Advent is the perfect time of year to make a small pause and thank all the good that has happened to us in that year. And to convey that gratitude, YOGI TEA® supports the Organization "Nevandra" non-profit, which develops various humanitarian projects for children in India, who seeks to provide a home and some perspectives for the future. The social commitment of this organization with the second most populous country in the world is very important for us, since the YOGI TEA® roots lie in India. (www.nevandra.ch)
rooibos*, cinnamon*, liquorice*, coriander*, ginger*, black pepper*, cloves*, orange peel*, cardamom*, anise*, star anise*, vanilla extract*, roasted chicory*, orange oil*, cinnamon oil*
Today rooibos, also known as red bush and belongs to the pulse family, is exclusively grown in the Cederberg mountains in South Africa. The plants grow up to two metres tall and are only harvested once a year. Rooibos tea is produced from its leaves, and is the mild, fruit and slightly sweet-tasting national drink of South Africa.
Cinnamon is one of the most expensive herbs in the world and is thought to have been used in China around 3,000 B.C. as a herb and medicinal plant. Cinnamon is extracted from the bark of the cinnamon tree. It tastes aromatic and sweet, and contains nutritious tannins as well as valuable essential oils.
Liquorice has been used since ancient times for its medicinal properties and is one of the 50 basic herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It is around 50 times sweeter than sugar and tastes mild, sweet, bitter and aromatic. Liquorice was selected as the Medicinal Plant of the Year in 2012 due to its valuable nutrients.
In the Middle East and Asia, the gentle, sweet-tasting coriander is used in just about every dish. Firstly, because of its magnificent aroma that resembles an aromatic-spicy blend of mint, nutmeg and orange. Secondly, coriander is full of nutrients and was even referred to in the Old Testament as a medicinal plant.
Ginger has been used in the Far East for more than 3,000 years as a condiment and medicinal plant. It has a fruity-tart taste and contains essential oils and important minerals as well as various vitamins.
Black pepper, known as the ‘King of Spices’ nowadays is one of the most important spices in the world, together with salt. It originates from the Malabar coast of India and it has an intensive spicy flavour, ranging from mildly spicy to spicy. Ancient traditional medicine of Ayurveda recommends black pepper not only for its spiciness, but also for its valuable properties as a medicinal plant.
Cloves are the flower buds of the clove tree and are mainly used in our part of the world as a spice in foods such as Lebkuchen (gingerbread) or red cabbage. They belong to the Myrtaceae family and have an intense, spicy aroma, which led to them even being weighed up with gold in ancient China and Egypt.
This annual plant thrives in Asia and southeastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea; its sweet-tasting fruit has been adored by people for thousands of years. Aniseed used to be presented as a sacrifice to the Gods: nowadays it is used in cakes, Christmas baking and as a delicious herb in many YOGI TEA®s.
In Germany, the chichory is also known by the name ‘Wegwarte’, meaning "watcher of the road", since it commonly grows beside roads with its sky-blue petals. The petals of this plant, which belongs to the daisy family and is native to Europe, Northwest Africa and West Asia, only open for one single day. Its roots have an aromatic and spicy flavour, resembling the taste of coffee.
Pour 250 ml of freshly boiled water over the teabag. Allow to infuse for 5-7 minutes or longer for a stronger flavour. Add milk or milk substitute and sweetener to taste.