What is in Calli Tea?

Here are the five ingredients listed on regular Calli Tea; Camellia Leaf, Perilla leaf, Mori Bark extract , Alisma Root extract and Imperate  Root.

1. Camellia Leaf

Camellia sinensis is the species of plant whose leaves and leaf buds are used to produce tea. It is of the genus Camellia (simplified Chinese: 茶花; traditional Chinese: 茶花; pinyin: Cháhuā), a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. White tea, green tea, oolong, pu-erh tea and black tea are all harvested from this species, but are processed differently to attain different levels of oxidation. Kukicha (twig tea) is also harvested from Camellia sinensis, but uses twigs and stems rather than leaves. Common names include tea plant, tea tree, and tea shrub.

2.  Perilla Leaf

Perilla is a genus of annual herb that is a member of the mint family, Lamiaceae. In mild climates the plant reseeds itself. There are both green-leafed and purple-leafed varieties which are generally recognized as separate species by botanists. The leaves resemble stinging nettle leaves, being slightly rounder in shape. It is also widely known as the Beefsteak plant. Its essential oils provide for a strong taste whose intensity might be compared to that of mint or fennel. It is considered rich in minerals and vitamins, has anti-inflammatory properties and is thought to help preserve and sterilize other foods. In Nepal and parts of India, it is called silam (सिलाम). Its seeds are ground with chili and tomatoes to make a savoury dip/side dish.

It is sometimes known as purple mint, Japanese basil, or wild coleus (like basil and coleus, it is a member of the mint family).

3. Mori Bark  (also known as Mulberry Bark)

Mulberry bark is the root-bark of the deciduous tree or shrub Morus alba L., of the family Moraceae. Native to east Asia, it is grown in China, and has naturalized in Europe, North America, Haiti, Iraq, Kurdistan, Java, Turkey, Dominican Republic, etc.

Alba means “white.” The decidious tree grows to 18 m by 10 m at a medium rate. It is in flower in May, and the seeds ripen from July to August. The flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant). The plant is self-fertile and requires well-drained soil. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade, and can tolerate drought, strong winds but not maritime exposure.

In China, mulberry is mainly produced in the provinces Anhui, Henan, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Hunan, etc. The root is dug out when the leaves fall by the end of autumn and before the dungarunga burgeons in spring of the next year. Scrape yellowish brown roughbark away, peel the root-bark off, dry it in the sun and shred it for use when raw or after being fried with honey.

4. Alisma Root

Alisma, a member of the plant family Alismataceae, is a herb commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The medicinal part of the plant is the dried root of Alisma plantago-aquatica. Alisma is also called mad-dog weed, water plantain, American water plantain, or northern water plantain. It belongs to a different species from the edible plantain or cooking banana of the Caribbean or the plantain that produces psyllium seed. The Chinese name for alisma is ze xie.

Alisma is a perennial plant that grows aggressively in shallow water and boggy spots in parts of Europe, North America, and northern China. Its leaves take different shapes depending on whether the leaves grow above or in the water. The plant rarely reaches a height of more than 30 in (0.9 m). There are several subspecies of Alisma plantago found throughout the world, but their medicinal uses are the same.

5. Imperate Root- stumped I can’t find this one. But I’ll ask the Sunrider headquarters. They are ALWAYS helpful.

That’s what’s in Sunrider Calli Tea! It’s my favorite nourshing beverage.

Christine Marek/ 480.491.9551/ GetWholeFoodNutrition@gmail.com



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