Lemongrass Stimulates Digestion, Calms Anxiety, and Prevents Chronic Diseases

After a meal in Asia, Africa, Australia, or the Caribbean, someone might offer you a comforting, aromatic mug of lemongrass tea. Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) soothes frayed nerves, calms an upset stomach, lowers high fevers, reduces pain, and supports collagen production. It is highly anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Consumed regularly, lemongrass tea helps prevent chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Also called citronella, its citrusy essential oils are anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and repel bugs.

Constituents

Lemongrass contains:

Citral

Citral is one of the primary mechanisms of lemongrass’s healing powers. It’s a pale-yellow, liquid terpene with a strong, lemony scent. Citral is antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-viral, anticancer, and insecticidal. It helps the body synthesize Vitamin A, which is essential for healthy vision, immunity, reproduction, growth, development, and organ function.

Lemongrass tea

Calming

The aroma of lemongrass reduces anxiety. The tea can also promote sleep in cases of insomnia by relaxing tense muscles and nerves.

Digestion

Lemongrass is traditional cure for stomachache, thanks to the actions of citral, borneol, geraniol, and saponins. Citral reduces intestinal spasms and vomiting by neutralizing bacterial infections in the digestive tract. Borneol stimulates digestion and exerts a calming, anti-spasmodic effect. Geraniol is antiseptic. Saponins are antimicrobial and antifungal.

Furthermore, lemongrass is diuretic, increasing urination volume and frequency and supporting the body’s natural detoxification. For this reason, it supports lymphatic drainage and treats edema (excess fluid retention in tissues). This all explains why lemongrass tea is often served after a meal.

Fever

Caribbean healers call lemongrass “fever grass.” They administer tea from the perennial grass species to reduce a high fever. The tea induces sweating, which helps the body release impurities and regulate its temperature.

Cancer and Heart Disease

A powerful free radical scavenger, lemongrass lowers inflammation and oxidative stress associated with cancer and heart disease. Pure citral show antitumor potential, particularly by reducing viability of breast cancer cells. Quercetin is a flavonoid in lemongrass with anti-inflammatory properties that inhibit cancer cell growth and prevent heart disease. Clinical trials support using lemongrass to lower elevated cholesterol. It reduces blood platelet aggregation. Lemongrass has secondary metabolites like quercetin that it uses to defend itself from inflammation and oxidative stress. You harness these by drinking the tea. They include the phenolic compounds luteolin, glycosides, kaempferol, elimicin, catecol, chlorogenic acid, and caffeic acid.

Collagen

Silica helps form the building blocks of collagen, a protein found in the skin, muscles, ligaments, cartilage, and blood. Collagen supports healthy wound healing with minimal scarring and protects joint health. Lemongrass thrives in silica-rich soils. The plant pulls the mineral in and metabolizes silica into a form that humans can process.

Antimicrobial, Antifungal, Anti-biofilm, Anti-viral

Topically, lemongrass essential oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, and anti-biofilm. Thanks to these qualities, it effectively treats infections caused by disharmonious bacteria like Escherichia coli (E. Coli), Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori. The tea successfully treats stubborn Candida Albincans (yeast) infections, including oral thrush. In vitro (outside a living organism) when multiple pathogens form polymicrobial biofilms, lemongrass essential oil disrupts the biofilm matrix and treats the infection more effectively than conventional antibiotics. Also in vitro, lemongrass essential oil inhibits replication of herpes simplex virus type-1 (HSV-1). Some people use the tea to treat fungal acne, and its astringent properties also promote firm skin.

Insecticidal

Bugs flee the scene when they smell lemongrass, which is why lemongrass essential oil makes a great natural insect repellant.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Applied topically as a compress, lemongrass tea reduces joint and nerve pain from rheumatoid arthritis, thanks to the anti-inflammatory effects of citral and borneol.

Contraindications

Avoid large doses of lemongrass tea when pregnant, as it can stimulate uterine contractions.

NutraTea Lemongrass Ginger Tea

NutraTea herbalists crafted our Lemongrass Ginger tea to lower inflammation and oxidative stress, helping prevent cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Half lemongrass leaves and half ginger root, this tea blend promotes healthy digestion and strengthens immunity. Relax with a cup after a meal. Breathe in lemongrass’s calming citrus scent and enjoy smooth digestion.

 

Pigment is Bilberry’s Power

Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) is the wild, European relative of the blueberry (Vaccinium sect. cyanococcus). It’s a darker blue than blueberry, its inner flesh is red, not green, and it has a stronger, more acidic taste. Bilberry’s intense coloration is due to its extremely high anthocyanin content, the highest of any berry; Bilberry has 300-700 mg of anthocyanin per 100 g of berries, compared to blueberry’s 82.4 mg per 100 g. Anthocyanins improve blood circulation around the eye, scavenge free radicals, and lower inflammation. Thanks to its abundant anthocyanins and vitamin C, bilberry protects vision and can help treat retinopathy, macular degeneration, cataracts, normal tension glaucoma, chronic dry eye, screen-related eye fatigue, and diabetic eye diseases.

