Different herbs have an affinity with different systems of the body, and are effective in assisting with health imbalances such as digestive problems, stress, insomnia, fatigue, skin problems, menstrual problems, menopause, toxicity and allergies etc.
Herbs are unique in the sense that they work to support the body and its systems to bring it to a state of optimum health and functioning.
Benefits of herbal tea
No caffeine – does not aggravate palpitations, anxiety, insomnia, stress or high blood pressure.
Safe in pregnancy – raspberry leaf is actually a fantastic women’s tonic. It strengthens and tones uterine muscles, nourishes uterine tissue and assists the flow of breast milk, making it a great tea for pregnancy.
Easy to prepare.
No side effects when consumed correctly.
Enjoyable to drink.
May be custom blended to suit individual needs.
Increases the intake of liquids and prevents dehydration.
5 USEFUL HERB TEAS
Calming – relieves stress, tension, irritability. Gentle sedative, assists insomnia.
Antispasmodic – great for abdominal cramps and digestive upset, especially associated with nervous tension. Assists with menstrual cramps. Excellent for colic in infants.
Anti-inflammatory – use as a gargle for sore throats, eyebath for conjunctivitis, to soothes skin rashes, to relieve allergy symptoms such as itchy eyes, rhinitis and sinusitis.
Chamomile tea may be added to bathwater for a relaxing soak. It is great for irritable babies and children. It is also safe for the elderly.
Detoxifying – improves lymphatic drainage and cleanses the blood.
Expectorant – useful for coughs and bronchitis, especially whooping cough.
Useful for skin problems – it clears and decongests the complexion due to its effect on the lymphatic system. It is also excellent for childhood eczema.
Studies suggest that it has a possible anti-carcinogenic effect. It has been used in the herbal treatment of cancer, especially of the breast, ovaries and prostate.
Rich in essential oils, peppermint is a decongestant and is good for sinus and respiratory congestion.
Carminative – use for abdominal bloating, excess flatulence and burping. Excellent after meals, especially after fatty and greasy food – it helps cut through fat. Useful for nausea and vomiting, it may be used for vomiting in pregnancy.
Antispasmodic – assists with stomach cramps, headaches and migraines.
Cooling, it relieves fever and can be combined with elderflower and yarrow for colds and mild cases of influenza.
Nutritive – contains large amounts of minerals and vitamins such as B, C, K, formic acid, silica and tannins. The high iron content makes it useful for anemia and fatigue.
Blood cleanser it is rich in chlorophyll and assists detoxification.
Diuretic – relieves fluid retention and edema. Clears uric acid buildup – drink on a regular basis to alleviate gout, arthritis, rheumatism, muscle aches and pains. Use for chronic skin problems such as eczema, hives and acne. Combine with burdock root for skin problems.
Anti-allergic – useful in allergic rhinitis, sinusitis and asthma.
Calming – an effective relaxant and mild sedative for the nervous system. Useful for nervous tension, anxiety and insomnia. Excellent for palpitations, or irregular heart beat and anxiety attacks. Drink at the end of a busy day.
Use for indigestion, calming to stomach. Combine with peppermint.
Uplifting – may be used in mild cases of depression and low vitality.
Choose quality teas
To really benefit from the healing effects of herbs, ensure that you use good quality tea leaves. Colour, aroma and taste will give you a clue to the tea’s quality and freshness. The strong aroma of organic loose leaf teas indicate the high concentration of essential oils, which are responsible for many of a herb’s healing properties.
The average teabag contains less than 2g of herb, which is not sufficient for therapeutic activity. A teaspoon, or around 5g of dried herb is recommended for one cup. Allow the herbs to infuse for 10-15 minutes before drinking. Choose organic or wild-crafted teas to avoid chemicals and pesticides. These tend to weaken the flavour and therapeutic value of the herb.
If using herbal teas for therapeutic purposes, you need to drink 3 to 4 cups throughout the day.
Take time to prepare and enjoy your infusion. Tea preparation is an art and a ritual, a sacred tradition in many cultures. Make brewing your infusion a daily ritual and meditate on your healing while sipping your tea. Feast your senses on the colours, the flavours and aromas. Explore the endless combinations and blends. Most importantly, enjoy your adventure!
Written by LucaB