Medicinal Herbal Tea for Health
The use of herbal tea has a long tradition worldwide. In naturopathy, they have always been used for healing purposes and are now an indispensable part of home medicine. If the herbal tea is used as a medicine, it must not be consumed in any quantity, because each herb can be both remedy and poison. It always depends on the dosage. Therefore, the recommended amount to drink when drinking these teas should be strictly adhered to. But there are also herbal teas, which are not used for medicinal purposes, but only for the sake of good taste. When chilled, they are ideal as thirst quenchers and soft drinks.
Herbal tea in herbal medicine
Herbal medicine (phytotherapy) is one of the oldest naturopathic therapies. It deals with the effect of plant substances on sick people and the use of medicinal plants for therapeutic purposes. Therefore, manifest diseases naturally belong in the hands of experienced phytotherapists.
Nevertheless, the effect of many plants can also be used by laymen. The use of special medicinal herbal teas is particularly suitable for this purpose. Since time immemorial they have been used as a proven household remedy for many different ailments.
Fresh plants are particularly effective
For the production of medicinal herbal teas the roots, leaves, blossoms or fruits of the herbs are used. Freshly harvested, they contain most of the active ingredients and taste particularly aromatic.
In the past, the required herbs were collected exclusively by hand. Today, dried herbs, which are offered in a large number of varieties on the market, are used for the most part. Mostly the tea is offered as a mixture of different herbs and spices to convince the demanding palate. In contrast to Heikräutertees, these teas can usually be drunk in any quantity.
The quality of medicinal herbal tea
The active ingredient content of the teas depends on the quality of the herbs, their storage and the way they are processed. Therefore, you should not buy your herbal tea in the supermarket, but only from your trusted tea dealer. If possible, store your herbal tea in a dark glass or ceramic container.
Do not use plastic cans, as the softeners contained in them can strongly impair the quality and thus the effect of the tea. In addition, the storage place should be dark, cool and absolutely dry. Since the shelf life of the teas is limited, you should keep smaller quantities in stock.
Do you know how the ancient Teutons made their healing drinks from herbs or roots? They brought Honigmet (an alcoholic drink made from honey and water) to the boil and added the herbs or roots.
This method of preparation was not only particularly tasty but also effective, because both the honey and the alcohol act as a means of transport for the healing herbs.
They are already absorbed through the mucous membranes of the mouth and can therefore carry many plant substances directly into the blood.
Since alcohol also absorbs fat-soluble active substances such as essential oils or plant hormones and transports them into the blood, an alcoholic herbal tincture is superior to herbal tea from the point of view of healing power.
Medicinal herbal tea and its healing powers
Below we would like to present you a small selection of effective medicinal herbal teas. At the same time we would like to point out that serious illnesses should not only be treated with herbal teas, but that an experienced therapist should also be consulted.
Due to its sweet liquorice taste, anise tea is also very popular with children. Its essential oils have an expectorant and antispasmodic effect. They also have an immune-strengthening effect. Aniseed is preferred for digestive problems. However, it is also excellent for respiratory diseases such as cough, asthma and bronchitis. In breastfeeding women, anise tea promotes the flow of milk.
Place 1 teaspoon of crushed anise in a cup and pour boiling water over it. Cover the tea and leave to brew for approx. 10 to 15 minutes. Then strain.
In case of acute complaints, 1 cup of tea can be drunk in the morning and 1 cup in the evening.
The valerian is known for its calming effect. It is therefore considered to be an excellent herbal remedy for restlessness, nervousness and sleep disorders. Due to its balancing effect on the nervous system, valerian has a relaxing and relaxing effect.
Pour 250 ml boiling water over 2 teaspoons of crushed valerian root and let it steep for approx. 10 minutes. Drain and drink before going to bed.
Nettle is one of the oldest medicinal plants on earth. It has a diuretic effect and, due to its iron and folic acid content, plays an important role in blood formation. Nettle also contains silicic acid, which strengthens the skin, hair and nails. If consumed regularly, the tea also has an anti-inflammatory effect.
Pour boiling water over 2 teaspoons of chopped stinging nettle leaves per cup and leave to brew for approx. 10 minutes. Strain afterwards. To clean the urinary tract, it is recommended to drink 8 to 10 cups a day, with the tea as warm as possible.
Important: If heart or kidney function is impaired, stinging nettle tea should not be drunk.
Damian tea is primarily known as an aphrodisiac. It is said to have a stimulating effect on the libido of both men and women. Damiana tea owes its calming effect on the nervous system to an essential oil called Damianin. It calms and relaxes and is therefore also used for exhaustion, depression, anxiety and mild depression.
Pour boiling water over approx. 1 to 2 tsp. crushed Damiana leaves per cup of tea and leave to brew for approx. 15 minutes. Then strain off and drink unsweetened (for calming). Sweeten with honey for the aphrodisiac effect. Generally the tea should be drunk in small sips.
Fennel tea is known for its excellent effect on problems in the gastrointestinal tract. Especially mothers of infants and toddlers appreciate its effect on flatulence and abdominal cramps. But it has also long since proven itself as an antispasmodic tea for coughs and lung diseases. A far less well-known advantage of fennel is its appetite-stimulating property. This particularly appeals to people in recovery and those who generally lack appetite.
Pour boiling water over 1 teaspoon of fennel seed per cup and leave to steep for approx. 10 minutes. Then strain off and drink a cup 3 to 5 times a day.
Lady’s Mantle Tea
The Frauenmantel tea is – as the name suggests – THE tea especially for women. It alleviates typical female complaints such as menstrual cramps, estrogen dominance, period cramps, PMS, menopausal symptoms, white flow and much more. The list of its effects would go beyond the scope at this point. In order for you to learn everything about this special plant, we would like to recommend the book “Alchemilla – A holistic herbal medicine for women”.
There are many special types of preparations that are aimed at specific complaints or illnesses. Therefore we present you here a preparation which activates the self-healing powers of the body and can be enjoyed daily.
Pour hot water over 2 teaspoons of crushed lady’s mantle cabbage per cup and let it steep for 8 to 10 minutes. Then strain off and sweeten with a little honey if necessary.
The main application area of the goldenrod are diseases of the urinary organs and in this area the goldenrod is almost unsurpassed. As it has a strong diuretic effect, it promotes the intensive excretion of harmful substances via the urine. The gold rod tea is also successfully used for inflammations in the area of kidneys or bladder, urinary stones, kidney gravel and liver disorders. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, goldenrod also has an antispasmodic effect.
Pour 250 ml hot water over 2 heaped teaspoons of crushed goldenrod blossoms and let them steep for approx. 15 minutes. Then strain. Drink 3 to 4 cups throughout the day.
Tip: There are different types of gold rods. We recommend using the golden rod (Solidago virgaurea).
Important: The goldenrod should not be used for edema due to restricted heart or kidney activity and chronic kidney inflammation.