FARM STAND
TEAS + TISANES

Here is more information about the teas and tisanes we grow on the farm and sell at the farm stand!

We thought it best to add more info here so clients can access it after they leave AOOA.

A note of caution! These teas are pure dehydrated leaves and flowers with nothing added. We highly recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications. The information about the health benefits of herbal teas and tisanes have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Our tea and tisane products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 
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GRAPE LEAF

Grape leaves, grape roots, grape seeds and the vines have been used for centuries for health benefits. In the Middle East, countries surrounding the Mediterranean sea,  Asia, and Africa. Grape leaf tisane is used as an anti-inflammatory, for its high antioxidant content, to improve blood circulation, support metabolism, relieve stomach aches, reduce acid reflux, relieve headaches, remove water retention, detox the liver, reduce high blood pressure.


It has been said to address all these ailments and many more... we make no claim that they do, but! we do drink it because we simply like its delicious sweet taste.

 
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CALENDULA

Calendula, otherwise known as Calendula officinalis, is a marigold plant that has historically been used for a host of different ailments, mainly those affecting the skin such as in the healing of wounds and blemishes, as well as a general anti-inflammatory and pain reducer.

The colorful petals are rich in flavonoids—naturally occurring compounds found in vegetables and fruits—are said to exhibit anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombogenic, antidiabetic, and neuroprotective activities through different mechanisms of action in vitro and in animal models... 

We drink it because we like the slightly acidic taste and love the color!

 
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CHESTNUT LEAF

Individuals concoct chestnut leaf teas for breathing problems including bronchitis and whooping cough, digestive tract disorders but also as a remedy for ailments affecting the legs and circulation, fever, infection, swelling, kidney disorders, and muscle pain. Some times is is even gargled to treat a  sore throat and applied it directly to the skin for treating wounds.


Chestnut leaves do contain tannins that might help reduce skin swelling (inflammation) and have a drying (astringent) effect on the tissues…. 


We drink it because the leaf is pretty, it is fun to harvest and we like making huge pitchers of the smooth earthy tea.

 
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CHAMOMILE

The name ‘Chamomile’ comes from the Ancient Greek words kamai (earth) and melon (apple). These playful flowers thrive in almost any soil and follow the part of the sun throughout the day much like sunflowers do. 


Chamomile is renowned for its sleep-inducing properties. It is a natural sedative and muscle relaxant which is why so many drink it before bed. Chamomile is also known for many other health benefits such as soothing indigestion and period pain, boosting the immune system and relieving symptoms of anxiety, and clearing up the skin!


We grow it here because it is pretty and we drink it because it has a delicate floral taste with some notes of apple, honey and grass.

 
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RED CLOVER

Trifolium pratense is a member of the pea family with alternate, three lobed leaves and dark pink, densely packed flowers. Native to Europe, western Asia, and northwest Africa, red clover flower is now naturalized worldwide. Red clover’s high isoflavone content is believed to help lower menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats. Red clover has also been used in traditional medicine to promote skin and hair health.


Druids believed that it could ward off evil spells and witches, while Medieval Christians believed that the three lobed leaves were associated with the trinity and the four lobed leaves as a symbol of the cross.


We drink it because it is pretty, has no caffeine and tastes earthy.

 
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NASTURTIUM

Nasturtium carries a mildly peppery flavor with an aroma reminiscent of mustard. For some time, it was also known as “Indian cresses” due to the similar flavor profile between nasturtium and watercress, and because they were introduced from the Americas (then known as “The Indies”).

Nasturtium is famous for its zingy taste and is use in home remedies for its immunity-boosting vitamin C content. This plant has many herbal medicinal uses given its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic qualities. Some believe it helps the body overcome and prevent the common cold and flu. These plants also contain high amounts of manganese, iron, flavonoids, and beta carotene.

We love to drink it because it grows almost anywhere, it is fun to pick and its earthy zingy taste gives us a kick!

 
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RASPBERRY LEAF

Red raspberry leaf tea is especially popular due to its possible benefits for women, so much so it is often referred to as a woman’s herb due to its popularity as relieving premenstrual symptoms and its traditional lore of aiding in childbirth. Teas of raspberry leaves were given to women of the Cherokee, Iroquois, and Mohawk Nations to soothe labor pains, and ease contractions.


While more research needs to be done to fully understand the effect of this tea, it appears to be full of antioxidants and safe for most. That said ! definitely check with a professional before consuming many cups of this tea if you are pregnant.

 
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VALERIAN LEAF

When most people think of valerian, the first thing they often think of is sleep. Valerian root tea is typically used to ease falling asleep and to bring on a good night rest.


These days we have not the root (our plants are too young), but rather tea from the leaves! Tea from the leaves is a different taste altogether and thought of as a much lighter version in terms of its sleepy time use. Use this tea with precaution and talk to your doctor before you decide to self medicate with herbs! We sprinkle 2-3 pinches of this in our hot water or use a tea bag ⅓ full and seep it for a minute or two.

 
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STEVIA LEAF

Stevia leaf is a versatile whole-food alternative to processed sweeteners. Also known as Stevia rebaudiana, it is an herbal shrub native to South America and has been used for food and medicinal purposes for hundreds of years.


The dry leaves are sweeter than fresh and can be used to sweeten hot and cold beverages by simply steeping. It can also be used to make a stevia simple syrup. Others prefer to grind the dry leaves to make a fine powder for baking. Stevia is much sweeter than sugar, so we recommend adding a little at a time. 


Our stevia is simply the dried leaf – a far cry from the highly-processed stevia products on the market today. We love using our stevia as a natural sweetener in our famous mint and stevia drink!

 
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MARIGOLD FLOWER

Some love it and some hate it! This tea has a very distinct, not subtle smell and flavor. We drink it when we feel like a stronger flavor slightly astringent flavor. Others drink it for the digestive benefits. Marigolds are indigenous to Mexico and Guatemala. They were discovered in the early 16th century and brought to Europe and Northern Africa in the late 16th century where they were quickly adopted into gardens.


A fun Marigold fact: in Spain, the flowers were the favorites to be placed on the altar of the Virgin Mary. Eventually they became known as Mary’s Gold and hence, marigold.