Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a medicinal food that tastes and smells like maple syrup! No spoonful of sugar needed for this medicine. The seeds are sweet, pungent, warming, and full of mucilage. Tea made with fenugreek seeds supports normal digestion, so NutraTea herbalists created NutraReflux to prevent and soothe acid reflux. Fenugreek’s healing mucilage heals and nourishes mucosa of the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts, so we also included it in the throat-soothing NutraThroat. Fenugreek lowers total and LDL cholesterol, so our herbalists used it to formulate the NutraLipid blend. This sweet legume also has the power to lower elevated blood sugar, which earned it a place in NutraGlycemia blend, our diabetes tea. Inspired by fenugreek’s ancient use as a maternity tea, our herbalists developed NutraMother, a blend that supports lactating mothers.

Constituents

The amber colored, rhomboid seeds contain flavonoids, alkaloids, vitamins, saponins, glycosides, coumarins, and minerals. Sotolon is the aroma compound responsible for its delicious maple syrup smell.

Promotes Normal Digestion

Fenugreek supports normal digestion in multiple ways. It nourishes the mucosa of the GI tract and respiratory tract, preventing the growth of ulcers. Thanks to its polysaccharides, mucosa inflamed by indigestion and acid reflux are soothed. It also supports healthy metabolism and reduces food cravings, supporting healthy weight management. Its fiber content promotes regular waste elimination, preventing constipation. Its protective, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory effect on the gut can also improve symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease. Our tea blend NutraReflux soothes the gastrointestinal tract and prevents acid reflux, ulcers, and constipation.

A Heart Disease and Diabetes Tea

Tea made with fenugreek seeds supports healthy guy microbiota, offsetting adverse effects of a high fat diet that predispose one to heart disease and type II diabetes. Fenugreek’s high fiber content lowers total and LDL cholesterol as well as blood sugar levels. Supplementing with fenugreek tea can be a helpful tool in preventing and managing chronic conditions associated with high cholesterol and blood sugar levels. NutraLipid lowers lipid levels by supporting healthy cholesterol levels. NutraGlycemia is formulated to lower blood sugar levels and manage pre-diabetes and diabetes.

Fenugreek tea increases breast milk production

Maternity Tea

Historically, lactating mothers with low breast milk supply have incorporated fenugreek into their diet. Recent studies back up this folk wisdom. It seems to be most effective at increasing milk supply in the first two weeks after birth. Mammary glands are sweat glands modified by hormonal stimulation. Fenugreek seeds contain hormonal precursors in the form of glycosides and saponins like phytoestrogens and diosgenin, which stimulate the mammary glands to produce more breast milk. Try NutraMother, our tea blend that supports lactating mothers.

 

A Real Sweet Pea

The name “fenugreek” derives from the Latin faenugraecum, or faenum Graecum, meaning “Greek hay.” Since its evolution in the Mediterranean, fenugreek has been a prized medicinal food. The herb is an annual in the pea family. It has yellow flowers and light green, trifoliate leaves that resemble those of clover. Not only are fenugreek seeds healing to humans, but they arefood for rabbits and fish, and the plant’s greenery makes excellent fodder for ruminant animals. Fenugreek’s thin seed pods are ripe for harvest when they turn yellow, before they burst open. Culinary experts roast the seeds to full unlock their sweetness and mitigate any bitterness. It is a characteristic Indian curry spice. Thanks to its lovely aroma and emulsifying fiber and gum properties, people even use fenugreek in soaps and cosmetics.

 

NutraTea herbalists crafted five tea blends that include fenugreek. Choose from among them and harness fenugreek’s healing powers to target specific health concerns like indigestion, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, low breast milk production, and sore throat.

 

fenugreek improves digestion

Fenugreek lowers cholesterol

 

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Rose Hip, also called rosehips, are fruits of rose (Rosa). Drinking rosehip tea boosts immunity, fights inflammation, and supports the health of the joints, cardiovascular system, and skin. The rose’s fruits contain large amounts of vitamins C, A, and E. NutraTea’s Pine Needle and Rose Hip tea blend helps to support immune system function. Our NutraBone blend contains rosehips to help maintain normal joint mobility. Rose Hip is an herbal ally to reach for on a consistent basis, long-term, in order to reap its full health benefits.

Rose Hip Boosts Immunity

Rosehips strengthen immunity largely due vitamin C (ascorbic acid), as well as phenolic compounds and healthy fatty acids. Rosehips have one of the highest vitamin C concentrations of any fruit or vegetable. Vitamin C nourishes and increases production of white blood cells (lymphocytes), which defend the body against infection.

Rose Hip

Rose Hip Lowers Joint Inflammation

Joint inflammation occurs when the immune system or a damaged tissue release chemicals that increase fluid in the joint tissues, leading to swelling. Inflammation can affect a single joint, as in the case of injury, or be widespread due to an inflammatory autoimmune condition like rheumatoid arthritis.

