Herbs for health

herbs for life

I’ve recently acquired a growing enthusiasm for creating my own blend of herbal teas. Herbs are so beneficial, packed full of antioxidants a daily cup or 3 of herbal tea can really support your heart, digestion, brain, and nervous system. Here are some examples that you could use in cooking or to make tea.

How to make

In general, add about one tablespoon of plant roots, stems or flowers (fresh or dried) to one cup of boiling water. Then let the plant parts steep in simmering water or hot water that has been removed from heat for 5 to 15 minutes.

Herbs and their benefits

  • Aniseed – aids digestion, acts as an 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 and has a calming effect on coughs.
  • Ginger – 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 and lifts mood.
  • Nettle – 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, and 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, and ease mouth ulcers and bleeding gums.
  • Rosehips – 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.

Make your own

Some of my favourite herbal tea blends you can make. Store in a glass jar away from strong sunlight.

Sleepy Time Tea
Lemon Balm
Lavender
Chamomile flowers

Digestive Aid
Marshmallow Root
Fennel Seeds
A couple of slices of ginger

Brain Boost
Peppermint
Tulsi
Ginkgo Biloba
Rosemary

Immune Tea
Elderflowers
Chamomile
Rose hips
Echinacea

I’d love to hear about any of your creations!

*Please do check with a herbalist before taking herbs if you are pregnant, breast feeding, or are taking prescribed medication.

I buy most of my dried herbs from Baldwins https://www.baldwins.co.uk/herbs

GAYLE MERCHANT

It is my passion to support people in understanding what is at the root of the health conditions that they are facing. Functional medicine hand in hand with nutritional therapy helps me unearth the reasons for ill health and the obstacles that have been preventing recovery.

I wholeheartedly believe we are a blend of our histories; our food and lifestyle choices and our genetics – in fact, we are unique walking recipes ourselves. Finding the ingredients to help you make the best version of yourself is part of my work, so you can establish a loving friendship with your body and find balance in your life.