Have you ever been curious about some of the unique botanicals used to make your favorite herbal teas? At Dollar Tea Club, your favorite loose leaf teas incorporate a variety of natural and premium ingredients, but there are a few you may not be familiar with!
With Spring in full bloom and Summer on the way, now is the perfect time to take a look at the various botanicals incorporated in our premium teas and how they might benefit you this season.
Unique Botanicals in DTC Teas
Cornflower, otherwise known as “Bachelor’s Buttons,” is a flowering herb often used as medicine and in herbal teas. Although traditionally blue in color, cornflower petals bloom in a variety of different colors, such as red, white, and pink. What’s so amazing about cornflower is that, not only can it help with fever and constipation, but it also acts as a colorant to naturally dye teas and lend a beautiful hue to the blends.
Find it in: Raspberry Lemonade, which uses pink cornflower petals for a relaxing tone and refreshing taste.
While you may see “mallow” and immediately think of marshmallows and smores, the botanical we’re talking about here is actually a pinkish-purple flower with a plethora of health benefits! Mallow, like cornflower, can be used as a natural food colorant but is more commonly used as an herbal medicine to treat mouth and throat irritation, dry cough, and bronchitis. It not only soothes your mouth and your throat but can also help with stomach and bladder discomfort.
We know what you’re thinking: Aloe Vera in tea?! Isn’t that what you use on those painful sunburns?? And while Aloe gel is a cooling ingredient used frequently on burns and scrapes, it’s the dried plant and dried sap from the Aloe Vera plant that is used to make tea! Aloe Vera is a great, all-natural remedy to use both topically and internally. When consumed, it is believed to help relieve constipation, abdominal pain, and high cholesterol.
Find it in: Cactus Fig, a relaxing green tea blend.
Marigold is a flower whose name describes it perfectly; it’s typically yellow and orange in color and is said to bring you joy just from looking at it (it can make you “mari!”). Teas which contain marigold are said to soothe the digestive system and help lessen the symptoms of bowel diseases. It can also be used to reduce stomach cramps and acid reflux. Dollar Tea Club offers several premium teas that contain marigold.
Find it in: Tropical Mango, a refreshing fruit tea that is perfect for the Spring and Summer seasons.
Sarsaparilla – now that’s a terrific tongue-twister if there ever was one! Sarsaparilla is a prickly vine which is part of the Lily family. The sarsaparilla root doesn’t have much of a taste or smell but is used mainly for medicinal purposes. Because it is a natural laxative and diuretic, it is effective in removing toxins from the body. It also contains anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties essential in boosting the immune system.
Find it in: Detox tea
Sea buckthorn (Berries)
Sea buckthorn is truly the Renaissance Man of botanicals. It’s a herb whose flowers, leaves, and berries can all be utilized medicinally to treat a variety of different symptoms. When used in tea, sea buckthorn can act as a source of vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, and fatty acids. These benefits together can lower your cholesterol and boost your immune system!
Find it in: Ease N’ Fit, a perfect blend to drink pre and post-workout!
Mullein (pronounced like “woolen”) is a yellow flowering herb that has traditionally been used medicinally to fight infections and inflammation. It’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, as well as its ability to kill bacteria, make it a perfect addition to any tea blend.
Find it in: Full Power, whose properties can help you get back on your feet and going at full speed for the rest of your day.
Let’s take a step away from all the flowers and herbs and check out a vegetable! Burdock root is a very long vegetable, typically black or brown on the exterior, and is known for its use as a natural diuretic. It’s chalk-full of antioxidants with evidence that suggests it can remove toxins from the bloodstream and increase circulation.
Find it in: Hangover Helper, which uses Burdock root to help flush alcohol from the system.
Melissa (aka Lemon Balm)
Melissa is not just a common name, but also a perennial herb that Dollar Tea Club has incorporated into a couple of its blends. It’s more lovingly referred to as “Lemon Balm” and was originally used as food for bees. Melissa is part of the mint family, but if you rub its leaves between your fingers, you’ll smell a scent reminiscent of lemons (hence the name “Lemon Balm”). It has been shown to reduce anxiety and help with insomnia.
Find it in: Sweet Dreams, which incorporates Melissa as a main ingredient.
Keep on the Lookout!
Next time you’re selecting tea blends for your monthly subscription with Dollar Tea Club or from the teas you already have at home, take a closer look at the ingredients to see how they might be beneficial for you. Whether you partied a little too hard and need to incorporate Burdock root or are looking for a soothing blend that incorporates Mallow, botanicals are a great way to help you feel better this Spring and Summer season.