Herbal teas can be made with fresh or dried flowers, leaves, seeds or roots, generally by pouring boiling water over the plant parts and letting them steep for a few minutes.
Seeds and roots can also be boiled on a stove. The tisane is then strained, sweetened if so desired, and served. Many companies produce herbal tea bags for such infusions.
Many blends of real tea are prepared by adding other plants to an actual tea (black, oolong, green, yellow or white tea); for example, the popular Earl Grey tea is black tea with bergamot, Jasmine tea is Chinese tea with Jasmine, and Genmaicha is green tea with roasted rice. Such preparations are still called “tea”.
Herbal tea has been imbibed nearly as long as written history extends. Also known as a tisane or herbal infusion, an herbal tea is simply the combination of boiling water and dried fruit, flower or herb. Documents have been recovered dating back to as early as Ancient Egypt that discuss the enjoyment and uses of herbal tea. Adagio Teas continues to sell the finest loose herbal tea you’ll find, all caffeine-free and delicious!
ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN PRIOR TO TAKING ANY HERBAL TEAS.
Cardamon – Fruit – Relieves flatulence, harmonises digestion and eases nausea. Useful for combating colds & chills.
Celery – Seed – A cleansing herb, offering a good source of minerals. Beneficial for the kidneys and frequently used for joint disorders. Avoid in pregnancy.
Chamomile – Flowers – The ‘mother of the gut’. Use for digestive weakness. Also very helpful to alleviate tension. A pleasant herb for children, to relive colic and promote rest. Add an infusion to your bath. Use as a final rinse for your hair. This is one of the important ingredients in making herbal tea.
Cinnamon – Quills – A herb to aid the circulation, promote good digestion and to help combat infection. Avoid in pregnancy.
Dandelion – Root/Leaf – A herb frequently used to reduce water retention (oedema). High in minerals which are frequently depleted by synthetic diuretics. Seek help from your herbalist if you suffer from water retention but this is one of the important ingredients in making herbal tea.
Elderflower – Flower – A lovely tasting tea, generally useful to relieve cold symptoms, including catarrh and sinus problems. Can be used to make a lovely wine and/or cordial. This is one of the important ingredients in making herbal tea.
Fennel – Seed – A digestive agent to help relieve griping and indigestion, to encourage milk supply when breastfeeding. A useful herb to relieve colic in children. This is one of the important ingredients in making herbal tea.
Lemon Balm – Herb – A refreshing gentle herb to relive anxiety. Promotes digestion and induce rest. Lemon Balm also has anti-viral activity.
Lemon Verbena – Herb – Similar activities to Lemon Balm, but with a slightly different flavor.
Limeflower – Flower – Another anti-stress herb for soothing the nervous system. Used by herbalists for some individuals with high blood pressure and circulatory disorders. Consult your herbalist if you suffer from a circulatory disorder.
Marigold – Flower – A cleansing and detoxifying herb with anti-fungal, anti-viral and antibiotic activity. Marigold exhibits these properties internally and externally. Use as a wash, compress, foot and hip bath. This is one of the important ingredients in making herbal tea.
Nettle – Herb – A detoxifier used as a spring tonic, for allergies and joint disorders. Use nettle in soups with other vegetables. A good hair tonic, (use in the final rinse).
Peppermint – Herb – A herb for the digestive system. Harmonies well with elderflower for colds and catarrh. Try for headaches. A max of 4 cups per day is recommended. Do not use for children under 4. Pleasant foot bath.
Rosemary – Herb – A herb to encourage digestive functions. This is one of the important ingredients in making herbal tea. Traditionally used to increase circulation to the head, to relieve pain and improve concentration. A max of 3 cups per day. Don’t use if you suffer from high blood pressure.
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