I have to admit that only two months in to my summer of tea, I have become a convert of both tea and Tisanes from Light of Day Organics in Traverse City and would suggest them for both tea aficionados and tea newcomers like myself.
In segment of Lick the Plate’s Summer of Tea, it’s all about Leelanau Licorice, which falls under the category of Tisane. Whereas true teas come from the Camellia sinensis plant, tisanes come from a water-based infusion of herbs, spices, flowers, leaves, etc. Essentially, an herbal infusion, or tisane is any plant-derived drink other than true tea. Regardless, the Leelanau Licorice is delicious and is a very nice caffeine free, healthy beverage.
I had questions about Leelanau Licorice, so I went to the expert, Light of Day founder Angela Macke for a bit of Q&A.
Tell me about the ingredients and how you choose Licorice root and peppermint leaves?
This blend is comprised of Peppermint Leaf and Licorice Root. This was my first product, one I blended for me back in 1992 as I was suffering from an auto-immune based inflammatory syndrome. My gut needed help as did my Adrenal glands from working so hard at restoring me to balance.
Where are those ingredients sourced from?
Both are botanicals we have grown here on our Certified Organic and Demeter Biodynamic farmland.
What is the process for creating this tea?
I harvest the Peppermint, dry, then cut into 3 mm pieces. I also harvest the Licorice root and scrub them thoroughly, then hand cut into 3-5 mm pieces, then dry. The two ingredients are then hand-blended.
Are their health benefits?
As above per my own personal testimony, legally and professionally as an R.N I can only comment on “ingredients”, not the product Leelanau Licorice, as that resembles "prescribing". Some common properties of Peppermint include digestion as Peppermint has antibacterial properties against microscopic organisms and has an uplifting aroma.
Licorice Root is sweet and helpful in healthy function of adrenal glands. Licorice is taken by mouth for various digestive system complaints including stomach ulcers, heartburn, colic, Crohn's disease, Ulcerative colitis, and ongoing inflammation of the lining of the stomach (chronic gastritis).
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