May 28, 2018, 5:40 am
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Botanic infusion—not your ordinary refreshment

FILIPINOS nowadays are slowly becoming more health-conscious, which is evident in what they eat or drink. 

Kantar World panel data in a 2017study revealed that “Filipinos opt for ‘light’ variants of such or food and drink with more nutritional benefits,” which is probably the reason why quite a lot of companies are offering all sorts of seemingly “healthy” food, juices or refreshments only to discover they are loaded with more sugar and calories and are not as healthy as they seem.

Botanic infusions

Botanic Infusion, Sekaya’s first line of products, is a blend of traditional botanicals synergized to assist the body’s self-healing functions. 

 “We want to achieve a certain level where customers drink because it is good for their health, and not only because it is refreshing,” said Judy Abrina, Sekaya’s Marketing Manager.

 ‘Sekaya’, taken from Sentrong ng Pangkatutubong Yaman, is a consumer brand of Synnovate Pharma Corporation, a natural products company of Unilab, Inc. that provides organic natural products that are plant-based and is founded on tradition and health-based science.

Sekaya highlights five variants:

1) Mango Summer – A blend of black Ceylon tea leaves from Sri Lanka that has high antioxidant properties and L-theanine, marigold petals from Egypt that has anti-inflammatory properties, and ripe mango essence for a light and citrusy flavor. 
2) Hibiscus Petals – Made with hibiscus petals from Egypt and has a tart, cranberry-like flavor. Modern studies show that hibiscus is beneficial in achieving good blood pressure, and is an excellent source of daily antioxidants.
3) After Meal Treat – A combination of peppermint from United States, chamomile flower from Egypt, licorice root from South Africa, and cinnamon bark from Sri Lanka. It has a mellow, minty, and sweet taste that is good for digestion. 
4) Pu-Erh Trim – Made with authentic pu-erh tea from Yunnan, China with a pungent and earthy taste that aids in dietary fat metabolism, reduces cholesterol, and therefore aids weight management. 
5) Green Earl Grey – An adaptation of Earl Grey Black Tea made with fresh green tea from China and essence of Italian bergamot. The green tea is a rich source of catechins and antioxidants.

Compared to ordinary tea bags, Sekaya Botanic Infusion is presented in loose form, and doesn’t have a bitter after-taste. They are made using herbs, plants, and spices, or mixtures thereof that are meant to be functional.

 “In Sekaya, we believe nourishment should be of mind, body and spirit. The age-old principle of ‘You are what you eat’ is true for us, because our customers believe that whatever they put in their bodies must be good for them,” said Abrina.

Sekaya Botanic Infusion is committed to delivering products that have the highest standards in quality. Processing and quality-testing are in accordance with more stringent standards, especially since natural products are exposed to growth of bacteria and molds.

 “As the loose leaves, flowers, roots, and bark dance in the water, there’s a full release of flavor and phytoactives in the water as opposed to ordinary tea bags where the contents are crushed and more constricted,” Abrina added. 

It demystifies the valuable healing benefits of nature by creating products that are plant-based and science-based. It is certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Quality Assurance International (QAI), and meticulously tested in pharmaceutical grade laboratories.  

Abrina explains that, “It’s about wellness. It’s about reaching out to the consumers. We are incorporating the medicinal benefits of plants on the dining table so that from the very beginning we can support our customers’ pursuit of avoiding illnesses, and prevent [people] from getting sick.” 

How to prepare

Sekaya goes back to the tradition of first boiling fresh water, then prepare a teaspoon per 200 ml (1 serving) in a small saucer, put the freshly boiled water in the teapot, prepare a cup and arrange on a tray with the botanicals and serve. 

 “With Sekaya’s 23 variants, you can make your own creations by adding mint or fruits to make it your own. People go to a certain restaurant only because of that particular taste. You can make a martini or cocktail mix out of it, infuse it in any natural spirit, or put a little honey to enhance the taste,” explained Abrina.

The launch of Sekaya Botanic Infusion recently to the Tagaytay group of restaurants featured Sekaya beverages, savory morsels, and tea pastries made of Sekaya botanicals specially prepared by Chef Wilson Cariaga, former chef at the Four Seasons Hotel in the Maldives.

Sekaya focuses on functional food in the natural health landscape. Its vision is to partner with the best food providers in town and bring wellness to the table.
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