Since ancient times herbs, like chamomile, have been used as teas to ease certain ailments and to improve health. Today, they are just as appropriate, and also provide a refreshing taste alternative to conventional teas.
Many herbal teas are now readily available as tea bags from both health food stores and supermarkets, are sold singularly or in blends.
For something a little different, why not try cinnamon tea! This delicious, spicy tea, which is a favorite with my family, especially on cold nights, can be enjoyed morning or night as a refreshing alternative to conventional tea.
Put 250 grams of dried white clover blossoms and one large cinnamon stick, broken into pieces in an enamel or stainless steel pan, add ½ liter of boiling water.
Bring to a simmer, add one teaspoon of finely grated orange rind and cook gently for five minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and infuse for a further five minutes. Strain and sweeten to taste with honey.
Any excess tea may be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days and warmed before drinking.
An excellent first tea to try, if you have not already enjoyed the experience, is lemongrass tea. It is very palatable and refreshing, rich in vitamin A and is considered ideal for purifying the skin and refining its texture.
Peppermint tea has a refreshing and delicately fruit taste, and is by far one of the best known of the herbal teas.
It acts as a tonic and is reputed to relieve congestion from any part of the body (bronchial, cold, etc.) will relieve indigestion, flatulence and digestive disturbances, and will act as a mild sedative when taken prior to bed. Drunk with a slice of lemon and honey it will help to ease a nagging headache.
Chamomile tea is one of the safest and gentlest of all the herbal teas. In Europe many people drink a cup of this herbal tea as their customary night-cap to relax them before going to bed.
Taken whenever needed it will calm the nerves, and is ideal at study time or when under stress. It is also a time-honored remedy to relieve menstrual pain, nervous tension and to help prevent migraine headaches.
So next time you feel like a cuppa, try an herbal tea instead!