Herbal teas can be great remedies for a whole array of ailments. Granted they can take a bit of getting used to especially if you have been drinking normal tea and coffee for years, but once you get used to them they are really refreshing and you can experiment with all the different tastes.
Here’s a small selection of some of my favourites and some of their therapeutic properties.
Camomile – Camomile is a fantastic herb to have in your diet. It is anti-inflammatory and full of anti-oxidants, two things that are great for keeping you healthy. It may help support blood sugar, great for people with insulin resistance or type II diabetes. Its anti-inflammatory properties may help soothe joint pain, cold and allergy symptoms as well as skin conditions such as eczema. It is really soothing for digestive issues and IBS. It also has a relaxing soothing effect on the nervous system helping you wind down and get a better night’s sleep. You can even use it topically to alleviate skin irritation, haemorrhoids and acne. Steeping the full flowers are best for maximum benefits. You can buy them loose or in tea bags.
Rooibos – I love the taste of this one! Full of minerals and antioxidants. It is naturally caffeine free great for winding down before bed or reducing stress. It is said to be good for bone health, skin irritations and high blood pressure, as well as boosting the immune system and protecting from common colds, viruses and stomach bugs.
Holy Basil – A great one for supporting the body’s natural response to stress, which is so detrimental to your health folks! High in Vitamin C and antioxidants, Holy Basil tea can help with anxiety, depression, cold and respiratory symptoms and skin irritations. Can also be used as a natural mouth wash and will help with mouth ulcers.
Green Tea – My favourite! Does take a bit of getting used to but worth persevering as so good for all round health. Try it with a squeeze of lemon or a small bit of honey to get you going. Absolutely full of antioxidants and nutrients. Studies show it may help with weight loss, brain function and physical performance as well as prevent a whole array of chronic health conditions.
Echinacea – I also love this one! Another great one for boosting immune function. Will help with cold symptoms as well as reduce its severity and duration. It is also great for alleviating pain from sore throats, stomach ache or tooth ache. Is also a mild laxative helping constipation.
Liquorice – Also used to relieve digestive issues as well as a mild laxative, is anti-inflammatory and good for cold and respiratory symptoms. Is also reported to ease PMS.
Ginger – Great for relieving nausea and helping ease stomach issues, great for easing digestive discomfort. Ginger is also a great anti-inflammatory which may help relieve painful joints as well as boost your immune system. Also another great one for relieving PMS.
There are so many more such as peppermint, fennel, Elderberry, Ginseng . Try them out! Drunk on their own herbal teas can be really soothing but as an effective remedy they need to be drunk 3-4 times per day. All herbs can have side- affects and contraindications so be sure to look into these if drinking a lot over the day. Also ensure you buy good quality. Some fruit teas are just purely made for their flavour, you want the herb to reap all the benefits.