Herbs For a Healthy Life - Health Tea Box

September 28, 2020


A Holistic Nutritionist’s Guide to Feel Good from the Inside Out

It’s nothing new to hear that what we put into our bodies has a massive impact on how we feel – on both the outside and the inside. The food part is typically well understood: eat lots of fruit and vegetables, choose complex carbohydrates over simple sugars, opt for whole foods and reduce processed food consumption. As Michael Pollan put it, “eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”


But that plant aspect is where it can get a little more complex, especially when you stray from the typical broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and carrots. What if you started to explore the health benefits of herbs? And more than that, what if you started to use these in combination with healthy, daily habits and lifestyle changes? Check out these four changes to get you started:

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Feeling good at the beginning of the day – and then for the rest of the day –  starts with the night before. Adopt a nightly sleep routine, which starts in the hour before bed, reducing your exposure to screens and blue light, having dimmer lighting around you and refraining from any physically or mentally energetically stimulating activities. You can also add a sleepy time tea option with sleep promoting ingredients:

  • Chamomile
    If you have reached for a chamomile tea in the hours before bed (maybe even in our night-time tea!), or in a quiet moment in the afternoon, you already know the calming effects of this herb. Another one to have on your radar for reducing anxiety and helping quiet the brain, chamomilehas antioxidants which also help promote sleepiness and improve sleep quality. Consume this flower turned tea after eating however, and you will be privy to additional benefits: chamomile has been shown to promote digestive health and lower blood sugar levels in the body, which helps protect against diabetes.
  • Lemon Balm
    Similar to chamomile, lemon balm is another herb to have on your radar to help reduce stress and anxiety and improve sleep quality. Research has shown its ability to help ease insomnia and sleep disorders and as having a calming affect on the mind, boosting cognitive function. The special thing about this herb however, is that it not only helps reduce anxiety, but can also relieve anxiety symptoms, such as indigestion, nausea and headaches. Enjoy Lemon Balm in the night time tea with chamomile.

Find Your Mind

Another aspect of reducing stress is becoming aware of what causes stress and focusing in on getting mindful instead of letting your mind be full. When was the last time you stopped and took a breath? Like a real, complete, diaphragm filling breath. Inhale, exhale. Have you let your mind wonder lately, just letting the thoughts come and go, getting curious and not being judgemental of what shows up. You can be an observer of your thoughts, without becoming attached to them. This is an aspect of meditation, one way to help you feel good and be more in control of your thoughts and emotions. Start your day with some meditation or mindfulness and some energizing tea to feel good and stay on track after your good night’s sleep. These herbs are a great place to start:



Hit up Nature

The research abounds that supports the role nature has in promoting the reduction of stress hormones. In an article published last year in Science Daily, researchers showed that just a 20 minute stroll in nature was enough to reduce levels of cortisol released into the blood stress. Keeping these at a base level is important to reduce the occurrence of chronic stress and fend off the development of anxiety and chronic stress related illness such as adrenal fatigue and burnout. Having a stress-reducing routine, which includes time in nature, and other things such as activities that bring you joy, things that make you laugh and your favourite calming tea can help. Choose teas that include adaptogens, anti-stress and anti-inflammatory herbs, as all of these help mitigate the negative effects of stress on the body:

  • Rhodiola
    An adaptogenic herb, rhodiola delivers its benefits through modulating the stress response in the body. In times of stress, the sympathetic system is activated, which inhibits parasympathetic activities like digestion, sleep and deep breathing. Adaptogens however, let your body adapt more efficiently to stress so that the byproducts of the stress response do not negatively impact you health long-term
  • Turmeric
    Perhaps the more well-known member on the list, turmeric is commonly known for its anti-inflammatory effects. The yellow colour of this popular plant comes from curcumin, an antioxidant-rich plant compound which also elicits anti-inflammatory effects on the body. Inflammation is a natural and necessary part of healthy systemic function, as it is an immune response. Present in excess however, it can lead to poor health outcomes including decreased energy, gut distress and other disease processes.
  • Valerian
    These uncertain days of 2020 present with no shortage of anxiety and stress, but there is definitely lots that is in your control that you can do to help alter the outcome. In addition to practicing mindfulness, going outside and moving your body regularly, valerian is a calming, anti-anxiety herb which can play a positive role in reducing your anxious feelings, inability to sleep or difficulties concentrating. This ancient herb has several compounds which inhibit the chronic stress-inducing breakdown of GABA in the brain, an important step in maintaining mental clarity and feeling energized.

