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Tea is heavily steeped in traditions and cultures from around the world. Tea does not only become a beverage of choice (tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, after water) but it also becomes a way of life. Every culture has its own unique story of tea which makes it yet another reason for us to absolutely love tea!
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In the Middle East getting together for a cup of tea is all about hospitality, gathering around a table with friends, and drinking the afternoons away while playing card games or smoking a hookah.
In Japan, the honored tea ceremony is an elaborate ritual, as the tea master takes time to prepare and present matcha tea with artful skill that takes years to perfect.
In India, the most popular drink by far is masala chai, a black tea blended with spices for its Ayurvedic health benefits.
In China, tea was traditionally used as medicine and in the Golden Ages it was consumed for pleasure and artistic inspiration.
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Tea awakens the mind, helps us to stay aware. It tames the train of thoughts that is usually going through our heads when we have a lot going on. The act of drinking tea helps us to stay “in the moment” and at ease, and tea itself contains theanine which promotes relaxation. It also improves concentration, alertness and fends of fatigue. But do you know what’s in the tea you’re drinking?
Did you know that even if a tea *claims* that they are organic, you still have to worry about things like the materials the tea bags are made from?
Many tea bags are actually made from plastic or bleached materials which is then added to hot water risking the very toxins you are avoiding to head right back into your tea. Paper tea bags are also made using glues and more plastics which again means those toxic items are going straight into the tea you’re drinking. You even need to be cautious of the tea leaves themselves!
A study done by CBC News Canada tested popular tea brands like Lipton, and found high pesticide levels, some even over the allowed limit! Another concern is how long tea sits on shelves and if they grow mold over time. Most brands heavily spray their tea with pesticides to ensure unnaturally long shelf life. Yuck!
The tea you choose matters, more than you may have thought, especially if it is part of your everyday health routine.
Sanbe offers some amazing loose-leaf tea blends that support your various needs, and that are organic, fair trade, non-GMO, and never sprayed with pesticides.
ORGANIC MASALA CHAI TEA - LOOSE LEAF
A traditional Indian recipe that is spicy, sweet, full-flavored, and complex.
Our Teas are GMO-free, without irradiation, or synthetic preservatives. An exotic, spiced tea from the Himalayas of Northern India. Clove and ginger in masala chai are said to have anti-inflammatory properties, which help in relieving severe pains by increased circulation that delivers oxygen-rich blood cells to areas with aches and ease the symptoms.
CHAI TEA LATTE RECIPE:
Add 1-2 tsp of Masala Chai to 8oz of hot water and steep for 5 min.
Heat & froth 1/2 cup almond milk
Add 1 tsp organic honey and enjoy
ORGANIC MOTHERWORT & SAGE TEA
Cooling and slightly astringent infusion blend, helpful for anyone feeling overwhelmed and anxious.
Motherwort is used for heart conditions, including heart failure, irregular heartbeat, fast heartbeat, and heart symptoms due to anxiety. It is also used for the absence of menstrual periods, intestinal gas (flatulence), an over-active thyroid (hyperthyroidism).
Sage is rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds. It may promote brain health, improves mood, and support women's health.
Dandelion flower has antioxidant properties. Dandelion may also help improve the immune system. Herbalists use dandelion root to detoxify the liver and gallbladder, and dandelion leaves to help kidney function.
Chickweed can be taken for constipation, stomach and bowel problems, blood disorders, asthma and other lung diseases, obesity, a vitamin C deficiency disease called scurvy, a skin condition called psoriasis, rabies, itching, and muscle and joint pain.
Elderflower is used for swollen sinuses (sinusitis), colds, influenza (flu), swine flu, bronchitis, diabetes, and constipation. It is also used to increase urine production (as a diuretic), to increase sweating (as a diaphoretic), and to stop bleeding.
Lemon Balm can help relieve stress, reduce anxiety, and may boost cognitive function. Lemon balm is used in traditional medicine as both a sleep aid and digestive tonic.
Oat Straw is a wonderful ally for women for it strengthens bones, soothes the nervous system, stabilizes blood sugar, relieves depression by nourishing your pancreas, liver, and adrenals and keeps your teeth strong.
Raspberry leaf contains nutrients like calcium, iron, potassium, and vitamins A, C and E. But it is also rich in antioxidants. Notably elegiac acid, a polyphenol with anti-inflammatory properties.
PMS TEA - 100% ORGANIC HERBAL, CAFFEINE FREE
One week before your joy of womanhood comes visiting, begin drinking a cup per day, and continue a few days into your cycle. It will address night sweats, PMS headaches, menstrual cramps, nausea, bloating, emotional unsteadiness, and breast tenderness. This blend contains no caffeine, if that just isn't doable for you, I suggest purchasing a small baggie of our hand-rolled Green Tea Leaves - you can add it to this blend to give yourself a bit of a caffeine kick to get you through your day.
NATURALLY SHOWN TO:
Reduce Night Sweats
CHAMOMILE FLOWER TEA
Chamomile actually boasts tons of surprising health benefits, from better sleep and digestion to subdued anxiety and improved skin. Chamomile is a very gentle, supportive herb for all ages that you can consume daily.
Studies have shown that drinking chamomile tea may increase body levels of a chemical called hippurate, a natural immune booster. It is believed that regularly consuming tea made with chamomile may strengthen the immune system, making it easier to fight off common illnesses.
It also has stomach-soothing properties that may relax muscles to improve sluggish digestion, settle unpleasant gas, lessen stomach pain, and soothe general digestive discomfort.
With all of the benefits that chamomile tea has to offer, it makes sense to have this aromatic herb as a staple in the kitchen, particularly enjoyed in a hot infusion at bedtime.