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Herbal Leaves

The green leafy parts of plants are considered herbs. Every other part of the plant, including dried bark, roots, berries, seeds, twigs, or anything else that isn't the green leafy part, is considered a spice. Spices are used in dried form while herbs can be used either fresh or dried. Spices start to lose their flavour when they are ground. So whenever possible, it's best to grind your own spices immediately before using them, rather than using spices that are already ground. You can use a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle for this purpose. While spices don't actually spoil or rot, they will lose their flavour over time. Whole dry spices can last for up to two years if stored properly. Spices last longer when stored in a cool, dry location. An enclosed spice rack or storing them in an opaque container will help your spices keep their flavour longer.

  • Herbal Yerba Mate

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    Herbal Yerba Mate

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    The Tea Leaf

    Herbal Yerba Mate

    $5.50

    Brazil

    Yerba Mate is an herb prepared from the leaves of a South American bush. Yerba Matte is called “The drink of the gods” by many of the indigenous people of South America who have brewed it for centuries. Mate is rich in caffeine, with a light, smooth, green vegetal taste. Mate leaves are processed somewhat like tea leaves, but unlike most tea, the leaves are allowed to age in order to enhance the flavour of the mate.

    Bring water to a boil. 1 tsp per 6 oz cup. Infuse for 5-10 minutes.

    Contains Caffeine.

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  • Herbal Yerba Mate Lemon

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    Herbal Yerba Mate Lemon

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    The Tea Leaf

    Herbal Yerba Mate Lemon

    $6.00

    Brazil

    Yerba Mate is an herb prepared from the leaves of a South American bush. Yerba Matte is called “The drink of the gods” by many of the indigenous people of South America who have brewed it for centuries. Mate is rich in caffeine, with a light, smooth, green vegetal taste. Mate leaves are processed somewhat like tea leaves, but unlike most tea, the leaves are allowed to age in order to enhance the flavour of the mate.Yerba Mate is an herb prepared from the leaves of a South American bush. The presence of all natural lemon flavoring adds an incredible layer of sweet and sour citrus that fills out the cup and lingers on the finish. You won’t find a more pleasing after dinner drink anywhere. Light and smooth taste.

    Bring water to a boil. 1 tsp per 6 oz cup. Infuse for 5-10 minutes.

    Contains Caffeine.

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  • Herbal Lemongrass

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    Herbal Lemongrass

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    Herbal Lemongrass

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    Thailand

    Air and sun dried. A sweet lemon taste profile. Used in teas to impart a lemon character without the tangy flavour. Bright, pale infusion with a subtle yet complex aroma. This perennial herb, native to Southeast Asia is noted for its lemony scent and ginger undertones. The lemony flavour is used to flavour everything from curry to Thai milk shakes. Aside from its myriad uses as a culinary ingredient, the people of Thailand have for centuries prized the plant for its many purported medicinal uses. Thai folk remedies for ailments ranging from fevers to muscle cramp all use the herb as a base ingredient. In Thailand, tea made from the plant is thought to calm the nerves, and restore the spirit. Lemongrass can be brewed on its own, or used as an excellent additive to other blended teas. An exotic taste of Southeast Asia.

    Bring water to a boil. 1 tsp per 6 oz cup. Infuse for 5 minutes.

    Naturally Caffeine Free.

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  • Herbal Lime Leaves

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    Herbal Lime Leaves

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    Herbal Lime Leaves

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    Thailand

    Thailand 1st Grade Natural dried and cut. Deliciously musky with sweet and strong citrus notes. Tending yellow green. In Thailand the source of these dried lime leaves, they’re known as “Makrut” (previously known as Kaffir Limes). Lime bushes feature prominently in most family gardens. In Thailand, every meal features the complete spectrum of flavours - spicy and sweet, sour and tangy, hot and cold. The lime and its pungent and aromatic leaves add balanced layers of sweetness to soups, salad rolls, grilled meats, curries, noodles and fish. Lime leaves are said to be an excellent digestive aid. Dried Lime Leaves makes an excellent component in custom loose tea and herbal blends, adding a layer of exotic citrus to the cup. High in antioxidants and vitamin C.

    Bring water to a boil. 1 tsp per 6 oz cup. Infuse for 5-6 minutes.

    Naturally Caffeine Free.

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  • Herbal Honeybush

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    Herbal Honeybush

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    Herbal Honeybush

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    Africa, South Africa

    Honeybush is native to the Cederberg District (the Eastern Cape) of South Africa. Honeybush is caffeine free, high in antioxidants, and has a wonderfully sweet, very slightly astringent flavour with overtones of honey - the overall flavour is very unique and has been compared to hot apricot jam or a dried fruit mix. Although Honeybush is traditionally enjoyed piping hot, over ice it makes an incredible summertime refresher.