Start Moving

If you’re going out in nature, why not make your 20 minutes count for double and exercise outside? Going for a walk or bike ride on the trails, practicing yoga or Pilates in your local park, or heading out for a run on the beach are all great ways to integrate both movement and nature. Moving your body helps you feel good because it releases feel good hormones, including dopamine and serotonin. In addition, exercises stimulates brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which has been referred to as fertilizer for your brain. It helps promote neuroplasticity and improves the health of your brain cells. Naturally, this is important to help maintain current levels of cognitive function, but also low levels of BDNF have been shown to be a factor in the development of conditions such as Alzheimers and dementia. And while you’re looking after your brain through movement, why not boost your brain health with cognitive promoting herbs:

  • Ginseng
    A prominent player in the cognitive memory assist day-tea, staying cognitively primed is important for optimal  feel-good function today, and in the days and years to come. Ginseng helps with this by acting as an adaptogen (like rhodiola!) and offering anti-stress effects on the body. It helps improve mental performance and has anti-inflammatory properties which act to reduce the risk of more sinister disease processes such as vascular disease and diabetes.
  • Ginkgo Biloba
    The use of Ginkgo extract has seen a quick uptake in the last several years due to speculation of the plant’s ability to enhance brain function. Additional studies have looked at the mediating affect of Ginkgo in helping reduce the rate of cognitive decline in people experiencing dementia. While none of the studies are conclusive and many of the results are inconsistent, given its powerful plant compounds, it is a benefit to add it to your diet (like during tea time), regardless of the cognitive benefits.

If you’re ready to shake things up with spring and get out of your WFH routine, reach out to us to learn more about how you can get a Tea Box delivered right to your house. With all these herbs and health benefits to speak of, you’ll feel an extra spring in your step and revitalised from the inside out.


Laura Peill
Registered Holistic Nutritionist







We’d love to help you become healthier and be the best version of yourself!

Got a question? Send us an email:
info@healthculturesystems.com.au



July 31, 2020


Making the Most of Teatime

On these chilly winter days, it seems to be that tea time is always in order. Whether it’s to warm you up, or wake you up, if you find yourself reaching for tea more and more often, you’re not alone! But it’s nice to know that what you are choosing to drink regularly has more than just it’s physical warming properties.

Tea time

When we crafted the blends for the Tea Box, a lot of time went into choosing the ingredients and creating the perfect combination. Every ingredient has its purpose and an intention behind why it is there. You can dig into this on our website, but we wanted to take some time to highlight some of these for you so that you know exactly what’s in your daily warming cup:

Cognitive Memory Assist

Whether you are working from home or home-schooling kids, these days, with the distracting media and all the new roles and life routines we are adopting, it can be hard to keep cognitively on track. Our Cognitive Memory Assist blend is a specially formulated blend which enhances alertness, working memory, focus and Cognitive function and which also can play a role in reducing Alzheimer’s. A few of the specialized ingredients that offer these benefits include:

  • Gingko Biloba – An anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory ingredient, which helps improve blood flow and circulation, and is cognitive and memory enhancing.
  • Panax Ginseng – Reduces plaques which build up in the brain and can lead to Alzheimer’s, as well as offers anti-inflammatory properties
  • Golden Root (Rhodiola) – An adaptogen, which helps the body adapt to stresses that are present and respond appropriately

Morning Tea

The star player in this tea is Matcha. We wanted to create a tea that you could have as a way to boost your energy without the after effects experienced in caffeine.

Matcha

  • High in antioxidants
  • Natural energy booster because of its green tea properties
  • Contains L-Theanine, a natural relaxant

Gut Health Tea

The connection between the brain and gut is well documented and research continues to show up which supports the role the gut has in influencing the brain. when your gut health is suffering, it can impact things such as concentration and focus, mood and emotion, among many others. The good news is however, that there are lots of things you can do to help improve your gut, including consuming gut friendly ingredients. We have included two of these in our tea:

  • Turmeric- Anti-inflammatory, helping reduce inflammation in the gut which can lead to compromised digestion
  • Ginger – Aids in gut distress symptoms such as gas, bloating and nausea
Gut Health Tea

Immunity Boost

COVID time or not, boosting the immune system is always beneficial. We think of our immunity as being important when we are sick, but it is important all the time! It helps us recover from exercise and manage stress levels; it helps remove toxins from the body and improve cellular health and function and it ensures our body is ready to fight off invaders whenever they show up. Immunity is enhanced through Vitamin C rich foods, exercise, lymphatic movement and these ingredients:

  • Licorice
    • Adaptogen, increasing the body’s ability to respond to stress, by adapting to the stressful situations
    • Antioxidant, contributing to reducing cellular oxidative stress
  • Hibiscus – Hypotensive, helping to reduce blood pressure
  • Pomegranate – Rich in antioxidant, a key player in the immune system, as it helps to remove oxidative cells which can compromise immune functioning

Tension Taming Relaxation Tea

This tea is our night blend, which we recommend you consume before bed to help with sleep and in quieting your mind. However, it can be consumed any time during the day when you need tea to help in reducing stress and tension and when you need to take a few minutes to breathe.

