Get High On Herbal Tea
Nothing soothes your nerves as a steaming cup of herbal tea in winters. It gives you a great taste and invigorates the mind and body. The number of cups you take does not matter as it does not contain caffeine. Herbal tea is nothing but herbal infusions resembling tea without sugar and milk. There are different herbs which are used for medicinal benefits. But generally all the herbs have common health benefits.
Herbal tea soothes the nerves and relaxes the mind. It clears clogged arteries and supports heart health. Most of the herbs provide anti-oxidants and boost energy levels in the body. Herbal tea protects from cold and strengthens the immune system.
Let us see some uses of different herbal infusions
► Mint used as tea (with its leaves steeped in hot water), can help with digestion, control flatulence and other stomach-related problems.
► Cinnamon tea can help fight against bacterial and fungal infections. It also helps clear mucous overload at throat and provides relief from sinus too.
► Cloves have the natural strength to help stimulate sluggish circulation and promote digestion and metabolism. When feeling stressed boil some water with basil leaves, mint leaves and clove. Add little honey to this black tea. This will help you ease tension.
► Coriander tea/concoction is said to help control piles. It has a tremendous impact on the digestive tract and can control most problems related to stomach.
► Green tea is known to be a very effective herbal remedy for weight control and to regulate glucose in type-2 diabetes.
► Jasmine tea is particularly good at flushing out excess fluid in the body. Similarly a decoction of ginger, peppermint or dandelion leaf is an excellent diuretic. Dandelion leaf is available in health food stores.
► Dandelion as a diuretic increases urination thereby lowers blood pressure. It is also known to flush out toxins from the body by improving liver function.
► Ginger root is one of the best herbs for improving digestion, nausea, congestion in chest and arthritis. Ginger infusion relieves rheumatic aches and pains by widening the blood vessels and stimulating circulation.
► Ginseng stimulates the vitality and helps the body stay healthy.
► Fennel is also a diuretic, helps cleanse kidneys and get rid of impurities from the body. Its anti-spasmodic properties relax intestinal muscles.
► Chrysanthemum tastes sweet and decreases the body heat during the fever. It protects against liver damage and neutralises toxins.
► Thyme is good for treatment of colds. The volatile oils in this plant protect against virus and infections. When taken as infusion these properties act as good decongestant.
► All spice tea such as pepper, cinnamon, jaiphal, cloves etc. can be powdered and stored in a bottle and used whenever required. It is beneficial to soothe coughs and colds and for stomach disorders.
► Parsley tea relaxes stiff muscles and encourages digestion. It is diuretic, helps flush out excess fluid from the body thus supporting kidney function.
► St.John’s Wort is helpful in treating minor depression. The dried herb of this plant is used for infusion.
By Nibhanapudi Suguna