    Bring water to a boil. 1 tsp per 6 oz cup. Infuse for 3-7 minutes.

    Naturally Caffeine Free.

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  • Herbal Sage Leaves

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    Herbal Sage Leaves

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    Herbal Sage Leaves

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    France, Turkey

    Grade A. Traditional process. Small batch crafted. Air and sun dried. Savoury hints of sweetness, spice, tending mildly astringent with citrus overtones. Tending slightly dry. Light yellow with hints of green. For thousands of years, cultures around the world have believed that ingesting sage can enhance clarity of both the mind and spirit. It has been said that adherents of Ayurveda believe that among its many Ayurvedic actions, sage has the power of Medhya, a tonic for the brain. Sage Tea or infusion of Sage has had a long history of use to treat sore throats and coughs. It is said to be particularly noted for strengthening the nervous system, improving memory, and sharpening the senses. Others say the most important aspect of sage is its fantastic flavour. Fragrant, and warm, sage is used to enhance everything from meats to pickles and cheeses the world over. From France and Turkey, this fabulous dried sage is one of the finest herbs found anywhere in the world. Delicious hot or cold.

    Bring water to a boil. 1 tsp per 6 oz cup. Infuse for 5 minutes.

    Naturally Caffeine Free.

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  • Herbal Tulsi Organic

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    Herbal Tulsi Organic

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    Herbal Tulsi Organic

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    India

    Also known as "Holy Basil,"  tulsi is an herb used in Ayurveda, and in some herbal and true tea blends. Throughout India, Tulsi is acclaimed as "The Queen of Herbs" and is revered as a sacred plant. Tulsi makes a delicious and nourishing herbal tea, abundant in a vast array of health benefits. Tulsi's life-enhancing qualities, repeatedly noted in ancient Indian scriptures date back over 5,000 years. Tulsi has been revered as one of the most sacred herbs in India, infused with restorative power. In India today, it is still grown in an earthenware pot in every family home or garden and the leaves are used to make a delicious and refreshing tea. The tulsi plant is a close relative of culinary basil. It is said that, common uses of tulsi include treatments for Asthma, bronchitis, colds, congestion, coughs, and similar ailments, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, diabetes and blood sugar imbalances. One easy way to consume tulsi is to make an herbal infusion. Tulsi "tea" is caffeine free and can be safely consumed up to six times a day. Savoury hints of sweetness, spice, tending mildly astringent with citrus overtones. Delicious hot or cold.

    Bring water to a boil. 1 tsp per 6 oz cup. Infuse for 20 minutes.

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  • Herbal Lemon Myrtle

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    Herbal Lemon Myrtle

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    Herbal Lemon Myrtle

    $8.00

    Australia, Queensland

    Lemon Myrtle is a tree that grows naturally in the Australian coastal regions like Queensland and New South Wales. Despite its citrus scent and flavour, Lemon Myrtle is not acidic, giving it a wide range of options when used to enhance or complement a meal. It is high in antioxidants. It is high in minerals like calcium, zinc and magnesium, and has a healthy helping of vitamins A and E. Lemon Myrtle makes a great herbal infusion on its own or added to your favorite green or black tea. It can be served hot or cold. 

    Bring water to  a boil. 1 tsp per 6 oz cup. Infuse for 5 minutes.

    Naturally caffeine free.

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  • Herbal Spearmint Organic

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    Herbal Spearmint Organic

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    Herbal Spearmint Organic

    $8.00

    USA

    Certified organic from the Pacific Northwest, this herbal literally takes your breath away. 1st Grade, Autumn Harvest, Cut and Sifted. Traditional process. Small batch crafted. Air and sun dried, Pasteurized. Piquant with a mouth-tingling fresh and lively character. Tending greenish with bright green. Infused Mint has an amazing variety of colours and aromas. The basic aroma is fresh, piquant and peppery, but can vary with each type of mint. Spearmint is highly appreciated for its digestive properties and its ability to relieve nausea especially due to motion sickness. Quite often it is also used to find relief from headaches and tension. Inhaling the steam from a double strength infusion will help relieve nasal congestion. Mint is lovely when blended with lime, but also works marvelously with balm, green anise, orange blossom and licorice. Mint is a traditional drink in North Africa and the Middle East and is always served to welcome friends, family or visitors from afar. It is very often prepared using green tea - generally gunpowder tea.  Pungent, cool and fresh. Great served hot or over ice.

    Bring water to a boil. 1 tsp per 6 oz cup. Infuse for up to 10 minutes.

    Naturally Caffeine Free.

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