Herbal tea is not only delicious; it’s also great for your health. Tea is full of antioxidants that target and eliminate free radicals. These free radicals can contribute to a host of medical problems, which is probably why herbal tea has been used as a remedy and aid for a variety of ailments. Many people use herbal tea to treat medical conditions like anxiety, coughing fits, insomnia, sinus pressure, stomachaches, and stress. Want to make your own herbal teas for healthy living? The process is quite simple. Teas are usually composed of boiling water and three ingredients (the base or the greens, the herbs, and the blossoms). You can make your own tea in four basic steps with these instructions. Once you’ve got the basics down you can cater your tea for your own health concerns. Once you got the basics, consider boosting your tea with some tasty additions. You can add slices of lemon, lime, and oranges to your tea. It’s tasty and the vitamin C found in citrus fruits can reduce stress and boost your immune system.
Here are a few healthy herbal tea recipes to consider:
- Tea for aches. Aches and pains like stomachaches and headaches can hamper our day. Fortunately, ginger tea can make all the difference. Ginger tea is full of vitamin C and magnesium that has been known to relax sore muscles. You can make fresh ginger tea with slices of ginger, honey, and fresh rosemary or mint. Or consider making ginger tea with fresh ginger, black tea leaves, evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk.
- Tea for insomnia. Consider drinking chamomile tea to help you relax and get to sleep. It’s full of potassium and magnesium, which can induce a peaceful slumber. There are many different tea recipes you can try. You can make a special chamomile tea with chamomile flowers, lavender, and mint leaves. Or consider mixing chamomile, catnip, and rose petals or lemon balm to make a sweet sleep blend.
- Tea for sinus infections. If you’re plagued with sinus infection symptoms (like congestion, cough, or fever) mint tea could be a solution. Mint contains vitamin E, vitamin C, and B vitamins, which can help with sinus infection symptoms. You can make your own mint tea with fresh mint, green tea leaves, and fresh lime juice or you can also make mint tea with mint leaves and lemon verbena leaves.
- Tea for stress. If you’re feeling stressed consider ginseng tea because it can relieve the physical and mental symptoms of stress. It contains B vitamins which can help relieve stress and boost your body’s levels of serotonin, “the feel-good” hormone. A simple recipe for ginseng tea includes slices of ginseng root, lemongrass, honey, and cinnamon. Remember that ginseng tea can be quite strong, so be careful of how much you consume.