For our holiday gift, we combined herbal teas from four corners of the earth to create "harmony herbal tea."
NETTLE FROM OREGON
Nettle leaves, in their fresh state, can cause a painful sting when touched. Fortunately, once processed they are safe to eat and add an understated “green” flavor. Nettles can be eaten in salads or soups and have been used in European traditional medicine to treat digestive and skin problems.
PEPPERMINT FROM EGYPT
Peppermint has a direct connection with the flavors and smells of Christmas. Candy canes, after all, are flavored with peppermint. Traditional medicine uses peppermint for minor ailments and is thought to enhance memory and alertness.
LICORICE FROM INDIA
Licorice contains a compound that is 30-50 times more sweet than sugar. It is used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine. In Europe, it is often combined with mint, anise or laurel in the production of distinctly flavored sweets.
DANDELION FROM CROATIA
The English name “dandelion” is derived from the French “dent-de-lion” which means “lion’s tooth.” Dandelion has been used as an herbal remedy all around the world. It is employed to treat inflammation and is known as a diuretic. Our dandelion has been toasted, contributing a subtle warmth to the blend.
Who knows? Maybe a new tradition could be created with your unique herbal tea blend becoming an alternative to the standard holiday pumpkin-spice flavor.
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