The Herbal Research and Development Institute (HRDI) at Gopeshwar in Chamoli district has developed a range of herbal teas with varied health benefits. After considerable research and development along with necessary tests, the institute is now ready to transfer the technology for mass production and commercialisation of these herbal teas to the existing and new entrepreneurs on a non-exclusive basis. These herbal teas could be highly beneficial in these times affected by Covid-19 as consumption of these formulations also boosts the immune system.
Herbal teas are normally mixtures of multiple ingredients, having prominent dietary source of polyphenols with a variety of health benefits. Unlike most other forms of tea, herbal tea does not contain caffeine. Apart from the taste, it is generally consumed for its therapeutic and energising properties. Being able to aid with stomach or digestive problems, herbal teas can help provide cleansing properties to the body, and strengthens the immune system as well.
There are a number of varieties of herbal teas available in the market, each of which is designed to have a specific therapeutic or medicinal benefit. It is important to note that different herbal teas have different medicinal properties, depending on the herbs used. The HRDI director Chandra Shekhar Sanwal says, “Seeing the raw material availability and potential of Himalayan herbs to benefit the farmers of Uttarakhand, the HRDI envisaged different kinds of herbal teas through research and development efforts.” Nutritional analysis, tests to ascertain protein, fat, vitamins and mineral content and toxicological studies were carried out for different herbal teas. Formulation of herbal tea with selected herbs was made and an organoleptic test was performed for each sample to validate the aroma, colour, taste and overall acceptability as an herbal tea. Multiple beneficial contents featured in different herbal teas, make them a perfect physical and psychological health rejuvenator, said Sanwal.
To provide different tastes at different times in a day with nutritional values a package of morning, evening and night herbal tea has been developed by HRDI. High energy tea for the morning made with natural herb and sweetener provides good aroma and taste to please the mind which keeps the drinker fresh and active. Evening herbal tea is a hot cup of tea that’s good for stress relief which tops up the energy level and releases tiredness. Night bed tea is rich in crude fiber, low in calorie and fat which enhances the bowel movement and quality of sleep which ensures freshness in the morning.
Sanwal said, “The institute intends to prepare different herbal teas as part of research and development activities to have innovative herbal products for the welfare of the society and farming communities in general and scientific community in particular. Now the institute is ready to transfer the technology for mass production and commercialisation of these herbal teas to the existing and new entrepreneurs on a non-exclusive basis.”
Tuesday, 16 June 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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