The Tao of Tea

The healing properties of tea

Over the past year we at Steviva Brands have started offer organic Fair Trade premium loose teas. Fair trade is an organized social movement which promotes standards for international labor, environmentalism, and social policy in areas related to production of Fairtrade labeled and unlabeled goods. The movement focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries.

We offer the following teas:

Organic Fair Trade Yerba Mate
Yerba mate actions and uses:
* Free radical fighter (antioxidant)
* May potentially help with maintaining healthy cholesterol levels
* Appetite suppressant
* Mind stimulator
* Stimulates the production of cortisone
* Tones the nervous system
* Fighter of aging
* Enhances the healing powers of other herbs
* Diuretic

Yerba mate may be useful for:
* Allergies
* Constipation
* Inflammatory bowel disorders
* PMS fluid retention
* Mental and physical fatigue
* Shows promise as weight loss agent

Organic Fair Trade Green Tea
Is any other food or drink reported to have as many health benefits as green tea? The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times.

Here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:
* cancer
* rheumatoid arthritis
* high cholesterol levels
* cardiovascular disease
* infection
* impaired immune function

What makes green tea so special?
The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.

Organic Fair Trade Rooibos (African Read Leaf)
Rooibos has increased in popularity not only because of its wonderful color and taste, but because of all the great things it can do for your health.

Rooibos has no caffeine and is low in tannin, so it can be enjoyed all day long without any unpleasant side effects. This also makes it a great tea for pregnant women and nursing mothers.

Various studies have shown the many health problems that can be helped by drinking Rooibos tea:
* Eases irritability, headaches, nervous tension and insomnia.
* Acts as an anti-spasmodic agent, to relieve stomach cramps and colic
* Can be used to treat hay fever, asthma and eczema
* Placed directly on the skin, it can slow the aging process
* Boosts the immune system

Rooibos tea contains no oxalic acid, so it can safely be consumed by people who are prone to kidney stones.

There are so many minerals in the tea, that it can almost be considered a nutritional supplement:
* Copper
* Iron
* Potassium
* Calcium
* Fluoride
* Zinc
* Manganese
* Alpha-hydroxy (great for the skin)
* Magnesium

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