What healthy ingredients are in Thé Paon tisanes?

Chamomile heads

Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) is a member of the daisy family native to Eastern and Southern Europe, and now grows throughout the world. It has a bright yellow flower head surrounded by small white petals, and has been used in cosmetics, herbal teas, and even beer for centuries.

Traditionally, chamomile has been used to alleviate anxiety, digestive, and inflammatory conditions.

Over 100 bioactive molecules have been identified in chamomile extracts, the most prominent of which is the antioxidant apigenin. Apigenin has shown promising results in vivo including clinical trials, with beneficial effects demonstrated in models of diabetes, amnesia and Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety and depression, and cancer.

Our chamomile is sourced from a French herboristerie that has been trading for over 110 years, and is certified organic FR-BIO-01 (provenance: EU).

We use chamomile in our Apple-passion blue tea and of course Chamomile blue tea.

Ginger root

Ginger root (Zingiber officinale) has been used as a fragrant spice in many cultures throughout Asia. It was subsequently exported to Europe and other parts of the world, and is currently used in a vast array of culinary applications, from candy to alcoholic beverages.

Ginger has traditionally been used to treat gastroenterological symptoms and contains many antioxidants, the most abundant being the gingerol family.

The current scientific literature highlights a potential role for gingerols in a variety of conditions associated with oxidative damage such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and arthritis.

Our ginger is sourced from an ‘Artisan de qualité’ recognised by the Collège Culinaire de France, and certified organic FR-BIO-01 (provenance: Niger).

We use ginger root in our Ginger blue tea.

Galangal root

Galangal (Alpinia galanga or Alpinia officinarum) is native to South-East Asia and is a member of the ginger family.

This aromatic has many culinary uses and is a key ingredient in curry pastes and Thailand’s tom yum soup. Galangal root and ginger have distinct antioxidant flavonoid profiles with different levels of common and unique flavonoids.

Most notably, galangal contains the bioactive molecule ‘galangin’, which demonstrates enhanced antioxidant effects in scientific models of oxidative damage.

Our galangal is sourced from a French spice merchant (provenance: Thailand).

We use galangal root in our Ginger blue tea.

Stevia leaves

Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) is a plant native to South America and has been cultivated for hundreds of years for its leaves which have a sweet taste.

Also known as candyleaf or sugarleaf, stevia leaves contain natural sweeteners that are 50-300 times the sweetness of common sugar depending on their purity.

Sweetening drinks with stevia has been shown to have minimal effects on blood sugar levels, which has positive implications for patients in their everyday management of diabetes and obesity.

Our stevia leaves are sourced from a French spice merchant (provenance: EU).

We use stevia leaves in our Ginger blue tea.

Passion berries

Baies de la passion, passion berries, rue berries, are common names for the dried fruit of Ruta chalepensis, a member of the citrus family.

This plant is native to the Mediterranean and Africa, and while it is not recommended to ingest concentrated oil from the leaves and roots, these dried berries are a key ingredient in the famous Eritrean and Ethiopian spice mix called ‘berbere’, and the coffee drink ‘kuti’.

In fact, the intriguing passionfruit-like taste of these berries has caught the eye of companies like Monin, who produce an artisanal rue berry cordial!

Studies have demonstrated beneficial properties of compounds isolated from the whole plant, including anti-diabetic and anti-viral activity. Further studies solely using rue berries will identify the health properties of their unique flavour molecules.

Our passion berries are sourced from a French spice merchant (provenance: Ethiopia).

We use passion berries in our Apple-passion blue tea to give it a hint of passionfruit. 

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