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Calming Chamomile Part 2: What is German Chamomile?

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The sweet, apple-scented chamomile flower, or as the Greeks called it “The Ground Apple”, has been a staple of medicine since the time of Hippocrates in 500 B.C. When sipped hot, German chamomile relieves indigestion. This adaptogen acts on the nervous system to soothe the gastrointestinal tract and reduce nervousness and its mild sedative action makes it an excellent bedtime beverage. This post takes a deeper look at what it is and does.

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Calming Chamomile Part 2: What is German Chamomile?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

The sweet, apple-scented chamomile flower, or as the Greeks called it “The Ground Apple”, has been a staple of medicine since the time of Hippocrates in 500 B.C. When sipped hot, German chamomile relieves indigestion. This adaptogen acts on the nervous system to soothe the gastrointestinal tract and reduce nervousness and its mild sedative action makes it an excellent bedtime beverage. This post takes a deeper look at what it is and does.

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What Are Tea Blends? How Do They Compare to Pure Teas?

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Tea comes in all types, tastes and varieties, but it will always be either a ‘pure tea’ or a ‘blended tea’. This post examines the world of pures and blends, and then puts blends under the microscope in terms of whether something that tastes like a liquid dessert can also be healthy, and what the science is around tea blends.

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What Are Tea Blends? How Do They Compare to Pure Teas?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Tea comes in all types, tastes and varieties, but it will always be either a ‘pure tea’ or a ‘blended tea’. This post examines the world of pures and blends, and then puts blends under the microscope in terms of whether something that tastes like a liquid dessert can also be healthy, and what the science is around tea blends.

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The Health Benefits of Teas and Tisanes

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The almost innumerable health benefits of tea vary in effect depending on the type of tea or herbal tea. Each does different things, and of course actions vary on how much tea you consume, the brewing temperature, the preparation method and how frequently you drink it. To give you an idea of how amazing herbal and true teas can be, I've given a brief summary of different health benefits attributed to these fantastic plants, looked at the tea vs coffee debate, and defined some of the more jargony chemical terms that every tea lover has seen but may not understand. 

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The Health Benefits of Teas and Tisanes

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

The almost innumerable health benefits of tea vary in effect depending on the type of tea or herbal tea. Each does different things, and of course actions vary on how much tea you consume, the brewing temperature, the preparation method and how frequently you drink it. To give you an idea of how amazing herbal and true teas can be, I've given a brief summary of different health benefits attributed to these fantastic plants, looked at the tea vs coffee debate, and defined some of the more jargony chemical terms that every tea lover has seen but may not understand. 

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Tulsi Holy Basil: An Ancient Tea for Modern Times

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Tulsi Holy Basil is a famous herb and tisane in the herbal medicine philosophy of India called Ayurveda. True to its title as “adaptogen”, Tulsi can be taken safely as a tonic (a fancy way to say drinking a tea or tisane for health purposes) over long periods of time and has virtually no side-effects. Holy Basil revitalizes, increases endurance and energizes, yet contains no caffeine. Furthermore, it contains phytochemicals that exhibit anti-inflammatory properties and has even shown protective action for human blood lymphocytes by reducing chromosomal damage due to radiation. It's a pretty incredible tea!

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Tulsi Holy Basil: An Ancient Tea for Modern Times

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Tulsi Holy Basil is a famous herb and tisane in the herbal medicine philosophy of India called Ayurveda. True to its title as “adaptogen”, Tulsi can be taken safely as a tonic (a fancy way to say drinking a tea or tisane for health purposes) over long periods of time and has virtually no side-effects. Holy Basil revitalizes, increases endurance and energizes, yet contains no caffeine. Furthermore, it contains phytochemicals that exhibit anti-inflammatory properties and has even shown protective action for human blood lymphocytes by reducing chromosomal damage due to radiation. It's a pretty incredible tea!

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What Are Antioxidants and How Do They Work?

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Antioxidants are properties attributed to certain vitamins and compounds that pair with free radicals. Free radicals are molecules with an oxygen atom that has an unpaired electron. They come from a variety of sources, from foods to sunlight to cigarette smoke and pollutants. These unpaired electrons need another electron to become stable, so they steal from the nearest molecule. When this happens, oxidative stress occurs and alters the structure and function of the molecule which lost the electron and can result in signs of ageing, increased susceptibility to/progression of disease, and even DNA damage. Antioxidants help by swooping in and donating an electron to the electron-hungry free radical hedging to steal one from unsuspecting victims. When this donation occurs, the free radical is satisfied and its potential for damage is neutralized. The antioxidant acted by preventing oxidative stress from occurring. Diets rich in antioxidants from natural sources, e.g. berries, plants, tea, etc., means lower disease incidence. 

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What Are Antioxidants and How Do They Work?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Antioxidants are properties attributed to certain vitamins and compounds that pair with free radicals. Free radicals are molecules with an oxygen atom that has an unpaired electron. They come from a variety of sources, from foods to sunlight to cigarette smoke and pollutants. These unpaired electrons need another electron to become stable, so they steal from the nearest molecule. When this happens, oxidative stress occurs and alters the structure and function of the molecule which lost the electron and can result in signs of ageing, increased susceptibility to/progression of disease, and even DNA damage. Antioxidants help by swooping in and donating an electron to the electron-hungry free radical hedging to steal one from unsuspecting victims. When this donation occurs, the free radical is satisfied and its potential for damage is neutralized. The antioxidant acted by preventing oxidative stress from occurring. Diets rich in antioxidants from natural sources, e.g. berries, plants, tea, etc., means lower disease incidence. 

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