Genmaicha is a Japanese beverage made from green tea and brown rice. It has been consumed in the east for many hundreds of years, and in recent years it has also become popular here in the United Kingdom, where it is often known as popcorn tea...Read more
Many herbs can be made into tea. If something is edible, can provide a number of benefits and doesn’t taste like a cat’s litter tray, then it can make for a good tea. And even if it does taste like Felix’s soggy sandbox, it may still be consumed as a tea somewhere by some people (valerian is a good example of this).
On Shelgo Tea we are devoted to sourcing the highest quality teas that have proven benefits, can work wonders for your heath, and also taste great. We spend our days researching into unique teas and herbs and the ones that don’t pass muster and make it into our store, may still be written about in the Shelgo Tea blog.
Providing they are interesting, that is. In this section you will find guides to a host of weird and unusual teas. None of these are sold in our store and none of them ever will be, but that does’t make them any less interesting and if you love tea as much as we do then you’ll enjoy reading these guides.
Neem, or Azadirachta indica to give it its generic name, is a tree that grows on the Indian subcontinent and has formed a part of traditional Indian medicine for many years. These days, all kinds of weird and wonderful herbs are being dragged out...Read more
Eucalyptus is a tall tree native to Australia but grown all over the world. Its leaves contain a pungent oil said to provide a plethora of health benefits. It has been used for hundreds of years to bring down fevers, fight infections, and more...Read more
Red raspberry leaf tea is made from the leaves of the raspberry plant, and many health claims have been made about it in recent years. In this guide, we’ll see how many of those claims are true and discuss the truth about this leaf, its...Read more
Blackberries are sweet, tart, juicy fruits also known as cloudberries in parts of Europe and dewberries in parts of the United States. If you grew up in the British countryside then you probably have fond memories of blackberry picking when you...Read more
Passionflower, or passiflora, is a genus of plant that includes more than 550 species, including Passiflora edulis, from which we get passion fruit. This family of plants has been prized for its medicinal properties since antiquity and extracts...Read more
Marshmallow is best known as a sweet treat, but this treat’s origins go all the way back to ancient Egypt, where it was prized for its medicinal properties. The generic name for the marshmallow plant, Althaea officinalis, actually comes from the...Read more
Fruit teas are a popular and refreshing alternative to hot drinks like tea and coffee. Their popularity has grown considerably in the United Kingdom over the last decade and they are out-growing many other brew-able beverages. But are they really...Read more
Gentian root is a bitter herb praised for its medicinal qualities and added to a host of beverages, including tea. Gentian root tea isn’t the most pleasant-tasting tea, but if the claims are to be believed then it could be good for you. The...Read more
Mamaki tea is a little-known beverage made from the pipturus albidus plant. This plant is native to Hawaii, and the tea infusion is a common feature on the island, but outside of Hawaii it’s relatively unknown. Health Benefits of Mamaki Tea We...Read more
Saffron has been cultivated and consumed for more than 3,500 years. It’s used to add flavour and colour to food but can also be consumed as a tea, which is what we will focus on here. It’s expensive—it is often said to be the most expensive spice...Read more
Rose hip tea is, surprisingly enough, a tea made from rose hips, which are produced by the rose flower. This orange/red fruit (there are also purple and black varieties) is said to produce an array of health benefits, which we’ll study in this...Read more