While we’re not afraid of a little west-coast weather, cold and damp conditions are often accompanied by bugs like colds and the flus. An easy, natural, and delicious way to fortify your body against seasonal (and other) ailments is to consume herbal tea.
To get the ball rolling we thought we would give you a rundown on some of our top nutrient dense items that will help keep you feeling warm and nourished all through the season. We know you love our coffee (and we do too!) but let’s put a new focus on a few of our tea offerings and what they can really do for you!
Yerbe Mate is a tea all its own, with the strength of a coffee and the benefits of tea. Made from dried leaves of an evergreen holly tree in South America, it is widely used as a medicinal tea as well as a ritual tea. It contains 85mg of caffeine per 8 ounce cup as well as plenty of vitamins and minerals ( Vitamin A, C,E, calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Chlorophyll and 15 amino acids to name a few).
Yerbe mate has been linked to reducing the risk of diabetes and high blood sugar, increasing mental energy and focus, appetite control and improvement of allergy symptoms.
It contains polyphenols which work by inhibiting enzymes such as pancreatic lipase and lipoprotein lipase, both which play a role in fat metabolism. It is due to the presence of the polyphenols that yerba mate is linked to increase satiety as well as aiding in weight loss. With high amounts of vitamins and minerals it is also linked to healthier heart conditions, as well as increased protection of the cardiovascular system.
At Coyotes we have mixed this vitamin-packed tea with goji berries, seabuckthorn, carrots, rosehip and citrus in our Active blend. We’ve also created a Fitberry Blend with roobios, raspberry leaf, tulsi, chickweed and raspberry flavour. Both of these teas are an excellent source of Yerbe Mate’s benefits, as well as being tasty and nutrient packed!
Pau D’Arco is a tea made from the bark of the tree Native to South America. It can be used in healing teas as well as used topically for ailments such as pain and inflammation. Its properties may contribute to relieving symptoms of candida, viruses and cancers as well as promotes the healing of ulcers. Tests have been conducted with cancer patients and arthritis suffers to affirm its benefit on pain reduction. Pau D’Arco contains natural antiviral and antifungal compounds that are biologically active against harmful organisms. Not only is this bark linked to the benefits listed above but it also packs a powerful nutrient punch containing, selenium, quinoids, benzenoids and flavonoids, which help to rev up your metabolism and fight free radicals in the body. Earthy and mild, this tea is easy to add your shelf this season!
Lemon Balm has been used traditionally to improve sleep, reduce anxiety, heal wounds and promote longevity. Originating in the Middle East and Europe, this herb was classically used medicinally. Research has shown that it is effective at protecting the heart and liver from common diseases and can also naturally reduce PMS symptoms. Lemon balm can be consumed or used topically or aromatically. The aromatic benefits of Lemon balm are most helpful with mental clearing, reducing anxiety, as well as improving mood and sleep. Similar benefits can be seen when lemon balm is ingested. This is an easy herb to add to any of your favourite teas, or enjoy it on its own to help with a number of digestion upsets as well as anxiety and sleep.
The taste of fennel is distinct to say the least. Reminiscent of black licorice, this herb contains potassium, folate, calcium, and Vitamin C.
These nutrients help link it to antioxidant protection, anti-inflammatory properties as well as immune support. Fennel has also been linked to improved colon health. Although an acquired taste, this herb has a lot of benefits beneath the surface.
Today, nettle can be found worldwide, but originally was found in the cold regions of Europe and Asia. It’s commonly known for its skin irritating component – less well known are the many benefits this leaf has when brewed as a tea.
Tea made from the Stringing Nettle leaves is linked to allergy relief, pain relief from joint pain and arthritis as well as eczema relief. One of its claims to fame is its use as a remedy for bladder infection, and urinary tract infection.
Native to the Mediterranean, lavender is well known for its pleasant aroma and bright purple flowers. It is now cultivated all over the world and people are loving the benefits it brings. Long known for its relaxation properties, it is commonly used to help induce sleep, to aid in relaxation as well as to help with stress and anxiety. Its scent is used widely for shampoos, soaps, and fabric sprays, but it can also be enjoyed as a delicious tea.
Lavender tea is linked to helping with ulcers, indigestion, and nervous stomach issues. Try it in our Lavender Earl Gray to ease into the flavour, or enjoy it on its own as a purely herbal tea. This tea makes for a lovely London fog (tea with steamed vanilla milk) which is a warm and comforting way to relax before bed.
Known for its fresh flavour that helps you feel alert in the morning, peppermint tea is also known for its stomach healing properties. From an upset stomach to cramping and nausea, this tea has been linked to the reduction of gastro-intestinal symptoms.
On top of its ability to aid in stomach upset, it also linked to relaxation, reducing inflammation and is a natural breath freshener. Peppermint tea has been used for many years as a natural remedy, and on top that it tastes great. We recommend you enjoy it on its own or blend it with Lemon Balm to get double the benefits.
Native to Europe, Asia and North America, dandelion is known for being a pesky weed we can’t seem to get rid of. What isn’t as well known is that the roots and greens from this plant are packed full of nutrients that we can take advantage of! They are filled with antioxidants and have been linked to preventing free radicals in the body. Dandelion root has also been linked to reduced cholesterol. Try it alone, or blend it with some of our other offerings to reap the benefits of this nutritious root.
This root is native to North America and has been used as an herbal remedy for more than 400 years. It has been used as a natural alternative to traditional cancer therapies, and commonly used to prevent flu onset. It is also beneficial for infection, pain relief, and boosting the immune system. Echinacea root is more popular than you may have thought as a remedy for many flu and cold symptoms, and has a pleasant taste all on it own. It also blends excellently with other teas.
All of these herbal teas can be blended with your favourite go-to tea to get some added benefits out of your regular cup. We suggest a blend of aromatic teas such as ginger, peppermint, lavender or lemon balm as these have strong flavours that can mask the taste of any that you are not the fondest of.
The best medicine is a preventative medicine, and we believe if you add a few of these into your daily routine, you will be better equipped to take on flus, colds, and other ailments this year.
Come in and join us for a cup of tea, and learn all about our other tea offerings, gift (and of course coffee)!
(Note: this article is not intended to replace medical advice – please talk to your health care provider before undertaking any treatment program)