  • Lemon Balm – A natural sedative and calming ingredient, which helps calm the mind and body in preparation for sleep.
  • Valerian – Similar to lemon balm, with natural sedative properties, but also acting as a nerve tonic, to relax the nervous system.
  • Goji Berries – Immune modulating, the Goji berry is able to respond to immune changes in the body, which are often closely connected to experienced changes in sleep and tension.

Over these next few weeks, whether you are drinking tension taming tea or not, remember to breathe! Press pause, get up from your chair, walk around and move, and take in a few deep breaths. Your body and mind will thank you for it.



Laura Peill
Registered Holistic Nutritionist







We’d love to help you become healthier and be the best version of yourself!

Got a question? Send us an email:
info@healthculturesystems.com.au



March 31, 2020


Immune System, We’re Coming for You!

The time seems more important than ever now to focus in on maximizing immune health. To be sure, there is no magic fix or quick acting ingredient that will make you instantly safe from any immune invading viruses (we’re looking at you Mr. COVID!). But there are some smart things you can do that will help your body be better at what it is already meant to do: activate your immune cells to be able to fight off invaders to keep you healthy.


Eat Whole Foods
Eat Whole Foods

One of the best ways to encourage optimal immune functioning is to make sure your body has everything it needs to support ant reproduce healthy immune cells. When our body is stocked up on nutrients and phytonutrients – like Vitamin C, B vitamins, antioxidants, and magnesium – these are available in supply for the cells to call on when they need them.

  • Consume vegetables and fruit that are bright in colour and in their natural form
  • Choose whole grain sources of carbohydrates to increase fibre intake and maximize B vitamin intake
  • Eat a variety of foods to maintain an efficient level of fat, protein and carbohydrates. All of these macronutrients are important in body functioning.
  • Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, a compound which helps remove free radicals in the body. This is why it is important in immunity, and can be found in red capsicum, citrus fruit, Kakadu Plum and many other fruits and vegetables.

Hydration Nation!
Hydration Nation

While you cannot “wash away” a virus, there are many reasons why it is important to consume adequate water or hydrating beverages like herbal teas:

  • Water is required to maintain blood volume, and adequate blood volume ensures consistent blood circulation of immune cells.
  • Hydrated cells are healthier cells! Think about how you feel when you are dehydrated – tired, low-energy, fatigued – and the same thing happens to your cells! Lack of water means they might not have the functional capacity to do their job

Plain water is the most accessible source of hydration for your cells. Other options however, like herbal tea, sparkling water and coconut water all present hydration alternatives. Mix it up in your daily routine to make sure you get enough and aren’t bored by just plain water!



Keep Moving
Keep Moving

If you have always thought about committing to at-home workouts, or want to make use of the set of dumbbells you have in your garage, now is a great time to do so. You can do your own at-home workout with bodyweight or hand weights if you have them, and integrate high intensity cardio activities, like jumping Jacks, running, high knees, jump squats or Burpees. In these times movement is good for many reasons:

  • Helps the movement of lymph which contains waste that your body is trying to get rid of.
  • Encourages the intake of increased oxygen and helps with blood circulation. some immune cells travel through the blood and need to get to their destination!
  • Improves your state of mind, helping reduce stress and anxiety and make you feel happier and more in control
  • Move outside! Doing it outdoors gives you the added bonus of a Vitamin D hit from the sunshine. Vitamin D is important for immune cell function.

Boost Your Body
Herbal Tea

Eating whole foods and drinking adequate water goes a long way in making sure you maintain a heathy body and a fully functioning immune system. However, there are some ingredients or foods that are particularly high on the immunity friendly list.

  • Turmeric – an anti-inflammatory that helps reduce unnecessary inflammation in the body so immune resources can be more efficiently used.
  • Vitamin D rich foods – Mushrooms, eggs and fatty fish contain this vitamin that is essential for immune function. Added bonus if you head out into the sunshine and get a double dose!
  • Peppermint – Great for fighting congestion or helping reduce symptoms in the early stages of illness.
  • Probiotic foods – These help maintain a healthy gut biome and ensure a proper balance of bacteria in your gut. The bacteria function in manufacturing some of the immune cells, so it is imperative that they are able to do this.

There is no one food, one thing or one ingredients that is going to protect you from contracting a virus or instantly give your immune system a boost. But when you stack together lots of healthy habits and stay consistent, there is a great chance that your immune system will be armed and ready in case anything decides to make an entrance!



Laura Peill
Registered Holistic Nutritionist







We’d love to help you become healthier and be the best version of yourself!

Got a question? Send us an email:
info@healthculturesystems.com.au



October 29, 2019


Is that true?

With the increase in popularity of tea in the last few years, there has also been an increase of tea options hit the market. Some promise to be the healthiest beverage you consume, others to help your liver and others still to be the answer to your slim-down desires. But which of these claims are actually true and which is a myth? We’re here to tell you all about it!



