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Harness the power of the blossom!! This syrup was made with some of the most beneficial flowers nature has to offer! In fact, with the exception of the Roselle Hibiscus Calyxes (which are technically a fruit), I ONLY used flowers! [NOTE: If you look below the ingredients list you’ll find details about the beneficial properties of each of the flowers (and the calyxes)!] My goal, here, was to create more of a “general health and vitality” syrup. You don’t even have to be sick to enjoy it! The flavor is reminiscent of Sorghum Syrup, and I haven’t had a chance to test it out but I could see it tasting great stirred into a cup of hot tea!
INGREDIENTS: Concentrated Tea Made From: Water, Goldenrod Blossoms, Pineapple Sage Blossoms, Honeysuckle Blossoms, Chamomile Blossoms, Roselle Hibiscus Calyxes, Gardenia Blossoms, Chia Blossoms, and White Clover Blossoms; Sugar; Crystallized Lime Juice; Sea Salt
Goldenrod is a true powerhouse. It’s rich with saponins, which have been shown to have anticancer and anti-inflammatory effects, as well as the flavonoid antioxidants quercetin and kaempferol, which have also been shown to have anti inflammatory effects and to help protect your cells from free radical damage. (Free radical damage is a factor in many chronic conditions, including heart disease and cancer.)
PINEAPPLE SAGE BLOSSOMS:
Pineapple Sage is traditionally chosen by herbalists for those who are an excellent herb for anyone feeling stressed out, anxious, mentally fatigued, and/or depressed. And research shows that New flavanone, 5-O-(6-rhamnosylglucoside)-7-hydroxy-4′-methoxyflavanone (2), was extracted from the plant does, indeed, possess antidepressant properties! The anthocyanins which give these blossoms their beautiful red color are also antioxidative and antimicrobial, and have been shown to help boost neural and visual health and protect against disease.
HONEYSUCKLE BLOSSOMS: As one of the 50 fundamental herbs in Chinese herbology, Honeysuckle is used in the treatment of a wide range of health problems including pain and inflammation, viral & bacterial infection, headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, and respiratory tract infections.
The three most beneficial phytochemicals in Honeysuckle are 1.) Chlorogenic acid, a phenolic acid which acts as a carcinogenic inhibitor. 2.) Luteolin, a chemical agent known for acting as an antioxidant, antibiotic, radical scavenger, an anti-inflammatory, carbohydrate metabolism promoter, and an immunity system modulator. And, 3.) Isochlorogenic acid, a potent antibiotic.
Rich in terpenoids and flavonoids, Chamomile is one of the oldest and best documented medicinal plants in the world. It’s both an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, and is also used to reduce anxiety, treat hysteria and insomnia, and improve gastrointestinal health.
ROSELLE HIBISCUS CALYXES:
Extracts from Roselle were shown to have positive effects on both inflammatory disease and cancer. It is rich in the powerful antioxidants poly-phenolic acid, flavonoids and anthocyanins. Roselle has also been proven to be an impressive antibiotic.
In addition to the medicinal benefits it boasts, Roselle is a great source of vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals. 57 gram of roselle offers 123 mg of Calcium, 0.84 mg of Iron, 6.8 mg of Vitamin C, 29 mg of Magnesium, 6.45 g of Carbohydrate, 21 mg of Phosphorus, 119 mg of Potassium, 0.016 mg of Vitamin B2 and 8 µg of Vitamin A.
With its strong antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties, Gardenia is often used as a general tonic for the immune system of people experiencing times of great stress. It’s also considered beneficial in treating both anxiety and depression.
Although the seeds get all the good press, the rest of the Chia plant is ALSO impressively beneficial! A tea from the leaves and flowers is especially recommended for anyone feeling lethargic or lacking energy. Chia contains several very strong antioxidants which work to cleanse toxins from the body. It has also been found to be useful in alleviating pain and inflammation, strengthening the nervous system, and aiding those who are recovering from respiratory infections.
WHITE CLOVER BLOSSOMS:
White clover contains the estrogenic isoflavone genistein which has cancer-preventative and antioxidant activity.