Anthocyanins

Improve Circulation

Anthocyanins are plant pigment compounds that build healthy blood vessels and improve blood circulation throughout the body.

From the Greek anthos for flower and kyanose for blue, anthocyanins can appear red, purple, blue, or black. They have an affinity for eye and vascular tissue, and effectively protect the retina and improve the flow of oxygen-rich blood around the eye. Bilberries can prevent and improve visual function in people with normal tension glaucoma (NTG). NTG is characterized by damage to the optic nerve and visual field despite normal intraocular pressure. No one is positive what causes NTG, but many ophthalmologists theorize that damage to blood vessels leading to poor circulation is a major cause.

Bilberry

Absorb Free Radicals

Bilberries contain two antioxidants: anthocyanins and vitamin C. Antioxidants scavenge free radicals. Cataracts and macular degeneration have been traced to damage from free radicals. So, it makes sense that bilberries prevent and reverse cataracts and macular degeneration. In a study on office workers with eye fatigue from prolonged staring at computer screens, symptoms like ocular pain, eye heaviness, discomfort, and foreign body sensation were alleviated by long-term bilberry supplementation. Bilberry relieves chronic dry eye by improving the aqueous layer of the tear film and increasing tear secretion. Furthermore, by increasing production of rhodopsin, a pigment that improves night vision, anthocyanins help the eye adapt to changes in light.

 

Benefits for People with Diabetes

Having high blood glucose levels that induce oxidative stress and inflammation is the leading cause of diabetes. Diabetes is associated with a group of eye diseases, including diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, cataracts, and glaucoma. Bilberries are anti-hyperglycemic, lowering blood glucose levels. They also exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory activity. Thanks to these properties, bilberry can help prevent and treat diabetes-related eye diseases.

 

NutraVision Tea Blend 

Herbalists at NutraTea created NutraVision: a blend of bilberries with eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis) and green tea (Camellia sinensis). These three herbs work together to support healthy vision. Eyebright is a traditional anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial remedy for eye infections. Green tea has powerful antioxidant activity. This blend helps sustain optimal sight and facilitates the circulation of oxygen and blood around the eyes while easing irritation and strain from fatigue. Bilberry is a powerful ally in protecting your vision, and anthocyanins are their secret weapon. Enjoy a daily cup and give your eyes some love. NutraTea teabags are of such high-quality that each bag can be reused up to three times daily.

NutraVision tea blend

The Eternal Life of Pine Needles

Pine needles are the fragrant leaves of pine trees (Pinus spp.). Pine defies the harsh and barren winter months by retaining its green leaves year-round. The evergreen needles make a life-protecting tea traditionally relied upon throughout the northern hemisphere. Regularly drinking pine needle tea supports the immune system, prevents and shortens colds, lowers high blood pressure, and slows the aging process. The tea’s taste is light and pleasantly piney. Pine symbolizes eternal life in many cultures for good reason…

Pine needles contain:

  • A wealth of vitamin C and smaller amounts of vitamins A, D, E, and K.
  • Antioxidants
  • Pinene
  • Pine branch

    A cluster of pine needles is called a fascicle. There are many fascicles on this branch.

    Arginine, and other amino acids.

Perfect Cold Remedy

Pine needles contain five times more vitamin C than lemons! No wonder the tea was vital to surviving the winter, when most plants are dormant. Vitamin C helps the body ward off illness and fight infection. Pine needle tea is an expectorant, helping you cough up phlegm and mucus and relieve chest congestion. Pinene, the terpene responsible for pine’s relaxing fragrance, supports respiratory health by widening the bronchi and relaxing the muscles in the lungs. Furthermore, pinene eases pain and is antiviral and antibacterial. This explains how the tea eases coughing and soothes a sore throat.

Supports Longevity

Chronic inflammation accelerates aging. The vitamin C and pinene in pine needles slows aging by fighting inflammation. High levels of antioxidants in pine needles absorb and neutralize cell-damaging free radicals. Vitamins A, D, E, and K support healthy eye, skin, and bone health. It may also support a healthy metabolism, preventing obesity. Pine needle tea protects the brain; thanks to its bountiful vitamin C, it supports production of the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine and wards off Alzheimer’s disease. Mental health is key to aging with grace and strength, like the pine species which can grow tall for hundreds and even thousands of years. Pine retains its green year-round, and those who imbibe its essence in tea will also share in its vibrant longevity.

