Detox Tea: Lemon and Ginger Tea
Now that 2018 is well underway is it time that you started to think about what you want from this year? If, like many, you had a New Years Resolution you are now struggling to keep then let us help you. After all, going through a ‘detox’ doesn’t have to be as hard as everyone says it is, not when you choose on of our Detox Teas. But now, and most understandably, you might be wondering what we can actually offer you. The answer is simple: Tea, and a very special one at that.
You have likely heard, read, or seen on the news how tea is currently taking the world by storm owing to its potential health benefits. This is far from a secret, especially these days. In fact, in just 2017 alone, we were able to uncover some truly fascinating and potentially life-changing qualities to tea and its frequent consumption.
We learnt more about how tea can help with cardiovascular health, weight loss and even - although studies were almost entirely preliminary, tea can help with cancer. But some of the most interesting discoveries came from brews that don’t actually contain tea leaves. These are instead recognised as herbal teas (or ‘herbal tisanes’).
Detox Lemon and Ginger Tea
Immensely popular beverage for not just taste but also; and perhaps more importantly its health promoting properties. As the name might suggest, Detox Lemon and Ginger Tea is best applied to lifestyles striving for change.
Most of all, this herbal tea is blended in our Kent-based factory for the main purpose of detoxifying the body. But what does that actually mean? We have all heard the term slung around from time to time, but what is the science behind it? Lets begin with finding out what detoxification really is, and why it is so important.
What does ‘Detoxification’ Mean?
A ‘detox’ is more than a fad doing the rounds in all the gossip magazines. There is science to it, and also a method. Detoxification generally refers to the process of removing toxins from the body.
Most commonly, these toxins are remaining traces of alcohol in the system, which is why at this time of year, you will often see new research cropping up across the internet following the often-boozy period that is Christmas time. But nothing beats an all-natural detox, and this is what The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company can offer you through the use of our nutritious herbal tea.
Enjoying our Detox Lemon and Ginger Tea alongside a healthy and active lifestyle might be the key to clearing your system of nasty toxins. Furthermore, you might lose a few pounds along the way (win, win, surely?).
It is, however, important to do your own research as well. Detoxes require time and effort, and in order for the results to last, you must maintain an adequate and relatively strict exercise and dietary plan after you have completed your own, personal detox.
Not Just a Detox Tea
For many of our customers, Detox Lemon and Ginger Tea is their choice-brew year-round. Please don’t feel as if you can only have this tea for the sole purpose of detoxifying the body. After all, when a tea tastes this good, who would want to put it down.
Technically speaking, a detox should not be seen as a lifestyle unto itself, and should, by rights, be short-term. Yet this does not mean our Detox Lemon and Ginger Tea can only be enjoyed every now and again. Far from it, in fact. Just be aware of your calorie intake and what types of food you are eating.
Providing you do this, you may also treat this beverage as your new favourite herbal tea to be enjoyed no matter the occasion. But for the purpose of your detox, let’s now explore the ins and outs of this tea, and what it can offer you this new year.
What is Detox Lemon and Ginger Tea?
Don’t be fooled by the name as Detox Lemon and Ginger Tea contains not two, not three, not four, but five different beneficial ingredients. These are Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Ginger Root, Milk Thistle, and Dandelion Herb, all of which can also be enjoyed as individual herbal teas.
Combined, these incredible components work in harmony in terms of detoxification (as well as how they taste!). They likewise offer their own, special health benefits. To fully understand the makings of this tea, we must first explore the individual ingredients. So, what are we waiting for?
Not just a “pesky weed”, the dandelion is so much more. In fact, when it comes to the process of detoxification, this seemingly insignificant herb is potentially the most vital component found in our Detox Lemon and Ginger Tea.
The dandelion is botanically known as Taraxacum Officinale and belongs to the Asteraceae family, the same family as the daisy and the sunflower. It is a tap-rooted, perennial, herbaceous plant which is widely recognised as a ‘lawn menace’ despite its known medicinal qualities. It can often be found in gardens and fields, as well as by roadsides throughout Europe, Asia, and North America.
The hollow stem of the dandelion can reach heights of up to 17 inches (approx 43 centimetres), while the toothed leaves grow to lengths of 2 to 10 inches (approx 5 to 25 centimetres). These leaves are the reason we now know this plant as ‘dandelion’. The word is a French translation of “dent de lion”, meaning ‘lion’s tooth’. This is in reference to the plant’s distinct foliage.
