Tea of the month: Kick up the bum

What's in it?

Ginger root (China)

This ginger is steam sterilised to preserve freshness and taste.

Originally from Asia, ginger has been used for its medicinal purposes for nearly 2,000 years by various cultures. It contains high levels of Vitamin C, magnesium and other minerals.

Orange peel

They can have an intense orange and bitter flavour if infused for too long, but the latter is the result of the many flavonoids that orange peels contain.

- rich in antioxidants

- lower high blood pressure and cholesterol

- anti-inflammatory properties

- compounds in oranges may have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy and heart-healthy effects

- orange peel contains higher amounts of certain nutrients, like vitamin C, than its flesh

 3.5 ounces of orange peel provides 136 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C, while the flesh contains about 71 mg

- orange peel also contains considerable amounts of calcium, copper, magnesium, vitamin A, folate and other B vitamins and dietary fibre

- the high levels of vitamin C are beneficial for your immune system, which may help you fight off respiratory illnesses like colds and flu

- improves digestion and speed metabolism, according to the principles of Ayurveda

Organic Guarana powder (Brazil)

Traditionally used to stay alert during hunts, Guarana is a great energy booster which can be of great service for those who are studying long hours or need to work extra hard for a period of time.

- suppresses the appetite while simultaneously making more energy available

Guaranine, the active compound, is very similar to caffeine, though the body apparently can process it more easily.

- can dispose of lactic acid build up quite efficiently, thus avoiding painful muscle spasms associated with lactic acid build up 

- some people have found it helpful in the treatment of migraines, especially of rheumatic nature, nervous headaches, exhaustion and depression


- one tablespoon of lemongrass has 0.4 milligrams of iron = 5% of the recommended daily intake for men and 2% for women

- the same portion also has 1% of the recommended daily intake of folate (3.6), potassium (34.7), magnesium (2.88g), zinc (0.11) and phosphorus (4.85)

- 0.3g Vitamin A - Note that all nutrients contents are estimates and will depend on the quality of the plant, how it's been processed, how it's stored, consumed, etc..

- has vitamin C, vitamin B-6, riboflavin and niacin, but you’d have to eat/drink an entire cup to gain a significant amount of these nutrients

- contains several flavonoids that function as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents.

Flavonoids can prevent damage to cells that can lead to long-term diseases such as heart disease or arthritis.

One flavonoid in lemongrass called luteolin has the ability to slow the growth and hasten the death of certain types of cancer cells, according to research published in the August 2012 issue of the “European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.” 

- the essential oils in lemongrass add to these benefits, as they also slow the growth of cancer cells, especially in liver and breast cancers and leukaemia, according to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Organic Yerba Maté 

Yerba Maté contains caffeine and is the South American equivalent of Coffee or Tea, however, its consumption is far more ceremonious.

Maté trees contain 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids and abundant antioxidants.

The dried leaves make an excellent and stimulating drink.

nervous system tonic (helps fight fatigue, nervous exhaustion and stress)

- enhances memory & focus

- counteracts stress-related headaches and depression

- can suppress appetite

- immune system stimulant

- anti-inflammatory 

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