August 18, 2017 Teresa M 10Comment
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I’ve highlighted in my previous blogs that drinking and blending herbal teas have been used and practiced for many centuries. Now, you’re probably wondering – does herbal tea have any health benefits? ….In short, yes they do.

The practice of this age old custom dates back almost 3000 years ago to the ancient Egyptians and Babylonian times, where it was used for both a refreshing drink and for medicinal purposes. The Greeks, the Romans and ancient Chinese also used it for its obvious health benefits and the trend still continues today.

Herbal teas have been used for a wide range of purposes – from relaxing to revitalizing, strengthening to healing – they are a great way of implementing the power of herbs into your everyday diet.

 

Being natural and drug-free, they are a great alternative to the chemically-charged OTC (over the counter) or prescription drugs (that sadly, many will turn to for quick relief). They also count towards your daily water intake and are caffeine free too – so you can get the highs without the lows!

Each herb has its own unique ‘action’, potency and property and drinking herbal teas are the most practical ways to get the benefits from the herb safely and conveniently.

The use of plants and herbs to treat and cure human diseases has had a long history of success. Herbal knowledge has been gathered through generations by different cultures and thousands of years of practicing; observing; trial and error and experience based evidence. Their value is undeniably strong and prominent.

The majority of drugs and supplements we see today are derived and extracted from plants. Until about 50 years ago, most of the entries in pharmacopeias listing the manufacture of drugs, indicated an herbal origin.

 

Some of the general health benefits and remedies include:

 

The list is quite extensive yet there is still so much more herbal teas can do in healing and curing most health conditions and ailments we see today. What else could be the reason why people still continue to drink them ever since our ancestors discovered the health benefits of them many centuries ago? I usually drink around 3-4 cups daily to get the full benefits.

Not only can they hydrate you, the power of herbal teas extends to further health benefits – once cooled, they can even be used as skin washes or as compresses to treat wounds and reduce inflammation. Multi-functional uses from simple cup of herbal tea blend!

 

With the revolution of science and technology, there is now a huge choice in terms of flavors. So, don’t be put off if you didn’t like one that you tried as there’s hundreds to choose from! Traditionally (and still continues today), herbal teas would have been boiled, then simmered over a long period of time (known as decoction), but with our 21st century busy, fast paced lifestyles, this may seem time-consuming – thus the invention of the ready-to-use tea bags makes it even easier and convenient to consume….So there’s no excuse!

 

Honey - the best natural sweetener
Honey – the best natural sweetener

To achieve best results, use non-metallic cups and strainers, as metal can interfere with the purity of the tea. Always cover and steep for at least 10-15 minutes – this helps to retain the volatile constituents.

And don’t forget the honey – if you’re a sweet tooth like me, then honey is the best alternative, as artificial sweeteners and refined sugars can destroy the healing potentials and properties of the herbal tea. Plus, its loaded with anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant and anti-fungal properties which works well with maintaining the health and harmony of your body.

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This website is for educational and informational purposes only. The publisher/owner of blendingherbaltea.com is not legally liable for your use of the information which is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you have any serious health concerns, you should always check with your health care practitioner or medical herbalist before self-administering herbs.

 

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10 thoughts on “Does Herbal Tea Have Any Health Benefits?

  1. I always used my tea spoon on my tea but now I know I cannot do that. Thanks for your great article Teresa!

  2. Oh no, I haven’t been steeping mine long enough. I’ll have to be patient and give the leaves more time, I guess. That’s good to know. Thanks, good info.

  3. Tea is such a good drink, it can give so many people a feel good factor. Giving a visitor a warm cut of tea means welcome I’m glad you called. Giving a sweet cup of tea to someone who has had a shook can help them re-adjust. I also love a cup of tea before retiring to help me sleep.

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