The dandelion plant is well-known for producing a yellow-orange flower that consists of a large number (sometimes upwards of 200) of individual, miniature flowers called ray florets. Once pollination by bees or other insects has taken place, each fertilised floret produces a seed called an achene.
Each seed pushes up through the floret and develops a feathery filament called a pappus. When viewed collectively on the seed head of the dandelion, the filaments essentially look like a white puffball. The seeds of the dandelion have parachute-like dispersal qualities (great fun for children and adults alike) and can, once taken by the wind, travel an astounding 5 miles (8 kilometres) from their original position.
There are a number of dandelion components that can be used in the creation of herbal teas. These are the dandelion leaves, the dandelion stem, the dandelion flower, and the dandelion root (basically, near enough all of it!). Historically, all of these components have a closely knitted history with Native American culture in particular.
The Iroquois once ate boiled dandelion leaves for improving digestive health. The Ojibwas, meanwhile, enjoyed Dandelion root Tea for heartburn relief. Menstrual discomfort was combated with the use of dandelion blossoms among Kiowa women, and the Mohegans drank Dandelion Tea daily to maintain energy leaves and also to provide relief to stomach aches and constipation. We use the leaves and the stem in our Detox Lemon and Ginger Tea.
What is dandelion tea good for? Liver and Kidneys detoxification. The dandelion herb used in this brew acts as a natural diuretic and can increase urine production by promoting the excretion of salts and water from the kidneys. Furthermore, the dandelion extract can also increase the concentration of certain detoxifying enzymes found in the liver. This works well against remaining alcohol in the system.
Ginger Root Tea
A herb that really needs no introduction, ginger has been used and enjoyed for thousands of years. For most of that time, the medicinal qualities of ginger were well-established despite the lack of research. But now with the help and support of modern science, these health benefits have been proven without a shadow of a doubt.
Botanically known as Zingiber Officinale of the Zingiberaceae family (the same family as turmeric and cardamom), the ginger plant no longer grows wild anywhere in the world. Amazingly, the only reason that ginger still exists today is due to widespread cultivation, particularly in India, which is recognised as the largest producer of the renowned spice. It is also grown in Africa and the Carribean (most famously Jamaica).
The stem of the Ginger plant can reach heights of around 1 metre (3 feet), while its lanceolate leaves grow up to 30 centimetres (approx 11 inches) long. Nestled underground, meanwhile, is the rhizome, which is arguably the most important component of the plant. This rhizome is what most people know as the ginger root.
It is unearthed when the plant is around 10 months old and is then washed, soaked, and sometimes boiled and peeled. Following this, the ginger root can be used as a truly delicious ingredient when added to numerous culinary dishes, as well as, of course, herbal tea.
The history of ginger and its extensive usage dates back 5,000 years. Unlike many herbs and spices to originate from Asia, ginger has also been well-known in the west for at least 2,000 years. Most notably, however, ginger has been associated with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a belief system of wellness and medical practice based on the holistic view of the human body operating within the energy of nature. Its unique diagnostic means include acupuncture and widespread herb consumption. Ginger is one such example, and was, and still is used for stimulating one’s ‘qi’, meaning the life energy within us.
Ginger Root as a stand-alone herbal tea was and again, still is recognised as a qi tonic within the practice of TCM. It can also benefit the lungs, the spleen, and the stomach according to this belief system.
What is ginger root good for? Digestive detoxification. Improving one’s digestive health is a critical starting point for successfully carrying out a full-body detox. Ginger Root Tea is capable of doing this by acting as a calmative, which subsequently has a relaxing effect on your intestinal environment. Furthermore, ginger can alleviate bloating and cramps, as well as reduce the potential for intestinal gas and flatulence.
Lemon Balm Tea
This flowering, perennial plant belongs to the Lamiaceae family and goes by the botanical name of Melissa Officinalis. Lemon Balm can be found growing in Europe, Mediterranean, Middle-East, Central Asia, and North America, the latter has been introduced through biological naturalisation.
Contrary to popular belief, Lemon Balm is not related to the citrus fruit that is lemon. This is despite the fact that it produces an unmistakably lemon like scent. Informally, Lemon Balm Tea has long been known as ‘the calming herb’ owing to its, well, calmative properties.
