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
12 thoughts on “The Transformative Powers of Herbal Tea”
I’ve been drinking green tea for almost 5 years, and I have to say, it has had a great effect 🙂 my favourite flavour is peppermint! 🙂 🙂
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Hi there, me too! There’s something calming about the infusion ritual, letting it sit for five minutes…so calming. I love peppermint too 🙂
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Haha that’s nice 🙂 🙂
I loved your recipe for soya chunks…look amazing, will give them a go thanks
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My pleasure 🙂 looking forward to your post about it 😉 🙂
I love fennel with anise seeds. Nice for my intestines.
Thanks for putting this on internet. I linked to it on my website http://www.dutchsmilingyogi.com if you don’t mind. Just did a blog about medicinal herbs.
Thanks so much! Appreciate the link back and so glad you enjoyed this one. I wil have a look at your site too! I love yoga. 🙂
Green tea is great but packs a punch if you have too much. Will drink it most days though. Peppermint and chamomile also great
Yeah I agree, it’s subtle but it does make you hyperactive. Since coming to Poland I’ve been getting into Yerba Mate, have you heard of it? South American green tea, that stuff also packs a punch, its very addictive too it gives you a subtle high, it’s nice.
Yes heard of it but never tried it…so different to normal green tea in taste and feeling?
It’s a lot different. Each one has a completely different taste and feeling. Some really herbal, some fruity and others are smoky. Some are super smooth and light, others more rough and intense. It’s like a whole other world yerba mata. It’s super popular in Europe it seems. In terms of how it makes you feel, the stronger ones have some sort of compounds in them that make you feel slightly euphoric and high. Although all of them seem to give a gentle high. It’s a gradual ascent though not sharp or intense at all. I would say that affect of euphoria is far more noticeable than with green tea. You drink it through a metal straw called a bombila. We love it in our house it has become the thing to replace beer, and far healthier than beer too.
Fantastic. Must try then. Tea is obviously the popular thing here in HK but and I drink a cup a day more or less…like to try yerba mata for a change. I don’t notice any feeling from tea unless I drink too much, so this sounds intriguing