Healthy herbal teas for the whole family
Do you drink herbal tea? Not only are they tasty and comforting, but they are also healthy for your body.
Since ancient times, people used plants and herbs sourced from nature for medicinal purposes, perfumes, and even as healthy beverages for that matter.
There’s a growing movement to revert back to natural ways of promoting health and wellness, and sipping on herbal teas can form part of your natural living lifestyle.
The good news is that herbal teas are easily accessible in most retail stores (or speciality health stores) and swapping them for your normal coffee or tea is one way to cut down on caffeine.
Note: while we reference herbal teas in this article, not all teas mentioned are actual herbs as such. We are also referring to natural teas made from leaves, stems and bark of plants.
Advantages of healthy herbal tea
Since they grow naturally, teas made from plants are often rather healthy because they contain no additives, preservatives or other artificial ingredients. Just nature at its best.
Many forms are edible
Not all herbal or medicinal plants are edible, but many of them are and some can also be applied topically and mixed with oils. Common herbs can certainly be added to foods and brewed into a tea (for example, peppermint) while other plants would require you to do some research before adding them to your diet.
Medicinal plants and herbs are typically inexpensive and are found at most supermarkets.
Benefits of healthy herbal teas
Herbal teas are healthy and thus good for your body’s physical and mental well-being. They also help to detoxify the body from any unwanted toxins that may have formed with time. Many teas contain antioxidants that help reduce inflammation in the body.
It’s good for the whole family
Herbal tea is excellent for the whole family, and some teas such as rooibos can be safely given to toddlers. . When it comes to herbal tea you’ll appreciate the fact that they are available in a variety of flavours and little ones enjoy drinking it too. As mentioned earlier, incorporating tea into your lifestyle will help you reduce the amount of caffeine you consume.
A word of warning
While we want to encourage you to incorporate more natural options into your life, you need to proceed with caution. If you’re not sure which herbs or plants are edible and safe, then stay far away from them. Rather purchase fresh herbs from a herbalist, organic store, or a fruit and veg market. Or better yet, buy teas from a reputable shop where you know that the ingredients are safe for consumption.
Just like mushrooms, wild herbs come in edible and non-edible variants, it’s extremely important to take care when sourcing these.
Herbs you can eat and make tea with include these:
- Lavender leaves and blossoms
- Alliums shoots and young flowers
- Rose petals and leaves as well as rosehips
- Chamomile flowers
- Lemon balm
- Raspberry leaves
- Dandelion flower and leaf
Our top healthy herbal tea recipes
Some herbal teas require an acquired taste and may not be the most palatable to everyone, however, the benefits are what truly matters. Once you get used to the taste of the tea, you could enjoy a cup every day.
Here are a few of our most favourite herbal teas and their benefits.
#1 Peppermint tea
Peppermint is excellent for reducing inflammation and easing respiratory problems.
Put a small bunch of peppermint leaves into a cup and add freshly boiled water. Allow it to steep until the strength you prefer before straining and drinking.
#2 Lavender tea
Lavender is known for its wealth of healing and calming abilities. You can enjoy a cup of lavender tea during the day or at night time to improve your sleep.
Take 2 teaspoons of fresh or dried lavender, a quarter cup of mint, and 3 cups of boiled water. Put these in a tea strainer or pot and let it steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain the herbs and enjoy the tea.
#3 Rose and chamomile tea
Chamomile, just like lavender has incredible sedative properties, and when paired with rose it leads to a relaxing, mellow mood. This is also great at night time or if you want to wind down and relax during the day.
1 cups of rose petals, 2 cups of chamomile blossoms and 1 cups of lemongrass. Mix these dry herbs together and store in an airtight container. All you need to do for a cup is add 1 teaspoon into a tea strainer and then pour freshly boiled water into the cup, strain and enjoy.
#4 Green tea with hibiscus blooms
Green tea is renowned for all its health benefits and by pairing it with hibiscus, you can enjoy a powerful combination of antioxidants, antibacterial traits and loads more.
This tea recipe calls for berries too, +- 50ml of berries, 6 teaspoons of dried green tea leaves, 1/2 teaspoon of hibiscus blooms. Once all the ingredients are added, pour in the water, and allow it to steep. Drain and enjoy. You can also make this into an ice-tea by adding some honey and ice.
Closing thoughts about why you should have some healthy herbal teas in your diet
Life is about balance, and we can balance our health and wellness by eating nutritious food and consuming the healthiest beverages possible.
Herbal teas are an easy, inexpensive way to add antioxidants and natural immune-boosting compounds to your diet.
Not only are they good for you, but they taste amazing too!