Herbal teas are fantastic to treat so many health complaints from bloating to insomnia, and they can be made at home too!
Fennel tea is the key to relaxing gastrointestinal spasms and relieving bloat.
1-2 teaspoons freshly crushed fennel seeds
1 cup boiling water
In a teapot, steep the fennel seeds in the boiling water for 5-10 minutes, depending on desired strength. Strain and serve. Re-heat if desired.
Turmeric tea is fantastic for reducing inflammation and is a top superfood for your health.
4 cups water
1 tsp ground turmeric
Bring four cups of water to a boil.
Add one teaspoon of ground turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup; add honey and/or lemon to taste.
Add a pinch of black pepper to increase absorption.
Chamomile tea helps to relax you and ease anxiety.
One chamomile teabag or 1 heaping teaspoon loose-leaf chamomile tea or dried chamomile flowers
8 oz. (about 250 ml) fresh water, brought just to the boil
Optional additions to taste, such as honey, lemon, or mint
Add the teabag or loose-leaf tea to your favorite cup or mug. (If you’re using loose-leaf tea, an infuser or infuser mug is a great idea!)
Cool the just-boiled water slightly (chamomile tea is best when steeped in hot – not boiling – water), and then add to your cup.
Let your chamomile tea steep for 5 to 10 minutes (herbal teas tend to improve with longer steeping times to bring out their best flavor and fullest benefits).
Remove the teabag or loose tea leaves.
Optional – Add extras, like sweetener, lemon, or mint, if you wish.
Lavender tea is perfect to relax you into a deep sleep and can also help lower blood pressure.
3 Tablespoons fresh Lavender flowers or 1 1/2 Tablespoons dried Lavender flower
2 cups boiling water
honey and lemon if desired
To make Lavender tea put the flowers in a teapot or container along with the boiling water allowing them to steep a good 4 to 5 minutes.
Pour into cups straining if necessary to remove the flower buds. Serve Lavender flower tea with honey and sliced lemon.
For menstrual cramps:
Ginger tea is the key to easing these cramps and also has many other health benefits.
1 1⁄2 teaspoons freshly grated gingerroot
1 1⁄2 cups boiling water
1 1⁄2 teaspoons honey
Place grated ginger into a 2-cup glass measuring cup.
Fill to the 1-1/2 cup line with boiling water.
Set timer for 10 minutes.
When timer goes off, strain into a large mug and stir in honey (you may need more or less, depending on how sweet you want your tea).
Peppermint tea aids the digestive process so this could be the one for you!
1⁄2 cup dry peppermint leaf
3 -4 cups very hot water
2 -3 tablespoons honey
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Boil about 3 or 4 cups of water.
Add the peppermint leaves and shut the heat off.
Let the tea steep for about 5 minutes.
Pour through a tea strainer.
Add the honey and pour into cups.
The tea can be made from fresh leaves or dryed leaves.
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