April’s Tea Box – 2014

This month we are sending you some seriously awesome teas with a special emphasis on properties that will help you get through allergy season. Our herbal blend is Aromatica’s Freedom Tea, a blend of both red and green rooibos. Rooibos is anti-inflammatory and can help reduce histamine release and the allergic response. Next, we have the perfect peppermint tea: Sonnentor’s Organic Peppermint. The benefits of peppermint extend well beyond its digestive properties; the essential oil acts as a decongestant, anti-inflammatory and mild antibacterial. The green tea is my personal favourite for this month: Florapharm’s Milk Oolong. This is one of the tastiest milky oolongs I have ever tried! Oolong tea is great for skin allergies such as eczema  while boosting your immune system overall. Lastly, this month’s black tea is Aromatica’s Apeldoorn’s Blend. Great for preventing allergies? No. But it is an incredible black tea and a fan favourite we have not featured for almost two years. Enjoy this month’s teas and let us know how well it aided in the fight.

Apeldoorn’s House Blend

Description: A perfect mellow and comforting black tea. Great for the morning or afternoon.

Ingredients: 2nd flush Assam black tea, ginger pieces, vanilla bean, and cinnamon.

Health Benefits: Most people don’t realize black tea comes with many of the similar health benefits as green tea, including reduced risk of stroke and heart disease, among many others. As well, black tea is said to increase energy, aid in digestive health and to promote healthy skin and hair. Black tea’s tannins are also great immunity-boosters.

Zeta, “Wow, a lovely surprise. A dessert, vanilla custard, apple spice black tea.”

 Freedom Tea

Description: Intense lemon taste in a caffeine free, high antioxidant base. What could be better? Only one thing: proceeds from this tea are donated to International Justice Mission Canada to fight human trafficking internationally.

Ingredients: Green rooibos, red rooibos, lemon myrtle, lemon verbena, and lemongrass, with just a hint of vanilla.

Health Benefits: This incredibly flavoured caffeine-free tea is growing quickly in popularity but did you know that it also contains high amounts of antioxidants? Although the antioxidants found in rooibos tea are different from those in green tea, they are still known to fight off free radicals in the body. Rooibos tea is also known to fight off cardiovascular disease, liver disease and lower blood pressure.

Michael, “Nice variety of lemon used. Very relaxing yet invigorating blend. Make a great ice tea as well.”

Milk Oolong

Description: When the temperature changes close to harvest time these leaves are picked. As we roll the leaves after we steam them over milk.

Ingredients: Fine hand-processed Formosa Oolong

Health Benefits: This tea, known in China as ‘black dragon tea,’ boasts many health benefits such as maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, aiding in weight loss, maintaining healthy teeth and bones, as well as reducing stress and promoting healthy skin.

Jenny, “Wonderful and smooth. Pure heavenly tea of paradise. Marzipan rich, yet so light!”

Organic Peppermint

Description: The perfect peppermint tea!

Ingredients: Organic Peppermint

Health Benefits: Did you know that peppermint tea has been used medicinally for centuries? It is known to improve digestive health, reduce headaches, support menstrual health, lower fevers, and reduce inflammation.

Darcy, “Big beautiful dried leaves, mild crisp flavour. Delightful!”