Rosehips contain several fatty acids that reduce joint inflammation:

  • triterpenoic acids
  • ursolic acid
  • oleanolic acid
  • betulinic acid

In addition to pain, inflammation damages tissue. Rosehips contain nutrients like vitamins C and E, carotenoids, polyphenols, and antioxidant enzymes that all protect the body from inflammatory damage. Antioxidants also reduce the risk of many diseases like rheumatoid arthritis by scavenging free radicals.

Rose Hip Supports Heart Health

Rosehip’s wealth of antioxidants protects the cardiovascular system from disease. This is because high vitamin C intake lowers levels of low-density lipoprotein (bad) cholesterol and blood triglycerides, which are risk factors for heart disease. Also, flavonoids in rosehips improve circulation of blood to the heart while lowering blood pressure in people with hypertension. Obesity can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Luckily, rosehips contain high levels of an antioxidant called tiliroside, which helps the body burn fat at an accelerated rate.

Rose Hip Supports Skin Health

Collagen structures and strengthens the skin and contributes to its elasticity and hydration. Breakdown of collagen occurs naturally with aging, but premature skin aging from sun damage and lack of nutrients can be avoided. Rosehip’s high vitamin C content promotes collagen synthesis and is photoprotective, helping to defend skin cells from being damaged by sunlight. Vitamins C and E work synergistically to slow premature aging of the skin. Carotenoids in rosehips further prevent the breakdown of collagen.

What is a Rose Hip?

Rose Hip has a vibrant, orange red color and a tangy flavor like that of green apple. The small, seed-bearing rose “hip” or “haw” forms after a rose plant is pollinated in Spring or Summer and after its flowers die and the petals fall. Rosehips ripen in late Summer and throughout the Fall. They are classified as an accessory fruit, because they develop from the tissue around the floral ovary rather than from the floral ovary itself. Most rose hips are harvested from the thorny, wild rose variety Rosa canina. Rosa canina is native to Europe and Asia, but now grows widely throughout the world.

NutraBone and Pine Needle and Rose Hip Tea

NutraTea herbalists crafted NutraBone with Rose Hip, Green Tea, Ginger, Gingko Biloba, Nettle, Yucca, Turmeric, Licorice, and Willow Bark. These herbs work together to fight inflammation, reduce pain, support joint mobility, and strengthen the skeletal system. Pine Needle and Rose Hip Tea is an immunity-boosting, antioxidant-rich blend of Rose Hip and Pine Needle that makes the perfect supplement during the winter months. Enjoy a warming cup of rosehip tea and meditate on its healing powers and the beauty of the rose.

 

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is a beautiful herb beloved since ancient times for its therapeutic effect on the nervous system. Inhaling its aroma soothes and mildly sedates. Drinking tea brewed from its purple flowers relaxes mind and muscles, improving sleep quality, mood, and digestion. Lavender’s volatile oils have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory actions. NutraHead and NutraRelax are tea blends that combine lavender with other relaxing herbs that reduce tension and promote clear, positive thinking. Lavender’s general safety makes it the perfect calming tea for anxious, restless elders and children.

Lavender relaxes mindConstituents

Lavender flowers contain more than 100 compounds. The dominant constituents are:

  • Volatile oils linalyl acetate, linalool, lavandulyl acetate, borneol, and limonene
  • Coumarins
  • Triterpenes
  • Flavonoids

Its volatile oils account for its therapeutic aroma, which contains notes of citrus, as well as its antimicrobial actions. Its flavonoids empower it to fight inflammation.

 

Lavender Tea for Relaxation and Mood

In conjunction with appropriate healthcare, lavender tea is proven to improve nervous tension, anxiety, and depression. Incorporating complementary relaxing herbs in a lavender tea blend, like NutraRelax, is particularly effective for this purpose. It exerts a gentle, strengthening, stabilizing effect on the nervous system, hence its status as a nervine. Drinking lavender bud tea and inhaling its steam can relieve stress-related headaches and relax muscle tension. Lavender is most relaxing in the moment, and the most benefits are observed with consistent, long-term use.

 

Lavender Tea for Sleep

Stress can cause restlessness and make it difficult to sleep soundly, or at all. Lavender tea can significantly reduce psychological distress, and in doing so, reduce sleep disturbance and combat insomnia. Lavender metaphorically opens the crowded mind so some contents can be moved out, especially obsessive, negative thoughts that induce tension. Massage with lavender oil before bedtime is particularly effective at improving sleep quality.