In terms of appearance, the Melissa Officinalis plant can grow to be between 12 and 24 inches (30 to 60 centimetres) tall. Its broadly ovate or heart-shaped, crenate or toothed leaves, meanwhile, can reach lengths of 3 inches (approx 7 centimetres). It is these leaves that exude the potent citrusy scent so commonly associated with the plant. Between June and October, Lemon Balm also produces white or yellowish flowers in loose, small bunches from the axils of the leaves.
Lemon Balm is a popular herb with not just humans, but also bees. In fact, its scientific name is a testament to just that. The ancient Greeks were well accustomed to the plant and its popularity among bees. As a result, they named it “melissophyllum”, which marries the words ‘melissa’, meaning ‘honeybee’, and ‘phyllon’, meaning ‘leaf’. This is similar to the Romans who knew the plant as “apiastrum” from ‘apias’, to simply mean ‘bee’.
What is Lemon Balm Tea good for? Liver detoxification. Thanks to two all-important antioxidants known as ‘glutathione’ and ‘superoxide dismutase’, Lemon balm, like dandelion, is also good for detoxifying the liver. Antioxidants have the ability to combat free radicals found in the body, which are nasty little unpaired electrons. By neutralising these free radicals, Lemon Balm can not only detox the body, but also help with a number of other ailments.
Lemon Verbena Tea
Unlike the other herbs used in Detox Lemon and Ginger Tea, Lemon Verbena actually originates from South America. The countries its most commonly found in include Argentina, Chile, and Peru. Lemon Verbena is botanically recognised by the name Aloysia citrodora, although this has not always been the case. Before its current scientific name, it was known by the name Aloysia triphylla. Just to add further confusion to the mix, it was once also called Lippia citriodora.
The Aloysia citrodora (or Aloysia triphylla, or Lippia citriodora) plant can be recognised by its lemony aroma, just like Lemon Balm. Also similar to its counterpart, this scent comes from the leaves. Lemon Verbena thrives in rich soils with good drainage. It requires warm, humid climates to grow to its full potential, and prefers sunlit areas with sheltered positioning.
Appearance-wise, Lemon Verbena can grow to heights of up to 10 feet (approx 3 metres) and the notably coarse leaves can grow to lengths of 3 inches (approx 8 centimetres). Another comparison to be made between Lemon Verbena and Lemon Balm is that they both attract bees in their droves. Lemon Verbena is likewise not related to the Lemon fruit.
Lemon Verbena was always popular among the Native American tribes of South America, even before the Spaniards began colonising the continent. However, its discovery was not made by Europeans until the mid 18th Century. This was attributed to Philibert Commerson, a French botanist who in the 1760’s was part of Louis Antoine de Bougainville’s now-world-famous circumnavigation of the world.
Following complications surrounding the plant’s name, Lemon Verbena was eventually naturalised in the Old World, particularly Spain. Today, it is a popular ingredient used in the making of perfume, although we prefer it as a tea!
What’s is Lemon Verbena Tea good for? Skin detoxification. Along with its many other health benefits, Lemon Verbena can improve skin health. This is largely due to the herb and its incredible anti-inflammatory properties. A number of scientific studies have indicated that the frequent consumption of Lemon Verbena may reduce the signs of acne, eczema, and minor rosacea among other skin complaints.
Milk Thistle Tea
We have all found ourselves, at some point or another, cursing the wind from treading on a milk thistle. But before you get too angry, take into account the fact that the Silybum Marianum plant is very special indeed. Not convinced yet? The Milk Thistle plant belongs to the Asteraceae family (just like the dandelion) and, much to the surprise of many, is a medicinal wonder herb. When it comes to detoxifying the body, you will be hard pressed to find a better ingredient.
The plant itself can grow to be 1.5 metres (approx 5 feet) tall. Its conspicuous, glossy green, white veined, sinuate lobed leaves are thornily toothed at the edges. The Milk Thistle can now be found growing nearly anywhere in the world although it was originally native to Southern Europe and Asia. It is commonly found in hedge banks and on waste ground, especially by buildings.
The origins of its name, meanwhile, are twofold. ‘Silybum’ comes from the Greek word ‘sillybon’ or ‘silybos’, meaning ‘tassel’ or ‘tuft’. The word ‘Marianum’ is of Latin origins and refers to a legend that the white spots (technically veins, as stated previously) on the leaves came from the milk of the Virgin Mary nursing her child whilst fleeing to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-23).
