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Kenneth Roberts

Kenneth Roberts

Monday, 10 November 2014 12:48

Sage: Health Wisdom of the Ages

Sage is known for so many benefits it would be hard to cover them all in one blog; however we’ll delve into a few here. I use sage in blending herbals because of its anti-inflammatory properties, its ability to affect the endocrine system, cleanse the blood, and provide powerful antioxidants.

One of our house blends called Nv Wa Do He Ya Da was created with a Pamunky Shaman for his wife. The blend has a Shri Lankan black tea with wild blackberry, our Ti Kuan Yin Oolong, ginger, hibiscus and sage. We have had several ladies remark on how Nv Wa Do Ha Ya Da helps relieve their night sweats and hot flashes. We have also had men say it raised their testosterone levels. Personally I just love the diversity of flavor notes that change as the temperature of the tea does.

Another house blend is our Wild Blackberry Shaman. Notes of dark, wild blackberries with malvo flowers, and sage. Wild Blackberry Shaman has a smooth flavor while also potentially being a blood cleanser and toner due to the sage. Sage also is warming to the blood as well making it a great tea for a cold day.

Sage is known to be an androgenic precursor in other countries and is often used for its ability to potentially help balance hormone levels. Femiginitea, one of our WellTEAing herbals created to address the easing and regulating of menstrual cycles, is comprised of rooibos and honeybush, raspberry leaf, and sage.

Sage contains one of the top antioxidants; studies have shown it may provide protection from degenerative diseases due to this antioxidant. Degenerative diseases include diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, macular degeneration, inflammatory bowel disease, osteoporosis, prostatitis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s for example. Sage also contains rosmarinic acid which is a very powerful anti-inflammatory compound which may make it useful for rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, bursitis, asthma, and atherosclerosis. Sage has antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties which may be helpful in fighting infections. Sage also aids in the digestion of fatty and hard to digest foods, as well as helping enhance attention span, concentration and focus. Although note none of the above is recognized by the FDA.

Sage, like all herbs, can have many different benefits and uses. It is all in how one herb is combined with another of similar traits and constituents. The beauty of herbs is that you can blend them into your favorite tea and enjoy a lifestyle that promotes health!

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 14:28

Chilly Weather Herbals For Protection

You can feel the chill in the air coming again, and this is the perfect time to build up the body’s natural defenses and immunity. The sinuses are reacting to changes in the plants, the immune system is responding to changes in diet and weather, and we are all scrambling to find relief. I tend to focus on true preventative measures at times like this. It is better to strengthen and support your body than it is to fix it once it is broken. 

As the weather turns to chillier days, I tend to drink chai style teas. Not just because they are warming, but because they offer incredible benefits to the immune system. Cardamom helps prevent and reduce the symptoms of colds and flu bugs. It is also a great anti-inflammatory and can help detoxify the liver and kidneys. Clove is a phenomenal anti-bacterial, anti-septic and anti-infectious herb that is actually stronger against a wider profile of bacteria than most commonly used antibiotics. Cinnamon has many of the same properties as clove and is also better than most antibiotics. Ginger has the ability to reduce inflammation in the mucous membranes of the body which helps with sinuses, joint pain and even Pleurisy infection in the lining of the lungs. White, black and green peppercorns are also great anti-inflammatories that are helpful for increasing circulation and cleansing the blood.

Our Chai Spice Mix is perfect to blend into your favorite teas or begin incorporating them into cooking. There are other herbs that you can even add to Chai spices for added benefits such as Fennel or Anise for digestive issues or stomach flu. Mullein and Sage are both great for the lungs.

For every illness or dis-ease there is an herb or proper nutritional level to aid in creating health. Whether you add an herb or two to a favorite tea or do one of our WellTEAing blends created specifically to help with this season like our DecongesTea or Defense Boost, a natural healthy option is easy to find here at Discover Teas. 

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