Last Updated on 07/07/2019 by Desmond
The basic knowledge of herbal tea
Herbal tea is a kind of tea that is prepared by drying herbs and other plants, that have a medicinal effect and fresh taste. There are many kinds of herbal tea, including herbs, flowers, grains, vegetables and so on. The primary method of steeping herbal tea is to put the plants into a teapot (small teapot), inject hot water, and steep it with a right minute.
Common Herbal Tea And Their Benefits
Echinacea, the “Indian flower,” can boosts immunity and improves health.
Echinacea is a perennial herb of the composite family with purple flowers. Echinacea is also known as the “Indian flower” because it is used by North American Indians to prevent colds and treat trauma.
Echinacea roots are said to contain immune-boosting ingredients that boost the body’s ability to fight viruses and bacteria such as colds and flu. In that case, echinacea has attracted much attention in AIDS research in recent years.
Efficacy: antiviral, bactericidal, anti-allergic, cystitis and frequent urination
Suitable match: rose hip, elderflower, tilia europaea, sage, chamomile
Recommended drinking method: used to prevent colds, it is recommended to add honey in the tea before drinking
Popular since Egyptian civilization, ancient people took elderflower as a cold medicine with a sweet grape-like aroma.
Its distribution in Europe and North Africa, belongs to the honeysuckle family, low deciduous elderberry, has been used as a medicinal plant since the Egyptian civilization.
Elderflower is the white flower that grows on the elder bush in spring. Elderflower has a sweet aroma like Muscat and is widely used in Europe especially as a cold medicine to relieve sore throat and so on, because elderflower tea, which is steeped and drunk, can promote blood circulation and thus promote sweating. It is also said to have some effect on hay fever.
There are also jams made from elderberry fruit, so you can also steep tea with the jams.
Efficacy: promote sweating, anti-inflammatory, sedation, detoxification, antipyretic, diuretic
Suitable match: rosehip, rosemary, chamomile, Tilia Europaea, echinacea, sage
Recommended drinking method: steep tea into a higher concentration, and then add carbonated water dilution.
Recommended for people with high blood pressure, a well-known plant leaf, as a symbol of peace – Olive.
Olive is a Mediterranean plant whose fruit can be eaten and made into olive oil. It is integral to Italian cuisine and is painted on the United Nations flag.
Olive leaves have a bactericidal effect, so from a long time ago was used as a treatment medicine for trauma, and drinking olive tea, has an excellent antihypertensive effect, so to prevent hypertension and arteriosclerosis has specific help.
By the way, olive oil from fruits and seeds contains a lot of the unsaturated fatty acid – oleic acid, so olive oil is a hot topic because it has some positive effects on loss weight compared to other linoleic acid series vegetable oils.
Efficacy: sedation, lower blood pressure, lower uric acid value, also has a specific therapeutic effect on hepatitis, herpes and Candida albicans.
Suitable match: rose hip, elderflower, Tilia Europaea, sage, chamomile
Recommended drinking method: due to the mild nature of olives, it is recommended to mix with other herbs or tea.
Orange peel tea is a kind of citrus tea can make a personal spirit. It is divided into sweet oranges and sour oranges.
Orange peel is rich in vitamin C, which warms the body and promotes sleep. Also, tangerine peel still can adjust intestines and stomach, have the effect that makes a person comfortable free qi, spirit cheer up, can have an excellent diuretic effect.
Orange peel tea with fruit aroma and sour-sweet taste, taste when drinking, light taste, slightly astringent taste. When mixed with other herbal teas and black teas, it gives the drink a sweet aroma and a good taste.
Efficacy: sedation, diuretic, insomnia, and help digestion
Suitable match: rosehip, hibiscus, lemon peel, chamomile
Recommended drinking method: steep the orange tea into a higher concentration, add ginger and honey, diluted with carbonated water.
The word chamomile comes from the Greek word “chamaemellon”, which means “apple of the earth”.
Chamomile is a kind of plant with strong fecundity and sweet apple-like aroma. As an herb, it has excellent effects and is called “plant doctor” and “mother of herbs.” It is said that chamomile in addition to stomach overload and loss of appetite has a specific effect, to alleviate insomnia, eliminate anxiety also plays a particular role, especially to relieve fatigue has a great impact.
Efficacy: anti-inflammatory, sedative, promote sweating, bactericidal, antipyretic, diuretic, help digestion, inhibit vomiting, stomach toning, relieve insomnia and restlessness, improve dysmenorrhea, relieve menopausal symptoms, anti-allergy, relieve constipation and fear of cold.
Suitable match: rosehip, elderflower, Tilia Europaea, sage, peppermint, spearmint
Recommended drinking method: steeping milk tea with chamomile is awesome.
Recommended for those with a taste for spicy foods, this cardamom tea can promotes digestion and prevents bad breath.
Similar to ginger, it has a strong cooling effect and is an essential ingredient in curry sauces. It is also called “queen of spices” and “king of perfumes”.
It is said that in addition to helping digestion and absorption, inhibiting bad breath, it also has the effect of reducing fat, relieves fatigue and cool down body temperature. Due to the strong aroma and flavor of cardamom, compared with the original taste, it is recommended to drink mixed. In India, where cardamom is native, people like to use it in black tea to make Indian Masala Chai; In the Middle East and near east, people like to drink the coffee with cardamom in.
Efficacy: relieve tension, loss of appetite, indigestion, abdominal fullness, colic, heartburn, nausea, cramps, bad breath and other symptoms
Suitable match: rose hip, elderflower, Tilia Europaea, sage, chamomile
Recommended drinking method: recommended mixed with black tea or coffee drinking, to eliminate constipation has a certain effect.
“Herb of activating blood circulation” safflower suits to be afraid of cold constitution menstruation not to adjust, the female of the menopause drinks.
It is said that safflower can be used from seed to flower without waste. Safflower is also a specialty of Yamagata prefecture, Japan, known as “Benibana”.The flowers of the safflower are a plain vermilion, which was once used as a lipstick and dye.
Safflower is known as “herbal medicine for promoting blood circulation” in China, which can promote blood circulation, warm the body and regulate hormonal balance, so it has significant effects on irregular menstruation, menopausal diseases, rough skin and fear of cold. It is said that postpartum women drink safflower, can also promote breast milk secretion, to prevent obesity also has a certain role. The refreshing taste of safflower tea is suitable for most people.
Efficacy: promote blood circulation, promote sweating, relieve symptoms of menopause and fear of cold, promote breast milk secretion, and prevent postpartum obesity
Suitable match: rose hip, raspberry leaves, Tilia Europaea, nettle, chamomile
Recommend drinking method: recommend mix with other flowers and plants steep, having more delicious.
About efficacy and safety
It is important to note that the benefits of these herbal teas are not necessarily medically recognized.
Although different from person to person, but because the flowers and plants that use and flowers and plants use quantity differ, can produce a strong effect to body and spirit sometimes, or because absorb and medicaments at the same time and produce side effect, or produce allergy symptom because of the composition of flowers and plants.
So people who are unwell, taking medication, have a history of plant allergies, and who are pregnant or lactating should consult their doctor or hospital first.