Herbal tea isn’t made from tea leaves — which are a specific kind of plant. The French use the word tisane, which is more accurate, since herbal tea is really just an infusion of leaves, seeds, roots or bark, extracted in hot water.
From soothing digestive upset to easing insomnia and calming a troubled mind, herbs offer powerful healing. Drinking herbal tea can also be a great source of vitamins and minerals.
Below are my Top 8 Healing Herbs Used In Tea.
Chamomile flower for its soothing, calming and sleep-inducing qualities.
Lemongrass aid digestion and boosts your immune system
Ginger increases circulation making it great for painful joints and also relieves nausea
Nettle is a natural anti-histamine and is a great source for B vitamins and minerals iron and zinc.
Rosemary is great for the respiratory system and for headache as well as mental focus as it increases circulation to the head.
Peppermint helps soothe irritable bowel syndrome, nausea and other stomach-related ailments by calming the abdominal muscles and improving the flow of bile, which aids in digestion.
Dandelion is a natural detoxifier. It nudges the body to release excess fluid and is a great liver tonic. It is also high in B vitamins.
Thyme is antibacterial and antiviral as well as pain-relieving. It is very soothing for sore throat and helps relieve coughs as well.
If you can boil water, you can brew herbal tea. Here’s how:
- Bring 1 cup of water to a boil.
- Crush herb leaves and/or flowers, and place them in a dry teapot; or use tea bags.
- Pour boiled water over the crushed herbs or tea bags. Let steep, covered, for the time indicated. (10 minutes is recommended for medicinal strength.)
- If using crushed herbs, place a strainer over the tea cup, and pour. Drink as needed.
If you are interested in learning more about the healing power of herbal tea, please join me for one or more of the following educational events:
May 11, 2014 – Using Herbs As Medicine, 1:00-4:00pm, at St Petersburg Yoga, St Petersburg, FL
You might also be interested in my Instructional DVD: Herbal Medicine-Making with Deserie Valloreo