The summer after high school graduation, I found myself immersed in a month-long European tour that my grandmother had given me as a graduation present. I celebrated my 18th birthday on a Mediterranean cruise ship, drinking something shockingly blue with fellow graduates, not appreciating how privileged I was. Nor was I aware how deeply the port stops—Naples, Rome, Florence, Marseille, Barcelona, Morocco—would impact my life, and, ultimately, inform the choices I would make throughout my adulthood.
There is a mystique about the Mediterranean that cannot be overlooked when either boldly saving pennies for a future trip abroad, or mundanely deciding which single herb tea to explore next. Becoming part of the Buddha Teas community meant I would be introduced to dozens and dozens of teas that not only had I never knew existed, but teas that had the potential to alter my life experience. I do not exaggerate when I share with you that taking my first sip of Buddha Teas Rosemary Tea changed me
Okay, so those who know me understand that I can tend to lean towards the dramatic, but I do not write this blog piece intending to exaggerate; I write precisely from my personal experience, as well as research. And I hope that you will trust me to deliver you information and insight that will lead you to also experience an ah ha!, and bring a slew of new and exquisite tea experiences into your life.
Let’s get started:
The Esteemed Lineup Includes: Fennel Seed Tea, Fenugreek Seed Tea, Oregano Tea, Rosemary Tea, Sage Leaf Tea, and Thyme Leaf Tea. Let’s look at how much these particular “Mediterranean” selections have in common.
- As a cooking ingredient, they are frequently incorporated into Mediterranean cuisine.
- They are very aromatic.
- They boast anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial qualities.
- They are known immune boosters, and some are even said to relieve pain.
- Some are reputed to boast a multitude of vitamins and other nutrients.
- They prove beneficial for the digestion.
- They all produce an astonishingly delicious cup of tea.
Now let’s explore more regarding these glorious herbs …
Fennel seed is a remarkably versatile herb with an ancient history that today holds its own with herbal medicine practitioners. In the 10th century, when Old English called fennel finule, fennel seeds were one of nine plants included in a pagan healing remedy, Nine Herbs Charm, which was intended to treat poisoning and infections. The fennel seeds themselves are a rich source of many nutrients, including fiber, protein, magnesium, iron, and B vitamins. Well known as an ingredient in many cultures’ cuisine, including as an addition in Swiss sweets as well as in Italian sausages, fennel seeds, either raw or lightly toasted, are typically chewed after a meal in Indian households.
Thousands of years ago, Ayruvedic practitioners discovered fenugreek to assist with certain health conditions. Additionally, fenugreek has long been included as a spice for various dishes. All parts of the fenugreek plant are used in various cuisines in certain parts of the world, but you’ll usually find it included in Indian foods. When harvested as a microgreen, fenugreek is prepared, along with the seeds, for salad. It is an ingredient in the popular Indian spice blend, garam masala. Used as a supplement, fenugreek seeds are ground and put into capsules.
In warm climates, oregano is perennial, but it becomes an annual where winter hits hard, as this brightness of the mountain cannot withstand the super cold. Sometimes called wild marjoram, its delicate purple flowers create a distinctive and pleasing visual. What a surprise to learn that this popular home garden herb can get as tall as 4 feet high, and 2 feet wide! If you don’t grow your own herbs, and don’t regularly include oregano when you cook (or even if you do!), you might want to consider including Buddha Teas Oregano Tea in your arsenal of healing herbal teas, as this one is filled to the brim with healing and flavor awesomeness.
If you’re into cooking, you’ll likely be familiar with the fragrant, famous ingredient rosemary. Native to the Mediterranean region, considered an evergreen shrub with needles for “leaves,” this versatile herb sprouts tiny blue, lavenderish, and white flowers. Many people plant rosemary bushes for ground covering. It’s a hearty, drought- and pest-resistant plant, that can flower all year in temperate climates. Important these days as well, rosemary shrubs attract bees.
A derivative of Latin, the word sage translates to “salvere” and means, “to be saved.” And though a Thanksgiving turkey that was likely stuffed with sage would argue otherwise, the Native American ritual of “saging” to clear one’s physical and/or spiritual space certainly supports this definition. If you’re feeling rather blue, or suffering tummy troubles, you might consider fixing a cup of Buddha Teas Sage Leaf Tea, as it has the reputation of assisting with both, in addition to providing a delightful taste sensation.
A relative of oregano, thyme earned a reputation in ancient times as a powerful plant, able to accomplish everything from providing courage to warriors, a substance for ancient Egyptians with which to embalm, a purification tool for Romans, and when stashed under one’s pillow, it was used as a sleep aid. Burned as incense, thyme was even utilized as an aid to carry one’s spirit into the next life. Another interesting fact: before antibiotics were developed, thyme was added when dressing wounds.
Now that you’ve heard a smidgen of my personal experience visiting the Mediterranean, and perhaps learned a little bit about the amazing history and qualities of some of her native herbs, I hope you’ve become inspired to explore Buddha Teas’ unique selection of these savory, healing teas.