Tea making is a ritual that has been practiced for thousands of years and really there is nothing nicer or more relaxing than having a really refreshing cup of tea. For tips on brewing your herbal tea click here.
Whether it is an herbal infusion or a lovely cup of organic tea it can be a great pick-me-up or just a cool-you-down. Refreshing and cooling in summer as you sip an infusion of herbs or in winter, sitting by a lovely crackling fire drinking a spicy warm drink. Almost like having your best friend right there with you.
Apart from being delicious, herb teas have many wonderful health benefits. From soothing a rumbling tummy to easing stress and anxiety, herb teas can aide your health and wellbeing and increase your vitamin and mineral intake. Tea contains many health giving nutrients such as polyphenols that help to protect your heart, good levels of antioxidants that may help to lower the risk of cancer and other immune disorders, and many other nutrients that help to boost immune function and overall wellbeing. Shavana Healthy Teas are blended using only organic herbs and teas. They are combined to give you the best possible start to your day, and to help invigorate and sustain better health, revive any fatigueand refresh and improve your general wellbeing.
There is such a large variety of tea available, that it can become quite confusing around which tea to choose. All from the same plant, the time of harvesting and the process in production gives us the differing teas.
White tea is the rarest of all the teas. It has a very delicate flavour and is basically a colourless tea. It comes from the new whitish buds of the tea plant plus two leaves below the bud. Cheaper brands of this tea may include leaves picked from further down the bush.
Green tea is the same leaf as black tea, the only difference is in the production. The tea leaves are picked, allowed to wither, and then either steamed which is the Japanese style, or pan-fired in the Chinese tradition. Both of these styles of production halt the oxidation process which allows the leaves to retain the green colour and the light delicate taste. Green tea is thought to have less caffeine than black tea however the caffeine content ranges from 24-40mg per cup, and black tea ranges from 14-60mg per cup. So if your reason to drink green tea is because of the lower caffeine content, you may not be getting what you thought you were.
Black tea is the most common tea in the world. The different flavours and types of black tea depend on where it is grown and the fermentation processes used. The leaves are picked, allowed to wither , then crushed, torn, rolled or curled and then allowed to oxidise. The oxidisation or fermentation period is a longer process, often several hours before the leaves are dried. This process gives the leaves a black/red colour and a stronger taste and aroma .
Chamomile has many wonderful health benefits. Apart from being a wonderful herb to help calm nerves and anxiety, it helps with nausea, heartburn, tummy upsets and cramps. It is also very useful in cases of diarrhoea.
Lavender is a lovely addition to any blends that are wanting a calming effect, and for a delicious soft flavour.
Spearmint leaves a very refreshing, cleansing sensation in the mouth. It helps to eliminate bad breath and improve digestion, and helps to soothe an upset stomach. It is great in the winter for sinus and head colds.
Peppermint is a refreshing, relaxing and soothing herb. Good for nausea, helps to clear sinus, and helps with an upset stomach.
Rose buds give a mild and delicate flavour, and have a mildly sweet floral flavour.
A lovely addition to almost any tea. It has a delicate citrus note, and is useful in cases of bloating and excessive wind problems. It is also known as a herb to help relieve headaches and any stress or nervousness.
One of Australia’s own native trees, the lemon myrtle has many health giving properties. It is antiviral and antibacterial, and is excellent during winter for colds or flu.
Raspberry Leaf :
Raspberry Leaf is a herb well known for its pregnancy support. In the later stages of pregnancy it can help to tone and prepare the body for deliver.
Nettle is an amazing herb. Known for cleansing the body, and helping to balance and revtialise all systems of the body. It has high levels of iron, magnesium and calcium. An ideal herb to help keep those iron levels up.
Echinacea is a herb with antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is one of our most popular herbs for any form of illness, and in particular for any of our winter ailments especially colds and flu. It helps to increase immune function to fight off any virus, bacteria and fungal infections.
This herb is well known for its ability to help reduce hot flushes. It is a uterine tonic and an estrogen modulator.
A herb known for cleansing and revitalising the body. All systems benefit from this herb.
A powerful healing herb full of antioxidants and many compounds that help to prevent disease. Burdock helps to cleanse and detox the body. It helps the liver restore balance as it works to detox the body.
A highly valued herb throughout China. It is a great immune stimulator helping to prevent viral infections. It helps to revive energy levels, and help with stress.
Full of vitamin C, these lovely mildly tart fruity flavoured berries are great to add to any tea, especially for the winter blends.
A spice used in asian cookery, and in spiced Chai. A great aid to digestion and also helps to detox your body. It also helps to relieve congestion in the chest and sinus.
A spice and common addition to many recipes. It has many health benefits, particularly for any respiratory issues. It helps to purify the blood.
A strong tasting spice, cloves help the respiratory system and help to thin mucus. Also a very good aid for digestion.
Star anise is a spice that is widely used in Asian cuisine. It has gentle liquorice flavour. It has some antiviral, antibacterial and anti fungal properties and has good antioxidant properties.
Excellent for indigestion and reflux and flatulence. It helps to relieve colic and bloating.
A great herb for the digestive system, it helps relieve wind, nausea and indigestion.
Cinnamon is helpful in digestive problems, and is also a warming herb, so excellent during the cold winter months.
This age-old herb is excellent for digestion and any stomach issues. It is also good for circulation and anxiety. In the first trimester of pregnancy ginger helps to ease nausea and relieve morning sickness.
Helps to aid digestion and support the liver.
The flowers have high levels of antioxidants. It is used for cystitis, and also for sore throats.
A delicious tasting herb, licorice root has many health properties. It is well known for its ability to help with respiratory and digestive problems. It helps to soothe a sore throat and reduce mucus.