Herbal tea is defined as an herbal infusion made with anything except the tea bush. They are made with flowers, seeds, roots and leaves.
Herbal tea can be used for medicinal purposes as well as being a tasty treat. A Lavender Herb tea can be very relaxing. Use 1 tsp. dried lavender leaves and 1 tsp. dried chamomile leaves, and 4 cups boiling water. Place the dried leaves in a warmed tea pot, add boiling water, steep for 3 – 5 minutes, drain and enjoy. Sweeten with honey if you wish.
To aid digestion and help eliminate gas and heartburn try the following recipe. Use 1 tsp. dried chamomile leaves, 1 tsp. dried mint leaves, and 4 cups of water. Put dried leaves in warm tea pot and add boiling water. Steep for 3 – 5 minutes and sip slowly. Both the mint and chamomile will calm the stomach and digestive tract.
Besides the traditional green and black teas, Yarba Mate’ tea is good for energy. Yarba Mate’ comes from South America and has natural caffeine which gives a boost in energy. You can add a few mint leaves or a little lemon and honey to enhance the taste if you need to.
Boldo tea. Boldo grows in the central region of Chili. The leaves have a strong, woody , slightly bitter taste and is often mixed with Yerba Mate to calm down the taste. It is used to help the gallbladder but can also calm an upset stomach.
Herbal tea can be used during pregnancy. Examples of some that are deemed safe would be: Red Raspberry – helps reduce labor pains, increase milk production, ease nausea, and tone the uterus. Peppermint – helps reduce nausea and morning sickness. Lemon Balm – calms, relieves anxiety, insomnia and anxiety. Gingerroot – helps relieve nausea and vomiting.
Herbal teas can be made from scratch like the recipes listed or you can purchase some nice combinations in your grocery stores. Several companies now manufacture herbal teas and have come up with unique and tasty combinations. Either way, your tea should be something you can enjoy and relax with.