Green tea (Camellia sinensis) is one of nature’s natural detox herbs. It is alkalising so will help anybody on an acidic diet (coffee, processed foods, meat… basically all the things we like). Green tea is made from un-oxidized leaves and is not allowed to ferment like black tea so therefore contains lots of antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols.
Cardamom is now classed as one of the superfoods and has properties which is used in herbal practices for those who want help to curb their sweet cravings. Cardamom controls sugar cravings. It does this by stabilizing blood sugars and that helps curb those cravings. Let’s face it, the reason we put on weight is because we snack too much on the wrong types of foods that are high in sugar and salt. For any weight loss program to be successful stopping cravings for sweet foods is a must. Cardamom eases stomach bloating because it helps balance gut flora which will boost your digestion of foods, when combined with hibiscus it can help speed up the fat burning process with its high levels of melatonin by helping your body get rid of it more efficiently and both are good for lowering cholesterol as well. Cardamom is a nutritional superfood. It contains vitamin A, vitamin C, copper, iron and other micronutrients.
Ginseng is one of the five Adaptogen herbs which in lay-man terms strengthen the body’s energy and increase general resistance to daily stress. The ginseng we use has been used to improve performance and the ability to do work. It can also be used to treat sleep problems and the symptoms of infections caused by the herpes virus. Green tea and ginseng are associated with improved cardiovascular (heart) function. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, green tea can reduce both total and LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol. Green tea and ginseng can both help to control fluctuations in blood glucose levels. Green tea with ginseng may help stimulate the immune system, possibly preventing or treating a variety of infectious ailments.
Passionflower is used primarily for its calming effects on the body as is mint which is a very relaxing flavour. We are finding this combination is a great seller for teens heading into exams (as well as their stressed parents).
Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa) and green tea are another pair of ingredients that are a great combination have been used for centuries for weight loss and detox and the addition of a small amount of black tea aids this process while the cardamom helps with sugar cravings.
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