The calendula flower is often referred to as a Marigold and is part of the daisy family. The calendula petal tastes slightly spicy and peppery with a touch of bitterness. Calendula is often used for its anti-inflammatory properties and has traditionally been used to treat digestive problems.
Cinnamon is grown in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. It is the dried inner bark of two trees of the laurel family that grow in Asia. Extremely aromatic, cinnamon offers a sweet and spicy taste. Use of cinnamon dates back to ancient Egypt. This warm spice has calming effect. Cinnamon has antioxidant properties and often used to ease an upset stomach, bloating and gas, as well as an anesthetic to fight bacteria, viruses and yeast infections.
Cloves are the aromatic tree buds of the Myrtaceae family. Clove trees bear fruit within ten years of planting and easily live 60 years. The pinkish buds are picked just before they open and then dried in the sun for 4-5 days. Known for its warm, sweet and aromatic aroma, cloves hold flavor better then most spices. Cloves are an excellent source of manganese and contain significant amounts of eugenol, thought to reduce inflammation.
Grown in Thailand, ginger is an ancient flowering plant that grows about 3 feet tall. It's characterized by green leaves and yellow flowers that create rhizome, or ginger root. The spice is one of the most common flavor additives and known for its medicinal properties. With its strong aroma and flavor, ginger enhances many of our teas. Ginger is thought to be useful in battling cancer, inflammation and heart disease and often recommended to settle a sour stomach.
Safflower is a thistle-like annual plant that produces a tall flower in either yellow, red or orange. It is one of the oldest crops and dates back to the Egyptian times. The Safflower aroma is sweet, chocolaty and slightly pungent. It tastes mild, neutral and slightly bitter. Many believe safflower may help protect the body against cardiovascular disease.