The fermented leaves of the tea plant are the basis for black tea. Unlike green tea, these leaves are wilted and machine-rolled. at this stage its components oxidize and develop their characteristic aromas. The caffeine content stimulates the central nervous system and promotes concentration. In addition, the tannins have a calming effect on the gastrointestinal tract.
According to records, the first inhabitants of the Cape in South Africa brewed tea infusions from the needle-like leaves of this wild legume. Rooibos has many health-inducing properties and has a positive influence on the happiness hormone serotonin. It is therefore ideally suited as a remedy for depression, nervousness, insomnia and headaches.
This herbaceous plant, of which there are traces 3'000 years back in Chinese and Indian writings, is known for its aphrodisiac properties. Also as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant remedy it is a natural stimulant of the metabolism. With its distinctive smell and citrusy- aroma, it stimulates the appetite and is widely used in Indian and asian cuisine.
The queen of spices, one of the most expensive in the world, is probably the most fragrant. enclosing an essence smelling like lemon, pepper and camphor, but with rather sweet taste, cardamom is appreciated in the Indian and African cuisine. In Ayurvedic medicine it is known for its effectiveness in the treatment of digestive disorders as well as for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic and depressive symptoms.
Cinnamon of Ceylon
Cinnamon of Ceylon is a species of tree of the Lauraceae family and was cultivated only from the thirteenth century in Sri Lanka and Madagascar. Its unique smell is warm, spicy and sweet at the same time, penetrating and powerful with a slight burnt note. Its anti-septic, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties stimulate cardiac and respiratory functions.
Since milleniums the seeds of fennel have, thanks to their beneficial effects, an established place in soft medicine. They have a pronounced taste of anise and thus makes it an ingredient of choice for many Indian masalas. In addition, its sweet aroma refreshes and improves digestion. Very much appreciated against abdominal pain of the infants.
For centuries, cloves were a precious trading commodity. Their intense and warming aroma gives them a distinctive character. Like cardamom and aniseed, cloves are often used for baking at Christmas time in Europe. In Ayurvedic cuisine, they are also used for rice and potato dishes as well as for curries and chutneys. Cloves act as an antioxidant and as protection against free radicals.
The country of origin of the vanilla, this fragrant fruit of the climbing orchid, is Mexico. During the high Aztec civilization it was a highly popular spice and most often used for perfume production because of its aphrodisiac effects. Vanilla is a natural anti depressant and facilitates digestion. In addition to its antioxidant effect it serves as a stimulant of the nervous system.