What plants can you make tea from? | MNN – Mother Nature Network

By Ali Berman | October 28, 2015

Each plant offers its own flavor, so mix and match to find a blend that’s perfect for you.

A variety of leaves and herbs can be used in teas, and you can even grow them yourself. (Photo: patpitchaya/Shutterstock)

Teas and tisanes can be made at home using herbs, roots, seeds and leaves you can grow yourself or buy at the market. Look beyond Camellia sinensis, the evergreen plant that makes up so much of our tea, and see which plants can be harvested for a perfect cup.

All have different health benefits, and many can even be grown inside. Try one of these plants on its own or mix and match flavors for your own creations.

Bee balm

Bee balm gives tea a minty flavor. (Photo: Johnathan J. Stegeman/Wikimedia Commons)

Bee balm (Monarda didyma) is one of the more dazzling looking herbs. A member of the mint family, bee balm leaves are a delicious addition to homemade teas, and when grown in the garden, they attract pollinators like butterflies, hummingbirds and bees.

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A sip of tea could help build a healthier body

By Lisa McCoy | October 21, 2015

Tea has been cultivated for centuries, beginning in India and China. Today, tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, second only to water.

Regarded as a key to happiness and wisdom, researchers have also identified many health benefits of tea.

There are three main varieties — green, black and oolong. The difference is in how the teas are processed.

Green tea was the first to be studied for its health benefits. It is made from unfermented leaves, and reportedly contains the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols and other phytochemicals.

Oolong and black teas are oxidized or fermented, so they have lower concentrations of polyphenols, but their anti-oxidizing power is still high.

Brewing tea for five minutes will extract about 80 percent of its antioxidant capacity. These antioxidants might help prevent certain types of cancer. Also, substances in tea might help lower blood pressure or improve cholesterol. In addition, the polyphenols in tea might aid in blood-sugar regulation, which is helpful to people with diabetes or those at risk of developing it.

Tea might also be an effective agent in the prevention and treatment of neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. While many factors influence brain health, polyphenols in green tea might help maintain the parts of the brain that regulate learning and memory.

Green tea has a slightly bitter edge, so a weaker green tea brew could be more palatable. Black tea has the highest caffeine content and forms the basis for flavored teas like chai, along with some instant teas.

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A sip of tea could help build a healthier body

By Lisa McCoy | October 21, 2015

Tea has been cultivated for centuries, beginning in India and China. Today, tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, second only to water.

Regarded as a key to happiness and wisdom, researchers have also identified many health benefits of tea.

There are three main varieties — green, black and oolong. The difference is in how the teas are processed.

Green tea was the first to be studied for its health benefits. It is made from unfermented leaves, and reportedly contains the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols and other phytochemicals.

Oolong and black teas are oxidized or fermented, so they have lower concentrations of polyphenols, but their anti-oxidizing power is still high.

Brewing tea for five minutes will extract about 80 percent of its antioxidant capacity. These antioxidants might help prevent certain types of cancer. Also, substances in tea might help lower blood pressure or improve cholesterol. In addition, the polyphenols in tea might aid in blood-sugar regulation, which is helpful to people with diabetes or those at risk of developing it.

Tea might also be an effective agent in the prevention and treatment of neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. While many factors influence brain health, polyphenols in green tea might help maintain the parts of the brain that regulate learning and memory.

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Loose Leaf Tea Market offers natural remedies for stress relief 

By Allison Hurtado | October 18, 2015

The owners of Lose Leaf Tea Market in Ahwatukee Foothills say they often come across patients suffering from stress, but rarely do they know what’s causing it — or how many natural ways they can address the situation.

“It affects people in so many different ways,” said Kita Centella, co-owner of the shop which features herbs, teas and natural remedies for a variety of ailments. “Sometimes we have to work round about in order to help people identify it.”

Centella said many customers come in complaining of anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, a lack of energy or a low immune system. All are symptoms of stress, but all can be helped with some all-natural products.

Teas

One particular tea mix Centella recommends for people feeling wound up is Anxiety Relief, a tea with a blend of herbs that help naturally calm the body and mind.

Co-owner Nick Brown often refers people to a tea called Coffee Quitter.

“They may not get enough sleep, but they’re not getting enough sleep because they’re under too much stress during the day,” he said. “Because they’re not getting enough sleep they look for stimulants during the day like caffeine. The caffeine never gets out of their system so they can’t sleep, so they look for more stimulants when they wake up, like coffee. It’s a cycle.”

Coffee Quitter helps break that cycle by drastically reducing a person’s caffeine intake without causing a withdrawal.

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Loose Leaf Tea Market offers natural remedies for stress relief 

By Allison Hurtado, Ahwatukee Foothill News | October 18. 2015

The owners of Lose Leaf Tea Market in Ahwatukee Foothills say they often come across patients suffering from stress, but rarely do they know what’s causing it — or how many natural ways they can address the situation.

“It affects people in so many different ways,” said Kita Centella, co-owner of the shop which features herbs, teas and natural remedies for a variety of ailments. “Sometimes we have to work round about in order to help people identify it.”

Centella said many customers come in complaining of anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, a lack of energy or a low immune system. All are symptoms of stress, but all can be helped with some all-natural products.

Teas

One particular tea mix Centella recommends for people feeling wound up is Anxiety Relief, a tea with a blend of herbs that help naturally calm the body and mind.

Co-owner Nick Brown often refers people to a tea called Coffee Quitter.

“They may not get enough sleep, but they’re not getting enough sleep because they’re under too much stress during the day,” he said. “Because they’re not getting enough sleep they look for stimulants during the day like caffeine. The caffeine never gets out of their system so they can’t sleep, so they look for more stimulants when they wake up, like coffee. It’s a cycle.”

Coffee Quitter helps break that cycle by drastically reducing a person’s caffeine intake without causing a withdrawal.

Capsules

A popular capsule to help people relax naturally is Take a Chill Pill. This capsule (or liquid extract) contains a class of herbs called nervine. They’re very relaxing without being sedating, Centella said.

“It turns that stress knob down so you can take life as it comes with a much more relaxed attitude,” she said. “When you relax that tension it’s going to have so many other benefits. Your blood flow increases, your breathing deepens which will send more oxygen to your brain and your extremities. Your digestion will flow better. You’re also setting yourself up for a better night’s sleep.”

Another capsule option is Deep Adrenal. The tea contains a class of herbs called adaptogens which have the ability to protect the body from negative effects of stress.

For those looking for a sedative a capsule or liquid called Knock Out can help. It can help a person get to sleep and stay asleep through the night.

“The plants work with your body to restore balance rather than hijacking it,” Centella said. “Our bodies respond to things like light and dark. Our hormones will shift when it gets darker to ease us to sleep. The herbs help nature along more than the drugs, which will knock you out even if you take it at noon.”

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