If you’re like me you’ll be well aware that the big high street coffee chains have brought out their Red cups or Christmas drink selections full of syrups, creams and naughtiness. Yes I’m so tempted, I love my gingerbread lattes……. but I’m on a 30 day No Caffeine regime so I have to stay away!
I’ve swapped my morning caffeine for hot water and lemon and my daily cuppa for a nice cup of herbal tea. But besides being a tasty, warming, caffeine-free pick-me-up, herbal tea has lots of wonderful health benefits. From soothing a troubled tummy to easing insomnia and calming a troubled mind, herbs have all sorts of healing powers. Drinking herbal tea can also be a great source of vitamins and minerals.
Let’s take a quick look at herbal tea benefits :
What is herbal tea? Well it isn’t really made from tea, as that’s a specific type of plant. The French use the word tisane, which is a little more accurate, since herbal tea is really just an infusion of leaves, seeds, roots or bark, extracted in hot water.
The benefits of herbal tea. The best way, if you have time is to make your own tea infusion, often you’ll gain more benefit from a good cup of home brewed organic herbal tea that you will your vitamin pills. Plus you stay hydrated and benefit from the aromatherapy whilst drinking it.
How to choose a herbal tea. There are so many different brands in the supermarket today. If you don’t have time or the ingredients to make your own, it’s important to look for a well-sourced product made from high-quality ingredients. If you’re drinking tea for the medicinal benefits, then definitely steer clear of products that add things like essential oils or flavours. And to really get the full benefits from drinking herbal tea, make sure you steep your loose tea or tea bags long enough—in some cases, as long as 10 to 15 minutes—to really bring out all the healthful properties.
Every time you’re eating or drink something, you’re giving your body the building blocks it needs to manufacture tissues and hormones. So if you drink a herbal infusion every day, you can make all sorts of significant changes to your mood, your skin, your sense of well-being and energy. There are so many wonderful herbal teas to choose from. Here are a few of the most common. Don’t be afraid to try something new! And let us know what you’re drinking.
Peppermint tea is great to relieve the symptoms of abdominal gas and bloating, and to relieve muscle spasms. It’s also good for nausea (without vomiting) and for heating up the body and making it sweat. It’s easy to make with fresh herbs from the garden—and it’s one of the easiest herbs to grow. Sipping cool peppermint tea can also help relieve the hot flushes of menopause,
Another great digestive aid, ginger can be used to curb nausea, vomiting or upset stomach due to motion sickness. I’ve had Labyrinthitis recently, so ginger and lemon tea is all I’ve been able to mange. To make your own fresh ginger tea simply simmering a piece of ginger root on the stove for 10 to 15 minutes—add fresh lemon juice and honey when you have a cold for a powerful germ-fighting combination. It’s also useful in the first signs of catching a chill, and is well known to help morning sickness. It can also help with stress and anxiety.
A gentle calming and sedative tea made from flowers, chamomile tea can be helpful for insomnia. It can also be helpful with digestion after a meal. I recommend chamomile in cases of a cough and bronchitis, when you have a cold or fever, or as a gargle for inflammation of the mouth. Be sure to steep it well to get all the medicinal benefits. It’s also useful to soothe the stomach and helpful in cases of diarrhoea, nausea, stomach pain including period pain.
Cinnamon in herbal tea helps improve digestive problems too. It’s a warming tonic, wonderful for easing winter chills, and also or people who feel the cold. Add some to your lemon and honey infusion.
I’m not a fan of liquorice flavour, but don’t let it put you off. Add some honey for indigestion. Or for a weak cup, crush fennel seeds, pouring over boiling water and straining into a mug, or add to your peppermint tea.
This is high in vitamin C as well as other minerals, rooibos has all sorts of health benefits. An easy drinking tea, it’s largely grown in South Africa and has been touted for its antioxidant properties—which may in turn help ward off disease and the signs of aging. It has also been shown to help with common skin concerns, such as eczema.
Lemon balm tea
An easy-to-grow plant, lemon balm is helpful for lifting the spirits, so great in the winter. This herb also makes a refreshing iced tea, and can be flavoured with lemon or maple syrup.
Milk thistle and dandelion tea
When drank as a tea, milk thistle or dandelion are gentle liver cleansers. They help the liver to regenerate and function at a higher capacity, and can also assist in the production of bile, which can help with our digestive process. A useful drink to have handy during the festive season or for those who have gall bladder issues.
Rosehips are the fruit of the rose plant and are one of the best plant sources of vitamin C, which is important for the immune system, skin and tissue health and adrenal function. Consider reaching for rosehip tea next time you need a health boost.
Hibiscus flowers contain high levels of antioxidants, and in tea, it is helpful for the inflammation of mucus membranes such as sore throats, gum disease and cystitis.
Another tea to aid digestion, lemongrass is good for “bloating and flatulence” amongst other things. It is also helpful for headaches and good for nervous exhaustion.
This herbal brew is particularly good for pregnant women. Drinking raspberry leaf tea also helps relieve morning sickness, and later in your pregnancy, two to three cups per day can lead to an easier delivery.
Let me know which is your favourite…….
Love Catriona x
I’m Catriona Armor founder of Vital Remedy, a registered Homeopath & Health Coach, Reiki and Crystal Practitioner, practicing in the Milton Keynes, Leighton Buzzard and Aylesbury area, and across the UK via Skype.
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