There is nothing like the snap of fresh ginger. For some it’s the best part of going out for sushi! Ginger has a long and celebrated history starting 5000 years ago in China where it was used to address a wide variety of health issues.Throughout the world new studies are being conducted to explore benefits of ginger for health issues including immune system support, nausea, arthritis, weight management, digestive health and even cancer prevention. Packed with antioxidants and over 120 powerful compounds with high bio availability, ginger is the standard bearer of all superfoods. To learn more about the exciting research being conducted visit the National Institute of Health website at www.nih.gov.
Cayenne pepper first became popular in America with the Master Cleanse and later in Pop culture with the 'Beyoncé Diet' because it is an excellent natural metabolism booster and appetite suppressant. Research is underway to validate some of its other benefits like allergy relief, migraine prevention and cardiovascular support. Chili peppers (the family of berries that cayenne comes from, that’s right, they are berries!!) have been a part of the human diet since 7500 B.C.
Archeologist have found evidence of their cultivation in southwest Ecuador around 5400 B.C. making it one of the oldest crops in history. Another interesting fact about chilies: It was shortly after the Europeans arrived in the Americas that chilies were introduced to Asia, Africa and India by Portuguese traders. A global exchange that revolutionized the flavor of cultures forever!
The origin of the lemon is a mystery, though it is thought that lemons first grew in Southern Asia and is a hybrid of sour orange and citron.
Sometime before the 1st century AD they were introduced to southern Italy through the Roman Empire. Not yet widely cultivated, they were later introduced to Persia and then to Iraq and Egypt around 700 AD. The lemons debut in literature occurs in a 10th century Arabic treatise on farming. The attractiveness of the tree meant that it was also used as an ornamental plant in early Islamic gardens.
It was distributed widely throughout the Arab world and the Mediterranean region between 1000 and 1150 A.D., regarded for its healthy, aesthetic and culinary applications. There still weren't many lemons in Europe until around the middle of the 15h century, though, when they began to be cultivated in Genoa. Spanish conquest and Christopher Columbus would be the forces to introduce lemons the the Americas.
As the Chinese sailors had done with ginger centuries before, seamen in the 18th century were told to add it to their diets to offset scurvy (not that they knew WHY it worked... it would be awhile before the discovery of vitamin C!) and eventually in the 19th century lemons would be planted throughout Florida and California.
With every passing day green tea is becoming the worlds favorite daily antioxidant.
While its popularity in the West has only been a few decades green tea has been the beverage of choice in Asia for over 4000 years. Over the centuries its been used for its restorative and health supporting. Now medical schools across the world are validating age old claims with research of green tea’s ability to aid in weight loss, immune system boosting, diabetes prevention, cardiovascular health and much more.
Mint is one of the oldest and most popular herbs that is grown around the world. There are many different varieties of mint, each having its own subtle flavor and aroma. Jin+Ja contains the ubiquitous Spearmint, renowned the world over for its versatility.
Mint has a sweet flavor, with a cooling after-sensation. When combined with the green tea it makes a nice balance for the lively effects of the ginger and cayenne. The active compounds contained in mint give it sedative & disinfectant properties. For these reasons as well as the universally loved flavor, Mint is used to freshen breath and is a regular component in toothpastes, chewing gums, and mouth washes. Mint aroma is a wonderful way to therapeutically soothe away tension and create a relaxed state.