Herbal tea is very different from conventional black or green tea. It is actually an infusion of particular herbs steeped in hot water so that the benefits of herbs infuse into the water that you drink. It often does not contain sugar, usually, little or no tannin or caffeine and is relaxing, calming and can be had any time of the day or night. With little or no calories herbal tea can be a refreshing pick-me-up and different herbs give you various benefits – you have to select the right kind of herbal tea for whatever advantage you are seeking.
Can herbal teas treat everything?
Herbal teas are not a panacea for all ills. If you have a serious medical problem you need to get properly diagnosed and take the correct treatment. However, for minor issues that you would like to treat yourself at home, you can certainly use herbal teas with their many benefits. Some of the problems herbal teas can help:
- Upset stomach
- Abdominal gas
- Motion sickness
- Liver problems
- Weight loss
- High blood pressure
- Blocked or stuffy nose
- Hot flushes due to menopause
You may well find that you can get rid of many medicines that you take when you use herbal teas that have another advantage – they do not come with side effects that conventional medicines do.
Different herbal teas
Check out these roots and herbs that help in the form of herbal teas.
- Raspberry leaf
- Lemon Balm
- St. John’s Wort
- Milk thistle
You can use these separately or buy teas that come in blends that complement one another. While you can buy most of these packaged, there are some herbs you can also use fresh if you have them. For instance, various herbs that you can source green or even grow in your garden, ginger, and mint can easily be infused in water and drunk.
Using herbal teas
You can buy a range of herbal teas from supermarkets, shops and even online. These may be single or mixed herbs and may even be packaged such that they are targeted towards specific conditions. You should avoid instant teas that may have more of additives and even sugar or artificial sweeteners and very little of the actual herbs. Avoid herbal teas that are specifically packaged for weight loss as many contain laxatives or substances that are not good for health. Among the herbs or products containing the herbs you should avoid are comfrey, willow bark, ephedra, germander, chaparral, lobelia, aloe, senna, buckthorn, pineapple weed.
If you have a medical condition and you want to try herbal tea, it is best to check with a naturopath or herbalist who will guide you rather than trying something on your own. This is all the more important if you are already taking medications for your condition. You don’t want to lose out on the benefits of herbal teas, after all.
Which herbal teas have helped you?