Since the beginning of time, herbal tea has been the savior of many a woefully sore stomach, tired mind and nervous disposition. Besides being a warm and soothing drink in itself, varieties of herbal tea possess many medicinal qualities that can help with everything from fighting off a virus to stopping nausea.
Increasingly the drink of choice for those avoiding caffeine, recent years have seen herbal tea bags flying off the shelves. So what are the common types and what therapeutic qualities do they have?
Ginger tea has an unmistakable spicy taste but it’s also a super remedy for getting rid of colds and infections, as its warming effect clears the sinuses. This warmth is also useful for easing the aches and pains of chronic rheumatic conditions. As an anti-emetic, it’s even been known to combat travel sickness. All in all, this fragrant and tasty drink is great for feeling revived and comforted.
This common British remedy is perfect for when you’re feeling under the weather. Nettle plants are a good source of minerals such as silica, iron and calcium. You can use nettle tea to help promote the production of red blood cells, strong bones, teeth and hair. It has a light, gentle flavor on the palate, and makes for a pleasant daytime or evening hot drink.
If you have trouble getting off to sleep, then a calming cup of chamomile tea may be the answer. This is the main ingredient of many herbal remedies for sleeplessness. One of the main compounds in camomile is tryptophan, an amino acid that is a mild tranquilizer. A chamomile infusion has a herby, slightly bitter flavor that appeals to some more than others but the drowsy effect can be a great sleeping aid for those with insomnia.
Elderflower tea made from the white blossom of the Elder tree, is a traditional remedy for influenza and the common cold. Elder-flower has diaphoretic properties, meaning that it encourages the body to sweat – a natural way to detox. It has decongestant qualities and helps to clear up the airways during throat infections. Naturopaths attribute elder-flower tea with raising the temperature of the body to encourage flushing out impurities.
Good old peppermint tea has a refreshing and minty flavor which makes it one of the most popular herbal teas around. It can also help to stop nausea and vomiting, by encouraging the digestive system to break down fat and stimulate bile production, preventing vomiting and feelings of sickness.
In fact, the garden contains the whole spectrum of healing herbs and soothing shrubs, so next time you’re ailing, look to the natural world of herbal teas before reaching for the pills…
Eleanor Adige writes for a number of publications, covering topics from diet and nutrition to general healthy-living. She is always on the lookout for new natural remedies to test.
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