Shifting To Herbs
Herbs are good choice if you want to reduce your caffeine intake.Thinking of shifting to herbs is such a great idea.
Herbal tea can be made with individual herbs,or from a suitable combo of several herbs.In such way,you will taste the benefits and healing effects of the herbs combination.
The market has a variety of prepared herbal teas and tea mixtures, but knowing that you can grow your own herbs at home, and that you can enjoy them picked by your own hand- there is no such pleasure in the world.
They smell good, taste good, and helps you in elevating your mood,not to mention all the health benefits they offer.
They can be easily grown in your garden, or maybe in containers as well.Teas made from fresh herbs differ from what you get with dried herbs, although they may offer similar health benefits. Seasonal herbs can be dried and stored for later use, or can be used as a gifts,well packed by you.
Types Of Homegrown Herbs
Learning from other people experience in growing herbs at home,they have suggested that following herbs are easy to grow and maintain.
You can grow several types of mint.Their distinctly different flavors can be the all time favorite for you. It also happens to have very high amounts of the primary active ingredient menthol.
There is variety of mints to be grown: spearmint,peppermint,pineapple mint,apple mint.They grow anywhere planted and need plenty of water.
Keep them contained in pots. Their refreshing smell can be enjoyed anytime if you keep the pots close at hand. Use the mature leaves as well as the tender stem tips to make the tea.
Mint tea is cooling and refreshing and you can use either in winter or, in summer as an ice tea.It helps improve digestion and reduces gas and associated heartburn. A cup of warm peppermint tea with a tablespoon of honey taken at night, relieves a cough and ensures good sleep.
This Mediterranean herb with fragrant lilac-blue flowers is a great addition to any herbal tea garden. Lavender fragrance is widely used in aromatherapy for its relaxing effect on the body and mind.
Lavender tea also has a similar effect, and can be used to relieve anxiety and tension headaches. It can also be taken for gastrointestinal disturbances because it relaxes the smooth muscles of the stomach and intestinal walls, relieving the pain associated with indigestion.
Plant them in well-drained soil in full sun to simulate the Mediterranean climate, and they usually thrive with minimum attention.
The flower buds are used to make the herbal tea. Collect the flower stalks when some of the buds start to open and then dry them in the shade.
Lemon balm tea has a calming effect on the nerves and is useful in relieving anxiety and restlessness. The herb is associated with a feeling of happiness and is regarded as an excellent natural remedy for irritability and hyperactivity in children, helping them settle down. When you have tension headaches or feel depressed, a cup of lemon balm tea can do wonders.
The menthol content in the herb makes it useful in treating digestive problems like flatulence and indigestion. Its strong antispasmodic properties help relieve colic pain and menstrual cramps.
It has strong antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that help with cold sores and respiratory tract infections.
You can grow it in the garden or containers, but refrain from fertilizing this vigorous and rapidly spreading herb. Remember to prune it before it sets seed because it can take over the garden with self-seeding. Use fresh leaves for the tea or dry them in shade and use.
German chamomile is an annual, often found growing wild in dry areas. Raise it from seeds in spring and plant them in a partially shady spot. Once established, this plant thrives on neglect. Drought-like conditions produce the most flavorful herb.
The white flowers with prominent yellow centers are used for making the tea. When they are used fresh, you need a handful of flowers to make the tea, but only a tablespoon of dried flowers are required otherwise.
Chamomile tea can be used to treat mouth ulcers, gastric ulcers, hay fever and other respiratory tract inflammations, menstrual cramps, and fibromyalgia. It can calm a cranky child whether it is the case of colic, nervous anxiety or attention deficit hyperactivity syndrome. Whenever you are disturbed or unable to sleep, a cup of chamomile tea can is a great go-to.
Thyme is a mint family member, but the volatile agent thymol is responsible for its distinctive smell. Thymol is a common ingredient in toothpaste and mouthwashes because it suppresses bacterial growth and bad breath.
Thyme tea is excellent for stomach problems, especially indigestion, intestinal worms, and gas. Thymol has powerful antimicrobial property against a wide variety of pathogens, including antibiotic-resistant superbugs like MRSA.
It can be used to treat laryngitis, bronchitis, and other respiratory tract infections. Thyme tea mixed with raw honey gives quick relief from coughs and colds, including whooping cough. Use it as a throat gargle to cure strep throat and tonsillitis.
Grow thyme in the garden or containers, but it performs best in poor soil and dry conditions. Start new plants from cuttings or division of old clumps. Harvest thyme leaves along with the stems to make tea and dry the remaining.
Other Herbs You Can Plant
You can expand your herbal tea garden if you have a desire to do it. For that matter you can try planting:
Ginger: relieves nausea and vomiting, clears the respiratory tract, and reduces inflammation.
Sage: it can treat a sore throat, cough, rheumatism and heavy menstrual flow. It is a liver and kidney tonic.
Perilla: it can relieve nausea and vomiting, persistent cough and a stuffy nose, allergy symptoms, and premature aging.
Lemon grass: it helps relieve stomach aches, vomiting, muscle and joint pain, and coughing.
Purple cone-flower(echinacea):it is used as a preventive against seasonal colds and flu, as well as for treating upper respiratory tract infections. It can relieve rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, vaginal infections, and urinary tract infections.
Stevia: use this herb in any of your herbal teas to sweeten them without the use of refined sugar. Use fresh leaves or dried and powdered leaves.