Herbal teas or tinctures, to give them their proper name, are made by infusing herbs in boiling water.
Herbal teas are made with fresh or dried herbs, flowers, fruit, roots, berries, hips and spices.
They can be prepared from one kind of herb or plant, or a grouping of several, dependent on the chosen result and flavor. Since herbal infusions do not contain actual leaves from the tea bush, they are completely caffeine free.
For generations, herbal teas have been used in the Eastern world as a preventative measure and as a significant contribution to good health.
Avoid over steeping your herbs as some flavors such as peppermint can intensify and become rather medicinal instead of pleasant. Herbal teas can be enhanced with a little honey or natural sugar.
With a wide variety of health benefits, such as soothing effects, anti-viral aid, and detoxification, herbal tea has health benefits that go beyond mere hydration.
Apart from soothing the body, most are high in vitamin C and rich in antioxidants. These antioxidants shelter the human body from damage by free radicals, providing some fortification against cancer, heart disease and stroke.
Herbal pregnancy tea can nourish the nervous systems and strengthen our immune systems.
They ease cold symptoms, calm the nerves and relieve nausea, motion sickness, and dizziness.
If you have trouble sleeping, drink a cup of herbal tea. Some herbs, such as Chamomile, contain natural sedative properties, so falling asleep after a cup of hot tea is very common.
It should be noted however that some herbal teas are not safe to drink during pregnancy. Chamomile tea, for example, has been described to have contrary effects on the uterus. Therefore avoid chamomile tea during pregnancy. Those that are safe to drink during pregnancy include citrus peel, ginger, lemon balm, orange peel and rose hip. Ginger, it should be noted, is known to ease morning sickness.
Sometimes, an infant with colic can be soothed by the mother’s consumption of chamomile tea. The chamomile enters the mother’s milk and when the child drinks her milk it soothes the stomach.
Regular drinking of these herbal tea brews is recognized to generate fresh breathe, rejuvenate skin tone and cool body temperature.
Herbal tea is totally caffeine free, it is 100% natural without any chemical trappings and it is a traditional health drink that is invigorating in itself and offers many medical benefits to our health.
Not only that but it leaves you with a lingering and wonderfully warm feeling of well being.