The first tisane of our Chinese Herbalist Range has finally hit our shelves and what perfect timing.
Spring Tea is the blend that will have those of us who suffer hay fever breathing a sigh of relief. This combination of chrysanthemum flowers, forsythia fruit, mulberry leaf, peppermint, and liquorice root is a fresh and uplifting brew designed to allay the symptoms of spring-related allergies and colds. Based on the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), these herbs work to target imbalances in the body’s energy flow.
The herbs in Spring Tea have been specifically selected for their heat and ‘wind’ clearing functions. The concept of wind in particular is an abstract model for explaining the movement of pathogens and the feelings and effects associated with these disease-causing microorganisms. Wind can operate as both an external and internal force and is reflected in movement, e.g. shivering or changing symptoms. According to TCM theory, spring is when people are most susceptible to the effects of wind as this is when it is at its most potent.
Considered one of the ‘six evils’ of TCM, wind is unpredictable as it is capable of rapidly moving conditions and emotions around. Wind is evident in ailments such as fast spreading rashes, mucus issues, and sore throats — just some of the symptoms we experience when we suffer allergies or spring colds.
Spring is also the time for renewal and when growth energy is stimulated. The liver is most active in spring and as the energy channel (meridian) associated with spring, it is responsible for circulating the body’s energy. (In TCM, the liver, as with all the other organs, play an abstruse function compared to what we are familiar with in Western physiology).
However, if there is an imbalance in the liver meridian, the yang component of our yin and yang energy (the components that make up our ‘life force’) may flare up. Because yin is cold and yang is hot, too much yang energy will create increased heat. Liver heat may also rise to impair the functioning of the lungs meridian. When this happens it is called “Liver insulting the Lungs” and results in a greater susceptibility to allergens.
With a little more understanding on how the body is connected to its environment in TCM theory, we can recognise why certain conditions are targeted i.e. wind and heat. Plant remedies are an effective and natural way of reducing the effects of these disorders. Many of the ingredients in Spring Tea manifest their therapeutic actions in the liver and lung meridians and ease the symptoms of allergies and colds that can come about during spring.
The healing properties of the herbs used in Spring Tea are as follows:
Chrysanthemum: As a cooling ingredient, this flower helps in lowering high temperatures that occur from fevers or heat stroke and detoxifies as it purifies the blood. Chrysanthemum also contains antibiotic and antiviral properties and is high in vitamins B and C making it good for fighting the common cold. It is also well documented for its ability in maintaining eye health.
Forsythia Fruit: Another ingredient known for its heat clearing properties, this ingredient also dispels toxins and is effective in addressing skin conditions like redness, acne, and inflammation. Known for its antiviral benefits, forsythia fruit can help in treating fever and upper respiratory tract infections.
Mulberry Leaf: Acting similarly to chrysanthemum and forsythia fruit, mulberry leaf also helps in lowering body temperature, reducing inflammation, and promoting eye health. It has an antibacterial effect and has been found to help with controlling blood sugar and reducing cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
Peppermint: This familiar aromatic herb assists its herbal counterparts by also expelling wind and heat. As a result, it is particularly effective in clearing the head and eyes, clearing up rashes, and in terms of TCM, maintaining the liver meridian’s energy flow, which is particularly important in spring.
Liquorice Root: In TCM, liquorice root is aimed at replenishing vital energy (Qi), as well as clearing heat, detoxifying and modulating the harsh properties of other herbs. Not just complementary in beneficial properties, it also harmonizes the flavours of herbal blends with its subtle sweetness.
If the change from winter to spring has left you a little off balance or if allergies and spring colds are bothering you, Spring Tea could be just the counterbalance you need. Try some today – click here to purchase online.