Drinking herbal teas are a great way to spend a evening. You are giving time to your brain to relax while also providing beneficial supplements to your body.
Herbal teas provide you with great health benefits while at the same time keeping your body hydrated. They are good for your physical as well as mental health.
Not only are you ingesting nutritional supplements, you can have a great time while doing it. You can have tea while reading a book in the evening, or share tea with your friends while hanging out at the cafe or you can just lay back and have some tea at your home with your partner while watching television.
There are as many ways to enjoy herbal teas as there are combinations of herbs that can be used to make tea and the benefits they provide.
Some of the herbal teas that are great for your health are:
How to Make Herbal Tea
Making herbal tea is very easy. All you need to know is how to boil water. The same method will be used for all herbal teas, although you can add other herbs or condiments like honey if required.
- Boil 1 cup of water
- Crush the herb leaves and put them in a teapot.
- Pour the water over the herbs. Let it stay for at least 10 minutes to derive maximum benefits of the herb.
- If you are using a tea bag, immerse the tea bag in the cup for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, strain the tea from the teapot and into a tea cup.
The peppermint herb is a decongestant and contains anti-spasmodic as well as cooling properties. Drinking peppermint tea can help deal with abdominal gas and bloating. It is a great digestive and is often used after meals to soothe digestive tracts and during nausea.
But in case you are suffering from heartburn or any other heart problems, you should avoid peppermint altogether because it can worsen your condition.
It is also one of the easiest herbs to grow, meaning you can have your herbal tea homemade by planting a peppermint herb in your garden.
Chamomile is an age old medicinal herb that was used in Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations for treating a variety of conditions like cold, fever, stomach problems, inflammations, and skin diseases among others.
Chamomile flower tea is the second most commonly consumed tea in the world. The tea helps you relax as the chamomile has soothing properties. It is also a good source of magnesium.
Chamomile tea, when taken during times of stress, is very effective in making you feel relaxed as it is mildly sedative; so you might prefer to take it closer to your bedtime. The tea also works great for countering nausea and anxiety.
Lemon can help raise your spirits and improve your mood. This easy to grow plant is great for treating winter blues and helps you concentrate better.
It also helps you calm your nerves and relax under tension.
You can use 1 tablespoon of fresh or dried leaves that have a strong lemon scent for 1 cup of water. It can also be used to make iced tea.
Rosemary is a sweet scented herb that has long been used for strengthening memory and the heart. Crushed rosemary leaves have a spicy aroma.
Drinking rosemary tea can ward off stress related headaches. It is also good for the heart as it keeps the blood vessels dilated. Rosemary tea is a natural remedy for forgetfulness and helps make your mind agile.
This herbal tea can also be an effective remedy in dealing with fatigue and ensuring a good digestive process, especially of starchy foods.
Use 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary leaves for 1 cup of boiling water.
Sage is a part of the mint family and has long been used to treat a variety of ailments ranging from mental issues to gastrointestinal problems. It has a number of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant compounds which can help you boost your health.
Drinking sage tea can also help you have a good night’s sleep as it helps eliminate night sweats and relax your mind.
Sage also has other medicinal benefits like; it can help with your memory and prevent Alzheimer’s. It is also an effective remedy for reducing cholesterol levels in your blood.
To make sage tea,
- Put 4 tablespoon of dried sage leaves in 1 cup of boiling water.
- Immerse the leaves in the water and cover it tightly, leaving it for 4 hours.
- Then strain it, and drink.
Thyme contains many compounds that are helpful in preventing diseases and promoting good health. It also a rich a source of minerals like, potassium, iron and manganese as well as vitamins including vitamin A, E and C.
Thyme tea can help deal with bronchial spasms that lead to coughing. It is also a good remedy for sore throat, laryngitis or cold.
To prepare thyme tea,
- Take 2 teaspoon of thyme leaves and add them to a cup of boiling water.
- Let it stay immersed for 10 minutes and strain it
- Drink for 2-3 times a day.
Rooibos, also known as Red Bush, is herb that is grown in South Africa, and whose leaves are used to brew healing teas. When brewed, it makes a beautiful red coloured beverage as sometimes called red tea.
Rooibos contains zinc, magnesium, copper and vitamin C, among others. It helps to develop strong bones and teeth. The herb also has anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.
Rooibos tea can help prevent cancer by getting rid of free radicals in the body. It relieves tension, stress and combats nervousness by inducing calm. It is also helpful in dealing with respiratory problems.
Drinking rooibos tea battles high blood pressure, hypertension and diabetes. It can also be an effective remedy for stomach cramps and abdominal pains, especially if children are suffering from stomach pains.
It is good for the skin and can be used to treat skin conditions like eczema.
- Add 1 tablespoon of tea leaves to a cup of boiling water.
- Strain it after 5 minutes.
- You can add a few drops of lemon juice, if you like.
Milk Thistle Tea
Milk thistle is a flowering herb related to the daisy family. It is also known as holy thistle or Mary thistle.
Thistle has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, ant carcinogenic, hepatic-protective, immune-stimulating properties.
It has been approved as a natural treatment for liver problems and is often used to treat jaundice, hepatitis and gall bladder infections, among others. It helps repair liver cells damaged by alcohol and other toxic substances while also promoting liver cell growth.
There have also been research to suggest that milk thistle, when combined with other medical treatments, can improve diabetes by reducing sugar levels in the blood and improving cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
- Add 1 tablespoon of milk thistle leaves to a cup of boiling water
- Strain it after 3-5 minutes.
- You can also add cream, sugar or honey.
Rosehip is the fruit of a rose. It is the richest source of Vitamin C, about 50% ahead of oranges. As they have such a high content of this vitamin, they provide an effective boost to your immune system.
Drinking rosehip tea can prevent or treat cold. It can also be used to improve digestion to help with a mild case of constipation and relieve the symptoms of kidney problems.
This tea is also used to deal with rheumatoid arthritis by reducing pain and improving the overall mood. Drinking rosehip daily is also beneficial for skin as it helps to regenerate skin cells, heal wounds and scars, and prevent wrinkles.
To make the tea simply,
- Pour a cup boiling water over a tablespoon of crushed, dried rosehips
- Let it steep for 5-10 minutes and then strain it.
- You can add honey if you like when you drink.
Ginger tea is a very common beverage in the South Asian continent, especially India. Ginger is a strong anti-inflammatory herb that is oft used for preparing Indian dishes.
It is an anti-viral and can therefore be used as a cold or flu remedy. It also improves blood circulation, lowers blood pressure and is a well known cure for indigestion, travel sickness and nausea.
You can make fresh ginger tea by,
- Add a ginger root to boiling water
- Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Then strain the water.
- You might also like to add honey or lemon juice.
Ginger tea can also be made from powdered ginger, especially if you are looking to ward off a chill.
Drink ginger tea after a meal to avoid indigestion, flatulence or bloating. It can also be used for stomach cramps.