Popular Herbal Teas or
recent years Herbal Teas or Infusions
have become increasingly popular.
They are now not only thought of
as cures but increasingly as an
aid to relieving the symptoms and
effects of many everyday illnesses.
Their high vitamin and mineral content
makes them a popular alternative
to pills and as this current popularity
demonstrates they make very refreshing
and tasty alternatives to ordinary
tea and coffee.
are a large variety of herbal teas
that can be made at home or bought
in health food shops and even supermarkets.
Often sold as teabags these teas
have to pass stringent safety and
Below are some of the more popular
varieties and their uses.
• Camomile tea -
A popular tea that has been used
for many years to ease indigestion,
reduce anxiety and calm nerves,
also said to help with insomnia.
• Elderflower tea
- A comforting tea which is particularly
helpful when suffering from colds,
catarrh and flu. It is anti inflammatory
and induces perspiration.
• Ginger Tea -
Ginger soothes the digestive system.
It is also used for nausea and has
been used for arthritis due to its
anti-inflammatory effects. Ginger
tea is easily made and can benefit
from the addition of honey to taste.
• Hyssop tea -
The tea made from hyssop is useful
as a strong expectorant and for
treating colds and congestion. It
has a light licorice taste which
can be enhanced by adding honey,
orange and/or lemon rind.
• Lavender Flower
tea – A relaxing
tea often drunk as a bedtime drink
to aid sleep.
• Lemon Balm
– Will ease tension without
causing drowsiness, aids digestion
and soothes feverish conditions
brought on by heavy colds and flu.
• Lime flower tea
– Eases stress and
headaches, reduces nervous tension,
induces calm and helps with sleep.
Can have a mild tranquillising affect.
Very popular in France.
• Nettle leaf tea
– Popular as a tonic,
it has a high mineral and vitamin
content, particularly iron. Can
relieve allergic reactions especially
• Peppermint tea –
Often drunk after heavy meals as
an aid to digestion and reduce flatulence.
It reduces nausea and is particularly
successful, when combined with elderflower,
in relieving the symptoms of colds
• Raspberry leaf tea
– is mildly astringent which
makes it popular as a mouthwash
or gargle in treating throat infections.
It is not recommended that it is
used during early pregnancy.
• Red Clover tea –
Made from Red clover blossoms either
fresh or dried. Benefits include
helping women during menopause and
also helping maintain consistent
estrogen levels within the body
it also helps reduce inflammation
and help reduce prostate problems
within men. Peppermint leaves or
honey are often added to enhance
• Rosemary tea -
Often drunk at the start of day
or when energy levels are starting
to fall because of its highly effective
power as a pick-me-up. Also effective
in easing headaches and indigestion.
• Rosehip tea –
Made from crushed rose hips it is
very rich in Vitamin C which makes
it popular in warding off colds
and flu symptoms. It has a mild
flavour that many users enhance
by adding lemon juice.
- Enjoyed for its light aroma as
well as its refreshing minty and
caffeine-free taste. It can be drunk
hot or cold and is often enjoyed
after meals as it aids the natural
digestion of food and can help stop
heartburn. It is also a good nausea
and stomach ache soother and can
relieve sore throats.
• Sage tea
– A mild tasting tea made
from the infusion of dried sage
leaves Often with lemon and sugar
It has many benefits including;
treating inflammations of the mouth,
throat and tonsils, fighting liver
and kidney troubles, reducing mouth
sores and mouth ulcers.
• Thyme –
This herb with its pleasant taste
and delicate aroma makes a very
popular herbal tea with many benefits.
It helps ease rheumatic pain, cures
headaches, treats coughs, colds,
flu and bronchial ailments. Thyme
tea is often used as a mouthwash
to treat a sore throat or infected
above Herbal Teas can be considered
safe as long as you don't drink
too much of them (2-3 cups of tea
per day on a regular basis is acceptable).
If you buy manufactured products
always read the instructions carefully.
The UK does not require herbal teas
to have any evidence concerning
their efficiency, but they are technically
treated as food products and therefore
it is required that they are safe
It is an accepted fact that during
pregnancy care should be taken when
using herbal products, so if you
have any doubts it would be advisable
to consult your Doctor.
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herbs that should be part of a healthy
of the easiest ways of using herbs
for health is in your diet. Herbs
not only make food more palatable,
but they offer a wealth of nutritional
benefits as well. Although the nutritional
value of herbs we consume in our
meals may be small, limited by the
relatively small amounts involved,
their therapeutic benefits are likely
to be large by comparison. Most
herbs we use in cooking today were
first used medicinally, so including
some herbs in your diet will give
you the added benefit of their medicinal
Here are 12 herbs that should
be part of a healthy diet.
