The Tea plant, Camellia Sinensis, is what 'true' teas (white, green, oolong, black and pu'erh) are made from, not to be confused with the actions of many other hot infusions made from plants like mint or chamomile.
The Tea plant is known as a tonic plant or adaptogen, as it works holistically to build our natural resilience by helping us ‘adapt’ and respond more favourably to stress, whether internal or environmental.
These hand-harvested and carefully crafted teas from China contains a significant level of healthful nutrients, most notably a unique amino acid called L-Theanine, thought to be the key ingredient in its anti-stress qualities.
Reducing cortisol levels (the stress hormone) from the blood and increasing calming alpha brain wave activity, the nutrients in the tea can help return us to a centred state. L-Theanine is found to cross the blood brain barrier and regulate serotonin and dopamine levels in the body, improving our mood and productivity and providing us with a more balanced perspective as it synchronises the activity of both the left and right brain hemispheres.
Tonic plants are more generally used to prevent illness rather than try to fix it. The effects are cumulative, not a quick fix so we suggest adding it into your daily life and embracing it as a welcome ritual from then on in.
‘Medicinal’ plants are ‘the fixers’ and most herbal infusions will fall into this category. Medicinal plants are much more specific in their actions, so our herbal blends are named deliberately to help guide you as to their action. When struggling with something in particular- poor sleep, disturbed digestion or flagging energy- then a herbal blend, with its more targeted therapeutic effects, might be your first port of call to help get you back in balance.