Orange Pekoe Black Tea

Camellia sinensis Part used: Leaf Energetics: Bitter-sweet, drying, astringent, warming Actions: Analgesic, anti-diarrheal, anti-emetic, anti inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, anti-viral, appetite suppressant, astringent, cardio-stimulant, diuretic, hepatoprotective, neuroprotective, stimulant Indications: Stress, mental fatigue, high blood pressure, stroke, coronary heart disease Orange Pekoe doesn’t refer to an orange-flavoured tea, but rather a particular grade of black tea that is […]

Rooibos

Aspalathus linearis Part used: leaves Actions: Anti-ageing, immunity booster, antiallergic, antianxiety, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, antioxidant, antiviral Indications: Headache, asthma, heart disease, eczema, high blood pressure, kidney stones, insomnia, stomach ache, colic Rooibos tea also called Red Bush is not actually a true tea and is made from the South African Cape fynbos plant, Aspalathus linearis. It […]

Bush Quandong

Santalum acuminatum Part used: Fruit, leaves, kernels Actions: Antimicrobial, antioxidant, purgative, immune boosting Indications: common cold, flu, cancer, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease, skin disorders such as skin sores, boils, itchiness Quandong, also known as native peach, is an Australian native fruit that was highly regarded by Australia’s first people. It was valued for its […]

Wattleseed

Acacia aneuro Part used: seed Actions: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, neo-collagenesis activity, humectant, anti- acne activity, endothemic activity Indications: flu, cough, colds, skin ailments such as wounds, dry skin, skin allergies, warts, boils Wattleseed is a very versatile ingredient. It has been a staple in Indigenous Australians’ diets for thousands of years and is a good source […]

Red Clover

Trifolium pratense Part used: Flower, Leaf Energetics: Neutral, slightly dry, slightly sweet Actions: alterative, anti-inflammatory, anti-tussive, blood thinning, expectorant, nutritive, phyto-estrogen Indications: Skin disorders – eczema, psoriasis, and ulcers, Respiratory conditions – spasmodic cough, bronchitis, Whooping cough Red Clover has been traditionally used to treat skin and respiratory conditions. It originates from Europe, Asia and […]

Basil

Ocimum basilicum Part used: Leaf Energetics: Pungent, sweet, bitter, warm Actions: Antidepressant antiseptic anti-inflammatory antimicrobial antispasmodic carminative Indications: Congestion, coughs, colds sore, throat, indigestion, dysentery, diarrhoea Since ancient times, Ocimum basilicum more commonly known as basil has been used both culinarily and medicinally. It has been traditionally used to treat respiratory disorders such as congestion, […]

Honeybush

Cyclopia intermedia Part used: Whole Plant Energetics: Slightly astringent and cooling Actions: antioxidant, antimutagenic, antimicrobial, phytoestrogenic, anti-ageing Indications: Cough, respiratory problems, digestive issues, dry skin, heart disease, diabetes and menopausal symptoms Honey Bush, so named because the flowers smell of honey, is traditionally used in South Africa for its positive effects on the urinary system […]

Schisandra Berries

Schisandra chinensis Part used: Fruit Energetics: Warm, dry, cooling and moistening Actions: Antioxidant, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, adaptogen, immune-modulating, hepatoprotective, antitussive, astringent, nervine, sedative Indications:  Mental and physical stress Oxidative stress, inflammatory disorders Liver toxicity, hepatitus & compromised liver function Hypercholesterolaemia Lowered immunity and cancer Memory impairment, Alzheimers Insomnia Gastrointestinal disorders including ulcers and gastritis Schizandra has […]

Matcha

Camellia sinensis Part used: Leaf Energetics: Bitter-sweet, drying, cooling Actions: Anti-inflammatory, antiarthritic, antibacterial, antiangiogenic, antioxidative, antiviral, neuroprotective, stimulant Indications: Stress, mental fatigue, high blood pressure, stroke, coronary heart disease Matcha is a high-grade, finely ground, concentrated green tea powder. Tea-powdering originated in China in the 12th century and has a long history of use in […]

Yerba Mate

Ilex paraguariensis Part used: Leaf Energetics: Astringent, bitter Actions: Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, astringent, diuretic, stimulant Indications: Urinary Tract Infections, kidney and bladder stones, depression, headaches, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, osteoporosis Known as the ‘tea of the gods’ in south America, yerba mate is said to possess more antioxidant benefits than green tea. The naturally caffeinated herb does not […]