Technically they would be correct…
But aside from simply being a clump of leaves that happen to taste good with toast and jam, the lowly cup of tea can also prove to be extraordinarily helpful to us.
This is where herbal teas come in.
Contrary to popular belief, not all herbal teas have to be noxious though…admittedly, Valerian can be a tough one. For those of you unfamiliar with this herb, Valerian is a very potent but non addictive sedative. The manufactured drug name “Valium” was derived from this herb, so that will give you an idea of it’s nature. Valerian root is one of the kindest and most invaluable herbs around.
Sounds good? So how come there isn’t Valerian in every medicine cabinet? Let’s put it his way, working with Valerian is sort of dealing with an eccentric, but much loved relative who just happens to have a pathological fear of bathing.
The stuff stinks to high heaven. The kindest description of it’s smell being “month old gym socks”
Personally I suspect Nature gave it that smell so people aren’t inclined to get addicted to it…at least not people with a sense of smell anyway. But Valerian is something of an exception. For the most part,the taste of herbal teas range from kind of bland to quite tasty.
The herbs listed below are primarily ones you are apt to find in your own kitchen. Most will be familiar, all are beneficent and easily obtained.
Allergy Sufferer? It’s time for Thyme
Thyme is a natural antihistamine and has antisceptic properties which can help soothe and heal the sinuses. Thyme’s antisceptic properties also help purge infections. Brew a cup of thyme tea and be sure to inhale the fumes while you sip it, or soak yourself in a soothing, thyme herbal infused bath.
The Old Flu 1-2:
Found in most health food stores is an unassuming looking substance called Pau ‘darco (Divine Bark). This little item is a real hero during cold and flu season. Pau ‘darco has known immunity building properties, is and antibiotic, antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial. It’s also loaded with goodies like iron, calcium, zinc and vitamin C and B complex. and it doesn’t taste terrible…how’s that for a nice surprise.
Super Stars in your Spice Rack:
There are a number of spices we can find sitting in the spice rack that do much more than make our food taste better. Ginger root for one is great for calming upset stomachs, minor digestive ailments as well as morning sickness and motion sickness. Actually Ginger ale, ginger cookies and ginger candy can all work reasonably well in a pinch.
Fennel, Anise, and all of the Mints are antispasmodics. They aid digestion and help dispel gas. If you are prone to gas after meals, try a cup of tea made from one of these herbs. Mint can be very helpful with getting rid of indigestion and heartburn. I’ve always found it amusing that they make mint flavored antacid tablets.
The Fairest in the Land
Tea made from rose hips is the ultimate age-defying and skin-hydrating brew, thanks to nutrients such as longevity-promoting vitamin K and free-radical-damage-fixing bioflavonoids and citrics.
Shiny horsetail grass is one of the richest sources of silica, an essential element in tissue repair. Revive lackluster hair, skin and nails by drinking tea prepared from this prehistoric plant. Make it work double duty by placing warm tea bags on your eyes to reduce puffiness.
If your hair is dull from product buildup, try a rosemary tea rinse. Rosemary cleans hair follicles and promotes hair growth. Use once a week for thick, super-clean hair and scalp.
Disease beater: In recent years, scientists have been lauding the cancer-fighting abilities of the powerful antioxidant polyphenols found in black and green teas. “These teas contain properties that not only protect the cells from carcinogens, they also shrink tumors,” explains Paul Lechance, Ph.D., executive director of the Neutraceutical Institute at Rutgers University. “While we can’t say you’ll never get cancer if you drink tea, you are certainly doing yourself some good by drinking it.” What’s more: A study from the University of North Carolina concluded that people who drink three cups of tea a day reduce their risk of heart attack by 11%.
* This material is for referential purposes and should not be substituted for professional medial advice. You are strongly urged to check with your physician or licensed holistic practitioner in the treatment of any pre-existing condition.