If you’re going to choose the best herbal tea for your health and taste preference it’s important that you understand what exactly you are buying.
Most people don’t realize that herbal “tea” isn’t actually tea.
The correct name for a herbal tea is actually a tisane or herbal infusion. This is because herbal tea doesn’t come from the Camellia sinensis tea plant like traditional caffeinated tea does.
Herbal teas are made from different roots, berries, barks, leaves, and seeds of herbal plants which are steeped in hot water.
Herbal teas can be a mixture of different herbs or a simple tea with just one herb. A lot of times a powerful healing tea will be made from a combination of different herbs that are best for strengthening a specific organ.
Herbal teas are much more than tasty drinks. They offer amazing health benefits and have been used since the beginning of time as medicine. They are natural defenses against disease and offer a gentle and cheap alternative to drugs.
Benefits and Uses of Herbal Teas
Herbal teas have many benefits and uses. The beauty of herbs is that each one has different medicinal value. One herb can be used to strengthen the adrenal glands while another can ease muscle pain and spasms. Let’s start with some general benefits of herbal teas.
Herbal Tea Benefits:
Help prevent disease and illness
Cheap alternative to drugs
Can help aid stress and relaxation
Boosts immune function
Aids in detoxification
Calms and soothes the gut
Caffeine free and calming
Herbal teas have so many benefits. Like I said earlier, you can combine different herbs to promote a synergistic effect on your body or steep a simple herbal tea with one herb that will help a specific health issue you are dealing with. The possibilities are really endless!
Specific Uses for Herbal Tea:
Can help soothe the gut and relieve upset stomachs
Can strengthen specific organs like the adrenal glands
Can help insomnia and promote relaxation
Can aid in weight loss
Can help relieve body aches
Can help anxiety
Specific herbs can act as antimicrobials
Can be used for constipation
Can help respiratory problems
Yes, herbal teas are very beneficial and can be used for so many different health issues. But, in order to get these health benefits you have to use high-quality herbs and steep them correctly.
If you just get a couple crappy bagged herbal teas from the store and throw them in hot water for 10 minutes you probably won’t get the same medicinal value that you get from ordering high-quality herb products and steeping them well.
If you want the medicinal benefits I’d highly recommend buying loose leaf herbs and steeping them correctly. If all you care about is taste, bagged teas will be ok.
How to Make Herbal Tea
In order to make the best herbal teas, you have to prepare and steep them correctly. There are a few different ways you can make herbal concoctions.
Let’s keep it simple.
All herbal teas are made from taking herbs and steeping them in hot water for a certain amount of time. With herbal teas, you usually want to steep them much longer than regular tea since you are using roots, barks, leaves, and seeds. These parts of the plants usually need to be steeped a bit longer to extract the beneficial properties they contain.
Here’s How to Make Basic Herbal Tea:
Heat water to a boil around 212 degrees
Scoop 1-3 tablespoons of herb and insert into your strainer
Insert strainer into your cup and pour water over the strainer to fill cup
Let the herb steep for 15-20 minutes. The longer the stronger
Remove the strainer and enjoy
Note: You can cover the cup to keep essential oils from escaping during straining or if you have extra tea from your batch
How to Make Root & Herb Decoction + Infusion
If you are creating your own formula with harder roots, barks, dried berries, or seeds then using the decoction method for these herbs before infusing the softer herbs is the way to go.
A decoction is basically just allowing harder herbs to decoct or steep in simmering water. Since these herbs are harder it’s best to decoct them to extract the beneficial components.
Step 1, Decoction:
Place 1-2 tablespoons of hard herb into a saucepan or kettle
Cover the herbs with 1 quart to 1 liter of water depending on how much tea you want
Bring the stove to a simmer (low heat)
Allow the herbs to gently simmer for 20-30 minutes
Step 2, Infusion:
Add 1-2 tablespoons of your softer herb or herb mix to the decoction
Take the pan or kettle off the heat and turn your burner off
Allow your herbs to infuse for 15 minutes
After 15 minutes strain your tea into your cup or storage container
Peppermint tea has been used since the beginning of time to soothe upset stomachs, gas, bloating, muscle spasms, and overall health. If you’re dealing with any of those issues steeping a strong cup of peppermint tea can give you some relief.
Chamomile tea is an all-around comforter and one of the best herbal teas. This herbal blend can help you relax from a long day and offer numerous different health benefits like helping digestion, calming the body, and strengthening immunity.
A blend of peppermint, spearmint, rooibos, rosehips, ginger, rose petals, marigold, and sunflower this herbal delight is perfect for a cold or as a general health tonic. Has a light minty taste but with a kick of ginger and rose petals making the taste of this tea very unique. It offers lots of antioxidants and good for your skin.
Peppermint can help soothe the intestinal tract, calm the body, and aid with gas, bloating, indigestion, and constipation. It acts as a smooth muscle relaxant which can allow the GI tract to function better. If you have an upset stomach or cramps steeping a strong cup of peppermint tea can help symptoms a lot.
Herbs that help with digestive disorders and constipation:
Sometimes if you’re dealing with a more severe digestive issue it may be best to buy different herbs in bulk and blend your own high-strength herbal tea to sip on throughout the day. The best herbs that can be steeped and decocted for digestion are listed below.
This tea is a blend of peppermint, spearmint, rooibos, ginger, rose petals, marigold, and sunflower. The synergistic blend of herbs can calm your body and help support the immune system when you come down with a cold to help your body fight it off ASAP.
The best herbs you can buy to make your own blend for sore throats and colds are:
This tea is a blend of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, peppercorn, hawthorn, and cardamom seeds. It is a low-calorie beverage and offers many different health benefits. Substitute this tea for soda or other sugary beverages and you will be able to shed the pounds much easier. If you add some yoga to the mix then you will be well on your way to healthy weight loss.
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