Organic Herbal Tea Benefits
Herbal tea benefits our health and overall wellbeing. For thousands of years in almost every culture herbal tea has been used to balance and heal the body. It is refreshing and can be brewed from fresh sprigs from your garden or made using dry herbs. Fresh herbs are rich in vitamins and flavour and can be grown just about anywhere.
Some examples of the health benefits of herbal tea are:
- calming and relaxing
- soothe a sore throat
- assist with circulation
- energising and uplifting
- aid with digestion
- induce sleep
- relieve headaches
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To assist you in learning about the varieties of herbal teas, their benefits and unique health properties I have listed some common ones below. There are some great blends available too.
Soothing and cleansing, spicy clove-like flavour. Strong antibacterial and antispasmodic properties. Basil herbal tea benefits include relieving stomach cramps and constipation. To make a cup cover one fresh sprig or 1 tspn of dried basil with boiling water and steep for 5 minutes.
BLUEBERRY LEAF TEA:
Sweet tasting. Leaves have historical use for their health benefits and are often enjoyed as a simple refreshing tea any time of the day.
Mild refreshing tea with a faint cucumber-like taste. High in organic calcium and potassium, borage tea leaves leave you feeling exhilarated and uplifted. Also used to relieve rheumatic pain and will give a boost to people recovering from illness. Cover 1 tspn of fresh borage leaves or 3 tspns of dried with boiling water and steep for 5 min. Serve hot or cold.
Delicate flavour with a fruity aroma and is a very popular tea. Relaxing tea and effective night cap. Assists digestion, flatulence, cramps, headaches, heartburn and colic. Ancient Egyptians believed drinking chamomile prevented aging! To make the tea takes a little time. You need to use 1 tablespoon of fresh flowers or two teaspoons of dried flowers to one cup of boiling water. Steep for 30min drink hot or cold.
High in Vitamin C with a mint taste and can stimulate appetite, help with period pain, help digestion and is a soothing night-cap as it has a calmative action. Use one teaspoon of dried catnip or three fresh teaspoons per cup. Steep for five min.
This is a blend of dried herbs and sweet spices. It is pleasantly fragrant and tart, ideal hot or cold. Contains hibiscus flowers, lemongrass, birch leaves, juniper berries, rosehips, cinnamon, star anise, red poppy flowers, licorice root, cloves, cranberries.
Dandelions are rich in nutrients. This herbal tea has a soothing aroma, warming, light and refreshing and purifying. Helps to prevent and expel kidney gravel and stimulates liver and gall bladder activity. It is also believed to have diuretic properties so helping with fluid retention as well as weight loss. Add a few tablespoons of the fresh leaves and add water. Can blend with mint to add flavour.
Light aniseed/peppermint flavour. The plant has antiseptic properties and will help a cold by expelling mucus. Fennel herbal tea benefits the body by relieving muscular spasms, abdominal cramps, flatulence and colic. Pick and dry the leaves before the herb blossoms and use two teaspoons of fresh fennel or one teaspoon of dried per cup. Steep to taste.
Tart with a slight lemon taste. Popular in may cultures around the world. To make a cup add 1 teaspoon of dried or three fresh to boiling water. The longer you steep the tea the redder it becomes and can be served hot or cold.
Not very well known as a tea. Helps to relieve insomnia, headaches, heart palpitations, fainting and nervousness. Very cooling fragrant tea with a sweet exotic flavour. Add 3 teaspoons of fresh flowers or 1 teaspoon of dried flowers to 1 cup of boiling water. Steep to taste.
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There are many herbal tea varieties of mint available and peppermint is the strongest. Mint teas can relieve cramps, coughs, nausea, heartburn add headaches, and assist with digestion. To make it you need to use about half a cup of fresh chopped mint to cup of boiling water or 1 teaspoon of dried herb. Steep for 5 minutes only as it becomes bitter if left any longer.
Floral fruity herbal tea high in vitamin C with a delicate raspberry fragrance. It is a popular drink, raspberry leaf herbal tea benefits women in the later part of pregnancy as Fragrine, an active substance in the leaves strengthens pelvic and uterus muscles which can assist in childbirth. To make this herbal tea use only fresh leaves or thoroughly dried leaves. Use one teaspoon of very fresh herb or 3 teaspoons of dried herb per cup. Steep to taste. (Using wilted raspberry leaves can produce a toxic substance which only totally disappears when the leaves are completely dry).
Rosehips are the berries which grow when the rose dies if not pruned. They ripen and can be picked and ground up to make a delicious tea high in vitamins A,B,C,E,K. Rosehip herbal tea benefits the body as it is pleasant to taste, fruity and aromatic. It is great for colds and as a pick me up when feeling under the weather. Grow and dry your own or buy pre-made packet.
Thyme herbal tea is aromatic and has strong antiseptic powers. The tea also calms nerves, alleviates indigestion and clears the mucus membranes. It is also famous for hangover recovery. Try one teaspoon of dried herb or three teaspoons of fresh herb in 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 min, strain and can flavour with a little honey to sweeten.
A delight to the taste buds, herbal tea benefits mind and body. Try one today!
"If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty. ~Japanese Proverb"
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