Herbal teas for everyone! - a good
alternative to tea and coffee
Preparing herb teas and infusions
Herbal teas or infusions are simple to prepare
using dried flowers and leaves. You need a glass or china teapot (not
metal) and a strainer. Use 1 to 2 teaspoons of the dried herb (or a teabag)
and pour on 1 cupful of boiled hot water. Cover and infuse for 5 to 10
minutes, then strain and drink. Experiment with different strengths and,
if need be, you can add honey to taste. If you are using fresh herb then
tear the leaves roughly and use about twice as much as the dried herb.
Chamomile flowers (Chamomilla recutita)
This herb was considered sacred by the Egyptians. It has daisy-like flowers
and a strongly fruity scent. A popular drink in Europe, often used as
an after-dinner digestive tea. Chamomile helps to relieve mild digestive
upsets and inflammation and is very safe for use with children. A particular
use is to aid relaxation and restful sleep. When making Chamomile it is
best to cover the pot to keep in active principles formed in the steam.
Do not over brew as the tea can then taste unpleasant.
Elder flowers (Sambucus Nigra)
A pleasant drink of special benefit for sufferers of colds, catarrh and
sinus problems. Often used in blends to improve flavour and a special
mixture is Flu tea consisting of equal parts of Elder flower, Peppermint
Lemon verbena (Lippia citriodora)
A highly fragrant and pleasantly refreshing drink, acting as a mild digestive.
Nettle leaf (Urtica dioica)
This tea is thought of as a tonic which will stimulate the circulation
and help to cleanse the system in eczema, arthritis and rheumatism.
Peppermint leaf (Mentha piperita)
One of the most well known herbal drinks, it is excellent for relieving
flatulence and indigestion. Peppermint tea is refreshing and can be helpful
in the early stages of a cold.
Rosehips (Rosa canina)
A very common herb tea, due to its lovely fruity taste. Rosehips are an
excellent source of Vitamin C and can be drunk daily, especially over
the winter months. The tannin content can be valuable for relieving mild
Sage tea (Salvia officinalis)
This herb was dedicated to Zeus and Jupiter by the Ancients. It has been
used as a remedy for many ills from menopausal hot flushes to sore throats
and colds. An infusion of dried or fresh leaves sweetened with honey and
flavoured with the zest of a lemon is said to reduce the unwanted milk
of nursing mothers. This tea should not be taken for more than a few days
at a time.
Important: Advice from this site is for
general guidance only. If symptoms persist, or if you have any doubts,
you should always consult a medical herbalist or general practitioner.