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Article by Diana Thurbon


HERB TEAS – A REFRESHING DRINK OR A BOOST FOR YOUR HEALTH?

The truth is herb teas are usually both. There is no need to pick bunches of lemon balm or clover flowers and hang them up to dry, though starting from scratch can be satisfying and lots of fun. There are many different herbs that taste good and are good for you.  However, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you and of course you want your herb tea to taste nice too. Many of the nicest and healthiest teas can be found in your local supermarket as tea bags or in the health shop as loose leaf teas. Herbal tea should be left to brew longer than ordinary black tea to gain the most benefit.

If you brew in a tea pot use china not a metal pot.

As a herbalist I will most often use herbal extracts and tinctures for patients. They are stronger, of consistent quality and I can mix different herbs to suit you as an individual.  Quite often though I will prescribe herb teas as an extra way of adding another herb, increasing the fluid in your diet, or just as a tasty addition to your wellness. Some herbs I will nearly always use as teas rather than tonic drops. These include chamomile for sleep and peppermint for wind, red clover for menopause and roasted dandelion root for the liver.

 

Black Currant Tea  

Black Currents have more quality Omega 3 oils than fish. The tea lowers cholesterol and blood fats, helps prevent cancer and is strongly alkalising so it also is used to prevent recurrences of kidney or bladder stones. It tastes good too. Good for coughs Black Current is often used in cough syrup.

 

Elderberry Tea  

  

A remedy for muscular aches and pains Elderberry also has anti-inflammatory properties. It can help to ease the joint pain associated with arthritis and can be used as a wash for skin disorders such as eczema. Clears up sinus and hay fever mucous and shortens colds and viral illnesses.


Peppermint Tea  

Peppermint tea is a life saver for anyone who is lactose intolerant and is suffering after a cappuccino or serve of ice cream when out. It quickly relieves painful stomach cramps and gas. Great for an irritable bowel it is also useful to relieve pain after abdominal surgery. It eases nausea, helps to digest an over fatty meal and freshens breath It is popular as an after dinner drink, or used to flavour an after dinner mint. However, what you may not have known is that peppermint can also be used for the flu and colds and sore throats,  

 

Chamomile Tea  

Chamomile - This is probably one of the most popular of the herbs. This herb comes from the family of daisies. It is known to help in many different areas such as irritable bowels, upset tummy, gas, colic, stress, pain, insomnia, hyperactivity, caffeine withdrawals, and anxiety. It is also useful to ease cramps during menstruation. This is the number one anti stress herb tea. Most people have heard of its relaxing benefits Chamomile is calming and aids restful sleep. Many people turn to chamomile tea at night when they need a natural and effective way to fall asleep. Chamomile is helpful if taken at the onset of colds.

 

Raspberry leaf tea

 

This herb relieves menstrual cramps and reduces hormonal food cravings. Raspberry leaf is high in minerals that are helpful for the premenopausal woman. Excessive bleeding can be eased with use of raspberry leaf.  If used during pregnancy it eases birth by strengthening the uterus. It also improves fertility for some women. Sipped all during labour it can shorten the birth process and relief pain.

 

 Apple Ginger tea

 

Apple tea is full of anti-oxidants and is said to prevent dementia. Ginger strengthens the effect of every herb. Ginger with apple is healing for many digestive or gastrointestinal disorders.   The main benefit of ginger tea is its helps with circulation. If you often have cold feet or hands, you likely have circulation problems. Ginger root can help increase this circulation, as well as improve arthritis, lung congestion, nausea, and digestion issues. Ginger and apple also provide natural relief from menstrual cramps. Ginger is a very powerful herb. It combines very well with apple; the benefits are far reaching and most people who try this tea love the flavour.


Nettle Leaf tea.

 

Nettles are a very good source of iron, calcium and folic acid and other vitamins and minerals. It is a good choice for building back iron and other nutrients lost during menstruation. Nettle leaf is often used as a detox herb.  It clears the skin and helps hair become thicker and shinier. It is used for the care of common ailments like soothing sore throats and hay fever. It has also been used to treat arthritis, anaemia and kidney problems. It helps bloating as it is a natural diuretic. Drinking a cup of tea in the morning helps the digestion system. It also increases the metabolism, which is what the body needs to do to burn off excess fat, so it is often used for weight loss.

 

 

19 Oct 2011

Article/Information supplied by Diana Thurbon

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.

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