From time immemorial, the Inuit of Nunavik have used plants from the Arctic tundra for medicinal purposes. Now you can experience their wealth of traditional knowledge about natural foods and wild plants.
With this collection of traditional herbal teas, the Inuit of modern-day Nunavik are sharing a little of their history and an important piece of their culture. Try them! And enjoy some remarkable flavours from long ago.
All parts of the stems, leaves and flowers of the Ukiurtatuq plant are used to make this herbal tea. Traditionally, the plant was used to treat stomach-aches and digestive upset. The infusion is a rich yellow colour, and the flavour has hints of spices and coniferous trees.
Ingredients: Arctic blend (Ukiurtatuq), Echinacea, marshmallow root, peppermint leaves, elder and chamomile flowers, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and coltsfoot leaves.
The leaves of the cloudberry plant produce a delicate infusion that was once used to treat kidney problems and stomach-aches. The infusion has a tawny amber colour and a woodbark taste reminiscent of maple. A superb and unique herbal tea with a full-bodied aroma and taste.
Ingredients: Sarsaparilla root, fenugreek seeds, cloudberry leaves (Arpiqutik), cinnamon, carob, roasted maté leaves, natural flavours, roasted barley, roasted dandelion root.
Traditionally, boiled ground juniper was used as a medicinal tea to treat colds, lung ailments, blood loss and bladder problems. The infusion has a golden-yellow colour with a camphor taste and a light citrus mint aroma.
Ingredients: Echinacea, red clover blossoms, juniper berries, ground juniper (Qisiqtutauyak), burdock root, lemongrass, balm leaves, mint leaves.
Traditionally, crowberry infusions were used to settle upset stomachs. The tea has a rich violet colour, a fruity aroma and a light acidic and astringent taste of spiced berries.
Ingredients: Hibiscus blossoms, lemongrass, birch leaves, crowberry tea (Paurngaqutik), natural flavours, juniper berries, citric acid, cinnamon, red poppy flowers, star anise, licorice, loves.
In Inuit history, Labrador tea was probably the most widely used of all the teas. Originally, it was used to treat respiratory problems, bleeding and aches and pains.
Ingredients: Bearberry leaves (uva-ursi), peppermint leaves, Labrador tea (Mamaittuqutik), eucalyptus leaves, fennel seeds, coltsfoot leaves, ginger.