Most of us drink tea or coffee at some point in the day

What if I told you that adding herbal teas into your daily routine is one of those simple things you can easily do from home that can help with how you feel?

I’m not talking about fruit teas that you find on the supermarket shelves, rather herbal teas. Many supermarkets stock these today, and health food stores certainly do. What’s more you can grow herbs in pots in the kitchen or outside.

I grow lots of kitchen herbs in our garden and pick an array of herbs, especially in the spring and summer, and simply allow them to steep in boiled water for 15 minutes before drinking. This makes a lovely drink and is a powerful way to consume micronutrients, vitamins and minerals and enjoy the medicinal, alkalizing and restorative properties at the same time.

If you are pregnant or on medication, please use caution and get advice before drinking herbal teas – my advice is generally to steer clear of all herbal teas during pregnancy, unless specifically advised otherwise.

Traditional Uses of Herbal Teas

If you are pregnant, please take caution and get advice before drinking herbal teas – my advice is generally to steer clear of herbal teas during pregnancy.

Chamomile: Buds
Relaxing and calming tea, often drunk before bed or for calming nerves and anxiety and for an upset tummy.

Nettles: Leaf
Often used to aid detoxification, as well as high content in things like iron, chlorophyll and minerals and vitamins. It’s reputation as a seasonal allergy remedy has been around for many years.

Peppermint: Leaves
Digestive tonic for bloating, gas and upset tummies.

Rosemary: Leaves
Powerful antioxidant often used to help with memory and concentration, increase circulation and soothe aching muscles.

Thyme: Leaves
Often used as a natural cough remedy, it is also renowned for blocking the growth of organisms, including certain types of harmful bacteria and viruses.

Oregano: Leaves
Antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory – and research suggests it exhibits anticancer activity.

Mint: Leaves
Traditionally used as a digestive tonic and calming tea.

Passionflower: Leaves
For its relaxing and soporific properties – a perfect bedtime tea.

Rose Hips: Buds once the bloom has expired
Vitamin C, D, E and K, and commonly used to boost the immune system, improve digestion and as a general detoxing and nervous system tonic.

Lemon Balm: Leaves
As a calming and sedative tea, which has often been used for anxiety, irritability, stress and insomnia, as well as a nervous stomach.

Echinacea: Buds
This tea has a great history for its affinity with the immune system.

Milk Thistle: Buds
A long history in relation to its usage for detoxification.

Catnip: Leaves
A calming herb.

Raspberry: Leaf
As a tonic for the female reproductive system. This should be avoided by pregnant women.

Lavender: Buds
Calming tea

Red Clover: Buds
Renowned for detoxification and purifying properties.

Dandelion: Root
Weeds found in many people’s garden’s, have a history of being used as a blood liver and gallbladder tonic.

Dandelion: Leaf
Rich in iron, zinc, potassium, manganese and more – has a long history for use as a diuretic, water retention, high blood pressure and nourishment for the kidneys.

Lemongrass: Stalk
For digestion and calming properties.

Ginger: Root
Digestive tonic, morning sickness, colds and flus. Ginger tea should be avoided if you are on blood thinners.

If you have any questions or would like further assistance with your health please get in touch.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

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