Tea is a great way to benefit from a herb’s health properties. Herbal teas are easy to make as it’s simply a case of pouring hot water over the plant material, leaving it to infuse, then strain and drink. We call it tea but it’s not actually ‘tea’, as this comes from a specific plant.
I have been guilty of not fully utilising the benefits of different herbs. We tend to use herbs with food, but they are mostly picked dependent on how they will make the dish taste rather than the health advantages. However, once you know the properties of herbs you can start to gain from their natural goodness. Whether you’re full of cold, feeling down or suffering with a bloated stomach, there’s a herbal tea for you. I’ve picked out just 7 but there are many more.
1) Nettle Tea
A selection of the reported health benefits are:
Nettles are a British herb, and one that most of us avoid, but they provide good all-round health benefits and, because of the mineral content, make a good tea to drink if you’re feeling run down.
2) Chamomile Tea
Chamomile is popular for its soothing effect. This makes it useful for:
This is because chamomile contains tryptophan (an amino acid). Tryptophan is known for it’s tranquillising and relaxing properties.
Chamomile is also good for the digestive system so it may be useful to have a cup after a heavy meal.
3) Rooibos Tea
Some amazing health benefits of this South African tea are;
I could go on with the benefits of this tea. It’s certainly one I’m going to be stocking up on!
4) Elderflower Tea
Elderflower is a traditional cure for cold and flu. It helps to relieve sinus infections and is a useful decongestant. It also encourages our bodies to sweat; herbs that do this are known as diaphoretic herbs. Diaphoretic herbs reduce fever and eliminate waste. Elderflower makes me think of a delicious wine my grandad would make for us as children (don’t worry, non-alcoholic), but a tea is probably easier to make.
5) Peppermint Tea
The main benefits of peppermint tea are to do with the digestive system:
As well as its digestive properties, it is a beneficial drink if you are stressed or having sleep problems. It is also used for coughs and colds.
6) St John’s Wort Tea
This is commonly used as an antidepressant and has been shown to be effective with S.A.D (seasonal affective disorder). It has other benefits but is a good tea to drink when your mood needs lifting.
The last herb I’ve chosen is:
7) Dandelion Tea
Find out how to make it here. Some of the benefits of dandelion include:
There are so many different herbs with a variety of uses and benefits. I have picked 7 and mentioned some of the positive impacts these have on our health but you can look for others. When you consider that two of these herbs (nettles and dandelion) we generally view as weeds and chuck on the compost heap, it is worth having a think about how herbs can help us. If you are buying a herbal tea check the label for additives, and try and buy as pure as possible; if you can make it yourself that’s even better!
Some herbs can influence certain medications so it is best to consult a professional if you are unsure.
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