National Hot Tea Month seems like a great time to share some handy teas to have at home that can really help with some of the annoying health issues that seem to strike all of us at some time.
(Gorgeous Maxwell Williams Tea Cups & Saucers)
I love a good cup of tea and beautiful fine china cups or mugs to drink it from.
On a cold day nothing warms me more than a fresh tea. Even in the warmer months drinking hot tea can actually have a cooling affect, or you can always make iced tea if you prefer.
Tea is full of health benefits including anti-oxidants, especially green tea which is a very worth contender for daily consumption.
Herbal teas have been used for centuries to help soothe the symptoms of common ailments, but if you have no idea which ones are good for what, this guide will help.
CHAMOMILE – Is the perfect choice for a sore tummy, to calm frazzled nerves and help lift you if you are feeling down.
PEPPERMINT – Is a wonderful pick me up if you are tired and is very soothing for digestive issues.
GINGER – Is a good choice for nausea and travel sickness and calming diarrhoea.
LEMON – Will ease the sting of a sore throat.
LEMONGRASS – Can ease bloating, will help calm headaches and nerves.
THYME – Is the best tea for calming a nagging cough.
SPEARMINT – Is a great tea to clear blocked sinus and ease upper respiratory infections.
RASPBERRY LEAF – Can help calm morning sickness and towards the end of pregnancy will help prepare the body for delivery.
JUNIPER BERRY – Is a great helper for dealing with urinary tract infections.
FENNEL – Can be very helpful in soothing the discomfort of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and is a great diuretic and will help flush excess fluid from your body.
Before drinking herbal teas it is always a good idea to check with your doctor first if you are regularly taking medication or have ongoing health concerns.
Herbal teas should always be drunk without the addition of milk. Add a little honey if like sweetness.
You can buy some of these teas in the supermarket but otherwise your local health food shop should certainly have them. I prefer to buy them in teabag form, so that they don’t get brewed too strong.
Always read the directions on the packet. With many herbal teas, you will need to let them steep for considerably longer than you would a normal cup of black tea.
What is your favourite tea?
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