Benefits of herbal teas… by Fiona Waring

Dear All,

I hope all is well. Sorry for the space in between newsletters. The nutrition world has been very busy. So the weather is lovely, look after that skin. Keep hydrated..yes lots of water not wine. If you want a few ideas on how to hydrate with a little flavour please read below. I have even added medicinal information on various herbs. Please be aware herbs like licorice are very powerful on the adrenals.

People with high blood pressure should not drink teas containing licorice. Also watch if you are also take medication such as diuretics (nettle, dandelion) and anti-depressants (St John’s Wort). Both these herbs may interact with your medication.

Perhaps the easiest way to use and enjoy herbs is to make herbal tea. Herbal tea (sometimes referred to as “tisane” because the term “tea” used to be reserved for beverages made from a specific plant,Camellia sinensis) can be made from the leaves, flowers, seeds or even the roots of herbs, whether freshly picked or dried and stored for the off-season.

Whatever herb you choose, the process is simple: pour boiling water over crushed herb and let steep. OK, maybe brewing a great cup of tea takes a bit more finesse.

Most tea gardens are places to enjoy a cup of tea, not grow one. You can grow and harvest herbs for tea from any of your existing gardens. Fennel grown in the vegetable garden will brew just as flavorful as fennel grown in a pot on the front steps. However if you do decide to create a garden space devoted to tea herbs, be sure to leave space for a small table and chairs, so you have a spot to relax and enjoy your tea

Tips for Growing Herbs for Tea

1. Harvest early in the day, after the dew has dried, but while the herbs are still lush in the cool of the morning.

2. Most herbs are at their peak just before they bloom.

3.Try not to tear or crush the herbs until you are ready to use them. You don’t want to waste any of the essential oils.

4. Harvest all your herbs at the end of the season, once a frost is forecast. You can dry the herbs whole and store for winter teas or for use as seasonings.

How Much of the Herb Is Needed for Herb Tea?

1. Fresh Leaves: 3 teaspoons per cup of water

2. Dry Leaves: 1 teaspoon per cup of water

Herbs to Grow for Herbal Teas

This is a matter of personal taste, but the following herbs have been brewed for ages:

  • Basil (Lemon Basil)
  • Chamomile
  • Fennel
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Mint (Peppermint, Orange Mint)
  • Rose Hips
  • Rosemary
  • Sage (Pineapple Sage)
  • Lavender

Making Herbal Teas

Don’t be afraid to mix and combine herbs. If the scents mingle well, the flavors probably will too.

·dd a squirt or splash of fruit juice to the tea and transform it into an herbal punch.

Health Benefits of Burdock:

  • Cleanses the blood
  • Stimulates the liver
  • Helps to regulate blood sugar
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant properties

Health Benefits of Cardamom:

  • Eases stomach cramps
  • Stimulates digestion
  • Reduces gas and flatulence
  • Chewing the seeds can freshen breath

Health Benefits of Chamomile:

  • Soothes the stomach
  • Calms the nerves
  • Induces sleep
  • Eases cold symptoms

Health Benefits of Cinnamon:

  • Improves circulation
  • Eases cold symptoms
  • Relieves stomach upsets
  • Reduces menstrual cramps
  • Regulates blood sugar and insulin

Health Benefits of Dandelion:

  • Effective diuretic
  • Stimulates and cleanses the liver
  • Expectorant
  • May reduce the incidence of gallstones

Health Benefits of Fennel:

  • Improves appetite
  • Stimulates digestion
  • Eliminates flatulence
  • Relieves stomach cramps
  • Soothes throat, and coughs

Health Benefits of Ginger:

  • Improves circulation
  • Relieves cold and flu symptoms
  • Eases stomach cramps and nausea
  • Reduces menstrual cramps
  • Regulats blood sugar

Health Benefits of Hawthorn:

  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Balanced blood pressure
  • Strengthens circulation
  • Improves overall heart health
  • Anti-oxidant

Health Benefits of Lemon Balm:

  • Lifts the spirits
  • Relieves stomach disorders
  • Relaxes the nerves

Health Benefits of Licorice:

  • Relieves coughs and sore throats
  • Improves digestion
  • Eases menstrual cramps
  • Believes to increase libido
  • Reduces seasonal allergies and congestion

Health Benefits of Mint:

  • Eases many stomach and digestive problems
  • Helps relieve headaches
  • Relaxing

Health Benefits of Nettle:

  • Cleanses the blood
  • High in vitamins A and C
  • Improves liver and kidney functions
  • Eases coughs and other respiratory problems
  • Relieves diarrhea and constipation

Health Benefits of Raspberry Leaf:

  • Eases diarrhea
  • High in many vitamins and minerals
  • Menstrual aid
  • Antioxidant

Health Benefits of Rosehips:

  • Source of vitamin C
  • Antioxidant
  • Prevents bladder infections
  • Eases headaches

Health Benefits of Sage:

  • Calms the nerves
  • Improves digestion
  • Eases lung congestion and coughs

Health Benefits of Skullcap:

  • Soothes the nerves
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Eases PMS mood symptoms

Health Benefits of St. John’s Wort:

  • Relieves anxiety and irritability
  • Lifts the spirits and improves mood
  • Relaxant

Health Benefits of Thyme:

  • Improves immune system
  • Promotes perspiration
  • Eases sore throats and coughs
  • Antiseptic

Health Benefits of Valerian:

  • Relaxant
  • Promotes sleep
  • Eases the nerves
  • Relieves stomach cramps

Health Benefits of Yarrow:

  • Reduces cold symptoms and chest congestion
  • Improves digestion and appetite

The information here should not be considered medical advice, and you should always consult a physician before beginning any herbal tea therapy

Thank you for reading. Enjoy the sun!!


Fiona Waring

T: 01747 855934

E: eatyourgreens@fionawaring.com

Now running a Clinic from Shaftesbury Health Practice on a Thursday. Other days Riversmeet, Gillingham.

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