Herbal Teas an age old Recipe for Healthy Living ---Part one

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Six of the best herbal teas to aid digestion. The first post of a series on healing teas. Each is introduced with it's own descriptive Haiku.

Healing Teas

My Grandmother immigrated from England. She served me my first cup of tea as a child and I've loved it ever since. Back then it was only black tea unless you were a herbalist and harvested your own herbs, Now even grocery stores sell a variety of herbal teas for health and enjoyment.







Herbal teas have an ancient history.The use of herbal teas has been documented as far back as ancient Egypt and China . Now we know through scientific research what the ancients knew through experience. Tea has many health benefits including the one they all have in common, antioxidants.

Peppermint

Fuzzy green bright plant
Cool and fresh to taste and sniff
Purple or white flowers



If you are new to herbal teas, peppermint is a good one to start with as it is good tasting especially with a bit of honey and it's so safe you can't overdose.Peppermint is refreshing , an antispasmodic that can calm an upset stomach. It also stimulates digestion by increasing the flow of bile.

You can make this tea from fresh or dried leaves and there also some good boxed teas out there. I would stay away from the big name brands though as they are not good quality. The health food store carries the best ones. How much you use is up to your taste buds. It can be made cold or hot. Steep for a few minutes only or the volatile oils which are the healing component will be lost. Cool hot tea in the fridge for a refreshing summertime drink or place water and fresh herbs in a glass jug and stand in the sun for an hour or two to make , "Sun Tea" The sun's rays are said to give it extra energy.

Additional Uses:
Peppermint oil can be added to water in a spray bottle and used as air freshener.

Ginger

Smooth on the outside
Knobby old wrinkled fingers
Fibrous threads within

It's the root that's the useful part. Grated into food or added to a stir fry or steeped in a tea,ginger adds a bright note.

The root is best used fresh and grated add a couple of teaspoons to a cup of water and steep for a few minutes. Add honey to taste. Spicy and warming this is a good winter tea. Ginger tea prevents and can stop nausea and is excellent for motion sickness. You can buy it in pill form for that. It is stimulating to the whole digestive system and will speed up the process. Good for those with constipation.

Additional Uses:
Ginger also increases circulation, thus it's warming properties.

Valerian

Smells like sweaty feet
Bitter but medicinal
This one inspires sleep


Valerian slows the contractions of the intestines by calming the central nervous system.
It is not a pleasant tea to drink because of it's bitterness, but can be improved with honey. If you can't stand the tea capsules and tinctures are available. It is useful for irritable bowl and other inflammatory bowel conditions because of it's capacity to stop the associated cramping.

Additional Uses:
Valerian can be used to calm anxiety and induce sleep. Do not drive or perform any other potentiality dangerous activities when taking this herb. Unlike peppermint and ginger it is not safe for children.

Chamomile

Soothing Chamomile
On feathery foliage
Little white daisies


This is the tea Peter Rabbit's mother gave him. It is fitting that having been in a children's story it is the gentlest of teas and safe for children.It is the flower part that is used in this tea. It is healing to the mucous membranes of the intestines. It even tastes soothing and even better with a bit of lemon and honey. This gentle tea produces best results when used long term.

Additional Uses:

Add chamomile flowers to the bath water. It has the same soothing effect on your skin.

Contraindications :

If you are allergic to ragweed you may be allergic to Chamomile.

Gentian

Bell shape, blue flowers
Sweet to the eyes, bitter taste
Attracts honey bees


This is another herb that has a useful root. A two once section of roots can be boiled in a pint of water. Add honey because this is another bitter tea. Gentian is one of the ingredients of Swedish Bitters, a European digestive tonic. It is best taken before meals to stimulate the digestion. Gentian tea is helpful for those with poor appetite.

Additional Uses:
Gentian is a beautiful plant which will attract the bees to your garden.

Contraindications:
This herb should not be used by pregnant women or anyone with high blood pressure.