Myth 1: Tea will dehydrate me
Tea will dehydrate me

Truth: You may have heard that coffee is a diuretic, and therefore, dehydrating for the body. This is true. Tea however, does not necessarily fall under the same category.

If you are consuming a tea made with natural ingredients that contains no caffeine, tea can actually be hydrating! Steeped in water, you can think of tea as simply flavoured water – just like you would add lemon or fresh mint to your iced water. In fact, if you struggle to drink enough water every day, tea can be the perfect way to help you drink increased amounts of water and reach your daily required intake.

Water is essential in our body for adequate digestion, brain function, helping improve blood flow and energy and for aiding the immune system in optimized function. Without enough, you may find yourself with constipation, headaches, feeling sluggish or unable to think well. Likewise, a simple change, like drinking an additional 500mL of water per day, will help you sleep better, be more alert, have more energy and enhance your digestion.


Myth 2: Tea will help me lose weight

Truth: There are a lot of teas advertising to help you “lose weight” or “slim down,” or claiming to contain the magic ingredient that will help you shed those last few pounds. Its important to understand the nuances of these statements however and recognize that tea is not a weight loss miracle drug.

It is true that tea can contain certain ingredients – such as senna – that will promote digestive movement and reduce fluid retention, but in essence, these teas are allowing your body to have an express line to emptying waste, not taking pounds off your waist.

If you are looking to lose weight, the best thing to do is adopt a healthy sustainable lifestyle, consuming a high volume of fruits and vegetables, and lots of complex carbohydrates, as well as regular exercise. In addition, drinking water is critical, and this is where tea can come in. as mentioned above, in addition to plain water, you can drink herbal and caffeine free tea to help meet your daily water requirements. One idea is to have 500mL of water (sound familiar?) every time you have a tea. This doubles your water intake, while still letting you have some of it as the delicious tasting tea!



Myth 3: Tea doesn’t taste very good
Health Tea Box Lemon

Truth: If the first thought you have when it comes to tea is the dark coloured black stuff your grandma used to drink, that you drowned in sugar, good news: there is more than one type of tea. Over the last several years, the types of teas, their flavour, nutrient profile and ingredients have shifted dramatically, and tea can now not only steer away from tasting bad, but actually be incredibly delicious!

Ingredients such as licorice, ginger, naturally dried fruit, antioxidant rich berriesand cinnamon are all examples of ingredients which not only add incredible flavour to tea, but which also have impressive health properties. Ginger and licorice or example are great for improving digestion and reducing stomach distress, not to mention, licorice tastes sweet, without having any sugar. Likewise, cinnamon and fruit add a natural sweetness, while cinnamon has also been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels.

Many berries, such as goji berries, blueberries, juniper berries and strawberries make regular appearances in tea. When immersed in hot water, they allow extraction of magnificent colours, lending the beautiful purples, reds and burgundies to teas. More than just for looks however, berries are a potent source of antioxidants, compounds that help fight free radicals in the body and work to optimize cell function.

Collectively, with the right combination of ingredients, not only can tea taste good, but it can be healthy for you too! Just hold off on the sugar and fill it with natural sweetening ingredients.


Myth 4: Detox teas are healthier than other teas

Truth: In simple terms, not necessarily. Words like “detox,” “clean,” and “slimming,” are a common sight on tea boxes. And you aren’t alone if you assume that those teas are the healthiest option and the one to go for if you are looking to tea to offer you health guidance. In reality though, it’s all about what’s in the tea that determines how healthy it is.

In many cases other teas without the fancy detox label have the same or similar ingredients – and often a lower price tag! Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and a common ingredient when it comes to detoxifying due to its ability to help reduce inflammation within the body. Hibiscus is a potent source of antioxidants, an essential compound to have circulating through the body when it comes to reducing potential cancer-causing oxidative compounds.

Not only are some of these ingredients similar, but teas without the attention-grabbing detox label, might in fact have ingredients that are even morenutritionally advantageous. Rhodiola and ginseng for example, are adaptogenic plants that help the body adapt to stress, and which also improve cognitive function. They are just two examples of the many, nutritionally opportune ingredients included in our teas.

And that’s why we want you to have some! We’re not making false promises or filling them with unsavoury ingredients. just real tea, real ingredients and the science behind them to show that they can effectively do what we say they can do.



Laura Peill
Registered Holistic Nutritionist







We’d love to help you become healthier and be the best version of yourself!

Got a question? Send us an email:
info@healthculturesystems.com.au



October 1, 2019


Why it’s time to go outside!

If the winter weather had you stuck indoors, huddled under a blanket (with a cup of hot tea!), don’t worry – you weren’t alone. But with the warmer weather now peaking in, it’s time to take advantage of the sun, light and all the fresh air, as you reap the benefits of being outside!
Spring cup of tea

The warm days that have been teasing us off and on these past few weeks are the perfect glimpse into the new spring season that is upon us. More than that though, they are the ideal time to be outside. Winter doesn’t usually lend itself to being outdoors, and in the process of spending all that time inside, we lose the natural benefits of the sun, fresh air, interaction with plants and the natural endorphin release that comes from breathing it all in and being in nature. It’s time to put the winter blues aside and step outside into spring.