The historical significance of milk thistle as a medicinal herb cannot be overstated. In Greece, Italy, and Germany, in particular, milk thistle extract has long been used for treating liver, kidney, spleen, and gallbladder diseases. It was also, and perhaps most interestingly, used to treat serpent bites and mushroom poisoning. Moreover, the tinctures were applied externally to the liver area to promote its protection and to the skin surface for relieving skin conditions.
What is Milk Thistle good for? Liver detoxification. And it is great at it, too. As it turns out, our glorious ancestors who used milk thistle for thousands of years were actually onto something; something amazing, we hasten to add. This is because the Milk Thistle Tea contains silymarin, which is a group of three flavonoids called silibinin, silydianin, and silicristin. These compounds can work together to strengthen the outer membranes of liver cells and reduce the number of toxins entering cells.
Okay. But what does it taste like?
Detox Lemon and Ginger Tea is recognised by its distinct golden-orangey liquor, but more importantly, its taste can be described as fresh, sweet, herbaceous, and slightly spicy in terms of flavour. Prominent citrusy notes are the first flavours to hit the palate, followed soon after by spicy ginger undertones.
This herbal tea is notably smooth and leaves a nice, warming feeling around the palate with every sip. Its aftertaste, meanwhile, is unmistakably refreshing and again, ever so slightly spicy. Detox Lemon and Ginger Tea is a great beverage to start the day off. Consider brewing it alongside meals for complementary purposes.
The Health Benefits of Detox Lemon and Ginger Tea
We have already given you a brief overview of what each ingredient found in this tea can offer you, but lets now explore the hows and the whys in much greater detail. We don’t just expect you to take our word for it; however; and that is why we support our claims with a number of studies conducted by reputable scientific institutes. In a world of “fake news”, it is important that you know the FACTS. So, let’s get started.
Detox with Tea
We would be amiss if we didn’t mention the most important health benefit to drinking our Detox Lemon and Ginger Tea. As you will already know, each ingredient found in this brew offers a special detoxifying ability. Dandelion will work closely with the kidneys during your cleanse by helping to increase urination flow.
The liver is aided by not only Dandelion, but also the extracts of Lemon Balm and Milk Thistle found in this tea. A liver detox is arguably most important of all. This is because of all the toxins that specifically pass through the organ, we hasten to add, that acts as the body’s waste-purification plant.
If your liver stops doing its job properly through, let’s call it ‘excess’, you will soon find other problems cropping up throughout the body (and truly, there is an emphasis on ‘soon’). The three ingredients in this tea known for their liver detoxifying qualities all work in different ways. Think of it has three separate battlefronts, all of which are part of the same war.
Arguably, however, Milk Thistle is the ingredient with the most power and the most science to prove it. According to a study published in 2010 through the US National Library of Medicine, the Silymarin found in Milk Thistle “acts as an antioxidant by reducing free radical production and lipid peroxidation, it also has antifibrotic activity and may act as a toxin blockade agent by inhibiting binding of toxins to the hepatocyte cell membrane receptors”.
The publication continues: “In animals, silymarin reduces liver injury caused by acetaminophen, carbon tetrachloride, radiation, iron overload, phenylhydrazine, alcohol, cold ischaemia and Amanita phalloides. Silymarin has been used to treat alcoholic liver disease, acute and chronic viral hepatitis and toxin-induced liver diseases.”
The war goes on in other parts of the body, too, and ginger is the hero fighting indigestion and other stomach-related issues associated with a poor nutritional diet. Providing the avid consumer to change their eating habits alongside enjoying this tea, results will be noticeable within a few weeks, sometimes days.
What you choose to consume will greatly affect the detoxification process, so drinking Detox Lemon and Ginger Tea with an assortment of fruits and vegetables will undoubtedly improve your nutrient intake. First, this will improve your digestive health and later, your liver too will have an easier job processing these nutrients into your system, another win, win for team Detox Lemon and Ginger Tea.
Finally, if your outside is just as important as your inside then, as stated before, Detox Lemon and Ginger Tea can help with skin health. Lemon Verbena, aside from offering great tastes, is the answer to a great skin detox. A study published in 2007 through the US National Library of Medicine stated that: “In vitro laboratory studies, it has been demonstrated that ethanolic extract of Lemon verbena can prevent the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, a type of skin bacteria”.
