Can you believe the weather?
For us in California we have experienced an extended wet and cold season...mind you we have had a few gorgeous California days...but today as I post it is rainy and chilly outside. So this post is most appropriate as I light the fireplace and contemplate curling up in my favorite chair.
Herbal teas have been used medicinally for centuries.
Sipping your favorite cup of tea not only warms you up but it can also help tackle common health problems.
allows the therapeutic properties to be released.
Benefits of Herbal TeasDrinking herbal teas can serve two basic purposes: to support the body in a therapeutic manner and to provide a pleasing drinking experience. Having a few basic herbal teas on hand can be a good supplement to whatever approach you may be taking to bring your body back into balance if you are not feeling up to par. There are so many good choices of herbal teas available today. To get the most of prepackaged tea bags, use two bags and cover the cup with a saucer to trap essential oils. With loose teas, measure 2 tablespoons in an 8-ounce cup, add hot water and cover. Steep for 15 minutes, then strain.
What's ailing you? These herbs can help...Sore Throat
Ginger, licorice, marshmallow, slippery elm
Catnip, chamomile, kava, lavender, lemon balm, passionflower, skullcap
Cardamom, chamomile, fennel, licorice, peppermint
Colds and Flu
Astragalus, Echinacea elderberry, ginger, rose hips
Chamomile, hops, lavender, lemon balm, passionflower, skullcap, valerian
Ginseng, yerba mate
Five Useful Herbal Teas to have in the PantryChamomile Tea
Is an aromatic tea known for its calming, soothing properties. Made from the flowers of the chamomile plant, this tea is useful in relaxing the nerves, soothing the stomach, relieving muscle tension, as well as helping with inflammation and improving liver function. I’ve grown this herb in the garden – the aroma is soothing and the flowers are beautiful.
The fragrant aroma of fresh peppermint alone lifts the spirits, the scent coaxes one to start to feel the zest of life. During the summer months, fresh mint makes a cooling tea. As the season comes to an end, the mint is collected and dried so it can continue to be enjoyed throughout the year. Peppermint is another choice when looking to promote digestive health. In addition it is useful in helping to fight stress, supporting the immune system and help with bringing the mind into focus.
So the next time you are shopping at the grocery store deciding what beverages to put into your cart, leave out the artificially sweetened drinks and opt instead for a few new herbal teas. Delicious hot or cold, they will add a new zesty dimension to your day and just might "cure" what ails you.