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Caffeine-Free

Caffeine-free - it’s a key reason why the western world drinks infusions.

But what is caffeine and why should we be caffeine-free sometimes instead of supercharging?

It's an organic compound. It stimulates the CNS, a cognitive enhancer in fact [& why students drink more coffee at exams]. Proven to enhance physical performance too. But many can correlate insomnia with caffeine taken too late in the day and too much is considered bad for the health.

Here’s a fascinating thing - caffeine's feisty role in nature is unsurprisingly brilliant too - it’s found in leaves, nuts [e.g. cola], seeds and fruits. Why? It can protect a nut from being eaten by a predator. Persuade a bee to pollinate. Stop a competing plant from germinating.

Reason enough to try caffeine-free!

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Moringa Whole Leaf Herbal Infusion Pouch 30g

Net Weight: 30g

£18.00
Moringa, the “miracle tree” has been used for centuries in Asia due to its reputed medicinal properties. The leaves are a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Naturally caffeine free, a refreshing and earthy infusion.

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Moringa is a plant or a tree depending on the environment, found across the tropics of Africa and Asia, and is considered by some to be a ‘miracle’ tree.

Used medicinally for centuries across Asia, various parts are sold today as dietary supplements to aid a number of conditions. It’s a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and it’s thought to have antiviral, anti-depressant and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also naturally caffeine-free. A miracle plant indeed!
Our Whole Leaf Moringa comes from its native home in the foothills of the Himalayas in north-west India, from the Moringa Oleifera tree.

It’s an unusual looking tree with thickish branches from the base – it’s named from the Tamil word for drumstick, murungai – and the tree is sometime therefore called the Drumstick Tree!

It’s the leaves that are used to make Moringa ‘Tea’, but the fruit pods can also be eaten and an oil is extracted from the seeds too.
A yellow liquor in cup.

Has a grassy aroma.

An earthy, slightly bitter flavour, with a faint 'heat', reminiscent of radish or watercress.

Naturally caffeine-free.
Moringa is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breast feeding.
Quantity

3 GRAMS OF TEA LEAVES / 3/4 TEASPOONS

Temperature

210ML OF WATER AT 85ºC

Brewing Time

3 MINS BREWING TIME

Ingredients

Moringa Leaf Not recommended for women who are pregnant or breast feeding.

Storage

Store in a cool, dry place avoiding direct sunlight and strong odours. Once opened, store in an airtight container and consume within 3 months.

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The Tisane - or Herbal ‘Tea’

Many of the modern-day fruit and herbals are drunk from what we commonly call a tea bag. Hence the often described ‘fruit teas’ or ‘herbal teas’.


A more accurate description is ‘tisane’. It’s a catch all term - it simply means a drink made by infusing herbs, spices or other plants in hot water. The origin of the word is routed in the preparation - the word tisane in fact dates back to first use in 14th century Anglo-French, derived from Latin 'ptisana' and from Greek ‘ptisane’, meaning crushed barley – from ‘ptissein’, or crush. The barley would have been crushed in a mortar and pestle and then infused in water.


Today, tisane is the common descriptor for herbal and medicinal infusions in many countries. But the practice of creating tisanes for therapeutic or medicinal benefits dates back centuries to ancient Indian Ayurvedic, Egyptian and Chinese practices.
Ayurvedic is a Sanskrit term meaning ‘knowledge of life’ and Ayurverdic remedies have used the leaves of simple herbs like peppermint for centuries to aid digestion and alleviate other ailments.

The Chinese were the first to use ginger medicinally, possibly 5000 years ago, before it spread from southern China to the Spice Islands - the modern day Maluku Islands in Indonesia, made famous in the 1600s by The East India Company trading pioneers - and beyond.

And it was the ancient Egyptians who likely first used Chamomile to help sleep and even prevent colds. [Our whole chamomile flowers come from Egypt, still the best.]

Today tisanes including chamomile, peppermint, ginger and now ‘newer’ discoveries like rooibos [an African caffeine-free plant] and the moringa plant from Africa are consumed by hundreds of millions around the world daily. Whilst the great taste [of most] is undisputed, actual scientific evidence of the benefits of tisanes or infusions of the multitude of herbs, roots and spices is still surprisingly scant. Billions of people over centuries surely can’t be wrong?

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  • FAQ

    I've seen cold brew infusions on the market. Can I cold brew this infusion myself?
    Yes. Cold brew infusions can be wonderful = healthy and great value compared to the cold alternatives. Although the absence of heat means that the particles have less energy, are less agitated and therefore flavour / chemical infusion is a lot slower, they can often develop more complex flavours over this longer period of brewing. We always recommend starting with just a small amount of boiling water - just cover the tea or the tea bag, leave for 30 seconds and then top up with fresh, cold water and leave to develop for a day in the fridge. A spring of mint, a spoon of honey at the finish can be great. We have chosen the Hario Cold Brew Tea makers as part of our range and we recommend them highly for job.

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