Weight Loss Tea
Why not choosing Detox Lemon and Ginger Tea for the purpose of losing weight is still a great decision. This is due to many of the ingredients and their metabolism-boosting abilities. Having a boosted metabolism enables the body to burn fat quicker, and far more efficiently. This, in turn, makes exercising an even more productive way to lose weight.
Furthermore, Ginger has been in the spotlight recently following one animal-based study. The research from this study was published in The Journal of the Science and Food of Agriculture, and saw rats being given gingerol; a vital compound found in ginger. After a 30-day supplementation period, the results established that the rats had lost significant amounts of weight. The rats likewise showed improvements in blood sugar and leptin levels, which could be seen as yet another health benefit to ginger consumption.
Then you have Dandelion tea, which can help you shed those pounds through its diuretic properties. Dandelion is popular among bodybuilders as it targets pesky water weight. A 2009 study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine stated that dandelion leaf extract had been given to 17 volunteers.
Before giving these volunteers the dandelion extract, however, researchers first established the volunteer’s baseline fluid intake and urine volumes. These participants were given 8ml of dandelion extract 3 times daily for one day and were then monitored for another 24 hours.The results showed that the dandelion extract increased the frequency of urination and the volume of urine. As strange as it may sound, this will ultimately help you to lose weight, specifically water weight.
Improved Immune System with Tea
These early months of a new year are often the worst when it comes to catching a nasty cold or even the flu. While Detox Lemon and Ginger Tea isn’t necessarily the ‘cure-all’ drink you have been looking for, it can certainly help in maintaining immune system health.
According to a 2012 study published in The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, a number of participants - all athletes - were given 1.8 grams of Lemon Verbena extract every day for 21 days. The results showed that each participant had stronger white blood cells, a promising sign of an improved immune system.
Ginger, meanwhile, is famously associated with this particular health benefit. This actually dates back thousands of years, when ginger was used as part of folk medicine to fight away minor diseases. Today, however, science has indicated that ginger and its ability to promote immune system health is far from an age-old fad.
According to research published by The University of Maryland Medical Center, just 1 gram daily of ginger may reduce nausea and vomiting, especially in pregnant women. This is in addition to Lemon Balm, which is known to have antiviral properties.
Reduced Inflammation with Tea
The collective antioxidant strength of Detox Lemon and Ginger Tea is the main reason you’ll likely experience reduced inflammation from frequent consumption of this herbal brew. This is because antioxidants have the ability to combat the damaging effects of oxidation in the body. Oxygen molecules create stress on our organs and tissues by introducing unpaired electrons known as free radicals. But these free radicals can be neutralised, thus slowing down oxidation, by drinking this tea alongside a healthy and active lifestyle. It is ginger to the rescue once more, largely thanks to its powerful constituents that inhibit the inflammatory response in the body.
Ginger also combats inflammation with Milk Thistle by its side. Though this ingredient and its high concentrations of silymarin are generally considered for liver protection, milk thistle is likewise effective at reducing and attenuating the effects of a large range of inflammatory mediators, including inflammatory interleukins and complement proteins.
Other Detox Teas
Yes. And like Detox Lemon and Ginger, they each have detoxifying qualities coupled with their own individual health benefits. Our Detox Liquorice Tea is a great choice for those who are looking to satisfy their sweet tooth while achieving its namesake ability. Aside from containing liquorice root, this beverage has extracts of dandelion leaves, dried fennel leaves, dried milk thistle leaves, ginger, and spearmint.
Then you have our Detox Fruit Tea which, as well as containing fruit, also includes green tea leaves. Furthermore, ginger, dandelion, lavender, rose, lemongrass, raspberry, mango, and orange are just some of the other ingredients that make up this tea, with many more to explore and enjoy as they cleanse your palate with every sip.
Finally, there is our extra-special Detox Yerba Mate and Chilli Tea. This brew is a perfect blend of detoxifying ingredients including chilli, ginger, ginseng root, lemongrass, and, of course, Yerba Mate. The latter originates from South America and is a great alternative to coffee owing to its ample caffeine content.
Time for a Tea Detox
Make 2018 your year with our selection of detox teas. And remember: many of our other herbals teas; even those that are not named for their detoxifying qualities; as well as a number of our flavoured black and green teas can be considered for detox purposes. Just be sure to look at their ingredients and see what they can offer you. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity. Instead, start your journey with The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company today.