Herbal Tea for Healing
Herbal healing teas (a.k.a. tisanes) have been associated with health throughout every period of history, across almost all continents and cultures.
Tisanes (tea-zahns) can be made from leaf, flower, bark, root, fruits/berries, seeds, and spices.
Benefits of Herbal Tea
Herbal healing teas have a long history of medicinal, restorative, and spiritual benefits. They have been consumed for thousands of years for medicinal uses such as both stimulants and sedatives. For example, ginger tea is known to increase digestion and chamomile is best known as a sleep-aid.
In this site you will discover many different herbal teas as well as their therapeutic uses and properties. If you are suffering from a specific ailment you will find herbal teas suited for your needs.
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General Benefits of Herbal Teas:
- Caffeine free tea with great flavor
- Helps strengthen the immune system
- Cleanses the body of toxins
- Increases energy levels and invigorates the mind
- Promotes a heart health
- Decreases cholesterol
- Relieves stress
- Promotes a deep, nourishing sleep
- Supports the body by providing antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
History of Herbal Tea
Traditional use of teas developed in ancient Egypt, China, and India. The first recorded use of herbal tea is documented in the Indian Ayurvedic texts over 6000 years old. These records show the use of herbs for curing disease and aiding in health. An ancient Chinese story explains how tea drinking originated in 2737 B.C when the second emperor of China, Shen Nung, discovered tea when teas leaves blew into his cup of hot water.
The Chinese were known to have discovered tea thousands of years ago using herbs for their medicinal properties. They used fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers for medicinal reasons as well as to improve the flavor of teas.
In Egypt, chamomile tea has been brewed since 1550 B.C. and lesser known willow tea since 3000 B.C. The gathering of herbs existed 3000 years ago when Egyptians and Babylonians used herbs such as cinnamon, turmeric, and garlic as offerings to the gods and emperors. Egyptian hieroglyphs demonstrate physicians of first and second centuries A.D. using senna pods to treat constipation and treating digestive problems with caraway and peppermint.
Over time, the use of herbs and spice in cooking and treating illnesses popularized throughout India, China, and Greece. The Romans expanded the knowledge of herbs and spices through a collection of 40 books outlining the benefits and uses for many kinds of herbs.
Our modern society has medicines for curing disease, but often these drugs have extreme side effects that can harm the body. Although herbal tea should not be considered a substitute for modern medicine, the use of healing herbal teas can be a safe complement to other treatment options.
How to Brew Herbal Tea
There are different ways to create herbal teas the most common methods being infusions and decoctions. An herbal tea infusion is made by pouring boiling water over loose leaf or tea bags and allowing the tea to steep for a few minutes. The plant material (typically root or bark) can also be boiled on a stove for a few minutes and then poured into a pot or mug through a sieve a process known as a decoction. In either case, the tea is strained, sweetened as desired (or not at all), stirred, and served.
Due to the large variety of herbs and the toxicity of some herbs, only use as directed by a reliable source. It is important that you consult with a physician or herbalist if you have any health concerns, are pregnant or lactating, or have had any adverse reactions to herbs in the past. A qualified practitioner can help determine which herbs and in what quantity you will reap the most reward.
In order to protect your health and your wallet (and avoid being ripped off) it is important to know exactly what plant or combination is being consumed. This means you will want to know that the company from which you purchase your herbs follows good manufacturing processes. Companies selling high quality teas will provide detailed information about the herbal products available for purchase.
This website is not medical advice. Remember when purchasing herbs to search for the freshest, highest quality herbs and teas.
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