Find out about the health benefits of our infusions.
The most important thing to remember with infusions is they are not actually tea and do not come from the camellia sinensis plant. Infusions are made using herbs, plants and spices, or mixtures thereof. Infusions can be anything from chamomile, to peppermint, to nettle tea. As such the list of health benefits they can provide is massive.
One of the key benefits of infusions is that they are naturally 100% caffeine free, making them perfect for people with a sensitivity to caffeine. Listen below of some of the infusion varieties we stock, an their corresponding health benefits.
Chamomile is a herbal infusion, made using the dried flowers and buds of the daisy-like plants of the family Asteraceae. Well known for it’s therapeutic properties, chamomile has been used as a home remedy for as long as written history denotes. It’s health properties include treating inflammation, muscle spasms, gastrointestinal disorders and haemorrhoids.
The most common kind of camomile found for sale is Matricaria chamomilla, a good source of antioxidants, as well as containing anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agents. The Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology, Dusseldorf, found that the anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile may be due to a content of 1 – 2% chamazulene and other flavonoids found to occur naturally in the flowers.
The sedative effects of chamomile are thought to be due to the presence of the flavonoid apigenin that binds to benzodiazepine receptors in the brain and works as a mild, natural sedative.
Peppermint contains carminative compounds, which aid in reducing bloating, gas and constipation. This works by allowing gas to move through your body, instead of building and creating discomfort. Peppermint also contains an antispasmodic, which aids in reducing nausea and vomiting. You will notice that many over the counter treatments for digestive health contain a peppermint extract. Peppermint may also be used for colds and sinus relief, as menthol, a substance that occurs naturally in peppermint is a decongestant, which can provide relief for sinus pressure.
It is worth noting that while peppermint infusions may be beneficial to women suffering from period cramps, it may not be beneficial during pregnancy, as it can cause uterine relaxation.
An example of a fruit infusion would be our Cloud Catcher tea. Fruit infusions usually dried or freeze-dried fruits to infuse into hot water, creating a drink from the essentials oils and juices released. One of the benefits of drinking fruit infusions (which don’t contain an actual tea) is that they are naturally caffeine free, perfect for those with a sensitivity to caffeine or looking to cut down on their caffeine intake.
Check out some of our Infusions.