Hibiscus, Turmeric, Rosehips and Orange Peel.
Turmeric is native to southern Asia, requiring temperatures between 68 and 86 °F and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive.
It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. Curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric, has powerful anti-inflammatory effects, very strong antioxidants, and in studies shown to have incredible benefits against depression.
Okinawa, fifth largest the island in Japan, has the highest percentage of centenarians anywhere, the longest disability-free life expectancy, and a very low rate of heart disease. The Ryukyuan people, who drink copious quantities of turmeric tea, appear to be the healthiest elderly population in the world. Of course, other aspects of the island lifestyle play major roles.
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, karkadé in Egypt and Orhul in India.
Besides it’s taste, hibiscus is popular for it’s extensive medicinal uses- known to have Antidepressant, anti inflammatory and anti bacterial Properties, aid digestion, assist in weight loss by speeding up the metabolism, and the list goes on.
The rose hip is the fruit of the rose plant. Rose hips begin to form after successful pollination of flowers in spring or early summer, and ripen in late summer through autumn. Rosehip tea is rich in vitamin C, lycopene and flavonoids, which are responsible for its antioxidant effect. Antioxidants help prevent diseases related to oxidation, such as heart disease, arthritis and cancer. They also inhibit damage caused by free radicals, which play a role in premature aging.
Orange peel contains considerable amounts of calcium, copper, magnesium, vitamin A, folate and other B vitamins and dietary fiber. The bitter taste is the result of the many flavonoids that orange peels contain. Flavonoids — antioxidant compounds found in certain fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices — are known for their role in helping to prevent chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer.