Russian tea (great willow-herb tea, rosebay willow-herb tea or fireweed tea) is a traditional Russian beverage with an uneasy history
The history of Russian Tea is more than 700 years old according to official sources.
Old chronicles of the XII century give usthe first references to Russian tea.
Russian tea is closely connected with the name of Alexander Nevsky, a legendary medieval Russian prince.
After he defeated the German knights near by Koporye castle, the monks of a local monastery gave Alexander Nevsky a beverage made from EPILOBIUM ANGUSTIFOLIUM. According toTales,
Russian tea gave the Prince a restorative sleep. Since that time, he remembered them with a decree to continue this craft.
But the mass production of Russian tea started only in the XVII century, during the reign of Catherine The Great.
Russian tea gained its popularity first in Moscow, in Nizhni Novgorod and then also in Europe.
In the XIX century Great Britain, Denmark, France and Prussia purchased Russian tea. Resembling Chinese tea, Russian tea wasthe second largest export at that time after rheum; fur and hemp rope just followed it.
Russian tea competed favorably against Chinese and Indian teas both in import volume, income and in quality as well.
There were some curious tales about Russian tea. There were some unscrupulous merchants who used Russian tea as counterfeit Chinese one. They added Russian tea to Chinese tea and claimed this mixture as an expensive Chinese tea. However such incidents couldn’t deprive Russian tea of its popularity.
Despite the tragic fate ofRussian tea in the beginning of the XX century (the production of Russian tea was completely ruined) , since the 90-s the epoch of rebirth for Russian tea has begun again.
Russian Tea not only a tasty beverage but a very healthy drink
EPILOBIUM ANGUSTIFOLIUM is an excellent natural resource of pro-vitamin A and vitamin C (it contains three times Vit. C more than Oranges),
Contains tannins (up to 20%) , phenolic compounds, flavonoids,polysaccharide
Possesses astringent as well as demulcent properties
Is known to possess hypnotic, antispasmodic, tonic and even laxative attributes
EPILOBIUM ANGUSTIFOLIUM flowers contain up to 25 mgof nectar. Bees sipabout 400 kg per hectare.
Contains Protein in digestible form.
Doesn’t contain caffeine!
Nutrition and Chemical analyses
Energy 103 kcal, of which
Nutrition facts per 100 g of raw leaves
|Vitamin A ( Retinol)||0,18 mg|
|Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)||0,033 mg|
|Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin )||0,137 mg|
|Vitamin B3 (Pantothenic acid)||1,356 mg|
|Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxin)||0,632 mg|
|Vitamin B9 (Folate)||0,112 mg|
|Vitamin C||2,2 mg|
|Vitamin PP (Niacin)||4,674 mg|
You can drink Russian tea daily, any time, both cold and hot.
- There are benefits from drinking it. Chamerion angustifolium has some positive medicinal effects on the human body.
- You can drink Russian tea daily, any time both cold and hot. Russian tea is an excellent natural source of Wellbeing.
- What most people like about every day tea (Camellia sinensis), whether black or green, is that it is mildly astringent thanks to it’s tannin content. Russian tea containing tannin will be attractive to fans of ‘normal’ tea as it is very much like black or green tea, depending on the variety.
The most important Russian tea benefits:
- Caffeine free
- Has an improving influence on blood circulation and the quality of blood
- Has been used to relieve stomach upset. It eases all sorts of digestive problems.
- Has a Positive effect on immunity. Has free radical-scavenging effects
- Russian Tea has a calming effect and is a headache remedy, has a relaxing and gentle sedative effect. Drink a cup of Russian tea every evening and you sleep well and wake up rested.