Herbal tea is becoming more and more popular, it's produced by many well-known tea companies. Well, herbal tea is not actually tea. Because it is made not from the leaves of the tea иush, but from different flowers, leaves, and roots of plants. The birthplace of this tea is China and countries of the Middle East.
What is herbal tea?
Herbal tea (also known as an infusion of medicinal herbs or herbal tea) is prepared as a tea, although in reality it does not contain tea leaves. Typically, herbal infusions are a combination of boiling water and dried fruits, flowers, herbs, mint, spices, roots, berries, and seeds.
How to prepare herbal tea
Herbal teas are easy to make yourself. They are made from fresh or dried flowers, seeds, leaves or roots. You should simply pour boiling water into a cup with the collected mixture of plants and allow it to stay for a few minutes. You can also boil seeds and roots on the stove. Pour warm, cold or boiling water onto the plants and then it should boil for several minutes. The time of boiling will depend on the properties of the plant. This method is most often used for tougher plants and their parts. Plant material is best pre-choзped. Chop fresh berries before boiling.
You can also add such mixtures to the regular tea: black, green, red, yellow or white.
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Properties of herbal tea
- You can drink herbal tea at any time of the day. In the morning, it will make you more active and cheerful, in the middle of the day it's perfect to refresh you in hot weather, and in the evening it will help to relax and calm down.
- Herbal tea from Angelica, strawberry leaves, clover flowers, lemongrass, lavender have a tonic effect.
- Raspberry leaves, peppermint, St. John's wort, willow-herb, primrose, chamomile, lemon balm and cherry have a calming effect.
- In winter and early spring, the tea from raspberries, barberries, carrots, blackberries, rose hips, black currant, nettle, sea buckthorn and black currant will save you from beriberi. In summer, it's best to cook herbal teas only with fresh herbs.
- Herbal teas are not only delicious, but also useful. In addition, they have excellent medicinal properties. They have stimulating, analgesic and relaxing properties.
- Thus, chamomile can relieve headaches. St. John's wort has beneficial effects on the human liver, and yarrow has sedative properties. Black tea with thyme will help to cure severe colds.
- Black currants contain vitamin C, iron, citric, succinic acid and other essential micronutrients. This berry is recommended to use for gastritis, tonsillitis, and vision problems. You need to know what not only berries are useful, but also shoots and young leaves. The tea with currant leaves and mint helps to regulate metabolism and improve the functioning of liver and kidneys.
- A large part of herbal teas are safe for regular consumption. However, you need to remember that some herbs may be poisonous or cause allergies. For example, comfrey contains alkaloids that can cause liver damage. And Lobelia contains toxins similar to nicotine.
Do herbal teas contain caffeine?
Herbal teas with the addition of mint or chamomile do not contain Camellia sinensis (or green tea) in their composition. Herbal teas do not contain caffeine, with some exceptions. Yerba mate or Guayule, two plants that are not related to tea, contain caffeine.
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