Licorice

Black,sweet Licorice
A favorite of childhood
Best Halloween treat


This root is not just a candy flavouring. Soothing to the mucous membrane of the stomach,it has been used with success to treat stomach ulcers. It is probably easiest to buy the packaged tea , as the root is not easy to find and the bark is very hard making it hard to grate. It has the delicious licorice taste associated with the candy, but much better for you.

Additional Uses:
Licorice tea is great for soothing sore throats.

Contraindications:
Avoid long term use, especially if you have heart problems as it can cause water retention.


Credits:
All pictures are from Wikimedia Commons except the picture of the teacup which is from Free Graphics Images and Ginger which is from clip art. I checked my facts with Rodales's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs.


Other Pages on Health:
How I Healed Myself from Ulcerative Colitis



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author avatar Retired
28th Oct 2014 (#)

You've written The Book on herbal teas, created haikus for each variety, and included beautiful illustrations! How creative and informative! How about a book?

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author avatar C.D. Moore
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you so much LeRain!

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author avatar Retired
28th Oct 2014 (#)

Very informative! So nice to see the illustrations and learn from those, too. :)

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author avatar C.D. Moore
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks R.C.!

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Oct 2014 (#)

I have been drinking black tea all of my life. Now I think I will try he peppermint. Good share.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Good Choice, Kingwell enjoy!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
29th Oct 2014 (#)

I love green tea and Mate, I don't know if thats considered tea, I love chamomille for an upset stomach

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author avatar C.D. Moore
29th Oct 2014 (#)

They are both great teas, Fern. Thanks for your comment!

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author avatar spirited
29th Oct 2014 (#)

All of these herbs seem to be good for the stomach, some a bit hard to stomach though, honey is a good thing to add.

Informative article, thanks C.D.Moore

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author avatar C.D. Moore
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Spirited

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author avatar yugasini
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks for sharing, have a nice day.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Blessings!

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author avatar Retired
29th Oct 2014 (#)

I read that in Japanese culture having tea is considered a sacred ritual. It is also very popular in China and Mediterranean countries, and of course English are best known for it. The antioxidants and all that stuff is really cool, but I usually find drinking plain hot water quite interesting also...Cheers

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author avatar C.D. Moore
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Aaaah, a purist! Thanks for your comments, Sachal.

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author avatar snerfu
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Tea is not for the unfamiliar --- see you know how this drink revives each time you have some. Ms Moore, keep some for me please.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Yes please do come for tea, Snerfu!

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author avatar tafmona
29th Oct 2014 (#)

thanks for sharing

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author avatar C.D. Moore
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks for visiting!

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author avatar Retired
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Very good.
Peppermint and chamomile are 2 of my power plants. Amazing little entities!

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author avatar C.D. Moore
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Yes they are!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Oct 2014 (#)

A fascinating take on tea with images and poetic touch, thanks C D Moore. I have a liking for masala tea, an Indian concoction of flavored tea beverage made by brewing black tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian spices and herbs. Ginger tea and Chinese green tea look great for my palate - siva

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author avatar C.D. Moore
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Siva. I think you are talking about Chai are you not. I love it too. Thanks Siva!

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author avatar Mutimut
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Very Informative and interesting article, thank you for sharing.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
2nd Nov 2014 (#)

Thanks for commenting!

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author avatar NBL Books
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Wonderful, informative article on the different teas. Thank you for sharing

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author avatar n.c.radomes
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Herbal teas are superbly presented with descriptive haikus and with lucid and beautiful pictures. Excellent!

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author avatar C.D. Moore
2nd Nov 2014 (#)

Very kind n.c.!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
29th Oct 2014 (#)

absolutely stunningly beautiful C.D. pictures and for the valuable advice...love you i do..

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author avatar C.D. Moore
2nd Nov 2014 (#)

Love to you too. Thank you Carolina!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
30th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you for sharing this excellent article and great information. I loved the pictures.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
2nd Nov 2014 (#)

Thanks Nancy!

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author avatar LOVERME
31st Dec 2014 (#)

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author avatar Shamarie
16th Aug 2015 (#)

Awesome post, C.D.!!! Thanks!!!

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