Drinking herbal teas is one of the simplest and most effective and pleasurable ways of using natural herbal remedies. They help nourish the body and mind. I’m a big lover of herbal teas with medicinal properties, and truly believe in herbal medicine. These teas can offer relief from many discomforts, such as colds, flu, and headaches. They are made from dried herbs, flowers, and fruits. As with everything, they should be used in moderation. I buy teas loose at health food stores. I usually alternate between water, juices, and teas throughout the day. I include a few cups of herbal tea in my everyday routine.
Some of my favorite herbal teas are: ginkgo biloba, ginger, licorice, Korean ginseng, fennel, and chamomile.
Ginkgo biloba tea has a delicate flavor. It improves blood flow through the arteries to the brain, alleviating vertigo, headaches, depression, poor concentration, and other age-related disorders. It can help prevent strokes and heart attacks, slow the aging process, and improve memory.
Ginger root aids in digestion, and stimulates appetite. It can help fight colds and flu, bring down a fever (hot ginger tea is helpful with perspiration), activate immunity, remove mucus, boost blood circulation, and help warm the body, especially in cold weather. Slice fresh ginger and simmer in water for 10 to 15 minutes.
Sip hot or cool
3 to 4 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger root
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon licorice root (optional)
Place ginger root, fennel seeds, and 2 cups of water in a small pot. Bring the water to a boil, cover the pan, turn down the heat, and simmer over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain out the herbs and discard them. If you don’t use licorice root, sweeten the tea with honey.
Licorice helps restore the adrenal glands, benefits the endocrine system, and increases estrogen. It also relieves respiratory discomfort from a cold, bronchitis, or a cough, and is soothing for sore throats.
Korean ginseng improves vitality, strengthens the immune system, balances the hormones, and relieves fatigue and depression.
Chamomile flowers have soothing and calming properties. Chamomile tea calms digestive upsets, relaxes the nervous system, and promotes restful sleep. It’s also useful for anxiety and insomnia.
I consider herbs wise supplements for robust health. I love them all. Experiment to see what works for you. Make freshly brewed high-quality herbal tea.
If you’re a fan of cleaner living, try organic teas. Organic herbal teas are a good choice. I believe in tea therapy. These teas have healing benefits. For example, turmeric is anti-inflammatory, hibiscus supports the cardiovascular system, and reishi improves concentration. Create a ceremony for yourself that can act to quiet your mind and help you relax.
If you have a chance please visit Peeka Trenkle at Open Center New York and her website. I have enjoyed her Green Medicine, 8-month training in herbalism.