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Antioxidant Face-Off - Orange Juice vs. Whole Flower Hibiscus Tea
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Today it's time for a face-off! In this corner, we’ve got the orange team. Beloved by antioxidants fans everywhere. Their motto, “Breakfast without orange juice is like a day without sunshine.” And in this corner, the red team, featuring organic whole flower hibiscus tea from Immortalitea. Their motto…Well, actually hibiscus tea doesn’t have a motto. So, lets’ go straight to the showdown. Here’s how an 8-ounce cup of orange juice stacks up according to the USDA National Nutrient Database and a 2010 study published in...

The Boiling Question

This week I stumbled on some research published in China on Jiaogulan. I almost overlooked it because the title was a bit misleading. The article title is “Determination of Rare Earth Elements and Active Substances in Wild Gynostemma pentaphyllum of Yongzhou and Their Releasing Law in Boiling Water”    I thought at first glance this was a study of rare earth elements in jiaogulan. While that interests me, the presence of rare earth elements in jiaogulan is very dependent on the area it is grown...

Are Greenhouse Gases Making More Powerful Herbs?

Our planet is remarkably resilient. Planet Earth has built in feedback systems that allow it, within reason to heal itself and maintain the global climate in the optimal zone to support life. Greenhouse gasses are a case in point. When CO2 levels rise, plant life flourishes. The increased plant biomass, through the process of photosynthesis, converts the CO2 to oxygen. Oxygen levels rise CO2 levels are brought back to normal. This “Carbon Cycle” maintains the earth over millennia in a remarkable stable zone. Most scientists...

3 Herbal Hacks To Beat The Zika Virus

I have seen firsthand what it is like to live in country plagued by a mosquito borne virus. I lived and worked in Central America for several years. Central America is host to some of the most virulent mosquito borne epidemics in the world including, dengue fever and the chikungunya virus. When my team was working near local waterways and wetlands, I could count on having dozens of people down with these viruses. We took all the necessary precautions but it just wasn’t enough.  ...

Which Herb Should I Try for...

One of the questions I am asked often is something like, “Which of your wellness teas should I drink for condition X ?” where X is whatever is highest of the person’s personal health concerns.  I try my best to answer (always bearing in mind that I am not a doctor and there are a lot of you asking) but the answer is not always clear-cut because most wellness herbs have more than one benefit and synergistic effects. This is one of the reasons I’m not...

Ground-breaking research from high school student (and Immortalitea)

It’s no secret I’m a science geek. Over the years Immortalitea has participated in several formal research projects with organizations like the University of Maryland’s Food Sciences Center and The University of Louisiana’s School of Kinesiology. This week I’m proud to share with you our latest research results, regarding the antibacterial properties of White Mulberry Leaf. The researcher extracted essential oil from white mulberry leaf tea samples provided by Immortalitea. She then tested the antibacterial effects of the essential oil on the bacteria Clostridium Sordellii....

Catechins and White Tea

Today I want to share with you about something called catechins. If you’re a regular on my blog or newsletter, you’ve heard me talk about catechins before. I’m on the topic again today because of a new study that is literally hot off the press. I’ll talk about the study some more in a few minutes. But first, why should you care about catechins. Catechins are a polyphenol found in many plants. Studies have found catechins to have a number of health benefits. Catechins are...

Meet Our Old Tree Silver Needle

Meet Our Old Tree Silver Needle Tea Today I finish introducing you to our white teas. I’ve saved the best one for last, Our Old Tree Silver Needle White Tea. Silver needle white tea is considered by many tea connoisseurs as the ultimate of the commonly available teas. This tea (in it’s modern form) was first developed during the Ming dynasty and is called Silver Needle White Down. (In the West we typically shorten the name to just “Sliver Needle”) “Silver needle” refers to the...