Herbal Tea

Zahna Klaver By Zahna Klaver, 26th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1-q95fta/
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We know that herbal teas can be good for us, but for those of us who like black tea (herein referred to as "real" tea") it can be an adjustment process. Some herbal teas taste vaguely like dirt and others like nothing much at all. So, what do we do to get some of the health benefits and overcome this taste issue?

To Herbal Tea or Not To Herbal Tea

We know that herbal teas can be good for us, but for those of us who like black tea (herein referred to as "real" tea") it can be an adjustment process. Some herbal teas taste vaguely like dirt and others like nothing much at all. So, what do we do to get some of the health benefits and overcome this taste issue?

Here are a few I actually like (more or less) and their health benefits. Remember to use only hot water, not boiling and let the herbal teas steep for 3-5 minutes.

Chamomile

Probably the most commonly used herbal tea, chamomile is a soothing flowery, mild tea. Many young mothers use it (cooled down of course) in bottles for the smallest of babies who are fussy and want to be held and rocked all the time. For adults, it is a good calming tea, too. I can't drink it in the daytime but people with insomnia have told me they drink it throughout the day and it helps them sleep at night.

It tastes a bit like dirt so some sweetener (honey is best) really makes a big difference, and if you still don't like it much steep it longer and consider changing brands or buying the flowers in bulk.

Cinnamon

I would say cinnamon is my new favourite herbal tea. It has a rich, exotic flavour that is none too mild and does not taste like dirt at all. Cinnamon is supposed to be good for all kinds of things, including cholesterol, inflammation, colds, circulation and even the flu. I don't know about that but if it has all those antioxidants in it I figure there is no better tasting way to get them into me. Some cinnamon tea and honey tastes like dessert to me!

Mint Tea

Mint Tea is good for tummy upsets. It is settling just like any mint. It can be delightful after a big meal or before bed, like a mint on your pillow at a fancy hotel.

Ginger Tea

Ginger Tea is one of those that I think is a bit nasty, but others like it. It is very good for digestive issues they tell me so I am glad my tummy is fine. It is considered "downward moving" so if your tummy is suffering from something you do not want to "bring upwards" ginger tea can be very good. I think flat ginger ale is better myself, but the best is just to avoid anything that might need ginger as a remedy.

I do like it as an ingredient in Chai Tea though, so I am doing my bit for my health with that.

If you have hesitated to try an herbal tea, or if you did not like it last time you did, I urge you to try. Just remember, do not boil the water, let it steep for several minutes and sweetening makes a big difference.

Enjoy! <lifting my cup of cinnamon tea!>

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Cholesterol, Digestion, Herbal Tea, Herbs, Inflammation, Relaxation, Sleep, Snack, Tea

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author avatar Zahna Klaver
An early retirement in South America leaves me time to finally write about the subjects I have studied throughout my life. Health, nutrition, business, homesteading and cooking are my passions!

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author avatar brendamarie
27th Apr 2015 (#)

I drink tea all the time, I like different types of teas. Great article

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