Black Tea Leaf
Black tea is made from the unfermented leaves of Camellia sinensis, the same plant that gives us Green and Oolong teas. As all true tea comes from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, black tea is made by allowing the leaf to fully oxidize. During this process, chemical reactions cause the leaf to turn brown and create the characteristics that black tea is known for, often described as full-bodied, bold, and brisk.
Traditionally harvested in South America, the leaves of the Yerba Maté plant impart an herbaceous or vegetal flavor, and contain caffeine and a variety of polyphenols.
Lemongrass is a tropical herb that is popular in Thai cooking. Traditionally, is has been used to support normal respiratory function. Lemongrass tastes great and is a warming herb that can support digestion.
Stevia is a genus of about 240 species of herbs and shrubs in the sunflower family native to subtropical and tropical South America and Central America. The leaf is used primarily as a sweetener in South America. Locals there use it as a substitute for sugar for those who can't use sugar. Various glycosides, including stevoside - which is about 100 to 200 times sweeter than sugar - provide the sweetness. It is widely used as a non-sugar sweetener in other areas of the world, particularly in Japan.
Ashwagandha root (Withania somnifera) comes from the Ashwagandha plant; a small shrub that is a relative of tomatoes and potatoes. Native to India and North Africa, Ashwagandha is traditionally used to support stress tolerance, performance and endurance.
While Ashwagandha is often called "winter cherry" and “Indian Ginseng”, this adaptogen is unrelated to the true Ginsengs, though it appears to share their many properties and actions; including its use as a stress-supporting herb.
In Ayurveda, Ashwagandha is considered a “grounding” herb, one that nourishes and regulates metabolic processes. As such, Ashwagandha is often used to support anxiety and stress relief, as well as to support positive moods. Additionally, Ashwagandha is also often used in Ayurveda as a tonic for men, as it may have positive effects on male reproductive health and is thought to mimic the effects of testosterone.
Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus
) is often referred to as Siberian Ginseng. It is not a true ginseng, but a cousin of Asian ginseng. It has gained that nickname due to the fact that Siberian natives use it as a broad spectrum health enhancer, much the way ginseng is used. It has been traditionally used as a long-term stamina promoting herb.
See also Asian (Panax) Ginseng Root
Asian Ginseng Root (Panax ginseng)
Asian Ginseng Root (Panax ginseng) comes from many areas in East Asia, and is often identified by the region of its origin. This herb is one of the most widely used in the United States and in Asia, where it is often used on a daily basis to support general health.
Considered an adaptogenic herb, Ginseng has been traditionally used to remedy long-term stress, as well as to support cognitive function and stamina. Similar to other adaptogens, Ginseng is considered most effective when used over moderately long periods of time (one-to-three months).
Monk Fruit Extract
Monk Fruit, also known as Luo Han Guo, is a small fruit from Asia, and is used as a natural sweetener. Essentially non-caloric, it is 20 times sweeter than sugar.
Essential oils are natural oils extracted from plants by distillation.
Natural and Organic Flavors
Natural and organic flavors are derived from natural sources such as spices, fruit, herbs, roots, or many other plants or foods, whose significant function in food is flavoring.
Citric acid is a mild acid that occurs naturally in citrus fruits, such as lemons and limes. It is added to tea to impart a light and pleasant sour taste.