Continuing our focus on proactive natural healthcare, we are introducing two more medicinal teas! Remember that our teas have no "filler" items and all ingredients work together to benefit health. The first is Immuni-tea and it is just in time for the upcoming cold and flu season. We have used Elderberry as a primary ingredient as this is a Native American plant that is rich in antioxidants and prized for its healing properties, especially in the upper respiratory tract. It provides a naturally fruity flavor. To this, we add Echinacea and Goldenseal for the immune system and for inflammation of mucous membranes. When combined, these two herbs have a synergistic effect. Cat's Claw and Astragalus are added to boost the immune system, and we finish with Rosehips for vitamin C and Chamomile to soothe the system. We recommend steeping this tea for 10 minutes to maximize the herbs, and increasing the acidity of the tea with a squeeze of fresh lemon may enhance the beneficial effects.
To support the immune system, we suggest one cup daily in the morning during cold and flu season. This may be increased to one cup every two hours as needed.
We have also added ZZZ-tea to our collection. This was a fun but difficult tea to finish as we had to be careful not to conduct our testing in late afternoon...we did not want any drowsy drivers! ZZZ-tea has a non-caffeinated rooibos base that acts as a potent anti-oxidant to help promote the natural recuperation that occurs during sleep. Chamomile has a featured role as it is the superstar of night time teas for soothing and calming, and then we add lavender and lemon balm to promote relaxation and hops to help with anxiety and sleeplessness. Each individual has a unique response to herbal blends, so we suggest not using alcohol or sleep aids in addition with ZZZ-tea. ZZZ-tea is best enjoyed one hour before bedtime.
We have these available now as the weather is cooling and perfect for hot tea.
Healthy living with John Hollis Pharmacy from Cindy Franklin, staff pharmacist.