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Morlife Myrtle Boost 25 teabags
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Myrtle Boost is a unique blend of tea containing potent herbal ingredients with green tea; especially beneficial during the onset of cold, flu or infection.
Viruses and bacteria can strike anyone, anytime and anywhere. Infections of virus and bacteria include the common cold and flu, herpes infection, urinary tract infection, thrush, pneumonia, pharyngitis, gastritis, sinusitis, etc. These infectious diseases can occur in any part of the body, such as respiratory tract, intestine, urinary tract, ear, eye, joint, lip, mouth, skin and so on. Since there is no known cure or immunization of these infections, there are natural herbs that have salutary effects in preventing the infections and enhancing the immune system. Myrtle Boost Tea is a specially formulated tea comprising antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal herbs.
Lemon myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) is a popular herb used as bushfoods and flavourings and by the aromatherapy industry in Australia. Its oil was shown to possess significant antimicrobial activity against several microorganisms including Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida albicans, methicillin-resistant S. aureus, Aspergillus niger, Klebsiella pneimoniae and Propionibacterium acnes. Hence it has the potential benefit to be added to foods or beverages as a natural antimicrobial agent.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) was originated in southern Europe and is now found throughout the world. It has been used traditionally by herbalists in conditions including gas, sleeping difficulties and heart problems. Lemon balm has also been used in a variety of practical applications in medical science. A Turkish study determined the effects of volatile oil components of lemon balm on Herpes simplex virus type-2 (HSV-2) replication. It was found that the replication of HSV-2 was inhibited which indicated lemon balm contained an anti-HSV2 substance. Therefore, it is most likely that lemon balm may be useful for inhibiting the viral replication and this may be useful for those with viral infections.
Taheebo (Tabebuia heptaphylla) was used traditionally as a strengthener for increased energy and endurance. It is widely utilized for its reputed anti-candida properties. It appears that this “miracle” bark from South America has gained wide acceptance for its anti-fungal properties and continued to gain in its applications against intestinal parasites. The bark contains lapachol and anthraquinone-2-carboxylic acid which has been studied for its effects on human intestinal bacteria. Anthraquinone-2-carboxylic acid exhibited very strong growth inhibition of Clostridium paraputrificum, while lapachol showed moderate growth inhibition of the same organism. Another study found that lapachol and anthraquinone-2-carboxylic acid exhibited moderate anti-Helicobacter pylori activity. In addition, a different constituent in taheebo, 2-(hydroxymethyl) anthraquinone, exhibited strong activity against Helicobacter pylori. Thus, taheebo may be beneficial for its antibacterial activity against Helicobacter pylori and Clostridium paraputrificum.
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) has a reputation for quenching thirst among the ancient Greeks. In China, licorice root becomes a major tonic to combat fevers and as a remedy for infections. For centuries, it has been one of the most commonly employed herbs in Chinese medicine and has been included as a component in most prescriptions. The rhizomes and roots of licorice have a high mucilage content. When mixed with water, the resulting preparation has a very pleasant odour and taste, and acts as an effective demulcent on irritated mucous membranes, such as accompany a sore throat. Hence it is often given to those with irritated urinary, bowel and respiratory passages. The root also reportedly has expectorant and laxative properties. One study found that glycyrrhizin was as effective a cough suppressant as codeine. In Japan, the antibacterial activity of compounds obtained from licorice was studied against upper airway respiratory tract bacteria such as Streptococcus pyogenes, Haemophilus influenzae and Moraxella catarrhalis. The tested compounds exhibited high antibacterial activity against tested microorganisms. Another study has revealed glycyrrhizic acid, a component of licorice root, is active against viruses such as herpes simplex virus.
Green tea (Camellia sinensis) has become one of the most commonly consumed beverages in the world. Since antiquity, it has been thought to provide various pharmacological benefits, such as combating mental fatigue as well as colds and flu. Many medical scientists also believe that green tea produces healthful effects on the digestive and nervous systems, facilitates cardiovascular function and decreases blood pressure. Recently green tea was found to contain polyphenols which account for the antiviral and antioxidant effects. These polyphenols also enhance immunity and destroy bacteria. A Japanese study suggests that polyphenols block the infectivity of influenza virus by binding to the haemagglutinin of virus and inhibiting its absorption to MDCK cells. A review compiled by Hamilton-Miller suggests that tea extracts show several useful antimicrobial effect including inhibiting and killing Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Salmonella typhi, Salmonella typhimurium, Salmonella enteritidis, Shigella flexneri, Shigella dysenteriae and Vibrio spp.
In summary, Myrtle Boost is a unique blend tea containing potent herbal ingredients with green tea. It is nutritionally beneficial for those with the onset of cold, flu or infection, or those simply wishing to boost their immune system. Suggested
Ingredients: Lemon myrtle leaf (Backhousia citriodora), Lemon balm herb (Melissa officinalis), Taheebo bark (Tabebuia heptaphylla), Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Green tea leaf (Camellia sinensis).
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