"Tea began as a medicine..."

"Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage." - Okakura KaKuzo, The Book of Tea 1906

Lemon Balm : Melissa Officinalis

An ancient herb used in apothecaries all over the world, Lemon Balm or Melissa Officinalis derives from Melisso-phyllon which is a Greek term meaning "bee leaf". When in bloom you will find nature's little pollinators surrounding this plant with wild abandonment. Oh, For the love of bees!

Lemon Balm belongs to the mint family and is a fast growing perennial. It self sows easily and doesn't take much fuss. It may be harvested anytime however the flavour increases right before it begins to flower and if your snip the flowers back you will get another delicious crop.

Lemon Balm has a host of medicinal uses, some of the more common treatments include anxiety, depression, nervous disorders, heartache, upset stomach, as well as having key constituents that help combat viral and bacterial infections. It also has properties that may effect the thyroid gland therefore if you have an issue with your thyroid, you should seek Dr approval before indulging in this herb.

Lemon Balm is a tasty, lemon flavoured herb that may be used as a tisane or added to your cooking, salads, soups and more. You may find that if you add it to your bath it might help to dispell negativity and calm your spirit. 


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Hyssop : Hyssopus Officinalis

A semi evergreen perennial that is a member of the mint family. Grows 60-90cm/2-3ft tall and is relatively behaved if you prune it back in Spring. This bushy shrub has woody stems, small, dark leafs and clusters of deep blue flowers that bloom from summer to late autumn. The aroma is clean, minty with a hint of turpentine which attracts bees in droves and repels the cabbage moth. Historically hyssop was used in sacred rituals, religious cleansing, in perfumery and commonly in culinary delights.

Infusions of hyssop are great for the treatment of cough, colds and upper respiratory infections. It will loosen phlegm, ease sore throats and soothe mucous membranes. Since hyssop is high in tannin, it is also an effective astringent. The tea or leaves can be added to a warm bath to provide soothing to the body that induces perspiration. The cooled tea may also be used as a splash on the face to relieve oily or acne prone skin.

Tea or Tisane

Tea comes from the camellia sinensis plant. Full stop. There are six types of tea recognized by the global tea industry which include white, green, yellow, oolong and puerh. Tisanes (tĭ-zăn′, -zän′) a French term for "herbal infusion", is the decoction or infusion of fruit, flowers, plants, herbs or spices other than that of the camellia sinensis plant.




Starting a Herb Garden

Herbs. At CHI, we plant them everywhere. They are beautiful, smell delicious (mostly) and attract an array of beneficial insects. There are certain nutrients and biochemicals from the botanical world that are able to relieve, heal, even cure our bodies and our minds. For centuries herbs have been used as medicine. Today, most pharmaceuticals have been extracted, synthesized or derived from plants.

It is useful to have a range on hand to make exotic blends for a variety of flavours, to treat specific ailments and to relieve or enhance moods. A good starting collection includes: milk thistle, dandelion, jasmine, chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, spearmint, peppermint, bergamot, basil, rosemary, sage, elder, thyme, lemon verbena, borage, marigold, comfrey and rose hip.

There is nothing better than a cup of herbal tea straight from the vine.


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