Dr Stuart’s are selling tea to China!

Dr Stuart’s make quality herbal teas, and news of them has finally reached China.

The Chinese are renowned for their interest in health benefitting herbs, so it is natural that they would be keen on Dr Stuart’s uniquely British herbal teas.

Dr Stuart’s uses only the best of the best herbs for their 21 different teas – all aimed at providing wellbeing, some to help you unwind, some for detox and even some to help get to sleep at night, and there is no doubt that their benefits will be explored by China.

But the possibility of a new market doesn’t mean Dr Stuart’s will forget about the UK; they are a truly British success story. The West Sussex company, along with its herbs, remain firmly rooted in the tradition of an English country garden. Other tea manufacturers might ship their production facilities abroad, but Dr Stuart’s will continue to produce and pack all of its teas here in the UK.

There is a Chinese proverb: “When you drink the water, remember the spring.”

Dr Stuart’s has gone from strength to strength in its homeland of Britain, but it’s good to see great English traditions of herbalism and tea reach out to their ancient counterparts in China – the earliest records of which date back to the 10th Century BC.

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A herbalist in your store cupboard

I’m sure there was a time when tea was kept in a hallowed box in one place in the house. Yet now, I seem to need a whole cupboard for all the different types of tea we drink.

Herbal expertise in a cup
Herbal expertise in a cup

But I must be wrong. Heath & Heather have been blending herbs and infusions since the 1920s. Of course it is true that medicinal herbs, particularly in teas, goes back pretty much as far as the history of man.

What Heath & Heather do is make all these beneficial herbs ready to pick off your cupboard shelf.

Whether it’s wellbeing, relaxation, invigoration or antioxidants that you need, Heath & Heather have got it covered. They’re proud of their association with The National Institute of Medical Herbalists and so they should be, it means they’re able to get quality beneficial teas onto my shelf.

Herbal remedies are here to stay (some of them)

Did you know that one 1/4 of people in the UK use herbal medicines? That’s over 15 million people!

It might explain why there’s been something of a flurry concerning new laws at the end of April 2011 regularising herbal medicine.

Positives and negatives
The benefit is that herbal remedies must come under safety guidelines. The negative is that not every herb currently used will make the grade, which may put some people at a disadvantage. And, as with other medicines, it also doesn’t prove that the herb will work for you.

What this means
Basically, licensed herbals must now carry a ‘THR’ mark (Traditional Herbal Registration). You’ll see a lot of repackaged herbal solutions on the market.

For example, Higher Nature, a well reputed provider of supplements, has just brought out its Licensed Herbals range. These include:

■ Black Cohosh Menopause Relief
Devil’s Claw Muscle & Joint Pain Relief
■ Echinacea Cold & Flu Relief
■ Feverfew Migraine Relief
■ Milk Thistle (for relief from over-indulgence of drink and food)
■ Passionflower Relax Aid
■ Pelargonium Cold Relief
Rhodiola Stress Relief
■ St John’s Wort Mood Uplift
■ Valerian Sleep Aid

There might still be other ways of consuming herbs which aren’t registered, for example the herbs may well be able to be consumed as food or in teas, as long as they’re not trying to be medicinal – and this too might mean that we see some ‘interesting’ new foods on the market…