Lavender oil is antimicrobialLavender Tea for Digestion

The aromatic herb stimulates the secretion of bile and gastric juices, improving the mobility of the GI tract. Its antispasmodic properties soothe stomach cramps related to indigestion and even menstruation. Indigestion, flatulence, and diarrhea caused by bacterial infection can be cleared with lavender tea thanks to the antibacterial, anti-fungal properties of its volatile oils. It’s been observed to inhibit the growth of microorganisms including E. coli, Staph, and Candida. Its volatile oils also fight inflammation, providing some relief for inflammatory bowel disorder.

 

Plant of Cleanliness

Belonging to the Lamiaceae family, Lavender is a perennial with whorls of blue, violet, or lilac-colored flowers on spikes that rise above its foliage. Native to the mediterranean, it grows most happily in dry soil, with full sun, on a mountain, misted by an ocean breeze. Its flowers yield abundant nectar and make excellent honey. Lavender’s name derives from the Latin root lavare, which means “to wash.” Romans infused their baths with large amounts of lavender for aromatherapy and to benefit from the herb’s antibacterial, antifungal properties. A modern herbalist joke is that lavender is indicated for people who feel unclean, or who hold themselves to unrealistically high standards.  Energetically, the plant is a cooling stimulant.

NutraRelax and NutraHead

NutraTea herbalists harness lavender’s relaxing powers when they designed NutraRelax and NutraHead, two distinctly relaxing tea blends. NutraRelax specifically targets anxiety, mixing lavender flowers with other herbs that support nervous system health, like chamomile and lemon balm. Who can think clearly when they’re tense? NutraHead recognizes that relaxation promotes clear thinking, and balances calming lavender with mentally stimulating, circulatory herbs like peppermint and cinnamon. It is common nowadays to feel overworked, stressed beyond capacity, and unable to relax. Lean on a time-honored, scientifically validated remedy: lavender tea for relaxation of the mind and muscles, enabling deep sleep and clear thinking.

 

 


 

Mullein Leaf and Thyme Tea: How Thyme Clears a Cold

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is an herb used as a remedy for upper respiratory infections since ancient times in the Mediterranean. The wild, edible plant can relieve symptoms like a sore throat, coughing, congestion, and chills by addressing the underlying infection. Thyme’s antioxidants and volatile oils imbue it with antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, mucus-thinning, expectorant, immune-boosting properties. Also, thyme is carminative, improving indigestion symptoms like cramps, gas, and bloating. Its general safety makes it a popular remedy for children. Tea blends including thyme, like Mullein Leaf and Thyme and NutraDefence, are excellent to have on hand for when you catch a cold.

Thyme Constituents

Thyme’s major healing constituents are the volatile oils thymol, rosmarinic acid, carvacrol, and borneol. Thymol and rosmarinic acid are strongly antimicrobial. Furthermore, thyme is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants, vitamins A and C, saponins, and triterpenes. It also contains potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium and selenium.

 

Antibacterial Thyme

Thyme’s popularity as a culinary herb is due to the way its volatile oils kill microbes. The addition of thyme protects food from bacterial contamination and spoilage. Thyme is one herb that fills the gap created by antibacterial resistance in healthcare. Microbes that cause bronchitis, whooping cough, and a sore throat are often no match for thyme’s potent volatile oils. It is an anthelmintic, meaning it can also help resolve respiratory problems caused by parasites or fungus.

 

Antioxidant Thyme

When your body is fighting pathogens or a viral infection, it defends itself with inflammation, which can cause widespread body pain and cellular damage. Thyme boasts an array of antioxidants that scavenge inflammatory free radicals throughout the body, reducing the general aching that accompanies a cold.

Thyme Tea for a Cough

This powerhouse herb can treat a sore throat, congestion, spasmodic coughing, and conditions including laryngitis, bronchitis, and pneumonia. This herb soothes a cough in many other ways besides killing bacteria. It is antispasmodic, reducing a cough’s frequency. It is an expectorant, meaning it thins mucus, and in doing so, helps you cough mucus up, clearing the airways. Thyme’s vitamin A content supports healthy mucus membranes, which coughing irritates. Its high levels of vitamin C accounts for its support of the body’s natural defenses against viruses.

 

Thyme Tea for Digestion

Overall, thyme resolves symptoms of indigestion. It is antispasmodic and can relieve intestinal cramping. As a diuretic, it increases frequency of urination. It stimulates movement of fluid through tissues, reducing bloating. Its volatile oils inhibit bacteria like E. coli, which can cause food poisoning, as well as parasites like giardia, which cause diarrhea. Also, tannins in thyme exert a gentle astringent influence on the GI tract, easing diarrhea. Mullein Leaf and Thyme tea is the perfect, safe remedy for treating indigestion during pregnancy.

 

Plant of Strength and Cleanliness

Thyme is an evergreen, perennial shrub in the aromatic Lamiaceae family. The leaves and flowers contain its medicinal properties and its pungent, slightly minty flavor. The tiny, tubular flowers vary in color from pink, to purple, to white. Thymos derives from the Greek word for “strength.” The Greeks told a story in which the first thyme shrub grew from the fallen tears of Helen of Troy. A sacred plant in many cultures, thyme leaves were burned as a purifying incense. Modern use backs up this practice; Thymol, an extract of thyme oil, is used as a powerful surface disinfectant.

