Info: In Many Types, in 75g, 100g or 454g Bags
Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary is a small company of Herbalists based in British Columbia's Vancouver Island dedicated to sharing the healing powers of plant medicine, using the best and most sustainable organic and/or wild-harvested herbs they're able to source from their local farming community and wild lands and the world market. In addition to selling scores of individual herbs, medicinal mushrooms, and functional foods, they have formulated a number of artisan blends geared to addressing many common problems or needs indicated in the products' names themselves and the descriptions below.
Ingredients and Intended Purpose for Each Type:
Chai Blend (Organic): Cinnamon Cassia, Fennel, Ginger, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Cloves, Vanilla bean. This caffeine-free tea blend is very full-flavoured, with a variety of premium spices and a hint of vanilla.
Digestive Power (Organic): Fennel seed, Marshmallow root, Meadowsweet leaf, Peppermint, Ginger. This blend of herbs - which can be taken either before or after a meal -- is designed to help settle gas, nausea, and indigestion and help your digestive system break down and assimilate the food.
Healthy Man (86% Organic): Fo-Ti, Hawthorn berry, Nettle Root, Irish Moss (wildharvested), Indian Sarsaparilla, Oatstraw, Cornsilk. This has a variety of ingredients intended to benefit several organs important to men's energy and health at various stages of their life, including the heart, adrenal gland, kidneys, and the reproductive organs.
Kidney Klear (Organic): Uva Ursi, Hibiscus, Juniper Berry, Cornsilk, Cleavers, Birch Leaf, Horsetail. This combination of herbs is intended to help gently repair filtration system, ease the elimination of toxins, and calm and cool an inflamed urinary tract.
Relaxing Blend (Organic): Skullcap, Passionflower, Oatstraw, Chamomile, Catnip. This blend is designed to help clear your head, calm your nerves, and combat restlessness, without leaving you feeling groggy or overtired.
Thought Flow (Organic): Lemon Verbena, Ginkgo, Gotu Kola, Linden, Holy Basil, Rooibos, Rosemary. A refreshing tea intended to help clarify your thoughts by addressing endocrine and nervous system stress and blood circulation to the brain.
Throat Harmony (Organic): Fenugreek, Fennel, Marshmallow, Ginger, Lemongrass, Licorice, Slippery Elm. This is a blend of herbs to help soothe the inflammation in mucus membranes -- whether for a a sore or irritated throat (which can also manifest as a light cough or a tickle in the throat), or indeed in the digestive tract, as well (think: "Irritable Bowel Harmony"). It has a slightly sweet, lemony-ginger flavour.
Tonic Immuni-tea: Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng), Astragalus, Chaga (wildcrafted), Codonopsis, Rehmannia, Reishi, Wild Yam (wildcrafted), Goji. (All organic, except for the wildcrafted ones). A blend of mushrooms and herbs with antioxidant and adaptogenic properties intended to fortify and restore major energy centres in the body, help blood circulation, and strengthen immune health.
Woman with Child (Organic): Nettles, Raspberry Leaf, Oatstraw, Chamomile, Ginger, Star Anise, Nori Flakes. This is a blend of traditional herbs intended to help nurture the needs of both mother and child during the last half of pregnancy and the first months after birth. It is best prepared as a hot infusion. The grounds can also be re-brewed or made into a cold infusion.
Women's Moon (Organic): Vitex, Cinnamon, Cramp Bark, Ginger, Nettles, Cleavers, Ladies Mantle, Red Rose Petals. As the name implies, this colourful and fragrant tea is intended to help harmonize the hormonal fluctuations associated with a monthly cycle.
For Hot Infusions: Pour hot water over the herbs and allow them to steep for between 5 and 15 minutes (some types specify 5-10 on the package, some 5-15). Strain and serve. Easily prepared in a French press.
The strength of the brew is determined by the amount of herb used: typically anywhere from just 2 to 3 or 3 or 4 grams (about 1 and 1/4 teaspoons) per cup for most types, all the way up to 10 to 20 grams per 500 ml of water for one or two types, depending on the type (each package has directions on the back).
For a cold infusion, leave it to steep overnight.
For a Decoction, for the Throat Harmony or Tonic Immuni-tea types, lightly simmer the herbs in water in a pot on the stove, just below boiling point for 20-30 minutes (for the Immuni-Tea) or up to an hour (for the Throat Harmony). Strain and serve. Typically 3 to 4 g of tea per 500 ml of water is used for the Immuni-Tea, or 10 to 25g, for the Throat Harmony.