The Teas of Israel—Indigenous herbs you can drink!
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May they prosper who love you. Peace (Shalva) be within your walls, Prosperity within your palaces.” Psalm 122:7
"Shalva" (שלווה) is an ancient Hebrew word for peace, calmness, and tranquility. All of Shalva Tea blends are naturally caffeine-free and made with pure herbs—never any added flavors or colors—allowing for a pure shalva experience with each cup.
It all began nearly ten years ago, when David Ross, a Yale Graduate was in Israel compiling a report on the devastating Mt. Carmel fire. While in Israel, David noticed the numerous wild herbs covering the hills and valleys. It was then that the idea for Shalva tea was born. David gathers herbs indigenous to Israel and creates calming, soothing, and refreshing tea blends. The teas are themed to different locations around Israel that have special meaning.
Let’s take a look at those locations and the teas that represent them:
Jerusalem has been a gathering place and capital city for the Jewish people for millennia. The hills surrounding the Eternal City are speckled with fig, pomegranate, and wild almond trees, just as in ancient times. They are a playground of aromatic herbs and wildflowers, colorful and fragrant. The Jerusalem Harmony blend combines the traditional lemongrass and spearmint tea with notes of hibiscus and rose, balanced with olive leaf, carob, and a dash of soothing and aromatic cardamom.
We read of Ein Gedi in the Bible as one of the places David dwelt, prior to becoming king. (1 Sam. 23–24) Today, it has become one of the most popular nature spots in Israel. It’s an ancient canyon and oasis along the shores of the Dead Sea, and was known in Biblical times as the source of the most rare and fragrant herbs for prized perfumes. Ein Gedi Digestif blend continues that tradition with an earthy and aromatic, nourishing digestive infusion. This tea is perfect for soothing the stomach and is also a vitalizing caffeine-free morning beverage.
The Elah Valley, named for the abundance of wild “elah” (pistachio) trees that dot the landscape, is perhaps most famous for the epic battle of David and Goliath. From late winter through mid-summer it is home to a huge array of wildflowers, from the pink almond blooms to the bright blue lupines. The Elah Valley tea blend is an uplifting and naturally sweet blend, with fragrant hints of peppermint and rose. The Licorice helps soothe the throat, while the rose hip and sumac contribute to a faint lemony taste and add Vitamin C.
This tea is named after the Arava valley which was a stop along the ancient incense route connecting the Middle East with Africa. Nestled far below sea level, the Arava is home to an array of aromatic herbs. Shalva’s Calming Chamomile-Lavender blend is perfect before bed, for an upset stomach, or whenever you just need to relax.
In Biblical history, Mt. Carmel was the site of Elijah’s triumph over the priests of Baal. The Bible also refers to it for its beauty and rich soil. It sits along the coast, and today is home to Israel’s largest national park, surrounded by a magnificent forest of pine, cypress, and eucalyptus. The coastal climate and varied elevation allows for an abundance of wild medicinal herbs. This tea is ideal for cold weather, or for giving your system a boost. The taste becomes enhanced when you add a drizzle of honey to it.
Mt. Arbel, a mountain overlooking the Sea of Galilee
The Galilee region of northern Israel, encompassing the Sea of Galilee, is a stunning landscape of healing wild herbs and flowers tucked among springs, terraced olive groves and wide valleys. The Shalva Refreshing Olive Leaf-Lemonbalm infusion is an invigorating blend with a bold and robust lemony flavor. It makes a great tea for any time of day.
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