Mullein Leaf and Thyme Tea

NutraTea’s Mullein Leaf and Thyme  is the perfect fusion of antioxidant, microbe-fighting thyme and soothing, immune-boosting mullein. Together, thyme and mullein relieve symptoms of respiratory infection and address the root cause. A cup of Mullein Leaf and Thyme is an escape from the discomfort that accompanies a cold. NutraDefence also harnesses the power of thyme. It banishes a sore throat, congestion, coughing, and inflammation, kills bacteria, and strengthens your body’s natural defenses against infectious viruses. Recuperate with a warming infusion of thyme, your new herbal ally.

Mullein tea

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia) is beloved worldwide for more than its sweet, acrid, pungent taste. The aromatic spice lowers high blood sugar, prevents high-cholesterol, and supports healthy weight loss and digestion. It warms the body by improving blood circulation. It eases symptoms of anxiety and promotes restful sleep. Cinnamon’s major constituents are volatile oils, tannins, and mucilage. NutraTea herbalists harness cinnamon’s healing powers in several blends: Licorice and Cinnamon, Turmeric and Cinnamon, NutraLipid, NutraCleanse, NutraRelax, and NutraTrim.

Blood Regulation

When you think cinnamon, think of blood regulation. It’s a supreme circulatory tonic herb, supporting healthy blood flow throughout the body. Cinnamon is a great ally for people with pre-diabetes or Type II Diabetes. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that regulates blood sugar levels. Cinnamon boosts insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism, lowering blood sugar. Cinnamaldehyde is the dominant flavonoid volatile oil responsible for cinnamon’s flavor, aroma, and effect on insulin. The spice’s tannins are the source of its hypoglycemic effect. NutraGlycemia is formulated with cinnamon and other herbs to support normal insulin and glucose metabolism.

 

Weight Management

Cinnamon supports healthy weight management by reducing levels of triglycerides, the main constituents of human body fat. Not only is it delicious, but the spice has high fiber content, providing a sense of satiety, or fullness, that may reduce snacking between meals. Also, steadier blood sugar means fewer food cravings and fewer energy “crashes.” Cinnemaldehyde also boosts metabolism, promoting loss of fat. Obesity predisposes a person to developing diabetes; cinnamon helps prevent this chronic disease. NutraTrim is a slimming tea blend containing cinnamon. Licorice and Cinnamon is another blend that promotes healthy weight-loss.

 

Cholesterol and Blood Pressure

Cinnamon lowers LDL levels in the blood, controlling blood pressure and keeping the arteries clear of cholesterol buildup. This all protects the heart. The NutraLipid tea blend includes cinnamon and other herbs that combat high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Warming

If your fingers and toes are always cold, or feeling chilly keeps you indoors all winter, cinnamon could help. By improving blood flow, it brings warming blood to your extremities, helping prevent cold numbness. Turmeric and Cinnamon is a warming tea blend to reach for on winter days.

 

Digestion

Cinnamon possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties that promote healthy digestion. As a tea, it’s an effective remedy against excessive flatulence and bloating. Its mucilage soothes the mucus membrane of the gastrointestinal tract, remedying conditions like irritable bowel syndrome. Its astringent tannins tone the GI tract, easing symptoms of diarrhea.

 

Sleep Aid

The spice may improve symptoms of anxiety and depression and help you sleep, taken as a supplement long-term. It’s possible this effect is due to its antioxidant volatile oils, like cinnamaldehyde. NutraRelax includes cinnamon in a relaxing blend that supports a restful night’s sleep.

Cinnamon the Plant

Native to Sri Lanka and India, cinnamon is an exuberant evergreen tree with glossy leaves that mature from red to green. Its fruits are round and brown or black, and its dainty flowers are greenish white. Cinnamon is a member of the Lauraceae family. In the wild it can grow fifty feet tall, but when farmed, the plant is coppiced every two years, i.e. cut to ground level to regrow. The spice is harvested from the tree’s inner bark and dried into cylindrical, spiral rolls called “sticks,” “quills,” or “scrolls.” The dried form can be ground into powder or made into an extract.

Cinnamon was one of the first known and most profitable spices in the spice trade. The medicinal and culinary powers of the cinnamon plant strongly shaped human geopolitical history. From a certain perspective, European explorers’ search for the source of cinnamon led to the accidental “discovery” and colonization of the Americas. Reflect on the richness of this simple plant as you imbibe healing cinnamon tea.

