Need to perk up? Prepare a good cup of herbal tea to make nausea, bloating, or other forms of discomfort go away.
In the dead of winter, there is no better calming than a good cup of herbal tea. In addition to being a tasty, comforting, caffeine-free pick-me-up, it has many health benefits. Plus, it has many healing powers, whether it’s to soothe a turbulent tummy, relieve insomnia, or calm a cloudy brain. Herbal tea is also an essential source of vitamins and minerals.
What Is Herbal Tea?
Even if, in English, we say herbal tea, herbal tea is not tea: the latter is a drink prepared from the infusion of a specific plant. The French term is more explanatory since the herbal tea is the infusion of leaves, seeds, roots, or bark from which the flavors are extracted in hot water. A well-made injection allows you to enjoy all the benefits of a plant in a very digestible form.
The Benefits Of Herbal Tea
There are many more benefits to be gained from an excellent organic herbal tea than from a vitamin pill, says Marianne Beacon, an herbalist at Elderberry Herbals in Peterborough, Ont. “First, it keeps you hydrated. Then there is the social aspect: herbal tea is a drink to share with others. And finally, when you drink one, you can do an aromatherapy cure, which is downright impossible with a tablet.”
All this explains an herbalist advises infusing the herbal tea in a covered container not to lose the advantage of essential oils. “Otherwise,” she said, “the room smells, but you don’t benefit from the herbal tea’s medicinal properties.”
How To Choose Herbal Tea?
To choose herbal tea, our two herbalists recommend selecting a product from a reliable source and made of quality ingredients. If you value the medicinal qualities of herbal tea, avoid products that have added elements like essential oils and flavors. And to fully benefit from the virtues of the herbal tea, let the herbs or the sachet infuse long enough, at least 10 to 15 minutes, to express all the properties of the plant.
“Every time you eat a food, you are providing your body with the building blocks it needs to make tissues and hormones,” By drinking herbal tea every day, you can significantly transform your mood, your skin, your sense of well-being, and your energy.”
In terms of herbal tea, the choice is vast. Here are the main ones, but feel free to experiment.
This herb promotes digestion and is useful in nausea, vomiting, or stomach aches caused by transport. Simmer a piece of fresh ginger for 10 to 15 minutes; if you have a cold, add fresh lemon juice and honey to help fight germs. Madame Beacon also suggests making a herbal tea with ginger powder to combat the chills.
Rich in vitamin C and minerals, rooibos has several health benefits. Grown primarily in South Africa, this edible plant is sold for its antioxidant properties, which help fight disease and the signs of aging. It is also credited with properties for controlling common skin conditions, such as eczema.
Easy to grow, lemon balm helps boost morale. “It’s well suited to the winter blues, and it also helps you focus better,” says Deacon. She adds that lemon balm is safe for children and prevents nightmares when taken before going to bed. It can be served as an iced tea and seasoned with lemon or maple syrup.
Milk Thistle And Dandelion
In infusion, milk thistle or dandelion are light cleansers for the liver. “They help regenerate the liver and help it function at a higher rate,” says Huska. These plants are involved in the production of bile, which helps the digestion process.”
Rosehip is the fruit of rosehips, one of the best sources of vitamin C among plants. For the immune system, this vitamin is important for skin and tissue health and adrenal function. Make yourself a good rosehip tea when you need to perk up.