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How To Make Herbal Therapy Teas For Therapeutic Purposes
What is herbal tea?
Herbal teas are beverages made from the infusion of herbs, spices or other plant material in hot water, and do not generally contain caffeine.
What is the difference between tea and herbal tea?
Herbal teas are consumed mostly for their medicinal benefits and lack of caffeine. Tea sometimes called store bought tea are caffeinated teas, which are prepared from the cured leaves of the tea plant also called camellia sinensis.
For Ice Tea
- Pot of boiling water, once boiled, pour into ½ gallon mason jar or leave in pot on top of stove.
- Add tea bags and herbals to the mason jar, let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. You can remove or leave the herbals in the tea. To remove herbals, simple pour tea through a small strainer. Serve tea over ice. Let the tea steep for about 7 to 10 minutes.
- Then strain.
- (Optional) Adding a sweetener, honey and/or lemon to help enhance the taste, then pour over ice.
For Hot Tea
- Pot of boiling water, once boiled, add tea infuser.
- While water is boiling, add herbals to the tea infuser.
- For best results let the tea steep for at least 10 minutes.
- Then strain or leave (depending on infuser and preferences)
- Adding a sweetener, honey or lemon to enhance the taste (optional)
Instruction and results may vary depending on different infusers.
Edible Herbal Therapy Starters Guide
Nervousness, anxiety, alleviate stress, help treat an upset stomach, as well as flatulence and colic. It may also be used to treat stomach infections, bowel infections, helps alleviate depression and can combat serious migraine headaches. Also helps induce sweating and consequently reduce the body temperature during fever
Lavender tastes just like it smells, very floral, light, and sweet.
Anti-inflammatory, relaxant, headaches, nervous conditions, depression and can also help with indigestion.
Often described as being fruity or suggesting fruit slightly. It can have a bitter or sour aftertaste, especially if brewed strongly.
Green Tea,Dandelion, Bancha Tea and Gymnema Sylvestre
Weight Loss. For a more indepth look please see the weight loss section listed below. (For best results use hot tea)
If portioned correctly it should have a strong green tea flavor and the others a very subtle taste.
Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, hypotensive sedative, and tranquilizing
On its own in tea, it has a pleasant, very mild but unusual taste, much like its fragrance, that is hard to describe.
Antibacterial, antispasmodic, antiviral, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, febrifuge, sedative, and tonic. Lemon Balm contains a volatile oil citral and citronella which is strongly antispasmodic and aids in calming nerves, relieving menstrual cramps, insomnia, depression, hyperthyroidism, upset stomach, and colic in babies.
When steeped in boiling water to make an herbal tea, produce a mellow, pleasing herbal tea with a mild lemony scent.
Weight Loss Herbal Therapy, A More In Depth Look
green tea has the incredible power to shift your fat-fighting metabolism into high gear.
The leaves of Gymnema sylvestre are used as folk remedies in Africa and India to treat diabetes, metabolic syndrome (which are risk factors such as, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, and belly fat), and weight loss. The herb has a long history of use in India’s Ayurvedic medicine. The Hindi’s call it gurmar, which means "destroyer of sugar", due to its’ property of suppressing carbohydrate cravings and lessening intestinal sugar uptake. The overall effects are reductions in cravings for sweets, suppression of appetite, and better weight management with the use of Gymnema sylvestre.
- Bancha Tea
Bancha is a Japanese green tea that has anti-oxidant and anti-tumor activity against a variety of cancers. The caffeine and polyphenols pairing is believed to accelerate metabolism and increase weight loss.
- Dandelion Leaf
Dandelion can help to enhance weight loss, prior to eating it may reduce fat and cholesterol uptake in the gut. It has been used in traditional folk medicine in Europe and China to treat infections, bile and liver problems, and as a diuretic.
What if I can't find the herbals needed?
Herbal extracts as well edible essential oils should be an okay replacement if some of the ingredients aren't available to you locally. However, they tend to cost more and in some cases can be quite expensive.
Please be advised
If you are taking any medication prescribed by doctor its always best to consult a physician before mixing herbal remedies with prescription drugs. The results may vary.
Which of these Teas did you find most interesting?
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