Origin of Marmaraya (Sage)
Marmaraya is indigenous to the area of Saint Catherine Mountains in the Sinai area of Egypt. A member of the desert sage family, it has been used since Ancient times for its wonderful healing powers. Traditionally used to treat colds and flu, aid digestion and ease a sore throat or soothe an upset stomach, its further health benefits should not be underestimated.
Rich in Vitamins A, B, C, and K, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, and B vitamins, caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, rosmarinic acid, ellagic acid and rutin, Marmaraya also contains volatile oil (of which the most important compound in it is thujone), flavonoids, phenolic acids and tannins. It has antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and carminative properties. Regularly adding some to your tea can assist with the treatment and/or prevention of various diseases, whilst acting as a tonic for the entire body.
Cold and flu
Antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory benefits are perfect for fighting and relieving the symptoms of colds, flu, sinus and bronchial infections, and for easing a sore throat. Relieves congestion and coughing, whilst also aiding with associated headaches and promoting easier breathing, whilst also reducing sweating. Marmaraya has a long history regarding its use in this field.
Aids Digestion and Relieves Stomach Upsets
Traditionally served after a meal as an aid to prevent gas, indigestion or heartburn, this tea has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to soothe and relax the digestive tract in the case of an upset stomach and relieve cramps and diarrhoea. It is also a great aid to treat urinary tract infections and cystitis.
Helps Regulate Blood Glucose & Cholesterol Levels
A traditional remedy against diabetes, marmaraya helps to lower and normalise blood glucose levels, acting similar to insulin. A great aid for those already suffering from diabetes and for those on the threshold of the disease. Regular drinking can also lower the levels of triglyceride and bad cholesterol in the body and increase the levels of good cholesterol, protecting the heart against disease and helping against anaemia.
Promotes Brain Health
Marmaraya is also widely known as the “thinker’s tea” as it is known to help enhance mental clarity and concentration. It can have a positive effect on the brain in several ways. Firstly it protects against oxidative stress, acting as a buffer for the brain’s defence system, and preventing amyloid plaques forming on the brain, thus preventing brain-related disorders like Alzheimer’s. It appears to stop the breakdown of acetylcholine (ACH), a chemical messenger which plays a huge role in memory, another fight against Alzheimer’s when sufferers seem to suffer from low ACH levels. Healthy adults and children will benefit from increased memory, focus and alertness, and even Alzheimer sufferers may find improved memory, information retention and brain function. This tea will also reduce stress and calm feelings of nervousness and irritation.
Detoxifies the Body and Aids Weight Loss
As a natural diuretic, this tea can flush toxins from the body, cleansing, purifying and stimulating the kidneys and liver. Antioxidants, together with the anti-inflammatory properties, can help to rid the body of harmful free radicals, helping to protect the body against oxidative stress and certain chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and a weakened immune system. In fact it demonstrates several cancer-fighting effects. Marmaraya also speeds up the metabolism. Combined with its diuretic properties and ridding the body of excess cholesterol and burning subcutaneous fat, marmaraya is an aid to fighting excess weight.
For Women’s Health
Marmaraya contains naturally occurring compounds known as phytoestrogens which function similarly to mammalian oestrogens and increase estrogen levels in the body which have a multitude of health benefits including a lowered risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, breast cancer, and promoting a normal menstrual flow, relieving fatigue and depression, and minimising PMT. An excellent remedy to counteract the hormonal changes occurring during menopause, and alleviating symptoms particularly hot flashes and excess sweating as this tea is also well known for its cooling properties.
Supports Bone Health
Healthy bones need Vitamin K, which this tea offers in large amounts, minimizing the threat of bone thinning and fractures
Pain Relief for Arthritis
With its anti-inflammatory properties and active compounds to stimulate blood flow throughout the body and brain, the tea can reduce the pain and swelling associated with arthritis, whilst its aroma will have a calming effect on the mind and body.
For Oral Health
The antibacterial, antiseptic and astringent properties will treat throat infections, dental abscesses, infected gums, mouth ulcers and wounds, and fight against gum disease such as gingivitis and receding gums, whilst preventing plaque build up and freshening the breath.
Preparation of Marmaraya Tea
Dosage: Add 1 teaspoon of marmaraya to a cup of boiled water and leave to infuse for 5-10 minutes. Steeping of the tea will increase the potency and makes it easier for the body to assimilate them. May be added to other teas, such as black or green, for enhanced flavour. Add sugar or honey to sweeten as required.