Monday, December 1, 2008

Benefits of Herbal Tea


Energy Herbal Tea
Originally uploaded by Thorsten (TK)
I'm glad to see that my post about parsley tea stirred up some interest and more questions. I'll try to answer them all and give you everything I know or what I can find out about the benefits of herbal teas.

To everybody who is wondering about other herbs that you like and if you could make tea out of them - the answer is: Yes, you can make tea with probably any kind of edible herb.

Use these directions and if the taste happens to be too strong, dilute it further with more water - or use smaller quantity of your chosen herb next time.

I prefer my tea without anything but some people sweeten their herbal teas with honey (my choice would be agave syrup) and add a dash of lemon to enhance the taste.

If you are especially drawn to a certain kind of herb and the plain thought or aroma of it makes you feel good, there's a good chance that that particular plant contains something that would be very beneficial for you. Your body never lies - learn to listen again...

There's another secret to making the best herbal tea that not so many people know about.

You've probably heard about distilled water and how it's not meant to be drank on a daily basis because it could cause mineral depletion in one's body.

However, for making herbal teas, distilled water will bring out the most in the beneficial properties of the herbs.

Distillation process takes out of the water everything except volatile chemicals. As a result, distilled water acts "like a magnet" to attract minerals and other nutrients.

Enjoy your cup of herbal tea, it's supposed to be a treat! :)



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19 comments:

cady said...

i love herbal tea. it's so relaxing.

TheSnackHound said...

I will have to experiment. I will admit I was disappointed with ginger tea as it tasted like flat ginger ale to me! I had to get used to that.

Sadie said...

I've never tried to make herbal tea - but you've inspired me to try. In my new healthy lifestyle I need to learn to try these kinds of things!

capybara said...

My wife and I drink herbal tea and we also like green tea with a dash of honey in it. Being British though we tend to drink more black tea than anything else.

Julie said...

I use distilled water for my coffee and my tea. I knew there was a reason for it ;)

Maureen said...

I love all kinds of herbal tea and other teas. I think my favorite tea is Hojika (toasted green tea). But herbal tea with cloves, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and orange peel is very invigorating! Yum-

wildcherry said...

I drink tea instead of coffee. I've to try this herbal tea recipe!

Scott said...

I use several herbal teas some for relaxation and others for energy. Although have not used with distilled water, I will have to give it a try.

Heather in Beautiful BC said...

The distilled water is a great idea! Thanks for sharing that tip :)

Mmmmmmm... I think I'll make myself some herbal tea right now.

Emily Veinglory said...

If course be aware of the effects of the herbs you take. Some traditional tea herbs have strong enough effects that they need to be used carefully.

I am very fond of rosemary tea and orange petal. And also just adding aromatic herbs to bathwater.

valmg said...

I tried tea made from a team bloom (the teapot that blooms flowers when it steeps). I was surprised at how mild the herbs were.

Karen said...

This makes me want to grab a cup of tea!

Bhing said...

I am really not fond of tea most especially herbal ones.. I know for a fact that it's good for the health but i just don't like the taste of it! LOL.. But my mom love anything as long as it is herbal..

MorgansMummy said...

Ok I may try to make some of my own... I will let you know when I do!

NIX said...

I have not tried herbal tea b4, but I did try tea with some think of flower, it just taste awesome, refreshing. I think herbal tea gave such feeling as well as I imagine the taste of it :P.. I did once tried tea with passion fruit, it taste good, especially the aroma.

Diane Scott said...

I go in and out with any type of tea, though I do realize the benefits of drinking it. I'm a coffee drinker, though my dad keeps trying to persuade me to try any number of herbal teas. I find them too weak (and he expects me to use the "decaf" ones to boot LOL!). You do have me re-thinking things though, I'm sure my body is craving something besides the caffeine... now to just figure out what it is :)

Christina thecoffeelady said...

Thanks for this post. I love herbal teas. I generally sweeten with honey. I had forgotten about using distilled water. I drink more teas in the winter. Perfect timing.

Samantha and Mr. Tigger said...

Very interesting!! Mom doesn't drink tea a lot, but she said it would taste good on a cold night!
Your FL furiends,

ahnn said...

Herbal tea is very beneficial for the health. It's a good choice to have it everyday.

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