Spring and Summer Seasonal Blends
Direct from the Herb Lab here at Rishi Headquarters in Milwaukee, WI, we’ll be bringing you exciting new blends and intel about herbal applications with each new season. We are ecstatic to deliver four new blends featuring a plethora of rare botanicals, each thoughtfully blended both for enjoyment and purpose. When creating new blends, we approach each profile with intention, which we refer to as Blender’s or Herbalist ‘s Intention. Not only do we seek synergy in flavor, but we seek to honor the function of combined herbs.
We believe a healthy life is a balanced life and although we are not medical professionals and do not make specific health claims, we recognize the wisdom of the traditional uses and remedies of herbs, teas and botanicals.
Our first blend, Cardamom Lime, is a brightly herbaceous, zippy profile crafted from three ingredients that are packed with flavor and functional benefits: cardamom, lime basil, and California lemon.Lime basil is a sub-cultivar of Holy Basil which is attributed to having an adaptogenic and antioxidant function. The flowering tops of this holy basil variety is paired with dried, California lemons and finished with pure hulled cardamom seeds to bring an adaptogenic, mood boosting, digestive-supporting blend that is perfectly refreshing for the change of seasons. Together, the spicy and herby flowers paired with cardamom and lemon offers a piney digestive-supporting blend that provides a boosting quality and many healthful aspects.
Cardamom is often referred to as “the queen of spices.” Its aromatic compounds are medicinal and uplifting with a unique signature aroma of wintergreen, multi-florals, Borneo camphor and other aromatic compounds that support vitality. It is understood that these aromatic compounds, very similar in structure to those from other mentholated herbs, offers cognitive clarity and thought to offer respiratory support in such applications.
We drew upon only two ingredients to conjure Bergamot Sarsaparilla. Both herbs are powerhouses with long histories of medicinal use. The uplifting aroma of this botanical blend brings energy, vitality, detox and an amazing flavor in a hot or iced tea brew.
South Indian Sarsaparilla
Also known as Hemidesmus indicus or false sarsaparilla, this herb has been used as an anti-inflammatory tonic, blood cleanser and vitality herb since ancient times. Traditionally, this root has been applied as a synergist to enhance digestion and for detoxification. It is considered a sacred herb in Ayurveda and is a Rasayana herb, which in Sanskrit means “Path of Essence”. Rasayana refers to vitality, enhancement of health, and overall wellness and is a specialized segment of Ayurveda.
South Indian Sarsaparilla has higher contents of cinnamon, vanilla and cola aromatic compounds, and is high in antioxidants. It is perhaps best known as the key ingredient of root beer. Though there are many concerns in reference to Smilax aristolochiifolia, Mexican Sarsaparilla or Smilax ornate, Jamaican sarsaparilla for liver health, the South Indian variety could be considered a safer option and is used widely in herbal teas and beverages.
Bergamot Citrus Fruit
Bergamot essential oil is not an uncommon ingredient for Earl Grey tea blends—but the whole dried and ground fruit certainly is. We source bergamot peels for the floral, zesty, and complex citrusy aroma housed in the rind of the fruit. Bergamot Citrus fruit has been studied for its functions of anti-bacterial, anti-viral and high antioxidant activity for health.
Shiso Lemon is a complex flavor experience for the palate but only has two ingredients in the blend—green shiso and California lemon. Shiso, also known as Japanese mint or perilla, is a primary flavor in Japanese, Korean and Chinese cuisine. It is an herb related to the mint family with sub-cultivars that are green or red and purple.
Scientists have recently studied the water infusion of shiso in alternative medicine to restore health and bring balance to the body with its high antioxidant values and aromatic compounds. Other notable uses include cold and flu prevention, skincare, respiratory support and digestive aid. Shiso extracts can be found in high-end skincare products, especially in facial toners and anti-aging serums.
Cinnamon Basil Burdock
Cinnamon Basil Burdock is a blend of rare botanicals that offers a unique balance and spicy punch with unroasted burdock, black lemon, California lemon, cinnamon, Maqui berry, Thai basil, and red shiso. The Thai basil is a specialized cultivar named Siam Queen and is highly aromatic, with notes of cinnamon bark and star anise. This type of basil is a sub-cultivar of holy basil is used as an anti-inflammatory, adaptogen and warming digestive that balances the coolness of burdock.
Unroasted burdock root, known as Niu Bang Zi 牛旁子 in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is promoted by herbalists for its blood cleansing and liver detoxifying properties and offers a grounding taste to these ingredients. When we think of detoxifying properties, we assume it may also mean dehydration. However, through the precise blending of ingredients, we can combat this action.
Black lemons are lightly fermented and slowly dried until they take on the appearance of blackish-brown leather and become totally dried and preserved. Black lemons have a sweet and tangy flavor with some caramelized taste. They are also known as Omani lemons-limes or Persian limes which support colon cleansing and gut health. Bedouin tribes use dried lime because they have limited occasion to access fresh fruits and vegetables and they have a very meat heavy diet. Black lemon enhances the cleansing and antioxidant effect of this blend and is historically considered to be a quenching catalyst thought to balance hydration. Black lemon has been studied for its high levels of Vitamins C and D.
Red Shiso and Maqui Berries
We also added red shiso leaf for a boost of warmth, enticing infusion color, flavorful aromatics, and antioxidants. Additionally, maqui berry from the Patagonia is another liver detoxifier and antioxidant powerhouse that balances the bitterness and cooling energy of unroasted Burdock while bolstering the blend with function and flavor.
At Rishi Tea & botanicals, we believe when you include tea and botanicals in your diet it can increase a sense of wellness that creates positive self-care habits and rituals that will promote a healthy and balanced life. We hope you enjoy our new blends.
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