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Last Updated on July 8, 2022 by Team Spinfuel
Before the advent of modern medicine, herbal medicine reigned as cutting-edge medical science for several millennia. Even today, herbal medicine forms a key part of the culture and medicinal practices in several countries among different world cultures, especially in natural teas.
Closer home, herbal remedies have started making a comeback in the USA in recent years. Besides the well-documented health benefits, herbal teas offer a delicious alternative to sugary, caffeinated, unhealthy beverages that we pour into our bodies routinely.
So, for your better health and to reward your taste buds with new, exotic flavors, here are some herbal teas for you to try:
Chamomile Natural Teas
No list of herbal teas is complete without the chamomile. Chamomile tea is brewed with dried flowers of the chamomile plant and offers unique medicinal properties.
Unlike coffee, regular tea, or the litany of caffeinated drinks available at your neighborhood café, chamomile has a soothing effect on your nerves; unsurprisingly, it is often used as a sleep aid.
Chamomile tea is known to help with better quality sleep, insomnia, depression, and daytime function of drinkers. It’s also known to help with other, more serious medical conditions, but more research is required to establish these benefits.
It can even help with an upset stomach and mouth ulcers, besides calming the nerves. If you are facing a particularly stressful day, chamomile could be your friend. Its relaxing effects are fast and can help you through work stress, stage freight, and the heebie-jeebies before an interview or a meeting.
Peppermint Natural Teas
Peppermint is arguably one of the most popular herbs across the world. It is widely available, and its numerous health benefits for the digestive system are well-documented by several civilizations. Not surprisingly, it’s a staple of kitchens in many households across America.
Irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, nausea, stomach pain – the list of peppermint’s digestive benefits goes on. It relaxes the digestive tract, often used to relieve spasms in the intestinal esophagus and colon.
What’s interesting is that peppermint is also known to have powerful antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Peppermint oil, in particular, is used in several herbal medicinal preparations to cure ailments of the digestive system.
However, we strongly recommend using peppermint in its natural form – fresh or dried – rather than using peppermint oil due to adulteration concerns.
Preparing peppermint tea is quite easy. Here’s a simple 5-step process to get you started:
- Rinse the peppermint leaves in the sink
- Crush the leaves lightly between your fingers to release the aroma and flavor of the leaves
- Take the crushed leaves in a glass, cup, or mug; pour hot water into it.
- Let the tea steep for a while, depending on how strong you want the flavor.
- Strain the leaves and enjoy your peppermint tea
If you want to make things interesting, add another flavoring agent like honey, cardamom, jaggery, or something else of your choice.
Ginger Natural Teas
Ginger has a long history of herbal medicinal applications among ancient civilizations, especially in Asia. It is an indispensable ingredient in many Asian cuisines because of its spicy flavor and health benefits of these natural teas.
Ginger’s health benefits are wide-ranging and aplenty. From relieving nausea to boosting the body’s natural immune system, ginger’s medicinal properties are potent and numerous.
People who are prone to nausea find great relief in ginger teas. Whether it’s because of pregnancy, cancer treatment, or everyday motion sickness, ginger tea surely gets you through it. It also relieves several stomach ailments like indigestion, constipation, and stomach ulcers.
Perhaps, the most impressive properties of ginger are its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. They stimulate the immune system and primes it against the threat of infections, which can be particularly useful in today’s times.
You can use ginger in any of its forms – fresh, dried, powdered, crystallized, or candied – to prepare your tea. You can even get ginger tea bags in stores these days. And, it’s so easy to prepare ginger tea.
Preparing ginger tea is as easy as boiling ginger in water or milk for a few minutes until you get the right flavor strength. Strain the ginger and enjoy your cup of fresh ginger tea.
Honey Lemon Teas
If you have been meaning to undergo a thorough detox session, honey lemon tea offers you the perfect herbal solution. Honey and lemon combination acts as a powerful body cleanser and rids your body toxins plaguing your digestive system, among other areas.
Starting your day with honey lemon tea promotes good digestion throughout the day and also boosts the immune system.
Preparing a fresh cup of honey lemon tea is easy:
- Boil a glass of water in a kettle or a pan
- Squeeze a teaspoon or two of lemon juice into the boiling water
- After boiling the tea for 5 minutes, let it cool down for 2-3 minutes until it is not boiling hot
- Add a teaspoon of honey and mix it well.
- Enjoy your herbal drink
Kratom teas offer a delightful choice of benefits for tea drinkers. Depending on the kratom strain you use for making your tea, the benefits can be very different. Kratom comes in many different strains and colors, so read up on them and their benefits before settling on your choice of variants.
Some of the kratom vendors have started selling in-house strains and blends, which come with their own unique sets of benefits. So, there’s plenty to experiment with and enjoy.
Also, kratom is available in several forms, including dried leaves, powder, extracts, tea bags, capsules, softgels, and so on. We strongly recommend using dried leaves or powder to prepare your first few kratom teas.
Preparing kratom tea is straightforward. You just boil some kratom in a glass of water, let it steep, and then strain it. The ideal amount of kratom varies from person to person, so start with something small like 2 grams of powder or leaves. You can add a sweetener to the drink to suppress its natural bitterness.
Remember, every time you change your kratom tea recipe – be it using a different kratom strain, changing the serving size, or adding a flavoring agent – jot down your experience with the drink for later reference. And before you buy Kratom online, make sure to find a GMP approved vendor!
While these make up our top 5, many more herbal teas deserve your attention, such as sage tea, rooibos tea, ginseng tea, lemongrass tea, eucalyptus tea, turmeric tea, and many more. Once you try the herbal teas from our list above, you can be more adventurous and give these a try.