Popular Herbal Tea and How to Steep Them
Herbal tea is simply infusions of herbs, spices, fruits, or flowers in water. They do not actually contain any tea leaves unless they are blended with it. In fact, many countries, they cannot be classified as teas and have to be sold under the name ‘tisane’. Herbal teas can be enjoyed as a hot or chilled beverage any time of the day. They make a low calorie, relaxing drink, with plenty of health benefits.
The lavender plant is recognized around the world as a healing herb. A refreshing fragrance along with therapeutic properties, make this herb a part of many traditional treatments. Romans scented their baths with it and the Tibetans make an edible butter with it to treat nervous disorders. The soothing fragrance helps overcome restlessness and difficulty in sleeping as well as for relieving anxiety. It is a natural antiseptic and has astringent properties.
Simply the fragrance of this light herbal tea is enough to calm a tired mind! Light and fragrant like a delicate perfume, the infusion is soothing, soft and refreshing. These intensely fragrant and beautiful rose petals release an almost euphoric aroma and flavor. It helps in building a strong immune system, strengthening the digestive system and in detoxification.
Hibiscus tea is a delightful made from the dried petals of the hibiscus flowers. Hibiscus is packed with antioxidants, can help with weight loss, can relieve stress, and can prevent bladder infections. A relaxing and refreshing tea, it is perfect both as a hot and an iced tea.
Lemongrass is a cooling, clear, and crisp herbal tea with a distinctive, spicy, lemony aroma. It has a zesty flavor reminiscent of lemon. Add it as a complementing flavor to your favorite tea blend, or drink it on its own. Either way, you can reap its medicinal properties and its various health benefits like stress reduction, better digestion, and to relieve fatigue.
Our whole Peppermint leaf infusion is striking and strong, with a fantastically fresh and cleansing minty flavor. Great both as a hot and iced tea, peppermint helps soothe an upset stomach, and can also help clear out a cold. If you have dry or dull skin, drinking peppermint tea can help your skin to rid itself of dead skin cells and get you glowing.
Jasmine tea is consumed in China, where it is called jasmine-flower tea. Jasminum sambac flowers are also used to make jasmine tea, which often has a base of green tea or white tea, but sometimes an Oolong base is used. Flowers and tea are “mated” in machines that control temperature and humidity. It takes four hours or so for the tea to absorb the fragrance and flavor of the jasmine blossoms, and for the highest grades, this process may be repeated as many as seven times.
To steep these herbal teas, start with recently boiled water in a container of your choice. Choose a kettle, teapot, or any other utensil with a lid. Make sure the utensil is glass, ceramic, clay, or stainless steel. In the hot water, add about a teaspoon of the herb for each cup is made. Cover and allow the tea to steep for 3-5 minutes depending on how strong you want the taste. Once done, serve immediately
The herbs should never be added to the water while it is still boiling. Always remove the water from the stovetop before adding any herbs
Get Better Sleep with these Teas
There are a large number of people that suffer from sleep problems or insomnia. Difficulty in sleeping, waking up at irregular times through the night, and an uneven sleep cycle may all be as a result of stress, poor diet, or a symptom of an underlying disease. Whatever be the cause, sleeplessness is a worry one can do without. While treating the main cause of insomnia should be a priority, in the meantime, one can try certain cures for the sleeplessness.
Some teas have relaxing properties that help calm the nerves, and get you a good night’s rest. The past few years have brought to light the scientific research to back the effectiveness of drinking herbal tea for insomnia. Although the research is still not conclusive, a cup of tea before bedtime will do more good than harm!
In case you are unsure which teas to pick, here are the basic herbal teas that are known for their sleep-inducing qualities:
Chamomile tea is, of course, the superstar of night time teas. There’s little evidence that it has any sedative effects, yet millions of people continue to drink it before going to bed. It has relaxing properties and a cup of chamomile tea can calm you down enough for a night’s rest. You can easily make it yourself by drying out the flowers and brewing them. And it’s also found in most brands of bedtime tea.
Valerian is one of the few herbs which have actually been found by researchers to have sedative properties. It’s been used for centuries to help with sleep and also anxiety. Made from the root of the flower, it may take a couple of weeks of regular drinking before taking effect.
Whilstand Valerian reign supreme in the bedtime tea category, they aren’t alone. Another plant sometimes put into the mix is Lavender, which is thought to have relaxing and anti-stress properties.
This lemony herb has long been used as a relaxant for many years. It is added to all teas that are sold in the market as a night time tea. Although not as popular as chamomile or lavender, lemon balm is as effective in inducing sleep.
St John’s Wort:
St John’s Wort is most commonly used as a natural anti-depressant but has also been found to help with anxiety. Since worry and stress are common reasons why people suffer from insomnia, it could be that it can help promote sleep by reducing the nightly worries. Some precautions need to be taken before this can be consumed as it is not suitable for everybody and consulting a physician would be best before investing in this tea.
More often used in teas that energizing or help with stomach problems, peppermint is lesser known for its calming properties. It’s thought to help calm your internal systems and with that your mind.
A risky plant when it comes to consumption, kava can be dangerous for people who are allergic to or suffer from other ailments. Consult your physician before consuming this tea.
Chinese medicine is a complex world. There are some herbs typically used to help promote sleep:
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And there are some formulas created to reflect the kind of sleep problems you might have. They tend to be connected to a body part as well. For example, problems falling asleep may be connected to the heart and so Chinese medicine would look at ways to restore balance to that organ.