Basil, the highly-aromatic queen of the culinary herbs, decided to celebrate life with a tea dance and invited the mystics from the east: cinnamon, ginger and cardamom. They came bearing gifts of warmth and spice. Together with chili and black pepper they spread powerfully throughout the entire body. They warm, transform, strengthen and add fresh vitality. Enjoy this inspiring, delicious tea any time of the day. The essence of this tea is: ‘Celebrate’.
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Basil, which was referred to by the Ancient Greeks as the ‘king of herbs’, first arrived in northern Europe in the 12th century. It has a wonderfully aromatic flavour, which is perfect for Mediterranean cooking as well as in freshly brewed tea.
It is widely known that oranges contain lots of useful substances. But not many people realise that the peel of the orange is even more valuable than the flesh of the fruit: more than 170 active phytochemicals, over 60 different flavonoids and numerous essential oils make it a valuable source of nutrients. And its refreshing, sweet aroma makes it a very delicious one as well.
Chili peppers are perennial solanaceous plants most commonly found in sunny countries, such as Mexico, India, Thailand and Tanzania. Its naturally spicy and nutritious properties make it an important spice and healing plant worldwide.
Liquorice has been used since ancient times for its medicinal properties and is one of the 50 basic herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It is around 50 times sweeter than sugar and tastes mild, sweet, bitter and aromatic. Liquorice was selected as the Medicinal Plant of the Year in 2012 due to its valuable nutrients.
The lemon, which originates from India, has only been native to Europe since the 13th century. It belongs to the fruits with the highest vitamin C content and also contains nutritious essential oils, phosphorus and magnesium. Its juice tastes sour yet fruity, and slightly bitter.
Cinnamon is one of the most expensive herbs in the world and is thought to have been used in China around 3,000 B.C. as a herb and medicinal plant. Cinnamon is extracted from the bark of the cinnamon tree. It tastes aromatic and sweet, and contains nutritious tannins as well as valuable essential oils.
Ginger has been used in the Far East for more than 3,000 years as a condiment and medicinal plant. It has a fruity-tart taste and contains essential oils and important minerals as well as various vitamins.
Cardamom has been one of the most popular spices in the Asian and Arabian regions for thousands of years. Its delicate, sweet yet sharp aroma means that it is perfect for use in numerous dishes – from spicy curries to aromatic Christmas baked goods. Thanks to its essential oils and other important nutrients, cardamom is one of the oldest healing plants in the world.
Cloves are the flower buds of the clove tree and are mainly used in our part of the world as a spice in foods such as Lebkuchen (gingerbread) or red cabbage. They belong to the Myrtaceae family and have an intense, spicy aroma, which led to them even being weighed up with gold in ancient China and Egypt.
Black pepper, known as the ‘King of Spices’ nowadays is one of the most important spices in the world, together with salt. It originates from the Malabar coast of India and it has an intensive spicy flavour, ranging from mildly spicy to spicy. Ancient traditional medicine of Ayurveda recommends black pepper not only for its spiciness, but also for its valuable properties as a medicinal plant.
Pour 250 ml of freshly boiled water over the teabag. Allow to infuse for 5 to 6 minutes – or longer for a stronger flavour.