There is a reason why winter is called the cold and flu season. As the mucus dries up in your respiratory system, it is no longer as capable of stopping pathogens from making you sick. Soon you’ll notice yourself sneezing, coughing, and feeling lightheaded.
One easy remedy is herbal tea. Everyone should have a variety of herbal teas in their cupboards. These aren’t like the caffeinated black teas and green teas that make you feel ultra-hyper and stressed. Herbal teas have no caffeine in them whatsoever. They’re comprised of flowers, bark, seeds, leaves, and many other types of plant parts. You could really find any of these ingredients by searching the woods or your home garden.
Herbal teas are plant medicine. Many of the herbs in these teas have medicinal properties that have the power to heal the body from the inside out. Herbal plants are truly a gift to the people of this world. If only more people in modern society could realize that.
Each type of herbal plant has its own unique medicinal properties. A lot of experts believe that a plant remedy exists for just about every natural ailment or sickness that a person can experience.
What Makes Herbal Teas So Healing?
You can find an abundance of antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties in plants like mullein, marshmallow, spearmint, ginger, cinnamon, peppermint, thyme, anise hyssop, yarrow and many types of fruits and berries. These properties help strengthen the respiratory system in the body.
It is important to purchase herbal teas that come directly from the farm where they were grown. Avoid heavily processed herbal teas that are mixed with unnatural ingredients. You can often find quality tea bags in most health food stores. Be sure to do your homework in making sure you’re choosing the tea that is minimally processed and ethically farmed.
You should only choose the 100% natural herbal teas with no artificial ingredients. Check the label to ensure you are drinking organic tea which is very important, to avoid consuming dangerous and toxic herbicides. Our liver works hard enough filtering all of the other toxin that we’re exposed to on a daily basis
There is more than one way to consume herbal plants besides as a tea. You can purchase balms that are applied directly to the skin. Balms contain a mixture of botanicals, oils, and beeswax to achieve this effect.
You can also buy herbal tinctures that contain botanicals, water, and alcohol where you just apply a few drops of the mixture underneath your tongue to receive its remedial benefits. Choose the option which suits you best.
The Steps to Preparing Loose-Leaf Herbal Tea
Boil water in a standard stove pot or teapot. It is recommended to prepare 8 oz. of boiling water for every 1 teaspoon of tea leaves. The temperature for herbal tea should be around 212°F. This is a bit hotter than the 150°F to 200°F temperature needed to brew caffeinated teas.
Place the tea leaves in the teapot. Once the water is boiling completely, pour the water onto the leaves in the teapot. Leave it alone for about 10 minutes so the leaves have time to settle in the teapot.
Now strain the tea into a separate container so that the leaves are no longer mixed in there. That's it!
We recommend you add to your 2020 Goals: Plan to Drink More Tea!
Tea comes with loads of medicinal properties. And the upside is that they don’t taste too bad, either! So, try to find a way to incorporate tea into your everyday lifestyle. If you could have at least 3 to 4 cups of herbal tea per week, then you’ll be doing your body a great favor.
It’s time to think about your long-term health decisions, which can include sipping your way into a healthier way of life!