Herbal tea has always been lauded as possessing many medicinal qualities that help with everything, from fighting off a virus to stopping nausea and vomiting.
What to Look For In Herbal Tea
Some fruit teas contain synthetic ingredients. These synthetic ingredients don’t taste as good as the real thing, and they have no real therapeutic benefit either. Instead, opt for herbal teas that are slightly more expensive but contain only real herbs, with few or no synthetic additions or preservatives.
Make Your Own Tea
Alternately, if you have time to potter around in your own garden, you can make your own teabags out of your own herb garden. This is as natural and organic as it gets! Here’s an excellent guide I found for making tea straight out of your garden.
Ginger: Body Warmer
Ginger tea has an unmistakably tangy and spicy taste. It’s a super remedy for the early stages of infection. Ginger can promote healing and detoxification, because it’s warming qualities promote a fever in the body. The warming effect of ginger tea is also useful for easing the aches and pains of chronic rheumatic conditions. All in all, this spicy and warming tea is tasty, and great for feeling revived and warmed up from the inside.
Nettle: Good All-rounder
This native British herbal tea is terrific to have when you’re feeling under the weather. Nettle plants are a good source of minerals such as silica, iron and calcium. Use nettle tea to help promote the production of red blood cells, strong bones, teeth and hair. It has a light, gentle flavour on the palate, and is a terrific general usage herbal tea for the day or evening.
Chamomile: Night Time Relaxer
If you have trouble getting off to sleep, then a calming cup of camomile tea may be the answer. One of the main compounds in camomile is tryptophan, an amino acid that is a mild tranquiliser. A camomile infusion has a herby, slightly bitter flavour that some people love and others don’t enjoy. One thing is for sure, the sleepiness effect can be a lovely benefit.
Elderflower: Airway Cleanser
Elderflower tea made from the white blossom of the Elder tree, is a traditional remedy for influenza and the common cold. Elderflower has diaphoretic properties, meaning that it encourages the body to sweat – a natural way to detox. It has decongestant qualities and helps to clear up the airways during throat infections. Naturopaths attribute elderflower tea with raising the temperature of the body to encourage the flushing out impurities.
Peppermint: Tummy Soother
Good old peppermint tea has a refreshing and minty flavour that is appealing. Not only that is helps to stop nausea and vomiting, by helping the digestive system to break down fat, and stimulating bile production, which relieves nausea. It’s also scientifically linked with easing the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Sydndrome.
Image Source Peppermint with Corsican Mint