Licorice & Cinnamon

Turmeric & Cinnamon

Bitter Melon & Cinnamon

NutraRelax

NutraCleanse

NutraTrim

NutraLipid

Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) leaf is the best tea for a cold that brings congestion, cough, a sore throat, and inflammatory pain. The plant’s soft, wooly leaves contain moistening constituents that reduce painful inflammation, soothe a sore respiratory tract, expel stagnant phlegm, and fight harmful pathogens. Mullein leaf tea is an effective, time-honored remedy for respiratory infections that don’t require antibiotics, like colds, flus, bronchitis, tonsillitis, and non-acute asthma and pneumonia. NutraTea’s Mullein Leaf and Thyme tea blend is perfect for banishing colds. NutraDefence is another blend containing mullein that strengthens immunity and helps the body fight viruses. NutraThroat is a blend that targets symptoms in the upper respiratory tract and soothes a sore throat.

Mullein’s active constituents are:

  • Flavonoids
  • Mucilage
  • Saponins
  • Tannins
  • Iridoid compounds
  • Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3, and C

Flavonoids

When you catch a cold, blood vessels in your respiratory tract dilate to make room for infection-fighting white blood cells. Your nose and throat are the usual battlegrounds; they become hot and puffy from increased blood flow. Quercetin, one of mullein’s antioxidant flavonoids, reduces painful inflammation.

 

Mucilage and Saponins

Coughing and sneezing irritate the mucus membranes of the respiratory tract. Mullein leaves are composed of 3% mucilage, a gelatinous substance. Mucilage forms a lubricating coat on mucus membranes, acting as a demulcent and providing relief from painful inflammation. Furthermore, mullein possesses saponins, which are glycosides that reduce inflammation and relieve pain.  

A runny nose and thick mucus are evidence of the white blood cells fighting infection. Perhaps counterintuitively, mullein’s mucilage doesn’t add to congestion-causing mucus. Its saponins make it an expectorant herb. It loosens mucus and phlegm and helps you cough productively, clearing your lungs and airways so you can breathe freely. Mullein leaf is equally useful for resolving dry, unproductive coughing that just won’t go away.

Antibacterial and Antiviral

Mullein’s antibacterial properties effectively fight pneumonia, staph, and E. coli bacteria. The tea helps treat tonsillitis. Flavonoids and iridoid glycosides exert antiviral actions, inhibiting replication of the coronaviruses and influenzas. Tannins, iridoid glycosides, and saponins inhibit pathogens thanks to antimicrobial properties. Also, the vitamin C in mullein may shorten the duration and lessen the severity of a cold.

 

More About Mullein

Native to Africa, Asia, and Europe, mullein now also thrives in the Americas. It is a biennial plant. In its first year it grows as a rosette of soft, gray-green fuzzy leaves. In its second year it towers as a six-to-eight-foot-tall, yellow-flowering stalk with a deep taproot. Its leaves are harvested in the Spring or early Summer of its first year. Mullein is derived from the old French moleine meaning “the soft-leaved plant”, which is derived from the Latin mollis, meaning “soft.” You really must seek out this plant and feel for yourself the velvety leaves, which have earned the plant the nickname “bunny’s ears.” It grows in recently disturbed and rocky soil, such as on construction sites and along roadsides. Seeds can remain dormant and sprout even after one hundred years!

NutraTea Mullein Leaf and Thyme

Our respiratory and immunity tea blend is composed of 80% mullein leaf and 20% thyme. Thyme’s free-radical scavenging powers lower inflammation and protect your cells from damage. Thyme adds a warming effect to mullein leaf’s moistening, soothing actions. Both herbs are rich in antioxidants, combining to fight the inflammation that makes colds so painful. If you’re suffering from a respiratory illness with coughing, mucus, congestion, post-nasal drip, and inflamed throat, lungs, and nasal passages, this tea blend is your friend. Let this healing potion steep and reuse each teabag up to three times throughout the day. Let the herbs get to work and feel your congested chest loosen as you cough up that phlegm. Breathe deeply of the steam from your cup as the inflammation subsides and the pathogens are vanquished. Feel your mucus membranes soothed by mullein’s mucilage. Thank you, mullein leaf and thyme!

NutraDefence

NutraDefence is another tea blend that harnesses mullein’s immunity-boosting, virus-fighting powers.

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“All-Healing” Herb for Energy and Stamina

Increased energy and faster recovery from fatigue are proven benefits of the root of the plant Panax ginseng. Ginseng has been used for five thousand years in traditional Chinese medicine, which reveres it as “king of the tonic herbs.” The stimulating plant is considered an adaptogen because it helps the body bounce back from physical, mental, and emotional stress. Ginsenosides are ginseng’s active constituents. More than thirty ginsenosides in ginseng demonstrate multiple bioactivities and offer diverse health benefits. Ginseng can improve athletic performance, immunity, circulation, digestion, brain function, and sexual function. It can even help prevent cancer due to its polysaccharide content. No wonder its genus name, Panax, derives from the Greek word for “all-healing.”

