Herbal teas have long been known to have medicinal benefits as well as being tasty to drink! Some of my favorite teas are chamomile tea, jasmine tea and ginger tea. Each of these has a distinctive taste as well as health benefits.
Chamomile tea is a favorite herbal tea that many use if they have trouble sleeping. It has natural sedative, anti inflammatory and antispasmodic properties so is also good for cramps. Due to it’s calming benefits it is often used to help relieve anxiety and benefits of drinking ginger tea. It is rich in essential oil and can help the digestive system function properly. Chamomile is also very good for your skin and you can wet a cloth in the tea and use it as a skin cleanser or compress.
Jasmine tea is a combination of green tea leaves and jasmine flowers. It has a lovely jasmine scent and flavor with all the wonderful antioxidant properties of the green tea. Jasmine tea has long been used for it’s relaxing and warming qualities and is also soothing to the digestive system. This tea also may help lower cholesterol according to recent studies and may even help with longevity.
Ginger tea has powerful medicinal properties and benefits of drinking ginger tea
It is reputed to be an aphrodisiac and can help freshen your breath! It has anti fungal and anti spasmodic properties and can help soothe stomach upset by neutralizing acids and aiding digestion. Ginger is also reputed to help relieve nausea, motion sickness, dizziness, flatulence and even help to ease muscle pain.
Jasmine tea is made using green tea leaves and jasmine flowers and is said to have strong spiritual powers. The tea is made by resting the leaves next to the powerfully scented Jasmine flowers to capture the aroma. The smell is just delightful, and the tea is used for its relaxing effects, and to also soothe the digestive system. Recent studies have also indicated that it may help to reduce cholesterol levels, and increase life expectancy.
Another popular herbal tea is Ginger. Ginger is renowned for its powerful medicinal properties. Additionally, it has been listed as an aphrodisiac and can also be used to cure bad breath. However, treating the latter probably helps with the former!
To make Ginger tea, simply cut three or four slices of peeled, fresh root ginger and chop finely. As a guide, you will need about a heaped teaspoon or more for one cup. Place the ginger in a china cup, cover with freshly boiled water, and leave to infuse for about 5 minutes. Other medicinal properties of the ginger root are reputed to help improve circulation, relieve a sore throat, stop motion sickness, dizziness, and relieve muscular aches and pains.
All herbal teas are made by finely chopping or shredding the leaves or roots. They are then placed in a cup, covered with boiling water and allowed to infuse for a few minutes just as the ginger tea recipe above. Herbal teas should be drunk slowly. Some folks like to add a bit of honey as a sweetener. If you are taking herbal tea for medicinal purposes, it’s recommended to drink about 4 cups daily.
We’ve just touched on a few herbs here and the method of making the brews, but there are many, many more to discover, and each with their own unique flavors, aromas, and benefits. Welcome to the world of herbal teas.
To properly make herbal tea, use 1 tea bag per person or, if you are making it from the dried herbs, use 1 teaspoon of the herb. Add boiling water to the herb mixture and let sit for 5 minutes. Don’t let it sit for too long or it will start to taste bitter. Don’t drink it too soon or the herb won’t have imparted it’s flavor into the water enough. Typically herbal teas are taken “black” but you could add a little milk or some sugar or honey to taste if you like.