Basil – A
very mild flavour, slightly sweet.
A good addition to pasta sauces,
A natural tranquiliser that improves
digestion, acts a tonic, an antioxidant,
relieves stomach cramps and calms
the nervous system. Eases colds,
flu, fever, constipation, vomiting
Bay – A mild flavour,
slightly sweet. Used in soups casseroles
and stews and an important ingredient
in a bouquet garni.
Stimulates and aids digestion
Leaves often used in salads.
Aids respiratory infections
Chervil – Tastes
slightly like parsley with a hint
Stimulates digestion. Chervil is
a good source of antioxidant, treats
headaches, sinusitis, peptic ulcers,
A member of the onion family but
much smaller and milder. Popular
in soups and stews and as a garnish
to many dishes such as potatoes.
Used to stimulate the appetite and
– Strong pungent flavour is suitable
for curries, in sauces and dressing
Leaves, when eaten raw, act as a tonic
for the stomach and heart. Both seeds
and leaves are used to treat the urinary
tract and avoid infections.
Current research indicates, coriander
may help to lower blood sugar levels
Dill – Predominately
used with fish, in soups and for pickling.
Has Antioxidant, antimicrobial and diuretic
properties. Effective in the relief
of gripes and flatulence.
Fennel – Has
a strong aniseed flavour. Used widely
in sauces and in stuffings, especially
for fish dishes.
Aids digestion, helps prevent excessive
flatulence, nausea, vomiting and insomnia.
Fennel has antibacterial properties.
Oregano – Strong
distinctive flavour, used extensively
in cooking, in stuffings, sauces and
is particularly popular in Italian dishes.
Aids digestion and aids relief of flu,
colds and coughs. High levels of phytochemicals
– Mild sweetish flavour. Good
flavouring for many cooked meats, especially
Stimulates the nervous and circulatory
systems, helps relieve headaches, neuralgia
and colds; can boost energy and improve
memory. High in antioxidants, antimicrobials
and beneficial in eliminating free radicals.
Sage – Particularly
good with Pork and in stuffings for
meat, chicken and fish.
Has antiseptic, anti-perspirant and
antifungal properties, calms indigestion
eases diarrhoea, excessive sweating,
eases sore throats, coughs and colds.
Thyme – Has a
strong aromatic flavour making it very
popular in cooking.
An antioxidant, antiseptic and expectorant.
Herbs owe their flavours and medicinal
properties to the essential oils they
all contain. By eating a healthy diet
containing herbs, we make use of their
therapeutic properties and tap into
the holistic approach of herbal therapy
which seeks to maintain our health and
wellbeing and not wait for the onset
of illness before seeking a cure.
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Spices that should be part of a healthy
of the easiest ways of using spices
for their health-giving properties is
in your diet. Spices not only make food
more palatable, but they offer a wealth
of nutritional benefits as well. Although
the nutritional value of spices we consume
in our meals may be small, limited by
the relatively small amounts involved,
their therapeutic benefits are likely
to be large by comparison.
5 Spices that should be part
of a healthy diet.
Pepper – Widely
used in cooking many dishes giving a
spicy kick where required.
Strong anti-toxidant and anti-bacterial
Boosts metabolism, decreases inflammation,
improves digestion. Pepper will improve
digestion, an aid to treating coughs,
colds, sinusitis, heart problems, colic,
diabetes, anaemia, and piles.
- Taste is similar to mustard. Often
sprinkled on salads to add flavour,
or used in curry powder to make Indian
dishes. Turmeric is rich in anti-toxidants
and anti-carcinogenic properties. It
reduces cholesterol levels, aids cough,
cold and flatulence, it decreases inflammation
and is antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal.
- Cinnamon has a mild fragrant aroma
and a warm, sweet flavour. It is often
used as a flavouring agent when preparing
many kinds of desserts, chocolate and
spicy sweets and liqueurs.
Cinnamon has strong antibacterial qualities.
It aids digestive problems and helps
manage blood sugar levels.
- Use fresh ginger in stir-fries or
home-made vegetable juices.
An antioxidant, decreases inflammation,
boosts immunity, digestive aid.
Cumin - is an essential
ingredient in every day’s cooking
in the Indian kitchen. These brown aromatic
small seeds give out more aroma when
roasted or added to hot oil.
Cumin acts as a good
source of iron that strengthens immunity
it is also used for relieving dyspeptic
headaches, nausea, pain and cramping
in the abdomen and acts as an antispasmodic,
flatulence and many problems of the
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