Herbal teas have been used since the ancient times to prevent and cure many common ailments such as nausea, bloating, indigestion, and the cold and fever. Herbal teas have a tranquilizing effect on the body to help reduce stress and help you to sleep better at night.
A tea can be made from just about any single herb or a blend of different herbs, flowers, roots and spices. Simply steep the tea, either fresh or dried, in a closed vessel for at least 15 minutes. By drinking the tea you obtain all the rich nutrients that the plants contain. Listed are 5 of the best and most widely known herbal teas.
Chamomile tea is made from flowers and will help you to relax and sleep well at night. It has been widely used to help with an upset stomach, cold, fever, coughing and bronchitis. It can also be used as a gargle to reduce inflammation in the mouth.
Ginger tea can be made by simmering fresh ginger root in water for 10 to 15 minutes. You may also grate the root and steep in hot water for 15 minutes. Cinnamon, nutmeg and honey go well in ginger tea. Ginger is great for keeping you warm on a cold winters day. It helps to protect against arthritis, and soothes an upset stomach and a sore throat, and helps to reduce coughing.
You can easily grow peppermint plants indoors as well as outdoors, so that you can always enjoy fresh peppermint tea. It tastes great and can be used for medicinal purposes to soothe an upset stomach, relieve bloating and help with digestion and muscle spasms. Peppermint tea can also be used to detoxify as it helps to heat the body to promote sweating, so that toxins can be released from the body.
Rooibos tea is mainly grown in South Africa, but can be purchased almost everywhere worldwide. Rooibos contains essential minerals, such as copper, iron, zinc and magnesium, as well as other vitamins and nutrients. It is high in antioxidants which help to prevent many diseases by getting rid of free radicals. Antioxidants also slow down the aging process allowing you to look your very best.
Rooibos helps with insomnia, headaches, nervousness, hypertension, hay fever, eczema, boosts the immune system, and helps to relieve stomach cramps in adults as well as in children and infants.
Hawthorn berry tea is good for the heart because it strengthens blood vessels and improves heart function. It also helps to lower blood cholesterol and high blood pressure. However, those on heart medication should not take this tea without talking to the doctor.
Always drink tea in moderation, as most contain caffeine and tannin which may have negative side effects when consumed in excessive amounts. Three to 6 cups a day is enough for you to get all the benefits of herbal tea. Side effects may include insomnia, rapid heart beat or an iron deficiency as tannin hinders the absorption of iron.
Herbal teas may also interfere with certain medications, therefore you should always check with your doctor before taking any kind of herbal tea if you are on medication.