I’ve recently acquired a growing enthusiasm for creating my own blend of herbal teas. Herbs are so beneficial, here are some examples that you could use in cooking or
Aniseed – aids digestion, acts as expectorant and has antispasmodic properties. It can also soothe a cough and improve bronchitis or asthma.
Chamomile is renowned for its relaxing, anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. It may be used in anxiety and insomnia, menstrual cramps, colic, nervous diarrhoea and PMS.
Cinnamon – is calming and helps to support healthy circulation and digestion.
Fennel – stomach and intestinal remedy, stimulates digestion, has calming effect on coughs.
Ginger is an energizer and a stimulator. Drinking ginger tea both stimulates and soothes the digestive system.
Lemon Balm – a very effective tonic to calm nerves and anxiety. Cold lemon balm tea bags help relieve cold sores, or genital sores caused by the herpes simplex virus. It helps strengthen memory and brain functions, lifts mood and also regulate the thyroid.
Nettle is one of nature’s best remedies for an assortment of ailments including anaemia, high blood pressure, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, coughs and colds, congestion, haemorrhoids, urinary tract infections, and kidney and bladder problems
Pau D’Arco – has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activity against a wide variety of organisms including bacteria, fungi, yeasts (including Candida albicans), viruses (including herpes simplex types I and II, influenza virus, poliovirus and retroviruses) and parasites.
Peppermint has anti-flatulent properties, stimulates bile and digestive juice secretion, all of which help explain its value in relieving intestinal colic, dyspepsia and other associated conditions
Raspberry Leaf – Digestive issues, helps relieve morning sickness, heavy periods, eases mouth ulcers and bleeding gums.
Rosehip is a liver, kidney, and blood tonic, and it is a good remedy for fatigue, colds, and cough.
Sage – has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, and also serves as an appetite enhancer. Could help with heavy periods and hot flashes.
Slippery elm – helps to relieve stomach cramps and other gastrointestinal problems.
Home Made Herbal Tea Recipes
These are the teas that I created in the photos (I just use a good pinch of each) but you could make your own up;
Sleepy Time Tea
A couple of slices of ginger
*Please do check with a herbalist before taking herbs if you are pregnant, breast feeding, or are taking prescribed medication.