14 Herbal Teas and Their Benefits

There are two basic ways to make herbal teas, and they can be served either hot or cold.

Tea Infusion: simply add the required amount of herb to boiling water (just as you would make normal tea) for about five minutes. Cover the infusion to prevent steam escaping. Strain and drink.

Tea Decoction: boil the seeds, herbs or bark (whatever is required) in water for about 20 minutes to draw out the full flavour. Strain and drink.

ANGELICA

3 teaspoons of freshly chopped leaves to each cup.

Good for insomnia prevention, indigestion, coughs, colds, flatulence and rheumatism.
(Warning: this should not be taken by diabetics or pregnant women).

BASIL

3 teaspoons of freshly chopped basil leaves to each cup. Reduces nausea (good for morning and travel sickness).

BERGAMOT

3 teaspoons of leaves and flowers to each cup. Helps with sore throats and chest ailments.

CARAWAY

Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of crushed seeds and let steep (stand) for 5 minutes. Strain and drink. Beneficial to kidney function, the glands and digestion.

CHAMOMILE

Add dried or fresh chamomile flowers to a saucepan of boiling water, cover and simmer for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and let stand for a few minutes before straining and drinking. An excellent bedtime drink to relieve tension and menstrual pain.

DILL

Pour a cup of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of crushed seed and let steep for 5 minutes. Strain and drink. Aids poor digestion, flatulence and stomach upsets. Is also a mild tranquillizer, so helps with insomnia.

FENNEL

Pour a cup of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of crushed seed, steep for 5 minutes, strain and drink. A mild diuretic (helps combat fluid retention) and laxative. You can also soak cotton wool in cooled tea and dab on tired eyes.
(Warning: large amounts of fennel might be harmful during pregnancy).

LEMON BALM

Infuse 3 teaspoons of fresh leaves in 1 cup boiling water. Relieves headaches, toothaches, as well as tension. Helps relieve symptoms of colds.

LOVAGE

Infuse 3 teaspoons of fresh leaves in a cup of boiling water. A very mild diuretic, also good for kidneys and will stimulate appetite.

MINT

Infuse 3 teaspoons of fresh spearmint or peppermint in a cup of boiling water. Clears the head, sweetens the breath, and is good for digestion.

PARSLEY

Infuse 3 teaspoons of fresh leaves in a cup of boiling water. Drunk hot, parsley tea is a diuretic and will help those with an iron deficiency.

ROSEMARY

Infuse 3 teaspoons of fresh leaves in a cup of boiling water. Relieves headaches, improves memory and is an excellent bedtime drink.

Please note: We are not responsible should one of the site viewers misuse any poisonous plants and to always check with an herbologist and pharmacist before ingesting anything.

We have a great article we wrote about making Tea Blends, fill free to check it out.

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