Apart from the wonderful tastes from some herbal teas there are other reasons why folks chose to drink these over the traditional leaves. Herbal teas have long been associated with good health and wellbeing. The soothing, relaxing, and medicinal properties that can be brewed out of such herbs as Ginger, Thyme, Peppermint and Parsley, are legendary.
Homemade herbal teas are not only simple to make, but they're cheap too. There's also growing proof that they provide effective remedies for a whole range of ailments.
If you're anything like me and you have a spot of bother nodding off a night, try a cup of Chamomile tea which has a natural sedative. It's worked wonders for me and I wake up fresh and alert each and every morning nowadays. Well, almost! But Chamomile tea is also said to have anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties too, so it's good for those cramps that some of us get from time to time. But that’s not all. Chamomile is rich in essential oil, and what that means is that it helps to keep your digestive system functioning correctly.
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.
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