Though grown in many European and Central Asian countries, the saffron grown in the area around Kozani in Western Macedonia is acknowledged as the best quality organic Saffron in the world.
Greek saffron has been revered throughout history, Cleopatra infused her bathwater with it and Alexander the Great was thought to have bathed his battle wounds and drank saffron tea.
Crocus’ are planted each summer and the stigmas of the flowers are removed by hand and dried thoroughly each autumn. The harvesting happens in the early morning when the petals are closed and generally takes around a month. The stigmas weigh virtually nothing; it takes 50,000 to produce 100 grams of red saffron.
Its rarity and cost comes from a combination of the intensive nature of the harvesting and the size of the annual production, which varies between just 6 and 12 tons depending on the weather. Greek saffron is considered a luxury foodstuff that is in great demand and can cost many thousands of euros per kilo.
Does Greek Saffron really have health benefits?
A study published in 2019 in Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy, provided new evidence of saffron’s ability to limit cell death, reduce the formation of arterial plaques that are seen in Cardiovascular disease and reduce the concentration of fats in the bloodstream.
Saffron, with its strong antioxidant and radical scavenger properties may provide protection against inflammation, reduce high blood pressure (hypertension) and that crocin may have antiplatelet properties, important in cardiovascular disease.
Additionally, it is widely acknowledged that saffron is beneficial for gut health due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-hyperlipidemic effects as well as improving insomnia, boosting vision health particularly in the retinal function of those suffering with age-related macular degeneration and may even work as an aphrodisiac!
Do Lemon Verbena and Sage have any health benefits?
Lemon Verbena is used extensively for digestive disorders including indigestion, gas, colic, diarrhea and constipation. It may also be useful in helping treat sleep disorders because it is rich in melatonin, asthma, colds, fevers and skin conditions.
Lemon verbena is also calming and relaxing, soothing period pain, stomach cramps and may help relieve stress and nervousness.
Sage contains several anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds that increase anti-inflammatory compounds in our blood. It is also rich in Vitamin K which is essential for bone health, circulation and effective blood clotting.
The active ingredient camphor, found in sage is thought to promote healthy skin cell growth, slow signs of aging and decrease wrinkle formation. Studies have also shown that sage extract can assist in healing cold sores and speed wound healing.
Why drink our Organic Herbal Tea with Sage, Lemon Verbena and Greek Saffron?
There are so many reasons for drinking this tea.
First and foremost, it tastes phenomenal. The three herbs complement each other beautifully giving a delightfully balanced tea that can be enjoyed at any time of the day but is especially good in the evening if you have problems getting to sleep.
Brimming with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, this aromatic tea calms irritated digestive systems and may reduce appetite and the urge to snack, promoting weight loss and lowering BMI.
Its anti-inflammatory properties can reduce inflammation in joints, muscles and throughout your body and if you tend towards nervousness and anxiety it may help calm you down.
The most important reason to drink this tea; pure pleasure. Treat yourself to a cup of luxurious, premium tea that is not only going to do you good but it can be your secret, private pleasure as you wind down after a busy day.
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