Why Blends Are More Therapeutic Than Single Herb Teas.
The answer is herbal synergy…
Herbal synergy Is the process in which the energetics and constituents present in two or more herbs combine to produce an overall effect that is greater than the sum of the individual herb. The synergy between herbs can result in increased potency, efficacy and therapeutic benefits whilst maintaining balance within the body. All herbs provide different therapeutic actions, and there are thousands of unique compounds responsible for these effects.
Herbal medicine recognises the value of a holistic approach, prioritising holism, in which any symptom or disease is seen as a part of a larger whole. Modern medicine, however, tends towards a reductionist approach in which it believes that organs or systems can be viewed and treated in isolation. This has led to the modern-day practice of using single constituents to achieve desired outcomes. However, this approach fails to honour the human body's complexity and intricate synergistic workings. In comparison, traditional herbal medicine has always known how interconnected every aspect of our being is.
At Mayde Tea, every blend is formulated with holism in mind, considering the wonderfully intricate and interconnectedness of our whole body and seeking to enhance therapeutic effects through the synergy of the herbs.
Our Favourite Therapeutic Blends
Digest: Peppermint / liquorice / fennel / calendula .
Whilst the first thought for those seeking to optimise their digestion might be the classic peppermint tea, choosing the digest blend provides many more synergistic benefits to consuming peppermint in isolation. Both peppermint and fennel exhibit antispasmodic and carminative actions which work to soothe the digestive tract, reduce spasms, and decrease flatulence. The addition of Licorice also provides anti-inflammatory and adrenal tonifying effects, making Digest a fantastic blend for anyone suffering from tummy upset during bouts of anxiety or stress. Finally, calendula exhibits anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects helping to keep our gut bugs in check. You can see how the combination of herbs covers a wide array of digestive complaints.
Restore: Lemon myrtle / hibiscus / echinacea / marshmallow leaves / rosehip.
Restore is the perfect example of synergy in action. It works on many different levels, prioritising the immune system with echinacea, marshmallow, and rosehip. Whilst lemon myrtle's affinity for the respiratory system soothes any sinus or bronchial symptoms. Digestive tonic effects are also exhibited by marshmallow, lemon myrtle, and hibiscus. This blend is a full body tonic with many pathways supported and a must-have for those wanting to enhance their overall immunity and vitality.
Serenity: Chamomile / rose / lavender / passionflower
We all know the classic chamomile tea remedy for nervousness or insomnia. However, our Serenity blend ensures a full nervous system tonic effect. It combines chamomile with mild sedative, carminative, and anti-inflammatory effects, lavender which is also a mild-sedative, anxiolytic, and antidepressant, passionflower, which is an anxiolytic, hypnotic, spasmolytic, mild sedative, and finally rose which is incredibly rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants. This blend ensures a holistic approach to calming and grounding your nervous system as opposed to consuming one singular herb.
Energise: Lemongrass / papaya pieces / ginger / cinnamon
Energise is one of our less traditional but highly effective blends. It combines the circulatory stimulant effects of ginger with nutrient-rich papaya, ensuring your oxygen transport and antioxidant status is in tip-top shape. Cinnamon then works to enhance blood sugar, optimise digestion and provide overall tonic effects. Finally, lemongrass optimises energy and vitality by enhancing circulation and soothing the stomach. This blend is a favourite for its many synergistic effects that all work to enhance your energy and overall vitality.