornea of the eye and clear the vision.

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Celery is a well known culinary herb. It is also a well known traditional remedy with mild diuretic effect, promoting the disposal of waste products through the kidneys and helping to control high blood pressure. There is a high interest in the extracts of the celery seed due to the traditional and still unproven claims, that celery seeds reduce the overall body acidity, and uric acid levels in particular,  alleviating the pain of gout, arthritis and rheumatism at the same time. Celery is also a traditional remedy for altitude sickness.

 

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Centaury, Centaurium erythraea. Centaury is one of the bitter herbs, traditionally used to stimulate digestion and relieve the symptoms of dyspepsia, and to tone and cleanse the liver and gallbladder.

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Loose Organic Chamomile Tea.Traditionally used as as a safe and gentle sedative, gastrointestinal tonic, anti-spasmodic, analgesic, and antiseptic folk remedy. This plant makes a wonderfully soothing tea.

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Also known as Creosote Bush. Chaparral contains immune stimulating polysaccharides and a key ingredient nor-dihydroguaiaretic acid (NGDA), which has been shown to have powerful antitumor properties. It is often employed in alternative cancer therapies as a blood purifying remedy.

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One of the most important herbs for female health due to balancing effect on the ovarian hormonal production. For PMS, the herb should be taken for a few months before the full benefits are achieved and the bloating, breast swelling and tenderness, irritability, and depression are all reduced.

$10.70 / pack(s) *

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Chia seeds, Salvia hispanica, are loaded with natural OMEGA-3, protein, antioxidants and dietary fibre . Chia seeds help with weight loss and are of benefit for the heart and cholesterol control, for sluggish digestion and arthritic joint pain and inflammation.

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Traditionally, chickweed poulices are chiefly used to calm down irritated skin topically.  The emollient properties of this herb may encourage tissue repair.

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Botanical Name: Artemisia annua, Common Name: Sweet Annie. The aerial parts of this plant contain artemisin and other active compounds with strong synergistic anti-malarial activity. Traditionally used for prevention and treatment of malaria in poor, endemic areas with limited access to modern drugs.

 

 
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A blend of organically grown, loose medicinal herbs, traditionally known to lower blood lipids and improve cardiovascular health.

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Cinchona is used for increasing appetite, promoting the release of digestive juices, and treating bloating, fullness and other digestive complaints. It is also used for blood vessel disorders including haemorrhoids, varicose veins and leg cramps. Some people use cinchona for the common cold and fever. As a culinary herb, cinchona is used a bitter flavouring in tonic water and alcoholic beverages. Cinchona bark also contains quinine, a medicine used to treat malaria.

 

 

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Cinnamon, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, originated in tropical Asia, and has has found a prominent position as a traditional medicine in Ayurveda for treating a variety of health disorders. 

 

 

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A diuretic herb aiding elimination of wastes, promoting lymphatic drainage of toxins so that they can be excreted via the urinary system. Recommended for fluid retention, skin problems - eczema, psoriasis, acne, boils and abscesses; urinary infections, kidney stones and gravel, arthritis and gout, swollen lymph glands and congestion of the breasts.

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The dry flower buds are used to make tea or herbal extract with antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral effects, particularly against the Herpes simplex virus. Applied topically, cloves oil relieves pain and inflammation.

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Botanical Name: Tussilago farfara. The buds, flowers, and leaves of coltsfoot have been long used in traditional medicine for dry cough, asthma and throat irritation.Recommended for smoking instead of cigarettes to help give up tobacco or in the presence of bronchial congestion and lung disease. It is usually smoked on it's own but can be combined effectively with other herbs for an individual mix, such as Sage, Marshmallow leaf, Mullein, White Horehound, Skullcap, Lavender, Peppermint, Uva Ursi, Damiana and Thyme. Rose petals and cloves can be added for a pleasantly fragrant smoke.

Warning: The smoke may be irritant to some.

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Comfreys have been used for centuries for healing wounds, ulcers and broken bones. Poultices of leaves or roots are usually used.

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