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Guayusa Tea Ilex Guayusa
Guayusa is the dried leaves and stems of a South American rainforest holly which is a close botanical relative to Yerba Mate. A tall tree native to the upper Amazonian regions of Ecuador, northeastern Peru, and southwestern Columbia, guayusa has been collected only rarely by botanists and is known almost exclusively as a cultivated plant. Traditionally, the indigenous cultures of Ecuador boiled guayusa leaves in water and drank the tea for its stimulating effects. Indigenous hunters often drink guayusa to sharpen their instincts and refer to it as the “Night Watchman” since it helps them stay awake and alert all night. There is also anthropological evidence that this herb may have been traded, as famous Harvard ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes found a 1500-year-old bundle of guayusa leaves in a shaman’s tomb high in the Bolivian Andes, far beyond the natural range of the plant.
Shade grown guayusa leaves are far more nutritious and tasty compared to sun grown guayusa. This difference is obvious just by glancing at the color of the dried material. Shade grown guayusa is a bold dark green, while the sun grown leaves are much more pale and are lacking in flavor.
Aroma And Taste
A full bodied green taste with a slight grassy character.
Brew Time And Color
5-7 minutes average, cloudy green similar to brewing Yerba Mate
4 oz. – $9.00
Holy Basil Chai
A spicy, caffeine-free herbal chai with a robust floral aftertaste. Much of the diverse character of this unique chai is derived from generous amounts of holy basil, an important Ayurvedic herb that is responsible for the sweet floral flavor. In addition to the traditional warming chai herbs, long peppers and fennel seed combine to impart a distinctive flavor that you won’t soon forget.
Aroma And Taste
A stunning balance between a warming spiciness and a sweet, smooth aftertaste, with a robust floral aroma and hint of spicy earthen notes
Brew Time And Color
Amber 4-5 minutes
4 oz. – $9.25
St Johns Wort Powder Hypericum perforatum
Hepericum perforatum is one of many species known commonly as St John’s Wort, and is the species most commonly associated with herbal medicine. It is native to Europe but has since been naturalized to other temperate climates around the world, with particular prominence in North America. The plant is a creeping perennial, producing star-shaped yellow flowers containing long, abundant stamens. St John’s Wort is traditionally harvested near the beginning of the flowering cycle on St John’s Day, which falls annually on June 24th. The flowers continue blooming throughout the summer and may be freely harvested throughout the season.
Considered a holy herb, St John’s Wort was employed for a number of folkloric uses during the Middle Ages. It was once believed that the herb helped to protect people from curses, demons, and lightning.
Hypericin and related compounds, rutin, bitters, and tannins.
Traditionally used as a tea, sometimes available in tea bags; also used to make a red St. John’s oil for use in liniments and lotions, but only from fresh material. May also be administered as a capsule or extract for convenience.
St John’s Wort is traditionally used to support healthy mood and promote emotional well-being. Numerous clinical trials have studied the efficacy of St John’s Wort in this capacity, with most of them showing positive results that are comparable to conventional treatments.
Specific: Not to be used during phototherapy. May decrease the blood levels of certain orally administered drugs. Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before taking with medications.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
4 oz. – $4.25
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