Benefits of Being Outdoors

Spring Outdoors Bike

Aside from the bright skies and pretty flowers, you’ll be happy to know there are a few additional reasons why the great outdoors is so great:

  • Japanese researchers have shown that “stressful states can be relieved by forest therapy.” The Japanese regularly walk forest trails and researchers are finding evidence to support that it offers decreases in cortisol, sympathetic nerve activity, and blood pressure.
  • Natural settings reduce directed-attention fatigue, an issue caused by the brain having to constantly manage competing stimuli
  • Recent research looked at the connection between soil and the gut microbiome, concluding that the soil biodiversity we are exposed to is decreasing and our rate of microbiome related lifestyle diseases is increasing
  • Natural light exposure is required for adequate vitamin D, and also helps regulate your sleep schedule. The brain is cued by light changes for when to produce melatonin and elicit sleep.

Camping herbal Tea

Outdoor Activities.

Here’s the good news: getting the benefits of going outside doesn’t require you to spend hours on a hike or commit to devoting Saturday to Mother Nature:  just 30 minutes of time outdoors can be enough to give you incredible physical and mental benefits. If you’re not sure what to do or where to start however, here are some outdoor activity ideas which are perfect for spring:

  • Go for a walk – down the street, on a local trail, around your backyard. It doesn’t have to be long or to a destination, just incorporating movement is enough!
  • Forage flowers – The next time you drive by a spot in nature that has nice flowers, stop and pick a few! Go for a walk around the area and see if you can forage a nature-made bouquet for your home. Not only will you get the benefits of being outdoors, but you will also be able to go home and bring the outdoors in!
  • Move the Meet – Whether it is a meeting with colleagues or a meet-up with friends, take it outside. For a work meeting, opt to sit outside for coffee instead of in, or suggest a walking meeting. If you are meeting up with friends, think of an outdoor activity, such as a walk along the beach, frisbee in the park, or a walk through the local gardens.
  • Choose Outside – Sometimes getting outside is as simple as choosing to do so. Choose to walk to places when you can; get up from your desk at work and go for a walk outdoors; shop at outdoor farmer’s markets instead of the store; exercise outside instead of at the gym or in your garage.

Use the change in season to change the way you think about the outdoors – a place to be in and visit, not a place to ignore or walk away from. Plus, there are so many great additional benefits to getting outside, that really, you have nothing to lose!


Health Tea Box - Herbs Planter Box

Plants for Purpose.

More than just soaking up the sunshine and getting a dose of those feel-good hormones though, being outside surrounded by plants lets you get an appreciation for the large diversity of plants found growing in abundance in our own backyard. Better yet, did you know that a lot of these plants are edible and have impressive health benefits? In fact, many of them could be considered nature’s superfoods given their nutrient profile. And this is a big reason behind why they are included in some of the teas we offer as part of the Health Tea Box:

  • Hibiscus – While beautiful in nature, hibiscus is that much better in the body: it helps reduce  blood pressure. Whether you suffer from hypertension or stress, the hypotensive properties of hibiscus are the perfect solution. Combined with its antioxidant benefits, it’s a clear winner and found in several of our teas.
  • Rose Petals – Not only are roses beautiful to look at in nature but the petals adds a refined sweetness to desserts and tea, while also providing anti-inflammatory benefits. The red blood-like colour of roses is also symbolic of their ability to act as a blood tonic.
  • Lemon Balm – An Australian native plant, lemon balm adds a subtle lemon flavour to teas and you can use it in your cooking in the same way. In addition, it is rich in antioxidants and can act as a sedative, aiding in sleep and de-stressing.
  • Fennel – A pleasant smell and a delicious flavour, this liquorice like plant has anti-inflammatory effects and is a great digestive aid. Drink the digestive tea after a meal or when you are feeling bloated, nauseas or suffering from unwanted gut distress.
  • Peppermint – Peppermint tea is soothing and comforting, and this is not an accident. Peppermint is great for helping elicit calmness and reduce tension, as well as is a beneficial digestive aid, helping in both chronic and acute gut symptoms.

There are lots of benefits from getting outside, but the only way to reap them is to try it yourself. What are you waiting for? Get outdoors!



Laura Peill
Registered Holistic Nutritionist







We’d love to help you become healthier and be the best version of yourself!

Got a question? Send us an email:
info@healthculturesystems.com.au



September 22, 2019
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Unlock your potential with the Health Tea Box. Packed with over 30 herbs & nutrients, Heath Tea Box Infusions are specially formulated to reduce stress and anxiety, encourage better sleep, boost energy, enhance focus and working memory, and promote healthy hydration.

