While plants are no substitute for proper hygiene, masks and social distancing, they can help your body strengthen its immune system and relieve its stress. At pif, we take great care to blend plant ingredients with CBD to enhance its medicinal properties.
Why did we put CBD in our teas?
Drinking tea is a relaxing, stress-relieving experience. CBD enhances this experience by stimulating our endocannabinoid system to promote stress relief and help our bodies maintain homeostasis. CBD is not psychoactive. This means it does not get you “high."
Our teas are more than CBD - We’ve done extensive research to identify complementary, plant-based ingredients that achieve our teas’ desired effects. Here are some of our favorite plant ingredients.
Honeybush tea calms the nervous system, boosts the immune system and is rich in iron and calcium. It is also a natural source of many antioxidants, including major phenolic compounds. Phenolic compounds help protect the immune system from oxidative stress, which could damage cells. Phenolic compounds also regulate the immune system, boosting the body's natural defenses against infections. This may be the reason why honeybush tea is believed to be effective in relieving colds, influenza and other diseases.
Rosehip contains high amounts of vitamins that help fend off the common cold and flu. This tea contains particularly large amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A, which support the immune system. Rosehip tea, like green tea, also contains high amounts of antioxidants and flavonoids that support immune health. This tea also contains vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that protects against premature aging and other degenerative diseases.
One of the most impressive benefits of rose hips is their high concentration of vitamin C. Vitamin C plays many essential roles in your immune system, including:
Stimulating the production of white blood cells called lymphocytes
Enhancing the function of lymphocytes
Helping maintain your skin’s protective barrier against outside pathogens
Cat’s claw may support your immune system, possibly helping fight infections more effectively. A small study in 27 men found that consuming 700 mg of cat's claw extract for 2 months increased their number of white blood cells, which are involved in combating infections. Its anti-inflammatory properties could be responsible for its immune benefits.
Echinacea is a plant whose roots and leaves have been traditionally used for medicinal purposes. It is reported to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiviral properties and as an immune-strengthening agent. Studies have shown that Echinacea can reduce the odds of developing a cold by 58 percent and reducing its duration by 1–4 days. Taking Echinacea regularly may also influence the flu vaccine to be more effective at staving off the disease, according to one study.
Lotus is full of minerals and nutrients — such as vitamin C — that are important for your body’s daily function. One of these minerals is potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure. Recent research suggests that the seeds of both red and white lotus varieties could help reduce inflammation. A study found that two polysaccharides in lotus plumule have significant anti-inflammatory effects and show promise as a base for future treatment. Anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties were found to be significant in lotus.
Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, responsible for much of its medicinal properties. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Also, there are some studies showing ginger to be effective at reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis, which is a very common health problem.
Green tea contains healthy bioactive compounds. The tea is rich in polyphenols, which are natural compounds that have health benefits, such as reducing inflammation and helping to fight cancer. It also contains catechins, natural antioxidants that help prevent cell damage and provide other benefits.