January is “Hot Tea Month” - and with good reason!
This month we are focusing on refreshing our minds and bodies. A hot and nourishing pot of our Herbal Teas is a big part of it, so we’ve put together a breakdown of why some of our favourite Herbal Teas ingredients are helping us do just that.
Without bias, lemongrass is one of our favourite ingredients. It has a vibrant flavour profile with mildly sweet, minty and lemony notes enhanced by a sharp finish. Rich in antioxidants, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, this ingredient is highly beneficial and used to promote a healthy lifestyle including aiding in digestion, and is even known to help kickstart the metabolism and regulate cholesterol.
Bael Fruit มะตูม
Bael fruit, sometimes referred to as “wood apple,” has a distinct and comforting smoky aroma with a hint of sourness. It is indigenous to South and Southeast Asia and is most widely known for promoting and maintaining a healthy digestive system. One of bael fruit’s great qualities is that it’s very high in vitamins A, C, B1, B2, carotene, potassium and calcium - to name a few! It’s great consumed as a hot tea or even prepared as a cold drink in the warmer months.
Pandan, or “screw pine” is an incredibly versatile and aromatic plant that offers a sweet floral fragrance. While used for centuries in Southeast Asia, the Western interest in pandan is growing due to its health benefits and excellent culinary properties. This ingredient is full of vitamins and antioxidants such as beta-carotene, vitamin c, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin and is known to help manage blood sugar.
Kaffir lime is a type of citrus native to various parts of Asia. While the fruit is extremely versatile, the leaves are what is used to make this ingredient perfect for tea. It boasts a uniquely tart and pleasant flavour that pairs incredibly well with lemongrass, and the leaves aren’t as bitter as those of a regular lime. This ingredient is highly respected in herbal medicine, with many health benefits due to its high content of beneficial organic compounds. Kaffir can help to improve oral health, maintain the digestive system, and lower inflammation while boosting immunity, with an added bonus in stress reducing properties.
With all of these incredible ingredients (and more) let us fill you in on our process of making the teas!
All of our teas are harvested from our organic farm in the north of Thailand and each step is done by hand. First, the ingredients are carefully handpicked, washed and sliced. Next they are laid out to dry in the sun for three days before being gently fire roasted. From here, our teas are packed straight from the roasting pan, directly to your tea pot!