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August 27, 2019


What are Wellness Teas and why should you try them


Herbal medicine has been used for over 60,000 years and still manages to produce results today. Although we have more advanced pharmaceuticals to help with complex issues, and modern medicine has advanced human society as a whole, we cannot deny this one thing: the old tricks are the best tricks. If nothing else, falling back on some herbal or wellness teas doesn’t hurt so long as you know what the ingredients are for and any possible side-effects if they aren’t consumed as prescribed. In tea form, though, most dosages of the herbs are totally harmless.


Enjoy a cup of wellness tea

What Are Wellness and Herbal Teas?

So, what exactly are wellness and herbal teas? Truthfully, both teas are pretty much the same, however there are some slight differences.

An herbal tea is a beverage infused with spices and herbs in hot water, sometimes including other plant materials like tree bark. The essessences from these materials mix with the water to promote health in many different ways, depending on the ingredient. Therefore, if you’re dealing with high blood pressure, a gruesome cold, digestive issues, or loss of energy, then herbal teas might do the trick for you.

A wellness tea, on the other hand, is the same as an herbal tea except it focuses more on daily health. Wellness teas are perfect to drink for any time, some of them suggesting that you drink them at different times of the day to be at peak performance. For instance, if you have an upcoming work presentation or preparing for an exam, then gingko might be the perfect tea for improved brain function. Meanwhile, teas like chamomile, lemon balm, and passion fruit are all sedatives that can help you relax at night.


Herbal Teas

Benefits of Wellness Teas

The main benefit of any wellness tea is to promote better health even when you aren’t sick. You want to get the whole body in harmony to reinforce preventative measures before you get sick. Herbal teas aren’t a cure-all and certainly can’t replace prescription drugs but they can help when used correctly and regularly. Whatever you’re problem is, there’s a tea for that.

Maybe you’re already health conscious enough to have explored nutritious drinks or medicinal elixirs. The usual problem with these are their taste. Wellness teas don’t just work better than most of their counterparts but are also delicious. If you don’t like something in your tea, there are millions of combinations to find something that you’ll enjoy. There are even several services that allow you to build your own tea blends from scratch. The thing is, if you enjoy what you’re doing, then you’re likely to keep doing it. This is the key to developing healthy habits.


Prevention is Better than Cure

All-In-One Options

A prime example of the herbal teas and the wellness system is the Health Tea Box. This box is formulated to provide you with five different teas made with over 30 spices and herbs. Each of the five blends is created specifically for different times of the day to combat different needs. Every blend has a specific purpose and they all work together to help you get through almost anything.

The morning blend, which is made with white tea, is designed to give energy and boost physical performance. The usual tea for the day is meant to assist with cognitive memory with ginkgo, allowing you to maintain attention and improve learning and memory. We all could use a little of that!

The afternoon blend, made with turmeric, is to promote digestive health. They say every illness can somehow be attributed to your gut health, so this tea is great for encouraging positive digestive function.

Tired of counting sheep at night to get your mind to stop racing? The night blend, with chamomile, is relaxing and tension reducing to help you sleep and manage stress.

Lastly, we have an all day blend made with licorice to help boost the antibacterial and antiviral properties you already have.

Plenty of wellness teas can be found at a local supermarket and many companies sell sampler boxes online to promote different aspects of health. The Health Tea Box, though, is a comprehensive, proven system to treat specific problems most people encounter throughout their daily life. For people looking to get into wellness teas and are unsure where to start, this is an excellent system to start out with.


Health Tea Box

Finding What You Need

Whether you’re trying to find a specific tea to combat a condition or just looking around for something you like, the best thing you can do is to just get started. Different ingredients can do different things to the body in surprisingly strong ways. Some can even pose a health risk, especially during pregnancy, so doing a little research and treating herbal teas like you would any medication is a great place to begin. From there, just go with what tastes good to you and enjoy your cup of tea.


Herbal Cup of Tea






We’d love to help you become healthier and be the best version of yourself!

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July 24, 2019


A cup of tea is so much more than just a beverage . . .

Warming you up, facilitating social interaction and boosting your cognitive function, tea may also be the answer to your unwanted winter blahs and blues!
Bad mood

The colder winter weather, limited sunshine and shorter days can sometimes have us feeling a little bit gloomier during the winter months. Add to that the dark mornings and lack of natural light in the evening, and it’s no wonder we go searching for a little bit of positivity during this time.

Search no more! Today we are bringing you Positivi-TEA!

We want to tell you how drinking tea helps improve your mood, as well as three other action-oriented steps you can take to build up our endorphins and fill your brain with feel-good chemicals to heighten your mental and emotional wellbeing.



Let’s start with tea!

