Tart and fruity hibiscus accentuated by citrus notes of lemon verbena and lemon myrtle, with the smallest hint of spice from Holy Basil. This is an excellent iced tea with great health benefits.
Health Benefits of Purple Tulsi
Holy basil is prized for its healing properties. It is originally from India and is used in Ayurvedic medicine as an “adaptogen” to counter life’s stresses. It is considered a sacred plant by the Hindus and is often planted around Hindu shrines. The Hindu name for holy basil, Tulsi, means “the incomparable one.” Medicine is made from the leaves, stems, and seeds.
Holy basil is used for the common cold, influenza (“the flu”), H1N1 (swine) flu, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, earache, headache, stomach upset, heart disease, fever, viral hepatitis, malaria, stress, and tuberculosis. It is also used for mercury poisoning, to promote longevity, as a mosquito repellent, and to counteract snake and scorpion bites.
There are three varieties of tulsi: Rama Tulsi (Green Leaf Tulsi), Krishna Tulsi ( Shyama Tulsi or Purple Leaf Tulsi), and Vana Tulsi (or Wild Leaf Tulsi). Of the three varieties, Purple Tulsi is considered the most beneficial.
Lemon Myrtle Health Benefits
Lemon myrtle is a flowering plant native to the subtropical rainforests of southeast Queensland, Australia. Lemon myrtle’s botanical name is Backhousia citriodora and its common names include lemon scented ironwood, sweet verbena tree, lemon scented myrtle, sweet verbena myrtle, lemon scented backhousia and lemon scented verbena.
The key ingredient in lemon myrtle is the high concentration of citral in its leaves. Citral comprises 90-98% of the essential oils in lemon myrtle, as opposed to less than 10% in lemons and limes.
Citral possesses anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is non-acidic, and high in anti-oxidants. Traditionally, lemon myrtle has been used to treat muscle cramps and spasms, rheumatism, headaches and fevers.
Lemon Verbana: Health Benefits
Lemon Verbena has many names, such as lemon scented verbena, lemon beebrush, verbena triphylla, lippia citriodora, etc. It is native to Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, and Peru. It grows to a height of ten to fifteen foot tall and gives off a strong lemony scent.
Lemon verbana is valued for the following health benefits: strengthening the nervous system, de-stressing, anti-spasmodic, expectorant, digestion aid, easing colic, reducing fevers, relieving spasms of digestive track (colon)
Rose Hips, A Natural Tonic
Rose hips contain vitamins C, E, and K, calcium, citric acid, iron, niacin, phosphorus, tannin, vitamin A, B1, B2, and P. As a natural stimulant it gently allows movement of the bowels, as diuretic rose hips cleanse the urinary system, as a pectoral hips are a remedy for pulmonary and other lung diseases, and as a tonic the rose hips strengthen organs.
Rose hips benefit skin, the immune system, as well as the bladder. Studies have shown that rose hips can help prevent the development of kidney stones and prevent diarrhea. Additional studies have proven rose hips are helpful to the circulatory system, respiratory system, the thymus gland and as a blood cleanser.