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22 July 2013

Safflower and Hibiscus: The Love Leaf Teas you’re going crazy for

We’ve seen a huge spike in sales of two particular teas this summer: Pomegranate and Hibiscus Tea, and our Safflower Petals Drinking Herb. Sound curious? It certainly did to us, so we did a bit of research into why these particular ingredients are flying off the shelves – and the results were amazing!

Safflower Petals
There’s been a run on Safflower petals after they’ve started to take the American world by storm. Rumoured to be great for your skin and a calming natural antidote to all sorts of other ailments, the drinking herb is flying off the shelves as people realise the health benefits after only a few cups.
‘In traditional Chinese medicine, Safflower is used to invigorate the blood, dissipate stasis, treat amenorrhea (absence of menstruation), pain, and soothe traumatic injuries.’
Source: http://www.healthline.com/natstandardcontent/safflower

Most people use the Safflower petals or seeds as a supplement – in our tea, we focus on the petals which can be drunk on their own or added to other infusions to create your own lovely blend. These tiny little florets look similar to pure Rooibos and have a deep red tint making them a perfect natural dye, too, if you’re a fan of reusing your loose petals for something else. Perfect for small swatches of fabric, natural food colouring or even making your own paint.

‘Researchers have also reported that when overweight, post-menopausal women consumed as little as 1.66 teaspoons of safflower oil daily, they significantly reduced elevations in both cholesterol and blood sugar – two health risks strongly associated with obesity.
More specifically, the study found that after just 16 weeks of daily dosing of the safflower oil, fasting blood sugar levels dropped by as much as 20 points, while cholesterol plummeted a whopping 14 percent – all without making any other changes in diet or lifestyle habits.’
Source: http://www.examiner.com/article/study-shows-safflower-oil-has-health-benefits-for-women

Of course, Safflower isn’t as much of an ‘easy way out’ as this study would suggest – we recommend adding one or two cups a day to your daily fitness and health regime, or drinking some of an evening instead of a caffeinated coffee, tea or energy drink. Enjoy!

(If pregnant or trying for a baby, please consult your doctor before using Safflower as a medical supplement)

Pomegranate and Hibiscus
Originally from Angola, Hibiscus is now cultivated throughout tropical and subtropical regions, especially in Sudan, Egypt, Thailand, Mexico, and China. Mixed in with our finest pomegranate tea, the flower not only boasts a huge range of health benefits but tastes absolutely incredible too.

‘In Egypt and Sudan, hibiscus is used to help maintain a normal body temperature, support heart health, and encourage fluid balance.
‘North Africans have used hibiscus internally for supporting upper respiratory health including the throat throat and also use it topically to support skin health.
‘In Europe, hibiscus has been employed to support upper respiratory health, alleviate occasional constipation, and promote proper circulation.
‘It is commonly used in combination with lemon balm and St John’s Wort for restlessness and occasional difficulty falling asleep
Source: http://www.gaiaherbs.com/articles/detail/42/The-Surprising-Health-Benefits-of-Hibiscus

Our teas are all special in their own way but these two are really the cream of our crop! And what better place to buy your most effective health products from than a retailer that offers you 10% discount on your first online purchase. So, what are you waiting for? Go off and find your perfect cuppa.

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