Tea From Cascadia Pacific

Northwest Coast Tea

Northwest Coast Tea represents a fusion of Pacific cultures and of native traditions of the Pacific Northwest.  This hand-crafted blend delivers a refreshing wintertime (or anytime) tonic.

 

Ingredients:  Organic Gunpowder Green Tea, Organic Nettle Leaves, Wild-Crafted Devil’s Club Root.

Preparation:

Place 1 heaping teaspoon of tea (per cup) into a tea ball or infuser.  Place the infuser into a cup or tea pot and fill with boiling water.  Steep for 5-10 minutes, then enjoy.  To take full advantage of the ingredients, steep for longer periods, or prepare as a “decoction” (boiling for 15-30 minutes) for a hearty (but more bitter) blend.  It’s helpful to mix the package ingredients to avoid settling and maintain consistency.

For educational purposes:

Gunpowder Green Tea a staple tea in Asian and Western Pacific cultures, adds a healthy lift to any dark, cold day. 

Nettle Leaves (Urtica spp.) Stinging nettle plants were historically used by native cultures from California to Alaska.  Coast Salish Tribes developed many cultural uses for nettles.  Nettle leaves and roots were used by the Snohomish people in an infusion to treat cold symptoms. Some sources mention that nettles may possess anti-inflammatory and diuretic qualities.

Devil’s Club Root (Oplopanax horridum) True to its common name, the plant is not easy to find or to handle.  It is one of the most important spiritual and medicinal plants for the native people within the plant’s geographic range.  The Cowlitz people of southwestern Washington historically used the plant in an infusion to treat colds.  Various sources mention anti-inflammatory qualities.  Phytochemical research suggests that this plant may have antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-mycobacterial properties.  Devil’s Club belongs to the Araliaceae (Ginseng) plant family.

References:

Hitchcock, C. Leo, Cronquist, Arthur.  Flora of the Pacific Northwest, University of Washington Press, 1973.

Gunther, Erna.  Ethnobotany of Western Washington, University of Washington Press, 1945, 1974.

Swan, James G.  The Northwest Coast or, Three Years’ Residence in Washington Territory, Harper and Brothers, Publishers, 1857.

American Botanical Council (herbalgram.org), 2012.

None of these ingredients and/or statements are intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it our intention to prescribe any course of therapy.   The descriptions here are for educational purposes only.  These statements and/or ingredients have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  Weight of contents may vary based on humidity.

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