Healthy Teas from East to West
In all cultures around the world, there is a long tradition of consuming herbal teas or tisane as a general tonic for health, as treatment for various bodily ailments, as a digestive, or simply as a calming or relaxing beverage. By boiling or steeping plant parts in hot water, beneficial water soluble phytochemicals, antioxidants, and nutrients leach out creating a functional beverage of unique flavour and aroma.
Herbal teas contain a variety of valuable plant compounds such as isoflavones, anthocyanins, proanthocyaninids, carotenoids, catechins, and isothiocyanates, aside from vitamins and minerals. Through these phytochemicals, herbal teas are able to help relieve symptoms of diabetes and hypertension, protect liver function, enhance immunity, dissolve kidney stones, subdue cough, detoxify the body, improve gastrointestinal function, fight cancer, to name just a few. In recent years, there has been a global renaissance in the popularity of herbal teas as modern science is discovering what ancient cultures have known all along ─ that drinking certain plant infusions are good for the health.
THE PHILIPPINES: A MELTING POT OF HERBAL TEAS
Filipinos are blessed with a huge treasure throve of medicinal plants which could be made into excellent herbal teas. Thanks to the islands rich botanical biodiversity (over 1,500 medicinal plant species), the wave of Indo-Malay migrations with its indigenous and Ayurvedic herbal traditions, the long history of maritime trade with neighbouring countries, and 250 years of the direct trade to the West during the Spanish colonial period. The Manila-Acapulco Galleon trade in particular ─ the longest trade route in its time covering 24,000 kilometers from Manila to Acapulco then Seville in Spain ─ became a superhighway for a great many valuable plant introductions to the Philippines from the New World as well as the Old World. It does not come as a surprise that Filipinos have a rich appreciation of herbal teas.
PREMIUM HERBAL TEAS FROM HERBANEXT
The rich diversity of Philippine herbal teas can now be conveniently experienced and enjoyed all year round with Herbanext’s Herbal Teas. Herbanext offers the widest selection of locally grown herbal teas grown and nurtured on Philippine soil.
These herbal tea products have been carefully selected for its pleasant taste and aroma, health function, and/or nutritional benefits. Herbanext offers customized product development and toll production services for private label herbal teas for restaurants, hotels, resorts, spas, wellness clinics, and private companies. Rediscover our rich botanical heritage and nature’s gift of health and wellness. Enjoy a phytonutrient-rich cup of Herbanext Herbal tea.