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One of the main reasons we offer a health tea box is because it means you get the benefits of healthy teas every single day! From helping you relax and get to sleep to helping you become more energized in the morning, there are a lot of benefits that can come from a cup of tea. We have carefully selected the ingredients for each tea blend to target a particular area of health and wellbeing, and a few of them are particularly good for helping improve mood and mental and emotional wellbeing.

Ginseng – This ancient Chinese herb is well-known for enhancing cognitive function, and is part of our cognitive assist tea. It  enhances mental clarity, and improves the brain’s operating ability, allowing it to more effectively manage hormones and mood.

Lemon Balm – That fresh citrus burst is just what your brain needs to give it a renewed burst of energy. Found in our tension taming tea, in addition to helping you destress, Lemon Balm is rejuvenating and plays a role in helping you feel more energized, and mentally engaged.

Turmeric – An anti-inflammatory, inflammation in the body causes stress for our systems. This can have a short-term and long-term, cumulative, negative impact on our mental and emotional functioning. Consume our digestion boosting, gut health tea for your daily turmeric intake.

ChamomileStudies with chamomile have found that this plant can play a role in helping manage depression and anxiety. Found in our night time tea, it is also a sedative, meaning ig can help you sleep, should your emotional instability be keeping you awake.


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What else can I do?

Endorphins are the natural “feel-good” hormones released in your brain and while tea helps elicit some of them, there are several other things you can do to be the master of your own high!

Get Moving – If you’re heard of the runner’s high, it’s a real thing. Research has shown that physical activity encourages an endorphin response in the brain, releasing dopamine and other feel good chemicals. Not only are these beneficial during your workout to help you get through, but they last in the period following your workout as well. And no it doesn’t have to be running! Go for a walk or hike outside, enrol in a new fitness class, or try out Pilates, Yoga or Barre.

Get Social – Put down your phone and go talk to someone in person! The human to human interaction is crucial for our wellbeing and the body craves this natural human connection. Technology, working remotely and online shopping have meant this is often decreased during the day and this can have negative effects on our mood. Better yet, why not invite a friend or family member over to share a cup of tea! Tea is a great way to get social and you benefit from the amazing health properties – such as improved immunity and increased antioxidant consumption – at the same time.

Get Some Sleep – Your low affect, may just be because your brain is tired and overwhelmed and doesn’t have the capacity to make you feel good right now! The brain works hard every day, not only cognitively processing, but also in all of our other bodily functions including movement, hormone regulation, stress response, digestion regulation and so much more. Sometimes it gets overworked and needs appropriate sleep for a full reset to be able to perform its tasks. Tonight, have your night time tea early and then crawl into bed for a restful night’s sleep.



Putting it all together

Nobody likes to feel down or depressed, but sometimes it happens. it is totally fine to feel this way, and normal to have off days or days when you are feeling a lttle lower than your usual positive self.

The good news is however that you can also be in control of creating your own positive energy and using it to bring you up and improve how you feel. From drinking tea, to exercise, to simply having a reliable friend you can call on in these times, figure out which option works best for you and then establish a positivity building routine around that. When you feel yourself having a little bit of a low day, start your routine. Or at the very least, wrap your hands around a cup of warm tea and feel your soul warm up from the inside out. Because sometimes on a cold winter’s day, that’s all that it takes!



Laura Peill
Registered Holistic Nutritionist







We’d love to help you become healthier and be the best version of yourself!

Got a question? Send us an email:
info@healthculturesystems.com.au



July 18, 2019
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This Wednesday, over 30 residents attended our wellness event at Barwarre Gardens – Retirement Village, where our resident Naturopath – Kimberlee Ashanti shared information about the role that herbs and herbal supplements can play in promoting healthy aging. It was a very interactive session with lots of questions and answers shared over multiple cups of Health Tea Box natural teas.

One thing is for sure, everybody left hydrated and with a bunch of practical tips to kick start their individual wellness routines.

Learn more about our natural herbal wellness program.


July 8, 2019


When it comes to providing optimized health services to aged clients, doing so with the highest standards of quality and benefit is of utmost importance. The goal is to help these individualsage with dignity and to continue to feel their best, despite their age.

While there are a lot of products on the market that can do this for the general population, few meet the demands and cater to the needs of the aging individual. Their needs are different: the nutrient demands are altered, the brain and mental health requirements change, and the goals surrounding preventative health are different as well.

And while other health products may not work, we know the health tea box does: it has been shown to improve cognitive function, support improved gut health, increase energy and reduce stress.

Specially formulated teas, designed with a target purpose and their own unique nutrition profile, these teas are an ideal addition to the daily routine of individuals in aged care living. In fact, in many cases, they are a great alternative to other products which individuals do not enjoy consuming and therefore resist as part of their regular schedule.