Vasodilator

Pine needles contain arginine, an amino acid that helps the body build protein. It is a vasodilator, meaning it dilates constricted blood vessels. This property makes it useful in treating heart disease, as it lowers blood pressure and increases blood flow to the heart muscle. It also remedies erectile dysfunction by improving blood circulation.

Diuretic

The lymphatic system transports destroyed bacteria and waste into the blood stream, where they are removed by the liver and kidneys. The dead bacteria and waste products are then flushed from the body via urination and defecation. Pine needles are diuretic, meaning they increase urination. This supports the body’s natural detoxification processes. It also helps eliminate excess fluid, which can be helpful in cases of heart disease and kidney failure.

Pine forests are troves of biodiversity.

 

A story about pine

French explorer Jacque Cartier’s crew was dying of scurvy, caused by vitamin C deficiency, when they reached Canada in the winter of 1536. The native Iroquois tribe understood their condition and saved the crews’ lives with infusions of pine needles and bark. The vitamin C and arginine in pine rapidly reversed the ravages of scurvy. The crew thereafter referred to the pine as the tree of life. The conifer was brought back to France, where recognition of the tree’s medicinal value contributed to the resurrection of botany in Europe’s Age of Reason.

 

Pine Needle and Rose Hip Tea

NutraTea herbalists blended rose hips with pine needles to create a tea that supports the immune system and supplies plenty of vitamin C through the changing seasons. The pine tree’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, painkilling, neuroprotective, vasodilating properties are yours when you regularly drink pine needle infusions. Take a deep breath and smell the pine forest as you enjoy your own cup of the tree of life.

Heart-Healing Hawthorn

Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) is a small thorny tree or shrub in the family Rosaceae. A traditional medicinal food, the berries safely and effectively treat heart disease by lowering both high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Hawthorn berry tea dilates blood vessels, nourishing the heart muscle. It reduces heart pain and slows and regulates fast, irregular pulses. Furthermore, it lowers inflammation and absorbs free radicals. Hawthorn can also ease panic attacks, anxiety, insomnia, and ADHD. The berries have a sweet and sour flavor profile with an astringent, mildly warming effect on the body.

Fresh haw berries

Flavonoids and Vitamin C

The most studied bioactive constituents of hawthorn are flavonoids, the two triterpenes oleanolic acid and ursolic acid, and phenols. The fruit or “haw berries” are high in Vitamin C. Fresh haw berries taste like a very ripe apple.

Improves Lipid Metabolism

Hawthorn berry tea reduces blood lipid levels. Lipids are necessary fatty compounds. Cholesterol and triglycerides are types of lipids. To transport cholesterol and triglycerides around the body in blood, your liver packages them with protein to form lipoproteins, which can be very low-density (VLDLs), low-density (LDLs), or high-density (HDLs). VLDLs and LDLs are “bad cholesterol” because they cause plaque to accumulate in blood vessels, narrowing blood vessels and slowing blood circulation. HDLs are “good” because they carry cholesterol back to the liver to be metabolized and flushed out of the body. High LDLs and low HDLs increase total cholesterol (TC) and total triglyceride (TG), leading to high blood lipid levels. When blood lipid levels are too high, it’s called hyperlipidemia. Hyperlipidemia can lead to atherosclerosis, heart attack, stroke, and peripheral artery disease. The triterpenes oleanolic acid and ursolic acid give Hawthorn an anti-hyperlipidemia effect, improving lipid metabolism and lowering TC and TG.

Hawthorn Berries Ease Physical and Emotional Heart Pain

Over time, hawthorn gently nourishes and strengthens the heart muscle. It reduces and relieves heart pain (angina). Its flavonoids mildly lower high blood pressure (hypertension) by relaxing and dilating blood vessels and strengthening the integrity of their walls. Hawthorn dilates the coronary arteries and increases the heart’s oxygen supply and blood circulation. It also reduces platelet aggregation. Hawthorn’s antioxidant phenols scavenge free radicals, reducing the cardiovascular risks of oxidative stress. Inflammation can throw off the heart muscle’s healthy rhythms, causing irregular or intermittent pulse (arrythmia) and heart palpitations (tachycardia). Hawthorn fights inflammation and strengthens, slows, and regulates heart contractions. Hawthorn is a very safe and effective herb for heart disease, but if you take hypotensive drugs, particularly beta blockers, have your doctor monitor how they interact with hawthorn.

Hawthorn’s fragrant white flowers

Soothes Anxiety

As a nervine and anxiolytic, hawthorn calms the central nervous system. It eases anxiety that comes with panic attacks, a racing heart, emotional stress, and insomnia, particularly when these are caused by grief and life transitions. It also helps with ADHD.

Improves Blood Flow

By strengthening coronary arteries over time, hawthorn can reduce hemorrhoids and varicose veins. It increases blood flow to the limbs, and can help the bedridden.