Energy

Ginseng increases energy thanks to ginsenosides. Ginsenosides are a type of triterpene saponins; they protect the ginseng plant from insects. Metabolized in the mammalian body, ginsenosides promote optimal energy utilization and decrease fatigue-related metabolites. Ginseng is a safe supplement for treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or “neurasthenia.” Over time, it increases energy. Inflammation can produce fatigue. Ginseng’s anti-inflammatory properties lessen fatigue associated with inflammation.

Physical Performance

Supplementing with ginseng increases muscle mass. It also increases physical stamina, partially by increasing oxygen uptake of muscles. It is considered an ergogenic aid, meaning it improves athletic performance. After exercise, it accelerates physical recovery.

Brain Function

Ginsenosides offer neuroprotective benefits by increasing circulation to the brain and preventing oxidative damage. It can improve memory, concentration, and the capacity for abstract thought. It is helpful in cases of neurodegeneration and age-related cognitive impairment.

Stress

Ginseng supports health of the central nervous system. When stress and exhaustion cause low libido and sexual dysfunction, ginseng can help. As a vasodilatory stimulant, it can help erectile dysfunction by improving circulation. Ginseng can also help relieve chronic anxiety and insomnia.

Digestion

Supplementing with ginseng promotes gut homeostasis. Ginseng can modulate the gut microbiota by increasing probiotics and decreasing pathogenic bacteria. Its antimicrobial properties ward off food poisoning and stomach upset. It prevents diarrhea and chronic diseases associated with a lack of diverse gut microbiota, like obesity and diabetes.

Immunity

Polysaccharides in ginseng stimulate the immune system. The herb increases the number of immune cells in the blood. Consequentially, it decreases the likelihood of catching the common cold and improves the immune system’s response to the flu vaccine.

 

Anti-Cancer

Ginseng is an anti-neoplastic herb, meaning it prevents cancer. Polysaccharides in ginseng induces a healthy rate of apoptosis. Apoptosis derives from the Latin for “to fall off,” like an old leaf from a tree. It’s normal, programmed cell death that enables new cells to grow and replace worn-out cells. Without apoptosis, cancers grow. Ginseng supports apoptosis, helping prevent cancer.

Description

The perennial ginseng plant has a sturdy taproot that is tan and gnarled with stringy shoots. Many say it resembles the human form. This member of the Araliaceae family has palmate, compound leaves. The ginseng flower is a single, bisexual umbel. Its fruits are bright red drupes. Ginseng root contains optimal ginsenoside content after seven years. Nine ginseng species exist.

 

Mythology

Emperor Shen-Nung was the second of China’s mythical emperors (3500-2600 BCE). Called the father of Chinese medicine, he tasted and catalogued over three-hundred-sixty-five herb species. Shen-Nung had a “crystal-like belly” through which he watched herbs react. When he chewed the root of ginseng, Shen Nung observed a warm, aphrodisiac effect. He believed the more the root resembled the human form, the more potent its medicine for rejuvenation.

 

NutraTea’s Ginseng and Ginger

Ginseng is traditionally formulated with one or more other herbs. NutraTea herbalists crafted a blend of equal parts ginseng root and ginger root. This stimulating, warming combination of herbs restores healthy energy and accelerates recovery from mental and physical fatigue. Ginseng and ginger help your body manage stress and heal itself after you’ve pushed yourself past your limits. Both roots boost immunity, improve circulation, and prevent indigestion. Whether you’re relaxing from a long workout or after a stressful, chilly day, this blend exists to help your body reach homeostasis and optimal energy.

 

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a breastfeeding milk tea consumed by mothers for thousands of years. As an herbal galactagogue, fennel stimulates lactation and increases milk production during breastfeeding. Mothers with low milk supply who drink tea containing fennel seeds can experience an increase in the volume and fat content of their milk. As a result, their infants can gain weight. Fennel also supports the digestive health of mother and infant. The herb is beneficial in moderation, which is why it constitutes 25% of NutraMother, our carefully-crafted tea blend that supports healthy breastfeeding. Mothers should always consult with their doctor about lactation problems. For a relaxing, supportive tea blend for pregnant mothers, reach for NutraPreg.

The Science of Mother’s Breast Milk Tea

Anethole is responsible for fennel’s positive effect on lactation. It’s the monoterpene that gives fennel and other plants like anise and star anise their distinct, licorice-like fragrance and flavor. Anethole is a phytoestrogen, which means it’s a plant-based compound with an estrogen-like effect in the body. Like estrogen, anethole signals the pituitary gland to increase prolactin. Prolactin is the hormone responsible for stimulating milk production.

