Tea for healing and everyday health
By Sarah Steven's, Naturopath and Owner, Luxton Clinic
Luxton Clinic’s tea story started when I first discovered herbal teas while studying Naturopathy over 11 years ago. When I started Luxton Clinic two and a half years ago, it was essential to source the best quality and locally grown herbal teas to blend into unique combinations to provide a memorable tea experience with therapeutic benefits to Luxton Clinic clients.
All of the teas are hand picked from Australian and Victorian local organic growers who are passionate about the herb quality and freshness. When our raw materials arrive, it’s an exciting moment when I open the box and see the vibrant colours and fresh scent of quality dried herbs. I then hand blend each batch to create a unique tea experience.
Brewing the ‘perfect pot’ consists of time, temperature and quantity. One teaspoon per person and one for the pot. When brewing herbal leaf tea use boiling water as the leaves are tougher and require the heat to breakdown the leaf and release the flavour and medicinal qualities.
Contra to herbal leaves, Green and White tea leaves are quite delicate and need to be steeped with a cooler water temperature. I suggest boiling the kettle and leaving water to cool for five minute; water temp should be approximately 70°C before pouring over leaves then steep for one to three minutes. Green tea is an amazing antioxidant with a long list of health benefits including being anti-ageing, Cancer protective, metabolism stimulating and many more. Drinking two to three cups per day will give you a good dose of L-Theanine and antioxidants from your green tea.
Herbal teas are an excellent therapy for many digestive complains such as wind, bloating, constipation and under active digestion. Peppermint is great for relaxing the digestive muscles and stimulates flow of digestive juices, so best used for flatulence, intestinal cramping and bloating.
Fennel seeds are great for stomach cramping, flatulence, colic and stimulating digestion. Fennel tea is great for breastfeeding mothers with colicy babies. Drinking the tea stimulates breast milk production and also the digestive qualities are passed on through the breast milk for the baby.
Everyone likes clear and healthy skin so we do a great ‘skin cleansing’ brew which has healing and repairing qualities along with antibacterial and soothing properties. The best herbs for clearing itchy, dry skin are Calendula and Nettle. Both are brilliant at stimulating the lymphatic system to clear away acne, eczema and creating a glowing complexion.
'Tea School with Sarah Stevens' is back! The event where Sarah explores tea for health, healing, everyday life and more. Click here to view full event details.