Each tea has carefully researched ingredients, all of which serve a specific purpose in being part of the recipe. With this high degree of research behind each one, we are confident that these teas and their contents can help satisfy the requirements of Quality Control Agency Checks:



Healthy Hydration Alternative

Hydration at any age is crucial for overall health and wellbeing. In aged care however, it is particularly important because this age group is more susceptible to dehydration:

  • Dehydration has shown a decrease in cognitive performance, particularly relevant for the aged population who are typically already suffering cognitive declines
  • Adequate hydration can have a positive effect on patient quality of life, including reducing incidence of urinary tract infections, emotional outbursts, and kidney degradation.

The tea is a great way to encourage individuals to stay adequately hydrated, as it is more flavourful than water, is warming and can be part of a ritual and social routine with other facility clients.


Nutritional Properties

The teas as part of the Health Tea Box are designed to be nutritionally rich. They offer a variety of nutrients and health properties which are particularly relevant for the aging population:

  • Antioxidants– present in the matcha, turmeric, coconut, and fruit in the teas and important for reducing oxidative stress in the body.
  • Anti-inflammatories – turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory which helps reduce inflammation at the cellular level
  • Vitamins and Minerals – Vitamin C, found in our teas in the orange zest and kiwi, is an important vitamin for immunity. The immune system in the aging population is sometimes compromised and needs additional nutritional support whenever possible.
  • Anti-Cancer – containing licorice, ginseng and turmeric, throughout the blends, all of these ingredients have been shown to have anti-cancer properties, an important consideration for the aging population
  • Digestion Enhancement – A healthy gut is at the root of a healthy mind, disease prevention and emotional stability. The tea blends contain several functional digestion promoting ingredients, including fennel, peppermint and rose petals.

Preventative Health

Much of the work with the elderly population is in preventative care, working to offer them the appropriate lifestyle choices, such that they can prevent any further decline in their bodies physically and mentally. There are many areas of preventative health which are important to address:

    • Sleep– Increased age facilitates a natural decline in sleep requirements. Sleep is still essential however, and our tea contains sleep boosting ingredients, such as Valerian, Chamomile and Lemon Balm.
    • Immunity– With a tea designed specifically for immunity, containing antioxidant rich ingredients like orange zest and peppermint, targeting immunity in the elderly is essential for reducing the chance of fatal illness. Other teas include immune boosting benefits from licorice, pomegranate and chamomile.
    • Type 2 Diabetes– Many individuals in aged care have pre-existing conditions such as Diabetes. Our teas contain antioxidants and ingredients such as Turmeric, Ginseng and Coconut which help address these diseases at the root cause and mitigate their negative effects. The antioxidant properties from licorice, and adaptogen benefits from rhodiola are also critical players in addressing chronic illnesses such as diabetes.
    • Cardiovascular Distress– A prominent concern amongst the elderly population, our tea contains ingredients which have been shown to improve cardiovascular function, including Ginseng, Gingko Biloba, Rhodiola and salvia miltorrhiza.

Mental Health

Memory, cognition, and mental health are all top priorities when it comes to bettering the life and wellbeing of the aging population. While genetics and life history play a large role in determining mental health outcomes for an individual, there are many lifestyle changes one can make that can influence these outcomes positively, and act as preventative measures towards further declines. Two of our blends in particular – Cognitive Assist and our Afternoon/Evening blend – target cognitive and mental health. They assist with stress adaptation, promotion of clarity of thought and strengthening of memory. They contain ingredients such as:

  • Red Ginseng – offers cognitive benefits to patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Gingko Biloba – effective and safe long-term for patients with dementia
  • Huperzia Serrata -– derived from Huperzine A, which helps improve behavioural disturbances and general cognitive function
Health Tea Box

The ingredients used as part of the Health Tea Box are all natural and plant-derived and the teas contain no added sugar, artificial flavours or preservatives. In essence, these blends act as a non-pharmaceutical alternative to fighting and preventing health degradation and disease which commonly affects aging individuals.

Baby Boomers are filling an increasingly larger percentage of those looking for aged care, but members of this demographic are unique in that they enter aged care educated in natural health practices, and in many cases with the desire to help themselves through natural health solutions. The Health Tea Box is the answer to this, with research-backed ingredients and multiple health benefits behind it.

Aging is an inevitable part of the life trajectory. It doesn’t however, have to be an unpleasant and difficult one. Through proper nutrition and exercise, the use of health promoting products like a Health Tea Box, and through the care and commitment of the generous aged care workers, these individuals can maintain a high quality of life into their final days.



From the experts:

“The use of natural ingredients offers a holistic approach to helping aging individuals, allowing them to gain benefits across their whole body – from brain and memory to joints to inability to sleep. Natural alternatives encourage health issues to be targeted at the root cause, not simply through a band-aid solution that may stop working or have other negative consequences. Furthermore, drinking tea is a simple integration into the daily routine of most people, and it tastes delicious!”



Laura Peill
Registered Holistic Nutritionist







We’d love to help you become healthier and be the best version of yourself!

Got a question? Send us an email:
info@healthculturesystems.com.au