In antiquity the chief, perhaps the only, means of fighting illnesses were herbal remedies. There were three main schools of traditional (herbal) medicine: Ayurveda, on the Indian subcontinent, traditional Chinese medicine and the herbal medicine of the western world. Over the centuries a huge number of plants and other raw materials, sourced from nature, were tried out.
Their actions on the human body were recorded, both in texts (the written word) and, often, in pictures and paintings. Today, all three of these forms of traditional medicine are being taught, in a number of countries, and even at university level.
Today knowledge of herbal remedies and their effects is widely and immediately available, due not only to a plethora of books on the market but also to the Internet. It does not follow, however, that this knowledge is always either correct or well informed; the crucial factor is reliable sourcing of information. Briefly, every herb has one or more primary, together with one or more secondary action. Some herbs function better when combined with certain others. There are also certain herbs that have opposing or counter actions with certain other herbs. Thus, if all the necessary facts are not taken into consideration, the desired result will not be achieved.
We hear about and read about anthocyanins, essential oils, adaptogens, flavonoids, anti-oxidants, tannins etc. What, in fact, are all these things? They are elements of plants known as ‘secondary metabolites’; it has been proved that they provide the plant with a form of defence. As far as humans are concerned, it is also well established that they facilitate the smooth functioning of the various systems within the body.
We at Moly Herbal have succeeded in creating the most appropriate combinations, from amongst the most popular categories of herbal teas worldwide. In the descriptions of each herbal tea, in the pages relating to our products, you can find the rationale behind the creation of each blend, together with its benefits to the body. Herbs that take the form of root or bark have been included in powder form, so as to preserve the greatest possible amount of their active ingredient in the tea.
Our teas are prepared using the extraction method, which is also the easiest and quickest form of herbal preparation for the consumer. All that you, the consumer, needs to do is boil some water, fill your cup or mug of choice, plunge the bag in for 5 to 10 minutes (according to how strong you wish the tea to be) and . . . SIT BACK AND ENJOY IT! And here’s a little secret to let you in on: the more you stir your tea, the stronger the flavor and, as a result, the stronger also the tea’s action!
The so-called ‘adaptogenic herbs’ are herbs which promote equilibrium; in other words, they help the body to adapt to both external and internal factors that create a lack of equilibrium, or balance, in the body. They can adapt their activity in accordance with the body’s requirements, offering what is required at the specific moment the body needs it.
‘Adaptogenic herb’, as a term, is relatively recent in medical terminology; it was introduced by the Russian toxicologist Dr Nikolay Vasilievich Lazarev, whose research led him to conclude that these herbs considerably reduce both physical and mental exhaustion, strengthening the immune system and the body’s resistance to a range of environmental, chemical and biochemical factors. It should be stressed that adaptogenic herbs improve all body functions without adding extra strain on any. In short, they help us adapt to stress!