Many people use different kinds of probiotics, colon cleanses, and herbal supplements to remain or become healthy. The truth of that statement is — you don’t need all those products. You can drink an herbal tea every day and cutout many time consuming, not to mention expensive products from your diet. You will still receive the same benefits!
From winter to summer to fall and spring, you can enjoy a cup of herbal tea that is not only tasty, but warming and healthy with many health benefits. They can range from healing insomnia to clearing up skin conditions to losing weight and boosting the immune system.
Here are the top 10 herbal teas that will give you a great pick-me-up and give you a great source of vitamins, minerals and health benefits.
- Peppermint Tea
St. Augustine Herbalist Laurence Layne recommends drinking peppermint tea to relieve the stomach problems with abdominal gas and bloating, and to relieve muscle spasms. It’s also good for nausea or upset stomach, if you’re not vomiting. It’s good for heating up the body and making it sweat such as if you have a fever.
- Spearmint with Hibiscus Tea
Spearmint with hibiscus is great for summer time cool down. If you have trouble cooling off in the heat, spearmint with hibiscus will help cool down the body so you can deal with the heat.
- Ginger Tea
Ginger is a circulatory herb, which means it helps the body blood flow, which, in turn, heats up the body. Ginger, as a digestive aid, can be used to restrain nausea, vomiting or upset stomach due to motion or morning sickness. Make fresh ginger tea by simmering a piece of ginger root (about thumb size) in water for 10 to 15 minutes. You can add fresh lemon juice and honey to head off a cold since ginger and lemon is a powerful germ-fighting combination.
- Chamomile Tea
Chamomile is a calming and sedative tea made from chamomile flowers. It helps relax the nerves and calms down the body. If your children are hyper before bed time, use a couple of tablespoon of chamomile flowers in the bath water. Your kids will calm down and have a good night’s sleep. It’s also helpful with digestion after a meal, cough and bronchitis or you can gargle for inflammation of the mouth.
- Rooibos Tea
High in vitamin C as well as other minerals and its antioxidant properties, rooibos may help ward off disease and the signs of aging. It has also been shown to help with common skin concerns, such as eczema. Grown in South Africa, the natives use it to lift the spirits.
- Lemon Balm Tea
Lemon balm is easy to grow for a fresh cup of herbal tea that will lift the spirit, improve concentration and has been known to prevent nightmares with children. It calms the brain so you can relax before bed and receive a good night’s sleep.
- Milk thistle and Dandelion Tea
Dandelion tea is a well-known liver cleanser as well as helping the kidneys to flush out toxins. Adding milk thistle will regenerate the liver so it functions at a higher capacity. It helps with the production of bile that helps in the digestive process. An herbal tea that cleans the liver and improves the digestive system.
- Rosehip Tea
Rosehips have the highest source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is necessary for a strong immune system. It also helps skin and tissue health as well and improve the adrenal function.
- Thyme Tea
Since thyme is rich in minerals, flavonoids and antioxidants it can helps coughs, bronchitis and brain cells. Thyme contains “thymol”, which increase omega 3 fatty acids, which is essential for growth of brain cells. Recent studies show it can protect the brain from aging and might prevent Alzheimer’s disease. It relaxes coughs and will help fight against infections.
- Hawthorn Tea
Hawthorn berries are loaded with antioxidant and other properties that can prevent cardiovascular diseases. An herbal tea of hawthorn berries prevents plaque in the arteries as well as increase circulation and improves hypertension (high blood pressure), anxiety and stress.
How to Make an Herbal Tea
Making an herbal tea is easy. A teaspoon of herb to a cup of water. Heat the water to boiling and then pour over herbs. Let sit for 3 to 20 — 30 minutes, then strain and drink. Knowing how long to brew herbal tea is also easy.
3 to 5 minutes’ brew time
10 to 20 minutes’ brew time
Twigs and barks
30 to 45 minutes’ brew time
Berries, twigs, roots, and bark can be brewed several times. Use them until they no longer change the color of the water. Add 10 minutes per brew time for every use. Most berries, twigs, roots, and bark can be brewed at least 3 times before they are exhausted of their properties.
Mix and match all berries, twigs, roots, and bark to make an herbal tea you enjoy. Enjoy each herb 2 or 3 times a week.
The Herbal Explorers