There are many healing herbs on the market (and in your garden) that can be transformed into soothing teas to help you heal. Here’s a partial listing of herbs readily available and the qualities each possess. Start feeling better better now!
- BLACKBERRY (leaves) – diarrhea remedy.
- BURDOCK (plant, roots, seeds) – antioxidant, antibacterial, and antifungal properties works to prevent cancer, purifies the blood, restores gallbladder and liver function, enhances digestive and immune function, helps reduce menopausal symptoms and gout.
- CATNIP (leaves) – relieves stress and colic. Helps with digestion and sleep.
- CHAMOMILE (flowers, plant) – nerve tonic, relieves stress, anxiety and indigestion, stimulates the appetite, aids sleep and eases headaches. Do not consume if allergic to ragweed.
- CINNAMON (bark) – helps regulate blood sugar to prevent diabetes. It enhances digestion, boosts metabolism for weight loss, and relieves nausea and diarrhea.
- CLOVE (flower buds) – aids digestion and relieves toothaches.
- GINGER (roots) – cleanses the colon and is useful for bowel disorders, headaches, hot flashes, nausea, muscle pain, and vomiting.
- GINSENG (roots) – boosts energy levels and combats fatigue.
- HOPS (flowers/pillows) – helps reduce tension and anxiety; known to help with insomnia (hops also can be used in combination with valerian root for more restful sleep). The tea is bitter, so you may want to use sweetener.
- LEMON BALM (leaves, stems) – calms, relieves tension, uplifts the spirits, eases headaches, indigestion and nausea, and helps lower blood pressure.
- ROSEMARY – (leaves) – helps to loosen chest congestion, making it easier to cough up phlegm, soothes sore throats.
- SAGE (leaves) – a great digestive aid, can lower cholesterol, calms hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.
How To Make Tea From Herbs
If you have containers of herbs growing on the patio or buy loose herbs and teas, you can enjoy making your own teas. When making tea blends, herbs can be combined with black, green, or white tea, if desired. Many online tea suppliers offer flavorful blends and supplies for specialty teas.
Directions: To make a cup of herb tea, add 2 teaspoons fresh leaves (or 1 tsp. dried herbs/tea leaves) to a stainless steel tea ball or in a small reusable, muslin teabag.
Place into a glass or ceramic teacup. Pour in 1 cup of boiling water. Cover and steep for 4 to 6 minutes. Remove tea ball or teabag and enjoy plain, or with lemon, honey, or coconut milk.