What Is Herbal Tea

by admin on October 24, 2011

 

The roots of  herbal tea can be traced back to herbalism, herbal medicine, herbology, and phytotherapy. Phytotherapy is regarded as “alternative medicine” by much of Western medicine.

Herbal teas are a decoction made from fresh, dried or fermented leaves, roots, flowers, fruits or seeds even crushed seeds, generally by boiling or pouring boiling water over the assortment of parts and letting them steep for a few minutes. The tisane is then strained, the decoction then sweetened as deemed fit for the occasions.

Some  even include fungal and bee products, minerals, shells and certain animal parts.

They are popular because of their fragrances, antioxidant properties and therapeutic applications. Herbal Tea benefits are so great that we must make it a habit if taking it regularly, if not daily.

Two of my favorite  herbal tea formulas I can give here.

Green Herbs Assortment

Green Herbs Assortment

warming up of body and mind in winter.

Equal Parts of

lemon grass
ginger
fresh leaves and flowers of black basil
green tea
a pinch of fresh stevia

steeped for a few minutes.

The decoction then decanted and added with few drops of honey. Caution – no frequent use please, maximum twice a week to 5 times a month is safe.

For relaxation and rejuvenation

1 part of dried raw amla powder
1 part of crushed grape seed
2 parts of organic green tea
2 parts of lemon grass
2 parts of dried jasmine flower
2 parts of dried calendula flower

steeped for a few minutes.

The decoction then decanted and added with few drops of honey before served.

Caution – no frequent use please, maximum twice a week to 5 times a month is safe.

Herbal teas are great  fun when prepared on ceremonial or special occasions. It gives a pleasant change from the routine coffee or tea. With all the benefits of  its phyto-nutrients, it is a must have at regular intervals. All the herbal tea benefits come with no price or with a price that is as good as free.

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