Herbal teas really aren’t teas. They are a mix of dried fruit, berries, flowers, herbs, and spices steeped in water. Oolong Tea, Black Tea, and Green Tea are brewed from leaves and naturally contain caffeine. Combined with herbal organic teas they make a great pair!
Teas are a great alternative to sugary drinks. Living in the south we love our sweet tea. I figured, why not keep it southern, just make it healthy?
I found herbal teas make some of the most refreshing iced drinks. You pick your flavor and sweeten it your way. Perfect! The benefits of herbal teas span from simply comforting to helping and improving blood sugar levels, inflammation, and stomach pains.
For hundreds of years, herbal teas have been used for their medicinal benefits and now modern science has begun to find evidence to support this claim.
Benefits of Organic Herbal Tea – Why Organic?
The healing properties of organic herbal teas are many and plenty. Why organic? Having a product state “organic” ensure a healthy and sustainable environment. Organically grown products have not been exposed or treated with chemical fertilization, pesticides, and insecticides which minimizes pollutants. This in return, reserves our earth beautiful resources and enhances the flavor and taste.
5 Top Herbal Teas – What can they do?
Different herbs can be used for different things. There are healing properties in all of natures treasures, the right combinations can ward off sickness, help with headaches, even calm your mood. Most teas are brewed from leaves and naturally contain caffeine Below are the five most common teas and their benefits.
Chamomile – An aromatic plant of the daisy family, with white and yellow daisylike flowers. Chamomile is used for calming sleep aid, reducing premenstrual symptoms (I use it for this) and is believed to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and liver-protecting qualities.
Peppermint – This a cross between watermint and spearmint. Most commonly used to relieve digestive discomfort, nausea, cramping, spasms, and stomach pain.
Hibiscus – A large brightly colored flower that contains antiviral properties. This tea helps in the lowering of high blood pressure. Be careful about drinking it with some diuretic medications or aspirin.
Herbal Tea Recipes
You will need a teapot and a mesh cooking strainer. If you do not have a cooking strainer a small mesh strainer will work fine. Remember that leaf teas are brewed from leaves and naturally contain caffeine.
- 1 tsp Lavander
- 1 Mint leaf
- 1 tsp Chamomile
Put herbs in a teapot and fill with boiling water; let steep for 10 minutes. Add each ingredient to a cup and pour the steeped tea into each. Add honey to taste.
- 1 tsp dried peppermint leaves or 3/4 fresh leaves
- 1 tsp organic raw honey or to taste
- 1 c hot water
Put herbs in a teapot and fill with boiling water; add 1 serving of peppermint per cups you would like to make. Let steep 5-10 minutes according to your desired taste (how strong you want it).
- 1 large ginger root peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (8-10 chunks)
- 5 c water
- 1 organic lemon
- Raw organic honey to taste
- Cinnamon stick
- Dash of cayenne pepper
Simmer chunks of ginger root for 20 – 30 minutes; the longer it cooks the stronger the ginger flavor will get.
Remove from heat and add the cinnamon stick.
Let steep for about 10 minutes. Strain into cups. Do not serve the ginger chunks.
- 6 tsp green tea
- 1/2 tsp hibiscus blooms
- 2 oz dried fruit and or berries, crushed
Mix ingredients very well. Add organic raw honey to taste.
Pour in a quart of boiling water. Let steep 3 min. Strain herbs and discard.
This is a really good iced as well. You can add fresh sliced berries or fruit as a garnish.
- 2 c Boiling water
- 1 tsp dried echinacea flower or root
- 1 tsp Fresh ginger
- 1 Fresh organic lemon
- 1 tsp organic raw honey
Pour the boiling water over the echinacea and chop the ginger. Cover and steep for 10-15 minutes.
Top Organic Herbal Tea Brands
There are lots of different brands of tea in the market. The trick is finding the best for you. All teas are not made alike. The quality of the tea and the health benefits alone make up for the cost.
Several brands that I have researched and found to be of great quality and taste are:
Numi Organic Teas – Made with dried fruit, vegetables, spices, herbs, flowers, roots, leaf, and bark. A multitude of flavor combinations from robust and earthy to light and fruity.
Yogi Tea – This brand infuses the spices and herbs of India
Stash Tea Co. – GMO-free with all-natural herb and fruit-infused
Rishi Tea Co. – Chai and herbs that are crushed or ground to a powder form.
Natural organic leaf teas have excellent health benefits and have been used for hundreds of years. Organic means it has not been exposed or treated with chemical fertilization, pesticides, and insecticides which minimizes pollutants. Teas are brewed from leaves and naturally contain caffeine. You can tell in the taste alone.
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