Philip's Own Witching Time Tea 4 oz (loose leaf)

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Philip's Own Witching Time Tea 4 oz (loose leaf)

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Philip's Own "Witching Time" Herbal Tea 4 oz (loose leaf) will warm you up and give you a feeling of calm and serenity. It contains Catnip, Elder Flower, Skullcap, Chamomile, Peppermint, Yarrow, and Sencha Green Tea.

Catnip is a little different from adaptogens (which help with stress) and other herbs that work best when used consistently over a period of time. This member of the mint family is mostly helpful in one-off situations, like when you need to unwind after a particularly stressful day. Catnip is what herbalists call a “relaxing nervine”, which means that it helps create a sense of peace, calm overstimulation, and ease forehead tension and motion sickness. Catnip is also slightly sedative, and is often sipped as a tea before bed to help with sleep.

Elder flower belongs to the honeysuckle family, although there has been talk of reclassifying it into the viburnum family. Elder has opposite, compound leaves composed of five to nine oval and toothed leaflets. The leaves are dark green, but lighter on the underside. The bark is gray or light brown. Elder is one of those plants surrounded by mystery, magic, and superstition. If you are a Harry Potter fan, you’ll know that a wand made of elder had the most powerful of magic! In the language of flowers, elder flower meant purification and love, or compassion and zealousness.Ancient texts from Hippocrates (460 – 370BC), Dioscorides (40 – 90 AD), and Pliney the Elder (23 – 79 AD) include information about elder, indicating its longstanding value in herbal medicine. Elder flowers have an anti-inflammatory effect on the upper respiratory system when under stress from colds, flu, or sinusitis.

Skullcap may help fight cancer cells. Research shows that Chinese skullcap extract is toxic to cancer cells, such as brain tumor cells, prostate cancer cells, and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cell lines. Studies indicate that aqueous extracts suppressed growth of lymphoma and myeloma cells. This herb has been used as an alternative medicine to help heal inflammation, provide relief from spasms, stimulate blood flow in the pelvic region, encourage menstruation, help eliminate headaches, reduce fever, treat gout and work a sedative for relaxation. Additionally, it’s been thought to treat conditions such as epilepsy, insomnia, and anxiety. 

Chamomile Considered to be one of the most ancient and versatile medicinal herbs known to mankind, dried chamomile flowers have numerous, widespread health implications thanks to their high level of disease-fighting antioxidants like terpenoids and flavonoids. Chamomile’s vital antioxidants are found in the plant’s potent oils and are the main contributors to its natural healing properties. As an effective alternative medicine with almost no known negative side effects, chamomile has been used for nearly 5,000 years in standardized tea, herbal extract and cosmetic forms to promote tranquility, vitality, a youthful appearance and longevity.

 Peppermint is native to Europe, and is actually a natural hybrid of spearmint and water mint. The herb is easy to grow in moist soil and is commonly cultivated around the world for its many applications in food and medicine. The world's most familiar "mint scent" is the aroma of peppermint. In Greek mythology, Menthe was turned into a peppermint plant when Proserpine, in a jealous rage, found out that Pluto was in love with her. The oil of peppermint offers its cool, refreshing flavor and unmistakable aroma to a wide variety of foods and beverages.

Yarrow It is a long-stemmed member of the sunflower family found in the wild throughout the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. It can be recognized by its highly segmented leaves (millefolium literally means “thousand leaves”), and the clusters of daisy-like white or lavender flowers at the top of the stalk. Greek myth had it that Achilles painted himself with a tincture of yarrow to make himself invulnerable to arrows, everywhere on his body except his heel. Native American herbal medicine makes extensive use of yarrow. Among the Micmac people of Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, the stalk was chewed or stewed to induce sweating to “break” fevers and colds. They also pounded the stalks into a pulp to be applied to bruises, sprains, and swelling.

Sencha Green Tea is made from the first tender emerald green leaves of the tea plant. The leaves are harvested in early summer then steamed, twisted, and dried. While fresh and bright, its flavor is grassy and bittersweet with a hint of an ocean breeze, and is an excellent tea to serve guests.

Always consult with your doctor to ensure there are no prescription drug interactions. Consult with your local herbalist to see if this is the right blend for you. Consume responsibly.