Saturday, March 10, 2007

5 herbal teas for good health

I love herbal teas. Many have medical benefits, but you have to drink it frequently to have an effect. Many likes the convenience of teabags from health food stores. But you can easily make them at home too. A good rule is to allow one teaspoon of the dried herb (or two of the fresh) per cup. Pour boiling water over the herb, cover and infuse for about 5 minutes, then strain before drinking. Here, i've listed 5 of my favourite herbal teas.

Camomile - used to ease indigestion, calm the nerves and reduce anxiety. It is said to aid sleep, and used tea bags (soaked in boiling water and cooled) can be applied to soothe inflamed, itching or tired eyes.

Lavender flower tea - a relaxing brew and should be taken at bedtime to help to induce sleep.

Peppermint leaves - make an excellent tea to drink after a rich meal to aid digestion and to relieve flatulence. It can also help to control nausea and is useful in the treatment of colds and flu.

Rosehip tea - crushed and chopped rosehips, is rich in vitamin C and can be taken to help ward off colds and infections.

Dandelion leaf tea - can be an effective diuretic - helping the excretion of excess fluid from the body.

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