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Herbs are nature’s medicine so it’s important to know how to use them and how often to enjoy them. Just because herbs are natural doesn’t mean they are safe for everyone. To benefit from drinking herbal tea, limit yourself to 1-2 cups per day and seek advice from your doctor if you have any existing medical conditions, are pregnant or nursing. This mini-guide will help you choose the right herbs or combination of herbs for your next tea.
There’s more to roses than just their looks. The rose’s subtle aroma will also lift your spirits. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used the rose to alleviate constipation, dizziness, insomnia and stress.
Rich in folic acid, riboflavin, vitamins A, B6, E, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, manganese, and copper, mint is used to aid digestion, relieve an upset stomach and boost memory.
If you are suffering from a viral infection, add some anise to your tea. It relieves asthma and a sore throat, reduces cough and phlegm. It also relieves colic and menstrual pain. It is recommended for nursing and producing milk for newborns.
Adding sage to your tea reduces sweating and cramps because of the b-complex vitamins and magnesium it contains. These properties make it ideal for relieving menopause symptoms. It also calms the nervous system, reduces muscle spasms, improves the function of your peptic system and boosts your immune system.
Not only does silver linden sooth nerves and decrease high blood pressure, but it also increases urine production (it’s diuretic), gives you energy, makes you sweat, improves digestion and soothes muscle spasms.
This herb will help you sleep, reduce stress and relieve headaches. Valerian is also beneficial if you suffer from arthritis, high blood pressure, colic or menstrual cramps.
Nettle tea alleviates stomach and intestinal problems, fights hemorrhoids and is very beneficial in addressing kidney problems as well as difficulty in conceiving.
Basil gives your body an overall boost and is recommended if you suffer from emotional exhaustion, a weak memory and depression. It also soothes muscles and relieves stomach and intestinal pain. Don’t use it if you are pregnant.
The leaves of the ginkgo biloba herb combat problems that arise from reduced blood flow to the brain, including memory and dementia. Its ability to improve blood flow also hinders clot formations and relieves phlebitis (the inflammation of your veins).
Besides reducing bloating, lemon beebrush also gets rid of cellulite. It is diuretic and astringent (constricts body tissue). It helps digestion and is recommended for those suffering from diabetes.
Ginseng prevents fatigue, headaches, exhaustion and amnesia. It also improves sexual performance and relieves the symptoms of menopause.
This is your new hangover cure! The French drink sweet violet tea after a late night out. It also helps your body fight off fever and is considered a mild sedative.
Primrose relaxes you and relieves stress. It also soothes headaches and migraines.
Thyme fights off cold symptoms faster.
Milk thistle is ideal for liver health and body detoxification. It contains silymarin, which has an immediate and direct impact on your liver cells.
1:1 For every cup of tea use 1 teaspoon of herbs in boiled water (or use your coffee pot).
Unfortunately, nutrition and herbal medicine is not taught in schools, making it difficult to learn and remember this information. Besides sticking a cheat sheet to the inside of your kitchen cabinet, you can now use a fun new board game called Wildcraft (it’s getting rave reviews) to help you retain the information and share it with your whole family!