Today, I would like to spotlight our Hearty Berry Delight Tea. It is a delicious tea containing herbs historically known to strengthen the heart, cleanse the blood, and boost the immune system. It is high in vitamin C and is great for prevention and fighting the flu. It tastes great hot or cold.
Let’s take a look at this wonderful tea.
Red clover blossoms and leaves
Hibiscus is used for its sweet and sour flavor, and its red color. Hibiscus is full of antioxidants that can help prevent cancer, aging, and certain eye diseases. It has vitamin A, vitamin C, Vitamin B1, B2, and B9, and also calcium, Iron, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, and copper.
Vitamin C supports cardiovascular health, collagen production, and helps in the development and maintenance of blood vessels, cartilage, and scar tissue. Vitamin B1 helps the body get energy from food and with the nervous system. With all the vitamins and minerals in hibiscus, it is helps with electrolyte and PH balance in our body, making it a natural “Gatorade” drink of choice!
Red Clover is said to help fight infection, purify the blood, is an expectorant, antispasmodic, and has relaxing effects. Historically, it has been used for bacterial infections, coughs, bronchitis, inflamed lungs, inflammatory bowel disorder, kidney problems, liver disease, skin disorders, and weakened immune system. Red Clover contains 17 different phytochemicals, including beta-carotene, caffic acid, and salicilic acid. It also contains calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B3, C, and E.
Hawthorne Berries are known as the heart herb. It has been used to help regulate high and low blood pressure, arrhythmic heartbeat, and irregular pulse; prevents hardening of the arteries; treats arteriosclerosis; and cools inflammation of the heart muscle. Used regularly, it is said to strengthen the heart muscle and the nerves to the heart. Studies show that hawthorn speeds recovery from a heart attack and strengthens the heart. It also forestalls the onset of coronary disease. No other herb provides the same nourishing regeneration to the heart. Best to use with or just after meals to avoid nausea.
Elderberries contain compounds that inhibit the enzyme flu viruses from penetrating cell membranes and also prevent the virus from invading respiratory tract cells. Historically, the flowers and leaves have been used for pain relief, swelling, inflammation, to stimulate the production of urine and to induce sweating. In folk medicine, the dried berries or juice are used to treat influenza, infections, sciatica, headaches, dental pain, heart pain and nerve pain, as well as a laxative and diuretic. The berries can also be cooked and used to make juice, jams, chutneys, pies and elderberry wine. Elderberries are high in nutrients, including antioxidants and Vitamin C.
Ginger is a strong antioxidant that protects the liver and stomach. Ginger root is known to fight inflammation, cleanse the colon, stimulate circulation, and reduce spasms and cramps. Ginger root has amino acids, calcium, essential fatty acids, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3, and C. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Essential fatty acids that humans need are omega-3 and omega-6, and both are found in ginger root! Ginger also acts as an immune response enhancer, relieves gas and bloating, and promotes the production of saliva. To soothe a sore throat, just chew on the raw root. Studies have shown that it has protective effects on the brain. This is why it is so effective for migraines as well. Ginger promotes healthy blood pressure and may help osteoarthritis and muscle aches.
Stevia is the sweetening ingredient in our Vitamin C Tea, but it is not just a sugar substitute, it is medicine as well! If taken in a natural form, stevia is said to alleviate blood pressure, benefit weight loss, help prevent cancer, aid in managing diabetes, is useful in treating eczema and dermatitis, boosts bone health, reduces risk of osteoporosis, and helps prevent cavities and gingivitis. Nutritionally, stevia has calcium, potassium, beta-carotene, magnesium, iron, fiber, vitamin E, and vitamin C. It is 40 times sweeter than sugar, and is a wonderful herb to add to your regimen, as it is a food and a medicine in one.
Orange peel is known for its affect on our mood and well being. It is excellent for those who are down or dealing with depression. Nutritionally, it contains folate, folic acid, niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, Thiamine, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Apha Tocopherol, Calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, zinc, and protein. Orange peel also contains components that are anti-cancer, anti-allergy, protect against rheumatoid arthritis and are heart healthy.
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Amy Willis M.H.