Chinese herbal medicine
While we all enjoy a lovely cup of tea as an afternoon pick-me-up, there are a wide variety of herbal teas that are thought to promote well-being and help us feel better. From classic calming lavender and chamomile to dandelion and sage, these teas are easy to find and can add a little comfort to our day-to-day lives.
Peppermint for indigestion
Refreshing and renewing, peppermint is the perfect energy booster. It is known to promote digestion and relieve nausea and gas. Studies have found it to be an effective treatment for symptoms of indigestion and IBS.
To make the tea: Steep one teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves in one cup of freshly boiled water for 10 minutes. Try to drink four to five cups per day.
Chamomile for anxiety
Chamomile is a gentle healer but it is highly effective as the yellow daisy-like flowers have anti-inflammatory properties. Chamomile is already a popular tea to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.
To make the tea: Steep one to two teaspoons of fresh chamomile flowers in one cup boiled water for 15 to 20 minutes. Be sure to note the longer it steeps, the more bitter the tea will taste.
Lavender for sleep problems
Lavender is a popular aromatherapy oil, used for its ability to treat headache and reduce stress, but it also makes a lovely tea. Lavender has profound calming, uplifting and relaxing effects and studies have found it to improve sleep quality and lift mood.
To make the tea: For the highest quality flower, harvest when the buds are just starting to open. Steep four teaspoons of fresh lavender in one cup of boiling water for 10 minutes.
Ginger for nausea
Ginger is commonly associated with winter for its warming properties. During the colder months, ginger is used to help boost circulation but it is also great for soothing upset stomachs, motion sickness and easing nausea in pregnant women.
To make the tea: Slice some fresh ginger and add three to five slices to freshly boiled water for three minutes. Strain before drinking.
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