Fennel seeds

Fennel seeds

Mother’s Milk Tea and Digestion

Even before the infant is born and lactation begins, fennel can be beneficial for mothers. Digestion issues like bloating and gas are common during pregnancy. Fennel seed tea aids digestion and relieves gas. With its healthy dose of fiber, fennel firms loose bowel movements. The seeds have an antibacterial effect which decreases the bacteria that cause gas. Their anti-inflammatory effect decreases inflammation in the bowels. Fennel can also have a relaxing effect on intestinal muscles, which relieves constipation.

Fennel for Infant Colic

Infants receive the same digestive benefits of fennel through breastmilk. Colic is a common condition in which a healthy baby is fussy and cries for no obvious reason for more than three hours a day. It’s characterized by gassiness, constipation, and tight muscles. Fennel can relieve the gas and constipation that cause colic, reducing an infant’s discomfort and decreasing crying time. The herb was often included in gripe water, a traditional folk remedy for colic.

Fennel flowers

Fennel in bloom

Fast Fennel Facts

Fennel belongs to the Apiaceae family. If mother or infant is allergic to carrots, celery, or other plants in the Apiaceae family, fennel should be avoided. The aromatic herb is a hardy perennial with a white bulb, succulent, hollow stalks, and green, feathery foliage. It has bright golden blossoms and grows five to seven feet tall with a deep tap root. In Greek mythology, Prometheus brought humanity fire from Mount Olympus by hiding the flame in a stalk of fennel. This myth reflects fennel’s importance to the ancient Greeks. Native to the Mediterranean, fennel has spread around the world as a culinary delicacy with a range of medicinal, nutritious constituents.

Fennel contains:

  • Vitamin A, B, and C
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Copper

NutraMother Tea Supports Lactation

Herbalists at NutraTea created NutraMother, a blend of Fennel 25%, Chamomile 20% (matricaria recutita), Fenugreek 10% (Trigonella foenum-graecum), Shatavari Root 10% (Asparagus racemosus), Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus), Caraway (Carum carvi), Nettle (Urtica dioica), and Blessed Thistle (Centaurea benedicta). NutraMother supports healthy breastfeeding for mother and infant. It contains the optimal amount of fennel to increase breastmilk volume and fat content for healthy baby weight, and supports digestive function of mother and infant. The herbs in NutraMother synergize in support of the entire genito-reproductive system. Pour a cup and nourish your amazing, life-giving body.

 

Acerola (Malpighia Emarginata) produces a sweet, fragrant, red berry that is the richest source of vitamin C in the entire plant kingdom! The pink-blossomed evergreen shrub is native to South America, Mexico, the West Indies, and the Caribbean. Acerola’s common names include ‘Barbados cherry’ and ‘West Indian cherry.’ Supplementing with acerola can shorten and reduce severity of the common cold, kill bacteria that cause urinary tract infections, alleviate and prevent diarrhea, tighten prematurely aging skin, and improve memory.

Besides vitamin C, acerola contains:

  • Vitamin A
  • Antioxidants
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Niacin (vitamin B-3)
  • Phosphorus
  • Riboflavin (vitamin B-2)
  • Thiamine (vitamin B-1)

Shortening the Common Cold

Infections and stress cause a decline in vitamin C levels in white blood cells. Regular vitamin C supplementation helps the body fight infection, and slightly reduces a cold’s duration and symptom severity. Acerola is the richest source of vitamin C in nature, containing 50-100 times more vitamin C than a lemon or an orange. As a dietary source of vitamin C, it confers additional health benefits that synthetic isolates lack. For instance, the antioxidant phytonutrients present in acerola potentiate the bioavailability of vitamin C in the human body.

Preventing Urinary Tract Infection

UTIs are common infections that occur when bacteria, usually E. Coli, enter the urethra and infect the urinary tract. Vitamin C appears to have a bacteriostatic effect on urine. It prevents the growth of bacteria in urine by reducing urinary nitrites to reactive nitrogen oxides. This helps prevent urinary tract infections. That’s why we include acerola in NutraFlow, a tea blend that supports healthy urinary tract function.

Preventing Diarrhea

Acerola has astringent properties, meaning it causes skin cells and bodily tissues to contract. In cases of diarrhea, the herb contracts mucus membranes to limit fluid loss, decrease secretions, and reduce the gut wall’s permeability. This relieves diarrhea symptoms and prevents dehydration. Acerola’s high vitamin C concentration can also alleviate diarrhea symptomsPectin in acerola acts as a dietary fiber which acts as a prebiotic, supporting health gut microbiota and preventing diarrhea. If excess vitamin C is causing your diarrhea, you should reduce your intake of acerola.

Boosting Skin Health

Thanks to its astringent and antimicrobial properties, acerola is an effective topical cream that promotes skin health. It tightens pores and kills acne-causing bacteria. Its high vitamin C content supports healthy collagen production and fights free radicals that cause premature aging.

