ABOUT ARCTIC MOOD
All our tea blends are organic, packed full of wild herbs collected from Icelandic nature and combined with selected herbs from around the world.
The Arctic Mood tea selection all contain the well documented, wild and handpicked Iceland Moss, a distinctive herb known and used for centuries for its healing and nutritional values. The Icelandic herbs draw their superb quality through harsh growing condition in untouched wild nature, clean air and the arctic water which slowly filters through lava.
Arctic Mood teas are without any unwanted flavourings and additives and only include non-GMO products.
Birgir Þórðarsson Tea-Brewer
MAKING ARCTIC MOOD TEA
Why do we use Iceland Moss in some of our teas?
Iceland moss has been used for centuries as a herb medicine and in Icelandic literature one can find many stories of Iceland moss. But how does it work? Iceland moss seems to have a soothing action and it might reduce the growth of bacteria.
Iceland moss is a lichen. Lichens consist of algae and fungus growing together in a mutually helpful relationship. Lichens draw their nutrients from the environment and are easily contaminated. They grow well in Iceland because it is one of the least polluted countries in the world.
Iceland moss is used for treating irritation of the mouth and throat, loss of appetite, common cold, dry cough, bronchitis, indigestion, fevers, lung disease, kidney and bladder complaints, and the tendency toward infection.
Why is our green tea pink?
-Hisbiscus has many health benefits –
Our green tea – Green Rose – has been a success. The pink colour comes from the Hibiscus flower. Green Rose is blended with dried calyces of the Hibiscus flower not only because of the vibrant colour but first an foremost for its health benefits.
Hibiscus tea benefits has been well known in traditional medicine for years. The benefits range from its potent antioxidants to its ability to lower blood pressure.
Dietary changes are an effective way to help manage high blood pressure and hibiscus tea is a natural and a tasty way to start these changes. Studies have shown that drinking 2 to 3 cups of tea made from the Hibiscus Sabdariffa flower each day can lower Blood Pressure without any side effects.
Our Earl Grey
– The Earl of Westfjords – has a little secret…
We are proud to present The Earl of Westfjords – a great blend of traditional Earl Grey. But there is more to it than quality tea leaves and bergamot oil. Our blend is mixed with organic Angelica Herb from the Westfjord of Iceland. One can hardly taste it but this wonderful herb is known to have many health benefits.
Angelica has been used in herbal medicine for decades throughout the world. Angelica infusion has been used to treat sore throat and mouth and as a medicinal poultice for broken bones, swelling and itching. When used as face-wash it is said to prevent acne.
According to a legend, Angelica was revealed in a dream by an angel to cure the plague, hence the name: Angelica or Archangel. The cover photo on our front page is of wild Angelica.
CERTIFIED BY TÚN
Tún is an Icelandic certification body that awards its organic seal to agricultural products, fish, and other foods that meet the association’s requirements.
Tún’s certification criteria are based on EU organic standards. These requirements include the following: -at least 95% organic ingredients
-no genetically modified ingredients
-no synthetic pesticides or artificial fertilizers
-ethical treatment of animals
Farms and producers interested in organic certification must submit an application to Tún. After submitting the application, the farms and producers must undergo inspection by an independent auditor. Farms and producers that meet Tún’s requirements for organic products are then certified and may use the Tún organic seal. Certified farms and producers must be inspected regularly to ensure continued compliance.
About the artwork
The illustration on our tea packages are from the 18th century and made by Sölvi Helgason.
Sölvi Helgason (August 16, 1820 – November 27, 1895) was an artist, philosopher and drifter in Iceland in the 19th century. If he hadn’t been arrested, we might not know anything more about Sölvi than folk tales about his life. He never went to school, but was known to always be painting and writing. It is posited from his writings that he was mentally ill and suffered from paranoia; he was known to accuse people of stealing his work. He often referred to himself by made-up names as well as names of playwrights, artists, musicians and philosophers. Sölvi was convicted several times for vagrancy, falsifying his traveling papers or passport and for petty theft. He was often flogged and spent three years in prison in Denmark. Today approximately 100 of Sölvi’s artworks and manuscripts are in the collection of the National and University Library of Iceland and the National Museum of Iceland.