A cup of tea – especially green tea – has been shown to offer many health benefits. And while herbal tea isn’t really “tea” at all, the soothing and healing effects of herbs and plants steeped in boiling water are considerable.
The beneficial properties of some herbs and flowers can turn your afternoon cup into a healthy comfort. Next time you’re feeling under the weather, grab your coziest blanket, put the kettle on, and try one of these comforting herbal concoctions. Note: Check with your doctor for any herbs you should avoid, especially if you take heart medication or blood thinners.
Chamomile has been used for centuries to ease stomach aches and promote better sleep. The taste and smell of chamomile can soothe all your senses.
Mint can also be grown indoors, and it pairs well with lemon, making it a natural for tea time. Try mint tea to help with digestive issues and nausea. Fresh breath is an extra benefit!
Like chamomile, lavender has a soothing smell and taste. Commonly used to treat anxiety and stress, lavender can be grown indoors, adding a pretty purple accent to your kitchen garden.
Rose hips, which are the fruit of the rose plant, creates a popular tea filled with vitamin C. In fact, rose hips contain nearly 20 times the amount of Vitamin C found in most citrus fruits. Rose hips for tea can take many forms. Try adding mashed or dried, crumbled rose hips to boiling water for a soothing and healthy drink.
Tulsi, or holy basil, is thought to boost immunity and may also help to regulate blood sugar. Add several whole leaves to boiling water, let it steep for 5–15 minutes, strain and drink as is, or sweetened with a bit of honey.
Drinking sage tea may help reduce inflammation and improve levels of Vitamin K, which impacts circulation and blood clotting. Sage also combines well with lemon, lemon zest and sugar to make a delicious drink.
The science behind herbal teas is still fairly new, but researchers are discovering additional health benefits all the time. Try herbal teas in loose form, tea bags, or grow your own herbs like mint and lavender to create your own soothing sips. Always talk with your healthcare provider before trying a new brew to avoid any possible interaction with prescription medications.