Herbal Teas for Health
Garden tutor, Caz Wakelin, led a workshop session on herbs in the garden and the uses for each for health.
Herbal teas are best made in a covered pot to capture all the essential oils, otherwise they can evaporate into the air; plenty of dried herbal teas are available in shops but many are easy to grow and harvest fresh.
Rosemary tea may help support digestion, promote cognitive function and act as an antioxidant, protecting the body from heart disease and cancer.
Drinking peppermint tea to relieve the symptoms of abdominal gas and bloating, and to relieve muscle spasms. It's also good for nausea (without vomiting) and for heating up the body and making it sweat. If indigestion or heartburn are problems, however, then Dixon recommends avoiding peppermint altogether.
A gentle calming and sedative tea made from flowers, chamomile tea can be helpful for insomnia. It can also be helpful with digestion after a meal. Hlps with cases of cough and bronchitis, when you have a cold or fever, or as a gargle for inflammation of the mouth. Be sure to steep it well to get all the medicinal benefits.
Lemon balm tea
An easy-to-grow plant, lemon balm is helpful for lifting the spirits. “It's good for the winter blues,” says Deacon, “and it can help improve concentration.” She adds that lemon balm is safe for children and may help prevent nightmares when consumed before bed. This herb also makes a refreshing iced tea, and can be flavoured with lemon or maple syrup.
Drinking sage tea can help with a number of health problems, a small study published in the international journal of molecular sciences showed it reduced cholesterol when used regularly and can also reduce hot flushes during menopause. It is also an effective treatment for a sore throat as has aniti inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Comfrey is used as a tea for upset stomach, ulcers, heavy menstrual periods, diarrhorea, bloody urine, persistent cough, painful breathing (pleuritis), bronchitis, cancer, and chest pain (angina). It is also used as a gargle for gum disease and sore throat.
The chemicals in comfrey might have a healing effect and reduce inflammation when applied to the skin. However, comfrey contains toxic chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin and causes liver damage over prolonged and excessive use especially if taken orally.
Tea made from the leaves or flowers is used for colds, dry and irritating coughs, swollen nose and throat, and ear pain. Marjoram tea is also used for various digestion problems including poor appetite, liver disease, gallstones, intestinal gas, and stomach cramps. Some women use marjoram tea for relieving symptoms of menopause, PMS, starting menstruation, and promoting the flow of breast milk.
Other uses include , muscle spasms, headaches, sprains, bruises and back pain. It is also used as a “nerve tonic” and a “heart tonic,” and to promote better blood circulation.
B;ackcurrent leaf tea
The leaf and berry of blackcurrents can be combined to make a pretty potent immune boosting tea, blackcurrents are very high in vitamin c and the leaves are high in antioxidants and antiviral compounds that are excellent for treating colds and flu symptoms. Studies have also shown that compounds in the skin of the blackcurrent slow down the rate of cancer cells.
Borage flower and leaves are used for fever, cough, and depression.