NutraLipid Tea Soothes the Heart

NutraTea herbalists created NutraLipid: Cholesterol and Lipoprotein Balance tea blend to help combat high cholesterol and encourage the excretion of cholesterol and formation of deposits on arterial walls, while improving blood pressure balance within the body. Let your heart be eased… relax with a mug of hot tea made from hawthorn’s bright, wondrous red berries.

 

Bladderwrack, A Very Special Kelp

Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) is a variety of kelp in the brown seaweed family. Vast kelp forests grow along rocky shores in the northern hemisphere. Coastal peoples have always prized kelp as a medicinal food. Adding a little Bladderwrack kelp to your diet can offer health benefits and prevent and treat thyroid dysfunction, digestion issues, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and some hormonal imbalances.

Bladderwrack Kelp Before Harvest

Spring harvest of bladderwrack.

Nutrients

Kelp contains calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, folate, zinc, trace elements, enzymes, nucleic acids, amino acids, and vitamins K, A, C, E, B12, B6, B5, B3, B2, and B1.

Thyroid Dysfunction

Bladderwrack is uniquely rich in iodine, a trace element our body cannot produce on its own but needs to make thyroid hormones. Iodine is scarce in other foods, so it’s easy to be deficient, leading to thyroid dysfunction. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck, under the voice box, that releases the thyroid hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). Thyroid hormones regulate your weight, metabolism, energy levels, endocrine system, internal temperature, and growth of bones, skin, hair, and nails.

Iodine deficiency is the most common cause of an underactive thyroid, leading to hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism often runs in families and is more common in women. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include weight gain, dry skin, constipation, tiredness, depression, feeling cold, and menstrual irregularity. Sometimes the whole thyroid gland becomes enlarged and sometimes individual lumps called nodules grow in the gland. It is important to see a doctor if you notice any changes in your thyroid gland. If you suspect you have thyroid dysfunction, have your doctor check your levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), T3, and T4. Discuss with your doctor whether supplementing with kelp is right for you.

Diabetes

Bladderwrack can help regulate blood sugar thanks to:

All of these fight diabetes and obesity by reducing blood glucose levels and increasing insulin sensitivity.

Indigestion

The brown alga is full of dietary fiber in the form of the polysaccharides alginic acid, fucoidans, phlorotannins, and laminarin. All four are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and promote digestion and a healthy gut microbiome. Alginic acid acts as a demulcent, easing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn, and indigestion. Kelp helps resolve gastric and duodenal ulcers, ulcerated colon, colitis, constipation, and diarrhea.

Cancer

Supplementing with kelp can help prevent cancers, particularly breast and colon cancer, by enhancing immunity, inducing cancer cell apoptosis, inhibiting cancer cell invasion and metastasis, or directly scavenging oxidative free radicals that induce cancer cell changes. This is thanks to the actions of fucoidans, phlorotannins, laminarin and fucoxanthin. Phlorotannins even protect healthy tissue in people undergoing radiation therapy.

High Blood Pressure

The sea vegetable strengthens circulation, encourages healthy cardiac contractile force and rhythms, and lowers blood pressure and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Kelp’s sodium doesn’t cause high blood pressure; sodium chloride (table salt) does. Kelp’s high

potassium content balances out table salt’s effect on blood pressure. Some people substitute table salt with dried and granulated kelp, which has a similar salty taste. Fucoidans are anti-coagulant and have the same structure as Heparin, a blood-thinning medication that’s been used for over fifty years. Laminarin also helps reduce cholesterol uptake.

Kelp Botanical Illustration

Kelp frond.

Hormonal Changes

Kelp is a gift for women of all ages. Regular consumption of kelp is linked to decreased risk of estrogen-related cancers in Japanese populations. It balances sex hormones during all phases of the menstrual cycle and helps stabilize hormonal mood swings. Pregnant women benefit from its iodine content because the element is crucial for proper bone and brain development in babies during gestation and infancy. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, new mothers are given kelp (called Kun Bu) to support lactation, though many doctors now discourage this practice. Perimenopause and menopause usher in big changes to the body that produce free radicals. Kelp scavenges free radicals, preventing oxidative stress. Kelp’s high levels of calcium, magnesium, and iron keep bones strong and ward off osteoporosis in older women.

Our Kelp Tea

NutraTea herbalists created NutraThyroid: Kelp and Nettle tea blend to help you harness kelp’s healing powers. We blended Bladderwrack with Nettle (Uritca dioica), Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis), Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea), Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococus senticosus), Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Black Walnut (Juglans nigra), and Bacopa (Bacopa monnieri). These ancient healing herbs all work synergistically with kelp to support balance and vitality. When you drink our Kelp and Nettle tea blend, envision nourishing your inner ocean with all the nutritious riches of the seaweed forest.