Peppermint, honey bee pollen, hibiscus, eucalyptus and tulsi
Peppermint native to Europe and the Middle East , is a natural hybrid of spearmint and water mint. In Greek mythology, Menthe was turned into a peppermint plant when Proserpine, in a jealous rage, found out that Pluto was in love with her. In the modern world we use it quite extensively for candies, toothpastes, ice creams, other desserts, in cocktails, and most importantly in herbal teas when dried. Studies have shown peppermint to be useful in suppressing the appetite, improving digestion, strengthening immunity due to its antibacterial properties, and reducing stress levels.
Tulsi, or holy basil, is an aromatic plant native to the Indian subcontinent and flourishes as a cultivated plant throughout the humid and tropical climates of Southeast Asia. It has been used in Indian culture as a religious, spiritual, and healing herb for more than 5,000 years. In Ayurveda, tulsi is considered an adaptogen, a natural herb that helps the body adapt to environmental, physical and emotional stressors, support normal functions and restore balance.
There are more than 700 species of eucalyptus and most are native to Australia and New Zealand. The benefits of this mostly evergreen plant are extensive and well known - it is known to boost the immune system, reduce anxiety and stress levels, and protect the skin against infections. The perfect herb for urban dwellers.
Hibiscus is native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. The red tangy tea made of hibiscus flowers is enjoyed the world over, served both hot and cold. Bissap in West Africa, Gul e Khatmi in Urdu & Persian, agua de jamaica in Mexico, sorrel in Jamaica, soobolo in Ghana, karkade in Egypt and Orhul in India. Besides its taste, hibiscus is popular for it's extensive medicinal uses - known to have antidepressant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, aid digestion, assist in weight loss by speeding up the metabolism, and the list goes on.
Bee pollen is the food of the young bee and it is approximately 40% protein. It is considered one of nature's most completely nourishing foods. The pollen ball gets packed by the worker honeybees into pellets. Each bee pollen pellet contains over two million flower pollen grains and one teaspoonful contains over 2.5 billion grains of flower pollen. Bee pollen is rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, lipids and fatty acids, enzymes, carotenoids and bioflavonoids. It has powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties that strengthen the capillaries, reduce inflammation, stimulate the immune system and lower cholesterol levels naturally.