In this age of supreme stress, common ailments, and life threatening diseases of the body, we must look for alternate methods that can combat illnesses and make us healthy and strong to be able to face life head on and deal with its challenges. Modern world has cast its attention on herbal preparations that can combat a host of threatening diseased conditions and also deal with lifestyle disorders like stress thereby preventing oxidative damage to the body that can lead to conditions that are irreversible.
Discussed here are a select group of herbs that can be used to preparing a cup of refreshing and health sustaining tea that would also help you combat stress and a host of disorders like high blood pressure, cholesterol, indigestion, coronary artery diseases and vitamin and mineral disorders.
Herbs For Tea
A herb, or rather a root that comes in handy for almost all your kitchen needs, ginger is an expectorant, carminative, sialagogue and a natural herb for increasing blood circulation in your body. Ginger tea is also excellent for nausea, stomachache, and vomiting. All rolled into one, it is an excellent herbal beverage that can be taken on a daily basis, except for those who have gallstones. For brewing a healthy tea with ginger, grate fresh ginger and add to a cup of boiling water.
Allow the infusion to simmer for 15 minutes. For building its anti-inflammatory and germ fighting capabilities, you can add honey or freshly squeezed lemon juice, which are both good for common ailments like cough, cold etc. This will ensure that you feel fresh, refreshed, and free from respiratory as well as stomach infections of the body.
Charged with plenteous antioxidants that can help you stay away from oxidative stress, green tea is also great for reducing cholesterol and blood pressure and for removing toxic waste from the body naturally. Its anti bacterial properties help in combating diseases and its coronary benefits stem from the fact that it can reduce stress and tension of day-to-day life.
For making green tea, take a tea bag and add to a cup of boiling water. Steep for not more than two to three minutes (this is to avoid the pesticide content from contaminating the herbal and medicinal tea). Green tea is not recommended for those with heart problems as the caffeine content can increase heartbeats. However, a cup or two is considered safe.
The refreshing and cool aroma of peppermint tea can be a great stress buster and also helpful for an upset and unsettled stomach. Individuals suffering from abdominal bloating and gas can find solace in a cup of hot peppermint tea. It also comes to your aid for removal of nausea and muscle spasms. For preparing a steaming hot cup of peppermint tea, take a few fresh or dry leaves of peppermint and add to one cup of boiling water.
Simmer for ten minutes and drink to your heart’s content. Peppermint tea makes your body hot, which is helpful for chills and toxic waste removal. However, peppermint tea is not recommended for people suffering from heartburn or indigestion as its acidity can do more harm than good in such cases.
The soothing and calming tea also has mild sedative properties that can help you with stressful situations at work. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties that can help with common ailments and can also aid in digestion of food. Due to its calming and relaxing properties, chamomile tea is also a great beverage for insomniacs.
Add a chamomile tea bag to one cup of hot and boiling water and allow it to steep for ten to fifteen minutes to enjoy its full benefits. Chamomile tea helps in relieving coughs, colds, fever, bronchial trouble etc., and also inflammations of the body and skin.
Lemon Balm Tea
Lemon balm, which is a herb from the mint family can be easily grown at the backyard of your house. It is known for its mood enhancing properties. A tea prepared from lemon balm can even be safely administered to children, especially those who are prone to nightmares and hyperactivity. Lemon balm improves concentration and reduces stress and anxiety. The tea can be taken along with maple syrup or lemon as flavoring substances. Lemon balm tea can be prepared from fresh or dried leaves by adding one teaspoon of the leaves, fresh or dry to boiling water and steeping it for ten minutes by covering with a lid.
For preparing lemon balm tea in cold water, place a teaspoon of the dried or fresh herb in cold water and infuse for 24 hours by leaving it inside the refrigerator. Strain and consume after this.
Milk Thistle And Dandelion Tea
Milk thistle and dandelion tea are tonics for the liver as they act as a cleansing agent for the liver and gall bladder and remove the toxins harbored in the liver, thereby enhancing its function. This tea can also help in the regeneration of damaged liver to a certain extent and hence good for overall digestive health. Milk thistle and dandelion tea also help in optimum production of bile, required for fat synthesis. The roots of dandelions can be roasted and used for preparing tea.
One tablespoon should be added to two cups of boiling water and allowed to boil at least for 15 minutes to get a strong tea. One tablespoon of the crushed seeds of milk thistle can be added to three cups of boiling water and steeped for 20 minutes. The teas can be made separately or blended together according to your liking.
Cardamom is an aromatic herbal spice that is very prevalent in India. A great stimulant, it is known to cure stomach cramps, gas, and bloating. Cardamom is also an effective cleanser and improves the circulation of blood to the lungs. It’s an anti spasmodic herb and aids in treating respiratory illnesses. For preparing a delectable tea with cardamom, crush 7 pods of organic cardamom and add this to seven cups of water. Bring it to boil and add two black tea bags and adequate sugar. You can then add adequate quantities of milk and boil the tea before drinking it.