Preventing Memory Loss

Anthocyanins are phytonutrients, or antioxidant plant pigment compounds found in blue, red, and purple fruits. Anthocyanins prevent inflammation and offer neuroprotective benefits. As you can see from its bright red color, acerola is rich in anthocyanins. Supplementing with anthocyanin-rich acerola can help prevent cognitive decline. An animal study concluded that acerola juice offset some detrimental brain effects of an obesity-associated diet by reducing oxidative stress and reversing inhibition of energy metabolism.

Processing Acerola

Mature acerola berries are red. They are also soft and fragile because they’re composed of 80% juice! Acerola berries are not shelf-stable; once harvested, they’re good for only five days, and so cannot be sold fresh. The vitamin C content declines as the berry ripens, with highest levels recorded while the berry is still green and lowest when the fruit is red and fully ripe. However, in powder form, acerola’s nutrition and medicinal benefits are preserved and can be incorporated into tea blends, smoothies, and more. Our tea blend NutraFlow contains dried and powdered acerola berry.

NutraFlow

NutraTea herbalists blended herbs that collectively support healthy urinary tract function to create NutraFlow. 15% of the blend is composed of acerola berry powder! The sweet berry’s high vitamin C concentration enables it to eliminate UTI-causing bacteria in urine. Help your body fight off urinary tract infections by welcoming acerola into your life.

 

Licorice (Glycrrhiza glabra) is a rhizome used for thousands of years in herbal medicine. Licorice supports adrenal and hormonal health. It also reduces symptoms of the common cold and stomach ulcers, and potentiates other herbs. It’s an adaptogen, meaning it promotes a healthy stress response and corrects imbalances in the body. Its Greek name glykos (“sweet”) rhiza (“root”) relates to its major active component, glycyrrhizin, a triterpene saponin fifty times sweeter than sugar. Its powerful anti-inflammatory, harmonizing effect is the work of over 20 triterpenes and 300 flavonoids. 

Adrenals and Stress Response

How does Licorice support a healthy stress response? The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) is the main stress response system – the link between perceived stress and physiological reactions to stress. Saponins in licorice promote neurogenesis and protect the HPA axis from acute and long-term stress. Also, saponins restore tone to monoaminergic neurotransmitters, which transmit serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and histamine. These might be the primary neural basis for emotional health. The adrenals make cortisol, your main stress hormone, which is responsible for:

  • Boosting energy to respond to stress, and balancing afterward
  • Lowering inflammation
  • Regulating blood pressure
  • Increasing blood sugar
  • Controlling sleeping/waking
  • Managing use of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats

Low cortisol can cause symptoms like fatigue, muscle weakness, low blood pressure, and loss of appetite. Glycrrhizin acts directly on the adrenal cortex and increases blood corticoids in patents with suppressed pituitary adrenocorticotropin. In other words, it restores normal cortisol metabolism when adrenal insufficiency causes low cortisol levels. Licorice will not elevate cortisol if it’s already at a healthy level.

Hormonal Health

Flavonoids in licorice account for the herb’s hormone modulatory actions, which are estrogenic or anti-androgen, depending on the target issue. Licorice mildly increases estrogen levels when they are low, as often occurs during menopause. It can reduce symptoms of low estrogen like hot flashes, mood changes, and vaginal dryness more effectively than hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Licorice can also alleviate symptoms of elevated androgens in conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Common Cold

Licorice acts as a demulcent, and is a famous remedy for a sore throat. Its polysaccharides soothe and coat mucus membranes by forming a protective film. Saponins give licorice expectorant powers that thin and loosen mucus in the airway, making coughs more productive. Flavonoids like isoliquiritigenin lessen lung inflammation.

Stomach Lining

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) can cause heartburn. Licorice soothes heartburn by increasing mucus production, which forms a barrier to acid in the stomach and esophagus. This also makes it an effective remedy for peptic ulcers. Peptic ulcers are painful sores that develop on the inside lining of the stomach and upper portion of the small intestine, usually caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium.

History

Licorice is a flowering member of the bean family. Roots are soft and flexible, and grow to a little over three feet long and half an inch wide. Their bright yellow inner color reveals high levels of flavonoids. Herbalists dry and powder the roots, or boil them into a thick juice to make candy. Licorice is one of the world’s oldest remedies. Traditional Chinese, Greek, and Middle Eastern medicine use it in an astounding number of herbal blends. It has a synergistic ability to enhance the efficacy of other herbs in a formula, and glycyrrhizin’s incredible sweetness masks the taste of more bitter herbs.

Licorice and Cinnamon

Nutratea herbalists combined equal amounts of licorice and cinnamon to create a tea that supports healthy, consistent energy levels. Licorice supports adrenal and hormonal health, while cinnamon prevents blood sugar spikes. They further complement each other because licorice cools irritated tissue while cinnamon warms the body. Pour yourself a hot, sweet cup of this licorice and cinnamon to restore normal energy levels or soothe a cold.