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8 Healthy Herbal Teas And How To Make Them
A major advantage to drinking herbal tea is you can instantly cut down your caffeine intake. Herbal teas are also the easiest way to take medicinal herbs. However herb brews have some amazing health benefits. Here is our quick guide to how herbal tea can help your health. We show you the 8 most popular and healthy herb teas around and why you should be drinking them. Hope you enjoy are healthy herbal teas.
Healthy Herbal Teas Guide
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1, Ginger Tea
You’ve probably heard the term super-foods, well if it’s applied to herbs. Ginger would be a super-herb because not only does it taste great it also has many medicinal properties. It’s main health benefits are for your stomach, it helps with indigestion and all-round soothes your stomach. Also it’s warming effect helps increase your circulation. Ginger tea has many health benefits.
How to make ginger tea
Simply, peel ginger root, then grate the ginger root add to cup pour on boiling water steep for 5 minutes. You can add honey or lemon for extra taste and health benefits. Enjoy… If you want to see an example watch this video on YouTube: How to Make Honey-Lemon-Ginger Tea.
2, Chamomile Tea
Without doubt chamomile tea is one of the most popular herbal brew’s you can make. It’s been used as an herbal remedy for centuries.There are many readily available commercially brands, just be careful that nothing artificial has been added. Chamomile like ginger also soothes your stomach. Other benefits are it helps with anxiety, insomnia. So having this tea before bed time is a good idea.
How To Make Chamomile Tea
Add 2 tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers per cup double if using flash flowers. Add the flowers to a tea-pot, pour on boiling water let it steep for 5 minutes. Pour the tea into a cup using a sieve and Enjoy… You can see an example of making Chamomile tea
3, Cinnamon Tea
I’m sure you’ve used Cinnamon many times in cooking but it also makes a delicious and aromatic herbal tea. Cinnamon like ginger gives you that warming feeling and also soothes your stomach. The wonderful thing about this tea is that it’s naturally sweet without adding sugar.
How To Make Cinnamon Tea
First use Ceylon Cinnamon Stick not ordinary Cassia Cinnamon this will give you a better taste and be a little sweeter. Add a 3 inch piece of Ceylon Cinnamon Stick to a pan of boiling water and simmer slowly for 15 minutes. Transfer the liquid to a teapot and leave for 15 minutes. You should notice the colour change from yellow to a golden red. Transfer to a cup drink and Enjoy… Example on YouTube Cinnamon Tea.
4, Fennel Tea
Fennel has a distinctive licorice taste to it, but don’t let this stop you from trying this tea. As you can always add honey for a different flavour. A surprising thing about fennel is that it’s rich in vitamin C and vitamin c can help the body absorb iron. This is therefore why fennel can help with anemia. Fennel is known to increase the metabolism.
How To Make Fennel Tea
Add between 1 or 2 (depending how strong you want it) teaspoons of fennel seeds per cup. Crushing the seeds slightly will help release the flavour. Add hot water to the teapot and steep for 3 minutes. Transfer to cup using a sieve and Enjoy. NOTE using boiling water could damage the delicate components of the fennel herb. Therefore just use hot water. Making Fennel Tea on YouTube.
5, Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus tea is one of the most popular medicinal tea’s in the world. The tea is red in colour and tastes sour. hence its also known as the sour tea. However its health benefits outweigh it’s acquired taste. Hibiscus flowers are rich in antioxidants. Hibiscus main health benefit is it’s anti-inflammatory properties and it has been found to help sore throats and gum disease.
How To Make Hibiscus Tea
You can simple purchase commercial dried Hibiscus tea and follow the instructions. However if you have a supple of fresh hibiscus flowers you can achieve the same results.
How to make hibiscus tea from dried flowers. Firstly remove the stem from the flowers. Then place the Hibiscus flowers in a tea-pot and pour in hot water. You will see the flowers release a red color into the water. Let the hibiscus tea steep for around 10 minutes. pour the tea into a cup using a sieve, drink, enjoy… Also see this example on YouTube making Hibiscus Tea
6, Peppermint Tea
No list of herbal teas would be complete with-out the inclusion of Peppermint tea. Not only does it have amazing health benefits it also tastes delicious and refreshing. The main benefit you will experience from drinking Peppermint tea will be the helpfulness it will have on your digestive system. One of the main components of Peppermint is menthol and this gives you that soothing feeling.
How To Make Peppermint Tea
Firstly wash the fresh mint leaves. Then tear up the leaves this will help to release the flavour. Add the mint leaves to a tea-pot and pour over with boiling water, leave to steep for between 4-8 minutes. This depends on the strength you want for your tea. Pour into your cup and enjoy. Tip, for extra flavour add a taste of honey. Take a look at this quick example from YouTube Make Peppermint Tea.
7, Echinacea Tea
Echinacea has long been used as a medicinal herb. Native American Indians first started using Echinacea hundreds of years ago. Today its main use is to stimulate the immune system. It’s particularly popular herb in Germany. So if you’re looking for something to boost your immune system and help fight infections. Then Echinacea Tea is for you.
How To Make Echinacea Tea
To make this tea you can use fresh or dried Echinacea. Add half a cup of fresh leaves to a small pan of water. cover the pan and simmer for about 15 minutes. sieve the tea into your cup and enjoy. Tip add (lemon or honey or stevia) for a sweeter taste. There are many different ways to make Echinacea Tea, you could try it with Ginger.
8, Lemon Balm Tea
Lemon Balm has been used as a medicinal herb for over 2,000 years. The Greeks are said to have used Lemon Balm to soothe tension. Today the herbs main uses are for sleeping problems, nervous problems and gastrointestinal symptoms. It is believed that the oils in lemon balm contain compounds that help relax muscles particularly the stomach and bladder. So if you’re looking for a bit of relaxation try some Lemon Balm Tea.
How To Make Lemon Balm Tea
This tea is very simple and quick to make. Basically just add fresh lemon balm leaves or the equivalent dried balm leaves to a pint of boiling water. Let them steep for about 10 minutes. Sieve into a cup and enjoy. For a refreshing drink in the summer just leave to cool and add ice cubes and lemon. Then you have iced lemon balm tea. COOL… How to make your own Lemon Balm Tea on YouTube.
Any herbalist will tell you that making herbal tea is an art and not a science. It’s trial and error until you get the strength and the sweetness you require. You could if you wanted just use the brands available at your local supermarket but nothing beats the taste of fresh herbs. So enjoy your tea and the health benefits it brings you…